As of 2015, the Asus Zenbook and the Acer Chromebook are two common brands of school computers. The Apple MacBook Pro is another common brand of school computer that offers slightly more power and features than the Asus Zenbook and the Acer Chromebook.Continue Reading
The Asus Zenbook is thin and light for maximum portability between class and home. While some criticize the Zenbook for functioning as a lower-performing clone of the Apple MacBook, others laud the Zenbook's affordability. The Zebook's display screen is multi-touch for maximum versatility.
The Acer Chromebook is a popular student computer because of its day-long battery life. It weighs less than 5 pounds. Chromebooks store information on the cloud rather than on school servers or on their own hard drives. Because of their low price point, Chromebooks are extremely popular in school-issued computer programs. One example of the Chromebook's popularity is in the Philadelphia school system, which reports that more than 75 percent of its students work with school-issued Chromebooks as of October 2015. Chromebooks work with Web-based Google applications, so many schools direct students to obtain Google email addresses and use Google Docs and other similar programs to complete school assignments using the school-issued Chromebooks.
The Apple MacBook pro is another popular student computer. It has a much larger core and processor than the Zenbook and the Chromebook. It weighs less than 4 pounds and boasts a retina display for fine visual details and gaming.
For a lighter option, the Microsoft Surface 3 weighs less than 2 pounds. It has front and rear-facing cameras and available data storage. Lenovo offers an affordable student computer with its Lenovo ThinkPad, but it is heavier than most popular student computers with a weight of more than 5 pounds.Learn more about Computers & Hardware