Best Chromebooks for Online Learning

Now that classes are about to start and we are encouraged to #stayhome and practice #socialdistancing but how would our kids be safe. Of course getting a laptop would definitely help but most families here in the Philippines doesn’t have a desktop or a laptop much less a broadband internet connection to handle online video calls.

It’s hard to find a decent laptop if you don’t know what you’re looking for. It’s not very practical to buy a top of the line gaming laptop which costs a lot or an underpowered laptop for more demanding tasks We can help you with that.

Though not the most powerful or the most versatile laptops of the bunch, Chromebooks are for the most part a cheap and cost effective tool without the bells and whistles. If this is for students and online learning, a Chromebook can be a right fit for you. So why Chromebooks? Chromebooks are laptops that run on Chrome OS, think of an Android smartphone or a tablet but with a body of a laptop. These can run simple to more complex apps and definitely have bigger storage and more RAM than your average smartphone or tablet.

With the advancements in technology you can run cloud-based apps such as Google Docs or Google sheets, the recent versions of Microsoft Office you can use the cloud-based version of Office but it does have a subscription. 

Asus Chromebook Flip C434

Asus ChromeBook Flip C434 2 In 1 Laptop
Display14” LED-backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 standard display
Four-way NanoEdge design with 87% screen-to-body ratio
5mm-thin side bezel and 7mm bottom bezel
Wide 100% sRGB color gamut
178° wide-view technology
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8200Y processor
1.3GHz dual-core with Turbo Boost (up to 3.9GHz) and 4MB cache
Intel Core m3-8100Y processor
1.1GHz dual-core with Turbo Boost (up to 3.4GHz) and 4MB cache
Storage128GB / 64GB / 32GB eMMC
Memory 4GB / 8GB 1867MHz LPDDR3 onboard
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 615
Ports 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (up to 5Gbps)
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (up to 5Gbps)
1 x microSD card slot
1 x Audio combo jack
Networking Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth 4.0
CameraHD camera
Battery and PowerUp to 10 hours battery life
48Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
45W power adapter
Plug Type: Type-C
(Output: 15V DC, 45W)
(Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)

Sporting an All-Aluminum Chassis and finish expect a very sleek and premium quality laptop that’s light and portable. With the Nano Edge screen technology you can be sure of a large viewing real-estate for a 14 inch screen with a 87% viewing ratio thanks to the thin bezels.

For more info : Check out the Asus site : Asus Chromebook Flip C434

HP Chromebook x360

HP Chromebook x360
Display14" diagonal FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (1920 x 1080)

ProcessorIntel Core i3-8130U (2.2 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Storage64 GB eMMC
Memory 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (onboard)
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Ports 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (Charging, power delivery, video, data)
2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (HP Sleep and Charge)
1 headphone/microphone combo
1 microSD media card reader
Networking Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
CameraHP Wide Vision HD Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
Battery and Power45 W AC power adapter
3-cell, 60 Wh Li-ion
Up to 13 hours and 30 minutes

This has business looking feel to it, a very low key laptop. But it’s still a premium looking laptop and the specs are pretty much adequate for the price. Since Chrome OS runs on a very lower spec, a practical choice for students and for online education.

For more info : Check out the HP site : HP Chromebook x360

Google Pixelbook Go

Google Pixelbook Go
Display13.3" LCD touchscreen display
Full HD display 1920x1080 (166ppi) (m3 and i5 variants)
4K Ultra HD Molecular Display 3840x2160 (331ppi) (i7 variant)
16:9 aspect ratio
72% NTSC color

ProcessorIntel Core m3
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i7
Storage64 GB SSD (m3 variants)
128 GB SSD (i5 variants)
256 GB SSD (i7 variants)
Memory 8 GB (m3 and i5 variants)
16 GB (i5 and i7 variants)
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Ports 2 USB-C charging and display output
3.5 mm headphone jack
Networking Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2x2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
CameraDuo Cam
2 megapixel, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size
Video Recording: 1080p HD at 60fps
Battery and PowerFull HD: 47 Wh battery
4K Ultra HD Molecular Display: 56 Wh battery
USB-C 45W charge adapter (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A) that also works with Pixel phones
Use time of up to 12 hours
Fast charging: up to 2 hours in 20 minutes of charge

With a Magnesium chassis and a Corning Concore Protective Glass, the Pixelbook Go comes in to flavors Just Black and Not Pink. A sleek but powerful device, what better way to maximize the Chrome OS with Google’s own Pixelbook, even the Pixel phones are great. Expect greatness on a small package. Note that the Pixelbook Go is officially available on Canada, United Kingdom, United States (except Puerto Rico) only. Though you can check local sellers as they might have some in stock.

Acer Chromebook Spin 15

Acer Chromebook Spin 15
Display15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
ProcessorIntel Pentium N4200
Storage64GB SSD
Memory 8GB LPDDR4
Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics 505
Ports 2x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
microSD (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
combo audio / microphone jack
Networking Wi-Fi: 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2
CameraHD Camera
Battery and Power4670 mAh, 3-cell

The most under powered of the bunch but still a practical choice because of the price range. The Intel Pentium N4200 is comparable to an Intel Celeron processor which is designed for mobile devices and is no where near the performance of the Core series which is designed specifically for high performance laptops. But still the Pentium series is still the best choice considering the Chrome OS can maximize the Pentium processor’s performance and can handle light to moderate tasks. Just don’t expect to game at 1440p on this.

For more info : Check out the Acer site : Acer Chromebook Spin 15

Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go
DisplayScreen: 10" PixelSense™ Display
Resolution: 1800 x 1200 (217 PPI) resolution
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1500:1
Touch: 10-point multi-touch
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y
StorageeMMC drive: 64GB, or
Solid-state drive (SSD): 128GB SSD
Memory 4GB or 8GB RAM
Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics 615
Ports 1 x USB-C
3.5 mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
Surface Type Cover port4
microSDXC card reader
Compatible with Surface Dial* off-screen interaction
Networking Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology

Nano SIM Tray
4G LTE Advanced (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66)
GPS/GLONASS: Standalone and assisted GNSS, accuracy up to 3 meters
CameraWindows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Battery and Power4670 mAh, 3-cell
Operating System Windows 10 Home in S mode

The Surface Go, it’s more of a tablet than a laptop and this is much suited for work or study rather than entertainment and gaming. As you can see the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y is more suited for productivity tasks such as video calls, word processing and web browsing since it’s a low power consuming, low performance processor it may have trouble doing strenuous tasks such as gaming and/or video editing.

For more info : Check out the Microsoft site : Microsoft Surface Go

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  1. Avatarerotik Reply

    One can learn something new here everyday. Im a regular for most of those blogs, but still didnt know about a couple of them. Nadya Tracey Scottie

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