Disclosure: Staples sent me a Chromebook to review in exchange for my honest review. Keep reading to find out how one of you will win one!
I’m supposed to teach my kids to share.
But the one thing that I absolutely hate to share with them: my laptop. I’ll hand over an iPad or even my phone, but I cringe at handing over my laptop, since I cannot live without it for work.
And though my boys know how to use a laptop and they are very careful, I still felt a bit cringe-y when they would use mine.
But, my first and third graders need to do some of their homework on a computer. Those sorts of homework assignments start in kindergarten at their school. They have to practice math on Sumdog, reading on Raz-Kids, spelling on Spelling City, plus type up different assignments to either print or e-mail their teachers. My oldest even has to watch some lessons online.
Add to that Reading Kingdom(that all three of my boys do to help improve their reading) and Book Adventure(where my oldest takes practice AR tests), and they need a quite a bit of computer time.
So the thought of getting a Samsung Chromebook from Staples for my boys to use as their laptop had them so excited they barely let our UPS guy out of his truck before they were asking if it was here yet. (Thankfully, our UPS guy is awesome and humors them. And he knows to only hand packages to me).
My boys have been using it for the past week, and here’s what we think of it so far:
Easy set up: I did set this up with one of my google accounts(my personal one, so my boys aren’t going into my work or blog email). It was extremely quick and easy.
Simple to use: You can click right to your email, google chrome, youtube, google search, or apps from the start bar. While yes, kids are so tech-savvy these days that they could pretty much figure anything out, it’s nice that there’s no learning curve here.
Google Chrome: While you don’t have to have a Chromebook to use Chrome, obviously, I do like how easy this browser is for my boys to use. I bookmarked all the sites they need for school(plus a few for fun- they love them some Club Penguin) and they can click to those right from the toolbar.
Google Docs: Anything my boys need to type up, they can do in google docs and either print or email to their teachers. I could not live without google docs and apparently I’m passing this obsession on to my boys early.
Portability: the Chromebook is only slightly larger in size than an iPad, so it can easily be taken anywhere. t’s 2.5 pounds and 0.8 inches thin. My third grader has to take a school-issued laptop back and forth to school and it is heavy and awkward. After using the Chromebook, I’m wondering why the school didn’t go with them instead. Honestly, I’d be super tempted to “borrow” this from my boys when I head out of town on my next trip.
The price: Okay, so I did get mine free. But, I had actually been looking at the Samsung Chromebook when we were doing back to school shopping, but it ended up at the bottom of our shopping list and got put off to the Christmas list. At $249, it’s a good deal.
The only problem we’ve encountered so far is that the mouse got stuck twice for a few minutes. Though my boys were easily able to fix it.
If you work on your computer all day long, with a million tabs open, this wouldn’t be the laptop for you. I did use it a bit this past week, just to get some personal experience with it to go along with what I saw my boys doing on it, and I couldn’t have this as my only laptop. However, for what the kids need for school (or what your casual computer user would need), the Samsung Chromebook is a great laptop.
One of you will win a Samsung Chromebook(retail $249) from Staples. US, 18+ only. See Rafflecopter for all official rules and to enter.