Even though the price is definitely appealing, a Chromebook is limited to mostly internet and writing applications, it does not fit well in an arts classroom.
Although I think an iPad is a cheaper (and in some ways better) alternative to the MacBook. An iPad and a MacBook both do an outstanding job on video presentations and creating music and visual art while still able to use the internet and word processing programs. The applications available for the Chromebook do not allow for much use other than research and writing - both important components, but definitely not the focus of an arts class.
I say an iPad may be better than even MacBooks because most music classrooms do not have desks, but rather music stands.
If you're interested, here's another blog post about Chromebooks in relation to band and music classes: http://rogerwhaley.blogspot.com/2013/09/is-chromebook-right-choice-for-your.html
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Are you asking this question because you're interested in purchasing technology for your school? I'm not sure what you'd like to know specifically about the MacBook.
What are the laptops being used for? If it's for basic functions (limited word processing, net access for things like Khan Academy, YouTube, etc.), the Chromebook is a solid product. The Air will be better for more advanced work like animation and graphic-intensive work.
If your budget is limited, yes the Chromebook makes more sense. And it does have a good variety of features. The Air is just a higher quality product. Apple products are so well-made and designed.
This is a good review: http://www.amirkurtovic.com/blog/can-the-samsung-chromebook-compare-to-the-macbook-air-it-depends/
Hope this helps!
The Chromebook is limited by access to the Internet. The Mac Air is a fully functional computer. You can purchase three Chromebooks for the price of one Mac Air so It is very affordable for a classroom.
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