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The best cheap Chromebook prices and deals in April 2021

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Chromebook deals can save you even more cash on already-cheap machines, with price drops offering extra discounts that can leave you with a perfectly capable laptop for under $200 / £200. Some of the cheapest Chromebook deals sit at incredibly affordable prices, but it can be difficult to work out whether you're picking up a machine that's worth running without digging into the specs. 

That's where we come in. We're rounding up all the best cheap Chromebook deals right here, but also showing you which ones are worth their salt. We're running through all their key specs, how you should expect to use these machines, and who should take advantage of the great Chromebook prices on offer. 

We're also bringing you the lowest prices from all around the web, which means you can easily pick up the best Chromebook deal around without having to crawl through every retailer site. 

So, whether you're looking for an everyday machine for browsing the web (in which case aim to spend between $200 and $350), or something with more power for a streamlined, browser based approach to work (which might set you back $400 and up), we're showing you just which models fit the bill perfectly. We're also tracking all the best cheap laptop deals and sales right here on TechRadar if you do want to run Windows, however.

The best Chromebook deals and sales

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HP Chromebook 14

A perfectly balanced Chromebook - the top choice for most

CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 – N2940 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 14-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) BrightView | Storage: 16GB – 32GB eMMC

Excellent keyboard, trackpad
Crisp, vivid screen
Slower than some rivals
Average battery life

This is where you should begin your search for a Chromebook. At 14 inches in screen size and inside an robust frame, the HP Chromebook 14 offers a fine middle ground for the indecisive shopper. With standardized parts inside, this Chromebook can do essentially all its closest rivals can and then some, with its microSD card reader and slew of ports – unlike similarly-priced, tinier Chromebooks. 

Plus, you'll find a fantastic tactile keyboard and vivid display on here as well - which is surprising as these are usually the first corners to be cut when manufacturers are trying to bring the price down this low. We see Chromebook deals regularly including this model as well, so you'll find an excellent price if you're shopping at the right time. 

Read our full review: HP Chromebook 14

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Dell Chromebook 11

A smaller model perfect for kids

CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) touchscreen | Storage: 16GB SSD

Rugged design
180-degree barrel hinge
Touchscreen not standard
Small keyboard

It’s almost as if Dell hand-crafted this Chromebook to get work done in the classroom. It’s got an indicator light on the lid that teachers can use as if the student raised his or her hand to answer (or ask) a question. And, it’s rubberized in many places to better survive drops and dents. It’s an awfully mobile laptop, too, making it sensible for work at almost any class level, or if you just want a lightweight web browser and email machine. In the education sector, a Chromebook price can be one of the most important factors so you'll be safe in the knowledge that this Dell 11 is efficient as well. 

Chromebook deals on this model usually pitch it at the same price as the HP 14 and Acer 15, however if you're looking for a kids laptop for school you'll want to take a look at this sturdy contender. 

Read our full review: Dell Chromebook 11

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Acer Chromebook 15

The cheapest 15-inch laptop you’ll find - great for work

CPU: Intel Celeron – Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – HD Graphics 5500 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

Large, FHD screen
Lots of RAM
Roomy keyboard
Could fit more ports

While it sits at the same price point as the smaller 14-inch HP and 11-inch Dell above, this Acer Chromebook offers up a full-sized 15.6-inch display. That's a big deal if you're looking to get more done that as you'll easily be able to view multiple windows at the same time. You're also getting the option of slightly beefier components here, though not at entry level. 

So, if you're going to get a lot of work done on your new Chromebook, this might be the model to go for. There's plenty of room to breathe in the design and a little more power under the hood as well. 

It doesn’t do much that’s exclusive to its larger size so much that it simply does those things more. For many, that’s a selling point worth trying to find the best deal over, and this just so happens to be the best one.

Read our full review: Acer Chromebook 15

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Acer Chromebook 14

A good looking Chromebook with style

CPU: Intel Celeron N3160 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS | Storage: 32GB SSD

Gorgeous looks
Solid keyboard and touchpad
Flaky HD video playback

Acer tends to run the show in our Chromebook roundups, and for good reason: it makes great Chromebooks. If you want the look and near-feel of a MacBook Air, but with the Chromebook price tag this is the model for you. The 14 looks and feels like Apple’s famous notebook on the outside, but of course can’t truly feel like using one with how little it costs. 

Read our full review: Acer Chromebook 14 

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Asus Chromebook Flip C434

Flexible yet powerful

CPU: Intel Core m3-8100Y - 8th gen i5 | RAM: 4GB - 8GB | Storage: 32GB - 128GB eMMC | Display: 14-inch, 1080p touch screen | Dimensions: 12.6 x 8 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds

Streamlined, premium looking design
Excellent display
Impressive battery life

Looking to spend a little more to pick up a suite of extra features? The Asus Chromebook Flip offers up an excellent 2-in-1 laptop design that can easily switch into more of a tablet experience for an MSRP of between $400 and $600. That puts it firmly in the mid-range category of Chromebook deals, sitting above the everyday offers in both price and features but well below the Google Pixelbook Go prices below. 

best cheap Chromebook price and deals

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Google Pixelbook Go

An affordable Google laptop with the specs of something much more

CPU: Intel Core 8th Gen m3 - i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD 615 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) - 4K UHD (3840x2160) | Storage: 64GB – 256GB SSD

12 hour battery life 
Smooth design 
Portable high performance computing
Pricey for the Chromebook market

The Google Pixelbook Go is one of the most well known premium Chromebooks out there. It does have the price tag to match, but it's nowhere near the $1,000/£1,000 tag on its predecessor. The 8th generation of processors to choose from and the substantial SSD sizes on offer mean you'll be zipping through tasks on an ultra portable laptop with a great full HD screen. 

Plus, the Go can manage all that and still stay alive for 12 hours at a time, which is pretty good going when you consider the power stored inside this sleek shell. It might not be the cheap and cheerful machine you were expecting to pick up, but it's certainly worth a look if you're going to be using your Chromebook for anything strenuous. 

Today's best Chromebook deals

You'll find all the latest Chromebook deals on the models listed above right here. Our price comparison chart below brings together all the cheapest prices from around the web so you always know you're getting the best discounts. 

What makes a good Chromebook price?

The cheapest Chromebooks can sometimes be guilty of skimping on their specs. To find the best Chromebook price, therefore, it's important to keep your needs in mind when it comes to processor quality and storage solutions. There are definitely deals that take both power and cost efficiency into account, so it's important to keep an eye out for anything with an SSD capable of storing and managing updates (if you're not running ChromeOS) and RAM above the 2GB baseline that often appears in searches. 

What to look for in cheap Chromebook deals

The cheapest Chromebook deals are already pretty good for the price, and tend to be aimed at those who don't want to blow all their cash on a single gadget purchase. You're not picking up bags of storage at the lowest end of the price spectrum, but with Chrome OS removing the need for updates (these laptops don't run on Windows), you won't need as much space as you would on a conventional laptop. Plus, everything will run through your web browser on a Chromebook, which means you need even less storage.

The models above all carry decent processors for the cash, so you'll be sorted for an acceptable speed considering how little you're spending on your laptop here. However, it's worth checking out display quality and keyboard textures, as this is where manufacturers tend to cut corners in order to squeeze into these cheap Chromebook prices. 

TechRadar is scouring every retailer and rounding up all the top deals over the Black Friday period, and we’ve put all the best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals in easy-to-navigate articles to help you find the bargains you’re looking for.

If you're looking for a more substantial machine for speedy multitasking or high performance software, why not check out our best cheap laptop deals of the week. There's also some excellent gaming laptop deals to be had as well!


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    Digital transformation continues to move our daily lives to the internet, forcing businesses of all sizes to adopt new technologies that better meet their customers’ needs and help them to compete in the digital age. 

    But as digital transformation sweeps through every industry - from retail to transportation to manufacturing, and beyond - it’s exposing gaps in digital accessibility and the vulnerabilities these gaps create for businesses and customers alike. 

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans lives with some type of disability. 

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    Despite the legal guidelines governing digital accessibility, the moral imperative, and a good business sense, many companies still don’t feel the urgency - or don’t know how - to make their digital content universally accessible. 

    The good news is that today we have the technology and human expertise needed to bridge the digital accessibility gap without inflicting operational or financial burden on businesses. Below are six steps every business should take to ensure equal access to their digital content and tools, and by extension - to their products and services. 

    But before diving into the action steps, let’s first review a few basic definitions.  

    What is digital accessibility?

    Digital accessibility is the practice of designing and building websites, apps, media, and web-related tools and technologies that are usable by people who are living with disabilities or conditions that may impact their access to the web. 

    There are a number of visible and invisible disabilities that may impair a person’s ability to access digital content. The general categories of disabilities include visual, auditory, motor, and cognitive/neurological. 

    To be accessible to the broadest audience, digital content should meet the four major principles defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - it has to be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. 

    In summary, users need to be able to see and hear content, use different functionalities, navigate website structure and content with ease and clarity, and be able to use different assisted technologies.

    Why is digital accessibility important? 

    More than a billion people need assistive technology to carry out their daily tasks. In the digital context, assistive technology is any device, software, or equipment that’s easy to use and helps people with disabilities to consume and interact with web content. Voice-enabled software, keyboard alternatives, and screen readers (JAWS, NVDA) are all examples of assistive technology. 

    But assistive technology by itself can’t make your website content accessible. You have to incorporate digital accessibility best practices into the design and development of your website, so that people who use assistive technology can engage with your content, make online purchases, and become repeat customers. 

    As you think about the ROI of digital accessibility, consider that, in the US alone, people with disabilities control $645 billion in disposable income. 

    Another important consideration is search engine optimization (SEO). From a business perspective, the purpose of SEO is to drive target audiences to your website and convert site visitors into paying customers. For Google, the world’s biggest search engine, the goal is “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.” By implementing digital accessibility best practices, such as clear navigation, proper headings, ALT text, video captions, etc., you can improve your site’s ranking in search and grow organic traffic. 

    Just keep in mind that while digital accessibility helps boost SEO, your site’s great search ranking doesn’t mean your content is fully accessible to people with disabilities or meets the legal standards. Which brings us to the next point: legal guidelines governing digital accessibility. 

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    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the key legislations that prohibits discrimination based on disability. For a website to be compliant with the ADA, it must be accessible to people who browse the web with assistive devices. Between 2017 and 2021, the number of ADA-related lawsuits went up 400%. If your website is not accessible to people with disabilities, it's not compliant with the law and you are at risk of being sued. 

    Based on the way the courts and the Department of Justice have interpreted the law so far, ADA compliance is clearly mandatory for government and business websites. Most ADA website lawsuits are filed against businesses that are considered “places of public accommodation” under the law. 

    But the ADA, which was signed into law in 1990, doesn’t provide technical standards or specific legal criteria for implementing digital accessibility. Instead, there are W3C guidelines known as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that serve as the basis of modern discussions on the accessibility methods and provide clear guardrails for how to format content so it is accessible to all users. 

    Even though WCAG are considered a “voluntary technical standard” under the ADA, they are frequently cited in lawsuits and ADA settlements. In fact, ADA precedence shows that using WCAG as a guideline will ensure your site is usable and compliant. Adhering to WCAG guidelines will also help to protect your business from the threat of expensive litigation. 

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    Broadly speaking, steps in creating accessible websites fall into two categories: designing new sites and revamping existing sites for greater accessibility.

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    According to a 2021 study by AudioEye, 50% of designers and developers say they are fairly familiar with digital accessibility. 

    Website accessibility starts at the very beginning of a design project and designers should address it at every step of the way. Some elements to consider from the start are colors, color contrasts, ALT text on images, programming text for screen readers, font styles, and the careful use of interactive elements. 

    While designing for accessibility should be a top priority from the beginning, WCAG guidelines are ever-evolving, so it’s not a one-and-done effort. Accessibility improvements should be addressed on an ongoing basis.

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    Artificial Intelligence (AI) accessibility tools can uncover broken or missing accessibility features and automatically make the fixes in real-time or alert webmasters to manually remediate issues. There are tools, such as AudioEye, that specialize in active monitoring to flag new accessibility issues.

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    4. Use manual support to ensure digital accessibility

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    5. Continuously train and empower your team  

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