As homeschoolers, we are trying to make every dollar count. Often, we’re a one-income family, or sometimes combining two part-time incomes, but either way, when we make a purchase, we want it to be the right one.
For that reason, if you are looking at a Chromebook for your homeschooler, we want to help provide you with information that will help you decide which computer is right for your family.
Chromebooks $200 or less
As one of the least expensive Chromebooks on the market, this is an 11.6 inch model weighing less than 2 pounds which makes it ultra portable for on-the-go homeschooling. The C201 comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage space, which means all your files and pictures can easily be stored in the cloud. It has a full-size keyboard so typing is a breeze. It comes with an integrated webcam for online courses or just chatting. This computer receives a 4.6 out of 5 star rating at Amazon.
This is also an 11.6 inch entry level Chromebook with built-in virus protection. With super-fast load time, this will get your favorite homeschool websites up and running in no time. It connects to wifi seamlessly, so it can become part of your home wireless network or can allow you to school anywhere there is an open connection. The CB3 features anti-glare coating allowing you to use the unit without distractions in well-lit areas. It weighs just 2.7 pounds and is less than 1 inch thick to make it perfectly portable. This computer receives a 4.6 out of 5 star rating at Amazon.
Chromebooks between $200 and $300
Featuring a dual-core processor, the CB35-B3330 is ready to tackle multiple internet tasks at once, but still maintains up to 7 hours of battery life per charge. This Chromebook is great for educational games with an oversized touchpad and full sized keyboard. The screen on this model is 13.3 inches which makes it ideal for watching educational video, and contains 2GB of memory which provides room enough to store files for a whole family. This computer receives a 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
LENOVO IDEAPAD N20P
One of the newest trends in Chromebooks is to offer them in a touchscreen version. That is what makes the Lenovo N20P unique in this category. It can serve as either a laptop or can convert into “stand mode”, depending on which way you fold the screen. Although only 11.6 inches screen width, the standalone option makes this model perfect for viewing movies or YouTube videos. But if you use a lot of touch-based applications, this is another reason to consider the Lenovo N20P. This computer receives a 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Chromebooks over $300
ACER 15 CB5-571-C09S
The obvious next upgrade is to increase the screen size. At 15 inches, the Acer 15 will feel much more like a traditional laptop. This is the biggest screen available for a Chromebook. This model also offers 2 upward facing speakers, giving audio quality high priority. It also features the largest touchpad of any available Chromebook, which may appeal to users with larger hands or who just need more wiggle room when they tap, pinch, swipe, and scroll. This computer receives a 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.