There are dozens of different Chromebooks out there, and we’ve found the best Chromebook for seniors in a range of areas (and budgets!).
|Best budget Chromebook: HP Chromebook 14|
|Best Chromebook overall: Google Pixelbook Go|
|Best Chromebook that doubles as a tablet: Lenovo Duet|
|Best Chromebook accessory: Logitech Trackball|
We’ve got a whole page explaining what a Chromebook is, but in a nutshell, Chromebooks are a low cost, easy to use alternative to the traditional laptop.
Instead of running Microsoft’s Windows software or Apple’s MacOS, they run Google software, which is based on the Chrome web browser Google makes.
Chromebooks are generally cheaper, easier to use, and far less susceptible to hackers – and overall, a great option for seniors.
Once you’ve bought, we’ve also got a guide to setting up a Chromebook for seniors to get you up and running.
Best budget Chromebook for seniors – HP Chromebook 14
- Pros: Great allrounder for the price
- Cons: Average in every area
It’s not the cheapest, but it hits the sweet spot with a 14inch screen size and a slim, simple design that doesn’t look like this is a budget laptop.
Unlike many other Chomebooks, its also got a lot of ports, including HDMI-out so you can plug it into a TV easily, USB 3.0 and a microSD card slot for getting pictures from a camera. It’s got a sleek white design that holds up surprisingly well over time to marks and scratches.
It’s quick enough for everyday tasks, and while the screen isn’t a patch on something like like the Google Pixelbook Go, it’s more than adequate for most people, and a great choice for seniors.
HP’s Chromebook 14 is a good, solid choice. It’s reasonably priced, and really does have everything you need for basic tasks like email, web browsing and watching TV and movies.
Overall, we think it’s the best budget buy out there for a senior wanting to get online- although if you can stretch your budget a little, the Google Pixelbook Go is a fantastic upgrade.
Update: Since the Pandemic began, Chromebooks can often be tough to find. HP, Amazon, eBuyer and Best Buy carry this HP Chromebook, so shop around to find one in stock – and remember to look at the delivery date when ordering.
Best Chromebook for seniors – Google Pixelbook Go
- Pros: Fast, good looking and a brilliant battery life
- Cons: Expensive
It’s a brilliant little machine, and boasts a 12 hour battery life, which can outlast many traditional laptops with ease, and means you can go a full work or school day without needing to charge it at all. It’s also got a useful fast charge that’ll give you two hours of battery on just 20 minutes of charging.
It’s got a 13.3 inch touchscreen, and comes in two colors, which Google has inexplicably decided to call Just Black and Not Pink. It’s made of metal (a magnesuim case, to be exact), but has a plastic-like paint that makes it feels great, and most importantly, its easy to grip – this isn’t a machine you’ll drop accidentally. It’s even got ridges on the bottom so when you pick it up you’ve got something to hold on to.
Weighing 2.3lbs, it’s easy enough to carry around.
It’s also got a really nice keyboard that’s a joy to type on.
Overall, it’s a fantastic machine, and while not the cheapest, if you can stretch your budget, we don’t think you’ll regret it.
Best Chromebook that doubles as a tablet – Lenovo Chromebook Duet
- Pros: Versatile and can easily turn into a tablet
- Cons:Keyboard feels a little cramped
Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet has a great party trick – you can take off the keyboard os it becomes a tablet.
To do this, you simply pull the keyboard off – it’s attached by magnets. It’s a smart idea and one that mades the Duet ideal for bedtime browsing and watching movies on its great 10.1inch screen
The key to the Duet is options – and it works well as a more traditional laptop with the keyboard, and as a tablet without. As a tablet, its definitely not a patch on an iPad, and as a laptop the keyboard feels a little cramped at times, but the flexibility of having two machines in one makes this well worth a look.
Overall, if you’re on a budget, then a Chromebook is a great alternative, and hopefully with our guide you’ll have no trouble finding the best Chromebook for seniors.
Best Chromebook accessories: Logitech M757 Trackball
A great (and affordable) alternative to a normal mouse is Logitech’s M570 Trackball. Instead of moving a mouse around, you simple roll the ball with your thumb.
It’s far easier for anyone with limited mobility in their hand, and many prefer it to a mouse regardless of age or ability.
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