The 6 best Chromebook deals for students – CNET

Are your kids finishing the school year from home, either full or part time, and struggling with distance learning on a school-issued Chromebook? If you can afford it, you may want to invest in a larger, more powerful laptop than that which your school district offers.

The most affordable way to learn from home is with a Chromebook laptop. Not only do they cost hundreds less than a traditional laptop like a Windows laptop or MacBook, but they’re also easier to use, thanks to the streamlined Chrome OS software. And you can find Chromebook models with displays larger than the undersized 11.6-inch Chromebooks that school districts typically issue. If you aren’t lugging the laptop to school every day, you could spring for a roomier display that means less scrolling through web pages and more room to work in Google Classroom and other online learning tools. The picks here all have larger, 13.3- to 15.6-inch displays.

Chromebooks range in price from less than $100 to more than $1,000, but you don’t need to spend that much to get up and running for distance learning. Our favorite Chromebooks fall mostly in the $400-$700 range. If those don’t suit you, here are six additional budget Chromebook models that are currently priced at less than $450. We took into account factors and features such as cloud storage, the quality of the keyboard, battery life, ease of web browsing and even the inclusion of a headphone jack. If you’re looking to find the best Chromebook for students, this list, which we update periodically, should help.

Read more: Online education classes for every age and grade

Samsung

This Samsung Chromebook 4 model is discounted to $249 and features a 15.6-inch display powered by an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM. The downside? It supplies only 32GB of solid-state storage. The upside? It boasts a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution display for a sharper picture and more work space than you’d get with the 1,366×768-pixel resolution found on other low-end Chromebooks. The step-up model with 128GB of storage is also on sale.

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This Samsung Chromebook has a smaller display than the above model at 12.2 inches, but the touchscreen display can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode so you can play Android games — once homework is done, of course. The display boasts a sharp 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution and pen support for the included stylus. Inside, the system features an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Read our Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 review.

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This renewed/refurbished HP Chromebook 15 has a touchscreen, but it can’t rotate all the way around into tablet mode. If you care more about power than your Chromebook doubling as a tablet, then you need to know that this model features an eighth-gen Core i3 CPU and a generous 128GB SSD, which is double or quadruple the capacity on lower-priced models. In addition to touch support, the 15.6-inch display offers a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. 

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