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The new school term is almost here, and with it, a deluge of Chromebooks at a rock-bottom price, courtesy of Amazon.

The shopping giant lists as many as 17 Chromebooks on sale, with most reduced by around $20. This is impressive, considering some Chromebooks can be bought for less than $200 at full price.

ChromeOS is fast becoming the darling of the classroom Four Awesome Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom Four Awesome Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom Chromebooks now account for twenty percent of all United States school purchases of mobile computers. What role can Chromebooks play in the education sector? Read More , as schools take advantage of the low hardware costs, and the ease in which devices running the operating system can be maintained and managed.

There is a wealth of applications for ChromeOS, meaning Laptops running ChromeOS can do almost anything a Windows computer or Mac can do, with the exception of running some specialized software, and switching to a Chromebook is insanely easy Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook? Read More . And did I mention Chromebooks can run Linux How to Install Linux on a Chromebook How to Install Linux on a Chromebook Do you need Skype on your Chromebook? Do you miss not having access to games through Steam? Are you pining to use VLC Media Player? Then start using Linux on your Chromebook. Read More ? For casual computing, they’re unrivaled.

The Amazon Back-To-School Promotion takes place over the next few weeks and there’s a great opportunity to find a great deal on a new computer. Here are some of the best.

ASUS C300MA-DB01, 13.3-Inch ($229.99, was $249.99)

There’s a tendency for Chromebooks to be on the… Well? The diminutive size. Some of the best sellers by Acer, HP and Samsung are a measly 11.6 inches. This is fine, but what if you need more screen real estate?

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Thankfully, ASUS has you covered. The snappily named C300MA-DB01 comes with a 13.3 inch screen which is powered by a dual-core Bay Train CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of pure, solid-state storage. Battery life is likewise impressive. It can run for 10 hours without needing to be plugged in.

If you’re looking for a fast laptop that doesn’t compromise on size, this is one for you.

Acer C720 ($229.0, was $249.99)

The Acer C720 is a fast, beautiful and sturdy beast, capable of lasting all day, and taking any abuse you throw at it. How do I know? I own this model myself, having dragged it through airports and cities alike. It’s an incredible travel laptop Your Chromebook As The Ultimate Travel Device Your Chromebook As The Ultimate Travel Device If you're deciding which device to get for your next trip, you may consider checking out Chromebooks. But why choose a Chromebook for travel? Because, when it comes to travel, they are spot on. Read More , and I adore it.

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The model on sale is the 32GB version. It comes with an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and a beautiful 11.6 inch screen, with support for HDMI out. Battery life is pretty impressive too, and you can get 8.5 hours out of a single charge. Its chicklet keyboard is similarly sturdy, and can withstand a heavy battering, as you type out an essay or a blog post.

HP Chromebook 11-1101 ($199.99, Was $279.99)

The HP Chromebook wouldn’t look out of place in an elementary school, with its thick plastic shell, and bright contrasts between white and primary colors. It looks almost toy-like, and yet this facade betrays a phenomenally capable computer.

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It runs a power-sipping Exynos CPU, clocked at 1.7Ghz, backed up with an ARM Mali GPUm and 2GB of RAM. Battery life isn’t great, at only six hours. However, its battery can be charged with a normal MicroUSB charger. This allows you to throw away that irritating, proprietary charger for good. Not sure if it’s for you? You might want to check out this in-depth HP Chromebook 11 review HP Chromebook 11 Review and Giveaway HP Chromebook 11 Review and Giveaway The HP Chromebook 11 is the latest offering, a partnership between HP and Google with an 11-inch screen and 6-hour battery. Read More .

Lenovo IdeaPad N20P ($299.99, was $329.99)

The Lenovo Ideapad N20P is a bit more expensive than the other laptops we’ve discussed so far. Although, make no mistake, this is a premium product.

Specs are good, but not outstanding. You’ve got 2GB of RAM, a Celeron CPU, a 11.6 inch screen and a battery life that goes up to eight hours. And then you’ve got a few other extras that make this device stand out from the crowd.

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It comes with a touch-screen, allowing you to pinch, flick and tap your way through the Internet. You can put the screen at a 300 degree angle, allowing you to ditch the mouse and keyboard altogether. Is an additional form-factor worth an extra $100? That’s up to you.

HP ChromeBox CB1-016 ($149.99, Was $179.99)

Okay, I’m cheating a bit here. The HP ChromeBox isn’t a laptop. This tiny, hockey-puck shaped box doesn’t look like much, but inside packs the innards of the laptops we discussed earlier.

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It comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an Intel Celeron 2955U CPU clocked at 1.4GHZ. But why would you want a desktop computer that runs ChromeOS?

Well, simply put, it’s an affordable way to bring the Internet to the big screen. Want to browse the web from your TV, or watch Netflix without locking yourself into the AppleTV walled garden? The HP Chromebox makes this a reality. And if you just want a desktop computer for casual web browsing that won’t cost the earth, it does that too.

Which One Will You Get?

Four laptops. One Desktop. One question: Will you be getting one? Have you already got one of the Chromebook models on sale? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments box below.

  1. sl0j0n
    April 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Hello, all.
    I bought an Acer CB3-111, 04/03/15.
    [bestbuy.com, $138.+, tax included, & free shipping]
    So far, so good, but I bought it knowing its not "Windoz," or even android. So, while I may try 'Chrubuntu' on it,
    for now I'm just checking out "Chrome OS" & getting to know this thing. *IF* google does eventually incorporate android w/ chrome, fine; if not, its good to know linux is an option.
    As for anyone buying "itunes" or "MS Office" at the "same time", maybe the store/sales-person is at fault; at the very least, they *should've* informed the customer the two were incompatible.

    Have GREAT day, Neighbors!

  2. Mark
    August 31, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    @Matthew- school begins for us Tuesday. Since we already use Google for Education, the only setup was putting in the wireless Internet info.

  3. ed
    August 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    The Asus C200 is on Newegg right now for $199. If you sign up for Visa checkout and use promo code VCO then you get another $20 off.

    I just ordered one yesterday for $179 with free shipping and no tax - Done!

    Will be throwing Ubuntu on it via Crouton once it gets here - Can't wait :)

    Also a version of the Acer C720 is $179 at Best Buy right now.

  4. Mark
    August 14, 2014 at 12:19 am

    My school just replaced our 7 year-old laptop cart with HP Chromebooks. They were chosen over the others listed in the article and Samsung due to their solid build quality, speed, and feel. Combined with iPads in each grade (each platform has strengths and limitations), our students will have a strong technology toolset to assist in their learning.

    • Matthew H
      August 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Nice. The ARM ones, I presume? They're rather good. Assuming you're a tech, how do you find managing them? One of the advantages of using Windows over Chrome OS is they're pretty easy to manage from Active Directory and Group Policy Objects.

  5. Jeff
    August 13, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    A Surface RT would be more useful to a student. There are some nice cheap Windows 8 laptops. I dont know why anyone would buy a Chromebook and limit themselves to broken web apps.

    • likefunbutnot
      August 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      I quite like the Surface. They have beautiful screens; they're light; they have great battery life and they ship with MS Office. They also play nice with printers, scanners and storage of all sorts. For a student or office worker, they're fantastic.
      Microsoft wants too damned much money for them and it's too bad they have less than zero developer support, but I'd still be willing to recommend one for schoolwork over an ipad or a Chromebook without hesitation.

    • Matthew H
      August 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      I travel a lot, and I've been using my Chromebook as a travel computer. It's even proven to be useful on long flights, with some awesome offline apps.

      Also, isn't Surface RT pretty moribund?

  6. likefunbutnot
    August 13, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    A Chromebook really isn't the same thing as a functional personal computer. It's not even as functional as iOS or WindowsRT. I understand that the ability to participate in the Android ecosystem is coming to Chromebooks, but until that day comes, they're only as useful as whatever someone can shoehorn in to happening in a web browser paradigm.

    I do believe that a lot of people who have laptops would be better served with Tablets or Chromebooks, but at the same time, every time I'm asked why someone's new Google computer can't run itunes or the copy of MS Office they bought at the same time, it really steps on my last nerve.

    • Kannon Y
      August 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      They make it easy to install Chrubuntu (Ubuntu) onto Chromebooks. It's bizarre because Linux-by-default laptops with netbook innards tend to cost more than many Chromebooks, particularly when we take into account that they often use older netbook innards. But the new Chromebooks offer really interesting features like matte screens, passive cooling and more. The 13.3" Acer (IIRC) with the Nvidia K1 (ARM) for $275-375 with Ubuntu looks like it would make an amazing fully featured laptop with 11-hour battery life.

    • universaljester
      August 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

      The problem you stated isn't a problem with Chromebooks it's a problem with consumers who don't take 20 f***ing minutes to do a little research, Chromebooks can be capable of a lot, hell using chrubuntu you can turn it into a full fledged computer, just have a cloud service to store your larger files

  7. Andy G
    August 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    ASUS C300MA-DB01, 13.3-Inch ($229.99, was $249.99)

    ASUS C300MA-DB01 sounds like a decent deal!

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