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I need to get my 3rd and 4th grade kids new computers. Almost everything they do for school is online. Who has recently made a similar purchase? Would a Chromebook style computer make sense? How much ram?
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imho best bang for the buck is buying an entry level machine and upgrading memory, and possibly adding a ssd (both upgrades are easy and cheap)
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Originally Posted by jkapl001 View Post
I need to get my 3rd and 4th grade kids new computers. Almost everything they do for school is online. Who has recently made a similar purchase? Would a Chromebook style computer make sense? How much ram?
If it truely is online, a $200 Chromebook would be the simplest.

If they are soon to become interested in computers/electronics/PC Gaming, maybe something that allows some online gaming.

And before everyone jumps on the gaming stuff, I don't get it, I don't play them, but my HS Senior just got partial scholarship for online gaming (team gaming esport) and it's not like he's a live in the basement geek, played football, lacrosse, class president, just got good at an online team game (CS GO).



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Doesn’t the school have recommendations? Or maybe a minimum capability list?
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imho best bang for the buck is buying an entry level machine and upgrading memory, and possibly adding a ssd (both upgrades are easy and cheap)
Sounds out of my wheel house. I want to buy something that I can unbox and be done with.
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Love Chromebooks. They do all I need them to do.
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Originally Posted by jkapl001 View Post
I need to get my 3rd and 4th grade kids new computers. Almost everything they do for school is online. Who has recently made a similar purchase? Would a Chromebook style computer make sense? How much ram?
I bought my 15 year old a Samsung Notebook Flash. She likes it and now that the school is closed she is doing on- line classes with it every day. Cost: $250.00 from Amazon.
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Do they need to run software? Might not want to be the oddball with chrome os...
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Seems like everything is online.
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My grandsons school issues Chromebooks starting in 3rd grade though 5th. They all now using theirs at home doing this time and school is continuing online with daily sessions with the teachers.
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I just purchased 2 of these HP Laptops from Amazon for my kids:

HP Laptop HP Laptop


They have been great so far, easy to setup and have Windows 10 and Windows Office installed (1 year on the office). I paid $287 ea now $318

Our kids are using Microsoft Teams for their video conferencing with the school which was already installed which helped.
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Computers bought from Costco with a Costco Visa have a 4 year warranty.
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Chromebook. Almost impossible to screw up. All applications are in the cloud. The weapon of choice for the OP's purposes, and frankly, 95% of my business and personal needs. Used to use MacBook Pro's; have to in pieces sitting in the closet for the last 2 years and need to get them to the recycling center. Edit: as Rickboatsays, we buy ours from Costco as well.
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Timely post, I was going to post the exact question. I’m in the market for two computers myself. One for first grade and one for fifth grade.
For those recommending chrome books, any specific models you’ve had luck with? I’ve looked pretty close to the Acer 14 and a HP 14.
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I would be careful with buying a Chromebook for online learning.
NYC was using Zoom and the Google documents suite for online learning, but this week because of security issues sent out notice that they are switching to Microsoft office and Team Manager - they are providing the software to all the students and teachers, but those will not run on a Chromebook.
For a little more money than a Chromebook, you can get your kids a 15" entry level laptop that runs Windows 10.
Something like this $265 15" Lenovo: Wouldn't let me post the link - it is at Best Buy - Lenovo 15.6" w AMD R4 processor, 4GB ram and 500 gb hard drive.

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It depends on what the school recommends. We have all three kids on three platforms, iMac, Chromebook and Windows 10 laptop. So far they have done everything.
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Default Straight from HP..perhaps this

https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-la...top---17z-touc
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My daughter used her macbook she got as freshman in hs.......for 8 yrs....thru college. It was still faster than her friends new windows laptops when she was a college senior. She had to have a new one for pa school to run the medical programs they use. Actually had to have the latest MacBook, iPhone, and iPad... That was a fun expense. I used some choice words.

I'm anti-apple. Not a single Apple device for myself. But they are the best, and work with the iPhones, iPads, Apple watches etc. They dont become outdated very fast. Go ahead with the Chromebook now, but at some point don't hesitate to get your kids MacBooks for their rest of their school career. Besides, it's what all the cool kids have.

My kids only used apple stuff and then my son had to get a Windows computer for summer internship last summer.

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So I think we are settled on the fact that a Chrome book fits the needs. Any specific processor to look for? Ones to avoid? Is 4 gigs of ram enough? I am always thinking in terms of a windows OS and would never buy a computer with 4 gigs.
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Originally Posted by jkapl001 View Post
So I think we are settled on the fact that a Chrome book fits the needs. Any specific processor to look for? Ones to avoid? Is 4 gigs of ram enough? I am always thinking in terms of a windows OS and would never buy a computer with 4 gigs.
If the kids require a mouse, make sure that the model you pick can support a mouse... USB, Bluetooth, etc.


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