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With the 2021 back to school season just around the corner, many parents and teachers are getting ready for another year of learning, however it may look.
Ensuring that kids have access to the right tools can help make the transition a little easier, whether they’re learning virtually from home or are headed back to the classroom. While top-of-the-line tech may be high on their wish lists, kids really only need devices that can help them stay on track and get their work done.
Affordable laptops and Chromebooks with basic capabilities are perfect for kids heading back to school, since they won’t break the bank but are still powerful enough for all of their important studies.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $200 (originally $300)
What is it?
Normally retailing for $300, this compact and portable Chromebook is a budget-friendly choice for the coming school year. Simple setup connects your device to your Google account, providing easy access to email, Google Drive, Google Chrome browser and more. The laptop also comes with an impressive HDR camera to have you looking your best on video calls.
Featuring a durable design and spill-resistant keyboard, this Chromebook can hold up to even the toughest conditions a kid can throw at it. A 10-hour batter life means you won't have to worry about recharging during a day of classes, and a lightweight design (it weighs just over two pounds) lets you carry this laptop with you throughout the day.
For those looking for more information on the nitty gritty about this Chromebook, it features an Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core Processor, an 11.6" HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit IPS Display and 4GB of memory.
It also comes with two USB-C ports, and two USB 3. ports to connect to all of your other devices. Two built-in stereo speakers provide audio, along with a jack for headphones if you’re looking to keep things quiet for those around you.
What shoppers are saying
Backed by a 4.4-star rating from more than 500 customer reviews, the Acer Chromebook 11 has been called an "excellent little laptop for the value."
One reviewer noted that it's "great for school work" since it's "compact for a small desk" and its smaller size can easily be carried throughout the day. It's also been hailed as being "easy to setup" and "perfect for remote learning."
Since this laptop runs on the Chrome operating system, some reviewers have noted that it's more suited to "basic" functions, including online browsing, watching videos, streaming, social media and some school work.
At $200, this Chromebook is an affordable pick for students heading back to school. It does feature a smaller screen size and limited capabilities, but the tradeoffs result in a simple and lightweight laptop that's ideal for students.
If you’re looking to shop this laptop on sale, this deal is only on for a limited time. You can also shop the Acer 32" IPS Monitor on sale for 33 per cent off, in case you're looking for an upgrade to your desktop workstation as well.