The Best Chromebooks: Cloud-focused laptops for all kinds of users

Squid Surprise

Posts: 4,151   +3,330
Chromebooks are a pathetic product. There’s no reason why a normal “laptop” couldn’t be configured to do the same thing... now that they cost almost as much as a traditional laptop, you’re throwing your money away in these.

The only reason students like them is because they are “free” - that is, the school purchased them ... and the head of purchasing for educational institutions rarely have any actual tech knowledge - they see “this device is cheaper” so buy them.
 

Tams80

Posts: 77   +52
I tried the Chromebook Duet a couple of days ago.

It wasn't good. And most of the problem was ChromeOS. It's really just an Android device but with a (poor) desktop environment that expects you to be online more. And the hardware wasn't good, even for the price.

Perhaps it's good for someone, but to me it seemed more like e-waste.
 

shark975

Posts: 32   +42
Wait wat? a 499 chromebook with 4gb ram and 64gb storage is your top choice?

I mean maybe if you don't consider sales, but with some sales you can beat the pants off that. at any rate, a recommend for 500 dollar chromebook with 4gb ram is on it's face pretty suspect.

If you're buying a CHROMEBOOK with FOUR GIGABYTE ram, yeah, you'd better be paying 299 or less.
 

Wrinkle

Posts: 69   +50
Wait wat? a 499 chromebook with 4gb ram and 64gb storage is your top choice?

I mean maybe if you don't consider sales, but with some sales you can beat the pants off that. at any rate, a recommend for 500 dollar chromebook with 4gb ram is on it's face pretty suspect.

If you're buying a CHROMEBOOK with FOUR GIGABYTE ram, yeah, you'd better be paying 299 or less.

It's about the total package. The Acer has a 2256 x 1504 13.5" touchscreen, WiFi AX and a backlit keyboard. It will be hard to find laptops with those specs below $499.
 

trents

Posts: 23   +8
Chromebooks are a pathetic product. There’s no reason why a normal “laptop” couldn’t be configured to do the same thing... now that they cost almost as much as a traditional laptop, you’re throwing your money away in these.

The only reason students like them is because they are “free” - that is, the school purchased them ... and the head of purchasing for educational institutions rarely have any actual tech knowledge - they see “this device is cheaper” so buy them.

A lot of misinformation here. Any tech purchases in schools starts with their technology staff. School system technologists love them, not only because they are relatively inexpensive, but because they are relatively simple to use and relatively trouble free. Also, the google ecosystem is robust and easy to manage from the standpoint of technology administration. I provide tech support for a private school and we are quickly moving toward all Chromebooks for the student population. I also have significant contact with the technologists at the local public schools and for all the same reasons they have adopted Chromebooks as the go to solution for the students.
 

Squid Surprise

Posts: 4,151   +3,330
A lot of misinformation here. Any tech purchases in schools starts with their technology staff. School system technologists love them, not only because they are relatively inexpensive, but because they are relatively simple to use and relatively trouble free. Also, the google ecosystem is robust and easy to manage from the standpoint of technology administration. I provide tech support for a private school and we are quickly moving toward all Chromebooks for the student population. I also have significant contact with the technologists at the local public schools and for all the same reasons they have adopted Chromebooks as the go to solution for the students.
And the problem with the technology staff is that they don’t understand education... and the educators don’t understand technology.

Just because it’s easy to use and cheap, doesn’t make it better for teaching!

Part of educating a child means showing them how tech works - much of which can’t be done on a chrome book as they are basically crippled PCs...

But the people in charge of purchasing don’t understand either - they look at dollars and cents.

And while the Google ecosystem is “free” - it really isn’t. Now Google has access to every child’s information... isn’t that a great way to teach children about privacy? Hey kid, you don’t have any :)
 

mbk34

Posts: 199   +129
I used to have to offer IT support to my wife who happily downloaded every program she came across and clicked every link she saw. It was a nightmare. I gave her a Chromebook suddenly all my troubles went away. It was cheaper and had a longer battery life than any comparable laptop. Also, if she accidentally drives the car over it, then it just takes a few minutes to recover everything. They're obviously not aimed as the primary PC for most readers on here but they are a brilliant solution to many people out there (and for those of us that don't want to offer tech support to our spouses).