I use a Chromebook often and love it. It boots up within seconds and never gets viruses. It is a very capable computer that surfs the web, reads and writes email, plays hundreds of games, and works well with Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of other online services. It does require a wi-fi Internet connection to accomplish most tasks, however. Chromebooks normally sell for $200 to $350 or so. Today, Rick Broida’s CNET Cheapskate column lists a well-known and highly-rated Acer C710 Chromebook that sells for $99 and that price even includes free 2-day shipping.
To be sure, that price is after a mail-in $20 rebate and the laptop is factory recertified, meaning that it was returned to the factory for some reason, then checked out and offered for sale again. It includes a 90-day warranty. I already own a similar Chromebook but if I was looking to buy a new laptop, I’d consider this one carefully. It is an excellent laptop computer for yourself, a child, a grandchild, or for an adult with limited or no computer experience.
If you already own a Windows or Macintosh laptop and are comfortable with its use, a Chromebook probably won’t appeal to you. After all, your present laptop will do everything a Chromebook can do and more. However, Chromebooks are popular for use by computing non-experts. Senior citizens, pre-teens, and adults with little or no computer experience often find the Chromebook to be a better choice than either a Windows or Macintosh laptop. A Chromebook is significantly easier to use than a Windows or Macintosh laptop. Even experienced computer owners who only own a desktop computer and would like an inexpensive laptop system for use when traveling or when sitting on the living room couch find Chromebooks to be appealing.
The 3-pound Acer C710-2856 includes a full-sized keyboard and 11.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Its battery will last about 4 hours under normal operation.
You can read more about Chromebooks in my earlier article, Why Use a Chromebook?, at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/01/why-use-a-chromebook.
You can read my earlier article at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/01/why-use-a-chromebook, Rick Broida’s article at http://goo.gl/k1vHm5 (scroll down the page a bit as he first describes a different computer, then switches to the Chromebook), and the Acer web site provides still more details at http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/series/chromebook-c. The Chromebook may be ordered on the NewEgg web site at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314477.
I suspect the supply of these recertified Acer C710 Chromebooks will be sold out quickly.