Chromebooks sit at the intersection between a great portable PC experience and great pricing. That's especially the case since ChromeOS is a bit more efficient with resources, so you can spend less to get the same performance. Even so, while the cheaper devices are great for basic day-to-day activities and work, if you want to do more intensive tasks, Chromebooks can get costly. But they still cost less than a laptop.
Also, since they're less complicated to use, a Chromebook can make an excellent laptop for kids. (They might already be using one for school.) They're also good for less tech-savvy adults in need of just a simple computer -- or anyone who wants an inexpensive laptop for a home office and some entertainment. There's even a new crop of big-screen Chromebooks for gamers.
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To help you find the best Chromebook deal, CNET's editors have selected all the top discounted Chromebooks available right now. One word of shopping advice: Although Chromebooks can run well on modest components, some heavily discounted models online might still be too underpowered. A big discount might not be worth the frustration. Also, if the Chromebook is cheap, be sure to check the auto update expiration date for the model. The AUE is when ChromeOS stops receiving system updates and is typically eight years out, but the date is not the same for every model.
We'll continue to monitor Chromebook deals and regularly update this list, so check back for the best prices.
Probably one of the cheapest Chromebooks you're likely to find, the Acer Chromebook 315 comes with an entry-level Intel Celeron N4020 and 4GB. While these aren't powerful specs, they're certainly good enough to get the basics done, and if you just want a simple daily-driver for work and school this is a great option.
If you're looking for the most budget-friendly option when it comes to Chromebooks, this 14-inch HP Chromebook is a great option. It has a relatively large screen, and while the Intel Celeron N4120 processor is budget-level, it's more than enough to handle ChromeOS. The 4GB of RAM will also be a bit tight but workable, and the 64GB of storage gives you a little more room than the typical Chromebook. Luckily, battery life is excellent, and HP even throws in a webcam so that you can get on meetings without an issue.
This Asus model is on sale for $219 right now and features a 14-inch display powered by an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM. Those are average components for a budget Chromebook, but it adds a bit more storage than usual with 64GB. It has a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution display for a sharper picture and more workspace than you'd get with the 1,366x768-pixel resolution found on other low-end Chromebooks.
The Acer Chromebook Plus 515 is one of the cheapest Chromebooks you'll find that has a desktop-grade CPU, the Intel Core i3-1215U, which will let you get more productivity and day-to-day activities done. You also get a generous 8GB of RAM that will give you a better quality of life. The 128GB of storage isn't too bad either, although you're likely to stream most of your content.
We don't often see large-screen Chromebooks at this price point, so if you need a larger screen, this deal is the one to go for. Of course, you do end up losing a bit in exchange for a lower price and a bigger screen, so you only get the budget-oriented Intel Celeron N4500 processor, although it's still more than good enough to run ChromeOs. That said, you do only get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is a bit on the lower side, but if you aren't a power user, you shouldn't be affected too much.
If you like the idea of a Chromebook but don't want to be bogged down with the laptop shape, then the IdeaPad Duet 3 is probably perfect for you. It's a convertible two-in-one that's more of a tablet than anything else, and you can even disconnect the screen from the keyboard. Under the hood, it has an entry- to mid-range Snapdragon 7cG2 CPU, which you'd mostly see on mobile devices, and 128GB of storage. The only big downside is the 4GB of RAM, which is a bit on the lower end but not a deal breaker.
This HP Chromebook has a larger 15.6-inch HD screen and an almost desktop-grade Intel Core i3. You also get a great 8GB of RAM, although the storage suffers instead with only 64GB. That said, if you stream most of your content, that's not a dealbreaker.
At this price range, we start seeing Chromebooks with great touchscreens, like this one from Asus. It's 14 inches, runs an FHD resolution and can hit an impressive 300 nits of peak brightness. There's also the slightly more efficient AMD Ryzen 3 7320C processor, which is an entry- to mid-level desktop CPU, so you get a lot of power. You also don't have to compromise with RAM or storage since you get 8GB and 128GB respectively.
One of the great things about the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is that it comes with a QLED touchscreen, which is not only rare but great if you want to have a nice screen experience. Of course, most of the price goes toward that since you still only get an Intel Core i3, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Even so, if you're a fan of Samsung and want to be part of its ecosystem, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a great option.
Once you start hitting the $500 price bracket and above, you'll get some really great features you'd usually find on gaming laptops. For example, this Chromebook 516 GE comes with a 16-inch monitor that has an impressive 2,560x1,600 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, at least for a Chromebook. It also has a midrange desktop-grade Intel Core i5-1240P and 256GB of storage, so it's a lot more versatile, and is a great option for cloud gaming.
What should you look for in a Chromebook deal?
One of the biggest things to consider is which configuration is on sale. Often, with the best Chromebook deals, only a specific version of the Chromebook is on sale, and making any changes to it could affect the price. This means that sometimes you find the 256GB model is actually cheaper than the 128GB option, or a similar situation.
When are the best deals available?
Generally, you'll find the best Chromebook deals during back-to-school shopping time in late summer or early fall, and a bit later in the year during annual Black Friday sales events. There are Chromebook deals available throughout the year, but if you're looking for the best deal and can afford to wait a little, these are the best times of the year to buy one.
Which retailers usually offer the best deals?
You can usually find deals across a variety of retailers when it comes to Chromebook sales. Amazon and Best Buy are constantly running discounts, and deals can also be found at Newegg and Walmart. Amazon's prices fluctuate and Best Buy's sales come and go, so it's worth checking back weekly to see if a discounted price returns.