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Bottom line: Best Buy has knocked $220 off the price of HP’s newly minted Chromebook x2 11, bringing the cost down to just $379 for a limited time. That's a great price for a solid tablet. It’s unclear how much longer Best Buy will be offering its discount, so if you’re interested, you may want to go ahead and snap it up.

HP’s Chromebook x2 11 (model 11-da0023dx) was announced back in August. The premium 2-in-1 features an 11-inch multi-touch IPS display sporting a resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels that’s driven by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 7c compute platform, 8GB of LPDDR4x memory and Adreno 618 graphics.

The Chrome OS-powered slate comes equipped with 64GB of eMMC storage, but there is a microSD card slot for local expansion.

Audio is handled by Bang & Olufsen and is delivered via dual speakers. Wireless connectivity comes courtesy of 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, and in the physical connectivity department, you get two USB Type-C ports.

As a 2-in-1, you also get a detachable back panel and a keyboard cover. Battery life from the two-cell, 32Wh Li-ion polymer pack is said to be rated at up to 11 hours and 15 minutes of mixed use. A 5-megapixel camera with dual array digital microphones handles video calls while an 8-megapixel unit takes care of more traditional photography duties around back.

At $379, this one could be tough to pass up. Chrome Unboxed reviewed it earlier this month and found very few faults with the slate.

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Why a Chromebook?

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Chrome OS, an operating system that uses the Chrome web browser as its primary interface. Chromebooks are ideal for students and kids, but you should also consider one if you spend most of your computer time in a web browser, if you’re on a tight budget, or if you already have a decent desktop PC. A good Chromebook can do almost anything a regular laptop can do—as long as that task is possible in a web browser or in Android apps. And Chromebooks are cheap: A $400 Chromebook is faster, lighter, and sleeker, and blessed with better battery life, than a $500 Windows laptop. Chromebooks are also secure and easy to maintain.

But Chromebooks can’t run Photoshop, Windows-specific games, or many of the programs you might be used to having on your Mac or Windows computer. They don’t have much local storage, and they work best with a full-time internet connection—though there are offline options for Gmail, Google Drive, and other apps. If you use web-based email, if you can get by with Microsoft’s Office 365, Google’s office web apps, and Android app alternatives, and if you stream your music and movies over the internet, a Chromebook should do just about everything you need it to.

Most Chromebooks have 32 GB or 64 GB of onboard storage, but Google also provides 100 GB of free online Google One storage for one year. (Once your year is up, you’ll need to pay to keep that cloud storage. Right now, 100 GB costs $2 per month or $20 per year.) Most Chromebooks also include USB ports and a microSD card slot that you can use to expand the storage.

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Why you should trust us

Senior staff writer Kimber Streams has tested most of the Chromebooks released since 2014, when they began researching and testing Chromebooks for Wirecutter. They’ve tested and reviewed hundreds of laptops, including Chromebooks, cheap Windows laptops, gaming laptops, and fancy ultrabooks.

How we picked

A Chromebook doesn’t need to be exceptionally powerful or look fancy. But if slow performance, poor battery life, a horrendous screen, or a bad keyboard or trackpad gets in the way of your using the internet, the Chromebook has failed at its only job. Here’s what we looked for:

Performance: A decent processor and enough memory (RAM) together make the difference between a Chromebook that feels quick and responsive and one that suffers from slow load times and frustratingly laggy inputs.

Good-enough performance, for a Chromebook, requires 4 GB of RAM and at least a 10th- or 11th-generation Intel or 3000-series AMD Ryzen processor.1 People who work with lots of tabs, run multiple Android apps, or use Linux apps on their Chromebook should spend more for 8 GB of RAM and at least an Intel Core i3 processor. Some low-end processors are fast enough to get by in a budget Chromebook—we’ve found in our testing that processors with at least 4 threads can handle running Zoom video calls and other tasks simultaneously.

Avoid most Chromebooks that run on Intel's N-series Celeron or Pentium processors, on ARM-based processors from companies like MediaTek or Qualcomm, or on AMD's Athlon A4 and A6 processors; in our testing over the years, we’ve come away frustrated by their laggy, inconsistent performance. Also avoid any Chromebooks with less than 4 GB of memory, regardless of the processor they use.

Price: As of mid-2021, Chromebooks that meet our performance requirements typically cost at least $400, and you can get a great one for less than $500. Options with better performance tend to cost at least $600.

Keyboard and trackpad: A keyboard and trackpad should be good enough not to get in the way of your work. A backlit keyboard is a nice luxury, and most Chromebooks priced over $400 have them.

Battery life: A Chromebook should last for a full eight-hour day of classes or work so you don’t have to hunt for an outlet or be stuck with a dead laptop.

Size and weight: The lighter and more compact a laptop is, the easier it is to lug on a plane, to a coffee shop, or to class. And for Chromebooks with 360-degree convertible hinges, being lighter makes them easier to hold in tablet mode—less than 3 pounds is ideal.

Screen: We recommend a 1920×1080 resolution for a 13- to 15-inch screen—any higher isn’t worth the trade-off in battery life, and any lower looks noticeably worse. A 1366×768 resolution is acceptable on a smaller screen in a cheaper Chromebook.

Ports: We appreciate when a Chromebook includes both USB-C ports and traditional USB-A ports to connect older peripherals.

Touchscreen and 360-degree hinge: A touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge are nice perks since Chromebooks also run Android apps, and an included stylus is a bonus. Since those features add cost, we don’t require them for all of our picks.

Support: Google guarantees eight years of software updates—including new features and security fixes—for every new Chromebook released after 2020.2 We don’t recommend any Chromebooks with a support date that expires before 2025. You can check how long each Chromebook model has guaranteed support on Google’s support site or check on your Chromebook itself by following these steps. (This support is separate from a hardware warranty provided by the laptop’s manufacturer.)

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How we tested

We lived with each Chromebook for at least a full day of work to get a feel for the keyboard, trackpad, screen, and speakers, as well as for each laptop’s real-world performance. We checked Gmail and Google Calendar, ran Slack, streamed music, worked in large Google Drive spreadsheets and text documents, chatted on Zoom, and paid attention to input lag while typing in Google Docs. We also watched streaming video on Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube.

To quantify how fast a Chromebook felt to use, we gathered results from the JetStream 2 benchmarking tool to measure performance, combining those results with what we saw in our real-world testing. This step also highlighted the performance gap separating models with Intel and AMD’s typical laptop processors from those with low-budget Intel or AMD chips, as well as ARM-powered Chromebooks.

To test the battery life of each Chromebook, we used a customized version of the Chromium battery test designed to emulate normal browsing behavior. The first 60% of the test involves loading a new website every minute, scrolling down and back up the page. The next 20% of the test loads a Gmail tab with audio streaming in a background tab. For the next 10%, the Chromium test loads various Google Docs items; the final 10% of the test plays a full-screen YouTube video. We ran the test until each Chromebook died.

Our pick: Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (13″)

The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 is fully displayed, sitting on a purple table.

Recommended configuration

Processor:Intel Core i3-10110UScreen:13.3-inch 1920×1080 touch
Memory:4 GBWeight:2.97 pounds
Storage:64 GB SSDTested battery life:10 hours

The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (13″) is an exceptional Chromebook—it’s fast, it has an excellent keyboard and trackpad, it’s compact and light, and its 1080p touchscreen is bright and vivid. And somehow, it’s still comparatively inexpensive. The battery life is just long enough to last through a day of work or classes, but it can be a tight squeeze, and it’s the one area in which our other picks do better. Lenovo also has a slightly cheaper model with a Celeron 5205U processor and half the local storage, but most people are better off spending a little more for the performance and storage bump.

The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 is fully displayed, sitting open on a purple table.

The Flex 5’s backlit keys offer deeper travel than those of many laptops and feel comfortable to type on, and the keyboard overall is one of the best we’ve seen on a Chromebook in years. Many Chromebook keyboards are merely serviceable, and others feel stubborn, mushy, and unpleasant to type on. The Flex 5’s trackpad, like most Chromebook trackpads nowadays, is accurate and reliable.

The Flex 5 is much lighter and more compact than most Chromebooks in this price range. In fact, at around 3 pounds and 12.2 by 8.4 by 0.7 inches, it’s closer in weight and size to our upgrade pick, though the Flex 5 is a bit thicker.

The Flex 5 Chromebook, shown in tablet mode.

In our productivity and media testing, the 13.3-inch 1920×1080 touchscreen display looked good. Light colors in spreadsheets appeared distinct and weren’t washed out on the Flex 5’s screen. The reviewer for Android Police experienced significant light bleed at the edges of the screen on their review unit, but we didn’t have the same problem; blacks looked dark in movies and TV shows in our testing. (If you do encounter this problem, we recommend returning or exchanging your Chromebook.) The Flex 5 has a 360-degree hinge, but it’s too bulky to hold comfortably in tablet mode, even though it’s smaller and lighter than most Chromebooks.

The side ports of the Chromebook Flex 5.

On the right side, the Flex 5 has a power button, a volume rocker, and a USB-C port, plus a lock slot. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

The left side ports on the Chromebook Flex 5.

On the left, you’ll find another USB-C port, a USB-A port, a headphone jack, and a microSD slot. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

The Flex 5 has a mix of new and old USB ports, so it should accommodate most of the accessories and cables you already have. That mix includes two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, an audio jack, and a microSD slot for additional storage. The Flex 5’s webcam is about as good as most laptop webcams, and the Flex 5 has a handy hardware privacy shutter that you can slide across the webcam when you’re not using it to ensure no one can see you. The Flex 5 also supports the latest Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). It comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and 100 GB of Google One storage for one year, and it has update support through June 2028.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Chromebook modelTested battery life
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (13″)9:52
Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-1H-R4HQ)11:03
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 (i3 model)11:08
Asus Chromebook Flip C53611:38
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-2W-5874)14:17
Google Pixelbook Go15:11

Our battery life test mimics ordinary browsing behavior by scrolling through websites, Gmail, audio streaming, Google Docs, and YouTube videos. We run the test until each Chromebook dies.

In our web-browsing battery test, the Flex 5 lasted 10 hours, about two to three hours short of most Chromebooks we tested in 2020 and 2021. That’s still enough battery for the Flex 5 to last through a full day of work or classes, but that’s pushing it, especially if you crank up the screen brightness. We’d prefer a couple more hours of battery life, but the Flex 5 excels in so many other ways that it’s worth this small trade-off.

The lid can be a little tricky; I found myself frequently needing two hands to open the Flex 5. We wish it had a lip, as on some of Lenovo’s Yoga models, to provide a bit of purchase and make the laptop easier to open. Otherwise, the Flex 5 offers excellent build quality.

The charger that came with our review unit emitted an annoying coil whine when it was plugged in and charging the Flex 5. The problem is not a dealbreaker, and we haven’t seen enough reviews out there yet to know if this is a widespread issue or just a case of our getting a lemon, but it is irritating.

Upgrade pick: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

The best upgrade Chromebook, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, shown in red.

Recommended configuration

Processor:Intel Core i3-10110UScreen:13.3-inch 1920×1080 touch
Memory:8 GBWeight:2.71 pounds
Storage:128 GB eMMCTested battery life:11 hours

As someone who tests laptops for a living, I’d get the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 with the Core i3 processor, and if you’re willing to pay more for a smaller, lighter, and faster Chromebook with longer battery life, you should too. Most people don’t need to spend more over the Flex 5, but if you frequently have dozens of tabs open, run multiple Android apps, or use Linux, the extra memory is worth paying extra for. Unlike our other picks, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 lacks USB-A ports for connecting older peripherals; you’ll need a dongle or dock to attach those. (We don’t recommend the Celeron model, it’s too slow for its price.)

The shallow keyboard of the Galaxy Chromebook 2.

The Galaxy Chromebook 2’s backlit keyboard is shallow, but it’s still satisfying to type on. And while some laptop keyboards emit a clacking noise as you type, the Galaxy Chromebook 2’s keyboard is quiet, which makes it ideal for a shared workspace. The trackpad is smooth and accurate, and though it’s a bit smaller than the Flex 5’s trackpad, we didn’t run into any issues with its size.

In our mid-2021 battery life tests, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 had solid battery life—the Core i3 model we recommend lasted 11 hours 8 minutes in our tests. We expect it will last a full day of work or school without needing to be plugged in. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 is just a bit smaller all around than the Flex 5, and it weighs just 2.71 pounds. It’s not quite the lightest and most compact Chromebook we’ve tested—that honor goes to our previous upgrade pick, the Google Pixelbook Go. But the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is light enough to use comfortably in tablet mode, unlike any of our other picks.

The Galaxy Chromebook 1, shown in tablet mode, open to its home screen.

The 13.3-inch display looks crisp and vibrant, and because it gets a bit brighter than the Flex 5’s screen on the highest settings, it’s better suited for working outdoors in sunlight. The Galaxy Chromebook 2’s touchscreen offers the same 1920×1080 resolution as on most of our picks, plus it has a 360-degree hinge for tent and tablet modes, unlike the Pixelbook Go, which only works as a regular ol’ clamshell laptop.

The USB-C port on the side of the Galaxy Chromebook 2.

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 doesn’t have any USB-A ports. The right side has one USB-C port. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

The USB-C port, headphone jack, and microSD card slot on the side of the Galaxy Chromebook 2.

The left side has another USB-C port, a headphone jack, and a microSD slot. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 has two USB-C ports that carry data at 5 Gbps, power, and display, as well as one 3.5 mm audio jack and a microSD slot. It doesn’t have any USB-A ports for connecting older peripherals; if you want to do that, you need to attach a dongle or dock. The Galaxy Chromebook 2’s webcam looks a bit better than the Flex 5’s, but it’s still not as sharp as the Pixelbook Go’s excellent 1080p webcam. Like our top picks, it supports Wi-Fi 6 and it has guaranteed update support through June 2028, a one-year warranty, and 100 GB of Google One storage for one year.

Other good Chromebooks

The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-1H-R4HQ) is an all-around solid Chromebook, with a comfortable keyboard, responsive trackpad, and 11 hours of battery life. But it’s larger and heavier than our top picks, it typically costs a bit more, and its processor has lower performance when the laptop is unplugged. It’s still fast enough for typical computer tasks, but we recommend our top picks over this option if they’re available.

Google’s Pixelbook Go was our previous upgrade pick because it’s compact and light, and has top-of-the-line build quality and long battery life. We still love this model—and it has a better webcam than the Galaxy Chromebook 2—but its support runs out in June 2026, two years sooner than Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 and the other premium Chromebooks in this section. At the time of this writing, that’s about five years of security updates, but by the time you read this it’ll be even less. Five years is the minimum lifespan we expect from a laptop, and we can’t recommend a high-end Chromebook with a shorter lifespan unless you feel comfortable installing CloudReady or you’re sure you’ll upgrade sooner.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-2W-5874) is an excellent Chromebook, with long battery life, a reliable keyboard and trackpad, and a vivid display. Compared with the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 and Pixelbook Go, the Spin 713 has a taller screen, more ports, and a 360-degree hinge. But it’s noticeably heavier and bulkier, and the other premium options have better build quality. If you find the Spin 713 on sale—or you don’t mind the extra weight—the Spin 713 is worth buying.

The Acer Chromebook 712 (C871-C85K) could be a good option for young kids, if you can find it in stock, thanks to its durable body and spill-resistant keyboard. But it’s a bit slower than our top picks—it can handle remote schoolwork or a video chat, but can’t do both at the same time gracefully. It also suffers from a terrible, low-resolution, non-touch screen, and its keyboard is mediocre.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 512 (R853TA-C7KT) and Chromebook Spin 511 (R753T-C59J) are both very similar to the 712, but with faster processors that will feel better for school work and video calls. Both have durable bodies, spill-resistant keyboards, and small, low-resolution displays. At their current prices of $480 and $450, respectively, we wouldn’t recommend them over our top picks. But they’re both good options if you can find one at or below $350, or if you value that spill-resistant keyboard above faster performance and a larger, better-quality screen.

What to look forward to

In June, Lenovo announced two new Chromebook models, the IdeaPad 5i-14 Chromebook and the IdeaPad Flex 5i-13 Chromebook. Both models start at $440 and we plan to test them against our top picks as soon as possible.

Acer also announced an updated version of the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 that we plan to test soon, and a new Chromebook 514 that will be available in October.

The competition

The HP Chromebook x360 14c (ca0065nr) was previously a runner-up pick because of its great keyboard and trackpad, fast performance, and vivid 14-inch touchscreen, but it’s been discontinued. We also recommended the more powerful and more expensive 14c-ca0053dx if you could snag it during a great sale, but it’s difficult to find in stock.

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 with a Celeron 5205U is too slow for its $550 full price, or even its $450 sale price. Our top picks have better performance for a similar price, and our budget pick with the same processor costs around $300.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 513’s ARM-based processor struggled to run a Zoom call and work on a spreadsheet at the same time. Its screen also had a blue cast and looked washed out.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C433TA is a great Chromebook with one extremely frustrating flaw: The lid is held shut by surprisingly aggressive magnets. Even with two hands, I found it a struggle to open the lid every single time, and when I asked others to use the laptop, I overheard some choice words from them (I used plenty of my own each time I tried to pry it apart). The reviewer for Chrome Unboxed encountered the same issue, calling this Chromebook “by far the most difficult laptop I’ve ever tried to open”; we also tried a floor model at Best Buy, and it had the same problem. Its support runs out in June 2026, so we don’t recommend it over newer models with years more support.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 was a former pick because of its solid performance, reliable trackpad and backlit keyboard, excellent battery life, and spacious 14-inch screen with tiny borders. But we no longer recommend the C434 because we’ve seen a higher-than-typical number of owner reports of hardware issues, including reports of unresponsive touchscreens, displays that won't turn on, defective keyboards and trackpads, and Bluetooth problems. We’ve also encountered display glitches on our own review unit. Its support also runs out in June 2026.

Upgrade options

Lenovo’s ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook (13″) is a great Chromebook, but costs around $650 for a fast-enough processor and is heavier and bulkier than our similarly-priced upgrade pick. (We don’t recommend the model with an AMD Athlon processor, it’s too slow.)

The HP Pro c640 Chromebook costs about as much as the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 with similar specs, but it’s heavier, it had shorter battery life, and its white-backlit silver keys are difficult to read.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is a good Chromebook, but it’s way too expensive. Our upgrade pick is cheaper, lighter, thinner, and blessed with longer battery life and a better keyboard.

The Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise is not a Chromebook for most people. This business-focused Chromebook has a powerful Core i5-8365U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage, as well as a ton of ports. But it’s bulky, it weighs 3.24 pounds, and it typically costs around $900.

Budget options

At around $500, the Acer Chromebook Spin 512 is too expensive for a Chromebook that has a 12-inch, 1366×768 resolution display and weighs 3.4 pounds.

Several different versions of the HP Chromebook x360 14b are available from various retailers. All of these models are similar to the x360 14—a now-discontinued model that we previously recommended—but Chrome Unboxed notes that they “sport lesser processors, not-so-premium displays and more budget-y build quality.” We couldn’t find any models with 1080p screens and fast-enough processors.

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is an inexpensive Chrome OS tablet that comes with a keyboard and kickstand cover. But I found the cramped keyboard impossible to adjust to—even as someone who adjusts to weird keyboards for a living—and the processor a bit slow for everyday work. The Duet also lacks a headphone jack. Most people should spend a little more for the Flex 5, unless you just really want a Chrome OS tablet.

The Rockchip RK3399 processor in the Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is too slow for everyday use, and the C101 is too small to comfortably type on.

What we didn’t consider

So far, Chromebooks with Intel’s N-series Pentium or Celeron processors feel too slow even in light use—we experienced delays with just a handful of tabs open. For the same reason, we don’t recommend any ARM-based processors like those from MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung, Nvidia, or Rockchip for the same reason. And we don’t consider any model with less than 4 GB of RAM.

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  1. Nathan Ingraham, Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook review: The best budget-friendly Chromebook, Engadget, June 25, 2020

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About your guide

Kimber Streams

Kimber Streams is a senior staff writer and has been covering laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more for Wirecutter since 2014. In that time they’ve tested hundreds of laptops and thousands of peripherals, and built way too many mechanical keyboards for their personal collection.

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The Chromebook X2 11 tablet is down to just $399

Chrome is surprisingly good as a tablet operating system ... at least it is now, since Google's put so much work into the interface and Android apps can run on the thing. If you're interested in checking it out, HP's new Chromebook x2 11 tablet might be right up your alley. Normally a little pricey at $599, Best Buy is offering it for just $399 today.

Four C-notes gets you an 11-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c (second-gen) chipset that should be snappier than the usual MediaTek SoCs, and 8GB of RAM. Chrome OS should feel pretty darn snappy on that hardware, even with the 2160x1440 screen. The storage isn't amazing at just 64GB, but Chrome OS doesn't really need tons of storage anyway. Other charms include the detachable kickstand, Surface-style keyboard, and magnetic stylus, all in the box, and dual USB-C ports with a fingerprint reader in the power button.

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The X2 was announced only a month ago and doesn't have many reviews yet, but initial impressions are quite good. The only thing that would stop me from pulling the trigger on this deal is that Lenovo just announced an upgraded Chromebook Duet, with similar specs but a bigger OLED screen.

Unlike many Best Buy deals, this one doesn't have a ticking clock. It looks like it'll be good for a few days at least.

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Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart Are Promoting Major Laptop Discounts, With Deals Starting Under $100

This week is shaping up as a sweet time to shop for laptop deals. On Tuesday, Amazon launched one-day deals on select Samsung laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and computer screens. Other major retailers, including Walmart and Best Buy, have some pretty great discounts on laptops and Chromebooks this week too.

Amazon's sale is offering discounts of at least 20% off on several Samsung laptops and two-in-one tablets. The Samsung Chromebook 4 + Chrome OS 15.6" model, which normally has a list price of $299.99, is on sale for $239.99 right now. Around Black Friday and early December 2019, we saw this same Samsung Chromebook marked down to $250 or $260, and the current deal is the lowest price we've seen.

A smaller Samsung Chromebook 4 — an 11.6" model — is also discounted by a little over 20% today, to a sale price of $179.99 down from $229.99 originally.

(What's the difference between a traditional laptop vs. a Chromebook? A Chromebook is a laptop that uses Google's Chrome OS operating system. They're generally lighter and cheaper than standard laptops because they have minimal storage and are best for people who are comfortable with web-based apps like Google Docs. However, if you need to use downloadable non-Chrome apps, and if you don't like the idea of storing your photos and files in the cloud, a traditional laptop is better for you.)

If you're more in the market for a tablet that can double as a laptop, check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5" 256GB Wi-Fi Tablet, which comes with an S Pen for easy and precise touchscreen control and can be connected quickly to a compatible keyboard (sold separately). The normal list price is $729.99, and with today's Samsung Galaxy Tab deal it's marked down to $583.99. This is also cheaper than the deals we saw for this model around Black Friday and the holiday period.

Amazon is promoting each of these Samsung offers as a "Deal of the Day," and we anticipate that the sale prices will disappear by the end of Tuesday, assuming they don't sell out sooner.

However, other retailers, including Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, are offering laptop deals with prices that don't necessarily expire today. In most cases, these laptop deals have no set expiration date, and we expect them to be available for purchase through the end of the week.

Best Laptop Deals

Lenovo 100e 11.6" Chromebook: $99 at Best Buy (list price $169)

EVOO 11.6" Convertible Touchscreen Laptop 32GB: $139 at Walmart (list price $229)

Acer Chromebook 15": $164.99 at Target (list price $194.99)

Acer 15.6" Chromebook: $169 at Best Buy (list price $229)

Asus Chromebook C423NA 14": $179 at Walmart (list price $269.99)

Lenovo Yoga C630 2-in-1 15.6" Touchscreen Chromebook: $549 at Best Buy (list price $699)

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The new HP Chromebook X2 11 detachable might be sitting in a Best Buy near you

I’m not going to beat around the bush: I’m excited about HP’s new detachable X2 11 Chromebook. Yes, I know the Snapdragon 7c processor isn’t the fastest thing in the world and I know there will be inherent limitations to this device because of it, but I’m still insanely pumped for this tablet. The form factor, the attaching pen, the build quality, the screen and portability are all things I think I’ll seriously enjoy once I get my hands on it. We’re awaiting our shipment, but it looks like some of you won’t have to wait at all if this Chromebook is on your radar as one to pick up.

Showing up at Best Buy stores here and there

While checking the state of our X2 11 device shipping status, I clicked into the “see all pickup locations” link on Best Buy’s website and was surprised at the updates that have happened in the past 48 hours. When Gabriel first posted about the X2 11 becoming available to order, no Best Buy stores within 200 miles of us had in-store availability. As of this morning, however, that has changed. While it is only 3 stores that fit those conditions for me, I could make an hour drive at this point and go pick up the HP Chromebook X2 11 right now if I wanted to.

And don’t think I’m not tempted to! If we didn’t have one showing up here in town this weekend, I’d be planning my trip right now. And while I wish I could tell you what exactly to expect from this Chromebook right now, I can’t confirm anything just yet about this one when it comes to feel, build quality, or real-world usefulness. If you want to take the risk, however, you may want to head to Best Buy’s website and check your surroundings to see if it is available at a store near you. We live in a relatively rural area and there were a couple options within 100 miles. Your mileage may vary, but there’s at least a chance you could be the proud new owner of the latest, sleekest Chromebook tablet on the market today.

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The Best Chromebook 2021

The best Chromebooks aren’t just laptops that run a few Google apps anymore. Chromebooks can cover a wide variety of computing needs now, and a good Chrome OS laptop or two-in-one can be more useful than a mediocre Windows or MacOS laptop. That’s why our pick for the best Chromebook of 2021 is the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, which does just about everything right.

The best Chromebooks are known to deliver good value. The message that many people actually want good Chromebooks — rather than just cheap ones — has gotten through to manufacturers. Many are around $500 or $600, though there are good options in the higher and lower ranges as well. The extra money goes a long way toward getting something you’ll be happy with.

For the first time, the quality of the best Chromebooks in this range has been consistent. There are so many similarities between the offerings from Asus, Lenovo, Google, HP, Dell, and Samsung that a conspiracy-minded person might suggest they’re all sourcing their components from the same factory. That’s great news if you’re comparison shopping; the majority of this list would be good buys if you can find them at a discount. They can even rival some of the best laptops, best budget laptops, and best student laptops on the market.

Our pick for the best Chromebook is the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, and we’ve selected the Lenovo Chromebook Duet for shoppers on a budget. Other picks for the best Chromebooks of 2021 include the Google Pixelbook Go, the Google Pixelbook, the HP Chromebook x360, and the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2.

What most buyers want in the best Chromebook are likely the same things they want in any laptop: a good keyboard, solid build quality, long battery life, a nice screen, and enough power to do the things you want. More Chromebooks can meet those qualifications than ever before, but these are the ones that rise above the rest.


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1. Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Best Chromebook of 2021

Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 is, hands-down, the best Chromebook you can buy. With a gorgeous 3:2 screen that rivals some more expensive competitors, you’ll have a ton of extra vertical space for your work and multitasking.

The keyboard is excellent with a comfortable, quiet feel, and nice backlighting. There’s even an HDMI port, which you don’t see on a thin Chromebook every day. And (most importantly) the 11th-Gen Intel processors can handle a heavy load of tabs with no problem. The Spin’s speakers aren’t great, and there’s no biometric login, but those are reasonable sacrifices to make for a laptop of this quality at this low of a price.

In a market where the main differences between Chromebooks in this price range boil down to their screens and maybe an included stylus, Acer sets itself apart by making an affordable laptop that’s excellent in almost every way.


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2. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Best Chromebook on a budget

If you’re looking for an affordable device for on-the-go work, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet delivers excellent value for its low price. It’s an ultra-portable 10.1-inch 2-in-1 device with a detachable keyboard and kickstand cover.

The Duet contains a MediaTek Helio P60T processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage, and it performs well if you’re just browsing and don’t plan on using a super heavy load. It also uses a version of Chrome OS that’s made for its convertible form factor, including the first version of Chrome that’s optimized for tablet use. When detached from its keyboard, the Duet supports an Android-esque gesture navigation system that makes switching between apps a breeze. But the most impressive feature is battery life; I got close to 11.5 hours of fairly heavy use.

Of course, there are drawbacks. The touchpad and keyboard are quite small, there’s no headphone jack (and only one USB-C port), and the 16:10 screen is a bit dim. But those are reasonable trade-offs to make for such an affordable price. It makes a great secondary device for schoolwork or on-the-go browsing.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

The Chromebook Duet boasts long battery life and has a 16:10 aspect ratio display to fit more content on the screen at once. The Duet can be used as a tablet or a laptop. On the downside, it has just one USB-C port and no 3.5mm headphone jack.


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3. HP Chromebook x360 14

Powerful Chromebook with a sleek design

If you’re looking to get more power and you don’t mind getting a slightly larger laptop, the HP Chromebook x360 14 is a great choice. HP has several configurations that fall under this name, but we suggest the model we tested with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage to go along with the i3 processor.

While we picked the Asus because of its elegant design, there isn’t much to complain about on the slightly larger HP. It has the same ports, RAM, and storage. The keyboard is great, and it also sounds slightly better because the speakers are up on the keyboard deck instead of on the bottom.


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4. Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3

Best detachable Chromebook

The Chromebook Detachable CM3 is Asus’s attempt to compete with Lenovo’s highly praised Chromebook Duet. Like the Duet, the CM3 is a 10.5-inch, 16:10 Chrome OS tablet with a fabric cover, a kickstand, and a keyboard that pops on and off. It’s a bit more expensive than the Duet, but also has a few extra features.

One unique perk is that the kickstand folds multiple ways: You can fold it the long way to stand the tablet up like a laptop, or fold it the short way and stand the tablet up horizontally. We’re not sure how practical this functionality actually is, but it’s there if you have a use case in mind.

The CM3 also comes with a built-in USI stylus, and roomy keys with a surprising amount of travel. But the thing we found most impressive was the battery life: We averaged close to 13 hours of continuous work on the device.

The CM3 won’t be the best Chromebook for everyone: It only has two ports (one USB-C and one audio jack) and its MediaTek processor was a bit sluggish compared to more expensive offerings. But if you’re looking for a convertible Chrome OS device and find that the Duet doesn’t quite suit your needs, you’re likely the CM3’s target audience.


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5. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

Best midrange Chromebook

Samsung’s first Galaxy Chromebook shot for the moon, with a $1,000 price tag, an OLED display, a packaged stylus, and a premium build. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 isn’t so much a sequel to that device as it is a pared-down, more affordable alternative. There’s no fingerprint sensor, no stylus, and no OLED — but it’s quite functional, and with a sub-$600 starting price it’s a much more reasonable purchase.

The Chromebook 2’s highlight feature is its finish: It comes in a bright “fiesta red” that will certainly stand out wherever you’re using it. (There’s a gray option as well, if you’d prefer something subtle.) It’s also the first Chromebook ever to feature one of Samsung’s QLED panels. QLED isn’t OLED — it’s just a fancier LED — but it still makes for one of the most gorgeous displays I’ve ever seen on a Chromebook.

Nice screens sometimes wreck battery life, but that’s not the case here. I averaged about seven hours and 21 minutes of continuous work on the Chromebook 2, which means you shouldn’t need to plug it in too too often. And while the Core i3 processor isn’t the most powerful chip you can get in a Chromebook, it’s just fine for everyday work use.


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6. Google Pixelbook Go

Best Google Chromebook

The Google Pixelbook Go is a handsome, no-nonsense 13.3-inch laptop that weighs just 2.3 pounds. It has a sturdy magnesium chassis, and a ridged grip on the bottom to keep itself from slipping on slanted surfaces.

Not only is the Pixelbook Go portable and stylish, but it delivers solid performance, and supports fast charging through either of its USB-C ports. Battery life is also impressive. The Go lasted over eight hours in our testing, and it should get you through a full workday with no problem. But its standout feature is the keyboard, which is quiet with good travel and a springy feel. Verge editor Dieter Bohn found it to be his “favorite thing to type on by a long shot.”

The Go is an expensive product, as Chromebooks go, and it doesn’t top our list because the Chromebook Flip C434 offers similar specs and features for a slightly lower price. But we think plenty of shoppers who value long battery life and lightweight build might prefer to spend a bit more on this device instead.

Google Pixelbook Go

Google Pixelbook Go is a handsome, no-nonsense 13.3-inch laptop with multiple USB-C ports, great travel, and enough battery life to get you through the workday.


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7. Lenovo C13 Yoga Chromebook

Best premium Chromebook

Many modern Chromebooks are oriented towards kids and students, but not this one. The C13 Yoga Chromebook is a sturdy, pricey, convertible Chromebook for grown-ups. It’s part of Lenovo’s renowned ThinkPad business line, and has all kinds of ThinkPad perks including a red Trackpoint, discrete touchpad clickers, a fingerprint sensor, a webcam shutter, and an aluminum design. Put this Chromebook next to any number of Windows ThinkPads, and we might not be able to pick it out.

The C13 is also unique in that it’s the first Chromebook to include AMD’s Ryzen 3000 Mobile C-series processors, which are marketed specifically for Chromebooks. The chips run all kinds of programs — even mobile games — quite smoothly. We do wish the battery life was a bit better — we only averaged just over six hours on one charge. We averaged seven and a half hours from our top pick, the Chromebook Spin 713, and plenty of the devices here break eight hours with no problem


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8. Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook

Best Chromebook for midrange shopepers

The Lenovo Flex 5 looks a lot nicer than its sub-$400 price might indicate. It’s built to withstand all kinds of jolts and jostles in a backpack or briefcase, but also has a smooth soft-touch texture that’s pleasant to hold. Add a sleek backlit keyboard, a physical webcam shutter, and front-facing speakers, and you’ve got a chassis with hallmarks of a much more expensive device.

You get some other perks as well. The Flex 5 has one of the better keyboards I’ve ever used on a Chromebook, let alone a Chromebook at a midrange price point. It also has a useful port selection including a microSD reader and a USB-C port on each side, as well as a crisp 1920 x 1080 touch display.

The one caveat is that the Flex 5 has somewhat disappointing battery life, averaging just over five and a half hours in our testing. If you’ll be using the device while you’re out and about, you’ll want to make sure you bring the 45W charger with you.

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The best Chromebook tablets you can buy

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There are many reasons why Chromebooks are great PC alternatives. They are fast, light, simple, convenient, and most are very affordable when compared to traditional computers. Chrome OS devices come in all sizes, prices, configurations, and shapes. Those who want to buy a more conventional Chromebook can look at the list below, but today we are here to give you a list of the best Chromebook tablets. This special breed of Chrome OS computers is more mobile and casual than the typical laptop format.

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The best Chromebook tablets are incredibly enticing now that some Android and Linux apps are available to them. This means your Chrome OS tablet can now behave like an Android tablet, as well as a computer replacement.

We’ve also included some Chromebook convertibles, which are laptops that can fold back to hide the keyboard. We know these aren’t technically tablets, but the thinner, lighter ones sure feel like one. It’s essential to include some in our list of the best Chromebook tablets, as they offer similar functionality.

The best Chromebook tablets:

  1. Google Pixel Slate
  2. Lenovo Chromebook Duet
  3. Asus Chromebook Flip C436
  4. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
  5. HP Chromebook X2 11

Editor’s note: The best Chromebook tablets list will be updated regularly as new devices launch.


1. Google Pixel Slate

The Google Pixel Slate is arguably the very best Chromebook tablet around. It’s starting to age, but it’s doing so gracefully. This is Google’s offering in this category and comes with all the bells and whistles. It can be configured up to an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage, making it a very compelling option for power users. Other features include a 12.3-inch LTPS display with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution.

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It costs a pretty penny, but you can usually find it a bit cheaper on Amazon now that it’s become a few years old. The keyboard and stylus are also sold separately, so the costs can add up. It’s definitely one of the best Chromebook tablets!

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2. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is one of the best Chromebook tablets simply because of its value and affordability. The MediaTek processor won’t win any awards, but it can handle everyday tasks efficiently. It has 4GB of RAM, and the base version offers 64GB of storage, which should be enough for doing homework and handling basic entertainment like streaming and light games.

More:Best Chromebooks for students

The keyboard can feel a little crammed for people with large hands, but it’s comfortable enough for medium and small-sized hands. And while the device itself isn’t very resistant, it comes with a stand cover that should protect it well. You can’t get better than this for the price, making it one of the best Chromebook tablets for those on a lower budget.

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3. Asus Chromebook Flip C436

The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 jumps to the premiere segment for Chromebooks in the higher-end range. What is the result? An attractive, robust machine that might give Google and Samsung a run for their money.

The Flip C436 is for people who want more from a Chromebook. Aside from its premium magnesium alloy build, what makes this one of the best Chromebook tablets is its capable specs. You can get up to an i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. It also sports a 14-inch Full HD NanoEdge Display with super-thin bezels. It’s a beauty, as well as a performer.

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4. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

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The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is one of our favorite Chromebooks around. While it isn’t necessarily a tablet, its super thin 0.55-inch body and convertible design make it feel as portable as one. The problem with the first Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is that, while a fantastic computer, it was a bit too expensive. The Samsung Chromebook 2 keeps the amazing design while making some sacrifices in specs and making this premium computer much more accessible.

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It keeps the aluminum body, features 13 hours of battery life, great audio, and a gorgeous QLED display. And don’t worry about performance, as it’s still plenty capable. You can get up to an Intel Core i3 and pair it with up to 8GB of RAM.

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5. HP Chromebook X2 11

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The HP Chromebook X2 11 is similar to the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, but it’s a more refined and capable device with a fuller experience. You’ll also have to pay more for it, but we know many of you will find that the higher cost is worth every single penny. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c SoC, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage at its base configuration.

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The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c SoC, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage at its base configuration. The 11-inch LED screen also comes with a very nice 2160 x 1440 resolution. You also get a handy stylus, fast charging, a fingerprint reader, and dual Bang & Olufsen speakers. This Chromebook may be small and look simple, but it’s definitely one of the best Chromebook tablets around.

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