The Beginner's Guide to Chrome

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Welcome to the Chrome family! You’re joining over 20 million people who use their Chrome devices for work, school, digital signage, and more. If this is your first time using a Chrome device, congratulations—you’ve made a great choice. We know you’ll love how fast and easy they are to use, the incredible collaboration abilities, and the secure and auto-updating OS. Using a Chrome device is a little different from using a Windows PC or Mac. This beginner's guide to Chrome will walk you through what makes the devices unique, so you’ll be Chrome pro in no time!

Chrome Hardware

The first section of this beginner's guide to Chrome is Chrome hardware. Chrome devices are built for efficiency. They are lightweight, but durable and start up in under six seconds. Unlike traditional computers, Chrome devices get faster over time because of their regular updates. Even better, they’re device agnostic, as all user files are stored in the cloud. This means users can sign onto any Chrome device and have all their data and apps instantly sync.

Chrome devices are uncomplicated to manage with Google’s Admin console, Administrators can remotely manage hardware and software settings. With the Admin console, administrators can disable external hard drives and webcams, set device sleep policies, and more. Additionally, you can use gPanel to have even more granular control over your domain's Chrome devices.

While all Chrome devices run ChromeOS, they have different features. With these choices, you’ll be able to customize your organization’s Chrome experience depending on your price, size, and screen requirements. Let's explore the different types of Chrome devices.

Image of a Lenovo Chromebook

A Chromebook is a laptop that runs the Chrome operating system. Instead of saving things to your computer, they’re saved in the cloud so you can access them from anywhere with your Google account. Some come with different form factors, so you can use them as a laptop, tablet, and more. Depending on your needs, you can get a Chromebook with a webcam, HDMI access, and/or touchscreen.

Image of an HP Chromebox

Chromeboxes are a way of getting ChromeOS to a separate screen. Most people hook them up to a monitor to create a desktop computer with full cloud capabilities. However, you can also use them for digital signage and kiosks.

Image of an Acer Chromebase

A Chromebase is a desktop computer that runs ChromeOS. They are great for non-portable kiosks and employees who’ll be doing most of their work in one location.

Image of an ASUS Chrome Tablet

ChromeOS tablets have all the same functionalities as a Chromebook but in a handheld device format making them ideal for the worker on the go or for classroom settings.

Why ChromeOS?

The next part of this beginner's guide to Chrome is ChromeOS. Chrome devices run on ChromeOS which is more than simply the Chrome web browser. It’s a complete operating system that powers web-based apps. It’s ridiculously secure, with an industry leading five layers of device security, and incredibly fast. Here are some other great OS features you’ll get with your Chrome device.

Cloud Collaboration

Everything in ChromeOS is based in the cloud, updated in real time, and saved automatically. This makes it easy to work together with teammates, whether they’re on the Chromebook next to you or across the world. This also means you don’t need to save your documents, as your Chrome device does it automatically. Finally, since everything is saved in the cloud, you’ll be able to access your documents by signing onto any device with your Chrome account.

Automatic Updates

Unlike Macs and PCs, Chrome devices automatically search for and install updates. You’ll never have to worry if you’re using the latest and most secure OS—you always will be!

Easy Scaling

ChromeOS also makes it simple to scale the number of Chrome devices you have. With the Admin Console, you can set up an entire department’s worth of Chrome devices in a matter of minutes!

Remote Management

Through Chrome’s operating system, administrators are able to remotely manage Chrome hardware and software. Whether you’re managing 10 users or 10,000, an admin can enforce device settings, limit downloads, and control who can sign into Chrome devices. You can use gPanel to have even more granular control over the Chrome devices within your domain.

Chrome and Promevo

Promevo is excited to join you on your Chrome journey! We hope this beginner's guide to Chrome showed you how Chrome devices are sharable, reliable, and secure. Best of all, they are easy to use. You can shop Chrome devices on our online store or get in contact with one of our sales  advisors if you have more questions! Feel free to bookmark this beginner's guide to Chrome so you can always refer back to it when you have questions.

And if you need additional support or training, we are here for you. All Promevo customers get free support from our Google certified specialists. You can search our Knowledge Base, talk to our support team, or even schedule free training. Now go explore your new Chrome device!