I've been laptop shopping recently, and was once again forced to confront the ugly question: Why am I continuing to spend $700 or more on a Windows-based laptop when Chromebooks exist? After all, these days I spend 90% of my time in some combination of Google Docs and the web. Could I get by with a laptop running Google Chrome OS? If you can walk away from Windows, you can save a bundle -- like the 25% off you can get right now on an already cheap 2-in-1. I'm talking about this Acer Spin 15 2-in-1 15.6-inch touchscreen Chromebook for $299, and Best Buy is sweetening the deal by throwing in three months of Disney+. The Spin 15 is usually $399, and you're saving an additional $21 for the three months of Disney Plus.
This Acer Spin is so affordable in part because there's stuff missing under the hood that you'd ordinarily find in a typical Windows PC. There's no core processor, for example -- it's running a Pentium. But that's all it needs, because Chrome is such a lightweight operating system, and all your apps are web-based. It has no optical drive, but does have 4GB of memory and 32GB of flash memory for storage, as well as a built-in media reader for microSD cards.
You also get a big touchscreen and a 2-1 configuration that flips into a tablet or can be tented for presentations, and it all weighs in at just 4.85 pounds. And some might say that the best reason to get a Chromebook is because you can avoid the inevitable funky glitchiness of Windows.
So if you're in the market for a new laptop and also have a hankering to check out The Mandalorian, Best Buy just might have a deal with your name on it.
Dell's is a 13.3-inch laptop that's so trimmed up that the body is basically the size of an older 11.6-inch laptop. Being part of the company's XPS line means both its chassis and components are top notch for its class, so you're getting great battery life and performance, too. Read our Dell XPS 13 (2019) review.
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