How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

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How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Google doesn’t provide an easy way to see the storage, RAM, CPU, and other specifications of your Chromebook. But it’s possible to dig all this information up, just as you can on a traditional computer operating system.

The specifications matter if you’re considering upgrading your Chromebook and want to know how much hardware you have. The techniques we’re covering also tell you if you have an ARM or Intel CPU, which is important if you’re installing a full Linux system on your Chromebook.

Check Available Storage

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

To view how much local storage your Chrome OS device has available, open the “Files” app and click the menu button. You’ll see a meter showing how much local storage space you have left. You can free up space by deleting files from your Downloads folder and clearing your cache.

View Memory, CPU, and Network Usage

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Chrome has its own task manager on Chrome OS, too. To use it, open any Chrome window. Click the menu button, point to “More Tools”, and then select the “Task Manager” option. The task manager shows you how much memory, CPU, and network activity different web pages, browser extensions, and apps are using.

Use the System Page

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Chrome OS offers a special page that shows system information. You don’t need to install anything extra to find it. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t provide the most user-friendly interface.

To locate this interface, type “chrome://system” into Chrome’s address bar and press Enter. (You can open this page on Windows, Mac, or Linux, too — but Chrome won’t show anywhere near as much system information.)

Much of the information here is more technical than what most people need, but you can see detailed information about your release version of Chrome OS, the device’s CPU, disk usage, its hardware platform, and network connection information.

Examine Network Connection Details

If you need to know your Chromebook’s network connection information—for example, its current IP or MAC address, or your router’s IP address—first, open the Settings page. The easiest way to get there is to click the notification area, and then select the gear-shaped “Settings” icon.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Click the name of your network connection under the “Network” section at the top of the Settings window, and then click your connection name in the list. The IP address is shown on the main page.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Expand the “Advanced” section to see details like your MAC address, SSID, and signal strength.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Expand the “Network section to see details like your routing prefix (subnet mask), gateway (router address), and DNS server addresses.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Find Your Chromebook’s Name with the Recovery Utility

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Google offers a Chromebook Recovery Utility you can install on your Chromebook. Install this app and launch it. The utility is mainly designed for creating recovery media that you can use to restore your Chromebook’s operating system if it becomes damaged. However, the first page of the app (after you click the “Get Started” button also shows you the exact model name of your Chromebook and and lets you match it to a more user-friendly name. You can then Google this Chromebook name for more information, if you like.

Install a System Information App

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Google has added a variety of system APIs to Chrome OS, so simple apps can read system information and display it. Google hasn’t included such an interface with the operating system because it really doesn’t want you to have to care what hardware is in your Chromebook. These apps function like the system information utilities do on Windows.

For example, you could install Cog, a system information utility created by François Beaufort, a Google employee.

Cog shows you the name of your CPU and architecture, your current system CPU usage, the total amount of RAM in your system, the amount of memory left, network connection information, display specifications, and a few other details. Other apps work similarly, as there’s only so much information an app can get from Chrome OS and display to you.

If necessary, you can find more detailed hardware specifications with a simple Google search after you find the exact model name of your Chromebook.

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Google has a dubious policy when it comes to not letting users thoroughly inspect the hardware components inside their Chromebooks. Therefore, there is not even an official system utilities info app that you can download, install, and use to check your system specs.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

The information you can find within your Chromebook is not displayed in a user-friendly way either. That said, as hard as it may be, and as creative as you have to get, there are ways to check your Chromebook hardware.

Chromebooks are an interesting tech device because they work so flawlessly with the Chrome browser. This means that a lot of the things you would do in the system settings on a Mac or PC are actually done through the browser on a Chromebook. Here are some tips that should help.

Search for Your Chromebook Specs Online

To find detailed information on your Chromebook it is often best to search the model online. If you do not know what Chromebook you have, here is a trick you can use:

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

  1. Install the Chromebook Recovery Utility tool.
  2. Launch the app and copy the Chromebook model number displayed on the first page.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

You should probably have this app installed regardless as it will allow you to create recovery media and backups for your system.

Online vendors and official product links should have a complete list of specs if your Chromebook is still listed.

Find Your Chromebook Specs using the System Page

Another alternative would be to search the system page for the information you need. This section can reveal very detailed information about your Chromebook, its services, protocols, and apps. Plus, it will also feature some hardware information.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

  1. To access it you can type in “chrome://system” into the browser and hit Enter.

Browsing the System Page is somewhat inconvenient, and it might still not list all the information you are looking for. But remember that such is the nature of most Chromebooks.

Find Your Chromebook Specs using the Chromebook Task Manager

Using the Chromebook task manager will allow you to track app usage. Much like the Windows task manager, you can check to see what apps are using more of your CPU, memory, and even have more network usage.

  1. Click the Chrome menu button at the top right-corner of the screen. How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information
  2. Now, go to More tools > Task manager, you’ll be able to see Memory usage, CPU usage, and more. How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information
  3. If you want to see more specs, right-click any column and select the new categories you want.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Just note that this only displays the usage of certain hardware components and the apps that use them. You are still not going to get component names, model numbers, specs, and so on. Still, it is worth taking a look to see just how overwhelmed your Chromebook may be.

Find Your Chromebook Specs using the Cog App

The Cog app is purportedly developed by a Google ex-employee. The app can show you information regarding the OS, platform, the CPU, CPU architecture, memory, CPU usage, and external storage information.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

While this is not an official app you can still find it on the Chrome Store here. It is very similar to what the Windows system information utilities can do. Granted, the information displayed isn’t as detailed. The accuracy of the information is more important, and it looks like the Cog app does a good job of displaying correct temperatures too.

Reasons to Check Hardware Specs?

There is only one good reason to check your Chromebook’s hardware – to see if you need an upgrade. For the most part, if you want to download certain apps the Chrome store will let you know if your rig can run them.

But, some Linux platforms do require a minimum of processing power which some Chromebooks may not offer. So running down your model number online may just give you your best chance of figuring out what you are working with.

Manage Your Expectations

If you are on your first Chromebook experience, you may be surprised about the lack of detail, or difficulty of obtaining information on the hardware specs. But truth be told, Chromebooks aren’t special in terms of hardware. They are not gaming laptops or graphic design laptops that are loaded with top-of-the-line components. The hardware is minimalistic and all that matters is that everything is well-put-together so that you can enjoy a comfortable browsing experience. Do not expect to see anything that will wow you.

Want to know how much RAM or storage your Chromebook has? Here’s how to check the system spec and compare your device with others.

The world of Chromebooks evolves quickly; the newest machines are markedly more powerful than their predecessors from just a couple of years ago.

If you want to see how your Chromebook measures up against recent models, you need to know how to check a Chromebook’s specs. Here are several ways you can do that.

1. Check Chromebook Specs With an App

Typically, we would discuss an operating system’s native solutions before looking at third-party options.

However, if you just want to find out the headline information about your computer’s hardware, most users should head straight for an external option. As we will see later, the native tool in Chrome OS is not user-friendly and way beyond the needs of most users.

Three apps are worth checking out:

Cog is a free app available from the Chrome Web Store.

The simple interface displays the data that you’re most likely to want. That includes information about the CPU, system architecture, storage, network, and display.

You can also use Cog to see which language packs you’re running, your battery level and discharge rate, and Chrome plugins.

Download: Cog (Free)

System Information

System Information offers a more basic level of information about your machine. Five things are displayed:

  • Operating system
  • Chrome browser version
  • Chrome OS version
  • CPU
  • Memory

System Information is free in the Chrome Web Store.

Download: System Information (Free)

System Info

The similarly-named System Info adds a toolbar to Chrome. The toolbar provides on your machine’s CPU and RAM.

The plugin also provides data about the activity of your CPU’s cores.

Again, the plugin is free to download.

Download: System Info (Free)

Which of the three apps is right for you depends on the information you’re looking for. Test out all three and let us know your favorite in the comments at the end.

Now let’s look at the native ways to check a Chromebook’s system information and specs.

2. Chrome System Information

Chrome does have a built-in tool that lets you see everything about a Chromebook’s specs and system information—but as we mentioned, it’s not user-friendly.

If you want to check it out, you need to open the Chrome browser and type chrome://system in the address bar. It will provide access to Chrome’s About System page.

Scrolling down the list of entries, you can find information about your Chromebook’s BIOS, RAM, kernel, network hardware, power supply, and more. Click on Expand to see more details about an entry.

There’s also lots of non-hardware system information, including user profiles, settings, and log files.

3. About Chrome OS

If you’re only interested in learning about one specific aspect of your Chromebook’s specs, there are a few other tools you should know about.

For example, if you only want to know about which version of Chrome OS you’re running—perhaps to check whether a recent update installed correctly—head to the Settings menu.

On the left-hand side of the screen, click on the three vertical lines to open a menu. At the bottom of the menu, click on About Chrome OS. You’ll see the version you’re running, along with a Check for Updates button.

If you need a bit more depth, click on Detailed Build Information. You will be able to see your machine’s platform, firmware, update channel, user agent, and more.

4. How to Check Storage on a Chromebook

One of the many reasons that Chromebook’s are so reasonably priced is because they don’t have massive hard drives.

32GB is standard. More expensive devices have 64 or 128GB, but there are still plenty of Chromebooks on the market that ship with 16GB or less.

Due to the tight constraints, you need to keep a close eye on your storage situation.

To check the storage on a Chromebook, type chrome://quota-internals into Chrome’s address bar. You will see the precise amount of space left on your drive, as well as some other miscellaneous statistics.

Note: One way to alleviate storage problems on a Chromebook is to use Google Drive. You get 15GB for free, but Chromebook owners receive an additional 100GB of free space for two years.

How to Check Google Drive Storage on a Chromebook

To check the available space on your Google Drive account from within Chrome OS, open the Files app, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner, and check the bar at the bottom of the popup menu.

5. Chromebook Memory, CPU, and Network Usage

Windows users are familiar with the Task Manager. But many of them don’t realize that Chrome OS has an equivalent feature.

The Task Manager on Chrome OS shows stats about the memory footprint, CPU usage, and network usage for every currently-active task on your computer.

To access the Task Manager, open the Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner. Navigate to More Tools > Task Manager to open it.

6. Check Network Information on a Chromebook

If you want to check anything about your Chromebook’s network hardware or connection, you need to head to the Settings app.

At the top of the Settings app, you should see the name of your current connection. Click on it, then click on it for a second time in the expanded menu.

You will see your IP address. If you expand the Advanced, Network, and Proxy lists, you can find information on everything from your MAC address to your routing prefix.

7. Check With the Manufacturer

If you still can’t find the data you need, you could check the manufacturer’s website as a last resort. Depending on how old your Chromebook is, you might still be able to find your machine’s technical specs sheet available for download.

Learn More About Your Chromebook

Now you know how to check the specs on a Chromebook, you can make an informed decision about whether it’s time to invest in a new computer or upgrade your existing one.

If you’re on the hunt for a new computer, check out some of our other articles before you hit the shops, we’ve written about the best Chromebooks you can buy right now and the best laptops for under $500 as well as rugged Chromebook cases to go with them.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Check available storage

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

RELATED: 6 ways to free up space on a Chromebook

To view the amount of local storage available on your Chrome OS device, open the “Files” app and click the menu button. You will see a counter showing how much local storage space you have left. You can free up space by deleting files from your Downloads folder and clearing your cache.

View memory, processor, and network usage

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system informationUse the system page

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system informationExamine the details of the network connection

If you need to know your Chromebook’s network connection information, such as its current IP or MAC address, or your router’s IP address, first open the Settings page. The easiest way to access it is to click on the notification area and then select the gear-shaped “Settings” icon.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system informationFind the name of your Chromebook with the recovery utility

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system informationChromebook recovery utility you can install on your Chromebook. Install this app and launch it. The utility is primarily designed to create recovery media that you can use to restore your Chromebook’s operating system if it is damaged. However, the first page of the app (after clicking the “Start” button also shows you the exact model name of your Chromebook and allows you to match it to a more friendly name. You can then Google that name from Chromebook for more information, if you like.

Install a system information app

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system informationTooth, a system information utility created by François Beaufort, a Google employee.

Cog shows you the name of your processor and architecture, the current CPU usage of your system, the total amount of RAM in your system, the amount of memory remaining, network connection information, display specifications and some other details. Other apps work the same way because there is only a limited amount of information an app can get from Chrome OS and show you.

If needed, you can find more detailed hardware specifications with a simple Google search after finding the exact model name of your Chromebook.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Once upon a time, Chromebook hardware traveled a very narrow path. Most devices were powered by either a small or big core Intel processor and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. With the exception of a couple of ARM-based outliers and the expensive Pixel Chromebooks, there wasn’t a ton of variation in specs. Generally speaking, you had one major group of Intel-powered Chromebooks that rolled out once every year or so with a little bit of overlap when the subsequent chipset arrived on the Chrome OS platform. Those days are long gone.

It’s 2020 and today, users can choose from 8th-gen Kaby Lake or 10th-gen Comet Lake. You have current small-core devices on the market that range three generations from Apollo Lake to Gemini Lake-R and let’s not forget, AMD is now in the mix and there are more-powerful AMD APUs on the way. Oh, there’s also the MediaTek 8183 that powers the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and it will begin showing up in more devices over the coming months. Throw in the overdue Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and you’ve got a list of CPUs a mile long. Then there’s RAM and storage. 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. DDR3 or DDR4. Solid-state storage? eMMC or NVMe? It all gets very confusing very quickly and a lot of Chromebook makers aren’t real clear on what’s inside each device. Walking into a local Best Buy and trying to buy a Chromebook based solely on what’s on the side of the box can be a daunting and frustrating experience. Don’t even get me started on Amazon. Most third-party Chromebook sellers have no idea themselves what’s inside the devices they are peddling. They just list the specs, as best they can, and the buyer gets what they get.

If you own a Chromebook and you’re not sure what hardware you’re rocking, we have a couple of simple methods to help you identify what’s inside your Chrome OS device. If you bought it new, you probably have a rough idea of which processor you have and how much RAM and storage you’re sporting but maybe you got a used one off of a friend or maybe it’s a device you were loaned from your school or place of business and you want to know a little more about the internals. No worries. The first place we recommend checking involves heading to the Chrome Web Store and grabbing a little Chrome app called Cog – System Info Viewer.

What is Cog?

Well, as the name implies, it is a system info viewer. The lightweight Chrome app will give you information on your devices such as CPU (you can see the actual model of the CPU so you can tell which generation it is), RAM(memory), storage size and even system temperature. Cog will even show you each core of your CPU and that includes virtual cores if you have an Intel Core processor that supports hyperthreading. At the bottom of the app, you will see information on the battery level, display output, keyboard language and even the preinstalled plugins that ship with Chrome OS. Cog is not only a great way to take a look at the hardware you have but it will also give you a peek at how much CPU and RAM usage your device is currently consuming. If your Chromebook appears to be struggling, you can open Cog and see if the CPU or memory is being tapped out. From there, you can open the Chrome OS task manager to see what’s causing the problem. You can find Cog in the Web Store here.

Chrome System

If you’re like us and like to dig a little deeper into your device, Chrome OS actually has an “about system” info page. You can access every bit of your Chromebooks specs and more by pointing your browser to chrome://system . Don’t worry, you can’t break anything on this page. It’s simply for reference but it contains a truckload of system information on your hardware and your specific account-level settings. When you open the page, which could take a minute or so, you will see a long list of collapsed buttons. Each one contains info on the corresponding item to the left of the page. You can search for specific items by clicking Ctrl+F and typing in your query. For example, if you type “meminfo,” it will take you to the line where the devices RAM is listed. On my Chromebook, it lists 8027704 kB which happens to be 8GB of RAM.

On this page, you can see the channel your device is in or what version of Chrome OS you’re on along with your devices “codename” and whether or not the Chromebook is managed. There is a ton of nerdy specs on this page and we visit it frequently when we’re looking for hidden gems inside a device. Again, this is probably more than most users will ever want to know but it’s a great way to find out the more specific details about your device. Cog is still the cleanest and easiest way to find your device’s information if you just want the basics. Either way, these are two good methods with which you can learn a little more about your Chromebook. Until next time.

Bought a brand new Chromebook but don’t know how to confirm the specs of the device? Well, we won’t blame you because unlike other computer platforms like OS X and Windows, Chrome OS does not list down your computer’s specs at a single place. So, if you have been wondering how you can check your Chromebook’s processor, RAM, storage and other important specifications, don’t worry, we are here to help you out. Here’s how to check Chromebook’s system information:

Check memory usage

Chrome includes a task manager that like other platforms, brings you details about all the active processes and their memory, CPU & network usage. To open Task Manager on Chrome, open Chrome and hit the three-dot menu button and go to More Tools->Task Manager.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

In the Task Manager, you can choose to end a process by selecting a process and clicking on “End process“. Moreover, you can right click on a process to see more info like image cache, GPU memory usage, priority and more. If you are a developer, you can click on the “Stats for nerds” to see a detailed info on all the processes.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Check free storage

Most Chromebooks are pretty low on storage and thus, it’s important to constantly keep a check on the memory used. While you cannot check detailed storage info on Chrome OS, you can check the amount of free storage left on your device. To check, open the Files app and hit the three-dot button at the top right, where you will see the free storage left in your Chromebook. It’s not the most comprehensive info but it should do, if you are looking for a simple overview. You can also go to Chrome and enter “chrome://drive-internals” in the address bar to check free storage.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Check Network info

Like the other options in this list, the option to check network details in Chrome OS is buried in Settings. You can click on the system tray at the right end of the shelf and then, click on the WiFi options “Connected to…” and then, click on the network you are connected to. This should open up a new dialog box in Chrome Settings with details like the network’s frequency, signal strength, IP address, gateway and more.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Check ‘About System’

Chrome features an “About System” page, which shows you details about your Chromebook. However, most of these details are aimed at developers and people looking for “System diagnostic data”. To go this page, just open a new tab in Chrome and go to “chrome://system” through the address bar. This should open up the About System page and here, you will find details about the Chrome OS build, client id, device type, bios, disk usage, memory usage and more. Some of these options like disk usage, also feature an “Expand” button, which brings more details.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Use an app to view system info in Chrome OS

While the aforementioned options let you view system info, they aren’t the most streamlined ways and if you want to view all the system info at a single place, you should try out a third party Chrome app. There are a couple of apps that do the job best, Cog and System. Both the apps bring system information in a single interface.

Cog shows you details like Chrome version, CPU and its real time usage, RAM, network, battery, display and languages. What works for Cog is the fact that it packs in a beautiful interface showcasing all the system info.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

On the other hand, System is a pretty simple app, which brings details of CPU, RAM and its current usage, storage, display, network and current location.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Use these ways to check system info on your Chromebook

We certainly prefer using an app to check system info on Chromebook, rather than going to different apps and settings to check the same. Well, now it’s up to you to decide but don’t forget to let us know if you check system info natively on Chrome OS or through a third party app. Sound off in the comments section below.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

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Check how to view Chromebook specs

Google doesn’t offer an easy way to view your Chromebook‘s storage, RAM, CPU, and various details. However, it is possible to discover this data, just like you would with a conventional PC operating system. Details are important assuming you are planning to upgrade your Chromebook and need to know how much hardware it has. It will also let you know if you have an ARM or Intel processor, which is important assuming you are installing a full Linux system on your Chromebook.

Check Chromebook Specifications with an App

  • Typically, we discuss native operating system solutions before looking for third-party options.
  • However, if you just want to get the main information about your computer hardware, most users have to go straight to an external option. As we will see later, the native Chrome OS tool is not easy to use and exceeds the needs of most users.

System information

System Information provides a more basic level of information about your machine. Five items are displayed:

  • Operating system version version
  • CPU
  • Memory

System information is free from the Chrome Web Store.

System information

  • System Information with a similar name adds a toolbar to Chrome. The toolbar provides your machine’s CPU and RAM.
  • The plugin also provides data on the activity of your processor cores.
  • Again, the plugin is free to download.
  • Which of the three apps is right for you depends on the information you are looking for. Try all three and tell us your favorite in the comments at the end.
  • Now let’s take a look at the native methods to check a Chromebook’s system info and specifications.

Chrome system information

  • Chrome has a built-in tool that lets you see everything about a Chromebook’s specs and system information, but as we mentioned, it’s not easy to use.
  • If you want to check it, you have to open the Chrome browser and type chrome: // system in the address bar. It will give access to the About Chrome system page.
  • By scrolling through the list of entries, you can find information about BIOS, RAM, kernel, network hardware, power, etc. of your Chromebook. Click Expand to view more details about an entry.
  • There is also a lot of non-hardware system information, including user profiles, settings, and log files.

About Chrome OS

  • If you only want to learn more about a specific aspect of your Chromebook’s specs, there are a few other tools you should know about.
  • For example, if you just want to know what version of Chrome OS you’re using, perhaps to check if a recent update has installed successfully, go to the Settings menu.
  • On the left side of the screen, click on the three vertical lines to open a menu. At the bottom of the menu, click About Chrome OS. You’ll see the version you’re using, as well as a Check for Updates button.
  • If you need a little more detail, click on Detailed construction information. You will be able to see your machine’s platform, firmware, update channel, user agent, and more.

How to check storage on a Chromebook

  • One of the many reasons Chromebooks are so affordable is that they don’t have massive hard drives.
  • 32 GB is standard. The most expensive devices are either 64GB or 128GB, but there are still plenty of Chromebooks on the market that come with 16GB or less.
  • Due to strict limitations, you should closely monitor your storage situation.
  • To check storage on a Chromebook, enter chrome: // quota-internals in the Chrome address bar. You will see the precise amount of space remaining on your drive, as well as other miscellaneous statistics.

How to check Google Drive storage on a Chromebook

  • To check the available space on your Google Drive account from Chrome OS, open the Files app, click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner, and check the bar at the bottom of the context menu.

Chromebook memory, CPU, and network usage

    are familiar with Task Manager. But many of them don’t realize that Chrome OS has an equivalent function.
  • Chrome OS’s Task Manager displays statistics about memory footprint, CPU usage, and network usage for each currently active task on your computer.
  • To access Task Manager, open Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. Go to More Tools> Task Manager to open it.

Check the network information on a Chromebook

  • If you want to check something about your Chromebook’s network hardware or connection, you’ll need to head to the Settings app.
  • At the top of the Settings app, you should see the name of your current connection. Click on it, then click on it a second time in the expanded menu.
  • You will see your IP address. If you expand the Advanced, Network, and Proxy lists, you can find information on everything from your MAC address to your routing prefix.

Check with the manufacturer

  • If you still cannot find the data you need, you can check the manufacturer’s website as a last resort. Depending on the age of your Chromebook, you may still be able to find your device’s datasheet available for download.

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How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Google doesn’t offer a simple method to view your Chromebook’s storage, RAM, CPU, and different details. However, it is feasible to discover this data, similar to how you would in a conventional PC operating system. Details matter assuming you are thinking of upgrading your Chromebook and need to know how much hardware it has. This will also let you know if you have an ARM or Intel CPU, which is significant assuming you are installing a full Linux system on your Chromebook.

Check Chromebook Specifications with an App

  • Typically, we would discuss native operating system solutions before looking to third-party options.
  • However, if you just want to get the headline information about your computer hardware, most users should head straight for an external option. As we will see later, the native tool in Chrome OS is not easy to use and exceeds the needs of most users.

System information

System Information provides a more basic level of information about your machine. Five things are displayed:

  • OS
  • Chrome browser version
  • Chrome OS version
  • CPU
  • Memory

System information is free on the Chrome Web Store.

System information

  • System information with a similar name adds a toolbar to Chrome. The toolbar provides the CPU and RAM of your machine.
  • The plugin also provides data on the activity of your CPU cores.
  • Again, the plugin is free to download.
  • Which of the three apps is right for you depends on the information you are looking for. Try all three and let us know your favorite in the comments at the end.
  • Now let’s look at the native ways to check the information and system specifications of a Chromebook.

Chrome system information

  • Chrome has a built-in tool that lets you see everything about a Chromebook’s specs and system information, but as we mentioned, it’s not easy to use.
  • If you want to check it, you need to open the Chrome browser and type chrome: // system in the address bar. It will provide access to the About page for Chrome’s system.
  • By scrolling down the list of entries, you can find information about your Chromebook’s BIOS, RAM, kernel, network hardware, power supply, and more. Click Expand to see more details about an entry.
  • There is also a lot of non-hardware system information, including user profiles, settings, and log files.

About Chrome OS

  • If you’re only interested in learning about a specific aspect of your Chromebook’s specifications, there are a few other tools you should know about.
  • For example, if you just want to know what version of Chrome OS you’re running, maybe to check if a recent update installed successfully, head over to the Settings menu.
  • On the left side of the screen, click on the three vertical lines to open a menu. At the bottom of the menu, click About Chrome OS. You’ll see the version you’re running, along with a Check for Updates button.
  • If you need a little more depth, click Detailed Build Information. You will be able to see the platform, firmware, update channel, user agent of your machine and more.

How to check storage on a Chromebook

  • One of the many reasons Chromebooks are so reasonably priced is because they don’t have massive hard drives.
  • 32GB is standard. The most expensive devices are either 64GB or 128GB, but there are still plenty of Chromebooks on the market that ship with 16GB or less.
  • Due to strict limitations, you should keep a close eye on your storage situation.
  • To check storage on a Chromebook, type chrome: // quota-internals in Chrome’s address bar. You will see the precise amount of space left on your disk, as well as some other miscellaneous statistics.

How to check Google Drive storage on a Chromebook

  • To check the available space on your Google Drive account from Chrome OS, open the Files app, click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner, and check the bar at the bottom of the pop-up menu.

Chromebook memory, CPU, and network usage

  • Windows users are familiar with Task Manager. But many of them do not realize that Chrome OS has an equivalent function.
  • The Task Manager in Chrome OS displays statistics on memory footprint, CPU usage, and network usage for each currently active task on your computer.
  • To access the Task Manager, open the Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. Navigate to More Tools> Task Manager to open it.

Verify network information on a Chromebook

  • If you want to check something about your Chromebook’s network hardware or connection, you need to head to the Settings app.
  • At the top of the Settings app, you should see the name of your current connection. Click on it, then click on it a second time in the expanded menu.
  • You will see your IP address. If you expand the Advanced, Network, and Proxy lists, you can find information on everything from your MAC address to your routing prefix.

Check with the manufacturer

  • If you still can’t find the data you need, you can check the manufacturer’s website as a last resort. Depending on how old your Chromebook is, you may still be able to find your machine’s tech spec sheet available for download.

Final words: How to View Chromebook’s Specifications

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It’s not exactly user-friendly – it just shows text info – but does provide a lot of technical info about your Chromebook you might need to know. It displays info like the version of Chrome OS, network and hardware info. To access it, open a new tab and type: chrome://system and hit Enter.

How do I check my RAM on Chromebook?

To see how much RAM you have, look for the “meminfo” entry, and then click “Expand” next to it. In the expanded information panel, you’ll see “MemTotal” and “MemAvailable” at the top.

Is my Chromebook ARM or Intel?

Most Chromebooks are NOT ARM. Install the Cog app and it will show you what CPU you have.

What are the specs for a Chromebook?

Chromebook Pixel specifications

Display 12.85-inch high resolution IPS (2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI) 400 nit, 3:2 aspect ratio
CPU/Processor Intel CORE i5 Ivy Bridge with Panther Point PCH
Memory 4GB DDR3 RAM
Storage 1TB Google Drive cloud storage* and 32GB solid state drive

How do I view my system specs?

To check your PC hardware specs, click on the Windows Start button, then click on Settings (the gear icon). In the Settings menu, click on System. Scroll down and click on About. On this screen, you should see specs for your processor, Memory (RAM), and other system info, including Windows version.

How do you check if your Chromebook has an Intel based CPU?

Is my Chromebook ARM or Intel? Use “chrome://system” to find out =]. Look for the “cpu” line. It’ll tell you if you have an ARM or Intel-based Chromebook.

What are the specs of a Chromebook?

How to find the system information on a Chromebook?

How to find your Chromebook hardware?

Swatting up on the gear inside our computers is something some of us like to do from time to time. On Windows, Mac and Linux there are an ample array of apps able to relay in-depth system data on computer innards. But on Chrome OS the options are few and far between, meaning it’s easy to feel left out of the stat-race.

A new utility is looking to remedy this. The aptly named ‘System‘ is a small offline Chrome App that shows basic system hardware information in an easy to understand layout. It displays pertinent details like processor make, amount of installed memory, attached storage, display resolution and more.

It’s not solely limited to Chrome OS, though. System also supports Windows, Mac and Linux devices too. On all platforms it will show:

  • CPU speed, architecture, model and core count
  • Memory information
  • OS version
  • Display information, including resolution and DPI
  • Internal and external storage details
  • Network adapters and IP addresses
  • Location (presumably in case you forget where you are)

Drawbacks?

While System isn’t (yet) a match for the in-depth profiling offered by Windows, Mac and Linux utilities, on Chrome OS it’s pretty much the only tool of its kind outside of the intimidating developer focused chrome://system page.

A few neat touches include realtime information on RAM usage and shows notifications when network connection drops, display resolution changes or external storage is attached or removed from the system.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

…and on a Chromebook

It’s not perfect, however. A number of Windows 8 64-bit users report that the incorrect architecture is shown for their OS, while Chromebook owners, including myself, have noticed that the internal SSD is not listed under the ‘Storage’ pane.

Also worth being aware of: the anonymous user data collection option is ticked by default. If you’re a paranoid privacy pigeon you may wish to uncheck this.

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System is a free Chrome App available from the Chrome Web Store. It works on Chrome OS, Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Ahead of the general availability of Windows 11 on October 5, the specifications of your PC are quite an important thing to have handy. They help you decide if you can run certain games, apps, and programs with the new operating system. And, if you’re a gamer with a custom rig, specifications can help you decide if you want to upgrade your setup or not.

Just like Windows 10 did, Windows 11 makes it easy to see your computer specifications. All it takes are a few simple steps and following the directions in our guide below.

System Information App

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information
The easiest way to see your computer specifications in Windows 11 is via the System Information App. To get started with this tool, you’ll want to visit the start menu. Once there, type in MSInfo.

That will bring up a list that should show a link to the System Information App. Click it, and then take note of everything listed on the screen. You’ll be able to see the build of Windows 11 you’re running, the System model, the Processor, BIOS version, RAM, virtual memory, and more.

There’s a lot of useful information here, and you can see additional information by clicking the Hardware Resouces, Components, or Software Environment sections.

About this PC

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

If the System Information App is a little too technical for your liking then you can always use Windows 11’s About This PC page to learn more about your computer specifications. This is easily accessible directly from Windows 11’s Settings app.

Just open the Settings app, then click the System category at the top. From there, scroll down to the About section. Click About and you should see Device Specifications and Windows Specifications. Device Specifications will list the processor, RAM, and your device ID. You’ll also see more information about touch and pen support, and the type of operating system you’re running. If you need to note the information, just tap the Copy button to copy it over to your clipboard.

If all else fails …

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

There should not be a reason that Windows 11 won’t show you your computer specs in either the About this PC page, or the System Information app. In the event that everything else fails, you can always use a third-party tool like Piriform Speccy. We advise against these tools as they usually come with ads, as the best way to find specs is from Windows itself.

As an alternative, you can also check out the Task Manager to see your system specs. Just tap Control + Alt + Delete on your keyboard and then choose the Task Manager option. In task manager, you can look under Performance to see your CPU name. If you click Memory, you’ll see the amount of RAM and the speed at which it is running. Meanwhile, under Disk, you can see the type of disk, and the status of your disks.

If third-party tools aren’t your thing either, and everything else isn’t working, you might want to check the physical box that your PC came in. The box usually has a sticker on the side or a card inside that explains what you purchased.

We will show you 2 ways to access and see how your Chromebook is configured, how much RAM .

You can easily check the configuration of your Windows computer or see the MacBook configuration, but Chrome OS is a little different. In this article, we will show you 2 ways to access and see how your Chromebook is configured, how much RAM .

View the Chromebook configuration using the About System page

This first method does not require you to install any additional apps or extensions. On your Chromebook, just open your Chrome web browser and enter the keyword ‘ chrome: // system ‘ in the address bar and press enter.

This will give you access to the ‘ About System ‘ page which is built into the Chrome OS platform. There is a lot of information here, you need to see what hardware information is just click on the corresponding Expand button.

In this article, we will see RAM information. To see how much RAM you have, look for the ‘ meminfo ‘ entry , then click ‘ Expand ‘ next to it.

In the expanded dashboard you’ll find two parameters ‘MemTotal’ and ‘ MemAvailable ‘ at the top. Indexes are in kilobytes (KB), you can (almost) translate into gigabytes (GB) by taking a decimal number after the first number. For example, my Chromebook has 3,938,392 kB of RAM, which is about 3.9 GB.

Check Chromebook configuration using Cog – System Info Viewer

This second method requires the use of a Chrome web application, with a cleaner interface and provides specific information, which is much easier to understand than the About System page.

To use this method, visit the Chrome Web Store on your Chromebook, then click ‘ Add to Chrome ‘ next to the ‘ Cog – System Info Viewer ‘ app .

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Once the app has been downloaded, launch it.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

The app will open and display details about your Chromebook.

In the Operating System section you will see which Chrome version is running, what Linux platform is, what is the CPU of the machine .

In the ” Memory ” section, you will see the RAM parameters listed in gigabytes.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

As such, the article has provided you with the above 2 methods to view important Chromebook hardware information including CPU, Chrome version you’re running, and more!

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Google has released Chrome OS Flex, a way to take older Windows and Mac hardware and replace the operating system, turning them into Chromebooks. It’s an interesting development given Windows 11’s strict hardware requirements, which could leave legions of older PCs stranded when Windows 10 goes end-of-life in 2025.

Although Google is calling Chrome OS Flex an “early access” and “unstable” project, the concept is intriguing: Instead of disposing an old PC that’s nearing the end of its life, you can turn it into a Chromebook instead. Google has launched the new operating system on its dedicated Chrome OS Flex site, though you’ll have to sign up with an email to receive download instructions.

Google appears to be positioning Chrome OS Flex for a dual purpose: a way for consumers to try out the benefits of Chromebooks, and a way for enterprises to evaluate how well they can be managed. For example, a Chrome OS Flex “fleet” can be managed with Chrome Enterprise Upgrade, Google says. If this all sounds familiar, you’re right: Google bought CloudReady a few years ago, and used that company’s work as a way to turn laptop PCs into Chromebooks. Google describes CloudReady as a “previous version of Chrome OS Flex.” “Google will automatically update CloudReady devices to Chrome OS Flex, when Chrome OS Flex is stable,” the company added.

Traditionally, DIY PC enthusiasts would either leave an older PC running, scavenge it for parts, or replace the Windows operating system with a resource-light version of Linux. Now, Google is offering them an additional option: Replace Windows with Chrome OS, and enjoy the benefits of that streamlined operating system. And that’s a point to be reiterated: Chrome OS Flex doesn’t offer the ability to run Chrome OS in a window or a virtualized environment, a la the new Android apps for Windows. Instead, it replaces Windows, and all of its files.

On a support page, Google says that Chrome OS Flex will be a more limited version of CloudReady, at least for now: “Chrome OS Flex will not allow some system-level access currently available on CloudReady Home Edition, including: command line access via shell and command line access via teletype (TTY),” Google says.

Don’t expect things to go smoothly, either. “This operating system is still in early access on the dev channel—you may experience some instability,” Google says.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Google warns that adding Google Chrome OS Flex to an older PC may mean that you’ll be using Chrome with a keyboard that wasn’t explicitly designed for it, so certain functions may not work or may behave erratically.

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Installing Google Chrome OS Flex looks similar to installing Windows 11 via installation media on a new PC. You’ll need a USB key with 8GB or more. PCs will need at least 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The CPU restrictions are more lenient: You’ll need a 64-bit CPU, period. Which is basically any processor made after the year 2000. There are GPU restrictions, though: Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, and 3650 graphics hardware do not meet Chrome OS Flex performance standards, Google says.

The real gotcha, however, appears to be simply in the diversity of compatible PC hardware, and how it will interact with Chrome OS Flex. Google has published a list of “certified models” that are either currently certified or planned to be certified with Chrome OS Flex, and many, many of them are listed with the caveat “minor issues expected” next to them. (“Models are likely to support at least basic functionality, but are still being worked on by our team,” Google says rather circularly, in describing what “minor issues” might mean. “You might run into minor issues.”)

The certified models include both PCs and Macs.

So why wouldn’t you want to install Chrome OS Flex on an older PC? Well, there is the substantial list of caveats that come with the installation. For one, forget Android apps, Google Play, or Parallels Desktop support—that’s out, Google says. Google can’t manage firmware updates on Chrome OS Flex devices, nor can it provide verified boot capabilities. ARM PCs? Nope.

All this makes it seem like adding Chrome OS Flex to an older PC is very much a “use at your own risk” type of project—but one that can still turn your older PC into a Chromebook, for free. It’s worth checking out before you toss it out.

You can use a Chromebook for the most diverse tasks, like using the internet and watching movies, but also to play games. Either you work directly from the Chrome internet browser, or you install Android applications from the Google Play Store. While you depend on the apps available for your Chromebook in the Play Store, there are thousands of apps and the number is constantly growing. You can always find an app in the Play Store that’s suitable for what you want.

Laptop or MacBook: from the internet to gaming

All laptops are suitable for browsing the internet, sending emails, and text processing. You can also watch movies and series on all laptops. Depending on the processor and the RAM, you can also edit photos and videos on some laptops. If you want to play games, you need a laptop with a dedicated video card. MacBook models are less suitable for gaming, because few games are released for macOS.

Operating system: Chrome OS, Windows, and macOS

Chromebook: Chrome OS

Chrome OS is based on Google’s web browser, Chrome. In Chrome OS, you also perform many tasks online. You can work directly from the internet browser, but you can also install Android applications. Because a Chromebook is based on the ‘internet first’ principle, the operating system is very light and fast. You’re less dependent on the specifications of your laptop for speed and performance. And that benefits the price of a Chromebook.

Laptop or MacBook: Windows or macOS

The speed at which Windows 10 and macOS run depends on the specifications of your laptop or MacBook. If you have a more powerful laptop, the operating system and programs run faster. In contrast to Chrome OS, both of these systems are a little freer. You’re less dependent on apps and you can install any available software.

Apps and programs

Chromebook: Play Store apps

On a Chromebook, you use internet applications from the Chrome Web Store. These applications work from the Chrome web browser. Think of text editor Google Docs or Google Slides, an alternative to PowerPoint. You can also install Android applications from the Google Play Store. If you’re a Microsoft Office enthusiast, you can install the Office 365 Android application. As a gamer, you can now use Google Stadia, which allows you to play and stream the latest games on your Chromebook, even in 4K.

Laptop or MacBook: almost all apps and programs

On a laptop or a MacBook, you can download and install just about any application you want. If you need particular applications for work or school, a laptop or a MacBook is the best choice. When it comes to downloading apps from a store, you use the Windows Store on a Windows laptop and the App Store on a MacBook. Or install software from other sources.

Storage

Chromebook: Google Drive and other cloud storage

On a Chromebook, you automatically save documents, photos, and videos to Google Drive. Since Chrome OS is specifically laid out for this, a Chromebook often has limited offline storage. That’s why you receive 100GB of free online storage when you buy a Chromebook. You’ll always have the option to buy extra storage or use other storage services on your Chromebook, like DropBox.

Laptop or MacBook: online and offline

A laptop or Macbook has a hard drive or SSD to physically store your files. In addition, a Windows laptop or MacBook allow you to store your files online in the cloud. You can save files online, for example on Google Drive, but you can also choose an alternative, such as Dropbox or OneDrive.

Virus protection

Chromebook: automatically protected

A Chromebook is protected against viruses by default and doesn’t require a separate virus scanner. Files stored online are protected by Google, so threats and viruses have little effect on the operating system and Chromebook itself. This way, you can be sure a Chromebook is always secure.

Laptop or MacBook: antivirus program

On a Windows laptop, you need an antivirus program or virus scanner to protect you against viruses, malware, and spyware. At Coolblue, you get a free year of Norton antivirus if you buy a Windows laptop. MacBook models are less sensitive to viruses, but it’s a good idea to install an antivirus program. As MacBook models are becoming increasingly popular, the number of threats is also increasing. Apple’s built-in security doesn’t always protect against this.

Battery and battery life

Chromebook: energy-efficient

A Chromebook doesn’t need a heavy processor, video card, hard drive, and SSD that uses a lot of energy. The operating system is light and requires little of the Chromebook itself, including the battery. That’s why a Chromebook lasts a whole working day, without you having to look for the outlet.

Laptop or MacBook: not always energy-efficient

With a MacBook or an energy-efficient laptop, you can easily work an entire working day unless you perform a lot of demanding tasks like photo editing or gaming. In that case, the battery drains in a few hours and you’ll have to look for a socket. The more powerful hardware of Windows laptops and MacBook models, and their less energy-efficient operating systems, require more energy than a Chromebook. As a result, these laptop types need to be recharged sooner. In general, MacBook models have a longer battery life than the average Windows laptop.

Sometimes, Chromebook hardware travels a narrow path. Most devices are powered by either a small or large core Intel processor and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. Except for a pair of ARM-based ARMs and the expensive Pixel Chromebook, there isn’t a ton of variation in specs. Generally, you have a core group of Intel-powered Chromebooks that roll once a year or more with an overlap when the next chipset arrives on the Chrome OS platform. Those days are long gone.

It is 2020 and now, users can choose from 8th-gen Kaby Lake or 10th-gen Comet Lake. You have current small devices on the market that span three generations from Apollo Lake to Gemini Lake-R and let’s not forget, AMD is in the mix and there is a stronger AMD APU on the go. Oh, there’s also the MediaTek 81

If you own a Chromebook and are not sure what hardware you have rocked, we have some simple methods to help you determine what is inside your Chrome OS device. If you bought it before, you probably have a rough idea of ​​which processor you have and how much RAM and storage you sport but maybe you got a device from a friend or maybe it was a device you borrowed from at your school or place of business and you want to know a little more about internals. No worries. The first place we recommend reviewing involves going to the Chrome Web Store and handling a small Chrome app Cog – System Information Viewer.

What is Cog?

Well, as the name implies, it is a system information viewer. The lightweight Chrome app gives you information on your devices such as CPU (you can see the actual CPU model so you can tell which generation it is), RAM (memory), storage size and even temperature system. Cog will show you every core of your CPU and include virtual cores if you have an Intel Core processor that supports hyperthreading. At the bottom of the app, you will find battery level information, output display, keyboard layout and even the pre-plugged plugins that Chrome OS sends. Cog is not only a great way to look at the hardware you have but it will also give you a peek at how much CPU and RAM usage your device is currently using. If your Chromebook appears to be having difficulty, you can open Cog and see if the CPU or memory is tapped. From there, you can open the Chrome OS task manager to see what is causing the problem. You can find Cog in the Web Store here.

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Chrome system

If you like us and want to dig a little deeper into your device, Chrome OS actually has a page about “system” information. You can access every piece of your Chromebook specs and more by pointing your browser chrome://settings . Don’t worry, you can’t break anything on this page. This is for reference only but it contains a truck of system information on your hardware and your specific account level settings. When you open the page, which may take a minute or more, you will see a long list of buttons that crumble. Each contains information on the corresponding item on the left side of the page. You can search for specific items by clicking Ctrl + F and typing in your query. For example, if you type “meminfo,” it will take you to the line where the RAM devices are listed. On my Chromebook, it lists 8027704 kB which happens to be 8GB of RAM. ->

On this page, you can see your device channel or what version of Chrome OS you are with and the “codename” of your devices and whether or not the Chromebook is managed. There are a ton of nerdy specs on this page and we often visit it when we are looking for hidden gems inside a device. Again, this is probably more than most users would like to know but it is a great way to find out more specific details about your device. Cog is still the cleanest and easiest way to find your device information if you just want the basics. Either way, these are two great ways you can learn a little more about your Chromebook. Until again.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Chromebooks may look like average laptops, but they’re very different. This can make navigating them challenging, even to those familiar with the Chrome operating system. Finding simple things like the hardware specifications of a Chromebook can be tricky. However, while things like storage space may be tucked away, you can still find it with a bit of digging.

Also read: What Is a Chromebook, and How Does It Differ from a Laptop?

Why Can’t I Find Basic Hardware Specs Like Storage Space?

The answer is: you can. However, the Chrome OS is not like your conventional operating system, and the way to find remaining storage space is hidden away in a place you are unfamiliar with.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

That being said, it’s good to know how much storage you have available, since some of the older Chromebooks only came with a meager amount of storage space.

How to Find Remaining Storage Space on a Chromebook

There are three easy ways to check how much storage space is left on your Chromebook. The first requires you to fire up the Chrome browser and type “ chrome://quota-internals ” into the address bar and hit the Enter key. This will bring up a screen that will show you the free storage space available on your Chromebook, as well as some other miscellaneous information.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

The second way involves the “Files” app. To see how much storage space you have, launch the Files app. On the left side of the app, click on “Downloads.” This will bring up a list of all the files stored on the local storage of your Chromebook.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

To see how much space remains, click on the three stacked dots in the top right. A drop-down box will appear that will display the remaining storage on your Chromebook.

The last method is via the Settings menu. Go to Chromebook’s Settings page and type “storage” in the search field. Select “Storage Management.”

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

This will bring you to the “Storage Management” page where you can see the detailed breakdown of your storage space.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

You have to keep a close watch on the remaining storage space, particularly if you are playing games on your Chromebook. If you’re in the market for a Chromebook, take a look at some of the best Chromebooks available.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

My week of featuring new, and often experimental, features in Chrome OS 88 continues, showing how to view your Chromebook’s usage of memory, CPU, and battery. This follows earlier posts explaining the new screen recording and Google Nest display-like screensaver features.

Before I show how to use the new device diagnostics feature, I should note that it is experimental and still a work in progress.

If you use the Cog System Info Viewer extension, like I do, for monitoring device performance, you might not want to remove it just yet. And if your Chromebook doesn’t support Chrome OS 88, Cog is a great tool that you can use to see system resource usage.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system informationCog System File Info

Assuming you’re not in that latter category, simply browse to chrome://flags# diagnostics -app . Next, enable the experimental feature. You’ll need to restart your Chromebook browser when prompted as well.

After that, just look for the Diagnostics app in your Launcher and fire it up!

You’ll see resource information on your CPU, memory usage, and battery information, including how many battery cycles your device has gone through.

That’s often a handy bit of information when selling a Chromebook as potential buyers want to know how much longevity the battery still has; after a certain number of cycles, the battery will start holding less of a charge. How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

You’ll also notice some system information at the top of the Diagnostics app, such as the internal firmware name for your device.

You can also see the CPU name, the amount of memory, and the version of Chrome OS. You can find that information from other places too ( chrome://system comes to mind) but having this information front and center is useful.

Note that you can run CPU and memory tests here as well. I ran them on the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook, but there wasn’t much useful output. That could change as Google continues to build out this Diagnostics app for Chromebooks over the coming months.

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How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

You can easily find your laptop’s specs, in-depth information on the hardware components, as well as what the features on it are. Whether you are using Windows or macOS, you can easily check your computer’s specifications to see what it packs.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to check your PC’s specifications on Windows, mac0S, and Linux (Ubuntu).

How to Check Laptop Specs on Windows 10

Press the Windows button on your keyboard or click on the start menu and then click on Settings.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Another window opens up and you click on System as shown below.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Going all the way down, you will see the About section where it shows brief details of the specs of your computer.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Another way to check for your Windows 10 PC specification is to type in System Information into the search bar and click on the result.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

The app opens up and you see a more detailed specifications of your laptop or computer listed out for you.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Lastly, you can also check for details of the hardware component of your Windows computer by checking the Device Manager. Right-click on the Start menu windows icon or press Windows key + X and click on Device Manager.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

You can expand and check any part of the system you want to see but don’t mess up the drivers by removing or uninstalling them.

How to Check Specs on Mac

It is quite easy to check the specification of your Mac. Click on the Apple logo or menu and then click on About This Mac.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

To get more information, go ahead and click on System Report.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

How to Check Specs on Linux (Ubuntu)

Click on the drop-down icon beside the battery bar and then click on Settings.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

Go ahead and click on About and you should see your PC information displayed.

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A computer and an 8GB flash drive are all you need to go Chromium.

Do a web search for “how to install Chrome OS on a laptop” or anything like that and you likely discovered that it can’t be done. at least, not the same way that you’re able to install the latest Windows OS or a version of Linux. Google’s Chrome OS isn’t available for consumers to install, but you can get the next best thing: Neverware’s CloudReady Chromium OS.

CloudReady looks and feels nearly identical to Chrome OS, but it can be installed on nearly any laptop or desktop, whether Windows or Mac. And although Neverware has paid versions for enterprise and education users, its Home Edition is free for personal use. You don’t get tech support, and it can’t be managed with the Google Admin console, but again: free.

Google acquired Neverware in December 2020 , and in February 2022 it announced the first public fruits of that acquisition: Chrome OS Flex, a more robust version of CloudReady that’s still free for home use. A stable release of Chrome OS Flex is expected to roll out in the second quarter of 2022. At that time, computers already running CloudReady will automatically update to Chrome OS Flex. Until then, you can download and use an early version, though the company cautioned that you should expect bugs while it’s improving the system.

However, the current version of CloudReady Home Edition is still available. It was incredibly helpful to me during the pandemic’s early days, converting an old HP netbook that could barely function under the weight of Windows 10 into a Chromebook capable enough for schoolwork online through Google Classroom and other services .

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

To be clear, you do not need a Chromebook or Chrome OS to access Google Classroom; any web browser will work. However, it’s easiest to use Google’s free Chrome browser , where your child just needs to sign in to their Classroom account (aka G Suite for Education). If you do this in Chrome, though, you can install the Classroom web app to simplify things for the next time they sign in.

Switching to a Chromebook or Neverware’s CloudReady will give your child a more secure controlled environment than working in a browser on a Windows PC or MacBook. They’re not going to inadvertently install malware or a virus, or access things your school district has blocked. Plus, since everything stays synced with their account, it’s easier for multiple kids to use one device.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

You can boot CloudReady from a flash drive if you want to try it out first.

You choose: Trial run or full install

Installing CloudReady is completely painless. In fact, you don’t even have to overwrite your current OS first to test it out. If you have a Windows 7 PC or newer all you need to get started is an 8GB or 16GB flash drive to create a bootable USB drive. (SanDisk drives are not recommended because some, but not all, don’t work for one reason or another. There is a workaround you can try if that’s your only option.) The basic steps are below so you can see how little is involved, but you can head to Neverware’s install page for full instructions. Note, however, older Windows PCs and Macs require a manual install.

    CloudReady on the flash drive (it takes about 20 minutes and you don’t need to babysit it).
  • Turn off the laptop or desktop you want to run CloudReady on and plug in the flash drive.
  • Turn it on and press the function key needed to enter your computer’s boot menu options. (CloudReady has a list of function keys for different manufacturers in case you’re not sure.)
  • You should then see a screen giving you the option to boot from either internal storage or the flash drive (see photo above). Select the USB drive and hit Enter.

CloudReady will live boot from the flash drive and you can use the OS just as if it was installed on the computer. You can keep using it that way, too, though it will slow down the performance. Or you can wipe your internal drive and install it. Instead of overwriting my laptop’s old drive, I simplified the process by slipping in a $35 120GB Kingston SSD. I just removed the old hard drive — a few screws and a cable — and replaced it with the SSD, and then booted from the flash drive again. Plus, this way I still have the original Windows install if I need it for some reason.

How to view your chromebook’s hardware specifications and system information

If you want to install, click on the clock in the lower right and click Install OS.

Once you’re in CloudReady again, you can click on the clock in the lower right corner of the screen. The settings menu will pop open and you’ll see an option to install the OS. After it’s installed you don’t need the flash drive, it will just boot from the internal drive.

Ta-da, Chromebook! At least, close enough for my kids’ needs. It doesn’t start up as instantly as an actual Chromebook, but it’s still quick at about 30 seconds to go from off to sign in. Performance is going to depend on what your PC has in it. With the Pavilion dm1z’s netbook specs, it can take a few extra seconds to load sites and open web apps, but it’s noticeably faster than when it was doing the same tasks on top of Windows 10.

If you’ve got a USB flash drive and an old laptop, it’s certainly worth the effort to test out and, again, it’s free.