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Best Cyber Monday Chromebook deals 2023

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Cyber Monday Chromebook deals are still in force, even as Cyber Monday winds down. We’re still checking Chromebook deals on Amazon, Best Buy, and other sites to find the best Chromebook sales.

We’ve listed our recommendations for the best Cyber Monday deals below. They’re listed in order of preference, followed by an explanation of why we picked them. If you’re looking for more context, scroll down to the FAQ: We’ll tell you what prices to look for on Chromebooks this Cyber Monday, the specs we prefer, and more. We’ve separated them out into budget picks (where price matters most), midrange choices (what we’d choose, ourselves) and premium offerings (just the best).

Prices are plunging. I really like the Lenovo Slim 3 budget Chromebook price, and the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 in our premium listings. If you’re looking for other great tech deals, check out PCWorld’s complete Cyber Monday coverage.

Best Cyber Monday budget Chromebook deals for Nov. 24

Lenovo Slim 3 (MediaTek Kompanio 520/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 14-inch 1080p display), $149.00 (53% off at Best Buy)Lenovo Flex 3i (Intel N100/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 12.2-inch 1200p display), $174.00 (50% off at Best Buy)Acer Chromebook 315 (Celeron N4500/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 15.5-inch 1080p display), $179.00 (21% off at Walmart)Acer 2022 Chromebook 315 (Celeron N4020/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p display), $248.99 (58% off at Amazon)Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 13.3-inch 1080p display), $223.88 (20% off at Amazon)Samsung Chromebook 4 (Celeron N4020/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 11.6-inch 768p display), $129.00 (18% off at Walmart)Samsung Chromebook 4 (Celeron N4020/4GB RAM/32GB SSD, 11.6-inch 768p display), $79.99 (68% off at Target)

We’re starting to see some very attractive deals for Cyber Monday. The Lenovo Slim 3 is still preferred, but the Flex 3i is right on its heels., and the top four listings are preferred. (We have an in-depth review of the Lenovo Slim 3, finding it a “solid, low-cost option” at its normal $319 price.) All have roomy 1080p screens and plenty of storage.

The Flex 3i may have a smaller display, but it’s an unexpectedly great 1200p resolution, paired with a new (!) and quad-core(!) Intel processor. Early reviews complained about its unexpected drop in performance with more than eight or so tabs open, but that may have been an early glitch.

The Celeron N100 is the fastest chip, though the Chromebook 315’s N4500 is the fastest of the dual-core Celerons, with the N4020 right behind. The Kompanio’s strength? Moderate power and fantastic battery life.

Just remember that budget Chromebooks make sacrifices: 4GB of RAM, typically, which can somewhat limit performance and the number of available browser tabs. Because some buyers want low, low prices, I’ve added the two Samsung Chromebook 4s. That Target deal is really iffy, because of the absolute rock-bottom specs, but the price is fantastic.

Best Cyber Monday midrange Chromebook deals for Nov. 24

Lenovo Flex 3 (Pentium Silver N6000/8GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display) $239.00 (50% off at Best Buy)Acer Chromebook 315 (Celeron N5100/8GB RAM/64GB SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p display) $229.49 (40% off at Amazon)Acer Chromebook 514 (Kompanio 828/8GB RAM/14-inch 1080p display) $329.99 (28% off at Amazon)HP 15.6-inch Chromebook (Intel Core i3-N305/8GB RAM/128GB SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p display) $349.99 (30% off at Best Buy)Asus Chromebook Flip C433 (Core m3-8100Y/8GB RAM/64GB SSD, 14-inch 1080p display) $318.00 (20% off at Amazon)

If I was buying a Chromebook for a family member, I’d choose one of these, especially one from the top four. I’ve added and bumped up the Lenovo Flex 3 to the top spot on our list because of the solid price and specs; customers love it, as did our review of the related Lenovo Flex 5. Note that Amazon does not list the Acer 315 as more than a 15-percent discount, but it’s 40 percent off of the Acer list price. I don’t have anything really positive or negative to say about the Asus Flip C433; it’s a very good Chromebook, but the discount isn’t much.

Of the top four, the HP’s Core i3 is the fastest processor, followed by the Kompanio 828, a much faster variant of the Kompanio 520 in the budget Chromebook deals. Processor speed isn’t as important as it is in a Windows machine.

Best Cyber Monday premium and Chromebook Plus deals for Nov. 24

Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (Core i3-1215U/8GB RAM/128GB SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p display) $269.00 (33% off at Best Buy)Asus 14-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook Plus (Ryzen 3 7320C/8GB RAM/128GB SSD, 14-inch 1080p display) $299.00 (40% off at Best Buy)Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i (Core i3-1315U/8GB RAM/128GB SSD, 14-inch 1200p display) $379.00 (24% off at Best Buy)Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (Core i5-1335U/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 14-inch 1200p display) $469.99 (33% off at Best Buy)Acer Chromebook 516 (Core i5-1240P/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 16-inch 1600p display at 120Hz) $449.00 (31% off at Best Buy)

Google believes that you’ll want to buy a Chromebook Plus laptop to achieve the very best Chromebook experience. Do you need one? The experience is undoubtedly smoother and more powerful, without the caveats that can accompany cheaper hardware. Note that the Spin 714 and the Flex 5i includes a higher-quality 1920×1200 display, which will be even nicer than the traditional 1080p.

Asus is offering a premium Chromebook at a midrange price.(We reviewed the Intel Core variant of the Asus Chromebook and really liked it.) But the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 rises to the top of our recommendations, as it’s just as good for less money.

The Acer Spin 714 is much more of a traditional premium Chromebook, with up-to-date hardware. Why buy the Acer CHromebook 516? Well, this is a gaming Chromebook. While we’re not sold on the concept, you are getting a superb screen and Windows-class hardware for a very, very low price. That’s absolutely something to consider.

If you’ve decided that a Chromebook isn’t for you and you’d prefer a laptop instead, check out our Cyber Monday laptop deals or our Cyber Monday deals shopping page.

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FAQ


1.

When is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is Monday, Nov 27, 2023.

2.

What should you pay for a Cyber Monday Chromebook deal?

Budget Chromebooks could be about $150 or so, perhaps less — but that can mean compromising on some of the features we think you’ll like. We try to include some of these models, though, because people still look for the lowest prices. (Refurbished models can cost even less, but we usually avoid those.)

Good mainstream Chromebooks now cost about $250 to $350, as noted above — that’s the floor for a Chromebook we’d recommend. A Cyber Monday steal could push prices down even further.

In general, we put our top picks at the top of our lists.

3.

What features should I look for in a Cyber Monday Chromebook?

We still prioritize three things when looking for a Chromebook deal: memory, the size and resolution of the screen, and the CPU. There’s also one big wrinkle for this Cyber Monday: the Chromebook support window.

You will still find retailers trying to unload Chromebooks with 4GB of RAM, a 768p screen, and an ancient processor. We will still list products with those specs, if justified, as budget Chromebooks. But we really feel that you deserve a Chromebook with 8GB of RAM, a 1080p screen or better (with screen sizes above 13 inches, if possible), and a relatively modern CPU. (These are usually out mainstream picks.) We don’t put a lot of weight on the CPU, if only because a Chromebook doesn’t need a lot of horsepower behind it.

Be aware that “HD” does not mean 1080p! It basically means 768p, which is going to be a bit hard on your eyes. “Full HD” or “FHD” equates to the 1080p display you’re used to.

Our recommended CPUs include Intel Celerons, Intel Pentiums, Intel’s Core chips, AMD’s Ryzen processors, and Arm chips from Mediatek or Qualcomm. All of those have their pros and cons, though the performance differences probably won’t matter as much as additional memory.

More memory (that is, 8GB rather 4GB of RAM) will allow for more browser tabs and a smoother browser experience. A 1080p screen will offer a comfortable laptop-like viewing experience. Onboard storage really doesn’t matter all that much, though an SSD of at least 32GB is preferable for storing apps, screenshots, and the like.

If you’re familiar with our lengthy laptops versus Chromebooks explainer, you know that one of the potential gotchas is buying a Chromebook whose support window expires soon. Google now supports new Chromebooks for up to 10 years, so this is less of a concern. We think this might push prices down, but for very old hardware. We’re trying to watch this.

Beware of deals like this: a $41 Lenovo Chromebook on Walmart. Support for this Chromebook ended in 2021, which means that it’s not protected while surfing the web. Too good to be true, indeed! Walmart does offer some cheap, good Chromebooks, but they’re notorious in my book for squeezing a lot of junk in, too. Target’s often a home for cheap, refurbished Chromebooks — we prefer new.

4.

Which Chromebooks does PCWorld rate highest?

Our editors regularly review Chromebooks, so make sure to check our rankings of the best Chromebooks of 2023. We recommend a wide range of price points, and the article offers a great primer on Chromebook shopping. What’s more, some of our top picks will likely go on sale before or during Black Friday.

This story was updated at 5:34 PM PT on Nov. 27 with updated deal pricing and new deals.

As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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