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Are Chromebooks Worth It in 2021?

Chromebooks can seem really attractive on the surface. Great price, Google interface, many size and design options. Should you jump on it? Are Chromebooks worth it, actually?

When it comes to technology, we’ve all been burned by the “you get what you pay for” cliche. There’s a reason why Apple Airpods are so popular, but the $10 knockoff version gets bad reviews. If you’re reading this post, you have the right instincts in thinking that Chromebooks may be too good to be true. 

The problem is that the answer isn’t a clear yes or no. Instead, it’s a matter of preference and what you need. In this post, we’re going to outline some important questions to ask yourself about how and why you use your computer. If your answers to these questions match up with Chromebook’s features, yes, a Chromebook could very well be worth it. If not, you’ll likely want to look elsewhere.

Let’s dive into what makes the Chromebook unique.

Are you an Apple person?

A few years back, I was in the market for a new computer and decided that I wanted to save some cash and get something other than a MacBook. Computers are computers, right? No. I walked into Best Buy and started playing around with the PCs and Chromebooks they had on display. While I expected a learning curve, it wasn’t a learning curve I was ultimately willing to take on. They were just SO different than the Apple computers I’m used to.

If you’ve been using an Apple computer, you may have a hard time making the switch to a Chromebook. This is the whole reason why the stereotype of the “PC person” and “Mac person” exists. The loyalty that builds behind different computer brands is something that is almost forced. Once you’re in the Apple or the PC ecosystem, it’s a lot of effort to switch. I’m a loyal Apple person, not because of my undying love for the brand, but because I know how to use their system and I don’t want to take the time to learn a different one.

The video below is the ENTIRE series of PC vs. Mac ads. If you need a laugh, this is it.

If you’re already a PC person, switching to the Chromebook won’t be a big shock. If you’re familiar with Apple though, be prepared to change some of your computer habits. Whether this is a big deal or not is a personal choice. Watch demos, read reviews, and go into a store and test one yourself. Get a feel for how different a Chromebook is from what you’re currently using and decide whether it’s worth it.

Do you have an Apple or an Android phone?

If you’re an Android user, a Chromebook could be a great idea. Not only will your phone sync to your computer to create a more seamless experience between the two, you’ll also have access to all of the Android apps right on your Chromebook. As of 2017 and beyond, all Chromebook models will support the Google PlayStore. If you already have an Andorid and want to continue that experience to your computer, this is a big plus and definitely makes purchasing a Chromebook worth it.

Will this be your main computer or not?

I bought a small, cheap computer to use for travelling. It’s great! No need to bring my expensive Apple product to God knows where and leave it vulnerable to being stolen or broken. 

If you’re looking for an inexpensive computer to use as a travel companion or as a backup, a Chromebook is a great choice. Given that Chromebooks were built to integrate easily with Google Drive, you can keep all of your files on the cloud. This will make it much easier to access and transfer any files you need back to your main computer.

Do you use Google Drive?

As I mentioned, Chromebooks were built to integrate flawlessly with Google Drive. If you’re a big Google Drive user, you will love how much the Chromebook relies on the Drive universe. On the other hand, if you prefer Cloud Drive, you’ll likely want to stick with Apple.

Are you ready to join this new Chromebook world?

There’s no doubt that Chromebooks are growing in popularity at a crazy rate. In early 2019, Google announced that Chromebooks were being used by 30 million students and educators. That’s just students and educators. 

Given the growth of Google in general, there’s no doubt that the Chromebook will continue to improve, all while being synced to Google’s stellar array of products. If you love Google, it may be worth jumping on the Chromebook train now and getting used to our new Google world.

So, is the Chromebook worth it?

Based on the questions we’ve answered, you likely already know if the Chromebook is where you want to venture but, here’s a summary:

The Chromebook is great if:

Whether you’re now excited to get a Chromebook, or are still on the fence, here are some links to great models to check out:

2 thoughts on “Are Chromebooks Worth It in 2020?”

  1. Runner's high - Yes!

    Hi Diana!

    Thanks for your info shares and many congrats on those AWESOME thon times!! I’m a runner’s high addict. I surely appreciate the discipline that goes into marathoning!

    I’ve a long standing question about Chromebooks. What’s up with the ones at the huge box stores that run REALLLLLY cheap (some under $20.00)? Might you be familiar with that, and why that is? Have you seen those kind of prices?

    Many thanks for any info you may pass along!

    – A fellow pacer

  2. Hello to fellow runner!!
    $20!! I personally haven’t seen anything that inexpensive, but big box stores can definitely have great deals. Chromebooks can be a “get what you pay for” situation, so I’d look at the specs and make sure it can do everything you need it to do. Some cheaper chromebooks may have less storage and RAM than you’d want. They also may not be able to accommodate certain apps or programs. It really depends what you’re looking for though. For $20, I’d personally use it as an adventure laptop, even if it wasn’t very good!

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