ASUS Chromebook Flip C434Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

As millions of us continue to work and learn from home, Prime Day deals will make a great time to replace your aging desktop or add another Chromebook to your family's collection. Most of the best Chromebooks have been hard to come by for the last several months, and while the selection is still smaller than in Prime Day events from the past, there are still a few deals worth watching!

Part of why Chromebooks have always had great deals on Prime Day is that modestly-spec'd budget Chromebooks perform more consistently than cheap Windows laptops. Google also has durability and usability standards — because many Chromebooks are designed for chaotic classrooms — that make Chromebooks ideal for younger and less tech-savvy users. All this adds up to Chromebooks being great investments for families looking for a computer that won't break the bank and won't die the second you breathe on it wrong.

Go for the 8GB version

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434

ASUS's convertible Chromebook is perfectly sized for split-screening, late-night typing, and long days of video calls and PowerPoints. It also has an 8GB option for those needing extra RAM for all their concurrent tabs.

Best Prime Day Chromebook Deals for Work

Chromebooks are excellent for getting things done — I've worked full-time from one for four years — and when you want to really get down to business, you'll want some extra power and a little extra style to help your Chromebook fit in with all the Macbooks and ultrabooks. I recommend going with an Intel M3 or higher, at least 64GB of internal storage for accommodating lots of Android apps or Linux apps. While 4GB will be perfectly okay for most of us, if you tend to keep dozens and dozens of tabs open at a time while video conferencing, you'll want to spring for the 8GB of RAM on the Pixelbook Go, which is down to the ridiculously low price of $200.

There are several higher-end Chromebooks that might see significant price cuts on Prime Day — the ASUS Chromebook 436 and Pixelbook Go chief among them — but right now your best Chromebook deal for business is the ASUS Chromebook C434, which is a year and a half old but it still the best blend of power and value while still offering you a beautiful 14-inch touchscreen.

The 32GB model of the C434 was down to $400 this morning — and sold out quickly — but the 4GB/64GB model is $470 renewed, which saves you $90 over a brand new one.

Ready to work: ASUS Chromebook Flip C434

ASUS's convertible Chromebook is perfectly sized for split-screening, late-night typing, and long days of video calls and PowerPoints. It also has an 8GB option for those needing extra RAM for all their concurrent tabs.

From $550 at Amazon

Get new features first: Google Pixelbook Go | $200 off at Amazon

If you want to go all-out with your Chromebook specs, it doesn't get much ritzier than a Pixelbook Go. This one has an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 4K touchscreen. As a Google-made Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go is usually the first to get new features and updates.

$1200 at Amazon

Best Compact Prime Day Chromebook Deals

As someone who fully embraces the #HaveChromebookWillTravel lifestyle, compact Chromebooks are my favorites to use on the couch and around the country. 11.6-inch Chromebooks make up a significant portion of the Chromebook market, and for good reason: they're the ideal size for students and for on-the-go users.

Unfortunately, the compact Chromebook market is fraught with older, outdated models, especially on Amazon where sellers tend to call everything the "latest" "2020" model even if the Chromebook in question is actually two years old. Ignore the marketing terms and look at the specs in order to determine how new and worthy a Chromebook deal is.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2H) is about to be replaced by the 3H version that was announced late this summer, which means it's time to get a deal on what is still a plenty useful Chromebook. Both the Acer Spin 311 and Samsung Chromebook 4 use the same Celeron N4000 processor and 4GB of storage as our favorite compact Chromebook, the Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 that has been sold out for most of the year.

With the Acer Spin 311, you get plenty of ports and a handy 2-in-1 form factor but only 32GB of storage. The Samsung is almost painfully light on ports and is a non-touchscreen clamshell laptop, but it comes with 64GB of storage. Both Chromebooks will get Chrome OS updates until June 2026, so they should last you a good long while.

I highly suggest the Acer Spin 311 because having a touchscreen and the extra ports is absolutely worth the extra cash..

Fun and functional: Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-2H-C679)

This compact Chromebook also has a Celeron N4000-series processor, and if you can get by on 32GB of storage, it's a nice little Chromebook for kids and for light computing on the go.

$270 at Amazon

Simplified and streamlined: Samsung Chromebook 4

Samsung's Chromebook isn't quite as fetching as the Lenovo, but it's got the same processor, memory, and 64GB of storage for offline app files like downloaded movies. It doesn't have a touchscreen, though, so be mindful.

$290 at Amazon

Best Prime Day Chromebook Deals for Students

I'm not going to sugarcoat it: education-oriented Chromebooks are going to be scarce for months. School districts are going to be waiting on bulk orders through at least the fall semester and probably part of the spring. This means that the best Prime Day deals on student Chromebooks are going to be finding good models in-stock and not price gouged the way they have been for the last six months as resellers try to profit on scrambling parents trying to get their kids back to class online.

While price and performance are always important on a Chromebook, when buying one for a kid durability is equally important. After all, it doesn't matter how cheap a Chromebook is if your kid breaks it less than a month later. Unfortunately, the Best Chromebook for Students — the ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 — has been scarce and price gouged to infinity and beyond in 2020, so I recommend grabbing the Acer Spin 311, which is still a hearty little Chromebook even when not covered in rubberized plastic. If you kid wants a bigger screen for gaming and YouTube — I mean homework! — the HP Chromebook X360 14b is also down to a great deal for a nice, big touchscreen 2-in-1.

Fun and functional: Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-2H-C679)

This compact Chromebook also has a Celeron N4000-series processor, and if you can get by on 32GB of storage, it's a nice little Chromebook for kids and for light computing on the go.

$270 at Amazon

Big screen beauty: HP Chromebook x360 14b

This 2-in-1 Chromebook gives you a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen for easier split-screening notes and Google Meet, and of course for weekend-long YouTube binges once you finish all your homework.

$300 at Amazon

Best Chromebook for Students: ASUS Chromebook Flip C214

ASUS's education Chromebook offers consistent performance even under strenuous conditions and tolerates drops and drips better than most. If you see the price drop to $450 or below, buy it immediately as it will sell out fast.

$500 at Amazon (Stylus)

Best Prime Day Chromebook Deals from 2019

Prime Day 2019 saw deals on a couple of Chromebooks, but the one that stood out — and the one that was repeated at Black Friday — was the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434, which was down to about $500 on Prime Day and about $470 on Cyber Monday.

Another year of deals: ASUS Chromebook Flip C434

ASUS's convertible Chromebook is perfectly sized for split-screening, late-night typing, and long days of video calls and PowerPoints. It also has an 8GB option for those needing extra RAM for all their concurrent tabs.

From $550 at Amazon

What you need to look for when buying a Prime Day Chromebook deals

Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

There's always a ton of specs and features you typically need to juggle when shopping for a laptop, but for Chromebooks, the buyer's guide can be summed up pretty well into four points:

  1. Get a touchscreen. — Unless you're anti-fun, there's no reason not to get a touchscreen model; they do not cost that much more and it's always worth it. Touchscreens make it easier to interact with Android apps as well as making it easier to do things like sign documents or zoom in precisely.
  2. Pick your screen size first. Decide right now if you want something compact (11.6-inches), mid-size (12.5-13.5-inches) or large (14-15.6-inches). Processors and storage are pretty standard across each size category, so size is one of the defining features you'll want to sort out early.
  3. 4GB of RAM is good, 8GB is better. — Most Chromebooks sold today come with 4GB of RAM, and 4GB is perfectly fine for running a video call plus a dozen or so tabs in Chrome. More RAM is always better, but 4GB is fine. If it says it has 2GB of RAM — or 16GB of internal storage — close the tab and walk away.
  4. Check the expiration date!!! — Yes, Chromebooks come with expiration dates, after which they are no longer guaranteed to receive Chrome OS updates. It's called the AUE date, and they're listed for every single Chromebook model on Google's support page, so before you move that Lightning Deal Chromebook from your cart to the checkout, take ten seconds and look it up on this page. The shorter a time before a Chromebook's AUE date, the less time you have to enjoy the full benefits of your Chromebook — and it also means your Chromebook is a couple years old, as most Chromebooks launched last year have 6 years of support and most 2020 models have 8 years of support ahead of them.

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