Many more grade school, middle school, high school, and college students need access to their own computer for their schoolwork (and entertainment purposes). But knowing what kind to get — and how much money to drop — can get pretty complicated with the extensive options out there. If you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg, and want something with no frills that can simply get the job done, consider a Chromebook.
Some Chromebooks are lightweight and ultra-portable, while others are bricks. The Lenovo 14e falls somewhere in the middle at a little over 3 pounds. It also packs a 14-inch full HD display, so students can stream their favorite shows in 1920 x 1080 pixels. It’s right on par with the average Chromebook with 4GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, but with nearly everything being stored in the cloud (Google Drive comes with 15GB for free), it isn’t a huge deal. Plus, it comes with two USB-C and two USB-A ports, so you can expand the storage if necessary.
While the Lenovo 14e Chromebook isn’t going to run power-sucking apps like Photoshop, it should be plenty capable for schoolwork, basic tasks, and media consumption — which is what most students need it for. Plus, at $150, it’ll be hard to find a better deal.