Chromebooks haven’t been the most popular devices lately, but Google is looking to ramp up sales with a pretty sweet incentive. Anyone who purchases a Chromebook will receive 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years at no cost. That’s a value of $240.
In order to receive your free storage, you’ll need to take advantage of the offer before January 1, 2015 by purchasing an eligible Chromebook. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t say which Chromebooks are “eligible,” but we’re guessing the requirements are pretty lenient, especially since you can get a $199 Chromebook and still qualify for the free storage.
You can buy a Chromebook at several large retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, and Tiger Direct, as well as through PC manufacturers themselves, such as HP, Acer and Toshiba.
Of course, while many Chromebooks may not outdo their more expensive and more powerful brethren, they’re finally getting to a point where they can deliver some impressive performance, including Samsung’s Chromebook 2, which sells for around $300, but delivers some surprising performance for a Chromebook.
The cloud-based Chrome OS is certainly a deterrent to some users, as it’s essentially a minimalist operating system with very little to be offered for power users, but everyday consumers should be able to browse more quickly and share photos and videos at lightning speeds now, thanks to the improvements to Chromebooks over the last couple of years. And if it’s basic browsing you’re after, Chromebooks can certainly offer that.
The Chromebook 2 from Samsung comes in 11- and 13-inch screen sizes and features the same faux leather design as the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4, with the same stitching around the edges. It may be fake leather, but we have to say that it looks really good.
As for specs, the 11-inch model comes with a 1366×768 display, Samsung’s in-house Exynos 5 Octa processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and eight hours of battery. The 13-inch model comes packing with a bit more, including a higher-resolution 1920×1080 display, a faster Exynos 5 Octa processor and an extra half-hour of battery life, but keeps the same RAM and storage.
Of course, if you’re looking for something with a little more power, but want to keep the portability, the MacBook Air is a great option, and prices for the Apple laptop start at $899, it’s the cheapest price point that a Mac has ever seen, so it’s definitely worthy of your consideration.
The MacBook Air comes in 11- and 13-inch screen sizes as well, and sports a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. And of course, the full-blown OS X operating system is also something that many users will enjoy if a minimalistic Chrome OS doesn’t suit their fancy.
However, if you don’t need something that intense, a Chromebook can be a good option for those just looking for a device to browse the web and check their email on, especially if you’re only paying a couple hundred dollars and getting another couple hundred dollars worth of cloud storage.
Google Drive comes with 15GB of free storage, but you can upgrade to a 100GB plan for $1.99 per month or a 1TB plan for $9.99 per month. There’s even a plan that offers 30TB for a cool $299 per month.
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