Chromebooks come in all price points — from cheaply built, underpowered $100 machines, to the mighty Pixel Book, which retailed for ten times that. In the middle, there a few Chromebooks that toe the line between price and functionality — like the Lenovo C330, a recipient of the AP “Most Wanted” award and our pick for “best cheap Chromebook”, which is currently available for just $204 over at Rakuten.
We last saw the C330 drop to $250 a few months ago, and it went on sale for $220 back in February, so today’s price of $204 is the lowest we’ve seen. Read MoreThe Lenovo C330, our budget Chromebook pick, is more affordable than ever at $204 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A new Chrome OS stable version is always fun. This is v74, which brings with it, among other things, audio output support for Linux applications (yay) and USB camera support for the Android Camera app. You can find the full changelog below.
Send system performance profiling data along with feedback reports
Linux apps can output audio
USB camera support for the Android Camera app
Removal of deprecated supervised users
[Accessibility] ChromeVox developer log options: There are now a number of developer options available within the ChromeVox Options page which enable developers to turn on logging for speech and other items
Support for new files and folders under the “My files” local root
Users can quickly access their most recent apps and Google searches by clicking on the search box
Annotate documents from the Chrome PDF Viewer
The SafeSetID LSM has been added to Chrome OS and the Linux kernel. Read MoreChrome OS 74 hits the stable branch, brings audio output support for Linux apps and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The original Chromebook 14 from Acer came out in 2016 and was a decent device for the price (around $300) — as such, it was popular with critics and consumers alike. So we were naturally excited when we heard Acer was going to bring out a successor. I first got my hands on the Chromebook 514 in Berlin at IFA in the summer of 2018, but it was rather a disappointment. Read MoreThe Acer Chromebook 514 is perfectly fine, but doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
As far as Chromebooks go, the Asus Flip C302 is still one of our favorites. It has an awesome feature set and is still one of our top picks for a Chrome OS device that isn’t a Pixelbook. And it is Amazon’s deal of the day: $399.99, or a $100 off.
The C302 sports a solid unibody chassis, the Intel m3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 12.5″ 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen with a 360° hinge, and 64GB of storage. Read MoreAsus Chromebook Flip C302 is $400 ($99 off) on Amazon for Black Friday only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Chromebook deals abound this holiday season, so this one isn’t too surprising. Asus’ recently-announced C423 is down to $229.99 at Costco and B&H from the $269.99 MSRP, with some other outlets asking a tad more.
For a bit over $200, the C423 isn’t all bad. It has a 14″ 1366×768 display, two USB-C and two USB-A ports, a microSD slot, and a headphone jack. It’s got pretty good battery life and a passable keyboard, even though it has the underwhelming Intel N3350 CPU, plus 32GB of eMMC storage and 4GB of RAM. Read MoreAsus Chromebook C423NA drops to $230 ($40 off) at Costco and B&H was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/11/10 10:48am PST
Asus has now revealed that the main variant, the ‘C523NA-DH02,’ will cost $269.99. It has an Intel Celeron N3350 processor with 4GB of RAM. Product listings are now live on
There aren’t many Chromebooks larger than 13 inches across, with the current leader being the Acer Chromebook 15. There will soon be at least one more option, because Asus just revealed its first 15-inch Chromebook — the C523. Read More[Update: Will cost $270] ASUS announces its first 15-inch Chromebook, the C523 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/11/02 8:25am PDT
Samsung sure doesn’t want anyone forgetting about the retail debut of its new LTE-equipped Chromebook, and this morning sent out a new press release reminding us of the start
Earlier this year, Samsung revealed a refresh of its well-regarded 2017 Chromebook Plus. The new Chromebook Plus (V2) had an unadventurous name, but it had most of what made the original great, sadly sacrificing its incredible display for a faster Y-series Celeron (read: not one of the bad ones). Read More[Update: Now available] Samsung reveals new LTE-equipped Chromebook Plus V2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In my opinion, Asus makes the best Chromebooks on the market, second only to Google. Last year’s Chromebook Flip C302 is still one of the best Chrome OS laptops you can buy, especially considering its competitive price point. The company’s lower-end C101PA is also a fantastic 10-inch convertible. I think you can easily make the argument that without Asus, Chromebooks wouldn’t have the mainstream appeal they enjoy today.
That being said, both the C101PA and C302 are nearly two years old and long-overdue for a replacement. Read MoreASUS Chromebook 12 C223NA review: A step backwards was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The long-awaited Linux support for Chromebooks has just hit the Stable channel. According to the Chrome Releases blog, the consumer-facing release channel is in the midst of being updated to v69, which includes Linux application support — at least, on supported devices. The update also includes other features, such as a refreshed UI for browsing the filesystem, expanded dictation support for text entry, red-tinted Night Light, and some tablet-centric tweaks (among other smaller changes). Read MoreChrome OS v69 stable introduces Linux app compatibility, finalized Material Design changes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.