What's the difference between a regular laptop and a chromebook?

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From what I see chromebooks are cheaper - can I still use them the same?
On a regular laptop I would probably have a couple of tabs up on my browser plus microsoft word or onenote and I'd save most of my stuff to a memory stick.
Is that all still doable on a chromebook?
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From what I see chromebooks are cheaper - can I still use them the same?
On a regular laptop I would probably have a couple of tabs up on my browser plus microsoft word or onenote and I'd save most of my stuff to a memory stick.
Is that all still doable on a chromebook?
On a laptop, you're most likely running Windows, which means you can use pretty much any software you want to. On a Chromebook, your operating system is pretty much just a web browser, which means what you can do is limited to whether it has a website.

If you aren't sure of what applies to you, go for a Chromebook, because it sounds like all you really need is Word and browsing - and you can get the browser version of Word through the Office website (free, as long as you have a Live account).
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On a laptop, you're most likely running Windows, which means you can use pretty much any software you want to. On a Chromebook, your operating system is pretty much just a web browser, which means what you can do is limited to whether it has a website.

If you aren't sure of what applies to you, go for a Chromebook, because it sounds like all you really need is Word and browsing - and you can get the browser version of Word through the Office website (free, as long as you have a Live account).
I might need to use it on the commute to uni, too, and there's no wifi on my train. Does that mean I won't be able to access stuff with no internet?
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I might need to use it on the commute to uni, too, and there's no wifi on my train. Does that mean I won't be able to access stuff with no internet?
Yes. But you could tether to a smartphone with mobile data (essentially set your phone up as a temporary WiFi hotspot), or get a Chromebook that has 4G capability (though that depends on your budget).

However: I've just Googled this to make sure, and it turns out there are Office apps available for ChromeOS too. Check this page out:
https://lifehacker.com/you-can-now-r...boo-1820853304 /
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