Randy talks about which computer may best suit your back-to-school student.

  • Before reading any of my tips, you could start of simply by looking on YouTube for used computer performance (something like “Surface Pro 3 in 2020″…”Late 2012 iMac in 2020”) and just watch people using them before you dish out the money. These videos are great, quick measure.
  • Older Imacs – 2011, 27″ iMac – A lot of these, can go up to 16GB RAM – Such as this Mac I’m using. You’ll have less trouble in the long run if you just get a 2012 or newer, because they’ll typically run MacOS Catalina just fine.
    • 500GB SSD For Probably $100 – 16GB RAM for probably less than $100 DDR3 – I’m not going to reference any particular video because there are tons out there. Just beware of people overpricing the machines on either Facebook Market place or Craigslist. A good place to get an idea on a fair price is eBay.
      • What I do on Ebay, is I search for the machine, I then check the “Buy it now” box in the left navigation area, then I sort from Lowest to highest.
  • Lenovo Desktops, particularly the M73/M700’s from 4+ years ago, are tanks. The reason I know this is because we’ve used them in customer care cents for 5 years, running and they have NEVER failed. Buy one of these used offline, replace the HDD with an SSD, add some RAM and it’ll run like a brand new machine – Plenty fast enough for school work. I just plugged in a search on eBay and can see you can snag an M700 for $250. Comparing the speed to a Mac for that price, the PC will SMOKE it.
  • Chromebook – This is something you could actually “make” on your own. You can buy a Windows 10 PC (which I highly-recommend) and then just install something like CloudReady over top of windows 10.  are plenty of videos on YouTube that show you how to accomplish this.
    • The reason I suggest just buying a Windows 10 machine because you’ll have your Windows 10 license on that computer, so when you realize that Chromebooks are more limited than a full-fledged OS like Windows or MacOs, you can always good back and forth. Chromebooks are great for what they’re made for though, doing things in the browser, which is plenty for most people.
      • Something to look for if you already have a Chromebook, is to see if it’s already “managed”. If you’re on a Chromebook, click the time at the bottom right, and look for a “managed device” icon…if it’s there, this means that the Chromebook is likely controlled by an organization or school/workplace, which simply allows them to restrict you from using certain apps or  features and monitor what you are doing. Maybe check if this is something required by your school district. If you’re using your own computer, browser, you’re likely the only person “managing” it.
      • This “management” doesn’t necessarily apply only the Chromebooks, but company PCs as well. For example, if you’re on a PC that is managed by your work place, you could even look within the Chrome browser itself, and click the “3 dots” at the top to open the Chrome menu. At the very bottom of that menu, you can see if your Organization is managing chrome on your computer. Again, if this is a computer that’s managed/purchased by yourself, it’s not likely someone else is managing it.

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