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Started by Lynne Crowe 26 May 2014 8:00pm () Replies (39)

We are just starting with some Chromebooks and wondered which one is the most popular/reliable in schools. We would appreciate any advice. Thanks.


  • Lavinia Robyns (View all users posts) 01 Dec 2015 11:47am ()

    Thanks. I think we should go with something like this. I will check with NLG contact in Auckland. We had 2 HP Chromebooks dropped and the casing is cracked so something more robust would be good!

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2015 2:18pm ()



    by 2017 google will no longer offer ChromeOS as it currently stands.   The articles that were circulating last year were scaring a lot of people... teachers mostly.  

    source: WallStreet Journal http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/google-should-kill-chrome-os

    I don't believe this, and at Google I/O they said ChromeOS will be a thing beyond 2020, but it will receive a major update that will benefit the eco system..... So what I think will more than likely happen, is that Chromebooks will run on a slightly changed version of ChromeOS...  It will incorporate more Android aspects, enabling chromeOS to now run android apps.  

    Both ChromeOS and Android run on Linux.  Students and myself have tinkered with Chromebooks and put android on one.  Mostly worked...  mostly..   display drivers and sound were the major problem.  

    Also... I think you might want to take a breath.. I'm not the one killing anything.  And just because I let you google these things yourself doesn't make a claim incorrect.   I could say the earth revolves around the sun, and not state a source.  That doesn't make my claim incorrect.  


  • Vincent Ardern (Banned)
    Vincent Ardern (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2015 1:59pm ()

    Further to that... everyone is aware that by 2017, chromeOS will no longer be a thing?  So google tells us..

    Hamish, you're going to have to provide a reliable source for this.

    The well known EOL page for ChromeOS devices (https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366?hl=en) still lists 5 years as the minimum software support length for ChromeOS devices (from the launch of the hardware it is running on). Without a reliable source, your claim is incorrect.

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2015 12:27pm ()

    yep... and just between you me and the internet....  dropped it on each side, and corner to see what would happen....  Took it well.  When you open the box, and unpack it, you'll see what I mean... 


    We use Noel Leeming.  I can give you the education national managers email, or Waikato.. which ever you are from.  You can also buy a 3 year commercial warranty for 50$ and 1 year accidental insurance for 25$ (for up to three years)  A new screen would cost $280 so its a pretty good deal!

  • Lavinia Robyns (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2015 12:24pm ()

    Thanks - I hadn't looked at this one. Did you trial it and which reseller did you use?

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2015 12:21pm ()

    This year, and next our school is going for the:

    Lenovo 11e Yoga Chromebook.  

    -Very versatile, the most robust unit I have seen in a chromebook.  Great battery life, and in a real environment students have 20-30% left. These are our senior students that use them every second of the day.  

    I have used the following, and in order of age (oldest first): Samsung xe303, Samsung xe500, Acer C730, HP11, HP14, Acer C720p [touch],  and now the Lenovo11e.    We recent;y changed, due to a long conversation with Acer and them telling us 'sorry about your warranty problems, but as we are no longer manufacturing this unit, the hardware replacement will take a lot longer.   So...  we kicked that in the butt, and went with another Brand, and model that we have, has been promised a longer life, and 2016 fully supported... so this is almost as long as ChromeOS will last...  

    Further to that... everyone is aware that by 2017, chromeOS will no longer be a thing?  So google tells us.. 

  • Lavinia Robyns (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2015 12:12pm ()

    Has anyone used the ASUS Premium education Chromebook C201PA 11.6" ?  Apparently the battery life is 13 hours. We need something fairly robust. We've had issues with the HP Model 11-2002TU chargers and don't really want to get these again. The white HPs Model 11-2101TU have been much better. The other option is the Acer C730. Can anyone recommend the Acer or Asus?

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 02 Dec 2014 7:22pm ()

    We have the the XE303c Samsung silver Chromebook, as well as the EX505 (US version)  Essentially they are the same device.  Silver one has less casing and hinge problems.  Although the silver one has more screen repairs.  

    For 2015 we have purchased the Acer C720's that Rob Gunn spoke of.  I did quite a bit of testing with Samsung's new Gen 4 model, HP's 14" model, and the Acer C720.   They all have the same intel provessor, 4Gb or RAM and 16GB SSD.

    The Acer was a better construction, smaller and more portable.  As well as having touch screen to zoom into work.  So thats why we have gone for...  Purchasing between 30-40 units @ $387 each.

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 02 Dec 2014 6:47pm ()

    For a school that is about to buy their first Chromebooks is there an update on which Chromebook they think is the best.

    I only know what I know and my Samsung is fine for me but I hear that there has been some issues with the trackpad. The schools that I work with all have the Samsung so I can't really share any more than point them to this forum?????

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 20 Jun 2014 12:18pm ()

    I took a moment to flesh out my thinking a little more on my blog.


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