Google Chromebook

Updated: 06/30/2020 by Computer Hope

Originally released in 2011, a Google Chromebook is any laptop or netbook computer running the Google Chrome OS. Chromebooks are different from other laptops because they require the Internet (although their offline capabilities have improved), and run almost everything from the cloud. Their functionalities are mainly limited to the use of the Google Chrome browser and related extensions, supported Android applications, and a file browsing system.


A Chromebook is designed to run Chrome OS. Installing Windows or macOS on a Chromebook is possible with some Chromebook models, but requires you to modify the motherboard and BIOS. These modifications require a more advanced knowledge of computers and also voids the Chromebook's warranty.

Chromebooks are designed for use with Internet and cloud-related software, featuring more basic hardware, and are generally not as powerful as a laptop with Windows or macOS. Typically, a Chromebook has a more low-end processor, like an Intel Celeron or Core M3 processor. Chromebooks often include only 2 to 4 GB of RAM, and a 16 to 32 GB SSD for storage. They also feature very basic integrated graphics and are not at all designed for playing video games. These low-end specifications allow them to be more affordable than premium Windows or MacBook computers.

Chromebooks are manufactured and sold by a variety of computer companies, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Samsung. Google also sells a line of Chromebooks called the Pixelbook, which are more powerful Chromebooks that feature hardware similar to that of a Windows or macOS laptop.

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