Chrome OS vs Windows 10 on a 10 Year Old Laptop

As a college student, it's nice to have a laptop to throw in the backpack for notes and work. The downside is the amount of stress being placed on said laptop, because a backpack isn't the safest place for anything, let alone fragile laptops. So I decided to have a dedicated laptop just for backpack-ing. However, I don't have the cash for a brand new one, nor do I want to risk damaging a new one, so I use a 2008-ish Dell Latitude D630 I had lying around, as I spoke about here. However, at that point, I was using Windows 10, which ran pretty well. Now I'm giving Chrome OS a try. How does it stack up?

Now this isn't full-on Chrome OS, but rather Chromium OS being developed by NeverWare for their CloudReady operating system. Installation is simple with a USB flash drive, and I could've dual booted, but this solid state drive is just 60 GB, so I decided against that. Compared to Windows 10, startup is not as fast, and that's only by a few seconds. The overall use of Chrome OS is not faster than Windows 10, but it's not slower. If anything, it just runs smoother. There were hiccups with Windows 10 if I began to use more than Chrome, but since Chrome is the only thing on here, the hiccups are gone. Battery life is another huge factor I pay attention to, due to taking notes in class, and it hasn't so much improved, as much as the "time left" it gives is more accurate, and less jumpy. It still jumps, but not to the same degree as on Windows 10.

The advantage to Chrome OS over Windows isn't so much a greater performance increase, but a better interface for me personally. Because everything I do would be done in Chrome anyway, it's nicer having an entire taskbar just for Chrome apps and websites for organization. Because of that, I'll be keeping NeverWare CloudReady on this laptop. It creates a smoother environment, and I don't feel like reinstalling an unactivated Windows.

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