Laptops that are speedy, secure and simple to use. Anyone familiar with a computer will be right at home with a Chromebook, and for kiddies learning their computing ropes for the first time, this is a great place to start.
The simplicity of Chrome OS
Chrome OS is the speedy, simple and secure operating system from Google that powers every Chromebook. It’s a cloud-based OS, so the Chromebook itself doesn’t have the hardware bloat of a traditional laptop. A Chromebook is therefore a simpler device to meet your everyday computing needs. You can also find touchscreen-enabled Chromebooks, and there are plenty of form factors to choose from – all built on the premise of simple set-up and on-the-go productivity.
Ready for school
Chromebooks are great for students because they easily slip into a school bag or backpack without adding a lot of weight, they tend to have at least all-school-day battery life, and they’re ready to use in about the time it takes to crack open a notebook and prep a pen.
You set up a Chromebook with a Google account. On log in you’ll find your Google Drive files and preferences for the Chromebook. An extensive range of apps are available – from note-taking to presentation-making and everything in between – and all manner of school assignments are covered. Google’s range of productivity apps such as Gmail, Docs, Meet and Sheets are at your fingertips, but any app you may choose to use for work and play is available on Chromebook. You can select Microsoft Office (subscription required), get creative with apps like Adobe Lightroom, and kick back with apps like Netflix – or your favourite game.
Secure to the core
Chrome OS updates without interruption, plus there are multiple layers of security.
Its security layers include Sandboxing, so that different software is kept separate. That way, even if one part gets infected, the rest is designed to stay safe.
The Chromebook also undergoes a Verified Boot every time it starts up – a rigorous and seamless security check-up in the background that prevents malware.
And every Chromebook has a built-in security chip to encrypt your most sensitive data. There is also built-in virus protection to defend from malware, so you don’t need to install third-party security software.
Meet some Chromebooks:
Lenovo Duet Chromebook (128GB)
The Lenovo Duet Chromebook is a top choice for an entry-level Chromebook. Its 2-in-1 form factor encompasses a full-sized detachable keyboard, so the Duet can transform into an ultraportable 10.1” tablet. The tablet itself has a stylish dual-tone design, with a kickstand in tactile fabric texture.
• 10.1” Full HD (1920 x 1080) touch display • 4GB RAM • 128GB SSD storage • Mediatek Helio P60 2 GHz processor • 1 x USB 3.1 port • Bluetooth v4.2 • Wi-Fi 5
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Lenovo Duet 5 13.3″ Full HD OLED Chromebook (128GB)
This latest Lenovo Duet 5 retains the same 2-in-1 form factor of the original Duet. However, at 13.3” the display is larger – in fact, it feels substantially so when used in tablet mode.
The biggest upgrade though is the OLED display technology of the Duet 5, more commonly found in premium TV sets and only now filtering into a limited range of high-end laptops. This makes the Duet 5 fantastic value – you would typically find OLED laptops at around three times the price! You get rich colours, brilliant contrast and stunning clarity with OLED, for a much more vivid screen time experience. What’s more, the Duet 5 OLED display is a touchscreen.
The Duet 5 also packs the latest Wi-Fi 6 for better connectivity, to deliver smooth video calls and fast web browsing.
If you’re looking for a versatile Chromebook that’s value-packed, make sure to check out the Lenovo Duet 5.
• 13.3” Full HD (1920 x 1080) OLED touch display • 4GB RAM • 128GB eMMC storage • SC7180 processor • 2 x USB-C port • Bluetooth v5.1 • Wi-Fi 6
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 13.3″ FHD Chromebook (256GB)
The Chromebook has come a long way since its debut a decade ago. Originally conceived for basic productivity, its popularity has seen the Chromebook take on more demanding workloads. This has led to the introduction of Premium Chromebooks, and the Flex 5i sits comfortably within this category. It boasts a power efficient Intel Core i5-10210U processor (1.6 – 4.2GHz). With a tenth generation Intel quad core, the Flex 5i is great for seamless multitasking, fast content creation, and popular games. It also has a 13.3” touchscreen in Full HD (1920 x 1080) that supports a digital pen (sold separately). The 360˚ design means you can convert the Flex 5i to tablet, tent, stand, laptop mode, or any angle in between.
Wi-Fi 6 offers the fastest, most reliable connectivity available, and you also get up to 10 hours battery life.
• 13.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen display • Intel Core i5-10210U processor (1.6 – 4.2GHz) • 8GB RAM • 256GB storage • 1 x USB-A 3.2 port • 2 x USB-C 3.2 ports • 1 x MicroSD car
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Lenovo Ideapad Flex 3 11.6″ HD Chromebook (64GB)
This versatile and portable Chromebook has the full keyboard and spacious trackpad of a laptop. Like the Flex 5i, the 360˚ convertible design boasts a HD touchscreen display that can convert into tablet, tent, stand or laptop mode.
• 11.6″ HD (1366 x 768) touchscreen display • MT8183 2.0G processor (2.0GHz) • 4GB RAM • 64GB storage • 1 x USB-A 2.0 port • 1 x USB-C 3.0 port • Bluetooth v4.2 • Wi-Fi 5 • Webcam
Asus CX1 15.6″ Full HD Chromebook (64GB)
If you are looking for a standard laptop form factor, the CX1 is worth considering thanks to an immersive 15.6” display for deep focus. It weighs in at only 1.74kg despite the substantive screen, and it’s US Military Grade certified, giving it every chance of surviving those daily trips to school and back.
• 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) display • Intel® Celeron® N5100 Processor (1.1 – 2.8GHz) • 8GB RAM • 64GB storage • 2 x USB-A 3.2 port • 2 x USB-C 3.2 ports • 1 x MicroSD card reader • Bluetooth 5.0 • Wi-Fi 6 • Webcam