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Getting started with your new Chromebook

Getting started with your new Chromebook
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Q: My husband was listening to your show a couple weeks ago and he heard you talk about getting a Chromebook for financial stuff exclusively, so we bought one. Now what do we do?? I tried to find the info on your website but couldn't. Can you send me a link for further instructions on what to do next? -Johanna H., KWRO Southern Oregon coast

A: That's a great question, Johanna. Chromebook is a streamlined laptop from Google that has all the functionality that most people need.

But, before I delve deeper into Chromebook's security features, software programs, pricing and more, I'd like to address something you said about Komando.com. You said you couldn't find information about Chromebook on my website.

A couple of things: I will send you a link for more information about Chromebook. Plus, if we have written about a topic like Chromebook, you can simply type in your search in the upper-right corner of Komando.com, where you see the little magnifying glass icon.

If we haven't written about a topic you're interested in, we'd love to hear from you. You can call my show, send me an email or post a note on one of my social media pages, such as Facebook.com/KimKomando.

Now, on to your question about getting started with Chromebook. The first thing to know is that, unlike Apple making Macs, there is not just one manufacturer that makes Chromebooks. There are several.

Chromebook laptops

Google created the Chromebook operating system. Then, manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung make the laptops that run Chromebook OS.

So, you have a lot of options when buying one. Of course, when you're paying $300 or so for a laptop, you're not getting all the bells and whistles you will with a more costly laptop. But more on price in a minute.

Yet, you can do just about everything on a Chromebook that you would on a more expensive laptop. You'll want to check each laptop's specs, though, to compare one to another one.

Next page: What specs?
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