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Buying a Chromebook

We have two educational vendors ready for you to shop from:

1. CDW-G 

CDW-G is a national technology company and we have two models for you to choose from on this site. Orders here will ship directly to your house.

  • The Acer 11 inch Spin that has 4GB of RAM, 32GB hard drive, touchscreen, stylus, and it flips to tablet mode. This is fully built for the schools with stronger corners, keyboard, and screen ($389)
  • The Dell 11 inch model with 4GB of RAM and 16GB hard drive. This is a great starter Chromebook ($227.76)

 

2. INTELL-TECH (See password below)

Intelli-Tech has been providing technology education solutions for more than two decades in Southern California.  As a Gold Partner with Hewlett Packard (HP), we have two models for you to choose from on this site. The password is HPChromebook.  Orders from this site will ship directly to the school district and you will be alerted to pick up times.  And we will be able to help set up the Chromebook.

  • Package A: HP G6 11” Chromebook designed for the education space (co-molded rubber contact points, a strengthened corner design, durable 180° hinge, spill and pick resistant keyboard).  This model comes with 4GB of RAM and a 16GB hard drive.  Package A includes a 1-Year standard manufacturer’s warranty.

  • Package B: HP G6 11” Chromebook designed for the education space (co-molded rubber contact points, a strengthened corner design, durable 180° hinge, spill and pick resistant keyboard).  This model comes with 4GB of RAM and a 16GB hard drive. Package B includes a 3-Year extended warranty with Accidental Damage Protection (defined as operation or mechanical failure caused by an accident from handling which occurs in the course of the normal intended use).  Coverage includes non-intentional liquid spills in or on the unit, accidental drops or falls of the unit from not more than 15 feet, and electrical surges that damages the Chromebook’s circuitry.  A cracked screen is also covered one time during the course of the Care Pack.

  • Package C:  HP x360 11” Chromebook designed for the education space (ultrathin design with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, co-molded industrial rubber, and a keyboard that resists picks and minor spills).  This device comes with 8GB of RAM and a 32GB hard drive.  This model flips like a tablet and is a touchscreen. Package C includes a 1-Year standard manufacturer’s warranty.

  • Package D:  HP x360 11” Chromebook designed for the education space (ultrathin design with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, co-molded industrial rubber, and a keyboard that resists picks and minor spills).  This device comes with 8GB of RAM and a 32GB hard drive.  This model flips like a tablet and is a touchscreen. Package D includes a 3-Year extended warranty with Accidental Damage Protection (defined as operation or mechanical failure caused by an accident from handling which occurs in the course of the normal intended use).  Coverage includes non-intentional liquid spills in or on the unit, accidental drops or falls of the unit from not more than 15 feet, and electrical surges that damages the Chromebook’s circuitry.  A cracked screen is also covered one time during the course of the Care Pack.

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Both sites feature extended warranty options that cover hardware failure. Intell-tech however has accidental damage options that covers damage defined as operation or mechanical failure caused by an accident from handling which occurs in the course of the normal intended use.  Coverage includes non-intentional liquid spills in or on the unit, accidental drops or falls of the unit from not more than 15 feet, and electrical surges that damages the Chromebook’s circuitry.  A cracked screen is also covered one time during the course of the Care Pack.

We have also set up an stronger insurance provider that we recommend. The cost is reasonable and covers all types of damage, both accidental and mechanical. Read more here: https://www.cpscentral.com/k12/4656/

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You may choose to shop elsewhere, but please follow these recommendations on basic specifications:
 
  • 4GB or 8GB of RAM (You'll see many with 2GB, we HIGHLY recommend 4GB. Our team has tested both and the 2gb models can become sluggish with multiple tabs open. 8GB is newer to the market and also an option). 
  • 16 or 32 GB hard drive (Your choice here, again not at critical as the RAM)
  • 11" or 13" screen (This is a preference, but all of the district Chromebooks are 11". Check the weight on the ones you are considering. The district Chromebooks are under or near 3 pounds)
Insurance option: 
 
For piece of mind, we recommend purchasing an insurance policy that offers full coverage for accidental damage. This company also includes theft protection and mechanical failure in their policy.  
 
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Requesting an equity device:
If you will experience a financial hardship or choose not to participate, please complete this equity device request form to help us gauge need. Once this loan form is completed and returned to the District Office, we can arrange delivery/pick-up. Your student will be provided a device during orientation for 7th and 8th grade, or on the first day of school for 5th and 6th. 
 
In order for this program to be financially feasible, we need to hit a 75% participation rate. In our first year, 88% of families in 5th and 7th grade sent a Chromebook to school with their students. In the second year of the program, 91% of families participated. We will evaluate each year to make sure the program is successful. 
 
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Next Steps:
Once you have the device, you will need to enroll it in the LCUSD Google Apps for Education Device Management system. We've created a few videos to help you with this process:
 
 
Enroll Your Chromebook.
 
 
1. Turn on the Chrome device and follow the onscreen instructions until you see the sign on screen. Don't sign in yet.
2. Before signing in to the Chrome device, press Ctrl+Alt+E to go to the enrollment screen.
3. Enter your mylcusd.net email address and password.
4. Click Enroll device. You'll receive a confirmation message that the device has been successfully enrolled.
 
If you have logged into your Chromebook with any account prior to enrolling it, you will need to wipe the device before you can enroll it. Follow the steps below. 
 
Wipe Your Chromebook
 
 
1. Press Esc + Refresh + Power. A yellow exclamation point (!) is displayed.
2. Press Ctrl + D to begin dev mode, then Enter. A red exclamation point is displayed.
3. Press Ctrl + D. The Chromebook deletes its local data, returning to its initial state. This takes approximately from 5-15 minutes.
4. When the transition completes, press the spacebar, then press Enter to return to verified mode.
5. Enroll the Chromebook before signing in to it.