Do you even have a Chromebook, brother? The answer depends on whom you address this question, but in general, Chromebooks are popular in the education segment rather than in the mainstream market. Google hopes to change that, and in a new ad campaign, the company hilariously highlights why Chrome OS is superior to Windows 10 and macOS.
"Built-in antivirus, a battery that lasts all day and automatically updates: Welcome to the new way of doing things – stream, play and work without slowing down," Google said in the ad's description on YouTube ,
These are solid bullet points, but nothing that would cause a giggle. What, however, is the ad highlighting the various bugs that can make users frustrating on a Windows PC or Mac? The video is a minute long, and if you have pc-fault-related PTSD, this could put you over the top. In particular, a scene hits a bit too close to home – by half, Google shows that a user is trying to leave an error dialog just to face a blue screen of death (BSoD).
We were all there, unfortunately. In my experience, Windows 10 was more reliable than previous versions of Windows, and while enforced updates can sometimes be annoying, it works well overall. But that's not the purpose of these advertising campaigns. In the ad, Google exaggerates the topics humoristically, then ends by praising the benefits of owning a Chromebook.
It does not matter how you use Chromebooks and Chrome OS in general or Google – the ad is funny. One thing Google has not touched is the price. The top selling laptop on Amazon is now an Acer Chromebook 11 with a Celeron N3060 processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. This is a ho-hum setup, but at $ 159 it seems buyers are tempted by the price.
Several other Chromebooks are also among the top 10 bestsellers, including the Samsung Chromebook 3 (# 4), ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 (# 8), Google Pixelbook (# 9), and the Acer Chromebook R11 Convertible (No. 10). Save for the Pixelbook, the rest are relatively affordable options. In any case, if you hold a score, it is Google 1, Microsoft and Apple 0. Game on.