There’s been a lot of buzz around Chromebooks in recent years, mainly in the education sector due to their budget-friendly cost, but they’re starting to make some serious waves in the enterprise with new features being added continually. So it may be time to consider whether Chromebooks could be the answer to your IT issues.
Chromebooks are basically lightweight laptops, but instead of running Windows, they come with Chrome OS from Google. Running on a foundation of Linux and selling at a price point nearly anyone can afford, the Chromebook seems to have finally hit its stride, so much so that 6 of the top 20 best-selling laptops are Chromebooks – and they now outsell Apple.
Unless you’re looking at the very top of the line models, you’ll be looking at a price range of between £150 and £300, which makes for a welcome change for businesses considering the rate at which hardware can be replaced. However, as time goes on, Chromebooks deliver an excellent ROI as they don’t slow down and begin lagging due to software and storage, because everything is in the cloud, so they run just as fast as they did at first use.
As more SME’s begin migrating to the cloud and to G Suite (or other services!), one of the most important things for any new device is being able to integrate with ease. That’s exactly what the Chromebook does best, it was purpose-built for use in the cloud with G Suite and will have access to all of the same files and web apps as previous machines so you can pick up exactly where you left off.
Although Chromebooks have a reputation of being stripped back laptops, there’s a lot more functionality to them than you’d think. The Chrome Web Store is ever growing with apps for just about anything you can think of and works just the same as the Play Store for Android. As Chromebooks market share in the enterprise develops, so too does the amount of business-focused apps you can find for them, some of which you can find here. And with Android apps coming soon to Chrome OS there will be even more options very soon.
Speed and Efficiency
Performance is one of the biggest selling points for top of line laptops, and you usually have to pay through your teeth for the fastest models. But Chromebooks can deliver that same level at a fraction of the cost due to the fact that their not bloated with a chunky operating system and unnecessary software that can cause it to lag. The average boot time for a Chromebook to go from being asleep to fully functioning is 4-10 seconds, so you won’t even have time to put the kettle on while it gets going. The stripped back nature of the device means that there’s very little distraction while trying to get work done compared to a standard PC, and as everything is done within Chrome, there’s no learning curve necessary.
The fact that Chrome OS is based on Linux, and because anything that’s installed is coming directly from the Web Store means that it’s incredibly reliable. This means there’s almost no reason for IT departments to worry when it comes to viruses and malware, resulting in very little downtime or expensive data recovery.
A few years ago, nobody was 100% sure what the cloud was, or what it was going to be. But now we do, and Chromebooks were built especially for those working in and looking to get the most out of the cloud. Although this doesn’t mean that they need it in order to function, Chromebooks can still be used in offline mode, and sync your work the next time you’re online.
So if you’re looking for a highly secure, easily manageable and cost-friendly hardware approach, Chrome devices are certainly worth consideration.
If you’d like to find out more information about G Suite or are considering adopting Chromebooks for your organisation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be delighted to have a chat.