My son’s old school provided each student with a Chromebook, but his new one doesn’t. Teachers hand them out in classes when they need them in school, but if they have homework, they either need to have access to a computer at home or go to the school library.
Can anyone recommend a good one? It looks like they aren’t very expensive except for the Google one.
Are Intel Celeron Processor N4000 based ones too whimpy to be work while? Should I at least get a Core i3? I don’t want to spend a ton of money, but I don’t want buy junk either. It will be mostly for schoolwork. He likes to make videos or maybe art project.
Any opinions on these? The Lenovo has probably a better processor, but only a 13 inch screen. The Samsung only has an Intel Celeron N4000 while the Lenovo has a Core I3. Samsung has a little more Ram too.
I think the important feature for a school Chromebook that we typically ignore is durability. Many of the Chromebooks are built like typically shitty laptops and thus don’t stand up well to the wear and tear from being in book bags thrown around by high school age kids. My kids have (school-issued) Lenovo Chromebooks with the fold back screens for tablet use; apparently those hinges are better than the regular laptop hinges in terms of durability. I’ll try to find the model when they get home from school.
Also, CPU hasn’t been a huge bottleneck for my kids, but the memory on these devices makes a huge difference if you have a ton of stuff open, as my kids always do. I have to get them to close everything and reboot on a regular basis when performance becomes too painful.
This! My opinion on chrome books for school work is to just get the minimum that is required to accomplish the school work without problems. However, durability is very important because the device will travel every day and you’re not going to want to pay to repair it.
We got these for our kids and they have been great. The 2021 version comes with a newer processor and more storage but is more expensive and shorter battery life - so for school use the 2020 version is ideal.