Chromebooks might not be the most powerful laptops around, but they’re great options for students, casual home users, and mobile professionals. With Chrome OS, you can run Android apps and access G Suite programs like Docs, Sheets, and Google Drive to automatically save your projects to the cloud.
And even though Chromebooks are some of the most affordable laptops available, we’ve always scoured the internet for discounts, bundles, and trade-in deals to help you save even more. We’ve curated models from top brands like Samsung, HP, and Acer to help you find a Chromebook that fits both your budget and your needs, especially as the holiday season approaches.
Best early Black Friday 2022 Chromebook deals
Our top picks for November 2022 are below.
- Current price: $499
- Original price: $699
Ahead of Black Friday and the holiday season, Best Buy kicked off a sale featuring the HP 2-in-1 Touchscreen Chromebook. This Chromebook comes with a 14-inch touchscreen, 11th Gen Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel UHD graphics, and 128GB SSD storage.
- Current price: $79
- Original price: $429
Samsung is offering the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 for just $79 with a qualifying trade-in. And if you’re an educator, first responder, government employee, or active or former military, you can save an additional 10% with Samsung’s offer programs.
The Chromebook has a 13.3-inch QLED FHD display and is equipped with an Intel Celeron processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB or 8GB of RAM. Although it probably won’t replace your work machine, it still has plenty of power and space for everyday tasks.
The 13-hour battery also lets you stream, browse the web, and work all day without needing to recharge.
- Current price: $170
- Original price: $250
The Acer Chromebook 311 is a great choice for students and professionals working from home, especially if you’re looking for a convertible machine.
Although you can’t upgrade the 64GB storage drive yourself, you can expand your internal storage with microSD cards to work on larger files like photos and videos. The Chromebook also has 2 USB-C ports for faster data transfers than USB 3.0 and for charging the laptop, an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM.
But with the 10-hour battery life, you won’t have to worry about charging your laptop throughout the day. It even has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity for setting up wireless peripherals like headsets, mice, and speakers.
Walmart has the Samsung Chromebook 4 for just $115, letting you get your hands on a great Chrome OS laptop this Christmas for less than your usual cable and internet bill. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 32 GB eMMC storage drive.
The 11.6-inch screen gives you plenty of viewing areas for web browsing, word processing, and streaming shows and movies. And the 12.5 hour battery life lets you watch past seasons of Seinfeld until you realize the sun has risen once again.
- Current price: $79
- Original price: $98
If you need a simple laptop as an affordable gift this holiday season, this HP Chromebook is all you need. With an 11.6-inch screen and 4GB of RAM, they can access internet resources, write papers, and complete projects with ease.
Traveling can be tough on laptops, but this Chromebook is built to withstand backpacking trips. With metal-reinforced corners, this laptop has been tested to withstand drops of up to 122cm.
More Black Friday 2022 Chromebook deals
There are many types of Chromebooks that might be the perfect machine for you. We’re expecting Black Friday in a few weeks, but this year US retailers have started their holiday sales much earlier, giving us more choice and time to pick up some new devices before Christmas.
Other Chromebook options include:
The main difference between the two is the type of operating system it runs. A Chromebook uses ChromeOS, developed by Google, while most other laptops run Windows or macOS, although some models are capable of running Linux.
Chromebooks are also capable of running Windows if you’re willing to do a bit of work yourself, but they’re really at their best when running ChromeOS.
You should keep in mind that the ChromeOS app ecosystem, by design, is limited. Therefore, if you need to run specific software on your new Chromebook, you should first verify that it is compatible.
That’s a solid “no”. Chromebooks are designed to be used for everyday tasks such as word processing and web browsing. They just don’t have the right components (like a discrete GPU and tons of RAM) to support any type of game.
If you’re looking for an affordable gaming laptop, you can check out our list of the best cheap gaming laptops available.
The biggest drawback of Chromebooks compared to other types of laptops is their low RAM and storage capacity. Most cap out at maybe 16GB of RAM (which is soldered in place so you can’t upgrade it yourself) and 128GB of storage. Although many Chromebooks have permanently installed 32 or 64 GB eMMC storage cards, it is possible to find models equipped with a 128 GB SSD; but since their processors aren’t very powerful either, 128GB is about all they can support for storage, so you can’t really upgrade the hard drive yourself either.
However, if you’re looking for a laptop that your kids can use for schoolwork or just something to watch Netflix and browse the web, these are a perfect option.
Black Friday 2022 is Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. But the offers are not limited to this day and appear before and after Black Friday itself. We’ll be tracking the best Black Friday deals throughout the period.
Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday – in 2022 it falls on Monday, November 28, 2022.
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