This laptop had to fail so Chromebooks could become back-to-school essentials

It’s back to school time. We know this because stores have boxed up swimwear and pool gear and replaced it with oversized composition notebooks, and boat-sized pencils strung from the ceiling. Online images depicting young people enjoying technology were swapped for those showing students hunched over laptops and tablets. The business of fun replaced with the business of learning.

With my children grown, I no longer have to worry about which back-to-school laptop I’ll buy them. You, I suspect, are deciding between an Intel Core i5 Dell and a sub $400 Chromebook from Lenovo, Asus, Dell, and others.

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