My third grader is at a school that "required" that parents get them Chromebooks. They said there was 93% compliance, and the school was able to provide for the rest. We got him the C720P with the touch screen and 4GB/32GB. He used it all school year, and it is still running great. They used it a lot at school (to the point where the principal noted that the kids' handwriting was suffering, and they started working on that), and he often used it for hours after school playing games and watching videos. I don't remember any complaints about battery life. After so many years of seeing laptops owned by adults and treated like crown jewels, it was funny to see my kid's white laptop all encrusted with gook and grime. I have to admit the C720P takes a licking and keeps on ticking (Though I did recently notice one of the hinges was spreading the case and found that a case screw nearby had popped out. I neatly applied some packing tape, and it is holding well.). I think it was a real success that the school made the decision to go with all kids having Chromebooks so they could fully integrate technology into the curriculum.