Despite its poor reputation as “a mere browser only device”,there are many awesome things you can accomplish with the Google Chromebook. As long as you’re set for tasks that don’t involve heavy gaming and advanced video editing,you can certainly put a Chromebook to good use. With a reliable internet connection, it can serve as a pretty attractive alternative to your standard PC or notebook.
The Chromebookis one of the most appealing laptops for college students because it’s relatively inexpensive whilst being functional and useful for writing reports, drafting school work, note taking, and basic computing tasks. Although an internet connection is recommended to run the Chromebook, that isn’t much of a problem since many people can use their mobile phones as hotspot devices, in case Wi-Fi isn’t available. Another good point worth mentioning is you can view and edit files, photos, and compose emails even when your offline.
What are the things you can do with your Chromebook?
- Play Games
There are offline apps such as the game “Basket& Ball”, which you can play on your Chromebook even without an internet connection. For diehard puzzle, MMORPG and action fans, there’s an option to download and play free games like the Arcane Legends, Polycraft, Airmech, Realm of the Mad God, Spelunky, Kingdom Rush Frontiers,2048 and many more.
- Make Video Calls
Like a regular laptop, you can make and receive video and voice calls as well as text messages on your Chromebook via Hangouts. If you’re used to using Skype, the web version of the app is available for Chromebooks; however, it’s limited to text messages and voice calls since at this time Microsoft has not enabled the video call web plug-in for Linux and Chromebook users.
- Use as a Calculator
Everybody needs a calculator at some point and the Chromebook has this basic feature available for its users. It’s a fully offline application that can do basic calculations and has a scientific mode, just in case there are students out there looking to put this machine to good use.
- Photoshop Images and Videos
Photoshop tools such as the Polarr Photo Editor 2 can be used to edit images and films; even when you are not connected to the internet. The editor comes with free filters, text and icons which you can incorporate in the photos.
- Voice Command
The Chromebook has a voice command featurecalled “OK Google” which is somewhat similar to Siri from Mac. Once activated,you can use it when running an online search or opening Google apps on your screen to random tasks like finding out the best flight deals available. This feature is quite handy when you have your hands full or if you’re someone who’s fond of multi-tasking.
Gone are the days that the Chromebook went unnoticed. Now, you can find various Chromebook models out in the market, partnered with giant brands like Samsung, Lenovo, Toshiba, HP, and Asus.
In a world that desires to be connected all the time, Chromebooks have earned the right to belong and become an essential device in everyday life – whether you use it for business, school, or everything in between.