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The new Chromebook . . . are you ready for life in the cloud?

The new Chromebook . . . are you ready for life in the cloud?

 The Chromebook 11 was just announced by Google and HP.  This new 11” laptop boasts a super sharp screen and run’s the Chrome OS.  You’ll have your choice of colors – basic white and black and for those who are partial to color there will be options with blue, green or yellow accents.  However, it’s the $279 price point that caught my attention; especially since the last Chromebook release, the Pixel, was $1,300.


If you’re not familiar with Google’s Chrome OS, it’s a Linux based OS and its user interface mimics the Chrome web browser.  Google’s betting on capturing the mindshare of users whose primary use of their computer is to access the web.  In fact, the only native applications you’ll find on the laptop are the browser, media player and a file manager.


However, the benefits of the Chromebook aren’t limited to its price point.  Google claims that this device boots quicker when compared to its competitive counterparts and also charges with the same cables you use for your Android. 


With space limited to 2GB (4x 4Gbit) DDR3 RAM/ 16GB Solid State Drive, the bulk of your work on the Chromebook will be stored in the cloud, like in their other product, Google Drive.  In fact, since everything is in the cloud, you can switch from your laptop to your phone and back . . . or multitask w/ both. 


Let’s face it, most of the time we’re in an area accessible by WiFi – in our offices, in our homes, coffee shops, hotels, airports and now even when we’re up in the air.  But being able to work offline has its perks especially when your connection speeds are slow.  What do you think  . . . are you ready for life in the cloud?


Are you concerned about your internet connection speeds, your wireless networks (or lack thereof) or unsure if the Chromebook could work for your needs?  Give us a call to discuss your needs and see how we can help you choose the best technology for your business.



Teltek is a Certified Avaya Business Partner, NEC Dealer, and Microsoft Partner with two locations in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. We specialize in providing one call technology support for small to mid-sized businesses and nonprofits in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania.


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