As a network of repair depots, we’ve seen just about every kind of break that there is to see when it comes to Chromebooks. And trust us when we say, the corner of the desk will find that screen and that glass of orange juice will spill directly on (and into) that keyboard. As we head into a new year (hey, it’s only February…) we got to thinking: What are the best Chromebooks for schools? From our vantage point here, we looked at things like durability, ease of repair, parts per repair and design to come up with what we think is a pretty solid list of the best Chromebooks for schools in 2021.
This Chromebook has proven to be a durable and, most importantly, reliable option amongst Chromebooks for the value. Plus, the ability to replace just the keyboard instead of the whole palm rest sets this Chromebook apart as a good option for students.
Retail Price: $239.99
Typical Education Pricing: $220
Lenovo 100e G2
Looking for a device you can actually get 4 years of use out of? We think this just might be it. With durability and student-friendly design at a great price, this Lenovo option is definitely worth looking into. One side note: The 4 different variations can make it difficult to purchase identical devices for your fleet.
Retail Price: $349.00
Typical Education Pricing: $200
HP 11 G9EE
HP is one of the few Chromebook manufacturers to confirm a completely new model Chromebook for 2021. A new addition is the MTK version. The EE models have historically always been either Intel or AMD processors. HP has had some issues at the motherboard level with long-term use. Hopefully, HP has improved on this new model. It has been difficult for many schools to get a demo device to test drive before ordering, but from what we’ve seen in the past from HP, this one makes the list easily as a great device for schools.
Retail Price: $230
Typical Education Pricing: $215
Asus has led the field in the last couple of years in manufacturing durable devices. The C204EE has rounded edges with rubber bumpers built in almost seamlessly which helps to deter students from picking at and removing the outer bezels. They also fixed the hinge cover issue from the earlier model, C202SA, where it would easily break off after a few months of use. During the pandemic, these have been one of the few devices that have been available for purchase.
Retail Price: $260
Typical Educational Pricing: $220
Acer Chromebook 311
Acer was one of the first manufacturers to get into the education Chromebook game. They have always led the way with new and durable designs. This device will typically come in at a lower cost upfront. This device runs well but can be costly to maintain compared to other Chromebook manufacturers. They are difficult to find parts for in the later years of use when motherboards and batteries start to fail. All in all, these are well-made devices for education, just be mindful of potential additional future costs.
Retail Price: $230
Typical Education Pricing: $190