Have you ever had a laptop that just died? It’s no fun, and it can leave you stranded in the middle of important projects for both work and play. And if you had a super-priced computer, it’ll cost you a pretty penny to repair — or worse, replace.
We’ve got a great trade for you: a Chromebook. You can use Google Drive for all your notes and spreadsheets, access YouTube for videos and of course check your email and much more. The Asus Chromebook — which retails for $176, or $94 off, at Walmart — is a great easy-to-use alternative to your now-broken expensive computer.
Originally $270, this Google Chromebook from Asus – a Taiwan-based computer manufacturer specializing in premium yet wallet-friendly desktops, monitors and laptops – features a lightweight and compact design with an impressive 14-inch display with HD resolution for clarity and sharpness.
“The feature I absolutely love is the screen. It looks like it’s a regular laptop screen, but it’s far from it,” wrote a five-star Walmart reviewer. “It really does look like a flat screen TV when you open the Chromebook.”
This Asus laptop also runs Google ChromeOS – not Windows 10 or MacOS. It’s a simple, easy-to-use system that only requires internet access and a Google account to get started. Instead of endlessly setting up the laptop with passwords and apps, just log into your Gmail account via the Google Chrome browser and you’re good to go.
Google imports all your bookmarks, settings, extensions and web apps from your Gmail account and your Chrome browser from your previous laptop to populate this machine. It’s one of the reasons Chromebooks are the best backup laptops: you can easily move from one machine to another without skipping a beat. Google automatically saves all your work and preferences as you go, protecting every Chromebook with up-to-date antivirus protection, and all you need to do is log into a Chromebook with your Gmail account to pick up where you left off with your last laptop.
“Great Chromebook indeed,” said one shopper who gave the Asus five stars. “This little Chromebook is a powerhouse! The screen and keyboard are much bigger than I expected. The screen also gives a very clear picture. Speaking of a pair of bright speakers? Oh my god.”
Another delighted shopper added: “The installation was so easy that I was surfing the web less than 30 minutes after unpacking. Learning the Chrome OS as I got more used to MAC OS and Windows was no problem. It’s a perfect second computer for travel and bedroom use, which is all I need it for as my large desktop model stays put.”
Essentially, this Asus Chromebook is the ideal laptop for people who are away from a computer for eight hours a day. It can also be a great backup or travel laptop. With its affordable price, eight hours of battery life, ease of use and versatility, it’s a deal that’s hard to beat.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.