Chromebook deals are excellent for cash-strapped shoppers. Sure, Chromebooks may seem underpowered with their previous-gen CPUs and seemingly paltry storage space, but Chromebooks are meant to be used for online tasks only. These inexpensive laptops run Google's Chrome OS and they're a great investment if you're looking for the best cheap laptop deals for yourself or a child who's taking classes from home.
In fact, some of the best budget laptops on the market happen to be Chromebooks. So how do you go about finding the best Chromebook deals? Thanks to retailers, Chromebook deals are everywhere these days and more so now that early holiday sales have started. Just remember to make your purchase quick as Chromebook deals do tend to run out almost as quickly as they're stocked.
Chromebook deals and Black Friday
Black Friday deals have started and we're noticing more Chromebook deals than we expected. HP and Lenovo Chromebooks have seen the biggest discounts with premium Chromebooks — like the Google Pixelbook — not experiencing any price cuts yet. That said, Black Friday is an excellent time for Chromebook deals. So make sure to follow our guide to the best Chromebook Black Friday deals for the latest news and updates.
Best Chromebook deals right now
HP Chromebook 14: $249 @ Best Buy
The HP Chromebook 14 is one of the cheapest Chromebooks you'll find. While this isn't a price drop, Best Buy does have it in stock — which is rare in itself. It features an AMD A4 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32 eMMC. It's by no means a mainstream machine, but perfect for kids or web-based tasks like checking e-mail and YouTube.View Deal
Lenovo 100e Chromebook: $199 @ Adorama
This isn't a Chromebook deal per se, instead we're pointing out that Adorama has the Lenovo 100e Chromebook in stock for $199. This Chromebook has been near-impossible to find during the ongoing back to school season. It features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.6GHz AMD A4 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC. It's perfect for kids or basic Internet work. View Deal
Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $549 @ Samsung
For a limited time, you can get the Samsung Chromebook 4K for as little as $549 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung. Eligible devices include items like the iPhone 6s ($100 credit) or the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 ($75 credit). As for the laptop, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2-in-1 is one of the few Chromebooks to pack a 13.3-inch 4K screen. It also features a Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. This Chromebook deal is one of the best we've seen for power users. View Deal
Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $355 now $249 @ Dell
This durable Chromebook can take whatever your kids can dish out, including drops and spills. The specs are also solid for the price. You get a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an 11.6-inch HD display.View Deal
HP Chromebook x360: was $629 now $529 @ Best Buy
The HP Chromebook x360 packs a 10th-gen Core i3 CPU, which means it'll deliver snappier performance than most Chromebooks. It also features a 1080p LCD, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMC. The 2-in-1 is an excellent Chromebook deal if you require a Chromebook with a little extra muscle power. Students can get it for $529 via a $100 student discount. View Deal
Samsung Chromebook (2020): $359 @ Amazon
The Samsung Chromebook 3 is the perfect laptop for kids or anyone in search of a capable, affordable machine. While this isn't a Chromebook deal per se, Amazon does have stock of the Chromebook for $359. (Samsung Chromebooks are sold out at various retailers). This 2020 model features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, Atom x5-E8000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD slot). View Deal
- Laptop vs. Chromebook: What’s best for you?
What is the difference between a Chromebook and a laptop?
While most laptops run on Microsoft's Windows or Apple's MacOS, Chromebooks are powered by Chrome OS, Google's cloud-native operating system. This fast and powerful Linux-based OS relies on Google's suite of applications. Among G Suite's apps are Gmail for email, and Drive for storage. G Suite productivity tools like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides mimic Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively.
Rather than storing documents and photos directly onto the Chromebook's local storage drive, you can opt to store them in the cloud. As a result of the Chromebook's simple OS, the specs are less complex than Window-based machines.
While Chromebooks aren't ideal for tackling heavy graphics tasks, they'll get you through day to day computing. What's more, select Chromebook can run Android apps and Linux OS without having to rely on a dual boot which makes it great for developers.