By now kids should be in school, supplies in hand, and books to bring home. It is amazing how times have changed when it comes to school. I recently saw a survey where people were asked what “smells” reminded them of school. One of the answers heard the most was “chalk”. I thought about that and my children’s school and realized they don’t even have chalk in their schools. I guess when they grow up and are asked that question they might reply with “dry erase makers”.
The supplies we are asked to get for our children changed just as much. When I was young it use to be a “Trapper”, folders, and pencils. Now kids are required to have $100 calculators, flash drives, and even computers. Many of the homework assignments the kids bring home require the internet, which means they need a means of connecting and printing. As a blogger I can tell you that our computer is usually monopolized by yours truly.
All three of my kids ages 16, 13, and 7 have asked for a laptop at one point in time. While I would LOVE for them to each have their own that is a pretty pricy item, or at least I thought so. My laptop was on sale for $1150, so you can imagine when the kids asked I silently laughed. I was recently sent an HP Pavilion 14″ Chromebook from Staples to review. At only $299 (I didn’t even know they had laptops at that price) this seemed like a possible solution to the kids “want” of their own laptops.
HP Pavilion 14″ Chromebook
When our laptop arrived I sat down and started working with it to set it up for the kids. They may not each of their own laptop but I figured they could share this one. I haven’t worked a lot with windows 8 and not at all with Chrome so it took a little getting use too. However after a little bit of a learning curve the laptop was already and set up so that each of my children can have their own login.
The great thing about this laptop is….the kids can leave my laptop alone! I was pretty impressed with how fast it moved. At the price of $299 I was afraid it wouldn’t have enough speed but that was not the case. This laptop is perfect for kids, college students, and adults. In comparing it with my own laptop there were only two cons that I found. The first is the color. The color is a little dull and not as bright, but this is a small loss compared to the savings you are getting. Also the track pad is not smooth, it has some type of bumpy pattern that is a little annoying on the fingers after a while. Of course this can easily be solved with the use of a mouse. We keep a wireless mouse on hand, which the kids use often.
Over all I was very impressed with the HP Pavilion 14″ Chromebook and the awesome price found at Staples.
Not only did we receive the awesome laptop to review but we also were able to pick out a back pack, another back-to-school necessity. I had just purchased a back pack for my youngest son and daughter so my oldest son was the lucky reviewer. I wasn’t sure that he wanted a back pack (since he is in high school), however he said he really wanted to switch out the lighter sack he was using for a real back pack. He scrolled through the numerous pages of back packs (Staples has quite a selection) and chose one.
I don’t know if he was more thrilled about the laptop or the back pack. After it arrived and he used it one day at school all he could do was keep telling me how much he loved the back pack. I guess with the previous sack he was using the straps were really digging into his skin. He said the straps on this one were so comfortable. He doesn’t have to carry a lot back and forth to school since these days books are online or they give you a set of books to keep at home and one to keep in the classroom. He does however, walk home from school so it has been a great relief on his shoulders. Thank you Staples, my son is very pleased.
Staples is definitely doing their part to help parents with back to school shopping. I’m sure that your kids will come home with additional things needed for school. I encourage you to check out your local Staples for great deals.