Cheap Chromebooks purchased in the US for schoolchildren in 2020 amid distance learning due to the pandemic are breaking down quickly. Their repair does not make sense due to the high cost of parts. This is the conclusion of a report published by the Educational Foundation of the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG).

This is stated in the material The Verge.

In three years, a large number of the millions of devices purchased for American schools have failed. The US PIRG notes that doubling the life of the Chromebook could correct the situation. This would save American taxpayers about $1.8 billion in taxes.

The main drawback of the Chromebook is its unsuitability for repair due to the lack of spare parts on sale or their high cost. It is noted that the replacement of the keyboard for the Acer Chromebook will cost $90, at a price of a new laptop of $200.

U.S. service centers have to buy new Chromebooks to use as “donors” for older laptops. This leads to an increase in the amount of electronic waste.

In addition, Google supports Chromebooks for 4-5 years, after which they stop updating.

Recall that in 2022, more than 5 billion mobile phones have become ordinary electronic garbage.