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Lowest price ever for this HP Chromebook X360: $280 (save $90)

This 12-inch convertible can also pull tablet duty.

This Chromebook can also function as a tablet -- not bad for $280.

The 2020/2021 school year is coming to an end... sort of? Although many schools are back to in-person learning and regular schedules, many more are still quite fluid. So the whole notion of a "school year" remains very much in flux.

The need for a good school computer, then, is pretty perennial. Which brings us to this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the HP Chromebook X360 is on sale for $280, the lowest price to date.

The specs are solid for a Chromebook, though there's one that may be a dealbreaker for some. The X360's Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage should be sufficient for school-related activities, but the 12-inch screen tops out at 1,366x912 resolution. That's OK for a screen of this size, but anyone planning to do graphics or video work might prefer something Full HD (1,920x1,080).

But I like everything else I'm seeing here, including the 360-degree hinge, 3-pound metal chassis and HP's promise of up to 13 hours of battery life.

CNET hasn't reviewed this model, but the user reviews are solid: 4.6 stars from over 165 buyers.

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