We are considering buying the kids collectively a laptop for Christmas, and I am looking for suggestions for durable and fast models with lots of memory that won’t break the bank.
Our home computer that the kids use every day for homework and games is a desktop PC and is at least six years old. It has seen better days. It’s pretty slow bringing stuff up and random music will just cut on for some reason and we can’t figure out where it’s coming from.
Michael has a work computer and I have a work computer. On occasion, we let the kids on our work computers, but we try not to because we don’t want them downloading crazy things or spilling food or drinks on the keyboards.
The main computer I am interested in is the Google Chromebook laptop. It’s been running around $250 at Best Buy, which is the right price if it actually has enough memory, power and speed to do all things they want it to do. I don’t remember seeing a place for a CD/DVD so I’m not sure what is up with that. Walsh is a pretty intense computer user designing worlds on Minecaft and player multi-player games on there. He likes to play Civilization 5 on there and they all watch Netflix and You Tube cartoon and music videos off the Internet. I would love to move him into designing websites with HTML and CSS but he really likes that Minecraft.
Thin, light, portable
Now this one is the Chromebook 550
Starting at: $449 “
Does anyone have any experience with the Chromebooks Samsung or otherwise? Are they giving you Google Drive space because the computer can’t store very much or any on its own hard drive so then you’re always working off a cloud or is that just an added benefit?
What reasonably price laptops are you using at home for your kids? Or is it better to have a PC so it doesn’t end up in bed with them at night or dropped? (But then when they want to take a computer to a laptop Minecraft party they want your expensive laptop!)Ugg!