When it comes to buying a new Chromebook it’s a lot easier compared to purchasing a new Windows PC. If you’re tech-savvy and understand what you’re looking for you can take a look at the specs. Checking the type of processor, RAM, storage and whether it comes with a Graphics card will generally be enough to know whether a computer offers what is needed. There is much more to look out for, but it covers the basics.
The reason why it’s easier to buy a Chromebook is because they are mainly used for cloud computing. Whether that is internet surfing or using Google Docs productivity tools. You don’t need to be too concerned about the specs because any device is more than capable of completing these sorts of tasks. However, as ChromeOS becomes more advanced and cloud computing software continues to advance. There are many people who need a Chromebook that offers a minimum standard. For example, only very few Chromebooks are capable of installing Windows 10.
Whether you’re buying a Chromebook, a Mac or a Windows PC. You will make a much better buying decision if you understand what to look out for. However, there are plenty of people who simply don’t understand the difference between processor types or are simply not interested in finding out. This is where Chromebook X, which will most likely be badged as Chromebook Plus should make it easier when buying a new Chromebook.
Chromebooks already use indicators for purchasers
You may be thinking this is nothing new because you’ve already seen things like ‘Chromebook Plus’ or ‘Chromebook Premium’ when considering buying a new ChromeOS laptop. These do make it easier to know whether you’re buying a premium Chromebook, but there are no set standards of what makes it such a premium laptop.
It appears Google is introducing Chromebook X to make it much easier to identify whether certain Chromebooks meet a certain standard. This will include things like the processor type, having enough RAM and storage, and other important factors such as a decent webcam for video calling.
Google is setting a new standard with Chromebook X
Essentially, Google introducing Chromebook X provides manufacturers with clear guidance on what is expected for a Chromebook to be considered a Chromebook Plus. It’s a good idea because it will make it much easier in the future for everyone. Manufacturers will know what is expected and more importantly, consumers will know what to expect as an absolute minimum when buying a Chromebook Plus.
This may not sound that important, but when you consider many people are simply too busy or don’t have enough interest in understanding what makes a computer a good computer. Having the ability to trust that if the Chromebook you’re buying is labelled Chromebook Plus, you can expect a certain standard. It removes the need for people to do too much research when all they are looking for is a computer that offers more than what a budget device may offer.
It creates a standard for ChromeOS
One of the great things about Chromebooks is that they are created by many different manufacturers. This means you can choose whether to buy either an HP, Asus, Acer etc. It’s only the operating system ChromeOS that makes these laptops a Chromebook. Although it’s great to have such a selection to choose from it can make it difficult for consumers to know what they’ll get when buying a new laptop.
For example, if you were looking at buying a Chromebook and wanted to ensure the build quality was cutting-edge and the specs offered were to a certain standard. You would know that choosing a Chromebook created by Google would most likely offer what you needed.
This cannot be said for any other manufacturer because Samsung, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and HP may have made some amazing Chromebooks. They also release budget Chromebooks that were designed to offer the basics to offer the consumer a well-priced laptop. Absolutely nothing wrong with this because there are some great budget Chromebooks, but it does mean you cannot rely on the manufacturer name to assume you’ll be getting a great laptop.
The Chromebook Plus badge that we should see in the future will allow consumers to make an informed buying decision without too much research. You could argue this is why some people only buy Apple products because they expect a certain standard.
This is much harder when most manufacturers of Chromebooks make both budget and premium ChromeOS devices. The only manufacturer that can really offer this peace of mind of expecting a certain standard is Google. The issue is Google only makes up a small percentage of the market when it comes to the Chromebooks you’ll find on the shelves.
Providing Google manages to get the message across correctly about what Chromebook Plus means. It should hopefully mean consumers can safely buy a new Chromebook and not be let down when the laptop doesn’t meet a certain standard they were expecting.