Chromebooks are perfect for people who need a mobile workstation. They’re affordable, resource-light, and the perfect choice for those who are always connected, thanks to the cloud-based software. If you’re shopping for a new Chromebook, you’ll find everything from simple, budget-friendly netbooks to featherweight ultrabooks packed with features like 4K touchscreens, so there are plenty of options for every budget. Sounds good, right? Keep reading and we’ll take you through this week’s best Chromebook deals.
Lenovo Flex 3 2-in-1 Chromebook — $114, was $189
- Compact 11-inch display
- Good keyboard
- Versatile 2-in-1 design
If you’re in the market for a new Chromebook, why not grab one of the best laptop deals around? The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 2-in-1 is ultra-light and portable, making it a great choice for younger students looking for a portable, affordable device for typing up notes and completing assignments. It has a spacious keyboard for its size, so it’s comfortable to type on.
No surprises here — this Chromebook runs Chrome OS, so there are plenty of different games, productivity apps, and hands-on learning tools available. The 11.6-inch Touch display with HD resolution is ideal for productivity or watching your favorite shows, with integrated Intel graphics allowing you to stream 4K content or play games in up to 720p. Under the hood, the Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of memory mean this Chromebook can handle most basic activities and multitasking, and there’s 64GB of eMMC storage, which can easily be upgraded with a MicroSD card. Add in a built-in front-facing HD webcam with mic for online classes and video calls, plus solid battery life of up to 10 hours to see students through classes and study sessions, and it’s easy to see why this Chromebook is so popular.
The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 2-in-1 weighs just 2.64lb, making it lightweight and portable, while its slim format ensures it slips easily into a bag or backpack. It even comes with built-in virus protection.
Samsung Chromebook 4 — $147, was $199
- 32GB of built-in storage
- 12-hour battery life
The Samsung Chromebook 4 is an 11.6-inch Chromebook with Samsung’s classic style for flair. It has fairly light components, with an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 600 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Those won’t be running any modern video games, but they’ll do fine processing text documents and watching TV. It has an HD LED display and a built-in webcam. All of this is wrapped up in a lightweight but durable chassis, making this a great option for students or professionals who need to carry their laptop with them.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook — $180, was $299
- Similar to the Microsoft Surface
- Detachable keyboard
- Good screen resolution for its size
- 10-hour battery
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a hybrid between a Chromebook and a tablet. It’s Lenovo’s lightweight answer to the Microsoft Surface. It has a 10.1-inch screen, so it’s fairly compact. Its keyboard can be detached if you want to use it as a tablet, and there is a built-in stand on the back. It has budget-minded internals, so you won’t be able to power up any games, but its display is impressive for its size. It runs at a resolution of 1920 x 1200, so streamed movies will look as good as they can on a small screen. Overall its a great option for flexibility and portability on a budget.
HP 14-inch Chromebook — $219, was $299
- 64GB of internal memory
- 720p webcam
- 14-inch screen
The 14-inch HP Chromebook strikes a nice balance between its budget and its internals. It’s nothing flashy, but 4GB of memory, an Intel Celeron processor and a modest but dedicated graphics card mean it can tackle some tasks that a standard Chromebook couldn’t. It has 64GB of internal eMMC storage, so you can still access your documents when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. It has a built-in webcam that gets an impressive 720p resolution, so you’ll look good on your video calls,
Acer Chromebook 516 GE — $549, was $649
- Great for gaming on a budget
- 16-inch 120Hz display with narrow bezels
- 12th-gen Intel Core i5 processor
- Multi-zone RGB and anti-ghosting keyboard
Gaming PCs don’t have to break the budget, as proven by this Acer Chromebook 516 GE. Immerse yourself in cloud gaming, with access to thousands of the latest games. They’ll all look stunning on the 16-inch 2560 x 1600 display with 120Hz refresh rate. The display feels larger than it is, too, thanks to narrow bezels and a 16:10 aspect ratio.
Power through even the most demanding games with the 12th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, backed by 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, for smooth multitasking and cloud gaming. There’s a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) on board too, which loads faster and runs faster than other hard drives, so your gaming doesn’t need to slow down for a second.
You can personalize your key colors with preset backlight modes, adjustable through Chrome, and use more key combos than ever before in your favorite games with anti-ghosting tech. For those MMORPG days or streaming to Twitch or YouTube, there’s an FHD webcam, quad upward speakers, and a dual-mic array, plus all the ports you could ever need, and, most importantly, long battery life.
The biggest sales are fairly easy to spot. Think of a major holiday and there’s probably going to be a sale around then. The brightest highlights are Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Both are major sales events which means retailers cut the price of highly sought-after technology significantly during those times. It’s likely we’ll see some of the best Chromebook deals of the year then, but you’ll need to be quick. Black Friday and Cyber Monday stock tend to be strictly limited which means once it’s gone, it’s gone, and you might miss out.
Alternatively, Prime Day is a key time for sales, too. It’s Amazon’s exclusive sales event, but often other retailers get in on the act and cut their own prices around the same time. Again, technology is some of the most highly sought-after stuff so discounts are pretty deep.
However, there’s a big catch to all of this — timing. Prime Day is not until the summer and Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t until near the end of the year. In all cases, you’re going to need to wait to snag one of the best Chromebook deals. There’s not even any guarantee that the deals will be better, though; if you need a Chromebook now, you probably won’t want to wait that long to get one. For one thing, if your existing setup has died, can you last months without a laptop or Chromebook? It’s unlikely, so you’ll need to look for the best offers going right now instead.
If for some reason you can wait it out then do so, but we won’t blame you if you have to dive right in. If nothing else, sales events can be stressful as stock flies out faster so by buying now, you don’t have to worry about stressing over your plans and beating the rush that comes around these big sales events. Plus, you get the benefit of your new Chromebook straight away rather than having to wait for months.