They also tend to be lightweight, with strong battery life thanks to the more stripped down operating system. For this reason, Chromebooks have won favour with millions of users worldwide.
Now, users can enjoy a sweet new feature, which should make it easier than ever to use your Chromebook with your Android phone. Users can now stream apps from their phone directly on their laptop screen.
That's a useful feature. Say you're hard at work while waiting for a taxi, and you want to check in on their arrival time. Rather than break your momentum, simply stream the Uber app from your phone. The same idea applies to replying to messages, too – simply open the app, reply, and carry on with your other tasks without losing focus.
It's a really neat idea. To work, both the phone and the laptop will need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network and physically close together. A feature called Instant Tethering will also allow you to combine the devices on a local area network.
There is a catch, though. At present, only Google and Xiaomi phones will work with the service. That means users of anything from the Google Pixel 4a up to the latest Google Pixel 7 Pro can enjoy the functionality, as well as users of everything from the Xiaomi 12T to the Xiaomi 13 Pro.
However, if you're using other handsets – from the likes of Samsung or Motorola, for example – you won't be able to use it. I would expect that to change in the future though, as compatibility across the Android network is surely the end goal here.
If you fancy giving this a go for yourself, you can find the app on the ChromeOS beta channel.