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#271770 26-May-2020 14:10
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I'm looking for a Chromebook for one of my kids; it needs to be touch screen, and would prefer it to be a 2-in 1-style device (ie, 360-degree hinges providing a tablet mode).

 

Ideally wanting a Lenovo 500e or 300e, or another 360 Chromebook with dual cameras (the second camera allows it to function properly with school apps like Seesaw). While some stores do still have these models for sale, they're generally asking comparatively large sums for what are discontinued devices.

 

Please let me know if you've got something suitable you'd be keen on selling, or have any ideas of where I could find something suitable.

 

Thanks! 

 

 


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  #2491877 26-May-2020 14:35
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Lenovo brought out Gen 2 models this year which is why the prices seem high

 

My MIL has just purchased the 300e Gen2, which doesn't support a lead pencil like the Gen 1 did. 




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  #2491889 26-May-2020 14:55
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I thought even the gen 2 versions of both the 300e and 500e are discontinued?

 

It's just that neither model is listed on the Lenovo NZ or US website; indeed, the 300e page on the NZ site 'suggests' the C340 (11), a model that doesn't have the dual camera setup (https://www.lenovo.com/nz/en/laptops/lenovo/lenovo-e-series/Lenovo-300e-Chromebook/p/88ELC1S9997). 

 

That's a shame about changes to the 300e's support of basically anything as a stylus - does it require one to purchase a specific type of stylus?

 

My (other) son has a gen 1 500e, which has been fantastic; I'd like to provide my younger son with a device with a proper keyboard, as he was so much more productive during lockdown given he was able to use my Asus C302 for schoolwork; the downside with that, like most devices, was the single camera.


 
 
 
 




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  #2493361 28-May-2020 09:27
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Bump - nothing out there, or ideas where to get one from?

 

At the moment, the best option seems a brand-new gen 2 500e from The Market: WHS has 10% off, plus then a $60 discount code brings it down to $489 which isn't too bad if push comes to shove.

 

https://themarket.com/nz/p/lenovo-11.6-inch-chromebook-500e-2nd-gen-black/3-W2656892

 

We really need one only for the rest of this year, however, as the older kid will be going to high school so can pass his Chromebook onto the younger one then. Does anyone rent Chromebooks?


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  #2493439 28-May-2020 10:31
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jonathan18:

 

Bump - nothing out there, or ideas where to get one from?

 

At the moment, the best option seems a brand-new gen 2 500e from The Market: WHS has 10% off, plus then a $60 discount code brings it down to $489 which isn't too bad if push comes to shove.

 

https://themarket.com/nz/p/lenovo-11.6-inch-chromebook-500e-2nd-gen-black/3-W2656892

 

We really need one only for the rest of this year, however, as the older kid will be going to high school so can pass his Chromebook onto the younger one then. Does anyone rent Chromebooks?

 

 

 

 

How do you get the 10% off?




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  #2493443 28-May-2020 10:39
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WHS apparently has 10% of computers or something like that; reflected in this, showing the price difference between TWH and WHS pricing on this device - https://themarket.com/nz/search?s=lenovo%20500e&sc=s

 

Edit: looks like they have a discount off a very small range of computers! It's just that one of them happens to be the model I've been looking at. Apologies for the confusion.


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  #2493680 28-May-2020 14:17
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jonathan18:

 

the older kid will be going to high school 

 

 

 

 

Damn that came around fast!

Any ideas as to what High Schools will require device wise?

The girls have been with Chromebooks since very early on in Primary School, so they're actually quite out of touch with the 'real world' business applications of Office for example.  Will a chromebook actually suffice into the early years of High School?




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  #2493740 28-May-2020 15:39
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Jaxson:

 

jonathan18:

 

the older kid will be going to high school 

 

 

 

 

Damn that came around fast!

Any ideas as to what High Schools will require device wise?

The girls have been with Chromebooks since very early on in Primary School, so they're actually quite out of touch with the 'real world' business applications of Office for example.  Will a chromebook actually suffice into the early years of High School?

 

 

I know! (Evidence we're getting old.)

 

What I've discovered when poking around this is there's so little (apparent no) consideration of technology transitioning through the schools in this city; for my boys it's iPads in primary, Chromebooks at intermediate, and Windows laptops in high school. (Well, iOS as well for the latter two, but cost-wise that's not really an option!)

 

I asked at the high school our boys will go to (the large coed one) as to what their requirements were, and have just dug up that email: it states Windows or Mac, and in referencing Chromebooks say they can be used to connect to the internet and will 'be a functional device at school', but their usefulness as a learning tool will be 'significantly constrained (will not be able to edit shared files).' As to whether that still really applies, given how Office for example can be installed on many Chromebooks no probs, I'm not so sure. Perhaps I should check back with them before buying something! 

 

Perhaps check the website of the school your daughters are likely to go to, or send them an email?


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