ECI does not recommend the purchase of any Chromebook at this time due to the following reasons
- Most required Engineering software does not run on Chromebooks, this includes almost all Microsoft and Mathworks products except for Matlab Online, Microsoft Online and Microsoft Remote Desktop (if and only if downloaded through the google play store).
- Nearly everything — word processing, note-taking, etc... is done online via Google's Chrome browser and pretty much everything you produce is saved onto the 'cloud'. Which means if you are taking engineering classes or labs in places with EMF shielding or simple dead zones, you may find chromebooks "less than useful"
- With Google Cloud Print not being supported after January 1, 2021 many older Chromebooks will no longer be able to print to any printer. There is currently no native Chromebook support for CUPS or other forms of printing.