These are the best Chromebooks to buy this Black Friday

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The best Chromebooks of 2019 can provide a top-notch computing experience, perfect for students and anyone looking for a trouble-free laptop with long battery life. We’ve reviewed and rated the absolute best Chromebooks so that you can find the best value at any budget. Our buyer’s guide will help you find the perfect Chrome OS laptop or tablet.

If you’ve been trepidatious about switching to a new operating system, Black Friday deals can sweeten the pot by dropping prices into impulse-buy territory. These coming sales on models from big brands like Lenovo, ASUS, and Dell are an even better value now that Google just extended the support life for most current models by a year or more. We already see discounts on some of our favorite Chromebooks on the market, which means if ever there was a time to snag a Chromebook, it’s now!

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Dell durability

Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1

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  • $349 from Dell

Plenty of ports and configuration options.

Dell’s price tags reflect that legacy of quality, but most laptops in this size bracket lack in the configuration options the Dell 3100 offers.

Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 Features

  • 11.6-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen
  • Up to 13 hours of battery life
  • Two USB-C and USB-A ports
  • 4-8GB RAM, 32-64GB storage
  • Mil-spec durability & rugged shell
  • Spill-resistant keyboard

Dell debuted three new education Chromebooks this summer, but the 3100 2-in-1 is the cream of the crop. With options for 8GB RAM or 64GB storage — though oddly no option for both — this rugged little Chromebook is ready for anything life throws at you. While it’s aimed as education, with up to 13 hours of battery life and a keyboard that can withstand 12 ounces of liquid being spilled on it, this is also an excellent option for the young businesswoman on the go.

The 3100 2-in-1 has two USB-A and USB-C ports — one on each side — as well as a microSD slot and headphone jack, and while the extra USB-A port isn’t necessary, spares are always appreciated when they can fit in the same size chassis. There’s no stylus option here, which is a bummer. Still, performance is decent, and the configuration options are nice to see, though I’m hopeful Dell will offer better sales as we head into the holiday shopping season.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2026

Best Overall

Lenovo Chromebook C340 (11.6″)

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  • $300 at Lenovo

  • $320 at Amazon

The best Chromebook just got better.

With double the USB ports and 8GB models on the horizon, Lenovo’s aluminum-lidded laptop is more than a pretty face.

Lenovo Chromebook C340 (11.6″) Features

  • 11.6-inch 10-point IPS touchscreen
  • Aluminum lid, plastic body
  • Intel Celeron N4000
  • 4-8GB RAM, 32-64GB storage
  • Up to 10 hour battery life
  • Pretty pink color option

The best Chromebook balances size with productivity, style with substance, and panache with a price. It’s a Chromebook that anyone can pick up and fall in love with. While last year’s C330 skimped on ports and support life, the C340 features a USB-A and USB-C port on each side of the machine, larger volume and power buttons, and swaps the full-size SD slot for a more compact and widely-used microSD. This new model is also slated for almost seven years of Chrome OS updates.

The 11.6-inch version of the Lenovo Chromebook C340 (also known as the C340-11) has just come on the market, but it’s worked like a champ so far, lasting over nine hours on a single charge and holding up with over a dozen tabs open. The bezels around the screen are large, but they come in handy when you flip it over into tablet mode, and the keyboard is easy to type on for hours at a time.

Of the two other significant upgrades given to the C340-11, both have limited impact at the moment. This Chromebook comes in two colors, but Sand Pink is far more readily available at the moment, which may be offputting for some people who aren’t bold enough to rock a pink laptop. Lenovo also mentioned that models with 8GB of RAM would be available, but I’ve only found 4GB models for purchase so far. 4GB is enough to get by, but more RAM is always appreciated on a Chromebook.

Auto Update Expiration date: Jun 2026

Upgrade pick

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434

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$546 at Amazon

A portable powerhouse you can use anywhere

The 14-inch touchscreen excels at multitasking, and the backlit keyboard is easy to type on late into the night.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 Features

  • 14-inch 1080p touchscreen
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Large trackpad
  • Super-thin bezels
  • Up to 10-hour battery life
  • Thin aluminum build

The Chromebook Flip C434 is essentially a 14-inch Chromebook in a 13-inch shell, offering you a bigger screen while still being portable. Between its thin, solid construction, excellent battery life, and options for higher RAM and storage, the C434 is a Chromebook that can do it all. One of the few Chromebooks to offer a backlit keyboard, it’s perfect for long nights and dim offices.

Even though 4GB has been more than enough for my 20-tab sessions, the option for 8GB of RAM is welcome. I wish 128GB models were more widely available, but 64GB is more than enough to get by. Throw in a sleek aluminum body, and you get a 14-inch laptop that’s only slightly longer than my 11.6-inch C330 daily driver and shines brightly thanks to its “Spangle Silver” finish.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2026

Google’s latest

Google Pixelbook Go

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$649 at Amazon

Google’s stylish new clamshell Chromebook

While the Go isn’t a 2-in-1, it’s a powerful, premium Chromebook with a magnificent magnesium shell and Google’s great design prowess on display.

Google Pixelbook Go Features

  • Bright 13.3-inch touchscreen
  • Premium magnesium body
  • Up to 12 hour battery life
  • 8-16GB RAM, 64-256GB storage
  • Up to Intel i7 processor
  • First for new features

While the 3:2 form factor of the original Pixelbook certainly had its fans, I’m pleased as punch that the Go uses a far more sensible 16:9 aspect ratio, which is better for split-screening and better for in-flight movies. The Pixelbook Go can’t fold back into tablet mode like the Pixelbook — and most other Chromebooks on the market — but that also means it didn’t need huge grippable bezels around the screen, allowing it to squeeze down into a slimmer footprint.

Another marked improvement for the Go is a more functional design that’s still luxurious. While the Pixelbook was all sharp corners and flat rectangles, the Go has rounded edges and a wavy ridged bottom that increases grip and stability. The Pixelbook Go also has two colors — pink and black — quiet Husk Keys, and a lightweight magnesium body similar to that used by the Microsoft Surface line.

If you live for having the latest features, the Pixelbook Go is for you because, as Google’s branded Chromebook, this shiny baby gets all the new toys before anyone else does, especially once you hope onto the Beta or Dev channels. You’ll also want to invest in some USB-C hubs, as the Pixelbook Go only has three ports: a USB-C port on either side of the laptop and a headphone jack.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2026

Best for students

ASUS Chromebook Flip C214

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$350 at Amazon

Rugged, reliable, and ready to pull an all-nighter.

This updated version of the C214 improves on the 2017 model in just about every way: slimmer, more powerful, and better optimized.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 Features

  • Durable 11.6-inch touchscreen
  • Mil-STD-810G rugged 2-in-1
  • Up to 12 hour battery life
  • 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage
  • Spill-resistant keyboard
  • EMR stylus options

This 11.6-inch Chromebook folds completely flat into tablet mode with a high-strength zinc alloy hinge that shouldn’t wear out no matter how hard your kid — or you — are on it. With a channeled, spill-resistant keyboard, if in-flight turbulence sends your Coke or coffee over your Chromebook, you’re not out extra cash for a new one.

This updated model will also move the secondary camera from the top of the keyboard to the lower right corner, putting it top right when the Chromebook is in tablet mode but also making it more prone to grease buildup since it will sit near the user’s palm. If I could make a suggestion: grab the version with the stylus. It’s great for sketching away in art apps — or scrolling through fanfiction in bed, which is what I use it for most often.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2026

Best tablet

HP Chromebook X2

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  • $460 from Amazon

Winner as a tablet and a Chromebook

With a precision stylus and excellent screen, the detachable X2 is perfect for creators and consumers alike.

HP Chromebook X2 Features

  • Vibrant 12.3-inch 3:2 2K touchscreen
  • Powerful m3 processor
  • Battery lasts up to 12 hours
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • First Chromebook detachable
  • Great for multitasking

We love the HP Chromebook X2’s Intel Core m3 processor and 0.3-inch thickness, but its screen just runs away with the show. It’s the very same 12.3-inch 2400×1600 IPS touch panel that you’ll find on the Pixelbook or Samsung Chromebook Pro. With a productivity-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio, this detachable is worth every penny of its premium price if you want to splurge.

This screen also supports active styluses, and the one included with the X2 is a beauty that makes you want to pull out a sketchbook app and get doodling, but there are still fewer apps to take advantage of that on Chromebooks than we’d like. This was the first Chrome detachable, and with the Pixel Slate still kind of a buggy mess, this is still the best Chrome tablet.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2024

Best big-screen Chromebook

Lenovo Chromebook C340 (15.6″)

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  • $430 at Amazon

Great functionality in a price-performing package.

This super-sized successor to our favorite C330 brings a solid offering to the large-screen segment of the Chromebook market.

Lenovo Chromebook C340 (15.6″) Features

  • 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen
  • Intel Gold or i3 processor
  • Full keyboard with numpad
  • 4GB RAM, 32-64GB storage
  • Good port configuration
  • Huge 2-in-1 for media

If you remember from the top of our list, the Lenovo C340-11 is a dependable, affordable workhorse that I absolutely love, and Lenovo brought the same affordable workhorse experience to a larger form factor with the 15.6-inch Lenovo C340, also known as the C340-15.

This may not have a 4K screen like the Lenovo C630, but it’s significantly less expensive and has a more durable, pleasant-in-the-hand design. The C340-15 may only have up to 64GB of storage, but it also has a microSD card slot so you can load up on movies for that cross-country flight. Its 56kWh battery that can last 10 hours, long enough to watch the three Lord of the Rings films (theatrical, not Extended Edition) before needing to find a USB-C charger.

Another beautiful addition to the C340-15 is the addition of a number pad to the keyboard, which is a wonderful addition for those of us who prefer to lock a Chromebook via PIN or need to input a lot of numbers and grade scores. It’s a small improvement, but it has a huge impact.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2025

Sleek stylus savvy

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

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$410 from Amazon

Pen prowess and professional prestige.

The active stylus on the Plus V2 is a darling to use, and it stores in the laptop, unlike the Pixel Slate and X2.

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 Features

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • S-Pen Active Stylus included
  • LTE models available
  • Two USB-C ports, One USB-A port
  • 4GB RAM, 32-64GB storage
  • 9 hours of battery life

Samsung’s Chromebooks have had some hits and misses over the years, but the Chromebook Plus V2 has been a winner since the day it was announced back in 2018. Between Samsung’s top-quality design and build quality to the enduring performance, the Plus V2 has been a great Chromebook in search of a great price, and over a year after its debut, prices are quite reasonable, at least for the non-LTE versions.

Most premium Chromebooks with Active Pen support have separate pens that don’t dock in the Chromebook itself, but the pen on the Plus stores securely in a dedicated slot in the side of the base. This makes it easier to keep track of and ensure it’s available to note-taking or sketching when you’re out on the road.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2024

Workforce workhorse

Acer Chromebook 514

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$338 from Amazon

A good workhorse that won’t stand out.

Build quality is solid on the 514, which makes it suitable for office work and travel. Just make sure you buy the touchscreen model.

Acer Chromebook 514 Features

  • 14-inch IPS touchscreen
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Two USB-C and USB-A ports
  • 4-8GB RAM, 32-64GB storage
  • Solid build quality
  • Boring but reliable

While the Acer Chromebook 514 is a little lackluster in a few areas — the screen is adequate but not stellar, speakers are tinny at times — it adds up to a reliable option if you want a big screen but not a big price. There aren’t many 14-inch Chromebooks in this price range these days — even fewer with touchscreens — so that helps the overall unimposing 514 stands out just a little in the crowded Chromebook lineup that Acer keeps cranking out.

There are several 514 models out there today, and one of them is a non-touch model. Be warned and be wary when checking the specs on a model you find on sale, because there’s no point to buy a non-touch Chromebook in 2019 unless you hate fun.

Auto Update Expiration date: November 2023

Value pick

Lenovo Chromebook C330

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$250 from Amazon

Last year’s Lenovo is still a good pick on sale.

This zippy little Chromebook can last 10 hours and won’t weigh down your backpack during an all-day excursion.

Lenovo Chromebook C330 Features

  • Bright 11.6-inch touchscreen
  • True 10-hour battery life
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
  • Balanced weight and size
  • Bright, shimmery 2-in-1 design

The Lenovo Chromebook C330 took top spot in this roundup for much of 2019, but now that the C340-11 is out and offering more ports and a slicker look for almost the same price, the C330 has been usurped from its throne. However, if you keep an eye peeled during the holiday sales coming up, the C330 can still be an excellent buy when caught on a discount.

This is the Chromebook I’ve used myself most of the year, and its battery life and durability are the real deal. Even on max brightness, I’ve gotten over 6 hours of use on a single charge, and on the lower brightnesses I prefer, I’ve also pushed it to 12 hours of use before it begged for a charger. The C330 has been promised an extended support life, so it should get updates for years to come.

Auto Update Expiration date: June 2025

Recap — There’s a Chromebook out there for everyone

Chromebooks might get pegged as only being for students and salarymen. Still, there truly is a Chromebook for everybody these days, whether you’re just browsing email and social media or getting down and dirty with Linux apps and coding IDEs. With Stadia on the horizon, gaming on a Chromebook will be here soon, too. While there are a lot of great Chromebook manufacturers out there, Lenovo and ASUS’s models seem to go harder and last longer than the competition, though Samsung, Dell, and HP can make some pretty premium Chromebooks when they put their minds to it.

How to pick the best Chromebook

Choosing your Chromebook is slightly different than picking a Windows or Mac laptop due to the standardized, cloud-centric nature of Chrome OS. Because Google controls the software look and update schedule for every Chromebook model, a Chromebook built by Lenovo should act the same as a Chromebook from Dell or Samsung. So what does that mean?

It means you can focus a little less on those core specs and focus more on what you want to do with the machine you choose. This process may seem slightly out of order, but trust me on this one:

1. Get one with a touchscreen — a 2-in-1 if you can

Touchscreens may be a luxury for other laptop systems, but on Chromebooks, I consider it a requirement. Chrome OS’s touch optimization is getting better every month, and since most of the Android apps Chromebooks can install via Google Play are optimized for touch, treat yourself to a touchscreen model!

Touchscreen models usually aren’t that much more expensive for Chromebooks in 2019 — many Chromebook models don’t even bother with non-touchscreen versions these days — but if you see a Chromebook that says it’s non-touch, walk away and don’t look back. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to tap on the screen when scrolling through Amazon, and after playing Solitaire on a touchscreen, you’ll never go back to using a mouse.

That touchscreen comes in even handier on 2-in-1s, the best form factor I’ve seen for Chromebooks yet. Being able to prop up your Chromebook in Tent mode for a movie, or fold it flat into Tablet mode for some in-bed browsing while down with the flu is amazing, but having a 360-degree hinge is excellent for everyday productivity, too. You can bend your Chromebook back to more angles when working in awkwardly-lit offices with weird light glare or propped in your lap at a ballgame because you didn’t forget those quarterly expense reports that were due tomorrow and refuse to skip the game for that.

2. Decide on the other features you want

Chrome OS is almost entirely the same on every device from a software perspective, which means that standout hardware features become paramount, and figuring out which of those features you want or need in a machine can help narrow the field and steer you to your perfect Chromebook.

As mentioned before, you want a touchscreen Chromebook — a 2-in-1 if you can swing it — but if you tend to do a lot of movie-watching, you may want a high-quality screen, or loud, front-facing speakers.

If you’re looking to be more productive with a multitude of open tabs and multi-window screens, you might want a 3:2 display that’s more suited to split-screening and a more powerful processor/memory configuration. Productivity-minded users should also pay special mind to the port configurations on their prospective Chromebooks, as USB-C starts to replace most other ports on more premium Chromebooks like the Pixelbook while more grounded models keep USB-A ports around alongside new USB-C charging ports.

Families with younger kids — or travelers that are prone to slips, spills, and accidents — might want to look to the growing number of Chromebooks with military-grade MIL-STD 810G durability or spill-resistant keyboards.

3. Pick your size

Chromebooks come in a variety of sizes, but they tend to gravitate to four sizes in general:

  • 11.6-inch models are portable and affordable. At their smaller size, their screens can look good, even if they’re less than 1080p native resolution — though screen resolution is handled a bit differently on Chrome OS; we’ll get to that a little later. Depending on the bezels on the screen, 11.6-inch Chromebooks can either have full-sized keys or slightly shrunken keys, though most manufacturers use full-size keys on 11.6-inch models.
  • 12.3-12.5-inch models are becoming more and more popular, especially with detachables and 2-in-1s like the HP Chromebook X2, Microsoft’s Surface Pro line, and the Google Pixel Slate. These models often have a 3:2 aspect ratio, which makes them more useful for split-screening windows, multitasking, and sketch/photography apps.
  • 14-inch models sit at the high margin for the portable category. Still, with thin bezels and proper engineering, these can be almost as portable and manageable as 13-inch laptops with 7-9 hour battery lives. If you need to display your text at a larger font — and yes, Chrome OS has a separate font scale independent of the display zoom — a 14-inch model is your best bet for a productive Chromebook that won’t strain your eyes, especially as most 14-inch models start at 1080p.
  • 15.6-inch models are made for desks and dining room tables. I lovingly refer to these as LINOs — Laptop in name only — because while you can shove them into larger laptop backpacks for a vacation, these Chromebooks aren’t made for laps and tray tables, they are made for a standard office environment where they usually live in peace. These larger laptops are great for productivity because you can see more at one time, but they tend to have shorter battery lives and higher weights, which dissuade them from being dragged around daily.

In general, the bigger the size of your Chromebook, the more you can potentially fit on the screen, but it will also be less portable and shorter in battery life. The smaller it is, the less heavy and (usually) less expensive it will be. Still, smaller models can also suffer from lower resolution screens, though Chrome OS’s display zoom and font adjustments can somewhat offset it.

4. Memory and storage — what do you really need?

RAM — Random Access Memory — is a critical spec for computers of all sizes and shapes, from phones and tablets to desktops and laptops. It’s used by your computer’s processor(s) to hold your current tabs, apps, and execute the commands, clicks, and operations that make your Chromebook work.

So how much RAM do I need? 4 GB of RAM in a Chromebook is fine today. 8 GB is better, and high-end Chromebooks can come with 16 GB or more, but 4 GB of RAM is more than enough to run Chrome OS with a couple of apps and a dozen Chrome tabs.

If you’re a long-time Windows user — or a long-time computer user of any kind — looking at the storage on most Chromebooks will seem confusing at first because it’s not going to sound like enough. Chrome OS is based around cloud storage — Google Drive is integrated directly into the Files app — but local storage is still essential for things like Android apps from Google Play, offline documents and downloaded music/movies for those horrible Wi-Fi-less flights.

You can also expand the storage on many Chromebooks with an SD or microSD card, but there’s no beating proper local storage to start with. 32 GB of storage is workable, but I’d recommend going with a model with at least 64 GB of storage. Finding 128 GB or more is usually reserved for premium Chromebooks with heftier price tags, but 64 GB Chromebooks are pretty widely available and offer more than enough storage for some Drive offline syncing and some emergency entertainment.

5. Always check the expiration date!

Chrome OS is developed, managed and updated by Google for all Chromebooks, but Google doesn’t want to be stuck supporting every random budget chipset and driver set forever, so each Chromebook has a shelf life and an expiration date, just like the milk in your fridge! This is the Auto Update Expiration date, and it can be found for every single model on this handy dandy support page, which I have bookmarked because I am a freak and you should check often while you’re shopping for Chromebooks.

Now, a Chromebook doesn’t turn into a pumpkin on its AUE date — assuming your Chromebook lasts three to six years until that date — but it does stop receiving those system updates every Chromebook gets every four to six weeks that contain bug fixes, security patches, and new features. If your Chromebook is still running decently at that time, you’re a champ, and with a teeny bit of know-how, you can reformat it to run one of a dozen Linux distros instead.

That said, four to six years is a long time for any laptop and chances are yours will be getting long in the tooth by then, but right now, when shopping, always check the AUE to see how long your Chromebook will get updates. Some Chromebooks have shorter lifetimes than others if they’re built on the same platform as a previous Chromebook — AUE is based on hardware platform, not individual model, which is also why many Chromebooks have the same AUE dates — so it’s something you’ll always want to check before buying, even if the model itself is brand-new.

What is Chrome OS?

Chromebooks run Chrome OS, the Google-managed version of Chromium OS, a free Linux distribution that is open-source, lightweight, and web-centric. Chrome OS does not allow you to install regular applications and programs the way you would on Windows PCs; instead, Chromebooks rely on web-based applications, Android applications installed and managed via Google Play, and Linux apps, which are slowly rolling out to more and more Chromebook models.

Chrome OS’s biggest strength lies in its lightweight stability and reliability. On computers with specs that barely support other operating systems, Chrome OS runs adequately and often excellently, meaning that for lower-end laptops, Chromebooks rule! That said, Chrome can take advantage of the most potent components available — from latest-gen multi-core processors to 4K displays — to create a super-smooth, super-powered premium experience.

Chrome OS is designed in large part for education and enterprise, which means the system is hard-to-break, easy-to-manage — all updates are handled in the background by the system itself — and wonderfully secure, with a lucrative bounty program, including a huge standing bounty for anyone who finds ways to compromise Chrome OS in its extra-locked-down Guest mode.

In short, Chrome OS is a lightweight, high-security system that’s great for users with any level of technical know-how. Chromebooks are easy enough for school children to use and powerful enough for bigshot businesspeople, which means that they’re great for everyone that doesn’t need system-specific high-intensity programs like video editors, CAD rendering, and PC gaming — and even that’s coming to Chromebooks soon with Stadia.

What are the best Chromebooks for students?

For students — and younger users in general — you’ll want to look for a rugged machine a portable size. 11.6-inch Chromebooks are 10-inch Chromebook tablets dominate the space, with slightly older/lower specs to help offset their robust requirements and cut-throat pricing.

You should check out our full rundown on the best Chromebooks for students, but these are our favorites:

ASUS Chromebook Flip C214

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$350 at Amazon

This new model improves on the C213 in just about every way: the secondary camera is in a better position, the rugged body is slightly slimmer, and the performance and battery are still rock solid.

Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1

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$349 from Dell

Two USB-A and USB-C ports, rugged body, and a keyboard that can withstand 12 ounces of liquid, and configurations available for 8GB of RAM or 64GB of storage make this a pricier Chromebook, but one that’s built to last.

Lenovo 300e Chromebook (2nd Gen)

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$289 from Amazon

This Chromebook takes much of the same specs and form factor from the handy, helpful C330, adds rubber bumpers, drop resistance, and a spill-resistant keyboard, and bumps the AUE date out to June 2025.

ASUS Chromebook Tablet

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$307 from Amazon

For younger users that are consuming content more than writing it, this tablet is perfect for watching videos, drawing in art apps, and easing children into Chrome OS before they start using regular Chromebooks in school.

Lenovo Chromebook C330

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$250 from Amazon

This Chromebook doesn’t have the same rugged rating as the rest of these education-minded Chromebooks, but it does have a lower price and 64GB of storage.

What are the best Chromebooks for travelers?

Did you know that Chromebooks have become handy for frequent international travelers because they’re so easy to restore that some Powerwash their Chromebooks before and/or after going through Customs to make sure their data and machine are not compromised by snooping government agencies?

Chromebooks are also great for travelers since because most if not all of your data is backed up to the cloud, should yours be stolen or broken abroad, if someone takes or breaks yours, you aren’t losing your entire life’s data; just a console you accessed it through.

Four best Chromebooks for travelers:

Lenovo Chromebook C340 (11.6″)

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  • $301 at Amazon

Compact size, great battery life, and a premium-looking but curable build make the C340-11 a great option for frequent fliers and road trippers.

HP Chromebook X2

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$478 from Amazon

Between Android apps and a 2K screen, this is a rock-solid Chromebook for work and play, and you can ditch the keyboard for tablet-mode movies in bed.

Samsung Chromebook Plus with LTE

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$600 at Samsung

Never seems to have Wi-Fi when you need it? This model of the stellar Chromebook Plus features built-in LTE, allowing you to give it its own data plan.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4

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$485 at Amazon

This fine-looking 12.5-inch Chromebook will look just fine in first class, business class, or coach as you fine-tune your business proposal or binge some Hulu.

Once you’ve got your priorities straight and pick the Chromebook that’s perfect for you, you’re ready to enter a new world of light, secure computing with the handy productivity of Chrome and Android apps from Google Play. Welcome to the club, and enjoy!

Make the most of Black Friday Chromebook deals

Chromebooks can be seen for under $100 during sale events like Black Friday, but one of the most important things to remember when you come across any sales like these is to check the Auto Update Expiration date. For instance, the Samsung Chromebook 3 is already on sale for $90 and will be updated until June 2022, making it a decent option for your kids to do homework on. Make sure that you try to get a touchscreen Chromebook if at all possible, since touch is the best way to interact with Android apps. If the Chromebook doesn’t use USB-C for power, I suggest skipping it for a newer model, since proprietary chargers can eat your Black Friday savings if your kid loses or breaks the charger that came in the box. Most Chromebooks released in the last 18-24 months charge over USB-C, so this can also be a helpful indicator of which Chromebooks are nearing the end of their life cycles.

If you want to pick up a new Chromebook for yourself — or your first Chromebook to test Chrome OS on — I’d look for deals on Chromebooks released in the first half of the year like the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 and the Dell 3100 2-in-1. Last year’s Lenovo C330 should also see heavy discounts as retailers clear stock for the new C340, but given how popular the C330 has been, those deals will go quickly if they put the 64GB model at or below $220, especially now that it’s slated to get updates until June 2025.

We’ve seen good deals and bad on Chromebooks so far from HP and Lenovo so far, but more will be coming soon enough. Stay tuned for more Black Friday deals from Android Central and Thrifter.