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The school-friendly Lenovo 100E Chromebook is just $99 today

The 11.6-inch laptop includes a USB-C port, 10-hour battery life and three free months of Disney Plus.

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This is a lot of laptop for just $119.


Calling all students, teachers and people weary of Windows hassles: Is it time to consider a Chromebook? Let's see if this deal can convince you: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the second-gen Lenovo 100E 11.6-inch Chromebook for $99 -- a price that includes three free months of Disney Plus. It normally runs $159, and it was $20 higher just last week. That's one of the cheapest options I've seen for a modern, nonrefurbished Chromebook.

The 100E offers a little more horsepower than you'd expect from a $99 laptop. Yes, the screen is on the smaller side, though its 1,366x768-pixel resolution is fine for that size -- and it has an antiglare coating, which is always welcome.

The system comes with 4GB of RAM, not just 2GB like in older budget Chromebooks. There's 32GB of onboard storage, expandable via microSD and a pair of ports: one USB-C, one USB 3.1. There's even a full-size HDMI port for connecting to an external monitor or TV.

Read more: Best Chromebook for 2020  

Lenovo promises up to 10 hours of operation before the battery needs charging, meaning it should have no trouble surviving a full school day.

CNET hasn't reviewed this model, but it has a 4.6-star average from over 300 Best Buy customers. For $99, you're not likely to find a better deal on a laptop -- Chrome OS-powered or otherwise.

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Note: Originally published last month. Updated to reflect new sale prices or availability. Removed expired bonus deal.

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