Staples selling HP Pavilion Chromebook laptop for $179.99 on Black Friday

Staples selling HP Pavilion Chromebook laptop for $179.99 on Black Friday

Summary: The office supply chain will also have an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet available for $79.99.


The news on Black Friday tech specials this year keeps dribbling out. Best Buy teased a doorbuster deal on an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7", and now Staples has provided a taste of its sales. Most notably, it plans to discount a Chromebook.

The company announced that an HP Pavilion Chromebook will be available for $179.99 and claims that that is a savings of $150. Ironically, the Staples website lists three models, none of which is sold for $329.99, so it's unclear which particular Pavilion Chromebook is the special (though they all use Intel Celeron processors and come with a 14-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB solid-state drives). Unfortunately, the Stapes PR contact I got in touch with had no other information, so we'll need to wait until next week to find out the specifics.

That goes for the tablet special Staples has teased for Black Friday as well. It's selling an Amazon Kindle Fire with special offers for $79.99, but official word does not detail which Kindle Fire it is. Again, despite saying it's providing a savings of $80, the company's site doesn't sell a Kindle Fire for $159.99. The closest is the 7-inch HD model with 16GB, which currently goes for $169.99 and is the same one that Best Buy is offering as a doorbuster. If that's the case, Staples is selling it for $20 less than Best Buy, making a good deal even better (albeit for a last-generation tablet, as it's being replaced with the Kindle Fire HDX 7" version).

Staples is more specific in revealing one other laptop deal: the Toshiba C55D-A5382 for $249.99. However, this notebook is currently not for sale online that I can find -- at Staples or anywhere else -- suggesting it's a SKU specifically for holiday shopping deals. As a result, we once again know little else about this laptop, other than Staples telling us it's providing a savings of $200 off its price. 

Like an ever-growing number of retailers, Staples will be open on Thanksgiving in addition to early (6 a.m.) on Black Friday, though its Thanksgiving hours will only be from 8 p.m. to midnight. Is the Chromebook deal worth you getting out to a Staples near you on Thanksgiving night? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Laptops, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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  • HP is following Acer.

    A device that only runs a browser has no reason to exist.
    • unless...

      "A device that only runs a browser has no reason to exist" unless you need to run a browser. I'll agree it seems pricey for such a limited device, but there are millions of people who only own a personal computer (regardless of the O/S) because devices like this did not exist when they bought the PC. For somebody like my mom, who needs to check email and check Facebook for pics of her grandson, a chromebook would cover what she needs to do. With remote desktop software it would probably work just fine for me as a thin client, and no pesky hard drive to break.
      • Could not be said any better.

        Computers are used mainly for Web, and only Google was smart enough to figure that out, apparently.

        If you need computing, have someone install Free RoboLinux or Mint and use an inexpensive 64 GB USB flash drive for storage. If you have an old Windows 7 COA, use it to install Win7 in the Linux VM that comes with RoboLinux. It's pre-configured for a Windows install.

        Try selling your mom on an $800 Surface Pro 2 with all the complications. It's just silly to even consider it.
    • The word

      Fire sale comes to mind...
    • Nonsense

      For the average Joe sitting on the sofa, browsing web sites and watching Netflix, a Chromebook works great.
      • A tablet works even better.

        Sitting on the sofa browsing the web, watching Netflix etc, a tablet imo will continue to be the more suitable (and cheaper) option for the average joe. For one, it doesn't come with a keyboard permanently attached, you can use a tablet pretty much in any position in laisure mode.
        • Unless

          Unless Joe needs to do some typing. I have an iPad mini and a Chromebook. The iPad is usually what I carry when I leave the house, but I have to say the Chromebook is a better machine when I need to type something more than two sentences long.
        • I own three tablets and a chromebook and...

          ...IMO chromebooks >>> tablets.
        • Buy the New HP 14" not the Older one Retailers are pushing!

          Eh, Dave,
          I have tablet Samsung 8" Tab,
          but I went out and get the 14" HP Turquoise blue for one reason: the key board,
          only only it is a keyboard but I also consider it holding my screen,I do know that external keyboard exist but I am talking about a physically hinged keyboard with induction communication scheme
          it will exist soon
          Chromebooks were a long needed device type, I wish people would stop comparing Apples with Oranges.
          every types have their place
          by the way, People: do not buy the old HP 14" only available in black
          Reason: only 4.5 hours of run time, get the brand new one
          the stores do not alert you to that fact, shame on them, let the buyer beware !!
          Christian StClaire
    • would be, if it was IE

      Would be a true statement, if the one browser was IE. You can do a lot with Chrome. For the $199 to $279 price for good quality, fast SSD laptops, with all updates handled by Google, with no viruses, and easy restore, it has its place amongst the rest in this computing world. And yes, I know you can get a cheap Win8 (not Win8.1) laptop with a slow 5400 spin HD for the same money. The software is more powerful. You may even be lucky and have good experience come Win 8.1 update time -- maybe, just maybe. You will be assigned the job of keeping it running however. And true, in the quirkiest of ways, Win 8 is more fun -- tablet apps to play with, and some like Mail and Calendar actually very useful. I will consider both OS in the future as a second computer. The ASUS Win 8.1 Transformer Tablet/Netbook is perhaps the one Windows machine which makes the most sense now for $349. I am thinking Surface 2 needs a free keyboard thrown in, and maybe a $50 trimming in price as well. It may be built like a tank -- sturdy she goes, but it simply will fail when priced like an iPad. Still looking for missing apps, though each year, it is improving. The Chromebook is a different experience, more like using a limited edition of Windows with the Chrome browser. Light to carry, light on the battery, and light on the pocket book = heavier sales ahead for Chromebooks. A Ubuntu edition, with same specs would sell. Microsoft is beginning to sweat by now. Can you imagine a deal of say Acer 720 for $249, only running Ubuntu - people already adding their own Linux to these.
      • Windows, for me, loses all the time, just based on maintenance.

        Who want's to have to deal with AV when it can be completely eliminated just by using a different OS, which does what most people use Windows for anyway?

        Windows had the opportunity to compete and build a secure OS. If failed and gambled on it's marketing department and paid shills to push their insecure OS and try and sweep the need to use AV under the carpet.

        But, as always, the clerk at Best Buy will forever ask what brand of Anti-Virus you want with your new "Windwoes" computer. You don't want to get infected now, do you?
        • What?? Ed Bott never mentioned that AV was needed an any of his articles.

          My Unix based derivatives never needed Anti-Virus.
        • Not Window's Fault, It has built in Defender

          They asked me if I wanted anti-virus when I bought a Chromebook. They also asked if I wanted Office.
      • The biggest lie Microsoft uses all the time is blaming applications.

        They blame applications for security problems to dilute the truth about their OS being the root cause of all security issues.

        I can run an older IE on my Linux Mint netbook using the free WINE API interface.

        IE runs just like on Windows, but doesn't, and can't compromise Linux security... Wow, what a surprise. Now, try running the same, unpatched, version of an old IE on Windows and see what happens.
        • Think about all the ramifications with using IE on Windows.

          All the infections. All the critical updates. All the bother of having to update. All the frustration of not being able to update... i.e. Try using IE-9 with XP, etc, while improved versions of Chrome and Firefox continue to work fine. What gives?

          So much unnecessary aggravation and energy expended on Windows, where Android, Linux and Chromebook completely remove all of it in a single sweep.

          The SS Microsoft hit the Linux Iceberg and is taking on water. Only Ye, Owl, Xunil and Ed are on deck, ready to go down with the ship.
    • uh....

      You don't know much about Chrome apparently. (It makes Windows look like 50 million lines of bloatware.)
      Andrew Everett
    • Times are changing

      That was true in the past however with cloud based applications like Microsoft 365 or chrome docs for example, you can do many things on a browser that used to be only accessible through locally installed applications.
      Even gaming is starting (slowly) to become cloud accessible by GaaS (Gaming as a Service) solutions by providers like Nvidia. It looks like the future is in the Cloud which has its obvious disadvantages but will make computers in general cheaper and more efficient in the long run.
    • aannnddd...

      You're showing your ignorance. Chrome OS now runs its own native apps what don't run out of Chrome Browser. Update yourself.
    • New HP 14 Chromebook rocks!

      I got my daughter the New HP 14. It came with 4 GB of RAM and 200 MB of 4G Mobile Internet, free for 2 years. I did have to stoop to the level of going to Walmart, but I couldn't find that that configuration anywhere else.

      Works great!
  • Staples selling HP Pavilion Chromebook laptop for $179.99 on Black Friday

    Those few who buy it will be quick to return it when they see it won't run the applications they are used to having on their other computers.