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Chrome OS often gets maligned as a platform that you can't do "real work" on, and in some cases, that's true. But sometimes, you don't need a computer that does absolutely everything, and that's why I decided to give switching to Chrome OS on my laptop a try. While I've retained my iMac as a proper workstation, my aging MacBook Air was due for an upgrade, and the opportunity to switch platforms presented itself. Could a simpler, cheaper Chromebook replace my MacBook for working on the go? While I found that the answer was decidedly "no" in some situations—and that simply adapting to Chrome OS and its limitations was a huge adjustment—I do think Chrome now has a place in my workflow, albeit one that is rather hit or miss.
There was once a time when Chrome OS was such a lightweight operating system, it didn't take a ton of horsepower to make it fly. However, as Android apps came into the picture, Chromebooks needed better hardware to meet more rigorous demands. Today, many Chromebook OEMs offer devices that can be configured a number of ways to dial in just the performance for your needs. One such device is the HP Chromebook x360 with a 2-in-1 touchscreen that you can grab from Best Buy for as little as $249 ($130 off).
If you're looking for a large Chromebook that's still fast enough to get some serious work done, the HP 2-in-1 Chromebook x360 is a great choice. After falling in price to $349 only once this year, it's back again as part of Best Buy's early Black Friday special.
Among a sea of Chromebooks, some stand out more than others. For example, the 14" HP Chromebook x360 with its clean design, good backlit keyboard, and snappy performance. After debuting at $600, its price has dipped a few times but not as low as today's sale. At Best Buy, you can now get one for just $349 ($250 off).
Chromebook deals pop up every so often, but they're usually for lower-end models with mediocre internals. But sometimes, something really good comes around, like this one. Woot is currently offering a refurbished HP Chromebook x360-14 for $389.99, a savings of $210 off the MSRP for a new model.
Thanksgiving is coming up this month in the United States, which means retailers are prepping for Black Friday. Just about every major store will have steep discounts on items, but whether they are worth fighting crowds for is another question. Target's ad for Black Friday was recently released, and there are a few noteworthy deals for Google, Amazon, and Samsung products.
Google has promised that all Chromebooks launched from 2017 onwards would support Android apps, but it's taking the company a little while to deliver on that claim. The HP Chromebook X360 11 G1 EE (wow, that's a long name) is one of many Chromebooks released this year, but until now Android app support on it has been limited to the Chrome OS Beta Channel.