mctenpenny wrote:My daughters both need something they can use in school next yr (we homeschool, but they take classes in a co-op setting). They will need to be able to take notes in class, type up a doc, email their teachers, watch videos, etc. Nothing too hi-tech. Will this be a good option for them as a simple laptop/upgrade from a tablet or iPod like they've used til now?
Also, for myself, is this a good "sit on the counter" device to access my calendar app, task list app, online recipe collections, etc?
I don't have this machine, rather an Asus laptop from a previous woot, but one thing I can say that is EVER SO AWESOME about computers like this one (and my own) which makes them excellent for kids/clumsy adults: the SSD drive vs the standard SATA drive may be a fraction of the size BUT if you drop your laptop, while it's on, onto concrete, even repeatedly, you don't kill the hard drive. After killing two $1K laptops in a row in less than 3 years, that was a major selling point for me when I bought my old 16gb Dell Mini (No moving parts!). And indeed it proved to be so insanely useful to not be able to kill a computer without trying that I babied it long past the time it was outdated because I couldn't get any comparable replacement with a SSD, and that was the most important element of the machine to me.
For the purposes you're enquiring about, the 16gb would probably be fine, as you're not going to be storing large documents on it, or using it for photoediting, etc. Besides google drive or dropbox or whatever other options are out there, if you have a desktop, it's easy enough to put an external hard drive on the network for storing any overflow, but 16gb was big enough to use for most things.
ETA: forgot to mention another thing I love about SSD: the SSD also means that it restarts in like 12 seconds, so I am now spoiled for other machines as my laptop can wake from sleep and be rebooted and up and running in the time it takes my desktop just to wake up.