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Hardware Requirements

Hello All!

Let's talk about some basic hardware requirements needed to successfully run your real estate business on Chrome OS.

Minimum Requirements:

Intel Celeron/AMD A4 Processor, 4GB RAM, 64 GB Hard Drive (I say 64 GB because we take our fair share of pictures, though with using SD/Micro SD Cards, 32 GB is doable), USB Port(s), SD/MicroSD Card Reader, HD Screen Resolution.

I think these requirements would work for the vast majority of people in real estate who use Chrome OS. Since most of our contract work is all online in web applications and use e-signatures, they don't really require any hard drive space. If you need file storage, you can always use an external hard drive or a flash drive. The reason why these specs may seem low to some is because they do not realize how lightweight of an operating system Chrome OS is. My Chromebook has similar specs to this (though the processor is made by Mediatek, but it's similar to an Intel Celeron or AMD A4 processor) and I do plenty of real estate work on there. My Chromebase (what this is being typed on) has an Intel Celeron processor in it with 4GB RAM and handles everything beautifully. However, there are many people used to other operating systems who say that these specs are not enough, so I'm going to go the next level up.

Next step up:

Intel Pentium/AMD A6 Processor, 4GB RAM, 64 GB Hard Drive, USB Port(s), SD/MicroSD Card Reader, HD or Full HD Resolution Screen.

And if that's still not enough:

Intel Core i3/AMD Ryzen 3 (yes, Ryzen Chromebooks are on their way) Processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB HD, USB Port(s), SD/MicroSD Card Reader, Full HD Touch Screen.

With Chrome OS, anything above the last set of specs is nice and all, but for running a real estate business it is over the top once you get to Intel Core i5 and better processors. While they are necessary for running other operating systems, they are not necessary for Chrome OS.

I hope this helps shed some light on what are the necessary hardware requirements to effectively run your real estate business on Chrome OS.

Some websites for reference on these matters are:

Chrome Unboxed
About Chromebooks

Again, thanks for reading!

Until next time...

-Dave

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