There are so many options when it comes to buying a new computer these days. Should you go with an old school desktop, a touchscreen all-in-one, a laptop, or would a tablet handle all of your needs? Click here to read our story on buying a new computer to help make your decision.
One popular option is the Google Chromebook. These are sub $250-laptops that run Google's Chrome OS, which is an operating system version of the popular Chrome browser. However, there is a downfall to buying one that you need to know.
Chrome OS works similarly to Windows with a start button, taskbar and apps, so you can pick it up quickly. Most of the time, it's as easy to use as a standard web browser. Plus, it can do many of the same things other operating systems can do, like video chat, play music, print documents and play games.
Chromebooks are designed to last a very long time, making it a popular item. In the first quarter of 2016, Chromebooks outsold Apple's Macs for the first time ever in the U.S. Nearly 2 million were sold during that timeframe.
Unfortunately, Google has an End of Life policy that could make your Chromebook obsolete. The policy states, "When a device reaches End of Life (EOL), it means that the product model is considered obsolete and automatic software updates from Google are no longer guaranteed."