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Acer's 'Big Chungus' of Chromebooks gets badder with RAM and processor upgrades

Acer's 'Big Chungus' of Chromebooks gets badder with RAM and processor upgrades

The Big Chungus of Chromebooks is back. After a summer of speedy sales for the first Chromebook with a 17.3" display, the Acer Chromebook 317 has been upgraded with more RAM and a meatier processor.

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Acer's ultra-portable Spin 311 Chromebook for just $155 is basically an impulse buy

Acer's ultra-portable Spin 311 Chromebook for just $155 is basically an impulse buy

Hey, you. You need a computer? Not, like, a big computer. Or a powerful one. A little bitty one, maybe just good enough for checking your email and watching some junk on YouTube? Then check out the Acer Spin 311: it's just 11.6 inches, powered by a MediaTek processor, and it practically has "just good enough for checking your email and watching some junk on YouTube" written on the lid. (Not literally, though. That'd be silly.) Today Walmart is selling it for almost half off, and it wasn't that pricey to begin with! You can get a not-quite-disposable Chromebook for just $155, with free shipping. 

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This Chromebook would make a perfect first laptop for your kid, and it's super affordable right now

This Chromebook would make a perfect first laptop for your kid, and it's super affordable right now

Acer's a well-established name in the Chromebook market. With its newest Tigerlake Chromebooks tearing through even the heaviest desktop apps, it's getting increasingly clear that the company is betting big with its hardware. As more institutions turn to Google's platform to bring millions of students online, Acer's Chromebook 512 is a no-brainer play by Acer to expand even further into the booming education market. And for today only, you can get this super-affordable Chromebook at Best Buy for a mere $130 — over 50% off its $280 price tag.

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Snag our favorite Chromebook with this epic deal

Snag our favorite Chromebook with this epic deal

Chromebooks have never seen so much growth as they have since the global pandemic brought the world home, and for good reason: they're fast, reliable, and secure — all for a low price. Acer is one of the most committed Chromebook manufacturers out there, and its Spin 713 from last year is still one of the hottest Chrome devices on the market today, offering terrific bang for your buck with its premium specifications and cheap price. Right now, you can snag an Acer-certified refurbished unit on eBay for just $427.49 — about 33% off its $630 sticker price.

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The updated Acer Chromebook Spin 713 with 11th-gen Intel processors is now available

The updated Acer Chromebook Spin 713 with 11th-gen Intel processors is now available

Acer's high-end Chromebooks hit an interesting sweet spot in the category. They're nice enough to be head and shoulders above most of the budget stuff (including Acer's own cheaper Chromebooks), but still well south of four figures and sitting comfortably in the "midrange" of the broader laptop landscape. The latest version of the Chromebook Spin 713 is one that eager Chrome OS fans have been waiting on for a while, and it's now on sale at Best Buy.

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Acer just made the Big Chungus of Chromebooks

Acer just made the Big Chungus of Chromebooks

Acer is pushing Chromebooks to a place they haven't gone before: 17.3 inches. It's just one of four new notebooks the company is offering this year spanning across the price spectrum including a top-tier convertible with Thunderbolt 4 ports.

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You could buy a basic iPad, or you could get an entire laptop (and a good one) for the same price

You could buy a basic iPad, or you could get an entire laptop (and a good one) for the same price

Chromebooks are perfect options if you're looking for an affordable laptop. With Linux support, Android apps available through the Play Store, and game streaming options like Stadia, Chrome OS is more capable than ever before. If you've been waiting to pick up a premium Chromebook at a budget price, today's your lucky day. Best Buy has Acer's excellent Spin 713 for just $329, well below its usual price.

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Acer's Chromebook Spin 513 might be more expensive than we thought

Acer's Chromebook Spin 513 might be more expensive than we thought

Acer makes some of the best Chromebooks you can buy right now, including the excellent Spin 713. The only real downside to that laptop is the price; while $630 isn't the most expensive Chrome OS device we've ever seen, it's certainly up there. The Spin 513 was announced last fall, designed as a more affordable alternative to the 713. While the laptop was supposed to be made available to North America in February, listings for this new Chromebook have only just appeared at Acer's storefront for the first time — with a higher price than anticipated.

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These are the Chromebooks getting Android 11

These are the Chromebooks getting Android 11

Chrome OS devices also run Android, or at least a big enough chunk of Android's base to get apps running alongside Chrome's browser tabs. But you might not have given much thought to exactly what version of Android your Chromebook uses. After all, it's not immediately relevant for most of a Chrome OS device's functions: that's handled by the larger Chrome OS, which is frequently updated by Google along with the browser.

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Acer's new Chromebooks for education include spill-proof keyboards and antimicrobial coatings

Acer's new Chromebooks for education include spill-proof keyboards and antimicrobial coatings

Schools will be spoiled for choice from Acer as they consider upgrading their Chromebook fleets this year. Five new models are coming into play with all of them certified to take a beating from kids and a splatter of bacteria. Plus, one of them being a Qualcomm LTE-connectable device.

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