Chromebooks have been around for more than a decade, although they’ve always been associated with low-cost devices. If you couldn’t afford the extra power or premium features of a Windows machine, opting for Chrome OS was the next best thing.
However, that’s begun to change in recent years, with Chromebooks expanding into mid-range and even premium markets. For many people, they’ll be the best option regardless of price.
There’s more choice in 2022 than ever before, meaning there are plenty of discounts available throughout the year. That’s the case right now, but it’s worth waiting for Amazon’s Prime Day if you can. Despite the name, it’s taking place across two days this year – 12 and 13 July.
Chromebooks are the focus of this article, but there are also some great discounts on Windows devices – check out our separate roundups on the best laptop deals and best budget laptop deals if that’s something you’d prefer.
What are the best Chromebooks right now?
Many of the leading Chromebook makers appear in our best Chromebook chart. For each of the 10 entries, an in-depth review highlighting its strengths and weaknesses is available. The current top five is as follows:
Without further ado, here are best deals available on Chromebooks in the UK right now:
Best Chromebook Deals (UK)
Acer Chromebook Spin 713
Now: £549 (£199 off)
Acer’s excellent Chromebook Spin 713 sits top of our Chromebook chart, and it’s now down to its lowest ever price at Amazon. That’s 22% off the regular price.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook
Now: £179 (36% off)
The IdeaPad Duet is a great affordable Chrome OS tablet with keyboard cover in the box. Amazon has a saving of just over £100 on the RRP, but Currys matches it.
HP Chromebook x360 14c
Now: £600 (£83 off)
This convertible Chromebook from HP is available with a useful discount right now at AO. Specs are competitive, with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
Asus Chromebook CX1100
Now: £129.99 (43% off)
This excellent deal means Asus 11.6in budget Chromebook is available for under £130. That’s a £100 saving.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i
Now: £419.99 (£80 off)
This Lenovo convertible was already good value for money at full price, but it’s even better now. Plus, get an extra 10% off if you sign up as a new customer or enter the code ‘FL3X-10’ at checkout, but they can’t be used together.
Acer Chromebook Spin 311
Now: $179 (£100 off)
This compact yet capable Acer convertible is now under £200 with a useful discount. If 32GB of on-device storage is enough for you, this is a great option.
Acer Chromebook 314
Now: £189.99 (£40 off)
Save 18% on the RRP of this Chromebook from Acer which has a MediaTek processor, Full HD screen and up to 12 hours of battery life. That’s a £40 discount.
Best Chromebook deals in the US
In the US, it’s as follows:
Best Chromebook Deals (US)
Samsung Chromebook Plus
Now: $267.99 ($281.01 off)
This is one of the very best Chromebook deals available right now. The Samsung Chromebook Plus used to retail for $549, but it’s currently less than half that at Amazon.
HP Chromebook x2 11
Now: $369.99 ($200 off)
The capable Chromebook x2 is a great all-rounder for basic everyday tasks, especially after this hefty discount. There’s also $230 off a model with more RAM and storage.
Google Pixelbook Go
Now: $779.94 ($69.06 off)
The Pixelbook Go is one of our favourite Chromebooks, but it’s a little on the expensive side at full price. Fortunately, this discount makes the mid-spec model more affordable.
HP Chromebook 11A G8
From: Best Buy
Now: $98 ($127 off)
Aimed at students, this cheap HP Chromebook is a great option as someone’s first laptop. It was overpriced at $225, but this big discount brings it under $100 – much more reasonable.
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3
From: Best Buy
Now: $89.99 ($129.01 off)
This Lenovo Chromebook is getting a little old, but remains excellent value for money. For under $90, you should get some decent performance from the Flex 3.
Samsung Chromebook 4
Now: $109 ($120 off)
Laptops don’t come much cheaper than this and although the Chromebook 4 from Samsung is basic, the discount is over £100. Just make sure most of your files will be on the cloud – the SSD is only 32GB.
Acer Chromebook 311
Now: $169.99 ($80 off, plus free wireless mouse)
This Acer-exclusive deal not only saves you $80 on the RRP, you’ll get a Bluetooth mouse thrown in at no extra cost.
Where to find the best deals on Chromebooks
Chromebooks are usually sold at all the major electronics retailers. With that in mind, here are the key places to consider in the UK:
In the US, check out the following:
It’s also worth going direct to manufacturer websites – this is sometimes where you’ll find the best deals. Popular Chromebook makers include:
How to know if a Chromebook deal is good
Chromebooks often have a low starting price, making knowing if a deal is genuinely good more difficult. If you’re unsure, check the original RRP or sites such as PriceSpy or Google Shopping to see how other retailers are pricing it.
For products on Amazon, CamelCamelCamel is a great way to see how the price has changed over time. Deals aren’t always as great as the retailers claim.
If those methods aren’t working for you, it’s worth heading direct to the manufacturers website to see how much it is there. Third-party retailers sometimes market a new price as a deal, when in reality the product is now widely available at that price.
Another option is to check trustworthy review sites, such as Tech Advisor. Not only will this give you a good indication of how good the Chromebook really is, reviews are usually published shortly after the product is released. That means the prices quoted usually reflect how much it cost at launch.
Should I buy refurbished?
While deals come and go, one place you’ll consistently find low prices is on refurbished tech. This typically means it’s either been used as a demonstration model or returned by a customer, meaning it can no longer be sold as new. In all situations, the companies selling them will fix any faults and give the device a full refresh before it’s marked as refurbished. That means it’ll be in excellent condition by the time it reaches the customer, perhaps even as good as new.
That’s the big difference when compared to used tech, which may be damaged in some way or have reduced battery life. See more in our guide to refurbished tech.
If you’re happy with an older model of a Chromebook that’s been pre-owned, you could save a lot of money shopping refurbished. We would recommend that the model you buy is certified refurbished, as these are rigorously tested to work like new. You also get a one-year hardware warranty.
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