Computer literacy has become part and parcel of our day to day lives.
It has even been introduced to kids in school. It has gotten to a point that most kids need laptops and Chromebook are the most popular for them.
That is why we have reviewed some of the best kid friendly chrome books for you. We have also considered other essential features like, cost, performance and durability. Check out the list to see one that suits you.
Samsung Chromebook Pro (Best overall)
The Samsung Chromebook Pro is our top pick for the best chromebook for kids.
The 12.3 inches touch screen device has a 360 degrees hinge. It has a built-in-stylus that is one of a kind feature in chrome books.
It is powered by Intel Core m3 processor that allows it to perform different tasks simultaneously. The laptop allows you to rotate it 360 degrees. The in-built stylus allows you to make your personal ideas and notes clear. The stylus can also be used to take screenshots, enlarge ad unlock the screen.
It also runs most android applications. This laptop has beaten all the laptops in its category in each and every aspect. The laptop is also better than most aroid devices. The only drawback we found about it is the weak speakers.
Comes with a built-in-stylus
Thin and light
The speakers are quite poor
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 2 in 1(Best Flip)
The ASUS Chromebook Flip is the best convertible Chromebook in the market.
It is a big improvement from its predecessor, the Chromebook Flip C302CA. It has a larger screen, longer battery life and better performance.
The laptop has a 14 inches panel with an elegant aluminum chassis. The improvements on this laptop make it not only the best convertible Chromebook but also one of the best overally.
This Chromebook is also budget friendly.
The laptop has a silver aluminum finish with a chrome trim that is very classy and stylish.
It has an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor and 4 GB of RAM that allows it to perform even the most complicates tasks without any difficulty.
The laptop also offers different processors like the Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y that have up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage space.
This model has 64 GB of storage that is enough to store your kid’s files. The laptop allows you to switch 360 degrees in tent or tablet mode and the hinges lock at 180 degrees.
Can be used as a tablet
The laptop is fast
Stylish and attractive look
It is quite expensive
Has only one color option
Google Pixelbook (i7)(Best Quality)
If you are looking for a Chromebook for your kid and your main concern is quality then this is the best gadget to get. The quality of the device makes it one of the best Chromebooks for business class travelers.
For only 999 dollars you get this high end device. The Laptop only works with Chrome Os and Android. It has a magnificent look and the screen is bright and vivid.
The screen produces 117% of sRGB spectrum which makes it very colorful. The screen has a resolution of 1080p that is the best a Chromebook deserves.
Although the laptop has an impressive fast charging technology the battery life is quite low compared to other Chromebook in its category.
The screen offers a tactile recognition that makes scrolling very smooth. The laptop also has a stylus powered by Google assistant which will however cost you 99 more dollars.
Thin and light
It is pretty expensive
Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD (Best Budget)
If you are on a budget and are looking for a good Chromebook for your kid then I would advise you get this. The gadget has an all-aluminum chassis that is both durable and attractive.
It only weighs 3.42 pounds that makes it light ad very portable. It has a dimension of 13.3 by 9.31 by 0.67. The 14 inches backlit screen has a very thin frame of the cover.
It has resolution of 1920 by 1080p which means you get quality images and videos. The screen allows you to read from any side thanks to it being 170 degrees.
The battery life is also something to boost about given the high screen resolution. It can give you up to 12 hours of service per single charge under minimal use ad 8 hours when using it for heavy tasks.
The Chromebooks web camera is very pleasing. It gives you dynamic range images making your video conversations more clear and lively.
Large viewing angles
Good battery life
It is not very bright for outdoor use
Acer Chromebook R11 Convertible
The Acer Chromebook R11has an elegant style inspired by the MacBook Air. Unlike other Apple inspired products this Chromebook is very affordable.
The device has Google play Store that allows it to support Android apps. Its hinge allows you to rotate it 360 degrees. This device is powered by 1.6 GHz quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 processor.
The processor comes with either 2GB or 4 GB of RAM. This makes it quite fast and able to perform different tasks simultaneously.
The device has 32 GB storage space is pretty enough for your kid and in case you need more you can choose to use cloud storage.
The laptop has 100 GB Google Drive storage when purchasing the device. The laptop is made of thin plastic chassis that make it light and portable making it convenient to carry around.
The machine cover has a textured white metal panel that gives it an attractive look.
Convertible Good battery life
The display is quite dim
The speakers are not very loud.
Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C09S
If your kid loves bigger screens then the Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C09S is the best you can get for him. This Chromebook has a 15.6 inched 1080p screen.
The laptop also has a sturdy frame. It has a solid keyboard which is slightly shallow. The device is run by a quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processor that comes with 4 GB of RAM.
This makes it powerful and able to run different programs simultaneously.
It has a 32 GB storage space that is quite enough for your kid as he will mostly use t for simple tasks like word processing, web browsing and streaming videos. This gadget also supports applications from Google Play Store.
The Chromebook 15 supports apps from the Google Play Store, which greatly expands what you can do with a Chromebook. The Chromebook 15 touchscreen helps here, like most Android apps.
It is quite fast
Long battery life
The 1080p display is very attractive
The laptop is quite heavy
Google Pixelbook (i5, 8 GB RAM, 128GB) (GA00122-US)
Google Pixelbook is an all-round laptop you should get for your kid. This laptop has a very impressive features that makes it stand out among its mates.
It has a7th generation Intel Core i5 which comes with 8 GB of RAM. This makes it exceptionally fast and able to perform a number of tasks simultaneously.
The laptop has 128 GB of storage that is quite enough. The laptop is a little expensive but the performance makes it worth it.
The processor is among the most powerful in the market and you are sure you won’t need any upgrade in the next few years.
The screen has good resolution
Can be used as a tablet
Huge storage space
It is quite expensive
The stylus is sold separately
Lenovo Chromebook C330
Most Chromebook have flaws either in price, performance or quality. Most companies are unable to balance this when making Chromebook.
The Lenovo Chromebook C330 may just be the exemption. This machine is both powerful and durable and the price ranges between 280 and 300 dollars.
The device has MediaTek SoC that makes it compatible with Android application. It is run by a 1.7 GHz MediaTek MTK 8173C processor the only non-Intel processor in this review.
This machine comes with 4 GB of RAM that makes it quite fast ad ale to run different programs simultaneously. It has 64GB of storage space that is quite enough for you.
This laptop has full size USB 3.0 port, a USB-C port, a full size SD card reader and full size HDMI.
It has 64 GB memory and an SD card slot for maximum storage
It ca be folded and used as a tablet
It is quite expensive
Acer Chromebook 514
The Acer Chromebook 514 is a very powerful machine you may want to get for your kid. It is more powerful when compared to its mates with the same price range.
It has a 14 inched screen that is large and attractive. The machine has a RAM of 4 GB and 64 GB of storage space. That is enough space for all your offline work, apps and games.
You can use cloud storage to store more of your files.
Large storage space
The screen is quite large
It is quite expensive
Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)
The Samsung Chromebook is another item that standout among its nates. The model has an exceptional battery life and performance.
It has an ultra-thin 11.6 inched screen that has a glass liner and image sensor. The keyboard is backlit which makes it very attractive.
The Chromebook comes with built in applications and has automatic free updates that gives you an amazing experience.
Has a backlit keyboard
The memory would have been better at that price
ASUS C100PA-DB02 10.1-inch Touch Chromebook Flip
The ASUS C100PA-DB02 10.1-inch Touch Chromebook Flip has also earned a place at our 15 Best Chromebooks for kids.
This gadget will allow him or her surf, watch videos, play games and work on word processing software. It is run by google chrome that is quite fast and easy to use.
The chromebook has a 16 GB memory that may be quite enough for your kid. It has a 10.1 inched touch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels.
This means you get to enjoy good picture quality. It also has a built-in HD webcam. The Chromebook is light and portable and you can easily carry it around with no difficulty.
The device has two USB 2,0 ports that you can connect to two different devices at once.
Has a built-in HD webcam
Light and portable
Two USB ports
16 GB storage
It is quite expensive
ASUS C200MA Chromebook 11.6 Inch, Intel Dual Core
The ASUS C200MA Chromebook 11.6 Inch, Intel Dual Core comes with an elegant silver-black design that your kid will definitely like at first sight.
It has an 11.6 inched and is quite light which makes it very portable. It has two USB ports ad an HDMI port.
The device has a HD webcam that allows you to shoot high definition videos as well as make video calls. It is also equipped with an SD card reader that allows you to transfer files faster.
The battery can last up to 11 hours per single charge.
Long battery life
It is quite expensive
Dell Chromebook 11 -Intel Celeron 2955U
The Dell Chromebook 11 -Intel Celeron 2955U also made it to the 15 Best Chromebooks for kid’s curtesy of playing its cards well on value.
The laptop comes reinforced with a 180 degrees hinge. It is light and very portable allowing you to easily carry it. The device has good quality stereo speakers that make listening to music and watching videos fun.
The device is also very durable and you don’t have to worry about it falling down.
180 degrees hinge
The keyboard is quite small
HP Chromebook 14-ak060nr 14-Inch Laptop
It is very hard for Chromebooks to balance between value and design but the HP Chromebook 14-ak060nr 14-Inch Laptop has found a way in doing that pretty well.
This Chromebook is also budget friendly. It has a 14 inched screen with bright and full screen. The l keyboard is also comfortable to use and works excellently.
The battery life and performance are quite average. All these factors considered make it good value for your money.
The screen is quite bright
The performance and battery life are average
Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is our last Chromebook in this review. The laptop is a great all-rounder. IT is run by an Intel Core m3 processor with 4 GB of RAM.
This makes it exceptionally fast and able to run different programs simultaneously. It has 64 GB storage space which is quite enough.
The laptop has a 13 MP camera that is perfect for taking videos and doing video calls. The laptop can pretty much handle all types of activities.
Large storage space
Does most of the work
The RAM would have been better given the price
Features to consider when buying a Chromebook
There are several things that a good Chromebook should have. Here are some of those very important factors to consider when buying a Chromebook:
Touchscreen, It easy for your child to use a touch screen Chromebook. If you have an artistic child it will be very appealing for her to draw directly on the screen.
It also makes it easier and fun to do assignment and you will find that it will reduce the time used on assignments.
Convertible, A two in one Chromebook that can be flipped and used as a tablet has a number of advantages. It makes it more versatile for your kid and also more portable.
Lime when going for trips your kid can carry only the tablet part for playing games.
Backlit keyboard, A backlit keyboard comes with other advantages apart from being backlit. It allows you kid to see the keys when taking notes in a dark room. You kid can also play games with lights off and it will all be fun.
Battery, A Chromebook is of no good if it has a very short battery life. You kid may need to use it a whole day taking notes in school or during trips and there is nothing more frustrating than your computer dying with your work half way saved.
Storage, although most Chromebooks have limited storage you should also ensure that it is enough for holding all your kids files.
Performance, Ensure you buy a Chromebook that will not hang when subjected to small amounts of work.
Questions frequently asked about Chromebooks
Can you connect a keyboard and mouse to a Chromebook?
Yes, all the Chromebooks in this review come with a USB port that allows you to connect a keyboard or mouse. In case you don’t prefer working using a touchpad you can connect your Chromebook to a mouse.
What operating system do Chromebooks run?
Chromebooks run on an operating system known as Chrome OS, which is an Android modified version. You may be using the mobile version of this operating system if you are not using an apple device.
Most Chromebooks can run popular apps that you can download from Googler Play Store using your phone. Some windows software like Photoshop may not be available in Chromebooks.
Who are Chromebooks made for?
Chromebooks are made for anyone who wants to stream, watch videos and play android games but is on budget. They are perfect for learning and writing.
All these features and being affordable are the reason most parents prefer them for their kids.
Do you need virus protection?
Virus protection is always a good thing but unlike laptops and PCs Chromebooks don’t necessarily need protection. When you close a tab or restart the Chromebooks you will kill the window and everything in it unlike PCs.
This also makes them a very safe and good option for kids.
Is a Chromebook suitable for my kid?
Chromebooks are not specifically made for kids though they make an excellent choice for your kids. The cost less, have no antivirus software and come with a long battery life.
Most Chromebooks also come with cloud storage that allows you to save your files online. They also have a lot of apps that will fascinate your kid.
Why should I buy a Chromebook instead of a tablet?
If you need a device for playing games, watching movies or browsing you can get a tablet. However if you need to create a document or write an essay a tablet may end up frustrating you and it is good to get a Chromebook.
Your kid may prefer a tablet when young but as she grows older the need of a laptop increase. This is because she will have more assignments which she cannot use a tablet.
How to update a Chromebook
Chromebooks often update themselves in the background even when you are not aware. But if for some reason they fail to update automatically here are a few steps you can use to update your Chromebook.
Click the bottom right corner of the desktop
Click the settings icon
Select about chrome
Select check for updates
To apply the update, click the arrow icon and select Restart to Update.
Your Chromebook will download the available update if it is not up to date. It will restart automatically once the update is complete.
How can I reset my Chromebook?
Is your Chromebook frustrating you by being slow and you can’t find what is wrong? You can reset it to fix such problems.
Here is how to powerwash and reset your Chromebook for such problems.
Powerwash is the first option for resetting a Chromebook. It is an inbuilt tool that resets the Chromebook completely to the version that was installed in the factory.
It removes any customized changes made to the Chromebook; this includes background image, homepage, extension, themes and display resolution.
It removes all users in the machine. You will however have to install software updates after you connect it to internet. Here are the steps to follow to powerwash your device from inside Chrome OS:
Click the system clock from the pop-up menu which will open the Chrome OS settings
Select the advance option on the left to get more options
Click the reset button that is next to powerwash
It will bring a pop-up, click the restart button
Remember you can also powerwash by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R keys.
How to take a screenshot using a Chromebook
Taking a screenshot using a Chromebook may be quite different to what you are used to when using a windows laptop or MacBook.
The process is however still simple whether you want to capture the whole screen or part of it. You just key in a few simple keyboard commands.
Press the Ctrl + switch window key if you want to capture a full screenshot
Press the Ctrl+ shift + switch window keys if you want to capture a portion of the screen
After pressing the keys a notification will appear at the bottom right corner showing your screenshot. If you click the thumbnail it will lead you to the download folder where the screenshot goes to make it accessible when offline.
How to use skype on a Chromebook
Though earlier versions of skype did not allow you to make calls with skype on a Chromebook late models do so. Here is how to make calls using skype on a Chromebook:
Open chrome and look for web.skype.com which will direct you to a sign in page
Fill in your username which can either be your email account or phone number
Fill in your password then click the sign in button
Choose a friend to chat with or press the + button to add new one
Click the camera icon to start a video call or phone icon if you want an audio call
After managing to navigate through the steps you will be able to make calls on skype using your Chromebook
After reading this article you have everything about Chromebooks in your fingertips starting from features, price, pros and cons.
This will help you make a good decision when choosing the best Chromebook for your kid.
Remember to always consider the size, performance and battery life that is best for you.
Feel free to leave a comment on what you think about this review.