Testing Chrome OS: With a cheap Chromebook [E]

Introduction

Chromebooks, i.e., laptops with Chrome OS, are already available from 200 $ upwards and that not used, but as a new device.

Important notes

Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics so that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.

Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional

If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂

Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge database entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need right now. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.

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Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!

Concrete devices [E]

Examples for this are the Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ (11.6-inch screen) for 199 $ on Amazon and the Lenovo 14E Chromebook (14-inch screen) on Amazon as well for 234 $. That is the status of May 2020.

Image: Lenovo

Finding inexpensive devices [E]

Is that too expensive for you, or is the 14 inch (approx. 36 cm) device also a little too small? Then you can simply search for cheap devices on well-known platforms like Amazon Warehouse, eBay, etc. Also, have a look at Best Buy! They always have great special offers, and sometimes even better-equipped devices are available for a reasonable price of less than 200 $.

That also applies to the following device types Chromeboxes and Chromebook Tablets from the series How to test Chrome OS first? And as already mentioned several times, these devices are usually sufficient for the majority of regular users without special requirements and an introduction to Chrome OS!

The performance and purpose of Chromebooks [E]

Compared to the Asus Chromebit I introduced to you in this post, the Chromebooks mentioned above are more powerful. Also, the playback of 4K YouTube videos should not be a problem in most cases. That means you would get a sustainable solution at a great price. However, if you plan to use powerful apps like video editing or games with great graphics, you’ll need to spend more money to be satisfied at the end of the day!

Not satisfied with Chrome OS at all? [E]

If, contrary to expectations, you don’t like Chrome OS after a more extended test, then you have not incurred high expenses with some of the alternatives mentioned in this post. You can resell the selected device on eBay, for example.

You prefer a stationary device with Chrome OS? [E]

But are you not a fan of laptops and already have a larger desktop or mini PC at home? Then maybe the post about Chromeboxes is for you! Because there are alternatives with Chrome OS for this kind of device, too! In most cases, you could simply connect them to your other devices like keyboard, mouse, and screen for testing instead of your PC and start right away.

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