Why do People Call Chromebooks "Just a Web Browser"?


Sorry for the lengthy post, but I just wanted to vent my thoughts on chromebooks and see if i'm missing something here, i apologize for typos in advance as it is 3 am and I'm too tired to proofread,

I don't understand all the hate towards chromebooks such as the commenters who say "how are people ok with paying hundreds of dollars for a web browser" or "I'd rather use the money to buy a cheap windows PC". I believe the chromebook should truly be considered a PC and not just a web browser.

Chrome OS is centered almost wholly around the chrome browser, but that doesn't mean its all a chromebook has. People seem to forget that most of our time is spent on the internet, and for most people with a windows/mac PC, they will find it to bejust as useless should your internet go down. More tech savvy people may also go the extra mile and install linux on their chromebook, but I do not think it is necessary and it defeats the purpose in the next paragraph.

Before we go into the other features a chromebook offers, one quick thing. Chrome OS just works, it runs smoothly, never crashes (at least in my experience), and you do not have to worry about you or your technologically impaired parents getting a virus on the computer.

As a student, the standalone apps I would rely on the most are microsoft office related products. I can get the microsoft office apps (which are now in the chrome web store) and for those times when I don't have internet, google's similar programs work offline or I can simply transfer the files to my PC. No matter what environment I'm in where I need to do schoolwork, I've always had wi-fi.

People will argue that a chromebook is not a PC because its not for hard core power users, but neither is a cheap PC with an equivalent price tag (macs are not relevant to this part as they are not cheap and the comparable chromebook pixel doesn't really apply to this part. I see no reason to buy a pixel other than expressing that you have a lot of money). I'm not expecting to edit video on a chrome as I wouldn't expect to do anything as strenuous on a $300 windows machine There are multiple apps on the chrome web store to replace other various standalone programs on windows/mac PCs, the ones that I can't find will be available on one of my university's PCs or my home computer.

Apart from getting work done in terms of programs, there are also key features critics tend to ignore. You have the ability to save files and transfer them from your chromebook to other devices, which is a must for me for college. You also have a desktop and a file system, which if you can find me a web browser that has all of that included (which is impossible), shut up and take my money.

People may also say if you want a chromebook, just simple buy a tablet because they practically have the same functionality. If you consider the hardware, this is definitely false. More RAM, better processor and graphics (albeit only inegrated graphics, but who really games on a laptop?) all contribute to being more productive with your device to get work done.

Storage may be an issue for some (most come with 16 or 32 gb only) but the cloud is becoming more and more accepted, and lots of people are adopting it. Regardless of the type of laptops I've mostly only ever saved essays/powerpoints/spreadsheets and a few photos, which really do not require a lot of space (I also tend to delete said files after each semester). The files that tend to occupy more space have remained on my home PC, so storage isn't really an issue. For example, i've only used about 19gb of space on my 256 SSD, with 16gb being apps (which won't be saved to my chromebook due to the OS functionality).

Chromebooks also have a dedicated keyboard and trackpad, not to mention you can hookup a mouse with the full size ports it has. In my opinion, an actual laptop keyboard blows any tablet keyboard out of the water. Yes, even the surface line of products, it's just not the same for me when trying to type on my lap or on my chest while laying in bed (and yes i've bought and used surface pro 3 for a couple weeks, returned it only because of the keyboard).

So, sure, you can consider a chromebook to be "just a web browser", but to me it should be considered a fully functioning PC, and is a fully functioning PC. Maybe it's just because of my unique situation as a student, light power user, and the fact that I don't require a lot of storage, but I feel that chromebooks don't receive as much credit as they deserve.

TLDR; Chromebooks are more than just a web browser for various reasons from software to hardware,

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