Not everyone needs a computer with a full set of bells and whistles. A Chromebookâ€™s simplified interface makes it popular with schoolsâ€”and those of us who serve as IT support for less tech-savvy relatives.Â You donâ€™t need to worry about managing irritating updates or avoiding malware on a Chromebook, like you do if you simply install Chrome on an old Windows laptop, and the lightweight operating system feels much snappier than Windows on modest hardware. Chromebooks can cost less than a budget PC, too.
You might not even need to spend anything if you have an older laptop already lying about. Installing the equivalent of Chrome OS onto aged hardware takes less than an hourâ€™s worth of elbow grease, and the final result often feels snappier than todayâ€™s dirt-cheap Chromebooks.