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Chromebooks

Postby Shopper X » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:22 pm

I've just been made aware of the existence of Chromebooks. I knew that they existed before, but I have since learned that it is easy to convert a Chromebook into a Linux laptop.

I bought a $169 Acer Chromebook at Best Buy last week (the Acer Chromebook 15, CB3-532 "BANON") and installed an instance of Linux on it via crouton. It was very easy. Not really a true Linux laptop, but good enough for my purposes and very easy to do.

I am now on the hunt for another, cheaper, smaller Chromebook this Black Friday season. That Samsung 11.6" Chromebook 3 "CELES" seems to be on sale for around $89-99 at multiple retailers. this year. For various reasons, it should be avoided if you think you want to turn it into a dedicated Linux laptop. However, I now think that with crouton to turn it into a pseudo-Linux laptop, it is a very viable, low-cost choice.

2019 Chromebook deals:
(updated Nov. 26, 2019)

  • aafes
    • "Acer 11.6"" Touchscreen Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, Win10 (CB5-132T-C67)", $149.00, , link
  • best-buy
    • "Acer Spin 11 11.6"" 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC Flash Memory, Win10 (NX.GPZAA.001)", $219.99, $329.00, link
    • "Dell Inspiron 14"" 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Chromebook w/ Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 128GB eMMC Flash Memory, Win10 (C7486-3250GRY-PUS)", $449.00, $549.00, link
    • "HP 2-in-1 14"" Touch-Screen Chromebook w/ Intel Core i3, 8GB Memory, 64GB eMMC Flash Memory, Win10 (14-DA0012DX)", $349.00, $599.00, link
    • "Lenovo 11.6"" 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Chromebook w/ 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC Flash Memory, Win10 (81HY0001US)", $179.00, $279.00, link
    • "Samsung 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Atom x5, 2GB Memory, 16GB eMMC Flash Memory. Win10 (XE501C13-S01US)", $89.00, $189.00, link
    • "Samsung 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Atom x5, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC Hard Drive, Win10 (XE501C13-S01US)", $89.00, $189.00, link
    • "Samsung 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Atom x5, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC Flash Memory (Night Charcoal)", $119.00, $219.00, link
    • "Samsung 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Atom x5, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC Flash Memory, Win10 (XE501C13-S02US)", $119.00, $219.00, link
    • "Samsung Plus 2-in-1 12.2"" Touch-Screen Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC Flash Memory, Win10 (XE521QAB)", $299.00, $449.00, link
  • bjs-wholesale
    • "Acer Chromebook R 11 2-in-1 Laptop w/ Celeron N3060, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC Drive, Win10 (CB5-132T-C18Y)", $194.99, $199.99, link
    • "Samsung 11.6"" Chromebook 4 Laptop w/ Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC, Chrome OS (XE310XBA-K01US)", $169.99, $219.99, link
  • costco
    • "HP 14"" 1080p Chromebook Bundle w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD (14-ca003cl)", $199.99, , link
    • "HP Pavilion x360 14"" 1080p Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook w/ Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 64GB HDD, Win10 (14b-ca0015cl)", $299.99, , link
    • "Lenovo 11.6"" Touchscreen Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, Win10 (81TA0001US)", $229.99, , link
    • "Lenovo S340 14"" 1080p Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB HDD, Win10 (81TB000DUS)", $199.99, , link
    • "Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 12.2"" 10809 Touchscreen Laptop w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB HDD (XE520QAB-K04US)", $299.99, , link
  • fredmeyer
    • "Samsung 11.6"" Chromebook 3 w/ Intel Celeron, 2GB RAM, 16GB Hard Drive, Chrome OS", $149.99, , link
  • groupon
    • "Acer C740 11.6"" Chromebook w/ 4GB RAM, 16GB Storage", $84.99, , link
  • hp
    • "HP 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 16GB Hard Drive, Chrome OS (11-v010nr)", $149.99, , link
    • "HP 14"" Chromebook w/ AMD A4, 4GB RAM, 32GB Hard Drive, Chrome OS (14-db0030nr)", $199.99, , link
    • "HP 15.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 64GB Hard Drive, Chrome OS (15-de0010nr)", $349.99, , link
    • "HP Chromebook 14"" Laptop w/ AMD A4, 4GB RAM, 32GB Hard Drive, Chrome OS (14-db0030nr)", $219.99, , link
    • HP x2 Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron (12-h0010nr), $319.99, , link
  • lenovo
    • "Chromebook S330 14"" Laptop w/ MediaTek 8173C, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC", $179.99, , link
    • "Chromebook S330 14"" Laptop w/ MediaTek 8173C, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC", $179.99, , link
    • "Lenovo Chromebook C330 11.6"" Laptop w/ MediaTek MTK 8173C, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC", $199.99, , link
  • meijer
    • Samsung 11.6" Chromebook 3, $149.99, , link
  • navy-exchange
    • "Acer 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, ChromeOS", $149.99, , link
  • newegg
    • "Lenovo 100e 11.6"" Chromebook w/ 4GB RAM, 16GB Hard Drive, ChromeOS (81QB000AUS)", $99.99, $159.99, link
  • office-depot
    • "HP 11.6"" Chromebook Laptop w/ Intel Celeron N3060, 4GB Memory, 16GB eMMC Drive & Chrome OS in Anodized Silver (11-v010nr)", $99.99, $199.99, link
  • target
    • "HP 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron N3060, 4GB Memory + 16GB Internal Storage, Chrome OS (11-v031nr)", $99.99, $199.99, link
  • walmart
    • "HP 15.6"" w/ Chromebook w/ Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB Hard Drive, Chrome OS (15-de0517wm)", $299.00, $149.00, link
    • "Samsung 11.6"" Chromebook w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 16GB Hard Drive, Chrome OS (XE500C13-K04US)", $99.00, $159.00, link
Last edited by Shopper X on Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:43 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Chromebooks

Postby Irishmaire » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:12 am

Thanks for sharing this. My mother's Galaxy Tablet broke and she's debating about replacing it with another Galaxy Tablet or moving to the Samsung 11 inch Chromebook. Having this information all in one place will help me to help her.


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