Google offering $99 Chromebooks to classrooms for the holidays

Google offering $99 Chromebooks to classrooms for the holidays

Summary: Google is slashing prices left and right, including on Chromebooks for some of its educational customers.

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It's that time of year when retailers offer bargain basement prices on every electronic item possible. Typically those deals are targeted toward consumers, but Google is reaching out to its education customer base as well with a new offer.

The Internet giant is offering the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook for just $99 for a limited time. Full-time public school teachers in the United States can take advantage of this offer by visiting DonorsChoose.org by December 21.

For reference, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook has an MSRP of $429. However, there are newer Chromebook models that start at $249.

The reduced price still includes the regular hardware, management and support associated with Chromebooks for educational customers.

Rajen Sheth, group product manager for the Chrome OS for Business team at Google, noted in a blog post on Monday that the Samsung Series 5 edition is the "the most widely deployed Chromebook in schools."

He also cited that more than 1,000 schools have adopted Chromebooks in classrooms to date.

Image via The Official Google Blog

Topics: Google, Laptops, Education

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  • Fire sale prices?

    Not the hot seller, I'm thinking.
    William Farrel
    • Yeah like the $40 Windows 8 license prices

      Or how they are slashing prices for Office to desperately try and hold on to existing customers. Not to mention M$ paying OEMs to make WinPhones. I'm personally waiting for those Surface price cuts myself.
      JoeAUser
      • Think again...

        That $40 dollars, is direct to the manufacturer, which means, no middle man to pay, and no shelves space to have to pay for, which then makes the $40 upgrade, mostly profit. And then, you'd have to multiply that $40 by the potential of hundreds of millions that might upgrade, which is nothing to sneeze at.

        Also, lowering the price of Office is, potentially, the move that could turn MS into the biggest sales revenue company in the world, which, if they are successful at it, could mean a recurring source of income, on a monthly basis, instead of a source of income that comes along every 4 or 5 years when people purchase or upgrade their Office packages. Online Office has the potential to make MS a profit engine for decades to come.
        adornoe
    • We can get ChromeBooks for free

      Just download a free copy of Chrome browser then "bang" you have your ChromeBook w/o spending a cent.
      LBiege
      • Right on

        Well said ;)
        MrElectrifyer
  • if only they could run W8 theyd be worth buying

    But you'd have to be able to add an ssd, HD, and more ram as well. But basically if you added a laptop to it you'd have a functional laptop. $99 sounds cheap at first but it's really not. $99 is a lot for a paperweight. Funny they announce this on a day when Gmail goes down again and chrome crashes.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Not how our resident Microsoft shills are desperately trying to spin it.

    It is an interesting promotional offer. Teachers are asked to get donors to sponsor money to buy Chromebooks for their classrooms. If the get over $1000 in donations, then they get them at $99, otherwise they get them at the regular prize. If they don't reach the $1000 in donations, then they will buy them at the regular price anyway (since the donors have donated the money to buy Chromebooks), however there is an incentive for corporate donors to push the donations over $1000.

    It is an interesting marketing idea - and Google gets to seed schools all over the country with Chromebook trial implementations with teachers who are enthusiastic about computers in education, and are likely to push for more. I guess less than 10 machines makes providing administrative and management support which will lead to future mass purchases unviable. The fact that Google is approaching class teachers rather than heads of schools is evidence that Google is attacking the education market, where they have already had a lot of success, from the bottom up as well as top down.
    Mah
    • FYI

      Microsoft offers Windows, Office and other applications at dirt cheap prices. A charity or school can pick up a copy of Windows 7 Pro for under $20 [last I checked] and I'm sure schools get a bigger discount. No need to get donations and reach a certain level.
      Gisabun
      • ChromeOS is free

        Just an FYI
        JoeAUser
        • So are all other browsers. So, what's your point?

          The topic here is Chromebooks, which, at $249 or $99, is a lot more expensive than "free", which "free" is the price of all browsers, which really means that, people would be paying $99 or $249 for Google's browser. That would make Chromebook a monetizing scheme to make Chrome a paid service.
          adornoe
    • Who needs to be a shill for x, y, or z?

      Read the TOS -- Google is in this for Google, not the students. Granted, the occasional student might use this "deal of a notebook" to innocently type in something that Google might be able to profit big time from... "data mining", and people often give up far more than they realize because they believe they have nothing to value... speaks volumes, once you start to think about it...
      HypnoToad72
      • So how did all those crapware Chromebooks worked this morning?

        Hours of unusability ... just because GMail was down.

        Yep ... Crapbook is great for "students".
        wackoae
        • 4 minutes only

          I believe the outage was 4 minutes. That is a lot less and a lot less frequent than my office's Microsoft Exchange outages.
          Mah
  • Errrr.....

    A Chrome book with a MSRP of at least $249 selling for $99? Can you say Samsung is finally dumping Chromebooks? THey finally got smart.

    "more than 1,000 schools have adopted Chromebooks in classrooms to date" - This isn't good. How many schools are in the US? Easily more than that in New York City region alone.
    Gisabun
    • I know of a school in DE that had 25 of them

      And they're dumping them at the end of the school year.

      An experiment that never panned out.
      William Farrel
      • I know of a school in LA that had a 1000 Windows Laptops

        They are dumping them for iPads asap too.
        JoeAUser
        • how sad

          THATS the most horrible news in the world, giving kids a tablet to play games on when they had a machine to work on and learn.
          notrozer
        • Oh, yeah, sure. Like the LA school district has money to burn

          and they want to go for the most expensive option out there.

          Insanity is not a trait of those who know how to spend money. The LA school is likely being run by the liberals, who are not known to understand the value of money.
          adornoe