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The best Chromebook deals available right now: March 2022

Chromebooks are perfect for everything -- from classroom work and web browsing to streaming movies and working on the go. We've searched the web to bring you the best bundles and deepest discounts so you can get a Chromebook that fits your budget and your needs.
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Chromebooks may not be the most powerful laptops on the market, but they're excellent options for students, casual home users, and mobile professionals. With Chrome OS, you can run Android apps, as well as access GSuite programs like Docs, Sheets, and Google Drive for cloud-based saving of your classwork or office projects. And even though Chromebooks are some of the most affordable laptops available, we've still scoured the internet for discounts, bundles, and trade-in deals to help you save even more. We picked models from top brands like Samsung, HP, and Acer to help you find a Chromebook that fits both your budget and your needs.

Also: Best Chromebook 2022: Top Chrome OS laptops

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go for $50

$500 off with eligible device trade-in

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Samsung is offering the Galaxy Chromebook Go for just $50 with an eligible trade-in. And if you're an educator, first-responder, government employee, or active or former military, you can save an extra 5% on accessories with Samsung's Offer Programs. It features an Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of storage, and while it probably won't replace your work machine, it's still got plenty of power and space for everyday tasks. The 12-hour battery also lets you stream, web browse, and work all day without needing to plug-in. You can get a Wi-Fi only or LTE-enabled model for internet connectivity without a Wi-Fi network; which is perfect for commuter students and mobile professionals.

Acer Chromebook 311 for $179

$120 off

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The Acer Chromebook 311 is an excellent choice for students and professionals working from home. While you can't upgrade the storage drive yourself, you can expand your internal storage with microSD cards for working on larger files like photos and videos. It also has 2 USB-C ports for faster data transfers than USB 3.0 and for charging the laptop. But with the 10-hour battery life, you won't be worrying about topping up your laptop throughout the day. It even has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity for setting up wireless peripherals like headsets, mice, and speakers.

Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet for $99

$235 off with coupon code '10ETABLET'

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If you've got school-aged kids who are doing virtual or hybrid learning, you're going to want to hop on this awesome deal from Lenovo: you can get up to 5 10e Chromebook tablets for $99 each with their promo code. With 4GB of RAM and a 32GB eMMC storage drive, it's got just enough power for classwork and more than enough storage space for essays and projects. The 16.5-hour battery life lets your kids get through a typical school day as well as homework time without needing to worry about plugging in, which is good news for parents since kids won't have to keep track of the tablet as well as a charging cable. The 10-inch screen produces 1920x1200 resolution, so the ext is crisp and easy to read, and video lessons are clearer. Bluetooth connectivity lets you set up keyboards, mice, and even headsets for private listening if you and your kids share a work from home space.

Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga for $349

$250 off with coupon code 'NEWYEARC13YOGA'

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The ThinkPad C13 Yoga is a 2-in-1 Chromebook that's great for students, casual users, and professionals alike. And if you buy one directly from Lenovo, you can get up to $250 off with their coupon code. It runs on an AMD Athlon Gold 3150C processor as well as 4GB of RAM and a 32GB eMMC. The touchscreen gives you a 1080p resolution for cleaner video calls and crisp text. The chassis is tested against MIL-SPEC standards to resist damage from accidental drops and spills. It also has a quick-charging feature, giving you up to 80% battery power in just 60 minutes, which is great for when you forgot to charge overnight or need to top up on your lunch break. You'll get up to 9 hours of use on a full charge, which is plenty for a typical school or workday.

Samsung Chromebook 4 for $119

$110 off

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Walmart is offering the Samsung Chromebook 4 for just $119, letting you get your hands on a great Chrome OS laptop for less than your typical cable and internet package bill. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC storage drive. The 11.6-inch screen gives you plenty of viewing areas for web browsing, word processing, and streaming shows and movies. And the 12.5-hour battery life lets you binge-watch old seasons of Seinfeld until you realize the sun has risen once again.

What is the difference between a Chromebook and a regular laptop?

The only real difference between the two is what kind of operating system it runs. A Chromebook uses the ChromeOS, developed by Google, while most other laptops run either Windows or macOS, though there are some models that are capable of running Linux. Chromebooks are also capable of running Windows if you're willing to do a little work yourself, but they're really at their best when left running ChromeOS.

Can you use a Chromebook for gaming?

That is a solid "no." Chromebooks are built to be used for everyday tasks like word processing and web browsing. They simply don't have the correct components (like a discrete GPU and tons of RAM) to support any sort of gaming. If you're looking for an affordable gaming laptop, you can check out our list of the best cheap gaming laptops available. 

Are there any drawbacks when using a Chromebook?

The biggest disadvantage Chromebooks have when compared to other kinds of laptops is their low RAM and storage capacities. Most cap out at maybe 16GB of RAM (which is soldered in place so you can't upgrade it yourself) and at 128GB of storage. Though many Chromebooks have permanently-installed 32 or 64GB eMMC storage cards, it is possible to find models equipped with a 128GB SSD; but since their processors aren't very powerful either, 128GB is about all they can support for storage, so you can't really upgrade the hard drive yourself either. However, if you're looking for a laptop your kids can use for schoolwork or just something to be able to watch Netflix and browse the web on, they're a perfectly suitable option. 

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