Among the binders, crayons, paper, pencil boxes and new clothes needed on the list of supplies for this coming school year, you may see an additional item that you might not be sure what to do with; the Laptop. If immediately you begin thinking of a device costing around $1000, boy have I got great news for you! Consider purchasing one of the many Chromebooks available on the market.
A Chromebook is an inexpensive (as low as $200), lightweight and portable device that is cloud connected; perfect for students from grade school through College age. Many of whom have grown up or are growing up in the era of mobile web access via Smartphones and Tablets and are not locked-in to the Microsoft ecosystem and local files on the hard drive / storage ways of doing things.
To be sure, you will run across reviews where individuals state how insufficient the Chromebook is for multiple reasons. But, you’ll also find that this is primarily because these machines aren’t designed to handle everything. For example:
• Intense Gaming
• Software Development
• Video Production
• Graphic Design
• Advanced Software applications, such as Architecture and Diagramming
But due to their low price point and simplicity for everyday use, like staying connected, doing Internet research, writing a paper and accessing online communities and classes, Chromebooks are a very satisfactory alternative to the costlier and complex Windows machine.
Instead of relying heavily on desktop applications, Students would easily be at home utilizing the Google browser to gain access to app services. And, instead of storing files on the local hard drive, they would be fine with accessing their data on Google Drive.
And, although Chromebooks require Internet connectivity, there is a capability to use some apps offline, if this feature is turned on.
Some additional benefits to using a Chromebook would include:
- Extremely simple set up
- Boots up within seconds
- Wakes from sleep in less than a second
- Built-in security
- Low maintenance
- Fast recovery in the event of a crash
- Automatic, free updates
- Everyday apps are included or easily installed from the Chrome web store
- Files are backed up on the Cloud
- Seamlessly syncs with other devices running Chrome
With just about every PC brand selling a Chromebook, the decision over which one to choose basically comes down to what works best for what you need. In this case, we are recommending these four Chromebooks based on low cost (under $400) for functionality sufficient for a Student.
|BRAND||Dell 11||Acer C720P||HP 14||Samsung 2|
|Screen Size||11.6″||11.6″ *Touchscreen||14 inches||11 inches|
|Processor||1.4 GHz||1.4 GHz||1.4 GHz||1.9 GHz|
|Memory||2GB RAM||2GB RAM||2 GB RAM||4 GB RAM|
|Hard Drive||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB||4 GB RAM|
|Number of USB Ports||2 USB 3.0||1 USB 3.01 USB 2.0||2 USB 3.01 USB 2.0||1 USB 3.01 USB 2.0|
|Item Weight||2.9 pounds||2.76 pounds||4 pounds||2.43 pounds|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours||8.5 hours||Up to 9.5 hours||Up to 8 hours|