If you don't already have a Chromebook, it's time to change that. Cyber Monday brings a bunch of great discounts to products that you've probably had your eye on during the year. There are a bunch of Chromebook options available, so you're going to want to know what you're looking for from a Chromebook so you can help yourself buy the right one. Whether you need a new laptop for work or want to try out a Chromebook before you get one for your kids, here are the best Cyber Monday Chromebook deals you can grab right now! You can find even more Chromebooks on sale in Amazon's collection of Cyber Monday deals on Chromebooks.
Best Cyber Monday Chromebook deals
- HP Chromebook 14-db0023dx ($119 at Best Buy and Target)
- ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 ($469 at Amazon)
- Lenovo 500e Chromebook (2nd Gen) ($250 at Lenovo)
- Acer Spin 11 Chromebook ($200 at Best Buy)
- Lenovo Chromebook C340 ($230 at Costco)
- HP Chromebook x360 14b-ca0036nr ($249 at Best Buy and Target)
- Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 ($449 at Best Buy and Dell)
- ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 ($370 at Best Buy)
- Acer Chromebook 715 ($299 at Walmart)
HP Chromebook 14-db0023dx
This non-touch version of the HP Chromebook 14 is a ridiculously low price for a laptop that will see Chrome OS updates until June 2026. For $120, roughly $20 a year, you can get a new laptop that's easy to use and can take a beating. If you've ever wanted to just try a Chromebook, this is the lowest barrier to entry while still getting a good screen and USB-C charging. You can even buy them in two different colors so that your kids can tell each other's apart, since Best Buy has the gray and Target has the blue.
A 14 inch screen, ample port configuration, and support until June 2026 make this an absolute steal of a Chromebook, with plenty of saving left over for a nice sleeve or microSD card.
If you're willing to go up another $30 to $150, Target has a touchscreen version of the HP Chromebook 14 back in stock — it sold out rather quickly yesterday — and I will always recommend springing for a Chromebook when the extra investment is this small. Tapping at the screen to play a round of Solitaire or flicking your wrist to scroll through your Twitter feed is a wonderful experience everyone should be able to enjoy, and touchscreens make interacting with Android apps easier as Android apps are optimized for touch over mouse and keyboard.
Upgrade to a touchscreen while still getting great port configuration, long support life, and excellent battery in a new, name-brand Chromebook.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434
This is the upgrade pick in our Best Chromebook roundup and the Cyber Monday deal brings it to its lowest price ever. If you want a big screen laptop that's premium, high performance, but won't cost you an arm and a leg the way a Pixelbook Go would, the C434 is for you. I used this machine for most of the summer and I miss that nice big touchscreen every time I split-screen my work.
The 14-inch touchscreen excels at multitasking, and the backlit keyboard is easy to type on late into the night. Even the base configuration is more than powerful enough for this power-user.
Lenovo 500e Chromebook (2nd Gen)
If you're looking for a Chromebook to give your kid but you know they tend to break things, Lenovo has you covered this Cyber Monday. There haven't been any real discounts on education Chromebooks except for the Lenovo 500e Chromebook, which works out just perfectly because this is gives you the same internals and stylus as our favorite Chromebook for Students, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C214, for $150 less, while still giving you Lenovo's great build quality and better keyboard.
Made to take a beating in the classroom, this Chromebook is a great choice for roughhousing kids and danger-prone adults. The included stylus is a great bonus for note-taking and sketching, too.
Acer Spin 11 Chromebook ($219 at Best Buy)
The Acer Spin 11 is being offered for $300 as part of Amazon's Gold Box deal, but if you really wat to get a deal, head over to Best Buy instead, where you can save an extra $80 on a great compact Chromebook with support for external EMR styluses and will get Chrome OS updates until June 2024. As a note, this Chromebook does not include a stylus, but it does support Wacom EMR styluses which you can find on Amazon pretty inexpensively.
This 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebook gives you USB-C charging and EMR stylus support for rock-bottom prices, which combines with the compact size to give you a great on-the-go Chromebook.
Lenovo Chromebook C340
Last year, Lenovo put its brand-new C330 Chromebook on sale for $230 on Black Friday, and I held out hope that this deal would happen once again for the C340 on Cyber Monday. My faith was rewarded as the 64GB configuration of the C340 is indeed on sale for $230, but you'll need a Costco membership to go get it. This is our Best Chromebook winner right now and is the laptop I've been banging on all through Black Friday and Cyber Monday for writing out deals on all these other Chromebooks.
This 11.6-inch touchscreen Chromebook is the run-and-gun workhorse machine I use as my daily driver because it is light enough to slip in my backpack whenever I head to the theme parks. The battery can last me 10 hours easily while I juggle over a dozen tabs and occasionally slip into my Android apps for some light reading or Pyramids in the Microsoft Solitaire Collection. It'll get updates until June 2026, meaning this Chromebook is in it for the long haul.
This zippy little touchscreen Chromebook can last 10 hours and won't weigh down your backpack during an all-day excursion. This is the Best Chromebook on the market because it balances performance and price perfectly, especially on sale.
HP Chromebook x360 14-du0013dx
There's been a few different variants of the the x360 on sale, most of which have sold out, but Best Buy still has the best price on the x360 right now. This is the 4GB/32GB version, which should be able to handle long multi-tasking sessions with grace, and the touchscreen will make it far, far easier to interact with games and Android apps. Should the deal on this configuration run out — or should you want a little more storage — a 64GB model is also available from Best Buy for $280 and I highly encourage getting extra storage if you can so that you have more room for installing Android apps.
With a long support life and a nice shiny touchscreen, this Chromebook is ready to work and play all day with 12 hours of battery life on a single charge.
Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1
Both Dell and Best Buy have the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 on sale for the best price we've seen so far, and if you prefer Dell's durable build quality and bright 1080p screen, this is a great time to pull the trigger. This is one of the largest Chromebooks I've ever seen with a built-in stylus, and when dealing with precise actions like taking handwritten notes or tapping tiny cells in a Excel sheet, that stylus is so, so wonderful to have around.
This high-quality Chromebook has a built-in stylus that can come in handy for sketching on that 14-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen, and the 128GB of internal storage means you can stock it up with dozens of movies for those international flights.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C433
This is a very, very similar beast to the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 that I used and adored all summer, and while the C434 is still not seeing many sales, you can grab the C433 for almost $200 less than the C434 and still get an m3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The hinge pushes the keyboard up while the screen is rotated past 90 degrees, which will irk some users and please others who prefer an angled typing experience.
This cousin of my favorite split-screening Chromebook is down to a great price for a shiny 14-inch touchscreen that will serve you well for playing, working, or both.
Acer Chromebook 715
This touchscreen Chromebook has a ton of internal storage, a full keyboard with a number pad for when you need to input PINs, calculate stats or input an entire month's grades during your lunch hour, and a rock-bottom price this Cyber Monday. The 15.6-inch touchscreen is 1080p, and the battery can last a full school day and then some. At 4 pounds, this isn't a Chromebook. You'll want to carry it all-day every day unless you've got a light backpack with thick foam straps, but for around the house or enshrined at the office, this is a nice big Chromebook without a nice big price tag.
This is one of the few Chromebook models with a number pad on its keyboard, and with an i3 processor, 128GB of storage, and a 15.6-inch touchscreen, this machine is ready for grading term papers or super-sized solitaire.
What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks are laptops that run Chrome OS, an operating system designed and managed by Google. It's the more polished and stable version of the open-source Chromium Project, which Google also develops and maintains. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding Chrome OS because it began as a web-centric client that couldn't do much when outside of a Wi-Fi network, but this doesn't hold true anymore. These days, Chrome OS can run both Android apps and Linux apps, allowing it to do most if not all of the tasks you'd need to do on a laptop day-to-day.
What makes Chromebooks especially enticing is that Chrome OS is optimized to run well even on lower-spec'd machines. While most Windows laptops under $400 will feel and perform like pudding after six months, even $250 Chromebooks like the Lenovo C330 still run just as well as they did fresh out of the box. This also means that when you put Chrome OS on a more powerful Chromebook like the Intel M3-powered Asus C434 or the i5-powered Pixelbook, you get a lightning-fast computer that can handle all the Chrome tabs and Android apps you could throw at it.
Chromebooks are becoming more and more popular in schools and businesses because of how well Chrome OS runs on value machines, as well as how stable, and secure Chrome OS is. Google hosts a bounty program that pays developers when they discover and submit vulnerabilities to be patched, including a $150,000 standing bounty for a vulnerability that can compromise a Chromebook while in Guest Mode. Chromebooks also get updated every few weeks directly from Google, meaning that no matter which brand Chromebook you buy, they'll all look, act, and get updates the same way.
Who should buy a Chromebook?
For people who mainly use a laptop to read emails, check social media, pay your bills, write the occasional screenplay in Google Docs, and blow time watching videos, a Chromebook is perfect. Chromebooks are great for work or play so long as your services either have a website or an Android app, which in 2019 is pretty standard. I've been working full-time on a Chromebook for two years, and the only thing I ever miss is full Photoshop for batch photo editing my review photos.
What I honestly love best about my Chromebook is that it's an "it just works" computer with absolutely zero maintenance. Updates are downloaded and installed automatically in the background while you work, and Google Play handles app updates. The Files app ties directly into Google Drive, you can keep everything synced and work out of the cloud, but you can still keep your files offline in Downloads for when you need to finish that book report on the bus to school.
Chromebooks are especially great for younger users for several reasons, including but not limited to:
- Because of the way Chrome OS is designed, it's much harder to corrupt or break the system compared to Windows.
- Most Chromebooks are designed to pass Google's Chromebooks in Education durability standards, meaning that most can withstand drops, have reinforced ports, and either a spill-resistant or pick-resistant keyboard.
- The lower case letters on Chromebook keyboards are easier to use for kids who are just learning to read and write.
- Touchscreen Chromebooks allow kids to interact with educational sites through touch while still giving them an attached keyboard to type out notes and homework quickly.
- Most Chromebooks last over 8 hours on a single charge, long enough to get through the school day.
What about Android apps on a Chromebook?
Chromebooks can't install traditional programs to the core system — like you would on a Mac or Windows PC — but they can install Android apps via the Google Play Store. While not every single app on Google Play is compatible with Chromebooks, there are millions of apps you can install, from productivity apps like Microsoft Office and Google Keep to entertainment apps like Netflix and Disney+ to millions of gaming apps.
Chromebooks are the easiest laptops to download videos for offline playback for services like Disney+ and Google Play Movies that don't have desktop apps for Mac or Windows but do have Android apps. The Android apps allow you to download videos just like you would on your phone, but enjoy them on a larger screen without killing your phone's battery on that cross-country flight.
Can you play games on a Chromebook?
Most games available on Android are available on Chromebook, so you'll be able to enjoy most casual gaming on your Chromebook with ease. In fact, if you're coming from a Windows computer, you'll even be able to keep your favorite game: Microsoft Solitaire Collection works great on Chromebooks and helps me get a quick fix when my Pyramids addiction flares up.
What about Fortnite? Steam games? PC games? Chromebooks can't install Windows or MacOS programs, and the ability to install Linux apps like Steam isn't available for every Chromebook — nor are Linux apps on Chromebooks as user-friendly as Android apps. Gaming options on a Chromebook are getting better, but it's not what you're going to want to get a hardcore gamer.
Chromebook Buyer's Checklist
There are five things you need to consider any time you're looking to buy a Chromebook, and there are two features you especially need to pay attention to during Cyber Monday when Chromebooks of every size, shape, and age are on sale.
- Get a touchscreen — Chrome OS's touch optimization is getting better every month, and since most of the Android apps Chromebooks can install via Google Play are optimized for touch, make sure you get a touchscreen model. Touchscreen models are not much more expensive in 2019, and they are 110% worth it.
- Pick your size — In general, the bigger the size of your Chromebook, the more you can potentially fit on the screen, but it will also be less portable and shorter in battery life. Smaller, more portable models can suffer from lower resolution screens, though Chrome OS's display zoom and font adjustments somewhat offset it.
- What features matter to you? — Chrome OS has the same features, UI, and functions on basically all models, which means that you'll need to focus on specific hardware features to help you narrow down your search. Do you prefer a 2-in-1 or a classic clamshell? Do you want a big, bright screen for movies, or do you need a battery that will go all day? Families with younger kids — or travelers that are prone to slips, spills, and accidents — might want to look to the growing number of Chromebooks with military-grade MIL-STD 810G durability or spill-resistant keyboards.
- Memory and storage — While "more memory is always better" holds as true for Chromebooks as it does for any laptop, 4GB of RAM is fine for a Chromebook in 2019. 8 GB is better, but 4GB is fine. As far as storage goes, 32 GB of storage is workable, but I'd recommend going with a model with at least 64 GB of storage.
- Always check the expiration date! — Google updates Chrome OS for all Chromebooks. Still, Google doesn't want to be stuck supporting every random budget chipset and driver set forever, so each Chromebook has a shelf life and an expiration date, just like the milk in your fridge! This is the Auto Update Expiration date, and it can be found for every single model on this handy dandy support page, which you should check for every Chromebook you look at.
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