NEWS – Android Authority has reported something I’ve noticed when shopping for Chromebook laptops and it ticks them, and me, way off.
Amazon, Walmart, and probably other retailers, will gladly take your $100-$800 in trade for a Chromebook that is past its ‘end of update’ life which means the Chromebook will no longer receive OS and security updates.
In my humble, yet accurate opinion, there is no excuse for that.
These models have been noted as no longer worthy of purchase for the above reason:
- Acer Chromebook 11 (C771, C771T)
- Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (CP5-471)
- ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
- Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)
- HP Chromebook 13 G1
- Lenovo ThinkPad 13
- Samsung Chromebook Pro
- Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (D651N)
- AOpn Chromebook Commercial Tab
- ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100
- ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA
- CTL Chromebook Tablet Tx1 for Education
- Samsung Chromebook Plus
That is not an exhaustive list. I’d like to see all retailers stop this practice, and the manufacturers to take a strong hand to eliminate it. At a minimum retailers and individual sellers should clearly state the ‘Auto Update Expiration’ date for the Chromebook model they’re selling.
If you shop for a Chromebook, you’ll do well to use Google’s own ‘Auto Update Expiration’ webpage to be sure the model you’re considering has a nice long update life ahead.
Chromebook buyers, unite and beware!