Chromebook vs. Windows Comparison

The Chromebook is a hot item; a sort of scaled-back, stripped down version of a laptop. They appeal especially to people who really just want a means to do things online and run apps, real basic stuff. As a result, they offer the average user a very inexpensive way to be connected to the Internet without having to deal with the PC version of a muscle machine.

But since the Chromebook seems to have gained in popularity, it’s possible that they may not be as available as you’d like, particularly as the holidays are closing in. But is this necessarily a bad thing? There are some Windows-based systems out there that could do the trick just as well.

You’re about to read a comparison of Chromebooks and Windows systems. Once you’re done, you may see that a Windows-based laptop can do the job just as nicely as the Chromebook.

Chromebook vs. Windows Comparison
Which system brings more value to your fingertips?

What Do They Run?

When contemplating buying a system, it’s important to figure out what programs and apps can run on it. Windows has more than 168,000 apps, while Chrome runs over33,600 apps. Bear in mind that the Chrome operating system is really just one big browser. If the program can run via a website, then you can run it on a Chromebook. Otherwise, in terms of sheer numbers, Windows rules the roost.

How Do They Web Browse?

Chromebook may be built for those who just want a means to be online, but it’s Microsoft that offers a generous selection of web browsers (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) to choose from, while the Chromebook offers you, well, Chrome. This round goes to Windows.

What Are The Chromebook And Windows Interface Like?

Windows 8 was an attempt to make both traditional desktop system and mobile device users happy, but in general it succeeded in ticking off both groups. Windows 8.1 corrects some of its predecessor’s sins, but as a rule, Chromebook’s interface is more like the good old Windows interface that we all knew and loved. So, in terms of ease of use, Chromebook comes out on top.

How Are Files Managed?

Windows has its traditional file folders, where you can save your files in local storage. Chromebooks have small (usually 16GB) hard drives, then supplement this with 15GB of cloud storage free of charge. In addition, Chromebook users get 100GB of cloud storage free for two years, then after that period, you need to pay for it. The prize goes to Windows for this one, especially if you’re fond of saving a lot of media files.

What About Games?

Ah, now we’re getting to the fun one. Unfortunately, the Chromebook really falls flat here. There are so many games, awesome titles such as Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends, that flat-out aren’t supported by the Chrome OS. But while there are some titles that Chromebook supports, Windows systems support the very same titles as well, and then some! Advantage here is clearly Windows’.

What Does This All Mean?

At first glance, it may seem that a Windows system has it all over Chromebook, but it needs to be remembered that Chromebook’s raison d’etre is to be a no-frills little system that is ideal for casual users who really just want web access and the ability to do some light duty. Flexibility, versatility and power are not hallmarks of the Chromebook; simplicity is.

There is really no way that a Chromebook can seriously stack up against even a low-end Windows laptop. But the former is still a good, inexpensive system for those who don’t ask for much. And surely there’s room at the table for such a product.

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