Earlier I intended to purchase Raspberry Pi 400 and displays, but waiting for the stock I tried another solutions.
I bought a Chromebook for 300 €, here’s what pros and cons I found.
- Very low price.
- Run any Android application.
- Have an OS ready to work.
- It does’t have functional buttons (F1-F12).
- Very limited support of Linux distrubutives.
- It requires the internet connection.
I decided to try something else.
Lenova Ideapad 3
It cost me 329 €. Slightly more that Chromebook. It doesn’t have OS.
- 15.6" 1080, IPS
- 8 GB RAM
- CPU 1.1 MHz Celeron, 2 cores
- SSD 256 GB
The first thing I did is I installed Elementary OS on it. I like that OS, it’s well developed and polished, so the quality is comparable to Mac OS. If you choose Linux for you computer, it’d be a very good choice.
After installing the OS, everything was working immediately. The keyboard, mouse, sounds, camera, bluetooth, and WiFi. I didn’t have to install any drivers. That’s the Linux we deserve.
Next I tried is to running Scratch. Elementary OS compatible with Flatpak, so I just installed from Flatpak Hub. Without any issues it started up. Works much faster and smoothly than on our Raspberry Pi 400. Just found one issue with Text-to-Speech block. I suppose it’s because Flatpack package contains older Scratch version 3.18. I planned to investigate that deeper later.
Also, I tried some other apps
- PyCharm works, but I found some performance issues.
- VS Code works smoothly.
- GIMP works good.
- Blender works too.
I was so satisfied, so I canceled the order on Raspberry, and ordered four more laptops.