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    Default Chromebook laptop?

    Weíre interested to buy DS1 a chromebook as one of his Xmas presents this year.

    He currently has an iPad mini thatís fairly old and wonít be usable within 12/18 months. Want the chromebook to have ability to play Minecraft, but mostly to access his google classroom and enough memory.

    I really donít know much about it. But could you download apps with them? Add more programs? I donít mind paying upwards 250-300 as I want him to last him through middle school collaborative assignments and papers.

    Appreciate links of Chromebooks youíve bought for your kids youíre happy with!


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    I'm pretty sure you can't play Minecraft on a Chromebook. That's the reason we bought my DS1 a Windows laptop way back when he was younger and playing Minecraft.

    Otherwise, I've been extremely happy with the 4 Chromebooks (of all different brands) I've owned over the years. I've had my current Acer Chromebook R11 for 2.5 years now with zero issues or complaints. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J42JPJG/

    And yes, you can download apps on it. All my smart home apps that I have on my phone I also have on my Chromebook.
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    My 8 year old said you can't play Minecraft on a Chromebook
    Quote Originally Posted by essnce629 View Post
    I'm pretty sure you can't play Minecraft on a Chromebook. That's the reason we bought my DS1 a Windows laptop way back when he was younger and playing Minecraft.

    Otherwise, I've been extremely happy with the 4 Chromebooks (of all different brands) I've owned over the years. I've had my current Acer Chromebook R11 for 2.5 years now with zero issues or complaints. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J42JPJG/

    And yes, you can download apps on it. All my smart home apps that I have on my phone I also have on my Chromebook.
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    Thatís why I was afraid of! No big deal, but it would be nice if they had that capability.

    So any recs for good solid chromebook then?


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    Well, Iíve been very happy with my ďcheapĒ Acer from Target. Iíve always liked Acer. Dell also makes nice CBs.

    I would avoid Asus and Samsung based on past experiences. Their quality was sub par.

    Memory is not crucial on a CB because itís Cloud based. But more memory is helpful if he plans to have multiple tabs/windows open at once. The CB will freeze if it runs out of ďworkingĒ memory.

    Iíve heard thereís a way to ďhackĒ a CB to play Minecraft, but in general playing MC is not an option.
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    Mommy_Mea is online now Emerald level (3000+ posts)
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    DH bought our Chromebook from Costco, it is an Acer and was $200 or $250. We have been very happy with it!

    ETA: noticed this morning that it is actually Asus!

    Quote Originally Posted by DualvansMommy View Post
    Thatís why I was afraid of! No big deal, but it would be nice if they had that capability.

    So any recs for good solid chromebook then?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DualvansMommy View Post
    We’re interested to buy DS1 a chromebook as one of his Xmas presents this year.

    He currently has an iPad mini that’s fairly old and won’t be usable within 12/18 months. Want the chromebook to have ability to play Minecraft, but mostly to access his google classroom and enough memory.

    I really don’t know much about it. But could you download apps with them? Add more programs? I don’t mind paying upwards 250-300 as I want him to last him through middle school collaborative assignments and papers.

    Appreciate links of Chromebooks you’ve bought for your kids you’re happy with!


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    We’ve had this Asus for about a year and it’s been great. The girls use it for their homework almost every night, and we’ve never had any problems with it. So easy to use. I like that it’s a bit more rugged, and has a spillproof keyboard, just in case .

    https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Chromebo...4132567&sr=8-2
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