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Best Prime Day Chromebook deals 2020: What to expect

Prime Day is coming a bit late in 2020, with Amazon’s big annual blowout falling next month on October 13 — sandwiched neatly between Labor Day and Black Friday. That’s great news for Prime members (even if we missed those Prime Day deals this summer), as it means extra chances to save on pricey stuff like computers. If you’re in the market for a new laptop yourself and specifically want a Chrome OS machine, then we also expect to see plenty of Prime Day Chromebook deals this year, and we’ve got everything you need to shop the sale right here.

Today’s best Prime Day Chromebook deals

Prime Day will be coming in October this year (meaning that obviously the Prime Day Chromebook deals aren’t live yet), but if you need a laptop for work or school, you probably need it soon and might not have the luxury of waiting. If that’s the case and you need a laptop now, don’t fret: We’ve already compiled a handy list of the best Chromebook deals that you can score today.

  • Dell Chromebook 11 3100$369, was $518
  • HP Chromebook 14$314, was $402
  • Samsung Galaxy 4K 2-in-1 Chromebook$941, was $1,000
  • HP Pro c640 Chromebook $556, was $794
  • Acer Chomebook 715$419, was $550
  • Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Chromebook$575, was $599

Google Pixelbook Go (Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD)

$649
Expires soon
The 13-inch Google Pixelbook Go is our favorite Chromebook and the one we recommend for most people. Being a new release, it's hard to find on sale, but it's a solid value even at its normal price.

Acer Chromebook 715 (Intel Core i3-8130U, 4GB RAM, 128GB)

$419 $550
Expires soon
Many Chromebooks are on the small side, but the Acer Chromebook 715 is a full-sized 15.6-inch laptop with respectable PC hardware -- and a price tag that's hard to beat.

Samsung Galaxy 13-Inch 4K Chromebook

$941 $1,000
Expires soon
Not all Chromebooks are created equal, and unlike many others, this 2-in-1 Samsung Chromebook with 4K display is far from a budget option -- but it's one of the best Chromebooks money can buy.
MUST-HAVE

HP Chromebook 14

$260 $338
Expires soon
A solid, no-frills 14-inch Chromebook to meet your basic needs. Ideal for light daily use, as a kid's first laptop, for a student, or just as a cheap "backup" computer.

HP Pro c640 Chromebook (Intel Pentium CPU, 8GB RAM, 32GB)

$556 $794
Expires soon
HP rarely disappoints when it comes to laptops and the HP Pro c640 Chromebook is among its most well-rounded, equipped with an Intel Pentium processor with 8GB of RAM for great utility and power.

HP Chromebook 11 (Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)

$280 $349
Expires soon
Take this HP Chromebook 11 out for a spin and watch your workflow fly. It's not as powerful as others, but it's still a great go-to, powered by Intel Celeron with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of space.

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 (Intel i3-8130U, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

$769 $800
Expires soon
If you don't need the space and prefer a more powerful approach to your work, this Acer Chromebook Spin 13 has an Intel i3 processor with an above-average 8GB of RAM.

Lenovo Chromebook C330 11.6" 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop

$422 $459
Expires soon
Use this versatile compact laptop in tent, tablet, or laptop mode. At just over 2.5 pounds, you can easily take this machine on the go for collaborative work on your Google apps.

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (Intel m3, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

$549 $570
Expires soon
Built for speed and stamina, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is definitely one to beat, especially with its Intel m3-8100Y processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMC flash storage.

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, 12-inch 2-in-1 with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

$490 $550
Expires soon
This ultra-portable Chromebook would make for an excellent device for a student to bring to college.

Acer Chromebook 14 (Intel Atom Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB) + Protective Sleeve

$340 $349
Expires soon
Acer remains one of the top brands when it comes to cheap laptops, and its Chromebooks carry that pedigree proudly. Score this one on sale and get a free carrying case as a nice bonus.

HP Chromebook 14 (AMD A4 CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)

$312 $349
Expires soon
With an AMD A4 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, the HP Chromebook 14 is a fantastic budget offering, with over 13 hours of battery life.

Lenovo Chromebook S330 (Mediatek CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD)

$259 $299
Expires soon
Lenovo as a brand needs no introduction, and along with its great (but often pricey) ThinkPad laptops, it offers some very solid -- and super affordable -- Chromebooks like the S330.

HP Touchscreen Chromebook 14 (AMD A4-9120C, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)

$300 $378
Expires soon
Unlike its standard version, this HP Chromebook 14 comes with a touch-screen to provide you with the extra convenience of finger-accurate navigation no matter the task.

Asus Chromebook (Intel Pentium N4200, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

$523 $999
Expires soon
When it comes to work reliability, this ASUS Chromebook is as reliable as any, powered by an Intel Pentium N4200 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB eMMC.

Lenovo C340 Touchscreen Chromebook (Amazon Renewed)

$272 $377
Expires soon
Whether in the classroom or the office, the Lenovo C430 is equipped to handle every task you would ever need without a hitch. Its 11.6-inch display is also a touchscreen for some added versatility.

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 (Intel i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB eMMC)

$839 $900
Expires soon
With a strong emphasis on visual prowess, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is designed with a QHD touch-screen display, while being just as robust as a laptop with its Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM.

HP Chromebook 14 (Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB RAM, 64GB)

$343 $399
Expires soon
Among HP's arsenal of versatile products is the HP Chromebook 14, capable of dishing out hours of endless productivity thanks to its Intel Celeron processor in unison with 4GB of RAM.

Dell Inspiron 14-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook (Intel i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)

$574 $599
Expires soon
With PC-like specs and a fold-flat 14-inch touchscreen, the Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Chromebook offers a lot of versatility for work, browsing, and entertainment. Perfect for any home office.

Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6" with Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB Flash Storage

$302 $349
Expires soon
It's decidedly basic in 2020, but this cheap Samsung Chromebook would be a great backup/travel work machine or a first laptop for a young techie you know.

Acer Touchscreen Chromebook 715 (Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC)

$419 $550
Expires soon
Take your productivity to the next level (while sticking to your budget) with the 15-inch Acer Chromebook 715, built with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and a 1080p touch display.

Asus Chromebook C523 (Intel Celeron N3350, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)

$280 $289
Expires soon
If you want a reliable companion in your private workspace, you can't go wrong with the Asus Chromebook C523. It's sized at 15.6 inches, making it one of the bigger Chromebooks on the market.

When are the best Prime Day Chromebook deals?

Be it Black Friday or Labor Day, the best deals to be had during any big sale are going to be during the day(s) of the event itself. We expect Prime Day to be no different; however, if previous years are any indication, you can bet that Amazon will be throwing out some early teaser discounts in the week leading up to Prime Day.

These early Prime Day Chromebook deals are also likely to be every bit as good as the ones you’ll see during Prime Day itself — Amazon is trying to entice shoppers with these pre-sale bargains, after all, and lousy deals aren’t the best way to do that. What that means for you is that if you peek a good Chromebook deal you like, don’t sit on it thinking it’ll roll around again come Prime Day. And even if you do see it cheaper during the sale, you can always just cancel or return the one you bought and grab it again at the lower price.

What Prime Day Chromebook deals to expect

There are a ton of Chromebooks on the market today (the surest sign of their growing popularity), and just about every PC brand, as well as Google, makes several Chrome OS laptops of their own. We expect to see Prime Day Chromebook deals from just about all the big names, but the ones to really look out for are the premium models that are naturally more expensive.

These higher-end Chromebooks include the Google Pixelbook, the new Pixelbook Go, and any others from top makers (HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, etc.) that feature current-gen PC hardware. More specifically, you’ll want to look for deals on Chromebooks packing Intel Core i-series CPUs rather than Celeron, Pentium, or AMD Athlon mobile CPUs, along with specs like 8GB of RAM or more and larger solid-state drives instead of the usual 32GB or 64GB of eMMC flash storage you usually find on cheap Chromebooks.

That said, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with those cheaper Chromebooks if all you’re after is a super-affordable laptop for work and light use. We’ll surely see plenty of Prime Day Chromebook deals on those models, too, but since those are already cheap and are often on sale year-round, those naturally aren’t going to see the juiciest discounts.

As far as our two favorite models go, here’s what we expect and hope to see among this year’s Prime Day Chromebook deals: Google’s Pixelbook, arguably the most expensive Chromebook on the market at around a grand or more, has been discounted by as much as $300 this year (or as much as $450 for the higher-end configurations), so look for the biggest price cuts on those. The more budget-friendly Pixelbook Go is new but has also seen modest discounts this year, but we’ll be surprised if we see discounts bigger than $50-$100 on that one.

Should I shop on Prime Day or wait until Black Friday?

Chromebooks have been surging in demand over the last few months, with some models still waiting for a restock. If you are in need of a new laptop we suggest not holding off until Black Friday or even Cyber Monday as demand will be at its peak. This means that the Chromebook you had your eye on might be out of stock or see an extended shipping delay on Black Friday, keeping you from getting your new device till the next year. There’s also a possibility that if a certain Chromebook runs out of stock during Prime Day, it won’t see a restock by Black Friday. Prices between the two events shouldn’t vary by much either so don’t let that hold you back from taking advantage of these Prime Day Chromebook deals.

Are any Prime Day Chromebook deals too good to be true?

We expect to see a lot of Chromebooks going on sale come Prime Day. We also expect a lot of Chromebook accessories like laptop bags and covers going on sale as well. When buying your new Chromebook or any new accessories make sure to do a little research in advance so you know what kind of product you’re looking out for. Check reviews, features, ratings, and compare retail prices all beforehand so when Prime Day rolls around you know exactly what you want. Also, be cautious of products that are very heavily discounted. If you think a deal seems suspicious — it probably is. Stick to the brands you know and have researched prior to the event — it’ll save you a lot of disappointment.

How to choose a Chromebook

Chromebooks are one of the most popular laptop options on the market currently. That said, the sheer number of available Chromebooks can be overwhelming for any prospective buyer. Here are a few tips to make your shopping easier.

Screen resolution: Most Chromebooks have an average resolution if 1080p which is considered high-definition. Some Chromebooks can have 4K or UHD displays but they tend to be more pricey. You can also get cheaper Chromebooks with lower resolution displays but our suggestion is to stick with 1080p resolution if you can afford it.

Processor: Intel Core processors are your best bet if you’re a big multitasker and have tons of tabs open at once. Another great top-end processor is AMD’s Ryzen. That said, the Intel Celeron or Pentium processors are also decent, even though they carry less load. If you don’t plan to use your laptop with heavy-duty apps and need something more affordable, stick with Chromebooks with these processors. They tend to lower your laptop’s price by $200.

Connectivity: Check to see the port selection on your new Chromebook. The numbers you want to watch out for are the number of USB ports offered and if there are additional USB-C ports available. Almost every Chromebook will have an audio jack so don’t worry about that.

Battery Life: A good Chromebook that’s worth your investment should have a battery life of over 10 hours. Some Chromebooks with a hefty price tag like the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 don’t even have a tested battery life that lasts eight hours. If you’re spending $500 or over on a Chromebook, make sure the battery life surpasses 10 hours (at least).

2-in-1 devices: If you’re looking for a convertible Chromebook that functions both as a tablet and a laptop, choose a 2-in-1 device. These Chromebooks are more easily portable while still having strong processors and UHD displays. A great 2-in-1 Chromebook is the Acer Spin 713 Chromebook.

Storage: Chromebooks usually store their data on the cloud so you’re fine getting a Chromebook with 32GB worth of storage or less. Some Chromebooks like the Google Pixelbook Go can support up to 256 GB of storage if you need it.

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