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.
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.
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.
Check out my website dedicated to Chromebooks, especially Chromebooks for Seniors at http://cb4s.net