A sampling of the apps I used on my Chromebook. Chrome OS and Chromebooks have come a long way in the past few years. Many lower-priced Chromebooks come with traditional LCD screens, sometimes referred to as “TN” screens. The processor or CPU is arguably the most crucial part of any computer. Comments or suggestions can be sent to me via a direct twitter message at twitter.com/mbrookec or [email protected], I was a founding member of CNET news and hardware editor at CNET, a contributing technology reporter for the New York Times, and a reporter and editor at the Asian Wall. Hyper-threading can give you a bit of a boost if you are performing many tasks at the same time, but because it is splitting a core, it can’t double the performance of single-threaded processors. Other models, such as the Toshiba Chromebook 2 have a very glossy finish which reflects light. Additionally, there are no traditional “F” or “Function” keys at the top of the keyboard. You may opt-out by. Google’s Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook Pro have a unique screen size of 12.3” with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a very high resolution of 2400x1600. If you need to connect your Chromebook to a traditional wired Ethernet network, you can buy a USB Ethernet adapter like this model from Plugable. Inexpensive: often priced between $400 and $600. With 128GB of storage, it lists at $999 but usually hundreds of dollars less at Amazon. Hewlett-Packard is the No.1 supplier, shipping 3.2 million units in the quarter. HP is also slated to bring out the premium HP Elite c1030, targeted at corporate customers, which will start at $999. Glossy screens can cause a mirror-like effect which makes it hard to see what is on your display. If you plan to watch lots of HD movies on your Chromebook, then you’ll certainly want a 1920x1080 screen so you can watch your videos at full resolution. These reflections can be distracting when overhead lighting or sunlight reflects off of the screen. by Jim Mendenhall. If you want a sharp and high-resolution screen, look into the Pixelbook or the Samsung Chromebook Pro or Plus. The Chromebook market has matured dramatically since Google first introduced the first Chromebook in 2011. While comparing these numbers can be useful, it’s the combination of the battery and hardware performance that determine a Chromebook’s battery life. IPS screens are more expensive but also have much more vibrant colors, brighter picture, and excellent viewing angles. *Chromebooks perform just fine with minimal specs: low-end Intel processors and small memory and storage requirements keep prices low. It is also important to consider the type of finish on your Chromebook screen. You can also use the SD or microSD card slot to expand the storage capacity of your Chromebook. Typically I get a day and a half, sometimes two days with moderate use. Chromebooks may offer a better choice for consumers, schools, and businesses than the new — and over-hyped — MacBook. Maybe more importantly, many users (like me) can easily spend an entire workday inside the Chrome browser — where you can access almost any application. ... Samsung's Chromebook Plus can do a lot, but it can't natively run Windows or Mac software. Chrome OS is designed to work with cloud services, and Google assumes that you’ll be storing all of your documents, photos, and files on Google Drive instead of on your Chromebook’s internal drive. These processors are more than capable of handling the graphical tasks for a Chromebook, as well as playing HD video, and they’re even good enough for playing basic 3D games. While both eMMC and SSD drives are similar, they do have their differences, mainly that SSD drives are faster and of higher quality than eMMC drives.