Disclosure: The Samsung Chromebook was sent to us on behalf of Staples for review. There was no other compensation given. All opinions are our own.
With an 8-year-old now in my home, its time that we get serious about school work. My kid loves technology, so whenever he’s able to infuse learning with all of his tech-geekery, he’s one happy dude. As 3rd grade sneaks up on us, I know that this particular school year will include school work that will need online research and even projects. So, when Staples offered to send us a brand new Samsung Chromebook to review, the boy and I jumped at the chance.
The Samsung Chromebook is an easy to use netbook. We both love how lightweight it is, and as a frugal mama, I loved that it’s only 249 dollars. Considering how much the top tablets cost, this Chromebook is a steal. I’m a big fan of google, so the set-up was a breeze. You could almost say “hey, that was easy!” Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I actually had Sonny set most of it up himself, even creating a new email just for him. Since he isn’t of age, the account is actually another one of my google accounts, but he picked his own name and password. We also used this time to explain password protection and online responsibility.
Since the Samsung Chromebook has 2GB of memory, I didn’t hesitate to tell Sonny that he could start writing stories and recording his own vlogs on the netbook. He’s been asking for his own laptop to “make videos like Mom” so he’s been anticipating this day. I would share his first vlog, but he’d be so embarrassed. And I wouldn’t DARE want to embarrass my son.
I have no issue with handing over the netbook to my son, since I took care of all the parental filters. Since the Chromebook works on Google Chrome operating system, I had no issues setting up the filters needed on Gmail and YouTube. The laptop also has a 1 year warranty, so if things get out of hand when my son creates one of his videos, we can get it fixed.
Speaking of videos, the kiddo and I are creating a review video for the Samsung Chromebook. I mean, don’t you want to know what an 8 year old thinks about this wondrous machine? Stay tuned.