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.
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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Chromebooks have been going in and out of stock over the past year, initially from the rise of remote work at the start of the COVID pandemic. Component shortages and remote schooling also resulted in fewer options being available, but as we head into 2021, there are some decent options 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.
CES 2021 has come and gone, and with it came a slew of announcements showcasing cool and wacky gadgets like LG's Rollable smartphone and Chamberlain's $3,000 smart pet door, coming later this year. Typically, not many Chromebooks are announced at the event as they are a niche product in a broad spectrum of laptops, and this year was no exception. But here, we've compiled a list of all the new Chromebooks announced at CES 2021 for your convenience, so let's jump right in.
It's often more difficult tracing the differences between old and new Chromebooks given their wild release schedule. For Acer's part, the all-new Chromebook Spin 514 is set to head to market alongside the Spin 513 — the company's first with Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c silicon — but towing AMD's 3rd-gen Ryzen mobile processors instead.
The bounty of budget Chromebooks continues to grow year by year, but most of them aren’t worth your time or money. Lenovo recently launched its C340 Chromebook, which shook up the budget segment by offering great specs at a low price. Now, Acer has a similar offering, the Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-3H-K5GD), offering decent hardware and incredible battery life for just $320. The mediocre touchpad and disappointing display keep me from whole-heartedly recommending this device for everyone, but in broad strokes, the Spin 311 is a fantastic value for students and basic personal use if you're not too picky.
Acer produces some of the best Chromebooks around, such as the Spin 713 and the Spin 311. The Chromebook 715 is one of the company's entry-level options, which has now dropped to an ultra-low price of $279.00 at Walmart. That discount is advertised as $271 off, but price history shows it's more like $100 off.
With so many people working and learning from home these days, Chromebooks are a hot commodity. Acer's Chromebook Spin 713 would be a great choice even without being in our current predicament. It's a premium device with the hardware to match, but right now, Best Buy is offering it for a full $80 off, making this laptop a steal at $549.
Acer is among the better-known Chromebook producers, churning out good to great Chrome OS devices every other month, including the first Snapdragon 7c-powered laptop with Google's software. But the company also has great regular Intel Chromebooks to offer, such as the Chromebook 715 we've reviewed favorably. Its 128GB i3 variant is currently available for only $349 on Walmart, which is $150 off. We've already seen it for only $329, but that was a refurb of the much weaker Intel Pentium 64GB variant.
New technology is great and all, but it comes at a price for your bank account and the environment. This holiday season, eBay is teaming up with some top tech brands like Razer, Acer, and Lenovo to give customers more peace of mind when buying refurbished products — including perks like hassle-free returns and a full two years of warranty coverage.