Google Chromebooks™ are fast becoming the global educational device of choice. In the US, Chromebooks now represent over 50% of new market sales for education, ahead of Apple- or Windows-based devices.*
The up-front cost of a Google device has been a key factor in establishing their foothold in school districts, with some machines retailing at less than $200 per unit. Typically, Chromebooks are cheaper to repair if damaged in the hands of over-eager children. In fact, the price point is so low that it can be easier just to replace a broken unit, saving service time.
In addition to the lower initial outlay, the reductions in the cost of setup are huge when compared to traditional Windows-based machines or iPads. Setting up a Windows-based system involves deploying applications and imaging every laptop, which is time consuming for Systems Administrators. With iPads, apps also have to be loaded onto the device and need to match the needs of the user, and are often specific to their school grade. Once loaded, the need to keep these systems up to date can provide a constant workload across networks of thousands of devices.