With limited market supplies, now might be a good time to grab a Lenovo Chromebook S340 for $249.99

As more people are working or taking classes from home, it seems that the Chromebook market wasn’t prepared for a big uptick in device demand. I’ve seen supply shortages across all brands and retailers based on what is likely limited inventory of Chromebooks. I’ve even drafted a few posts in the past week to point out some good deals only to find that in less than an hour, the devices were sold out!

So I was surprised to see the Lenovo Chromebook S340 available for next-day shipping as of now. Even better, while it’s either available or can be shipped in around two weeks from some retailers, the direct Lenovo price of $249.99 is currently the best.

Best Buy, for example, says it can ship a similar model but with 1080p display for delivery on May 18 for $299.99.

Granted, this is an entry-level 720p device that’s aimed for basic browsing but it should easily handle schoolwork for most kids, save perhaps for some high school programs. Lenovo debuted the Chromebook S340 alongside the similar but smaller Chromebook C340 in August.

For $250 then, this won’t break any speed records. However, it won’t bust your budget either.

Here’s a rundown of the S340 specs:

CPUIntel Celeron N4000, dual core
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 600
Display14-inch IPS panel, 1366 x 768 resolution,
anti-glare, 220 nits of brightness
Memory4 GB, LPDDR4
Storage32 GB (eMMC), microSD card slot for
expansion
Connectivity802.11ac (2×2) WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
InputKeyboard (not backlit),
multi-touch trackpad, 720p webcam
Ports2 USB Type-C, 2 USB Type-A, combo
headphone jack
Battery42Wh capacity,
up to 10 hours claimed runtime
Weight3.09 pounds
SoftwareChrome OS automatic updates through
June 2026

Again, this is for just getting work done in a Chrome browser and maybe a few Android apps that don’t rely heavily on a touchscreen for any software gaps; perfect for a secondary device or a student.

4 thoughts on “With limited market supplies, now might be a good time to grab a Lenovo Chromebook S340 for $249.99

  • April 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm
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    The Celeron N4000 is just above the cut of what I’d consider to be very acceptable processor performance in a Chromebook. And a 14-inch screen is just large enough to make 720p look good. So, at that price, I wouldn’t hesitate to use this device for everyday tasks. BTW, although I probably wasn’t the only one, several weeks ago, I more or less suggested that Chromebooks should experience a huge surge in demand as a result of the need for students to switch to online classes. At the time though, demand for Chromebooks was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind.

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    • April 27, 2020 at 1:48 am
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      I’ve tried it and returned.
      First I thought it’s a mistake.
      The OS is 32 bit
      N4000 is 64 bit architecture with a major challenge.
      Not recommended.

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  • April 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm
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    In my testing, the crucial Chromebook test for students right now is whether it runs Zoom without choppy audio and video.

    Before you buy, search for Zoom performance reviews for your model.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 1:35 pm
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    Out of stock when trying to check out.

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