Which Chromebook Should a Beginner Buy?

Apart from the usual Windows or Mac operating systems (OS) for laptops, a new OS has been recently released, and that is the Google Chrome OS. These laptops that run with the Google Chrome OS are called “Chromebooks” and are mainly dependent on an Internet connection to utilize all its applications and use them fully.  In essence, Chromebooks can actually perform most, if not all of the things a laptop with a Mac or Windows OS can do, but with a considerable price reduction. Chromebooks now offering a large line of products, much like other laptops. This is causing confusion especially for those people who are planning to buy a Chromebook for the first time. This handy guide will provide a guideline to which Chromebook is appropriate for people that will be using it for the first time. Here are some of the Chromebooks that are friendly for beginners:

Asus Chromebook Flip

As one of the smallest Chromebooks around with a 10-inch flip screen, it is also one of the few Chromebooks with a 360-degree rotating touchscreen. The battery also has considerable life with a maximum life of 10.5 hours and is notable for being the lightest Chromebook on the market. It is also one of the cheapest with a suggested retail price of $249. The quality of the build is very good as it is made from sturdy materials compared to others. Additionally, it is quite lightweight and is perfect to bring along during travels and will not add much weight to the luggage. A small drawback on this Chromebook though, is that this is not friendly for people who have a hard time typing on cramped keyboards thus causing some disappointments.

Acer Chromebook R11

The Chromebook R11 made by Acer is a versatile 2-in-1 mode laptop that has an 11.6-inch touch screen that can also act as a tablet. The screen can also do a 360-degree flip making it more comfortable to use while in tablet mode. This feature is also useful for things such as watching streaming movies as well as showing presentations to others. With its small frame and light size, it is perfect to bring along to almost anywhere without worrying about added weight to luggage. Though the Chromebook R11 has limited space, it has provided ample space for the keyboard, making it comfortable to type on for most people, even those with large fingers! One small concern for this 2-in-1 laptop is that the lid flexes a little bit which can be worrying when it comes to its sturdiness.

Samsung Chromebook 3

This Chromebook also showcases an 11.6-inch LCD with touch screen options but doesn’t flip back to become more of a tablet like other Chromebooks can do. Its battery life is one of the longest in comparison with similar products, wherein it can have a life of up to 11 hours with a full charge. A small concern is that its micro SD slot restricts people in putting in their SD cards in transferring files. Much like other Chromebooks, its size and weight are negligible and it can be brought anywhere without any fuss.

 

The above Chromebooks are friendly to beginners and at the same time impressive to experienced Google Chrome OS users in which the key is its ease of use

The Complete Beginners Guide to Chromebook Headphones

A Chromebook is a laptop of separate breed. Instead of windows 10 or MAC OS X, this book runs OS of google chrome. These things are made to be used primarily while connected to the internet. There are most of the documents in the cloud present. These are very fast and good working machines and they are used in all over the world. These machines are operated by google and are very efficient and perfect to use. Here are some of the ways by which you could make yourself a chrome book master.

Live in the Clouds

The Chromebook’s limited internal hard drive fills up fast, but there’s plenty of room for your data on the internet. Every Chromebook comes bundled with 100 GB of cloud storage space; just head over to any relevant site to activate the expansion. But why limit yourself to just one cloud? Dropbox, Box, and iCloud all offer Chrome OS apps through the Google Web Store as well and offer free storage options.

Get the Right Apps

The Chrome OS may not be able to run conventional standalone programs, but there’s an app for that. That is, while you won’t be able to use programs like Photoshop, Skype, or iTunes, Google offers several capable alternatives, many of which come pre-installed. And if you find any of these Google-branded apps to be lacking, the Web Store has a wide variety of superior third party offerings including the PIXLR image editor, Feedly, Evernote, and Pocket.

Take a Shortcut, Make a Shortcut

The Chromebook keyboard uses a condensed layout that can take some getting used to, but ultimately proves quite efficient. Instead of the conventional function (F1 – F12) keys running along the top row, you’ll find a series of hot keys that allow you to quickly cycle through your browsing history, reload active webpages, switch between open windows, and adjust both the sound and screen brightness levels.

And instead of the dedicated Page Up/Down or Home/End keys you’d find on a standard full-size board, Chromebooks use Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys to navigate within the page. You can find a comprehensive list of available shortcuts here—just be sure to bookmark the page (Ctrl+D) until you have them memorized. Or, if you prefer to make your own shortcuts, the Shortcut Manager extension allows you to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to virtually any Chromebook process.

Pick a Bigger Board

If you prefer to use a full-size keyboard or separate mouse instead, you can simply connect one via wired USB or Bluetooth connection. To activate the Bluetooth connectivity, click the lower right corner of the desktop (where the battery status icon resides) to open the settings submenu, click Enable Bluetooth, and follow the onscreen instructions to pair the devices. Wireless BT headphones, mics, and speakers can also be connected in this manner.

Print from Anywhere

Trying to print from a Chromebook can be an adventure seeing as how you can’t plug the printer directly to it. Instead you’ve got to use Google’s Cloud Print service to connect wirelessly to either a Cloud-enabled printer or a conventional one that’s wired to an Internet-connected PC or Mac.

The installation process for Cloud printers differs by manufacturer, though Google offers instructions for each of the major brands here. If you’re using a wired printer, on the other hand, you’ll have to first install Chrome on the computer that it’s connected to, then select Add Printers from the browser’s Advanced Settings menu (it’s found in the three-line icon in the upper right corner of the window).

Throw It on the Big Board

Aside from the Pixel’s HD gloriousness, most Chromebook displays are closer to good than great. But instead of squinting, why not hook up a desktop monitor? How you do so depends on the model of Chromebook you have. Pixels, for example, are equipped with an HDMI port to connect directly with HD monitors. The HP Chromebook 11, on the other hand, only sports a Slimline port and therefore requires a separately-sold HDMI-Slimport adapter. Be warned however, unless you are running port to port without conversion (i.e. HDMI to HDMI), the resolution will suffer. You might even consider picking up a Chromecast instead and mirroring your display onto a big screen.

Pairing and connecting with other BLUETOOTH devices:

Pairing is the process required to create a link between BLUETOOTH devices to allow wireless connection.

You must pair a device with the headset to be able to make a BLUETOOTH connection for the first time.

Before you start pairing operation, make sure that:

*The BLUETOOTH device is placed within 1 m (3 feet) of the headset.

*The headset is charged sufficiently.

*The operating instructions of the BLUETOOTH device is on hand.

*Enter pairing mode on this headset.

When you pair the headset with a device for the first time after you bought it, or after you initialized the headset (the headset has no pairing information), press and hold the POWER button for about 2 seconds when the headset is turned off. The headset enters pairing mode automatically.

When you pair a 2nd or subsequent device (the headset has pairing information for other devices), press and hold the POWER button for about 7 seconds.

Make sure that the indicator flashes blue and red alternately after you release the button.

Perform the pairing procedure on the BLUETOOTH device to search for this headset.

[MDR-XB950BT] will be displayed on the list of detected devices on the screen of the BLUETOOTH device. If not displayed, repeat from step 1.

Select [MDR-XB950BT].

If passkey (*) input is required on the display of the BLUETOOTH device, input “0000.”

* A Passkey may be called a “Passcode,” a “PIN code,” or a “Password.”

Make the BLUETOOTH connection from the BLUETOOTH device.

Depending on the BLUETOOTH device, the headset may be connected with the device automatically as soon as they are paired.

The Benefits of Using Chromebooks

What are Chromebooks?


A Chromebook is basically a laptop that has chrome as its operating system instead of windows. It can be used when the Internet is available with cloud storage as the main medium of storing data. After being introduced to the general public, one of the major customers were schools. This is because in light of the recent advancements in science, schools are also looking forward to increase their student output in terms of creativity, cooperation, intellect and of course up-to-date citizens; a Chromebook has all the essentials that can help them achieve this level of productivity. Here are some of the main benefits of Chromebooks:

  1. They are low-priced: A major advantage of preferring a Chromebook to a laptop is the difference of price. Chromebooks are available in a very affordable range i.e. barely $150, therefore not only are they making great waves in educational institutes but also tech-related offices. 
  1. They are fast: A total of six to eight seconds are needed to kick-start the device, which is quite impressive to say the least. This property is owed to its SSD hard drives and the expedient OS. If you’re in a hurry to check something on the internet you can be full aware of the subject in less than a minute given the swiftness of this device.
  1. They are user-friendly: They have been designed as such that the user finds it easy to navigate. Apart from constantly being updated in the background, their batteries last up to eight hours all the while being tremendously light-weight and therefore, handy. Students can carry them to their schools, employees can pack them up in an office bag and you can even take them when you go traveling! Supplementary to that, other features are also comprehendible by the layman.
  1. Controllable by manager: That’s not all; user control can be managed by the institute installing them and they can install the apps of their choice, block access to certain websites and monitor what the user is doing on the Chromebook henceforth it is a very convenient device. For parents, who want to keep a strict check on their child’s online activities, this can provide a lending hand; similarly for the top management to keep an eye on how the employees are progressing. 
  1. They offer personal profiling: Just like laptop windows can create different profiles for each user, so can Chromebooks. Every user whether it be a student or an employee can have his personal profile that can be supervised by those in charge. Furthermore, sharing is also a possibility because the innate security software prevents any sort of malware to attack. Virus protection, safety encryptions, sandboxing are just some of the security checks they offer.
  1. Data safety is enabled: All your files, information, data is not saved on the ‘hard disk’ that can be prone to damage, rendering all your work useless. Chromebooks save your working on ‘cloud’ storage meaning that no physical damage like breaking your Chromebook can harm your data. That’s not all; even having it stolen won’t wash your data away because your personal profile can be managed on any other of the devices given that you remember the nicks and crooks of it.
  1. Google collaboration:  Chromebooks are optimized with Google apps ranging from Gmail to Calendars and so on. If you’re already accustomed to this, you can work better. However, if you are not so used to Google apps you might need some time to learn, but they will make life easier because all your information will be uniform no matter what device you use to access it.
  1. Offline usage possible: While many apps are not available to be used offline, the Chromebook has a store of more than 200 apps that can even be used when no Wi-Fi signals are in the vicinity. In addition, android is also formulating apps that shall be used on the device without internet facility. This will make it a perfect device that even uses apps without connection to the World Wide Web.
  1. Power of Resistance:  These Chromebooks are resistant to dropping, scratching and scraping. Technology testing has proven that a 48 inches drop to a wooden plank kept the Chromebook working without a graze! The Chromebook can also endure extreme temperatures that are in the range of minus 20.2 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit coupled with humidity, quivering, rainfall, soil particles and dust. Tiny water spills are also survived by these, however, this doesn’t mean you can spill your morning tea over it and expect it to stay alive. 
  1. Syncing your account: Since these Chromebooks use chrome and can create personal profiles, they can be synced to any computer anywhere in this world that uses chrome as a browser. Your login details are all you need to know in order to transfer your information from one computer to the other without hassle.
  1. Perks of a laptop: Although technically speaking, Chromebooks are not laptops but almost everything you can do on a laptop is also possible on these. Whether it is social media networking, or video chatting with your peers, song downloads, movie torrents, photo editing all are possible because you’re directly connected to the Internet world.
  1. Added bonuses and incentives:
    Apart from the OK Google voice searching, you can also use the onscreen desktop! This means that the touch screen is activated and you can scrawl on the screen with your finger and the app will convert your scribbles into writing on the screen. Many a tests have been performed to check whether the app picks up the correct words and yes it does! (unless of course your writing is atrocious)

All in all, everything on this planet has its advantages and also some shortcomings. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to purchase a Chromebook or invest into a laptop, based on these qualities of this easily usable, internet connected, portable and sleek Chromebooks that are the latest sensations in the world of technology.