Why buying a Chromebook doesn't make sense

Does investing in a Chromebook make sense financially? To this point, consumers haven’t flocked to the device. And ZDNet writer Larry Seltzer states that there’s a good reason for this: Buying a Chromebook just doesn’t make financial sense.


The truth is, the sales of Google’s Chromebook are disappointing. Consumers haven’t yet embraced the product. The way Seltzer sees it, this is not unexpected. As Seltzer writes, consumers today are smart. They want solutions to do several different functions. Sadly, the Chromebook doesn’t do that, making it an foolish purchase.

Why hybrids rule

Seltzer writes that consumers would be wiser spending their dollars on a hybrid laptop/tablet device. These devices simply do more. Seltzer points to Microsoft’s Surface hybrid, that permits consumers to run Office software, edit documents, search the Web and watch movies and videos. Chromebooks can’t do all of this. So, Seltzer writes, why would anyone even consider buying a Chromebook instead of a hybrid device?

Limited functions

What can a Chromebook do? According to Seltzer, all they do is run the Chrome Web browser. Sadly for Google, Windows laptop computers already do this. So do MacBooks. And these competing devices also perform many other tasks that Chromebooks don’t. Seltzer’s advice then is simple: Don’t squander your cash by buying a Chromebook.