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The best cheap Chromebooks that are actually in stock right now

Laptops have been in short supply over the past few weeks, as the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns have kept many of us stuck at home. This is even true for Chromebooks, as many of the best and most popular options are out of stock or only available from a handful of stores. That's why we've decided to highlight some of the best Chromebooks around $200-300 with decent hardware, a long support life, and general not-absolute-terribleness.

All of the models we've selected come enough horsepower to handle at least a few Chrome tabs and applications running at once, and most of them have large 14/15-inch screens.

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How to install Zoom on a Chromebook

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels/Zoom

With social distancing becoming the norm during the Coronavirus pandemic, it's certainly added a new chapter in how we communicate. Zoom is one of those particular tools that folks defaulted to because it was already on their work computer. The good news is that it's an excellent app for video chatting with several people at a time. And if you're logging in from a Chromebook, there are a few ways to install the app.

Note that since these are not the desktop versions of Zoom, they're not as full-featured as their Mac and PC counterparts.

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Which Chromebook should I buy?

Chromebooks are proving to be incredibly popular during the current coronavirus lockdown, and there's a reason for that. They're cheap (or, at least, they can be), and they're capable, especially for students and anyone working from home mostly on the web. There's no reason to buy a $2,000 MacBook Pro if you're just going to use Zoom, Gmail, and other web-based tools — especially if it saves you a few bucks. If you're in the market, here's a list of our favorites, and they're mostly in stock right now.

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Get a refurbished Pixelbook Go for $520 ($129 off) from Best Buy

The Pixelbook Go is a very pleasant little laptop, but starting at $649, it's also pricey for a Chromebook. But right now at Best Buy (or Best Buy's eBay storefront, if you'd prefer), you can nab a refurbished model for significantly less — $520, which represents a savings of $129.

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Ambient mode for Chrome OS to get glanceable weather information

Although it still doesn't work yet, settings controlling the long-rumored Ambient Mode for Chromebooks have appeared in the current Chrome OS Canary channel. Controlled by an easily enabled flag, the new options appear in Chrome OS's Personalization menu. At least two different modes are planned: Google Photos and an art gallery.

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Chrome OS 81 comes with gesture navigation and PIP support (Update: Rollout halted)

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which already forced some schedule adjustments on Google developers, the company has launched Chrome OS 81 to the stable channel. The latest release packs a new gesture navigation for the tablet mode and adds picture-in-picture support for Android apps. It also shrinks the taskbar ever so slightly to give you more screen real estate.

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Should you buy a Chromebook?

A few months ago, we wrote that Chrome OS has stalled out. We said that the operating system ran into some dead ends that would be hard to back out of, and that many promised features were still broadly missing. But that doesn't mean that Chromebooks aren't a viable option for anyone. You just have to know exactly what you need a computer for and if Chrome OS will be able to give you that.

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook vs. Pixelbook Go: Which should you buy?

Samsung surprised us at CES this year with the Galaxy Chromebook, a high-end convertible Chrome OS laptop whose thin, angular body is awfully reminiscent the original Pixelbook. It's on sale today. But Google's got its own new laptop bearing the Pixel family name in the Pixelbook Go, which you can spec all the way up to a 4K display and Intel Core i7 processor. If you're on the hunt for a premium Chrome device, these two should be high on your list, but which should you buy? Let's discuss.

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Samsung’s premium Galaxy Chromebook is coming to the US in April without LTE (Update: Available now)

Google’s original Pixelbook offered a premium option to anyone looking for a high-end Chrome OS convertible. More than two years since, we haven’t seen a proper follow-up, and all we got last year was a plasticky, $650 Pixelbook Go, which, by the way, we liked quite a bit. At last month’s CES event, Samsung came out with the Galaxy Chromebook, which David thought could be a worthy successor to the 2017 Google laptop. The Samsung convertible is now headed to the US, according to an online listing, but it won’t get an LTE variant.

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Asus Chromebook Flip C436 preorders start at $800, making it the most expensive Flip yet (Update: Removed)

Asus revealed its new flagship Chromebook at CES earlier this month, the Flip C436. Compared to the previous C434, it offers a thinner design, significant processor upgrades, and more storage. However, if you were hoping Asus would stay in the ~$550 price range, I have some bad news for you.

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