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Back to school season is in full swing, and with more schools opting for online learning this year now’s the perfect time to purchase an affordable and reliable laptop. Whether it’s for streaming lectures or Netflix, a quality laptop is a must-have for every home and dorm alike.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $300
What is it?
The Acer Chromebook 11 is a lightweight, ultra-thin laptop providing up to 10 hours of battery life. The Chromebook delivers crisp video and strong, consistent wireless signal thanks to the strategically placed 802.11ac wireless antenna.
It should be noted that Chromebooks are not the same as most laptops or MacBooks. If you’re a gamer or looking for something with video editing capabilities or the full Windows Office suite, this isn’t the machine for you. Chromebooks are a more streamlined, minimalist laptop, perfect if you’re looking to complete simple functions in a Chrome web browser or use android apps.
That being said, Chromebooks are perfect if you’re looking for a separate laptop to keep in the home or looking for simple, easy-to-use and affordable.
With a boot time of only 8 seconds, you can get to work (or play) faster than ever and enjoy the benefits of the Chrome operating system, similar to that of an android tablet. Each unit comes with integrated malware system for protection against viruses while 4GB Onboard LPDDR4 Memory, the industry standard, allows you to tackle day-to-day tasks easily and efficiently (think Google docs, streaming video, video chatting etc.)
What people are saying
The Acer Chromebook 11 has earned a solid 4.8 out of 5 star rating from Amazon shoppers, who call this small but mighty machine an “excellent” resource for online learning.
“This is a great little Chromebook that is working extremely well for us. It has a very good screen with vibrant colours...,” one Amazon shopper wrote. “We will be using this Chromebook for online schooling this year. It’s lightweight and small, so my son can take it around the house with him and setup wherever he is comfortable. The camera isn't amazing, but it is more than good enough for any classes for which video is required. The complete integration with Google's suite of products means it is very easy for him to access his files and do the work required of him. We've given this a very thorough test drive, and it performs well beyond our requirements. And, according to my son, it’s miles better and so much faster than the Chromebooks they use at school.”
The lightweight Chromebook is a great option if you’re not extremely tech savvy but still want to be able to send email, access social media and watch videos. Similarly, they’re a great option for a second unit to keep in the house when your main laptop or computer is in use.
The Chromebook is about as good as it gets for a $300 price tag. If you’re looking for something for the kids to use this year that isn’t a pricey MacBook, the Acer Chromebook 11 just might be right for you.