Chromebooks

Chromebooks are laptops that run on Google’s Chrome OS. This operating system is an alternative to Windows or MacOS and can be used for many things — which includes running online businesses.

The main reason I use a Chromebook over a Windows laptop and MacBook is that it provides all my computing needs at more than half the price. But there are many other reasons why you should consider using a Chromebook for your online business.

What I like about Chromebooks

  • Easy and simple to use.
  • Long battery life. (average of 10 to 12 hours — may vary)
  • Secure and superfast — No need for anti-virus or maintenance programs.
  • Files and settings are backed-up in the cloud.

What I do not like about Chromebooks

  • Internet dependent.
  • Some apps have compatibility issues.
  • No trash or recycle bin yet. — All deleted files are permanent.

Recommended Chromebooks (as of September 2021):


BEST i5 CHROMEBOOK — Acer Spin 713 (10th Gen)
Check out Acer Spin 713 on Chromebook Store PH

BEST i3 CHROMEBOOK — Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (8GB/128GB)
Check out Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 on Chromebook Store PH

BEST TABLET CHROMEBOOK — Lenovo Chromebook Duet (128GB)
Check out Lenovo Chromebook Duet on Chromebook Store PH


Best i5 Chromebook: Acer Spin 713 (10th Gen)

Photo from The Verge

Named as one of the best Chromebooks, the Acer Spin 713 is a class of its own. It has been co-engineered with Intel to deliver exceptional mobile performance. It’s packed with powerful features without compromising its weight and portability. It is the Chromebook I currently use.

SPECIFICATION

  • 13.5″ 2K 2-in-1 Laptop with VertiView IPS Touch Display
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB SSD

THE GOOD: VALUE FOR MONEY & VERTIVIEW

For P40,500, you will get a 10th generation Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD storage. The average price for this specification with other laptops is between P50,000 and P65,000.

As for the display, I was skeptical at first because I am only comfortable working with a screen size of at least 14-inches. But the 3:2 VertiView really works! I am not sure if I will ever go back to the usual screen aspect ratio.

THE BAD: SPEAKERS

I am not a fan of the speakers of Acer Spin 713. It is too subdued for my taste. I always find myself using a Bluetooth speaker or headphones whenever I am in a meeting or just listening to music.

BOTTOM LINE

I had so many bad experiences with Acer when I was still in high school and college. That’s the reason why I never checked on any of their products ever since. But due to exceptional reviews of Spin 713, I gave them another chance. All I can say is this model made me trust Acer again.

SIDE-NOTE

There is a newer version of the Acer Spin 713, but as I compared the specs, this version has more value for money. For an additional P10,000, the new Spin 713 has an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 chipset, Thunderbolt 4, and a fingerprint sensor (on some units).

I prefer the older model primarily because of the battery life. I do not think the user will ever feel the difference in speed because Chrome OS is already stupid fast even with an i3 chipset. But I am sure he will feel the difference in the battery life due to the demand of the processor.

Best i3 Chromebook: Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (8 GB/128 GB)

Photo from Android Central

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 is an excellent choice for any person looking for a high-performing laptop that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Its slim design and metal case makes it lightweight, durable and attractive. Combine those with its long battery life, the Flex 5 is the perfect companion to take on the go.

I was torn between this and the Acer Spin 713.

SPECIFICATION

  • 13.3″ FHD 2-in-1 Laptop
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB SSD

THE GOOD: VALUE FOR MONEY + BUILD QUALITY

You now know that I am a bang for the buck guy. I always pay attention to the value for money over what is latest and greatest. Similar to the Acer Spin 713, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 offers great value because of the specs they have provided for this model.

Aside from the specification, Lenovo is generous enough to give the Flex 5 a solid build quality as well. It is something you will not see on other laptops at this price point.

THE BAD: AUDIO & DISPLAY IS A BIT DIM

I can’t say anything bad about this Chromebook when we consider the price. But if we are going to be critical, I say the audio and brightness of the display is something that can be improved on.

BOTTOM LINE

As mentioned earlier, I was torn between the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 and the Acer Spin 713. In the end, my deciding factor was the display. Screen size is a big deal to me, so I went for the bigger one. Well, the Acer Spin 713 is only 0.2 inches bigger, but the VertiView is a game changer in my opinion.

Best Tablet Chromebook: Lenovo Chromebook Duet (128 GB)

Photo from Cnet

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a tablet-first Chromebook with a detachable keyboard. It has a 10-inches screen and only weights 2 pounds. It is best for students, artists, and general media consumers.

SPECIFICATION

  • 10.1″ Tablet with Keyboard
  • MediaTek Helio P60T
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage

THE GOOD: PERFORMANCE, ULTRA PORTABLE, USI STYLUS READY

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has been one of the most favorite Chromebooks for the past two years. It is compact and provides solid performance overall. The Duet is also compatible with most USI stylus, which makes it the ideal Chromebook for students and designers.

THE BAD: SINGLE USB-C PORT

What I find annoying about the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is it has only one USB-C port. No headphone jack, no HDMI, no anything else. It means we need to buy USB-C adapters if we want it to be flexible with other devices.

BOTTOM LINE

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is an awesome device overall. But it is not something I would recommend for writers and online entrepreneurs.


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