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Big, conventional laptops for school are so 5 years ago. These days tablets and ultra dominate Academia.  The thing about many of these devices is that some (not all) are a little too light. Whether they’re geared toward consumption as opposed to production, lack the battery longevity or just don’t have available apps, do your homework.

That all being said, you may have an easy way to try out something a little kinder to your back, though. Google has unveiled the Chromebook Lending Library, a demo program that lets students borrow a featherweight Chrome OS machine for a few days. So long as Google is on the school grounds, the system is yours; you can take notes in class or just catch up on Netflix in your dorm room. The Library arrives at both Syracuse at Walnut Park and Texas State University next week, and it’ll swing by other institutions in the weeks ahead.

The only catch? You can’t actually buy a Chromebook from the Library if you’re enamored with the experience — you’ll likely have to venture into town to pick one up.

Google lets college students borrow a Chromebook.

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