I routinely scour Amazon and Best Buy for Chromebook deals and thought I found one on the 11.6-inch Lenovo Chromebook C340. Best Buy has dropped the price from $299 to $259. But I wouldn’t buy that model, even though it has a $40 discount, unless you have to have your new gadget right away.
Instead, Lenovo is directly selling a slightly better configuration of Lenovo Chromebook C340 in Platinum Grey for $249.99. You’ll get double the local storage on this entry-level 2-in-1 for $10 less if you order it direct. The only potential downside is that Lenovo says these are shipping in 10-12 business days.
Although this is a low-end device, it is fairly new with Lenovo announcing the model in August of last year, with availability a month later. Still you should keep in mind that this is a small, Celeron-powered model with just 4 GB of memory. So it’s best suited for students, basic browsing and the occasional Android app based on these specs:
|CPU||Intel Celeron N4000|
|GPU||Intel UHD 600|
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR4-2400|
|Storage||64 GB eMMC 5.1 storage|
and microSD card slot
|Display||11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS|
glossy touchscreen, 250 nits
|Connectivity||Intel 9560 802.11AC (2 x 2) |
and Bluetooth 4.2
|Ports||Two USB Type-C (3.1) and two|
USB Type-A (3.1), combo mic/headphone
|Input||Non-backlit keyboard, |
multi-touch trackpad, 720p webcam
|Audio||2 x 2W speakers|
|Battery||42 WHr battery, claimed runtime|
up to 10 hours
|Software support||Automatic Chrome OS updates through|
If you’d rather have the same configuration in Sand Pink, you can order that directly for $269.99. I have that version in house and it’s a fairly light pink; stay tuned for a review later this week.