How does one judge the best Chromebooks for seniors? Well, most people in that age group have just missed the next-gen gaming craze, so high-end gaming Chromebooks are probably out.
There’s also the assumption that the device won’t be used for advanced processing because if it were, then the senior in question wouldn’t be buying a Chromebook. Therefore, the best Chromebooks for seniors are those that don’t need advanced processing capacity, that are reasonably priced, while still being suitable for everyday use.
Asus Chromebook C523 15.6″ FHD NanoEdge Touchscreen
The Asus Chromebook - commissions earned comes with a 15. 6” Full HD NanoEdge touchscreen. This means it works as a laptop and a tablet device too. The Chromebook comes with a mouse, and has a display that features a glossy screen with an ultra-narrow bezel.
The device has 4GB DDR4 RAM, which means it will work well with most website applications, but it won’t play very many games, unless you’re into retro games. It has 64GB eMMC storage, which isn’t much, but then again, more than the average tablet device.
The USB port is Type-C (Gen 1), with Type-A ports. This means that USB transfer speeds may vary. You don’t have to buy specially created devices to work on your Chromebook because your USB connections will work with this device.
As you may expect, the device can be folded down like a regular laptop. It has the Intel Quad-Core Pentium N4200 Processor, which is more than enough for almost every web application, but also means you can’t play modern games on it.
- Has a nice large screen with a good display
- A portable, reasonably priced, no-frills Chromebook
- It has a rather attractive exterior
- Despite being an economy model, one may expect better sound than is on offer
- The battery life is a little disappointing
- Getting support for any issue you have may be difficult
HP Chromebook x360 14-14″ FHD Touch
The display on this HP Chromebook - commissions earned is fairly standard. Its 14” FHD display is smaller than most, but looks slightly better up close. It uses a TrueLife LED Backlight Touch IPS Display, which means you can use this device as a laptop or touchscreen tablet.
This Chromebook has an 8th generation Intel Core i3-8130U processor, making it snappy when it comes to web applications and Internet use. However, you won’t be able to play modern games with this computer, unless you’re playing old-fashioned games from places like GOG.com.
The Chromebook has 8GB of RAM, which is great for people who use memory-heavy programs. This may mean that more internet programs can be used at the same time. It also comes with 64GB eMMC of flash memory, which is about the same as a more expensive tablet device.
The 360° flip-and-fold design allows for easier maneuverability if you’re watching TV and movies on your Chromebook. It has Intel UHD Graphics, which isn’t bad for a non-gaming computer. It has Bluetooth 4.0, a backlit keyboard and like most laptops, a built-in webcam. This device also has Intel Wireless-AC connectivity.
- Has a crisp and sharp screen display
- The 8GB of RAM keeps things fast moving and snappy
- The trackpad is far better and reactive than with other Chromebooks
- Doesn’t have an HDMI output despite adverts claiming that it does
- The hinge feels a little looser than with other Chromebooks
- The build quality and the materials feel a little cheap
Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, 2-in-1, 4GB RAM
One of the biggest selling points for this device is its dual cameras. It contains one 13MP camera, and another that looks at the user. This means the device can be used for photography, selfies and talking on video chats.
The Samsung Chromebook - commissions earned was built and designed as both a laptop and tablet. The device weighs only 3 pounds, which means it doesn’t feel too heavy when being used as a tablet.
There’s a built-in pen that helps users make more precise movements while using the touch screen. This is especially handy if you’re playing modern 2D games. Sadly, this device doesn’t have the capacity to play modern games. You’ll have to stick to retro games, or the types of 2D freemium games you often see in app stores. This device uses the Google Play store.
This Chromebook uses Intel Celeron processor. It has only 64GB of internal memory, which is the same as most high-end tablets. But you’re able to ramp up the storage with a microSD card. You can increase the storage capacity up to 400GB.
- Same advanced camera found in Samsung Smartphones
- Use a microSD card to dramatically improve internal memory capacity
- Loads up very quickly and efficiently
- It’s tricky to hold up in order to take photos
- Fixing technical problems isn’t as easy as with other devices
- Keyboard is a little tricky to use if you have bigger hands
Newest Lenovo Yoga C630 2-in-1 15.6″ FHD IPS Multitouch Screen Chromebook
The more you pay, the better the Chromebooks become – and this is a fine example of that. It has an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Quad Core Processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620. This doesn’t mean you can play modern-gen games, but it does mean that most of your processing will be done fairly quickly. It starts to matter when you see things like your antivirus checker take a little less time.
The device has 8GB DDR4 of RAM, and 128GB eMMC of Flash Memory. The screen is a robust 15.6″ Full HD, with an IPS Multitouch display. It has an energy-efficient WLED Backlight Display.
The Lenovo Yoga - commissions earned has a 360° Flip-And-Fold Design, which makes it more convenient when using it to watch TV and movies. It has two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and one 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 port. This means that you won’t have to buy new devices to plug in because it uses the established USB connection.
This device weighs 4.19 lbs., which isn’t a lot, but is slightly heavier than the other devices in this article. It has a 3-cell Lithium-ion battery that lasts around 10 hours if it’s not doing anything too strenuous.
- Very fast to load, especially when starting up
- Battery life isn’t bad when compared to other Chromebooks
- The larger screen is a good selling-point
- Keyboard isn’t built for people with bigger hands
- Feels heavy when holding up for photos
- The screen isn’t built for taking knocks
A Final Note on The Best Chromebooks for Seniors
It was very difficult to narrow down what does and does not make for the best Chromebooks for seniors. Suffice to say, these devices all have the “expected” features a Chromebook should have. For example, they all have stereo speakers, the Chrome operating system installed and so forth. They all connect wirelessly to the internet, and none have a disc drive or DVD drive, or are able to play games. And, despite their differing screen sizes, all of them have a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.