Handwritten title Buying a new Chromebook

Buying My New Chromebook

Handwritten title Buying a new Chromebook

2012 Samsung_XE303C12
2012 Samsung_XE303C12

For the last 2 years, I have enjoyed my first Chromebook. It is an Acer R11, an 11-inch 360-degree laptop. It folds back into a tablet when I want to do so. Last year, Robin’s Windows laptop died, so I found a $100 Samsung 1 Chromebook for her to try. She loves its simplicity. However, this week she began getting a notice that “this device is no longer supported.”

We discussed the options. Do we get her a new Chromebook or get me a more state-of-the-art Chromebook and give Robin the Acer? My wants included some specific items that run the costs up. I want a minimum of 4GB of RAM, but desire 8GB. I want a minimum of 64GB of storage but prefer 128GB or more. I want a backlit keyboard, a touch screen, an HDMI port, some USB ports, a 13-inch screen or less, 1920×1080 screen resolution, and the screen to fold back into a tablet. Oh, and I want the price to be reasonable. Since there are no models that fit my demands, I had to search for the closest fit.

2017 Acer R11
2017 Acer R11

After spending hours searching, I came up with a few choices. It did not make sense to spend $250-$300 for Robin to have a new Chromebook. Sometime in the near future, I would still need a new computer. About the only model that filled all of my wants was a Google Pixelbook. While it was their $999 model and not their $1,600 model, it still was way out of my budget. Best Buy was having a sale of refurbs and open box items. I could get a $400 savings but $600 was still too steep.

After looking at all of the models and specs, I came up with a Dell 2-in-1 (it makes into a tablet) 14-inch with 4GB of RAM, but 128GB of storage, with an SD slot for additional storage. Best Buy had the $599 model on sale for $399 and they had 2 in stock in my local store. Needless to say, I am writing this with my new Dell Chromebook.

2019 Dell Inspiron 14 C7486
2019 Dell Inspiron 14 C7486

One of the great things about Chromebooks is the ease of setup. Since we both have Chromebook accounts, I had us both in our new computers within an hour. All I had to do was to connect the new Dell to our Wi-Fi and sign in with my Gmail account. It went to my account in the cloud and completely set it up without intervention from me in minutes. Then I did a PowerWash and brought the Acer R11 back to factory fresh in minutes. Then I signed in with Robin’s Gmail account. In a matter of minutes, I populated the R11 with all of Robin’s apps & files. It did an operating system update and in less than 2 hours, we had 2 computers ready to operate.

After using the Dell Chromebook for a few hours, I closely examined the inputs of the unit. There are 2 USB C inputs and 1 USB 3 connection, a single 3.5mm speaker/microphone and a micro SD slot. I also discovered a stylus tucked in a holder underneath the laptop. It is an electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus and I tested it by taking some handwritten notes. It was easy to use. The title to this page was created by using it. Setting up the printer was a breeze. So far, I am well satisfied with my decision to purchase this Chromebook model.

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