In Pictures: Google Chromebook Buyer's Guide

Chromebooks are Web-centric alternatives to laptops that, while not for everyone, are coming into their own. To help you decide if one is right for you, answers common Chromebooks questions and takes a look at the current lineup.

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What Are Chromebook's Target Markets? Mobile professionals, especially heavy Google users, are among Chromebook's target markets. Since Chromebooks are usually lightweight and have decent-to-long battery life, they can be attractive to students, too. In fact, Lenovo's ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is sold only to the K-12 education market.

In addition, a Chromebook's low cost and portability may appeal to families who want a second (or third) laptop for the kitchen, den or other area. Chromebooks can be ideal for older users, too, particularly those who aren't tech-savvy and don't want to deal with installing software and updating antivirus applications.

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