UPDATE: The sale has ended.
I have written often about Chromebooks. (See https://goo.gl/9yDkl2 for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks.) I recently used my Chromebook daily on a trip to New Zealand and to Singapore to write articles for this newsletter, send and receive email messages, surf the Web, and I might admit to playing a few computer games as well. I find I am using my Chromebook more and more these days and my “big” laptop less and less. While the Chromebook isn’t as powerful as my more expensive laptop, I prefer its convenience. It boots up in seconds, never gets viruses, and everything is fully backed up in the cloud within seconds after I create or save something new.
Chromebook prices are getting insane. Now Groupon is selling a refurbished Acer Chromebook 15.6” Laptop for only $109.99 at https://goo.gl/SziahF.
To be sure, this is a refurbished unit, not new. However, it does include a limited 90 day warranty from manufacturer, not from Groupon. I have purchased a number of refurbished computers over the years, including a 27-inch iMac that was $500 off the normal retail price, and have been very happy with them. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase the Acer Chromebook with the manufacturer’s warranty if I didn’t already own a Chromebook.
The same laptop is selling at Wal-Mart at https://goo.gl/Kut9Un for $179 new, not refurbished.
To be sure, this is not a top-of-the-line unit. It contains an Intel Celeron processor of moderate speed and only 2 gigabytes of RAM memory. That should be sufficient for all Chromebook apps but I suspect it won’t be enough memory to run Android apps and Chromebook apps simultaneously. Or, if they do run together simultaneously, I suspect they will run slowly. See https://goo.gl/YiB6TI for my article about running Android and Chromebook apps simultaneously on a Chromebook laptop.
The Acer Chromebook has a larger screen than most other Chromebooks at 15.6 inches although the resolution is a bit low at 1366-by-768 pixels. It has most everything one expects in a Chromebook:
- Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Upward-facing dual-stereo speakers
- SD card reader
- One HDMI port with HDCP support
- One USB 3.0 port
- One USB 2.0 port
- 3,220mAh 4-cell lithium-ion battery
- Operates up to eight hours on a full charge
I do find it interesting that the Acer Chromebook has a high-speed USB 3.0 port, something not yet found in many of the cheaper laptop computers.
With the HDMI port, you can connect the laptop to a digital television set and watch the video on the big screen. You will have to purchase an HDMI cable, however, as HDMI cables normally are not included with laptop computers.
All in all, the refurbished Acer model number CB3-531-C4A5 Chromebook selling for $109.99 strikes me as a great deal. If you want a second computer for yourself to use when traveling, or want to give this to a child, grandchild, or to an adult who is not computer literate, this may be your best choice.
If you are interested in purchasing any Chromebook, I suggest you first read my articles at https://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/01/why-use-a-chromebook/, https://blog.eogn.com/2016/05/31/genealogy-apps-for-android-and-chromebooks/, and also Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) by Ryan Dube at http://goo.gl/4CRpaZ.
The Acer model number CB3-531-C4A5 Chromebook is available for $109.99 at https://goo.gl/SziahF.
I am not compensated in any way for writing this article. I am simply a satisfied user of low-cost Chromebook computers.
Have you had good or bad experiences with a Chromebook? If so, please post a comment below describing your findings so that others can benefit from your experiences.