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Where to buy Chromebooks — these retailers have stock

Where to buy Chromebooks
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Thousands of students will soon begin a new semester of online learning. As a result, the demand for cheap laptops is higher than ever. Chromebooks, in particular, are selling out fast to the point where many are left wondering where to buy Chromebooks. 

While popular retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are sold out of the most popular Chromebooks, not all hope is lost. If you're wondering where to buy Chromebooks, we're rounding up where you can still find them in stock along with the best Chromebook deals you can still get. (Not sure which Chromebook is right for you? Make sure to check out our guide to today's best Chromebooks).  

Where to buy Chromebooks

Where to buy Chromebooks — under $299

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Lenovo 100e Chromebook: $199 @ Adorama (opens in new tab)
If  you're strapped for cash, the Lenovo 100e Chromebook is your best bet. This $199 Chromebook has been near-impossible to find in stock. However, it's current available at Adorama. 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 young children or basic Internet work. 

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Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $349 now $249 @ Dell (opens in new tab)
This durable Chromebook can take whatever your kids can dish out, including drops and spills. It can survive 30-inch drops onto steel and its keyboard withstands up to 12 ounces of liquid. The laptop's ports are also secured with reinforced brackets. It features a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an 11.6-inch HD display. 

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HP Chromebook 14: was $377 now $299 @ Adorama (opens in new tab)
As more kids opt for in-home learning, cheap laptops have become harder to find. However, Adorama has the HP Chromebook 14 in stock — and on sale — for $299. It features a 14-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.6GHz AMD A4 APU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage.

Where to buy Chromebooks — under $499

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Samsung Chromebook (2020): $359 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Samsung Chromebook 3 is the perfect laptop for kids or anyone in search of a capable, affordable machine. It has been coming in and out of stock at Amazon. 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). 

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Acer Chromebook 15: $439 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Acer Chromebook 15 a stylish Chromebook that can be used by students or just about anyone else. It features a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, Atom x5-E8000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB eMMC. It also comes with a NexiGo 32GB microSD card. 

Where to buy Chromebooks — over $500

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HP Chromebook x360: was $629 now $529 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Unlike most Chromebooks, the HP Chromebook x360 packs a 10th-gen Core i3 CPU, which means it should deliver better-than-average performance. It also features a 1080p LCD, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMC. The 2-in-1 is an excellent laptop deal if you require a Chromebook with a little extra muscle power. You'll need an edu-based e-mail to sign up for Best Buy's free student deals newsletter (opens in new tab) to get this price.

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Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $549 @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
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. It's one of the best looking and best performing laptops you'll find. 

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Pixelbook Go (i5/8GB/128GB): was $849 now $799 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The Pixelbook Go packs solid performance and great battery life into a super-slim design. This model features a 13.3-inch 1080p touch screen, 1.3GHz Core i5-8200Y CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.

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Google Pixel Slate (Core m3): $799 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The Pixel Slate has an elegant design, sharp screen, and a comfortable keyboard (sold separately). It also lasts 10 hours on a charge. It's in stock at Best Buy for $799. 

Where to buy Chromebooks — specs to look for

Chromebooks are powered by Chrome OS, Google's cloud-based operating system. This fast and powerful Linux-based OS relies on Google's suite of applications to function. Among G Suite's apps are Gmail for email, and Drive for storage. Meanwhile, G Suite productivity tools like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides mimic Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively.

That means that rather than storing documents and photos directly onto the Chromebook's local storage drive, they're stored in the cloud. As a result of the simple OS, Chromebook specs tend to be less complex than their Window-based counterparts. That's why you'll see Chromebooks with 32GB of eMMC storage instead of a 256GB SSD. 

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. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.