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When is Prime Day? Prime Day will last for 48 hours, beginning Monday, June 21 at 12 a.m. PDT and ending Tuesday, June 22 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Today.comWhen does Prime Day 2021 end and what deals can you get before it’s over?

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All the Amazon Prime Day laptop deals and sales still available

Digital Trends 23 June, 2021 - 03:06pm

No matter what your needs are, there are still some very nice discounts to be had on all types of laptops. For gamers, we’ve scooped up all the best remaining Prime Day Razer deals as well as the best Prime Day Alienware deals, so you can enjoy a fast and powerful (not to mention great-looking) machine that will have you playing the latest games at high settings for years. Are you more interested in one of the best business laptops for work? These Prime Day Microsoft Surface deals and Prime Day Dell XPS deals feature the cream of the Windows crop, with slimline designs that are both gorgeous and versatile.

And then there’s always the best Prime Day Chromebook deals that are still left if you’ve embraced the cloud-based lifestyle and/or want to ditch Windows altogether. Finally, once Amazon’s Prime Day deals have dried up, don’t forget the HP Prime Day sale, these Best Buy Prime Day deals, and the Staples Prime Day sale.

Prime Day is one of the best chances of the year to save on new technology thanks to Amazon’s focus on the latest gadgets. That means that now is still a good time to buy a new laptop, and the 2021 Prime Day laptop sales were on par with anything Black Friday or Cyber Monday is likely to offer later this year. Buying now gives you the additional benefit of being able to enjoy a new laptop a number of months earlier than waiting until Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, too. That could be particularly useful if your current laptop is feeling a little tired and in need of replacing.

If you’re looking for something in the remaining Prime Day laptop sales, it’s likely you want a machine that’s suitable as a long-term investment. No laptop is available at an impulse-buy purchase price, so it’s important to think about what you need most from it before you pull the trigger. The first step is to consider what your budget is and make sure to stick to it. Once you’ve figured that out, check out our laptop buying guide for an overview of what to expect at your price target. We go hands-on with some specific models in our best laptops roundup, and we’ve looked at common laptop-buying mistakes you can make, too. We’ve also discussed the best time to buy a new laptop on top of that, and you guessed it — Prime Day is one of them.

It’s important to know what operating system is best for you — whether that’s Windows, Chrome OS, or MacOS. Each one offers its own pros and cons. While Windows is the traditional choice for many users (and particularly gamers) and has extensive software compatibility, MacOS is pretty great, too, especially if you already have other Apple devices as it syncs up with them brilliantly. Chrome OS might seem more limited on the surface but you’ll get amazing battery life and it’s arguably more secure than the other two operating systems. You do have to rely on your files being stored on the cloud, however.

Consider portability as well. Do you need to move your laptop around frequently? A smaller screen and lighter build should be a priority, and battery life is a major consideration, too. That’s where something like the MacBook Air or a Chromebook will come into its own, offering typically superior battery life than anything else. However, if you simply plan on leaving your laptop on your desk most of the time, you won’t have to focus on this so much as it’ll rarely be off charge or needing to be carried around. That’s where a 15-inch or 17-inch laptop may feel more appealing as you’ll get more of a desktop-style experience without the bulk that a desktop PC offers.

Many remaining Prime Day laptop deals may offer features such as touchscreens, but that can bump up the price and you may find it unnecessary for your needs. Don’t be lured in by upgrades you simply won’t use, and that includes dedicated graphics cards if you have no intention of gaming on your new laptop. However, it is a good idea to plan ahead. A modest 128GB of SSD storage or 4GB RAM might sound fine now but if you want this laptop to be useful to you for a number of years, future-proofing is crucial and might be worth some extra dough. It might even prove cheaper in the long run if it means you don’t have to replace your laptop nearly as soon.

Ultimately, you can use a laptop for a myriad of different purposes so it’s vital to really consider what you need it for before jumping on any enticing Prime Day laptop deals that are still live. Sure, everyone would love a $2,000 gaming laptop — but will you actually use it? It’s overkill if you simply plan on using your laptop to browse the internet occasionally or stream videos. Similarly, a $300 Chromebook won’t cut it if you want to be able to play games on the move. Plan accordingly, then check out the specs of the laptop and make sure it matches your needs. A good deal is only a good deal if it works for you.

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Prime Day Chromebook deals still available: Lenovo Duet for $230, Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 for $320

CNET 23 June, 2021 - 10:03am

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is over, but there are still some lingering bargains to be had on Chromebooks from Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and others. 

Prices were accurate at the time of publication, but the prices and inventory can fluctuate wildly following Prime Day sales. We'll be updating these recommendations regularly with all of the best Chromebook deals we've spotted across the web. 

Don't think twice about this Chromebook's low price. Chrome OS doesn't need much to make it run smoothly compared to Windows and MacOS. That's why they make great laptops for basic tasks. This HP has more storage than you'd typically find at this price, but it does have an 11.6-inch, 1,366x768-pixel display. 

Just $20 more than its Prime Day price, Samsung's Chromebook Plus V2 is a two-in-one, which means you can use it as a laptop or flip the screen 360 degrees and use it as a tablet. Or you can use it in tent mode, which is nice for video chats, or set it up in stand mode with the keyboard facing down on a table or desk for watching movies or giving presentations. Basically, this design gives you the flexibility to do more with this Chromebook than the typical clamshell design. It also comes with a pen for drawing and writing on the screen and it has a slot in the body so you always have the pen handy. 

This was once one of Samsung's premium models at $500 and it still regularly sells for more than $400. This is the lowest price I've seen in a while. It only has 32GB of built-in storage, but there is a microSD card slot for expansion.

Read our Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 review.

This Samsung Chromebook 4 has similar components to what you would find in the average school-issued Chromebook with one big exception: its screen. Unlike the small 11.6-inch, 1,366x768-pixel displays typical of school Chromebooks, this has a 15.6-inch, full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel display powered by an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM. This gives your kids much more room to navigate the educational websites they'll need to work in every day. It's price went up $20 since Prime Day ended, but it's still a bargain at this price.

Chromebooks can be tablets, too. The Duet was one of my favorites from last year and it's still a great deal in 2021. It's a 10.1-inch tablet that comes with a back cover with a built-in kickstand and a magnetic detachable keyboard with a touchpad. It's perfect for enjoying the best of the web, playing Android games or banging out some email or catching up on work anywhere.

Read our Lenovo Chromebook Duet review.

The price of an 11.6-inch Chromebook, but with a 1080p full-HD 14-inch display. It also has 64GB of storage, double what you typically find on $200 models.

Lenovo makes a lot of Chromebooks, which is why there are several on this list. The 13.3-inch IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is a bargain even when it's not discounted. It's a two-in-one, but it's more a laptop than a tablet. With the Flex 5, you're getting a larger display, a full-size backlit keyboard and better everyday performance with its 10th-gen Core i3 processor.

Read our Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 review.

The C433 is a lightweight, full-HD, 14-inch two-in-one Chromebook with an Intel Core M3-8100Y Processor, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage all wrapped up in a metal body. Thanks to the slim bezels around the screen, this is the same size as an older 13-inch model, but with a bigger display. It even has a backlit keyboard -- a rarity once you dip below this price. This is a premium Chromebook at a more budget-friendly price.

This Spin 311 configuration makes it a good starter Chromebook but with the added benefit of being a two-in-one convertible. The 32GB of storage and 768p HD-resolution touch display make this better suited for younger or casual users. Still, it's a good deal: This is the lowest price of this Spin 311 by $25. 

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Why Prime Day is the perfect time to buy your first Chromebook

Android Central 22 June, 2021 - 09:14pm

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We're in the home stretch of Amazon Prime Day, and there have been deals big and small passing through, and now it's time to head for the checkout after grabbing your last few items. This is the time where we take the plunge on items we'd been considering buying for months — I'm finally trying a set of smooth bamboo sheets to see if they're as cooling as they sound. If you've been debating trying out a Chromebook as your next laptop, this is absolutely, 100% the perfect time to jump on it.

There are good Chromebook deals tonight that won't break the bank and will give you a good starting experience with Chrome OS. You can decide if you want to buy a fancier model in the future or if the testing model you buy tonight actually fits the bill all on its own. There are three Lenovo Chromebook deals that are perfect for those wanting to dip their toe in the pool, so to speak, and you should grab them now before they shoot back up $100 or more tomorrow.

This is the best Chromebook for most people. It has the 1080p touchscreen you'll want when watching videos or playing Android games, a 10th Gen Intel Core i3 so it can keep up with your work, and the 10-hour battery and backlit keyboard will let you work late into the evening when you procrastinate all afternoon.

The main complaint Chromebooks get is that they're cheap little netbooks, and if you think this might bias your decision, skip the cheap Chromebooks and buy the best Chromebook while it's at its best price ever. The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is a fantastic Chromebook at its normal $430 price, but tonight you can get it for $310, giving you a mid-range Chromebook for a budget price. This is the beauty of Prime Day, and it's why right now is quite literally the best time to try a Chromebook.

This is a laptop I've used for months — I spent most of the pandemic on it after writing the Lenovo Flex 5 review last summer — and I worked full-time on it during light workweeks and the busiest of times. It can get the job done, and then once work is done, I flip it over into tablet mode and play Microsoft Solitaire Collection until I'm tired enough for bed.

While most Chromebooks have down-firing speakers, the Flex 5 has up-facing stereo speakers that are great for watching YouTube or Disney+ while you're waiting for a meeting to start, and the 1080p touchscreen looks nice and crisp for those videos and for any games you'll play on it via Google Play, Stadia, or GeForce Now. Battery life is 8-10 hours on most charges, but I've eked out over 11 hours when I kept the screen brightness down and the Wi-Fi steady.

If $300 is still a bit much to spend on a laptop that you're not entirely sure you're going to like, that's OK! One of my favorite budget Chromebooks is down to $220 for Prime Day, and it'll give you the essential Chrome OS experience in a compact, durable chassis that you won't mind passing over to your kids if they had to hand in their school Chromebook for the summer.

The 11.6-inch 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebook may be relatively light on ports, but it still has 45W USB-C charging — so you can use the same Power Delivery chargers your Macbook or newer Windows laptop does — and while the Mediatek processor can strain under heavier workloads, it's perfect for light browsing, playing lighter Android games, and watching some videos.

The Lenovo Flex 3 11" is an older Chromebook with a new name — believe it or not, that's actually a good thing. This is the exact same Chromebook as the Lenovo C330, which is one of the most popular Chromebooks from the last three years and still sells quite well because it's a great little laptop. Yes, the bezels around the screen are big, but it has a touchscreen rather than the non-touch screens most of the other budget Chromebook deals have tonight.

A touchscreen here is important; I firmly believe that a touchscreen offers the best experience on Chrome OS, especially when you're dealing with Android apps that aren't always optimized for mouse and keyboard input. Once you get used to flicking through Twitter with a touchscreen, you'll wonder why you ever bothered with a trackpad. It makes tasks like editing photos and zooming in on super small text much easier, and really, at these prices, why wouldn't you want a touchscreen?

This laptop is a great way to ease yourself into Chrome OS because you can just treat it like a spare laptop. I'd throw this laptop in my backpack and go write from somewhere in the shade of the Japan pavilion at Epcot or keep updating collections while waiting for fireworks in the Magic Kingdom. The Flex 3 has no problem being hauled to and fro, the battery will last most of the day unless you really crank up the brightness, and the Blizzard White shell is remarkably good at hiding scuffs and lint over time.

Of course, if you're still not sold on Chrome OS, there's one more option for testing the system out: buy the best Chrome OS tablet on the block and my favorite podcast and couch companion: the Lenovo Chromebook Duet.

The Duet features a 10.1-inch FHD touchscreen that's perfect for watching YouTube or reading comics on a lazy Sunday afternoon. A magnetic kickstand and a detachable keyboard are included in the box, and when they're connected, you get the full Chrome OS experience and full Chrome browser, as opposed to the embarrassing "desktop" or "productivity" modes that Android tablets offer today.

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a great way to ease yourself into Chrome OS because when the keyboard's not attached, the Duet acts much like Android tablets. You see all your Android apps, web apps (PWAs), and Linux apps in an app drawer, and it uses the same gesture navigation system. The Chrome Browser is touch-optimized on Chrome OS with a tab strip at the top that makes it easier to see and switch between tabs, and you get the full Chrome browser whether you're using it in tablet or laptop mode.

Unlike Android tablets, though, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is getting monthly system and security updates and will get them until June 2028.

I'll be the first to admit the keyboard on the Duet is a teeny bit cramped because of the smaller form factor, but it's easy to adapt to when you're using it for emails on vacation or Reddit-browsing on the couch, something I do with alarming regularity. The 10.1-inch screen has a better resolution and brighter panel than the Flex 3, and that makes it a much better option for watching videos and reading e-books and webcomics. I've lost entire days reading Fanfiction.net's app on the Duet — and the battery was still over 30% after 10 hours of reading on the dark theme.

Oh, and did I mention you don't have to deal with any of those nonsense anti-virus security suites with any of these Chromebooks? Chrome OS is sandboxed in such a way that it's very, very difficult for your Chromebook to be compromised, and Google will pay researched hundreds of thousands of dollars when they find exploits capable of doing so.

If you're debating a Chromebook tonight, these three are all great ways to ease yourself into the wonderful world of Chrome, and who knows? You might end up making them your new laptop after your trial period is over. It's hard to go back to Windows constant updates and more clunky legacy applications after all these years of streamlined web apps and Android apps.

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Chrome Unboxed 22 June, 2021 - 07:39pm

It's your last chance to get our favorite Chromebook at its lowest price

Android Central 22 June, 2021 - 03:21pm

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Part of why I love Prime Day is that it allows you to stretch your dollar further. Usually, a $300 budget for a Chromebook will either get you a 13-14-inch non-touch clamshell or an 11.6-inch 2-in-1 touchscreen, both with an aging Celeron processor and subpar screen resolution. Today, that same $300 will get you a 13.3-inch 2-in-1 1080p touchscreen Chromebook with an Intel Core processor and plenty of storage space.

There have been quite a few Chromebook deals this Prime Day, but one stands head and shoulders above the rest. The Lenovo Flex 5 leads our Best Chromebooks guide because it's the best blend of power, portability, and price, but the Prime Day price cut has made it the best value by a mile.

The best Chromebook on the market hits its lowest price ever.

The value of the Lenovo Flex 5 is simply irresistible. You get a 13.3-inch 1080p touchscreen with USI stylus support, a backlit keyboard with up-facing stereo speakers, ample ports for peripherals, all-day battery life, and an i3 processor to keep up with your workload on the busiest of days. It doesn't get any better than this.

After I wrote our Lenovo Flex 5 review, I went on to use it for the rest of the year, because while other Chromebooks crossed my desk, the Flex 5 was just the right size for my work and just light enough to easily carry around Epcot whenever I got tired of my boring old apartment. The backlit keyboard is comfortable and easy to write on for hours on end — I spent Black Friday last year on it, and I can't think of a tougher stress test for a Chromebook — and the touchscreen is responsive and sharp.

I'll admit, the 250 nit brightness of the screen isn't great for working outdoors, but very few Chromebooks have anything brighter besides the Acer Spin 713 that Best Buy ended its deal on already. I'll also admit that I wish 8GB RAM models were a little more widely available, but the 4GB on mine has done well so long as I don't start hoarding tabs like my boss does.

If you've been debating a new Chromebook for yourself or a family member, the Lenovo Flex 5 is a great, well-rounded Chromebook that should last them a full workday before you need to set it back on a charger. If you tend to work away from your desk — I'm writing this on my couch right now — the Flex 5 can easily top back off while you're eating lunch and then be ready to go all afternoon and late into the night.

Chrome OS as an operating system has really come into its own over the last three years. Tablet mode is actually good now for when you flip the Flex 5 over and play a few dozen rounds of Freecell, and productivity tricks like the expanded clipboard and the Tote for recent and pinned files have made it easier than ever to get my work done quickly on a Chromebook. The Flex 5 will get Chrome OS updates until June 2028, so this laptop should serve you well for most of the decade so long as you treat her right.

If you're looking for a Chromebook with 8GB of RAM, you can get that for less than $400 today with the ASUS Chromebook Flip C433.

This Chromebook has an m3 processor rather than the i3 in the Flex 5, but it does have more RAM and a slightly larger 14-inch screen. The hinge design on the ASUS is either a love-it-or-hate-it scenario, but at least there's plenty of ports on this lovely laptop.

If you're looking for something a little more durable for younger users, the Flex 3 is a relaunch of one of the most popular Chromebooks on the market, the Lenovo C330. I used the C330 for almost a year, and it is built to take a beating. The Celeron processor inside is also surprisingly capable.

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Going, Going, Gone: HP Pavilion and Lenovo Chromebook Laptop Prime Day Deals Are Ending Soon

PEOPLE 22 June, 2021 - 03:17pm

Right now, HP's 2020 and 2021 laptops are as much as 20 percent off, with the best value being $164 off the company's newest 2021 x360 14-inch touchscreen laptop that comes with a 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor. The older model from 2020, which uses a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, is similarly on sale for $629. The former comes with 256 gigabytes of storage while the latter has 512 gigabytes, but both are foldable and include a full HD display.

If you want to splurge even more, HP's luxurious 13-inch Envy laptop with the i7 Intel Core processor from last year is just $899 today, and its desktop version of the All-in-One computer is $300 off. On the other end of the spectrum, HP's affordable x360 Chromebook is just $290, making it an excellent choice for kids or young adults in need of their first laptops.

HP isn't the only brand whose Chromebooks are on sale: Lenovo's options are as little as $210 this Prime Day, with S330, C330, Flex 3, and Flex 5 models all discounted up to $120 off. The S330 is the most basic, no-frills choice, with a MediaTek MT8173C processor and 64 gigabytes of storage. A step up takes you to the C330, which uses a MediaTek MT8173C processor and can be folded, making it the ideal choice for those on the hunt for a laptop-tablet hybrid.

The best value, however, might just be the Flex 5, an upgrade from the Flex 3 that's also on sale. It comes with Intel's fast Core i3 processor and can be completely folded with up to 10 hours of battery life when fully charged. "Cheap, practical, fast, long battery, beautiful engineering," said a shopper of the Flex 5, who added that it's the "best bang-for-your-buck Chromebook."

If you're still on the fence about these deals, we recommend acting fast: Amazon Prime Day ends at midnight PT, and these markdowns will be going with them. Shop these once-a-year Prime sales on HP and Lenovo laptops below. 

Right now is the best time to grab these last-minute Chromebook deals

Android Central 22 June, 2021 - 02:09pm

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As millions of us continue to learn and work from home, Prime Day deals will make a great time to replace your aging desktop or add another Chromebook to your family's collection. Most of the best Chromebooks have been available for over a year now, which means that deals are much more likely this year than they were last year — when we were also in the midst of the 2020 Chromebook shortage.

Part of why Chromebooks have (almost) always had great deals on Prime Day is that mid-range Chromebooks come down to budget prices, and budget Chromebooks come down to impulse-buy prices. Considering that Chrome OS is designed to run on more affordable hardware to begin with, and that means that Prime Day is the best time to get a laptop, especially a budget laptop. Premium Chromebooks like the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook are already seeing deep discounts ahead of Prime Day, so you can grab a great Chromebook and have it in time for Prime Day on Monday.

No matter your budget this Prime Day, Google has durability and usability standards for almost all Chromebooks — because most models are designed for chaotic classrooms or unforgiving businesses — that make Chromebooks ideal for younger and less tech-savvy users. All this adds up to Chromebooks being great investments for families looking for a computer that won't break the bank and won't die the second you breathe on it wrong. Case in point: the Lenovo Flex 5 is down to its best price ever and gives you a great mid-range 2-in-1 Chromebook for the price of a budget clamshell.

This is the winner in our Best Chromebooks roundup for a reason: you get a lot for the money, and it's at its lowest price ever today. This 2-in-1 touchscreen has all the features you'll want — 1080p touchscreen with USI stylus compatibility, 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor, 8-10 hour battery life, and a comfortable backlit keyboard with up-facing stereo speakers on each side of it.

Chromebooks are excellent for getting things done — I've worked full-time from one for four years — and when you want to really get down to business on a Chromebook, you'll want some extra power and a little extra style to help your Chromebook fit in with all the Macbooks and ultrabooks. I recommend going with an Intel M3 or higher, at least 64GB of internal storage for accommodating lots of Android apps or Linux apps. While 4GB will be perfectly okay for lighter workloads, if you tend to keep dozens and dozens of tabs open at a time while video conferencing, you'll want to spring for the 8GB of RAM on something like the Pixelbook Go.

There are several higher-end Chromebooks that are seeing significant price cuts on Prime Day — the one-year-old Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, the two-year old ASUS Chromebook Flip C433, and the just replaced Acer Chromebook 713 — but another excellent choice, especially for business is the ASUS Chromebook C434. It may be a couple of years old now, but it still offers the best blend of power and value alongside its beautiful 14-inch touchscreen, and now that its successors are starting to become available.

Samsung's first Chromebook premium enough to bear the Galaxy name is an ultra-premium marvel that you can pick up for less than its less-powerful successor right now! The battery is only 6-9 hours, but the screen is stunning and it has all the storage and power you need.

This is the best overall Chromebook on the market and I love it for both work and play. The 13.3-inch 1080p touchscreen is easy to split-screen tabs on, the keyboard is comfortable and backlit with stereo speakers surrounding it. Battery should easily last you a full workday, and it has plenty of ports.

This 14-inch 2-in-1 is a couple of years old now, but it's still quick as a whip and built well. The backlit keyboard is easy to type on late into the evening, and the screen is vibrant and perfect for split-screening work and play. This model also has 8GB of RAM, so it's great for tab hoarders.

As someone who fully embraces the #HaveChromebookWillTravel lifestyle, compact Chromebooks are my favorites to use on the couch and around the country. 11.6-inch Chromebooks make up a significant portion of the Chromebook market, and for good reason: they're the ideal size for students and for on-the-go users.

Unfortunately, the compact Chromebook market is fraught with older, outdated models, especially on Amazon where sellers tend to call everything the "latest" "2021" model even if the Chromebook in question is actually two years old. Ignore the marketing terms and look at the specs in order to determine how new and worthy a Chromebook deal is.

Both the Acer Spin 311 (2W) and Samsung Chromebook 4 use the same Celeron N4000 processor and 4GB of storage as my favorite compact Chromebook, the Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 that spent most of the last year sold-out amid the 2020 Chromebook crunch, but others use the MediaTek 8183 or similar versions. In particular, the 10.1-inch Lenovo Chromebook Duet uses one, and when paired with that nice 1080p screen and detachable keyboard and kickstand, it makes the Duet one of the best Chromebooks on the market, let alone one of the best compact ones, and now that the Duet's been out a year, it's time for it to get some deals.

With the Acer Spin 311, you get plenty of ports and a handy 2-in-1 form factor but only 32GB of storage. The Samsung is almost painfully light on ports and is a non-touchscreen clamshell laptop, but it comes with 64GB of storage. Both Chromebooks will get Chrome OS updates until June 2026, so they should last you a good long while.

Whatever you grab, I highly suggest a touchscreen for three reasons: it'll make interacting with Android apps easier, it really doesn't cost more, and it's just more fun!

With battery for literal days and the best experience we've seen from a Chrome OS tablet to date, the Duet finally gives us the kind of Google tablet we've wanted for a decade. The battery will absolutely never leave you hanging and the screen is great, but there will be a few itty bitty hangs and stutters every now and then.

This compact Chromebook also has a Celeron N4000-series processor, and if you can get by on 32GB of storage, it's a nice little Chromebook for kids and for light computing on the go. It has more ports than its successor, and expandable storage is still an option here.

This Chromebook is essentially a Lenovo C330 with a name change, and that's perfectly fine because the C330 was a great little laptop and I loved mine to death. And since the Lenovo C330 is $250, you can save an extra $30 by buying the newer, lesser-known version of it instead. It still has the same processor, RAM, and 64GB of storage.

It may lack a touchscreen, but this Chromebook has the essentials you or your kid need to browse the web, play some Android games, and get homework done, too. It features the same MediaTek 8183 processor many top compact Chromebooks use, and I'm digging the finish around the keyboard and trackpad.

There are a lot of older Chromebooks that will be "on sale" for around $230, so why not just buy a brand new model like the CX1? The Celeron 3350 is an older processor, but it's perfect for kids just needing to do some homework.

Most compact Chromebooks only come with 32GB of storage, but if you're intending to download lots of apps or download music and movies for offline playback, you'll want one with 64GB or higher. The Samsung Chromebook 4 fits that bill nicely.

While price and performance are always important on a Chromebook, when buying one for a kid durability is equally important. After all, it doesn't matter how cheap a Chromebook is if your kid breaks it less than a month later. Unfortunately, the Best Chromebook for Students — the ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 — can be hard to find these days, so I recommend grabbing the Acer Spin 311 instead, which is still a hearty little Chromebook even when not covered in rubberized plastic. If your kid wants a bigger screen for gaming and YouTube — I mean homework! — the HP Chromebook X360 14b is also a great pick for a nice, big touchscreen 2-in-1.

All of the current student Chromebook models are now two years old, but none of the new models announced in January are available outside B2B channels yet. This means that you can pick up these older models at a deeper discount rather than waiting for new models that aren't any more powerful than the C214.

This is the winner in our Best Chromebooks roundup for a reason: you get a lot for the money, and it's at its lowest price ever today. While it's not as rugged as Education Edition models, it's got a 1080p touchscreen, backlit keyboard with up-facing stereo speakers, and an i3 processor, so it's got the power when it needs it.

This compact Chromebook also has a Celeron N4000-series processor, and if you can get by on 32GB of storage, it's a nice little Chromebook for kids and for light computing on the go.

ASUS's education Chromebook offers consistent performance even under strenuous conditions and tolerates drops and drips better than most. It's sold at or above $400 for most of the last year, so grab this sale while it lasts.

It may lack a touchscreen, but this Chromebook has the essentials you or your kid need to browse the web, play some Android games, and get homework done, too. It features the same MediaTek 8183 processor many top compact Chromebooks use, and I'm digging the finish around the keyboard and trackpad.

This model is a little bit older, but for younger kids with lighter workloads, it has everything you need to get started and see if you can trust them to take care of a laptop. Just keep in mind it's only getting Chrome OS updates for another three years before you'll need to buy another machine or switch it over to CloudReady.

There's always a ton of specs and features you typically need to juggle when shopping for a laptop, but for Chromebooks, the buyer's guide can be summed up pretty well into four points:

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The 12 best phone accessories to buy for your vehicle before Prime Day ends

Android Central 22 June, 2021 - 02:09pm

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Even though Prime Day is coming to an end in just a few hours, there's still just enough time left to snag some of the best Prime Day deals we've seen around on Amazon devices, smartphones, Chromebooks, and more. With summer upon us and potentially some traveling in our midst too, now would be an excellent time to pick up some accessories to keep your phone powered up and connected for your drive.

Whether you're planning on a road trip soon or just going to and from work each day, products like USB car chargers and Bluetooth adapters can make the drive so much more pleasant. We've gathered several of our favorite Prime Day deals on smartphone accessories for your vehicle just below.

Most of the deals you'll see below are only available for Amazon Prime members, so you may want to start a free 30-day trial to snag these low prices if you're not a member already. Joining Prime also scores you free two-day shipping, access to the Prime Video streaming service, and more exclusive perks.

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The Echo Auto connects to the Alexa app on your phone so you can add Alexa voice assistance to your car stereo. Stream music, check the weather, ask questions, and more. Prime members can pair Amazon's Echo Auto with six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for only $15 total! Just the Echo Auto normally sells for up to $50, while Music Unlimited normally costs $8 monthly for Prime members.

Keep your phone in a safe place for your drive with iOttie's Easy One Touch 4 Car Mount. Today's sale at Amazon saves you 30% off its regular price while supplies last. This model can be adhered to your dashboard or windshield.

Charge up to two devices simultaneously with this dual USB car charger by Amazon. It features two USB-A ports with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost for a faster charge. Today's Prime Day sale saves you nearly 30% off its usual price while supplies last.

For an even faster way to power up, consider this USB-C car charger from Choetech. It's equipped with two USB-C ports that support Power Delivery 3.0 and offer a maximum 40W output together. Make sure to clip the coupon on its product page to score an extra $4 off its discounted price right now.

It's time to become your own DJ with Nulaxy's Bluetooth FM Transmitter. Listen to songs from your phone wirelessly using your car radio by tuning this transmitter and your radio to the same unused frequency. It even features two USB-A charging ports to keep your devices powered up.

It's important to have a way to power up your phone and other devices in your vehicle, which is where this 2-pack of USB-C cables comes into play. At six feet long, they can reach across your vehicle easily. Plus, they're nylon-braided and feature right-angled connectors, or you can choose more traditional style cables from UGreen on sale for $7 instead.

This Bluetooth adapter plugs directly into your vehicle's AUX port for crystal clear sound that doesn't skip or cut out like an FM transmitter might. Simply wirelessly connect to the adapter using your phone's Bluetooth connection to start listening. You can even keep it charging while it's in use or unplug it and use it as a portable Bluetooth adapter with other devices!

Never lose your car keys again. With a SmartTag attached to any item, you can use an app on your phone to track the item's location and even activate an audible beep to hear where it is.

This OBD2 scanner lets you diagnose any issues your vehicle may be having all on your own. It connects to an app on your phone to tell you what's going on and even lets you clear that pesky 'Check Engine' light and other codes.

Keep your phone powered up and in a safe place while you drive with iOttie's Wireless Car Charger phone mount that's now 30% off at Amazon! It features a telescoping arm and uses motion sensing technology to automatically open and close its arms around your device.

Put your vehicle's CD player to better use with this phone mount. It slides into the CD slot to keep your device steady for the ride, and it even lets you rotate your phone while it's mounted. Today's deal saves Prime members 20% instantly.

Amazon offers an extra 30% off this car charger by Belkin when you reach checkout! This two-port USB-A model can power your devices at up to 12W per port.

Be sure to place your final orders for Prime Day soon as the event comes to an end later tonight! We've also created a guide to finding Prime Day smartphone accessory deals under $30 or you can visit our Android Central homepage for even more excellent offers over the next several hours.

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These are the 11 Prime Day deals our Chromebook reviewer recommends

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Time is running out on the many Prime day deals before midnight Pacific rolls around. So if you've been waiting and hoping to see some great last-minute deals show up, you might be a little disappointed, but that's okay. Sometimes the best thing to buy isn't included in the Prime Day sales anyway. This is the case with a couple of must-own Chromebook accessories.

If you purchased one of this year's Prime Day Chromebook deals, I want to welcome you to the wonderful world of Chrome OS! Software and keyboards are standardized across all models, unlike the chaos theory that is Windows function keys, and most accessories are plug-and-play. If you have no idea what to get for your new Chromebook, allow me to share my favorite Prime Day accessory deals — and the best accessories to buy that aren't on sale.

While you won't need a cable with 10Gbps data transfer speeds all that often, it's worth having one on hand for if you're trying to use a docking station with an external monitor or a USB-C monitor that somehow didn't come with a cable. Nekteck's chargers and cables are good, and it's nice to see how prices on this class of cable have come down in the last two years.

Your Chromebook probably came with a charger with a decent length cord, but since that charger is bulky and not very travel friendly, buy this cable instead to use with the chargers below. A 10ft cable will give you plenty of room to snake your way from the outlet back to your Chromebook.

This 45W charger is a more traditional shape that's good for slipping into a busy power strip at your desk, and the second port means that in a pinch, you can charge a phone while you charge your Chromebook. Be sure to grab the on-page coupon!

Brookestone made just about the perfect lap desk back when I was in high school. They haven't sold it for years, but this model is about the closest I've seen to it since. Skip lap desks with "Phone trays." In the age of small bezels and gesture controls, these trays cut off the bottom part of your phone and make it impossible to go home. Grab this one instead.

Okay, technically, the short-corded version of this has the Prime Day Deal, but if your Chromebook has two USB-C ports, buy this hub to hide your peripheral cords out of the way and use the other USB-C port to charge. I'm serious. This will let you plug in your mic, webcam, keyboard, and mouse but keep the cables organized and out of your way.

This is the "normal" sale price, but here's why you should buy the Logitech M350 anyway: it has Bluetooth if you don't want to use the wireless receiver, and if you do use the wireless receiver, you don't have to break a nail prying up a panel on the bottom. The top is magnetic, so simply pull up, put the receiver in, and plop the top back down.

45W is the top charging speed for the vast, vast majority of Chromebooks, and this charger is easy to slip into tighter places that normal USB-C chargers won't reach. But, of course, that flatter profile is a trade-off, as it might not fit into power strips that are crowded.

Chromebooks are starting to get a little better about storage, at least at the mid-rage and premium levels, but for most Chromebooks, you'll want a microSD card after a few months to expand room for more offline media. Samsung makes the best microSD card series on the market, and the 256GB you will have to work to fill up completely.

This docking station is actually more consistent with Chromebooks than its big brothers, and it's powered by a PD charger rather than some big bulky barrel-plugged AC adapter, so it'll be much tidier on your desk. You'll be able to connect an external monitor, three USB-A devices, headphones, two memory cards, and 45W passthrough charging.

This keyboard uses Red switches that are quieter than the blues most "normal" (non-gaming) mechanical keyboards. Now that we have the expanded clipboard on Chrome OS, having a keyboard with a Windows key means you can format it to search and use it for the clipboard while keeping Caps Lock a Caps Lock key.

If you're working at a desk, do yourself and your spine a favor and get a second monitor. Having a bigger screen at your desk to spread more content out on makes work go faster. Acer's KA272U 27-inch monitor is 1440p, 75Hz refresh rate, and it comes with Acer's EyeShield blue-light blocker.

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Ara Wagoner is a Writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

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