Don't let their bargain bin prices fool you. Chromebooks are versatile machines that perform as well in a class setting as they do in a boardroom.
We're smack in the middle of back-to-school season, so August is an excellent month for Chromebook deals. Below we're rounding up the best Chromebook deals you can get right now. From premium Chromebooks that double as tablets to ultra-affordable systems that are great for elementary school, here are our favorite Chromebook at prices anyone can afford.
The Anatomy of a Chromebook
Chromebooks are oftentimes ignored by consumers. That's because many Chromebooks pack less horsepower than their mainstream counterparts. But there's a reason for that.
Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS, which relies heavily on Google's suite of applications. That means the specs aren't as critical as they are for Windows-based machines. As a result, you won't find Intel's latest Core i9 chips inside any Chromebook.
Chromebooks are also designed to be connected to the Internet at all times. So rather than store documents and photos directly onto their drives, users store them in the cloud. Particularly, in Google's cloud. That's why you'll see many Chromebooks with storage capacities that range from 32GB to 128GB.
Generally speaking, you'll be fine with most Chromebooks as long as you stay away from any graphics-heavy tasks.
Google Pixel Slate: was $799 now $549 @ Best Buy
The Pixel Slate is an excellent 2-in-1 that runs Google's ChromeOS. For a limited time, Best Buy is taking $250 off all configurations of the Pixel Slate. It's the best deal we've seen for this machine. View Deal
Samsung Chromebook 3: was $230 now just $159 @ Walmart
With its sturdy plastic chassis and spill-resistant keyboard, the durable Samsung Chromebook 3 is a great bargain. It features a 11.6-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. View Deal
Lenovo Chromebook S330: was $299 now $269 @ Amazon
With its sleek lightweight design and MediaTek processor, the Lenovo Chromebook S330 is a solid choice for the money. And with an estimated 10 hours of battery you can expect to do a little overtime. View Deal
Acer Chromebook Spin 11: was $299 now just $229 @ Walmart
As the name suggests, the Acer Spin is a convertible, which means it can transform from a traditional laptop to a tablet. In addition to its 11.6-inch screen, this Chromebook packs a Celeron N3350 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.View Deal
Acer Chromebook R11: was $299 now $269 @ Amazon
The Acer Chromebook R11 offers versatility and an estimated 10 hour battery life, making it ideal for school, work or play. This Celeron-powered convertible has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.View Deal
Dell Chromebook 11 3000: was $355 now $249 @ Dell
This durable Chromebook can take whatever your kids can dish out, including drops and spills. And the specs are solid for the price, including a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM and 11.6-inch HD display.View Deal
Acer Chromebook 15: was $399.99 now $299 @ Amazon
The Chromebook 15 packs a 15.6-inch 1080p display, which is a unique feature among Chromebooks. We also like that it can burn the midnight oil, thanks to its estimated 12-hour battery life. View Deal
Samsung Chromebook Plus V2: was $550 now $417 @ Amazon
Weighing barely 3 pounds, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is a great choice for people who work on the go. This 2-in-1 features a 12.2-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.View Deal