Solved $200 laptop with eMMC drive vs $200 Chrombook

July 26, 2017 at 10:33:42
Specs: Windows 10
Hello,
My daughter needs a device for school. They recommend a Chromebook because 1) they use Google apps and 2) they say it'll be faster than a laptop, because of the use of eMMC drives vs traditional HDDs.

But, my daughter is a budding artist who really wants to start using a computer with a drawing tablet to draw, and Chromebook support for drawing tablets seems to be sketcy, at best. (Unless I'm wrong here, so please tell me if you can use tablets with Chromebooks).

I've found a $200 laptop that uses an eMMC drive and runs Windows 10.

So my question is, will this laptop be as quick to boot up and run as fast as a similarly priced Chromebook? I don't want her sitting in class, waiting for her machine to boot up while all the other students are wizzing along on their chromebooks, but I also don't want to buy another laptop for home, just so she can use a tablet and better drawing programs than what's available on Google Play.

Any and all advice is welcome!

Thanks!

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July 26, 2017 at 16:49:14
I think you are going to be very disappointed with a laptop with a Celeron chip and an eMMC drive. eMMC drives although faster than an HDD are still very slow compared to an SSD. And running any decent graphics program on a Celeron will be a bottleneck too.
Save up your money and get something with an i3 processor or even better an i5 and a solid state drive.

https://www.howtogeek.com/196541/em...

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July 26, 2017 at 11:28:52
Here's a link to the laptop:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...

Here's a link to the Chromebook I'm considering:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...


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July 26, 2017 at 14:10:47
What's the driving force behind these choices? screen size, price, or both? Because the specs are somewhat weak. I know Chrome is a lightweight OS, but a Celeron is a bargain basement CPU & the flash memory amount is small at just 32GB.

EDIT: I just had a quick look at the ChromeBooks available from BestBuy & I'm surprised that the vast majority have a Celeron CPU & just 32GB eMMC. That's not much storage space so an external drive will likely be needed.

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobil...

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July 26, 2017 at 14:42:26
Thanks riider. I appreciate the info. Unfortunately, the driving force is price. I'd like to get her more, but alas, things are really tight right now.

I'm leaning toward the Lenovo laptop, as it has a 64GB eMMC drive (altought I know Windows 10 needs around 20GB). It also has a slot for a microSD card, so I could buy her another 32GB for fairly cheap.

And I'm sure I could get slightly better laptop specs if I was ok with a tradtional HDD for the laptop, but I like the eMMC for load speed and durability.


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July 26, 2017 at 16:49:14
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I think you are going to be very disappointed with a laptop with a Celeron chip and an eMMC drive. eMMC drives although faster than an HDD are still very slow compared to an SSD. And running any decent graphics program on a Celeron will be a bottleneck too.
Save up your money and get something with an i3 processor or even better an i5 and a solid state drive.

https://www.howtogeek.com/196541/em...

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