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Any Chromebook recommendations?

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Since we're at least finishing this year with virtual education, I'm thinking of getting a cheap chromebook to bolster hardware collection. I'd like to keep it under $500 maybe even significantly under if I can get something that works. The kids schools use chromebooks all the time. Most of their assignments are on canvas and google docs. If I were spending more money, I'd just get another windows laptop.

Any recommendations? How cheap is too cheap? Probably just need a couple of tabs and the ability to video conference. Thanks in advance.

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Hrothgar wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:49 pm

Any recommendations? How cheap is too cheap? Probably just need a couple of tabs and the ability to video conference. Thanks in advance.
the absolute...cheapest...one you can get will do that. go refurbished to save even more.

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Re: Any Chromebook recommendations?

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I'll second that pretty much any Chromebook you can buy will do what you need. That said, we have one with a touchscreen and it's great for our 5yo...allows him to interact with a lot of teaching websites much more easily than using a touchpad or wireless mouse. You really can't go wrong as long as whatever you buy isn't so cheap that it's broken in three months though
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Re: Any Chromebook recommendations?

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There are lots and lots of great chromebooks in the $300-500 range. I would just recommend doing some googling of whatever is readily available to you (if buying locally). Acer and Samsung alone make a variety of great options. I recommend you get one with a 360 hinge and touchscreen for maximum utility.

It is a very slick/simple OS which will do the overwhelming majority of what a "regular" user would want out of a laptop (or tablet). I really liked the one I tried for a couple weeks but ultimately just decided I wanted Windows for more full functionality.

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JCC wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:19 am
It is a very slick/simple OS which will do the overwhelming majority of what a "regular" user would want out of a laptop (or tablet). I really liked the one I tried for a couple weeks but ultimately just decided I wanted Windows for more full functionality.
If you're after more full functionality, keep in mind installing Linux on a Chromebook provides much greater functionality than the default Chrome OS. There's also a FOSS alternative version of the Chrome OS called NayuOS for privacy-minded folk that isn't chained to Google’s ecosystem.
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Yes adding linux to a Chromebook is an interesting option. I still am just embedded (pardon the pun) with Windows both for work and personal use. I generally really like Windows 10. Obviously it has its problems, but it generally just works for me. My fairly affordable (2 years ago) Lenovo 2 in 1 laptop has been awesome. It's my main personal PC for web browsing, email, etc. It finally got me off iPads and I greatly prefer Windows to iOS.

I have however enjoyed playing with various linux distros over the years. I also have told my parents (both pushing 80) that if they ever want me to help them with a PC In the future it will have to be a Chromebook. Of course now that I have moved away from them they are probably stuck with my poor older brother providing said support.

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