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Best Chromebook deals and prices in January 2021

Chromebook deals
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Chromebook deals often feel like a mirage. They're already low-priced, so why would they need to be discounted? However, sales do exist and the world of Chromebook deals gives you ways to save up and down the line, from low-end laptops to attractive 2-in-1s that pack Intel Core CPUs.

Currently, the best Chromebook deal comes from Samsung. With trade-in of a tablet or phone, you can get the Samsung Galaxy 13.3-inch 4K Chromebook for just $514. If you don't have a device to trade-in, Samsung offers it for $799, which is still $200 off its full price. 

We're constantly curating and adding to this list of affordable Chromebook deals. Just remember to make your purchase quickly as Chromebook sales tend to run out almost as quickly as they're stocked. (Don't need a Chromebook? Make sure to check out our guide to the best cheap laptop deals and best budget laptops).

Best Chromebook deals right now

Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $355 now $249 @ Dell
You want enough durability so that you don't need to buy a second Chromebook. Dell gives you all that (protection against drops and spills) plus a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM and an 11.6-inch HD display — all for $100 less than normal.View Deal

Lenovo 100e Chromebook: $209 @ Adorama
This isn't a Chromebook sale per se — we're just pointing out that Adorama has the Lenovo 100e Chromebook in stock for $209. This Chromebook has been nearly impossible to find since the 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

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2: was $549 now $415 @ Amazon
Right now, Amazon has only 5 units left of the convertible Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 — because it's $140 off! It's optimized for Android app usage, with its 2-in-1 design and included stylus pen. Plus, it's just under 3 pounds, so it's pretty portable too. View Deal

Asus Chromebook Flip C434: was $569 now $518 @ Amazon
A fantastic deal, the Flip C434 is one of the best Chromebook deals now that it's on sale. Its Core M3 processor and 4GB of RAM will allow Chrome OS to fly at decent speeds. View Deal

Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $514 @ Samsung
With an eligible trade-in, you can get Samsung's 4K Chromebook for as low as $514. Its Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD are better specs than you'll find in most Chromebooks. Don't have a tablet or phone to trade in? Samsung has it on sale for $799 and Best Buy offers the same price.View Deal

Samsung Chromebook (2020): $299 @ 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 discount, Amazon does have stock for $299. (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

HP Chromebook 14: $249 @ Best Buy
The HP Chromebook 14 is one of the better cheap Chromebooks you'll find. While this isn't a price drop, Best Buy does have it in stock — which is rare in itself. The machine features an AMD A4 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32 eMMC. It's by no means a mainstream machine, but it's perfect for kids or for performing web-based tasks like checking email and YouTube. Out of stock last we checked.View Deal

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.