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The best Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chrome OS tablets you can buy right now (Spring 2019)

Chromebooks have come a long way from the original CR-48, and for many, a complete workflow is now possible in the confines of Chrome OS thanks to the addition of Android and Linux application support. But there are quite a lot out there to choose from, and some are better options than others. For your convenience, we've put together a small list of some of our favorite picks, categorized based on your primary consideration.

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Amazon has the i7/16GB Pixelbook for $1,120 ($530 off) right now

Despite being old news at this point – and amid the rumors of Google downsizing its hardware business – the Pixelbook remains a solid Chromebook. At launch, it came in two configurations, both of which were astronomically overpriced, but we've seen many sales since then. Most of those focus on the base i5 model, but the i7 version is getting some love. You can pick up one for yourself for $1,119.99 on Amazon, a whole $530 off MSRP.

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Pick up a fully-loaded Core i7 Pixelbook for $1,195 ($454 off)

Looking for a Chromebook to last you years? The Pixelbook is a good bet — it's light, sleek, and a great performer. The base model is undoubtedly fine for most users, but if you're really trying to future-proof, you can spec it all the way up to an Intel Core i7 processor and a bunch of other fancy internals, and that top-of-the-line model is available for more than $400 off MSRP right now on Amazon.

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Get a refurbished Pixelbook for $600 ($400 off) from Best Buy

Google's Pixelbook is a high-water mark for Chromebooks and just an excellent computer overall. It's got overkill specs, great build quality, and a lovely screen. It's priced accordingly, too, with an MSRP starting at $999. It's on sale with increasing frequency lately, but this here is a particularly savory deal: right now, you can snag a refurbished unit from Best Buy for just $600.

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[Update: Now $1,234] The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members

The vast majority of Pixelbook buyers out there won't need a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, but if you're one of the few who do, you're in luck. Amazon is currently offering the highest-end Pixelbook for just $1,275, a discount of $374 from the $1,649 MSRP.

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Google Pixelbook down to $699 ($300 off) at multiple retailers

We still have five days until Black Friday itself starts, but it seems like pre-Black Friday deals come earlier and earlier every year. A lot of sales are going live today, including Google's Pixelbook for $699, or $300 off. This matches the UK deal that started a few days ago.

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[Update: Plus £50 Google Store voucher] Google Pixelbook starts at just £699 in the UK right now, with £300 off every model

The Google Pixelbook is the Chromebook of dreams. It runs Chrome OS, sure. And it doesn't run proper Photoshop or Lightroom, sure. But it's a beautifully made convertible with a keyboard to die for and it also has a touchscreen so you can make the most of Android apps. Right now, in the UK, you can get it for £300 off in every configuration.

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Chrome OS Canary brings Android 9 Pie to the Pixelbook

The Android subsystem has become an increasingly important part of Chrome OS, but it's still based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Some of the improvements in Oreo and Pie would be highly-beneficial for Chromebooks, like Picture-in-Picture, the updated emoji set, Vulkan 1.1, and mouse capturing. Now it seems Google is updating the Android subsystem straight to 9.0 Pie, skipping Oreo entirely.

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Upcoming Google Pixelbook devices allegedly shown off in 3 new leaks

At this point, we're pretty sure that Google is going to release not one, but two new Chrome OS devices at its NYC hardware event on October 9. There have been persistent rumors about an updated Pixelbook with smaller bezels, but there's convincing evidence to suggest we will also see a tablet with a detachable keyboard (please call it Pixelet). We might now have our first look at the new models, codenamed 'Nocturne' and 'Atlas.'

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A Google Pixelbook tablet seems imminent - here's what it needs to succeed

Rumors that Google will be launching a second-generation Pixelbook device this fall have recently begun to converge in a convincing way. Evan Blass - along with Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks - have provided the most compelling evidence yet. Blass, a very reliable leaker, says that Google will launch the device before the end of the year (he's usually right). Tofel, looking at commits for a device in the Chrome repositories codenamed 'Atlas,' discovered it is the only ChromeOS device aside from the current Pixelbook without an SD card slot. Finally, Chrome Unboxed spotted a commit showing that Atlas is booting on an image from the current Pixelbook.

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