Chromebooks use the Google Chrome operating system. They are designed around internet use (although many apps will run without an internet connection) and require much less processing power and storage that a typical Windows or Apple device.
They are ideal for educational purposes and are particularly suited to younger students due to their ease of use and built-in security features such as:
- safe browsing mode with Google Chrome
- parental controls
- automatic security updates of OS and apps
- data encryption
- application sandboxing
Chromebooks are a lot cheaper than Windows or Apple laptops, as low as £180 for a new device and £100 for a refurbished one. Google, Dell, HP, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and Asus all offer a range of Chromebooks.
If you are thinking of buying a Chromebook to donate for educational use then we recommend the following minimum specification:
- 11.6” display
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB hard drive
- Speakers, microphone and webcam
If you are interested in purchasing a Chromebook for donation and would like to find out more, please contact the Devices4Schools team.