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Black Friday deals on Chromebook Plus laptops

Snag a new Chromebook Plus at a $100 to $200 discount

Best Buy is still running a sale on the new Chromebook Plus devices, with savings between $100 and $200, depending on the model. That effectively brings the price range of a new Chromebook Plus from $399 to $699 down to between $269 and $499. I thought the sale would end after a week. But it’s still going strong, like an early Black Friday sale that with legs.

Surely, October 2023 will be known as the month of Chromebook Plus when it comes to ChromeOS history. In less than 30 days, we’ve seen it all.

Google’s new Chromebook Plus review roundup

First was the product line’s introduction, aiming to simplify the purchase decision process with minimum hardware requirements. New AI features were introduced in tandem with the Chromebook Plus launch and news of older, qualifying devices getting those features.

Magic Eraser is a new Chromebook Plus feature
Magic Eraser is a Chromebook Plus feature

That followed with reviews of the first several devices, including my Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus experience. And now, still in the same calendar month, we see sizable discounts on Chromebook Plus laptops.

Note that the sale prices are specific to Best Buy in the United States. I always cringe a little inside when sharing such deals because I know there are plenty of Chromebook fans in many other countries. Don’t shoot the messenger folks, I hear you on that frustration!

Back to the devices, all of which represent a great value. Personally, I’m not sure you can go wrong with any of these, thanks to those Chromebook Plus minimum hardware requirements. Each meets or exceeds the following:

  • 12th-gen Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU
  • 1080p IPS display
  • 1080p webcam with temporal noise reduction
  • 8 GB of memory
  • 128 GB of SSD storage

Given those requirements, any of the Chromebook Plus models would meet the needs of most ChromeOS users. If you want a specific feature, brand, or better than minimum requirements, you can sort out which of these laptops offer those.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus review

Here are the current Chromebook Plus models at Best Buy along with the sale prices for this week:

As I noted in my Chromebook Plus thought piece, the overall vision of this effort is positive. Yes, it will surely simplify the buying process as consumers better know how the device will meet their needs. And yes, most of these configurations, some devices even, are rebadged from existing models.

I’m still waiting out the long-term effects though. I can no longer say “Every Chromebook does the same thing”, for example.

New Chromebook Plus models get AI features

How will this dichotomy be squared up from a consumer perspective between entry-level devices and Chromebook Plus laptops? I’ve already heard from some of you, that you don’t like this change in particular. Others are disappointed that your recent, capable Chromebook won’t get the Plus upgrades due to a single hardware component not meeting the minimum requirements.

For everyone else though, this sale is a great opportunity to save a good chunk of change on a new Chromebook Plus laptop. Everyone else in the U.S., that is.

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Kevin C. Tofel

9 thoughts on “Snag a new Chromebook Plus at a $100 to $200 discount

  1. It will be interesting to see if more Chromebooks are sold because of this initiative. I suspect it will not move the needle much.
    Chromebook Plus does not move me at all. I have the Pixelbook Go, i5, 8Gb RAM. My next Chromebook will be in the Asus CX9 or Acer Spin 714 class.

  2. Since there are no Google tablets (recent portal unit is not true portable tablet.). Samsung tablets don’t upgrade immediately to newest Android releases or for more than 2 years and no regular security updates… My choice has been 10-11 inch chrome tablets. Currently have a Asus ct100pa which just ended chromos support in August. The closest I see is the Lenovo duet 3. You aware of any 10-11 Chromebook tablets coming?

    1. Wow, I thought 11th gen made the cut. Now more than ever I wish Asus would refresh the CX9 to a 13th gen Intel chip.

  3. Over the last 15 years I’ve had three ChromeBoxes. I like them better than Chromebooks because I can have a bigger screen and a full size keyboard. I’ve switched to ChromeOS Flex on a new Dell Core i7 Desktop with 32 gigs of memory and a 1 terabyte SSD. I activated the optional Linux distro and couldn’t be more pleased. I use it for all the usual stuff plus I develop software in both C and Rust.

  4. @posts This push oddly omits the most premium tier of Chromebooks. I remember all the talk about a Chromebook X lineup that was to be the standard bearer for the premium devices. It appears that has become Chromebook Plus, which is a decidedly more pedestrian lineup of devices. Granted, they are going to be fine performers for the core ChromeOS audience. But it doesn't do anything to move the needle for people in the market for premium devices nor does it shine any spotlight on those devices.

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