chromebooks

Is a Chromebook good for writing letters?

Episode 1549

Bob from Tujunga, CA

Bob's mother is in her 90s, and she's having issues writing with a pen. Leo says if she has a printer, she can use a Chromebook and type letters. Asus makes a very affordable 15" Chromebook, which will cloud print to her printer. It's only about $200 at Best Buy. That's really the best way to do it. She can use Google Docs to type. Can they just connect the printer via USB? There's also the FreeWrite Word Processor. That will print directly to her printer. $350.

What computer should I get for my grandfather?

Episode 1549

Cheryl from California

Cheryl wants to get her grandfather a Chromebook. Can she connect them to a monitor? Leo says you can get a ChromeBox, which is just a desktop version of the Chromebook. Then you can connect a screen, keyboard, and mouse. They are far more secure, and easier to use. Asus makes them starting at around $200. The Chromebox 3 will also support using two monitors. And they are small enough, you can mount them on the back of the monitor, and it's almost like an iMac.

What's a good computer for a student?

Samsung Chromebook Pro

Episode 1546

Mel from Anchorage, AL

Mel wants to buy his grandson a new computer. He wants to spend around $400 or less. Leo would recommend a Chromebook for that price. There are Windows machines in that price range, but they're not very good. A Chromebook will give him more bang for his buck and it's really secure. But he won't be doing any gaming on it. Most school work is done on them, so it makes for a good school computer. Leo likes the Chromebook Pro, but the Chromebook Plus is also good.

What is a good budget laptop?

Laptop

Episode 1543

Tara from Barstow, CA

Tara is looking to pick up a laptop for Black Friday with a budget of $300 to $450. Leo says that price point is so low, that she's likely going to end up with an i3 processor. But for most things she'll do, it's probably good enough. One thing that she can consider is a Chromebook. It has an i5, but it runs through a browser. She won't have access to apps like Microsoft Office, but Google Docs will work just fine. It's very secure, too.

What's the most secure PC for online banking?

Acer Chromebook 15

Episode 1530

Ryan from Santa Barbara, CA

Ryan's bank wants him to do more banking online. He wants to buy one computer that is 100% dedicated to online banking. Leo says that's a good idea, and Leo would recommend a Chromebook. Chrome is incredibly secure and is the most popular browser out there. The Acer Chromebook 15 is one of the best for the money, and at $250, it's a bargain.

Can I upgrade my Chromebook?

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Episode 1527

John from South Bend, IN

John gave his mom an Acer Cloudbook and it's really slow. Can he replace or upgrade it? Leo says that the Cloudbook is part of Acer's cheaper consumer line, and it will likely cost more to repair than replace. And at 32GB, and 2GB of RAM, he'll be better off buying a newer one and spending a little more on their higher end line. Then he could give that Cloudbook to his son and let him play Minecraft with it.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Acer Chromebook 15

Episode 1525

Sherry from Los Angeles, CA

Sherry is looking for an affordable Chromebook with a budget of $350. Rich says that to be sure he doesn't get one so cheap that it's underpowered. Acer makes a good model in that price range. She should also get one that has a touch screen so that she can use Android apps. Unfortunately, Chromebooks won't let users install third party apps other than Android apps, but if she can live with that, Rich recommends going to Costco to pick up one.

Can I upgrade my Windows XP machine?

Episode 1520

Chester from

Chester is using Windows XP on his old computer. Can he put Windows 10 on it? Leo says you may be able to, but you can definitely run Linux on it. Look at Ubuntu. But have it run off an external drive to see if it'll work. Then if it does, you can install it. And Linux has a list of others specifically designed for older computers - https://www.linux.com/learn/intro-to-linux/2017/10/4-best-linux-distros-....

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1520

Bob from Clearwater, OK

Bob is considering a Chromebook. But should he get a new regular laptop? And should he get it with an SSD drive? What's EEMC? Leo says that both SSD and EEMC are generic terms for flash memory drives. EMMC means embedded media controller. You won't worry about that with a Chromebook. They all have SSD drives. EMMC is just a bit slower, so avoid it if you can. Get a nice Chromebook. It's inexpensive and you'll be very happy. Just focus on RAM. If you can get 8GB of RAM, that'll make more difference. ASUS makes a great one.