Hi - I have one of the $199 Acer c720 chromebooks and I'm impressed. It's the one Raymond pointed to (although I got it from Bestbuy). It seems to have decent battery life. The older c710's do have VGA and ethernet ports that the new ones don't (and 3 usb 2 ports vs 1 usb 3 and 1 usb 2). But they have the older processor that doesn't run as long on battery unless you get the more expensive model with large battery. We have about 30 of the older c710 model and I haven't heard complaints about them.

There's a new ($299) one out with a touchscreen: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/11-6-touch-screen-chromebook-2gb-memory-32gb-solid-state-drive/3026067.p?id=1219085759930&skuId=3026067&st=acer%20chromebook&cp=1&lp=4
It also has a larger SSD (32GB vs 16GB). Is a touchscreen useful?

I'll ask around for more info and opinions.


On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Raymond Ballou <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
this is what I am looking at


plus Square Trade ADD 2 year is $51 (I know there was some separate ADD discussion this week).

No matter what model I was looking at, I would want one tester in my hands for a month before actually picking it.

Some reps have told me that new models are coming out soon (end of this month, early next) from Lenovo and Dell.

Our 1-1 teachers are wishing/begging/demanding Chromebooks over iPads. (they currently use used laptops and battery life is the big issue).

I am not suggesting any real conclusion should be drawn from that, may be unique to us, but that is the case.

I think Chromebooks have taken 30% of the sub $300 laptop market, so they are not just a niche product these days.

hope this thread keeps going.


Now that many more folks have more experience with various Chromebook models, I wonder if some of you might comment on whether they are a good investment and are they enabling teachers and students to pursue current learning goals?