Posted: 26 Dec 2016 01:00 PM PST
My grandfather still uses a computer with a CRT monitor and measly specs. But he knows how to use a computer and that's what counts. This list is an offbeat one dedicated to all the grandparents out there. If you've been using really old PCs that are extremely slow to load and not portable, then this list will change your life forever.
This list is specially created keeping our very own grandparents in mind. These 7 Best Laptops for Grandparents are lightweight, easy to carry around and are extremely affordable. So, let's get started!
ASUS Chromebook C201PA-DS02
The majority of the laptops on this list are Chromebooks mainly because they offer pretty good performance and are extremely cheap. The Asus Chromebook C201PA-DS02 looks a lot like the MacBook. But don't expect performance like the MacBook on this $160 Chromebook. It is intended for light usage and is best suited for grandparents. It comes with a 1.8GHz quad-core Rockchip processor coupled with a decent 4 gigabytes of RAM. There is an 11.6-inch display with a modest resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Storage is limited to 16GB but can be expanded to 128GB via a microSD card.
Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ
The Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ comes with a patterned aluminum back cover and has an Intel Celeron processor. This will definitely give better performance compared to the Rockchip processor on the Asus Chromebook C201PA-DS02. But the RAM is less by 2GB which would be detrimental to the performance. It also has an 11.6 inch display with the same resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The storage is still less at 16GB, but just like the previous Chromebook, it can be expanded.
HP Chromebook 11 G4
The HP Chromebook 11 G4 looks classy. It comes in black and the inside part of it uses a combination of black and silver which looks extremely good. It is clear from the name that this Chromebook comes with an 11.6-inch display. Just like most other laptops in this range, it has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. There is nothing much to separate this one from the ones given above and it all depends on your preference of brand. There is 16GB of SSD flash storage which can be expanded and a modest 2 gigabytes of RAM.
Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible
The most striking feature of the Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible is that it can be used as a laptop as well as a tablet. It comes with an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. But the display can be rotated 360 degrees so that it can be used as a tablet as well. The Intel Celeron N3150 processor used inside the R 11 Convertible uses Intel Burst technology for achieving higher clock speeds for faster performance. There is 4GB of DDR3L RAM and 32GB of SSD storage, which can be expanded.
HP Stream 11-y010nr
The next three laptops are not Chromebooks and they offer way better performance compared to the laptops listed above. If you do not have strict constraints on your budget, I would definitely recommend you to stretch your budget a bit more to get one of these. The HP Stream 11-y0101nr looks a lot like an educational toy. But don't let the looks fool you. This laptop comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 OS along with a one year subscription for Office 365. Add to that the Intel N3060 Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage and you have yourself a great performer. This is one of the best laptops for your grandparents and it just costs 200 bucks.
This is more of a mainstream laptop that comes at an affordable price. The best thing about it is the large 15.6-inch touch display. This can be really useful for grandparents that have trouble in using the track pad. It comes with all the bells and whistles of a normal laptop that would be more than enough for decent day-to-day performance. It has the Intel N3540 quad-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and a massive 500GB of SATA storage.
Acer Aspire E 15
The last one on the list is a powerhouse compared to the others. If your grandparents are into high-performance computing then this is the one that they should get. The Acer Aspire E 15 comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD display that uses Acer's ColorBlast Technology for better color reproduction. That's not all. Under the hood, there is the latest 7-th generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor along with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage. The design of the Acer Aspire E 15 is also very sleek and it is easy to hold in one hand. The cross-hairline finish on the rear side looks splendid.
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