Google offering 1TB of free Drive storage with Chromebook purchases

Google is offering anyone purchasing a new Chromebook notebook computer this holiday season a free 1TB of data storage on its Google Drive cloud storage system.

Google is offering anyone purchasing a new Chromebook notebook computer this holiday season a free 1TB of data storage on its Google Drive cloud storage system.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – February 1, 2017: Blue Chromebook on a table, top view (©Konstantin Savusia/123RF.COM)

Chromebooks are slimmed-down laptop computers designed specifically for everyday use like checking email, browsing web pages, and managing social media like images, video and music files.

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The tech giant originally had just 100GB of free Drive storage with its line of Chromebook computers. The extra online storage option was a necessity, as Chromebooks are decidedly lacking in local storage options; however, with 10 times that amount of storage for free (for a period of two years), the new Chromebook deal is even more attractive. Google normally charges $10 a month for that much storage, which means an impressive savings of $240 over the course of the two year term. With most entry-level Chromebooks hovering around the $200 retail price range, a deal like this could easily pay for itself over the lifetime of the device.

Chromebooks are slimmed-down laptop computers designed specifically for everyday use like checking email, browsing web pages, and managing social media like images, video and music files. Productivity for Chromebook uses Google’s open-source Google Documents service, which provides word processing and spreadsheets saved to Google Drive and offers easy collaboration with others by making it easy to share specific document files with friend, family and colleagues. Google focuses on ease of use for Chromebook owners, offering automatic updates and streamlined use, all at reasonable prices for entry-level models. While not necessarily good choices for users looking for high-powered laptops capable of running the latest graphics-intensive programs like 3D games or video and audio editing software, Chromebooks have proven to be excellent alternatives to expensive laptops that tend to go obsolete quicker than users can get them out of their packaging.

The new extended storage deal is available to any customer buying a Chromebook either through the Google Play Store, online, or in an old-fashioned brick and mortar retail establishment. The deal is designed to stimulate holiday sales so it will be over as soon as the New Year arrives; if you were already in the market for a new Chromebook, now may be the best time to act in order to gain access to the extra storage.

This archive content was originally published November 22, 2014 (www.betawired.com)