Asus Chromebook Troubleshooting.
Before I even begin writing this Chromebook review, I’ll go straight to it’s most annoying aspect, the disappearing Chromebook Scroll Bar. so lets get straight to it :-
1, Type “chrome://flags” into your address bar, then press “Enter“.
2, Look for “Overlay Scrollbars” set it to “Disabled”.
3, Restart your PC.
And there you have it, as if by magic, a regular, normal scrollbar, no more running your cursor up and down trying to find the irritating, illusive little bar, waiting for it to pop out, I have no idea who come up with the ridiculous idea, all I know is, no one likes it.
In this post, I’ll be giving you my own opinion on what is the best and the worst aspects of a Chromebook laptop, I’ll also be trying to give advice and to help you decide if a Chromebook is the right laptop for you, and the best place to go to buy one.
What Is Chromebook And What Is Chrome OS ?
Chromebooks have been on the market since 2011, they were originally designed to be a simple, lightweight portable device for staying connected to the internet while on the move, travelling or at school etc, the difference between Chromebooks and regular Microsoft Windows laptops is that Chromebooks run on a different kind of operating system, the Chrome OS which was developed by Google, it is a Linux based operating system and uses the Google Chrome web browser.
Though Chromebooks were basic and had their fair share of problems when they were first introduced, they have improved greatly in the last few years, in fact, according to some reviews, they are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, due to the addition of many apps, services and other various improvements.
What Can Chromebook Do ?
Here are some of Chromebooks handy little features, that every Chromebook user should be aware of.
1, At the top center of the Chromebook keyboard, there’s a key which has a box with two lines next to it, click this to see all your applications on screen.
2, Chromebooks zoom feature, to make the screen bigger, Press Ctrl + Shift and +. To make it smaller, Press Ctrl + Shift and –. Press Ctrl + Shift + 0 to reset your screen.
3, Chromebooks android apps, in the settings, find Google play store, and enable it, “only the latest Chromebooks have this feature”.
4, Easy screenshot, Press the top center key with the box and two lines, + Ctrl, and the screenshot is automatically added to your documents.
5, Keyboard shortcuts, Press Ctrl + Alt + ? to see a visual list of all shortcuts and key functions.
6, Automatic security updates, Chromebook updates the latest Anti-virus and security automatically.
7, Touchpad scrolling, Use two fingers on the touchpad to scroll up or down.
8, Voice search, Go to settings, then search, check the box marked enable to start voice search.
9, Unlock Chromebook using your smart phone, Go to advanced settings, in the smart lock option, Press set up, pair Chromebook to your smart phone, using Bluetooth.
10, Mirror Chromebooks display with Chromecast, with Chromecast plugged into your TV, Click the status bar in the bottom right-hand corner of the Chromebook screen, select the Chromecast option, now Chromebooks display will be on your TV.
Is Chromebook Right For Me ?
Are you looking for a low cost, long lasting reliable laptop, are you looking for a computer primarily for email, Facebook, and generally being online surfing the net, if the answer is yes, then a Chromebook is probably the right choice for you, However, before you decide, I’ll give you a list of pros and cons, so here’s what you need to know.
Advantages Of A Chromebook.
1, Price. Chromebooks are significantly cheaper than most other laptops and can be bought for less than £105.
2, Speed, Chromebooks can power up in less than 8 seconds because of the Chrome OS platform.
3, Parental Control, Create supervised accounts, to check your child’s online activity.
4, Security, built-in virus and malware protection which is continually updated.
5, Sync, All your apps and passwords etc, are synced.
6, Battery, You can get up to 13 hours from a full charge.
7, Updates, Chromebooks constantly updates itself, automatically.
8, Cloud Storage, 100 GB of Google drive storage and it’s free.
9, Light Weight, Chromebooks are lightweight, for easy portability.
10, Android, Ability to run android apps on Chromebook.
1, No photoshop, You would need to download an online application.
2 Video editing, There isn’t any video editing on Chromebook, unless you can download an online application.
3, No optical drive, There is no CD/DVD drive.
4, Storage, There is only 32 GB of storage, this is why Chromebook gives you 100 GB free.
5, Office, You can use Android version of office, but it lacks full functionality.
6, Printing, You can print with Chromebook, but not all printers are compatible.
My Final Verdict.
Chromebooks are reliable, lightweight, portable, affordable, they have a good reputation and I know from my own experience that they do perform well and the recent introduction of Android apps has increased their overall capabilities. if you want an easy and economical way to simply get yourself online and you like using Google, then I think I you can say with confidence, Yes, I think you Should Buy a Chromebook.
Wishing You all a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy Future.
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