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Best Buy drops the 1080p Lenovo Chromebook C630 down to $549 ($150 off), includes free Google Home Mini

We see a lot of Chromebook deals pop up from time to time, but today's, courtesy of Best Buy, is definitely one worth noting. Right now, you can pick up Lenovo's excellent Yoga Chromebook C630 (1080p model) for just $549, and you get a free Google Home Mini thrown in for good measure.

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[Update: Deal is dead] Lenovo's C330 is one of the best cheap Chromebooks you can get, and the 64GB version is on sale for just $220 right now

Lenovo's C330 picked up AP's Most Wanted award last year when we reviewed it for plenty of good reasons. Sure, you aren't getting a 4K screen, quad-core Intel CPU, or 16GB of RAM, but Lenovo managed to cut precisely the right corners to hit what we considered an incredible price. Not many cheap Chromebooks come with an IPS screen, solid build quality, or such a pleasant touchpad. And right now the bigger 64GB version is marked down to just $220 at AmazonB&H, and Newegg. That's $80 off MSRP and $30 off recent prices.

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Best Buy has deals on tons of Chromebooks, including the HP Chromebook X2 for $399 ($200 off)

Chromebooks have matured a lot since they debuted in 2011. The experience is still largely browser-based, but the scope of tasks that can be completed within Chrome has widened considerably since then, not to mention support for Android and Linux apps. If you've been considering one, Best Buy has deals on a number of hot ticket units, including the HP Chromebook X2, Lenovo Yoga C630, and even refurbished Pixelbooks.

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You may someday be able to sideload Android apps on your Chromebook without resorting to Developer mode

According to some super sleuthing by Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks, one of Chrome OS' most requested features — installing Android apps from outside the Play Store without resorting to Developer mode — may actually, finally be on its way. Based on a comment provided by a developer in the Chromium bug tracker, it could make its way to users as early as the Chrome OS 74 or 75 releases.

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Acer's overpowered i5/16GB Chromebook Spin 13 is now available for $999

The world of premium, high-end Chromebooks is starting to heat up — the Pixelbook is no longer all by its lonesome. Though not new, per se, Acer's Chromebook Spin 13 is now available in a new configuration. The most expensive one yet, you get an i5 CPU with 16GB of RAM for $999.

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Acer announces two all-in-one Chrome OS desktops for businesses

There are plenty of Chromebooks, and a few Chrome OS desktop boxes, but there is a major lack of all-in-one options. If you wanted something akin to an iMac running Chrome OS, your only real choice was to find a 2016 Acer Chromebase. Acer announced two new all-in-one Chrome OS desktops today, both designed for use in schools and businesses.

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[Update: Full list of devices] Chrome OS Instant Tethering now officially supports 15 new Chromebooks and 30 new phones

Last month we spotted that Instant Tethering — a feature which allows your Chromebook to easily ride your phone's data connection when Wi-Fi isn't available — was appearing on at least a handful of non-Pixel/Nexus phones. It would appear that was an early test, as today Google is formally announcing that Instant Tethering is rolling out to 15 new Chromebooks and 30 new phones.

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Lenovo's 4K Yoga Chromebook C630 is now available for $900, 1080p with backlit keyboard for $720

Back at IFA last year, Lenovo announced that it would be releasing a premium Chromebook, which got a bunch of us excited. Dubbed the Yoga Chromebook, it impressed with its clean visuals and promising spec list and price tag. The base i3/1080p model was available back in October for a mere $599.99, but the 4K configuration was yet to be seen. Well, Lenovo sneakily put it up for purchase, along with a new 1080p variant.

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Get a refurbished ASUS Chromebit for just $60 from Newegg

The ASUS Chromebit CS10 was one of the first desktop Chrome OS machines, as it was released in 2015. It squeezes a Rockchip RK3288C processor and a 2GB of RAM into a package the size of a Chromecast, and now you can get a refurbished unit for just $59.99.

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Chrome OS 74 may bring backup and restore for Linux containers

Setting up a new Chrome OS device is a breeze compared to almost any other operating system. Your browsing data, extensions, and even Android apps sync down in a flash. The exception is Linux apps, which only live on a single piece of hardware. That could change as soon as Chrome OS 74 thanks to the inclusion of native backup and restore for Linux containers.

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