I bought my mother a Chromebook in 2012 and again in 2014. That one lasted longer and here we are five years later. It’s time to replace the Chromebook with her third one. Definitely a happy customer.
I went the Best Buy like the last two times. The number of Chromebooks on the market exploded! I think they had nine in the store. I went with the Acer Chromebook 15. It’s a basic machine with built in speakers. Like actual speakers, not embedded ones.
Comparing the stats from 5 years ago
My mother wants to listen to music now. This means I care about the hard drive now when I didn’t five years ago. Everything is better on this machine except the CPU. The computer is never CPU bound though so that seems ok
|Asus (2014)||Acer (2019)|
|CPU||Intel 2.16 GHz||Intel 1.6 GHz|
|USB||1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0||2 USB 3.0|
|Weight||3.1 lbs||4.41 lbs|
|Battery life||???||12 hours|
Setting up the Chromebook
- The Chromebook was set to Sept 18th 1:00 on May 15th 10:21. Maybe that’s when it was built/packaged? It got fixed automatically when I connected to wifi
- I chose “let’s go” on the welcome screen and connected to my home wifi.
- I then got the ChromeOS terms page. For about a minute, it showed me a cert invalid page. Then the screen loaded with the terms. Weird.
- I chose not to send data to Google and accepted the terms. (My mother is bandwidth constrained so don’t want to use up any helping Google.)
- Signed in. My profile was automatic. Since I signed on as my mother, I got her giant accessibility cursor
- I accepted Google Play/Google Drive since I want to use an app. I did not enable location services.
- On settings
- disabled Bluetooth
- disabled sync for passwords/addresses/google pay
- changed time zone to Pacific
- turned off check if have payment methods saved
- on site settings, disable microphone and camera
- Installed Keep Awake browser extension
- Covered camera
- Right click desktop and choose “set wallpaper”. Choose light blue under solid colors
- I tested the USB, HDMI headphones and that a Kensington security lock works with
- I made a recovery disk. The procedure hasn’t changed
- Finally, I deleted a bunch of apps (go to the circle icon in the lower left corner). Right click the app to uninstall. The “uninstall” button is blue and looks grayed out, but you can still click on it (I needed a mouse for this – deleting with the trackpad doesn’t work.) I deleted a lot of stuff because it’s less apps my mother won’t use. Which means less stuff that needs to download auto updates
- Play Movies
- Play Music
- Play Games
- Google Maps
- Google Keep
- Google Photos