Essential Chromebook Accessories That Are A Must

Essential Chromebook Accessories That Are A Must

Chromebook are hitting it off in the market of technological gizmos. What is a Chromebook you ask? Well, a Chromebook is a different species of a laptop. Most laptops run on Operating Systems of the Windows and Mac OS platform, but a Chromebook runs on a Google Chrome Operating System. Most of the Chromebook application and programs require online services in order to work, therefore, investing in Internet connectivity is key.

Based on these qualities, it is easy to use and sleek as well. Chromebooks are a sensation and once you have it on your desk there should be quality accessories to complement it. Unfortunately, most Chromebooks come devoid of the basic essential component, sound. Sound is as important as visual since a Chromebook can also be used to watch your favorite movies and stream media online. Therefore, I’ve prepared this article to help you decide on the type of audio output you’ll need.

Headphones & Microphones

Chromebooks come equipped with a single 3.5mm TRRS plug. Therefore, only 3.5mm plug headsets and headphones are compatible. This single TRRS plug controls both the headphones and microphone with a single plug.

The older headphones with the headset mic might be too much and you hate them because they give you a stiff neck or simply because you hate having the mic dangling on your neck. Therefore, newer models that offer much more for less have arrived in the market and you can shop for models that are flexible and easy to use. For instance, GE Universal All IN One Stereo Headset, having the ability to connect to more than one device including the Chromebook which only allows the 3.5 mm TRRS connector though an added feature, the TRRS connector. With this headset, you can also plug it in your phone or tablets.

In addition, modern headphones d come equipped with noise limiting capabilities, enabling you to shut off ambient noise.

Most importantly, another thing to note is the fact that wireless technology has aided technological development as well and with the Chromebook, this feature has not been left behind. To enjoy the wireless feature well, you’ll need to activate your Chromebook Bluetooth feature and ensure you have the latest drivers installed. Just activate your Bluetooth on both the device and the wireless headset and pair them both then you are good to go.

The wireless feature offers versatility in movement, you can work out, do chores and others as well in a safe manner and carefree, since there are no wires to entangle you or prevent you from being mobile.

Speakers

Alternatively, you can decide to be static, and buy yourself cool speakers, mid-range and of modern sound quality technology. These come in handy if you have friends over and it’s movie night, or maybe that great football or baseball game. Chromebook do support audio-out jack. In addition, having mentioned the wireless technology, you can also get Bluetooth speakers and pair them with your Chromebook. Just remember to charge them fully first.

Best Way to Use a Chromebook Headphone

A Chromebook is a different species of a laptop. Most laptops run on Operating Systems of the Windows and Mac OS platform, but a Chromebook runs on a google chrome Operating System. Most of the Chromebook application and programs require online services in order to work, therefore, investing in Internet connectivity is key. Most of the documents are stored in the cloud. A striking feature is the sound connectivity feature. It lets you select either wireless technology (i.e. Bluetooth) or wired mode for connecting your audio device. Understanding how to use these two features exclusively can make you a Chromebook master. Here’s how:

Wireless Headphone connecting

To enjoy the wireless feature well, you’ll need to activate your Chromebook Bluetooth feature and ensure you have the latest drivers installed.

To activate the Bluetooth connectivity is relatively easy. On the lower right corner of the taskbar click to open the settings submenu. On the Bluetooth icon, click Enable Bluetooth. Then follow the prompted instructions to pair your Bluetooth headphones device. In addition, Wireless BT mics, and speakers can be connected in this fashion.

Once activated, you’ll pair and connect your device. Pairing establishes a link for wireless connection. The pairing feature is only for Bluetooth first time connections, afterward, you’ll have an easy connection.

Before you start a pairing operation, make sure that:

  • The Bluetooth device (Chromebook) is well near range, within 3 feet (1 meter) of the headphone.
  • The wireless headphone is charged sufficiently.
  • You understand the basics of operating the devices, then proceed to pair by entering pairing mode on the headset.

Depending on the device, in this case, the Chromebook, the headset may connect with the device automatically as soon as they are paired.

Advantages of Wireless feature

The wireless feature offers versatility in movement, you can work out, do chores and others as well in a safe manner and carefree, since there are no wires to entangle you or prevent you from being mobile.

Disadvantage of Wireless feature

Since it requires you to fully charge the devices, there is a limit as to how long you can use the headphones via Bluetooth. Additionally, incompatible drivers may make it impossible to use.

Wired Headphones Connecting

Chromebooks come equipped with a single 3.5mm TRRS plug. Therefore, only 3.5mm plug headsets and headphones are compatible. This single TRRS plug controls both the headphones and microphone with a single plug.

Once you’ve selected you preferred audio output device (headphone (without mic) or a headset usually with mic), a number of solutions designed for use in different environments can be selected, i.e. in-ear and over ear (this depends on your preferences and requirements).

Depending on these two modes (wireless and wired), both have exceptional advantages to offer, while still having a set of disadvantages we cannot ignore.

Disadvantages

There is a limit to mobility and distance from the Chromebook. In addition, specific headphone jacks, 3.5mm, can fit into the Chromebook.

How much storage does a Chromebook have?

Chromebooks have an increased popularity nowadays, as an able alternative to laptops with a Windows or a Mac OS. It is mainly a cheaper alternative capable of most office applications, Internet browsing, watching streaming videos and others. One major concern of the Chromebook is its main access point is through the Internet, wherein most, if not all, activities are done with an Internet connection.

Unlike other laptops with a Mac or Windows operating system, Chromebooks cannot do much and you can not actually work on office applications when it is offline. With this in mind, there is a lingering argument for an individual on how much he/she can adjust or the willingness to not use a feature that is present on a Windows or a Mac laptop and is not present in the Chromebook, as it can only offer so much considering the price it is sold for.

In terms of storage, Chromebooks provide larger storage compared to what a typical Windows or a Mac laptop can offer. This is by way of using cloud computing and storage. Google drive, an inherent cloud storage feature that provides large storage of files, is readily available upon signing in on your Google account. A good thing about Google drive cloud storage is that it can also be accessed through any other Internet-enabled device by just signing in on the same Google account used on the Chromebook. This is also true even if you switch to another laptop, may it be another Chromebook, a Windows laptop or a Mac PC. Another alternate storage medium for Chromebooks is through Dropbox. This is actually the same with Google Drive, the only difference is its offline storage on your Chromebook and you can actually work on those stored documents without connecting to the Internet.

Once you are connected with the Internet, the file you have updated offline will be synced with the same file online thus making a synced file especially when you use other devices in accessing the file. For those who are more into the conventional storing of files, Chromebooks still have a 16-32 GB SSD storage capacity where you can store directly on the Chromebook without Internet access. It may be small compared to what a Windows or a Mac OS laptop can provide, but with the alternate access on cloud storage, it can be acceptable.

A Chromebook may not be a direct equivalent to a Windows or a Mac OS laptop, as it has limited features of which the usual laptops are freely capable of. The end user must weigh the things that he/she is ready to sacrifice when using a Chromebook because of the main reason of saving a considerable amount of money in buying one rather than a Windows or a Mac OS laptop. The storage capability is one thing that a Chromebook has limitations on when compared to the other OS enabled laptops. If the user has limitations on Internet connection and is more comfortable working on his/her laptop offline, you might as well go for laptops other than a Chromebook. Otherwise, a Chromebook is a viable and economical option for any kind of user as the Chromebook’s main aim is universal accessibility of files to any device, with the strong dependency on the Internet connection.