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With coronavirus keeping many of us homebound, there's a dramatic increase in the demand for laptops, especially affordable ones for students and those of us working from home. This has caused massive stock shortages for popular models of various Chromebooks, but we think there are still a few solid picks available that you can get in the $200-300 range.
All of the models we've selected are fast enough to handle at least a few Chrome tabs and applications running at once, and when they're available, we try to include models with large screens. We have a dedicated guide for the best Chromebooks overall, but this list is solely focused on budget options that are actually in stock right now.
HP 2-in-1 Chromebook 14": $399
This Chromebook isn't necessarily "cheap," but it is one of the few options currently in stock with a screen larger than 12 inches across. The internal hardware isn't anything to write home about, with an Intel Celeron N400 processor and 4GB RAM, but it has a robust 2-in-1 design. That means you can flip the screen around 360 degrees and use it like a giant tablet.
The main disadvantage here is that the 14-inch display only has a resolution of 1366 x 768, so it won't be quite as crisp as the screen on the currently-unavailable Samsung Chromebook 4+. Still, there are so few choices for Chromebooks right now that this is one of the best options for a 14" model.
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Samsung Chromebook 4+: $299
The Samsung Chromebook 4+ is probably the gold standard for cheap Chromebooks. Even though the display isn't a touch screen, it's still a large 15.6-inch 1080p panel, which is better than almost everything else you can get under $300. This model has been going in an out of stock over the past few months, but as of when this article was updated, it's available again from Best Buy.
Other specifications include an Intel Celeron N400 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, a built-in 720p webcam, and both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports. It will receive Chrome OS updates until June 2026.
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Lenovo Chromebook Duet: $299
If you're in the market for something compact and easily portable, look no further than the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It's a Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard, so when you're done with your work for the day, you can take off the keyboard for easier touchscreen use.
The Duet has a MediaTek Helio P60T processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It's one of the few 10-inch Chromebooks with a full HD display, and it even supports stylus input. The tablet will receive updates until June 2028, and if you're on the fence, check out our review.
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