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 determine 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.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook
The Lenovo Flex 5 — the best Chromebook for mid-range buyers — typically retails for around $400, but it still looks and feels much more premium. It features a slim backlit keyboard that’s one of the better ones we’ve used on a Chromebook, along with a physical webcam shutter, front-facing speakers, and a relatively good port selection (for the price) with a microSD reader and a USB-C port on each side. The Flex 5’s audio quality and battery life aren’t great, though, with the latter offering only about five and a half hours of runtime when we tested it.
If you’re looking for midrange performance, the Flex 5 with a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB eMMc storage is on sale at Lenovo for $359.99 ($205 off) ) when you use promo code CLEARANCE2022† Read our review†
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
If you’re considering a Chromebook, Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 is one of the best Chromebooks on the market right now. It’s the first Chromebook to feature a QLED panel — delivering vibrant colors and high contrast — and it offers better battery life than the convertible’s predecessor, which couldn’t even last five hours. Admittedly, we weren’t fans of the Chromebook 2’s tacky feel or expensive price tag, but we were pleased with the Chromebook overall and loved the bright, vibrant design of the red model.
Right now, the $699 model we tested is on sale at Amazon in red with an Intel Core i3-10110U chip, 8GB RAM and 128GB eMMC storage for $650.30which is a long way from the all-time low of $499. 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 use the Flip CX5 on Amazon in the 14-inch configuration with 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and an Intel Core i3-1110G4 processor for $649.99 instead of $699.99, a historic 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.
Normally $599, you can currently buy Lenovo’s ThinkPad C13 Yoga with 4GB of memory, 32GB of eMMC storage, and an AMD Athlon Gold 3150C processor for $249 when you use promo code HOTDALC13YOGA at checkout† Newegg also sells a model with 128GB of storage, a Ryzen 3250C processor and 4GB of memory for $464.99 ($354.01 off). Keep in mind, though, that neither model is as powerful as the one we tested. Read our review†
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5
It might not be one of our top picks for Chromebooks, 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 on 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 is also sell the Chromebook with the same chip, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage for about $379 instead of $499. Read our review†