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The best cheap Chromebooks that are actually in stock right now

The ongoing lockdowns around the world have caused an uptick in demand for computers, especially laptops. Chromebooks are incredibly popular for their ease-of-use and competitive pricing, so if you can accomplish everything using just a web browser (and you don't already have a spare PC that can do the job), they're certainly worth looking into.

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. We have a dedicated guide for the best Chromebooks overall, but this list is solely focused on budget options with large screens that are actually in stock right now.

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Google is offering Stadia Premiere Edition for just $79 to select Chromebook owners

Stadia Premiere Edition launched last year for the price of $129. It was a lot of fun when we reviewed it. Since then, it's been discounted down to just $99. But if that wasn't enough to sway you, Google is currently offering Stadia Premiere Edition for a mere $79 — as long as you've got a Pixelbook, Pixelbook Go, or Pixel Slate handy.

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Chrome OS will get Steam as part of new Linux virtualization environment

Back in January, we exclusively reported that Google wants to add Steam to Chrome OS and introduce more powerful Chromebooks, possibly running on AMD silicon. Now further details have emerged. 9to5Google found a new Linux emulator in the Google's Chromium Gerrit codenamed "Borealis" that includes a pre-installed copy of Steam. It might even replace the current Linux implementation in the long term.

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Chrome OS could get a clipboard manager, but only for the 5 most recent items

Windows has a built-in clipboard manager, but if Chrome OS is your platform of choice, you'll be hit harder by the lack of a native solution, as you currently have to rely on third-party extensions for clipboard history. While that works for Rita and me here at AP, many people are understandably worried about their privacy. It looks like that might soon be a thing of the past, as 9to5Google found that Google is working on a native solution, albeit one with a severe limitation.

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The easiest way to mount your Synology NAS on your Chromebook

It's been over three years since I started using my Synology DiskStation NAS to store every photo, video, and other file type I want to keep. In the time since, I've struggled a lot with Synology's web interface, especially its poor file manager experience that refreshes each time you make a simple change. To avoid that, I've been looking for solutions to mount the DiskStation's storage on my Pixelbook, but no tutorial or forum thread suggestion worked. Most were incomplete, others were outdated, some used unnecessary extensions, etc... After multiple trials and errors, and after mixing several recommendations from different users, I managed to get my NAS's shared folders on my Pixelbook, which has made file management a breeze.

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Google and Parallels announce plans to bring Windows apps to Chromebooks

Chromebooks weren't originally designed to run traditional PC software, but Google is slowly attempting to fill that gap. Chrome OS already has an optional Linux container for running some desktop software (albeit with poor graphical performance), but now Windows applications will soon appear on the platform in some capacity

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Chrome OS 85 adds clock and weather widget to Ambient Mode

Google has been working on an Ambient Mode for Chrome OS for quite a while — like Chromecasts or Nest displays, it's meant to show you a slideshow of artworks or a selection of images from your Google Photos library while your laptop is charging. For a few months, that's all the feature did, but the latest developer build of Chrome OS 85 changes that, as Chrome Unboxed reports. When you activate the corresponding flag in that channel, you'll see a clock and a weather widget in the bottom left corner, just like you would on a Chromecast. It's still work in progress, though.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 review: So close to the perfect 13-inch Chromebook

Lenovo might not have the greatest track record with its Windows-based laptops, but the company's Chromebooks have usually been excellent. The Lenovo C330 from 2018 was our top pick for a budget Chromebook, and more recently, we gave the Lenovo Chromebook Duet an 8/10.

This time around, we're taking a look at the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5, a budget 13-inch Chromebook that ranges in price from $360-410. There's a lot to like about the Flex 5, but one or two flaws keep me from whole-hardheartedly recommending it to everyone.

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Lenovo's newest Chromebook has an 11-inch display and 64GB of storage for $230

From the stylish pink-sand colored Chromebook C340 to the Duet Chromebook tablet, Lenovo loves making ChromeOS devices to fill a wide variety of consumer needs. Most of its devices are on the cheaper end of the spectrum, targeting budget-savvy back-to-school shoppers and older folks who just need access to a reliable computer. Now, the company has launched a new 11-inch Chromebook 3 with a unique design for $229.99.

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15 Chrome productivity extensions to work smarter, not harder, on your Chromebook

Extensions are among Google Chrome's most powerful tools, but it can be hard to weed out the ones that are actually good and helpful versus those that might be resource hogs or woefully outdated. And while web apps are great, extensions work across basically the entirety of the Chrome browser, making them, in a way, the "native" apps of Chromebooks. We know a thing or two about doing work on the web (hi, welcome to our blog!), and we all tend to use Google Chrome for a lot of that work. We've picked up a few extensions along the way that we think you're going to love, so here are 10 of our favorites for working smarter, not harder.

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