If you’re looking for an affordable laptop alternative, Chromebooks are a good option to consider. Still, there are several types on the market today and it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for you and your needs. For example, some are better suited for basic work tasks, while some of the more expensive models can even rival some of the best laptops money can buy. Plus, just because one Chromebook has more features than another doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you or the best value for money.
That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive list of the best Chromebook deals. Each varies in price and has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they are all recommended for one reason or another. And if you’d like to do even more research before buying a Chromebook, we’ve also put together a guide to the best options on the market, which you can use to help you decide which Chrome OS machine is right for you.
Finally, a word of warning: Amazon Prime Day starts on July 12. While we’re not guaranteed to see the lowest prices on some of our favorite Chromebooks, it’s usually one of the better times to buy a laptop outside of Black Friday.
Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3
Our favorite detachable Chromebook, the CM3 from Asus is a 10.5-inch tablet that comes with a unique, double-folding kickstand and fabric cover that attaches magnetically. The latter feature means you can fold the tablet so that it stands upright like a laptop, or you can fold it to make it horizontal. The convertible Chromebook also features a detachable keyboard with roomy keys, a built-in USI stylus, and an excellent battery that lasts nearly 13 hours on a full charge. Keep in mind, though, that it only comes with two ports, specifically a USB-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack, and doesn’t have a microSD slot, meaning you’re stuck with the amount of storage you have. buys. And while the detachable CM3 works fine for browsing and gaming, it can be slow when switching tabs and using Google services like Gmail.
Normally $369.99, the Chromebook Detachable CM3 is now on sale from Amazon with a MediaTek 8183 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage for $299.99. While the current deal price isn’t its all-time low — the Competent Chromebook dropped to $269.99 in December — it remains the best price we’ve seen this year. Read our review†
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5
Let’s face it: the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 is the most expensive model on our list. However, since we consider it a fantastic device, that high asking price shouldn’t be such a deterrent. It’s a solid machine that can compete with mid-range Windows laptops, with a sturdy build, wide port selection, lively screen and comfortable keyboard. All this makes for impressive performance and battery life, the latter of which can last all day on a single charge. In fact, in our testing, the CX5 managed to deliver some of the loudest audio we’ve heard from a Chromebook. The only real downsides were the Chromebook’s 16:9 aspect ratio and the trackpad, which can be a little stiff.
If you don’t mind a smaller screen, you can pick up the Flip CX5 on Amazon in the 14-inch configuration with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and an Intel Core i3-1110G4 processor for $649.99 instead of $ 699.99, an all-time low. Read our review†
Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook
We consider Lenovo’s ThinkPad C13 Yoga to be the best premium Chromebook and one of our favorites. Unlike others – which are often aimed at students or children – the C13 also targets adults and professionals. After reviewing it, we concluded that this is the closest thing to a MacBook in the Chromebook world, with a strong processor and a solid, sturdy build that feels and looks premium. The convertible Chromebook also resembles premium Windows ThinkPads, with the same aluminum design, a red Trackpoint in the center of the keyboard, and even a small webcam shutter.
While there are more affordable Chromebooks out there with better battery life and the 16:9 display is disappointing, the C13 has an excellent keyboard and a host of business privacy features. Plus, it can run mobile games and all sorts of other programs without any problem, as it’s the first Chromebook to feature AMD’s Ryzen 3000 Mobile C-series processors.
Currently, Newegg sells a model with 128 GB of storage, a Ryzen 3250C processor and 4 GB of memory for $462.99 (about $356 off). However, keep in mind that this particular configuration isn’t as powerful as the device we tested. Read our review†
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5
It might not be one of our top picks as far as Chromebooks go, but the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 comes with a comfortable keyboard mount and a great 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen. It also excels when it comes to battery life, offering between 10 and 12 hours of use when performing everyday tasks such as browsing, chatting and zooming. The handsome Chromebook doesn’t come with a stylus or biometric authentication, and functions much better as a laptop than a tablet given its larger size, at least in our tests.
Flaws aside, the Duet 5 is a decent convertible currently on sale with a Snapdragon SC7180 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of eMMC storage for $375 ($95 off) at Walmart. Best Buy also sells the Chromebook with the same chip, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage for $379. Read our review†
HP Chromebook X2 11
We’ll be honest: we liked HP’s Chromebook X2 11 less than the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 mentioned above. We found the performance jerky, at least during our testing, and the detachable keyboard felt cramped and clunky when used on our lap. However, we think it’s a good buy if you can get it on sale. Unlike the Duet 5, the X2 11 comes with a USI stylus in the box and is smaller, with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Its size and aspect ratio make the Chromebook X2 11 better than the Lenovo when it comes to usage. in the hand, with a shape very similar to Apple’s iPad. The tablet’s 1440p resolution and built-in fingerprint scanner are nice bonuses too, the latter of which makes logging in easy.
Again, this isn’t our favorite Chromebook, and it doesn’t offer great bang for the buck at the $600 typical price of the detachable. However, HP is currently running a promotion that makes it worth checking out. Right now you can buy the X2 11 with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a Snapdragon 7c Gen 1 processor for $449.99 instead of $679.99. Read our review.