Early Black Friday deals on Chromebooks have begun, and we’re busy scanning retailer sites to find the best prices on Chromebooks for you to buy.
Our best Chromebook deal picks are below, followed by an explanation of why we picked them. If you’re looking for more context, scroll down to the FAQ: We’ll tell you how much we expect you to pay for an early Black Friday Chromebook deal, the specs we prefer, and more. I’ve been tracking Chromebook deals for several years, so I’m confident in saying these are the best!
Acer Chromebook 315 (Celeron N4500/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 15.5-inch 1080p display), $179.00 (21% off at Walmart)
Asus Chromebook C424 (Celeron N4020/4GB RAM/128GB SSD, 14-inch 1080p display), $199.99 (20% off at Amazon)
Lenovo 2023 Slim 3 (MediaTek Kompanio 520/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 14-inch 1080p display), $198.00 (26% off at Amazon)
Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 13.3-inch 1080p display), $214.89 (23% off at Amazon)
Samsung Chromebook 4 (Celeron N4020/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, 11.6-inch 768p display), $129.00 (18% off at Walmart)
These early Black Friday Chromebook deals are surprisingly good. Budget Chromebooks mean tradeoffs, and the choice retailers are making is to discount Chromebooks with 4GB of RAM.
With that said, I’m very pleased with the top three picks: the Acer Chromebook 315, Asus C424, and Lenovo Chromebooks all have roomy 1080p screens and plenty of storage. The Celeron N4500 is the faster chip, helping the Acer Chromebook 315 rise to the top of our recommended Black Friday Chromebook deals. (The Snapdragon 7c, especially, should keep up.) I would like all of these budget prices to be about $150 or so, but we’ll see how things play out.
Because some buyers want low, low prices, I’ve added the Samsung Chromebook 4, which is otherwise a bit iffy.
Best early Black Friday midrange Chromebook deals
Acer Chromebook 317 (Pentium Silver N6000/8GB RAM/64GB SSD, 17.3-inch 1080p display), $299.00(40% off at Best Buy)
HP 15.6-inch Chromebook (Intel Core i3-N305/8GB RAM/128GB SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p display) $349.99 (30% off at Best Buy)
HP 14-inch Chromebook (Core i3-1115G4/8GB RAM/128GB SSD, 14-inch 1200p display), $448.99 (36% off at Best Buy)
If I was buying a Chromebook for a family member, I’d choose one of these. I like the Acer Chromebook 317 because of the low price, but the 15-inch HP model right below it has comparable specs and a faster processor.
All four of these are recommended, though the prices do creep up with the better specs. Chromebook Plus is Google’s new premium brand, so the discounts aren’t as profound.
When is Black Friday?
Officially, Black Friday takes place on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. Cyber Monday is the following Monday, or Nov 27, 2023.
When do Black Friday Chromebook deals begin?
Early Black Friday sales have already begun at several retailers, though sales should ramp up as Black Friday nears. Retailers haven’t been shy about adding early sales to unload inventory before the Black Friday craziness begins.
What should you pay for a Black Friday Chromebook deal?
Chromebook deals haven’t been as great as we’d like, but the early Black Friday sales aren’t bad.
We’re expecting the type of Chromebooks we recommend (see below for more detail on that) to be priced at about $250 to $350 in the weeks leading up to Black Friday. Prices should drop a bit more as Black Friday approaches. Budget Chromebooks could be about $150 or so, perhaps less — but that can mean compromising on some of the features we think you’ll like. We try to include some of these models, though, because people still look for the lowest prices. (Refurbished models can cost even less, but we usually avoid those.)
Good mainstream Chromebooks now cost about $250 to $350, as noted above — that’s the floor for a Chromebook we’d recommend. A Black Friday steal could push prices down even further.
In general, we put our top picks at the top of our lists.
What features should I look for in a Black Friday Chromebook?
We still prioritize three things when looking for a Chromebook deal: memory, the size and resolution of the screen, and the CPU. There’s also one big wrinkle for this Black Friday: the Chromebook support window.
You will still find retailers trying to unload Chromebooks with 4GB of RAM, a 768p screen, and an ancient processor. We will still list products with those specs, if justified, as budget Chromebooks. But we really feel that you deserve a Chromebook with 8GB of RAM, a 1080p screen or better (with screen sizes above 13 inches, if possible), and a relatively modern CPU. (These are usually out mainstream picks.) We don’t put a lot of weight on the CPU, if only because a Chromebook doesn’t need a lot of horsepower behind it.
Our recommended CPUs include Intel Celerons, Intel Pentiums, Intel’s Core chips, AMD’s Ryzen processors, and Arm chips from Mediatek or Qualcomm. All of those have their pros and cons, though the performance differences probably won’t matter as much as additional memory.
More memory (that is, 8GB rather 4GB of RAM) will allow for more browser tabs and a smoother browser experience. A 1080p screen will offer a comfortable laptop-like viewing experience. Onboard storage really doesn’t matter all that much, though an SSD of at least 32GB is preferable for storing apps, screenshots, and the like.
If you’re familiar with our lengthy laptops versus Chromebooks explainer, you know that one of the potential gotchas is buying a Chromebook whose support window expires soon. Google now supports new Chromebooks for up to 10 years, so this is less of a concern. We think this might push prices down, but for very old hardware. We’re trying to watch this.
Beware of deals like this: a $41 Lenovo Chromebook on Walmart. Support for this Chromebook ended in 2021, which means that it’s not protected while surfing the web. Too good to be true, indeed.
Which Chromebooks does PCWorld rate highest?
Our editors regularly review Chromebooks, so make sure to check our rankings of the best Chromebooks of 2023. We recommend a wide range of price points, and the article offers a great primer on Chromebook shopping. What’s more, some of our top picks will likely go on sale before or during Black Friday.