What’s keeping you from buying a Chromebook? For some, it’s the operating system – sure the computer has cloud tech and low storage, but that’s easy enough to get used to. Learning a new operating system, however – especially when you really need Windows or OS X on your computer – just isn’t worth the effort for a lot of people. Enter the Chromebook CX110 from Ncomputing, which has one of the most interesting features we’ve seen in our best Chromebook reviews for 2018: Built-in access to Windows.
The secret is the use of the vSpace client, which allows the Chromebook to access Windows, Java or Silverlight as needed. Now, granted this access is limited by both what the software can handle as well as the hardware specs of the computer, but it’s still a huge leap forward when it comes to accessing Windows apps and tools: The vSpace has even port in a full virtual Windows desktop if you wish.
About those specs: The CX110 has a small 11.6-inch screen – no ultra HD or touch controls here, but this does help cut down on costs. It comes with an ARM Cortex-A17 quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage.
It’s time to stop and mention that the Chromebook CX110 is aimed firmly at American school programs, where around half of the computers provided to students tend to be Chromebooks. They naturally make good, cheap school laptops, but sometimes students and teachers need to access Windows applications (after all, Bill Gates was active in the education arena for a long time). This Chromebook addresses that concern, and comes with a one-year subscription to Brightstorm, a video learning site.
So make no mistake, this is a computer for schoolkids who don’t have a laptop and need one. But if you want to get one of your own, nothing is stopping you – and the price is one of the lowest you can find for a new laptop at $230: You can preorder now if you want one!