Chromebooks are the utility players of the laptop world. Nothing flashy. Just solid, reliable machines that do their job quickly and efficiently. And on occasion, they can be had for a song.
For example, for a limited time and while supplies last, Yugster has the refurbished Acer Chromebook C720 for $99.99 shipped. Best price I've seen elsewhere is $129.
The key specs include an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and an 11.6-inch screen. It also has a webcam and microphone, Bluetooth 4.0, modern Wi-Fi and even an SD card slot. There's no manufacturer warranty, but Yugster backs it for a full 90 days.
I love a machine like this for around the house or for a student. Chromebooks are largely impervious to viruses and spyware -- though not phishing! They boot and shut down quickly. Like I said: utility players.
Of course, they're intrinsically tied to the Google ecosystem, so if you need to run Windows software, look elsewhere. And take note that it can be a hassle to get a Chromebook connected to a printer. Still, $100 for a capable laptop? Yes, please!
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