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Which Chromebook should you buy on Prime Day?

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Amazon’s Prime Day is quickly approaching. Confirmed to take place in June this year,

Prime Day deals

promise stellar discounts on a variety of items for Amazon Prime subscribers. If you’re in the market for a new Chromebook, the e-commerce giant’s sale is an excellent place to look, as historically,

Prime Day Chromebook deals

have offered deep savings on laptops. Last year’s sale dropped as much as $200 off the price of the

best Chromebooks

— that’s enough savings to buy a second Chromebook if you need it!

But given the diversity of Chromebooks on the market today, choosing one can be overwhelming. To help make your Prime Day shopping a little easier, we’ll break down what you should look for in a Chromebook.

Design details

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Chromebooks are available in three primary configurations. Google’s premium

PixelBook Go

and

Samsung’s more affordable Chromebook 4

are based on a traditional clamshell design, where most of your interaction will be through keyboard and mouse. A convertible design is a great option for those who need a tablet.

Asus’s Chromebook Flip

comes with a 360-degree hinge that lets the screen swivel 360 degrees, allowing the laptop to convert into a tablet.

And finally, there is the detachable design. These devices are tablets first, with a detachable keyboard folio.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Duet

is an excellent example of this design. While detachables bring the same level of versatility as convertibles, the upside is that the keyboard can be stowed if not needed.

The power of touch

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While most Chromebooks come with touchscreens, not all do. Given that Chrome OS now supports

Android apps

, it may be better to upgrade to a touchscreen device.

But beyond the touchscreen, Chromebook shoppers should also check to see if their device supports pen, digitizer, or stylus input methods like

HP’s Chromebook x2

does. Having a digital pen could make your Chromebook even more useful, particularly for taking notes, drawing, or making annotations. Pen input is a great tool to have for classroom, creative projects, and work, but may not be as important if you’re primarily using your Chromebook at home to surf the web, browse video, or pay bills.

Is bigger really better?

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On Chromebooks, screen sizes run the gamut from compact 10-inch devices to those with 15-inch displays that rival many PC laptops. Smaller screens are better suited for younger children, while larger devices are great for multitasking, content creation, and content consumption. The bigger display allows you to use multiple windows comfortably.

But beyond size, you should also consider resolution. Cheaper Chromebooks will likely start with a 720p display, which are often called HD screens. If you’re pushing 13- or 15-inch Chromebooks, you’ll want a higher-resolution screen. Full HD, or 1080p, panels pack in more pixels and will make things look crisper.

Pricing

With a starting price just under $200, Chromebooks are an attractive and affordable option for laptop buyers. While most Chromebooks share similar configurations — processor, memory, and storage — you’ll pay a premium depending on what additional features you want. Design options, such as a metal build or a convertible design, will likely add to the cost, as will a more durable build with a MIL-STD certification. Rugged designs are great for the rough-and-tumble environments of a classroom, and a few come with a spill-resistant keyboard for extra durability. On the high end of the pricing spectrum is

Google’s Pixelbook Go

.

Today’s best Chromebook deals

If you can’t wait until Prime Day, there are several fantastic

Chromebook deals

you can shop right now. We’ve rounded up the best below.

HP 14 Chromebook (Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)

$160

$199

With 4GB of RAM and a 14-inch HD screen, this HP Chromebook is perfect for most students looking for a cheap laptop to take notes at home and on the move.

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Buy at Amazon

Lenovo Chromebook S330 (Mediatek CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD)

$159

$239

Lenovo as a brand needs no introduction, and along with its great (but often pricey) ThinkPad laptops, it offers some very solid -- and super affordable -- Chromebooks like the S330.

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Buy at Walmart

Samsung Galaxy 13.3-inch 4K 2-in-1 Chromebook

$699

$1,000

This Chromebook is unlike any other, as it's all about luxury, from its 4K OLED display to its durable (and attractive) aluminum finish.

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Buy at Amazon

With trade-in

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 13-Inch 2-in-1 (Core i3 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)

$250

$700

With its lovely QLED touch display, 2-in-1 capabilities, and PC-like hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is one of our favorites that's perfect for working at home and on the go.

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Buy at Samsung

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 2-in-1 (13 inches, Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB)

$330

$430

For less than a couple Benjamins, it doesn't get much better than the Lenovo Chromebook Flex if you're looking for a compact 2-in-1 laptop that can pull double duty as a tablet.

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Buy at Amazon

Extra 5% off with coupon

Acer Chromebook 2021 (Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

$379

$499

With its sleek gray finish and spacious 14-inch screen, this Chromebook looks the part while helping you get your work done quickly and easily thanks to Google's online suite of superb apps.

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Buy at Amazon

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