Why the cloud is making laptops better

Downloading data to unsecured mobile devices and subsequently losing control of those devices (through theft or other everyday accidents) is no longer acceptable. While solutions such as full-disk encryption are available, they do represent another layer of administration and potentially a barrier to everyday office collaboration.

Cloud-based systems, on the other hand, positively enable seamless internal sharing, while retaining security and invisibly managing matters such as backups, revision control and even disaster recovery. Of course, Chromebooks allow users to work offline too, so short breaks in connectivity are no barrier.

Lighter, faster, better hardware

Chromebook shipments are estimated to hit 10.1million units in 2019, up from 8.9 million in 2018 (according to Statista), and rising business demand is playing a key role in this 13.5% year on year increase.

Chromebooks of the past were relatively clunky beasts, and in some cases incorporated many of the disadvantages of laptops with the disadvantages of tablets, making them a poor choice for most mobile workers.

However, the technical capability of modern Chromebooks has improved exponentially and a model like the ASUS Chromebook C223 is a good example. It features a robust 10 hours of battery life – easily enough for a full day’s work – in a lightweight 11.6-inch chassis.

Weighing in at under a kilo, and with plenty of wired and wireless connectivity, it’s easy to see why Chromebooks such as this are an attractive choice for professionals on the move.

Style as well as substance

Of course, business users have a wide range of requirements from their mobile technology, ranging from the ability to edit spreadsheets on the train to running seamless presentations in the boardroom.

This is where innovative devices like the acclaimed ASUS Chromebook Flip really deliver. It converts easily between different form factors, offers premium design and performance, and has a look that has been widely copied but never bettered.

In short, the days of mobile workers needing to carry heavy standalone ‘computers’ is rapidly coming to an end. Cloud-based working is fast becoming the norm and, considering the inbuilt business benefits of lower costs, improved collaboration, stronger security and better access control, it’s easy to see why.

To find out more, browse the full ASUS Chromebook range here.

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