Chromebooks vs Netbooks for Coding: Are Chromebooks Worth It?

Portable computing seems to be taking a life of its own. This means that consumers will have to make harder choices when acquiring a new notebook. Generally speaking, notebooks come in 2 subcategories. These include laptops and netbooks. However, Google came in recently to compete with the current market by introducing what they call Chromebook. And with these options, choosing a good notebook will surely be confusing if you’re not techy by nature. The battle is now centered on Chromebook vs Netbook.

Chromebooks

This computer runs on the Google Chrome operating system, and it’s the most current notebook to join the market of portable computers. The main benefit of Chromebook is that it integrates seamlessly with everything Google, right from your email to Google Docs and many more stuff. Storage is done in the cloud, meaning you will never lose anything when using Chromebook.
The main selling points of this portable computer are that it can boot in under 8 seconds flat, and that it doesn’t take time to resume from the standby mode. And the battery of this portable device can last up to 8 hours without recharge. Again, the Chromebook is designed with a solid-state disk drive, meaning there are no moving internal components in the device. What this means is that you will always face less risk of crashing your disk drive.

And then Chromebook also takes good care of internet connectivity as this activity can be executed in a breeze. It seamlessly connects with your home wifi or public hotspots. Users who can pay the additional cost of a 3G network can even get theirs connected to a 3G network from Verizon (if you live in areas served by this telecom company).

And with a Chromebook device starting around the price of $500, the 3G connectivity of this notebook could be considered the best value-added feature ever seen in a portable computer.
The problem, however, is that a Chromebook doesn’t have a file system since storage takes place in the cloud. Again, the problem of missing optical drives and limited support for external devices is something that can be considered a major deal breaker.

Even though the notebook still features a fully-fledged keyboard, there is no Windows key, delete keys, function keys etc. And with the minimalist 12’’ display, this would not be ideal for watching videos.

Netbooks

Netbook still offers functionality that is missing in Chromebook. It also comes with an OS and keyboard that you are used to. In addition to this, the device comes with a decently sized hard drive alongside frequently used programs like MS office.

But since everything that glitters is never gold, the Netbook can’t be viewed as an exception. Whereas the device can support myriads of production tools needed for business, connectivity is poor, and is a far cry from what Chromebook currently offers. Forget about an optical drive as well. Displays tend to be the same, although some netbooks still have slightly larger displays than Chromebook.

Conclusion

A Netbook is designed with the primary purpose of letting you access internet on the go. WiFi connection is therefore standard in a Netbook device. And with a Netbook device starting at a minimal price of $300 going upwards, Chromebooks must rely on their in advances in design and battery life to gain the edge over Windows competitors.

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