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Black Friday Chromebook deals 2022: what we expect

Black Friday Chromebook deals
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We’re just a few short weeks away from getting flooded with Black Friday Chromebook deals, but don’t worry: the TechRadar team has got your back. We’ve reviewed and tested more Chromebooks than you can shake a stick at, and part of that process means keeping an eye on price trends. We’re guaranteed to see some great sales once Black Friday hits, but we’ll bet there are some good discounts in the days prior to the event too.

Black Friday 2022 is slated for November 25 this year, but historically we’ve always seen deals start to seep in throughout the month of November, and there’s no reason to believe this year will be any different. Some products will see discounts just as good as those during Black Friday itself, meaning that some Chromebooks might sell out before we even hit the weekend.

We used Adobe’s 2021 holiday shopping report (opens in new tab) as a reference point here, confirming our assumption that computer hardware prices decreased across the board throughout November before rising again in December once the final sales had ended. That means that Black Friday can be a great place to find an early Christmas gift for a loved one (or yourself).

If you urgently need a new Chromebook - perhaps your old laptop finally gave up the ghost, or your beloved pet used it as a chew toy - you can check out our current best Chromebook deals right here. Otherwise, we’d encourage you to wait until at least the start of November, to see if you can grab a bargain in an early sale.

There will undoubtedly be a tonne of discounts on Chromebooks this year, and it can be daunting to figure out which one you should buy. In this handy-dandy guide, we'll tell you what to look for, where to buy it, and what we think will be the best Chromebooks to buy this Black Friday.

Today's best laptop sales

If you really can’t afford to wait (maybe due to the aforementioned animalistic destruction of your existing laptop), there are fortunately almost always sales to be found on Chromebooks - which is great, since they’re already a budget-friendly alternative to Windows laptops. Black Friday might still be over a month away, but you can check out these deals today. 

US Chromebook sales

UK Chromebook sales

Should you wait for a Black Friday Chromebook deal? 

With Black Friday still weeks away in late November, you might be wondering if it’s really worth waiting to buy a new Chromebook. If you think you can manage until the sales really kick off, though, we say yes: you’re almost guaranteed to get a better deal if you wait until November.

Naturally, we know that many of you need a Chromebook (or a Windows laptop) to navigate many aspects of our tech-powered society, so don’t sit around struggling if you need one right now - check the list above.

It’s a tricky game to play; some great Chromebooks will go on sale before Black Friday, and might end up selling out by the day itself. The sales will run through the weekend to Cyber Monday, but once they’re gone, they’re gone - don’t spend too long telling yourself something better will come up, if you see a stellar deal pop up the Wednesday before, grab it before it goes.

Black Friday Chromebook deals: our predictions

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When will the best Black Friday Chromebook deals start in 2022?

Black Friday will be on November 25 this year - but we’ll probably see some good Chromebook discounts before that date. Although Black Friday itself (and the weekend, including Cyber Monday) typically see the most discounts active, that doesn’t mean that some of the biggest discounts won’t arrive a little earlier.

Looking at the trends from previous years, sales start to trickle out at the beginning of November, then climb sharply from the beginning of Thanksgiving week (sometimes including the preceding weekend), so you’ll likely see the best deals begin to drop from November 21.

It’s also good to keep an eye on early bird sales that retailers will no doubt run in October and early November. Not all of these will be as good as the deals on Black Friday, but you can still keep an eye out for a bargain.

Where can I find the best Black Friday Chromebook deals?

Believe it or not, you can find them in the article you’re reading right now! If you bookmark this page, we’ll update it with a tonne of deals once Black Friday hits and keep adding the best discounts we can find throughout the weekend.

Read on for a short list of the retailers we think are the best to look at - you might want to do a bit of research on these sites before the sales event itself, to get an idea of the products you’ll be able to buy and see which stores you think will have the Chromebook you want on sale.

US:
Amazon: hand-picked Chromebooks starting at $129.99 (opens in new tab)
Best Buy: save up to $300 on selected Intel-powered Chromebooks (opens in new tab)
Dell: savings to be made on enterprise and personal Chromebooks (opens in new tab)
HP: save on both premium and budget Chromebooks (opens in new tab)
Walmart: record-low prices from $98 on Chromebooks and Windows laptops (opens in new tab)

UK:
Amazon: up to 47% off Chromebooks (opens in new tab)
Argos: budget Chromebooks starting from just £199 (opens in new tab)
Currys: save up to £200 on Chromebooks from HP, Asus, and Acer (opens in new tab)
Dell: up to £200 off already-cheap Chrome-powered laptops (opens in new tab)
Laptops Direct: a range of UK-specific Chromebook configurations (opens in new tab)

What Black Friday Chromebook deals do we expect in 2022?

The fantastic Google Pixelbook line might have sadly met its end this year, but there were still plenty of great Chromebooks released in 2022 - plus a tonne of really good ones from 2021 and 2020 that will still be worth a purchase.

Now that the 12th generation of Intel Core processors is here, there will likely be a bunch of 11th-gen Intel-powered Chromebooks up for grabs this year as retailers and manufacturers attempt to clear stock. While that might sound like a bad thing, many 11th-gen Intel chips are still great for everyday work, so you could potentially nab a bargain on a previous-generation Chromebook like the Acer Chromebook Spin 713.

However, we might see some more recent 12th-gen Intel Chromebooks go on sale too, because we’re not too far off from the release of next-gen ’Raptor Lake’ Intel CPUs. Then there’s the leagues of Chromebooks running on mobile processors from the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek, which don’t have direct desktop PC analogues and as such are harder to gauge.

As usual, we expect to see big discounts from the most popular Chromebook brands: Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Dell are the ones to watch here in our opinion. There’s also Samsung and Asus, which may be a bit pricey normally, but could see some solid price cuts as a result.

Last year’s best Black Friday Chromebook deals

To help you work out which deals are good, as well as what you can expect from Black Friday 2022, we’ve compiled a list below of the best Black Friday Chromebook deals from last year.

2021 was a solid year for Chromebook discounts even outside of the Black Friday sales event, so you can use this list to see which manufacturers and retailers had the best deals. We’ve included the original price, deal price, and savings - as well as our own thoughts on the product and the deal at the time.

US: The best Black Friday Chromebook deals last year

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Asus Chromebook, 11.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $219 $109 at Best Buy
Save $120:
This brilliant Chromebook is now just $109, making it the ideal laptop for kids and students. Chrome OS runs well thanks to the Intel Celeron CPU and 4GB of RAM, though storage isn't huge.

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Samsung Chromebook 4, 11.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $229 $129 at Walmart
Save $100
– This is a great price for the Samsung Chromebook 4. With an 11.6-inch screen, Intel processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB of storage and up to 12-hour battery life, this basic laptop will handle light work or everyday tasks without breaking the bank.

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Lenovo Chromebook, 14-inch, Mediatek CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $239 $185.00 at Walmart
Save $56
– The 32GB eMMC flash storage in this cheap Lenovo Chromebook means you'll be best utilizing the extra storage from the cloud and microSD card slot for most of your files. The MediaTek processor is an unusual step away from mainstays Intel and AMD that you would see in more premium models. However, you do get 4GB RAM and up to 10 hours of battery life with this Chromebook making it great value for money for a basic machine.

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HP Chromebook 14, 14-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $319 $218.99 at Best Buy
Save $100:
This is a great Chromebook from HP that offers decent performance for a very tempting price. This is a good laptop for browsing the web and creating documents.

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HP 2-in-1 Chromebook 14, 14-inches, Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $699 $449 at Best Buy
Save $250:
This powerful and premium 2-in-1 laptop has a huge saving ahead of Black Friday. The kind of specs on offer here makes this a brilliant pick if you want one of the most powerful Chromebooks around.

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Samsung Chromebook, 15.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC: $299 $199 at Best Buy
Save $100:
This excellent Chromebook from Samsung has had a great discount for the Black Friday weekend. This is a good choice for anyone who wants a larger screen on their Chromebook for working on.

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Lenovo Flex 3, 11-inches, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $379 $329 at Best Buy
Save $60:
This 2-in-1 Chromebook is a great little performer for day-to-day use, and with a useful $60 discount, it's now an affordable way to get a Chromebook. The 2-in-1 design and Android app support makes it a great tablet-like device as well.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 713, 13.5-inches, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $699 $529 at Best Buy
Save $170:
This is one of the most stylish and powerful Chromebooks you can buy, with Intel Evo certification which means it turns on instantly, has a long battery life and supports Thunderbolt 4 connectivity for fast data transfers.

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Asus C223NA 11-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC: £229.99 £199 at Amazon
Save £100
– This decent little Chromebook is great work students looking for a portable laptop to do some studying on. The specs aren't bad for a Chromebook, and with £100 off, this is a very tempting deal for Black Friday.

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HP Chromebook, Intel i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: £699 £599 at Amazon
SAVE £100 The HP Chromebook x360 14c helps you multitask between work and play without skipping a beat, powered by an 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. Its touchscreen display is even scratch-resistant so you can toss it into a bag without any concerns.

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Asus C523NA Chromebook, 11-inch Chromebook: £159 £139 at Amazon
Save £20
– If small and mighty is what you're looking for in a Chromebook then this Asus C223NA packs decent performance into its tiny frame for very little money. At £139, this is a great price for a very basic Chromebook that includes an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC flash storage.

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Asus Chromebook Flip C234MA, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC: £329.99 £199.99 at Amazon
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Don't let the low specs fool you, this is a great Chromebook that performs brilliantly, and with its 2-in-1 design, it's extremely versatile as well.

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Acer Chromebook Spin, 4GB RAM, 11.6-inch touchscreen: £279 £198 at Amazon
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If you need to prioritize flexibility and battery life over raw power then a Chromebook might be for you. This Acer Spin is fantastic, with up to 10 hours of battery for a solid day of use, and it can even convert into a tablet. 

How can I get the best Black Friday Chromebook deals?

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What specs should I look for when buying a Chromebook on Black Friday?

When it comes to buying any laptop, whether it’s a Chrome-powered one or not, it’s important to consider the specs - and how they relate to the work you want to do. If you’re looking for a laptop for demanding tasks, like graphic design or running modeling software for an engineering course, you’ll probably want a Windows laptop or a MacBook with more grunt than a typical Chromebook.

If you just want a laptop for regular home and office work, though, like web browsing and word processing, a Chromebook could be just the ticket. These machines are generally low-powered devices that are perfect for carrying out simple, everyday tasks, and they usually carry appropriately lower price tags as a result.

That doesn’t mean that specs don’t matter here, though. Sure, you don’t need a powerful graphics card to surf the net or watch Netflix, but you’ll still find that you get a smoother, speedier experience with better components.

Memory is the big one here; ChromeOS isn’t quite as RAM-hungry as its browser counterpart Chrome, but a glance at our best Chromebooks list shows that most of the models we recommend can come with at least 8GB of RAM. 4GB is okay for a Chromebook (unlike Windows laptops), but 8GB is a healthy minimum if you want to avoid app slowdown.

Naturally, some higher-end Chromebooks can pack more memory, often up to 32GB, but that’s not really necessary unless you know you’ll be running RAM-intensive software - 8GB to 16GB should be sufficient.

You’ll also want to consider the amount of storage - while you can easily store your files to the cloud in Google Drive on a Chromebook, apps still need to be installed locally, so avoid anything with a small drive if you want to download lots of programs. Many Chromebooks use eMMC flash storage instead of more popular laptop PCIe SSDs, and while these are generally okay, it’s worth noting that they are slower to load apps from.

Lastly, there’s the processor. It’s worth remembering that many of the apparently great discounts you’ll see this Black Friday are just attempts to shift old stock. If a Chromebook deal looks almost too good on paper, research the processor to check that it’s not several years old. We typically recommend Chromebooks with Intel Core processors, but Intel Celeron, AMD Athlon, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 7-series are all decent too. MediaTek also has a huge range of effective processors found in cheaper Chromebooks.

3 best Chromebooks to watch out for on Black Friday

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1. Google Pixelbook Go

The best Chromebook could get big Black Friday discounts

CPU: Intel Core m3 - Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8GB - 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) or 4K LCD touchscreen | Storage: 128GB - 256GB eMMC

Incredible battery life
Amazing ‘Hush’ keyboard
Iffy pricing at mid- to- high-end
No biometric login

Google's own Pixelbook Go is an amazing laptop in its own right, and one of the best Chromebooks you can buy. One of its key features is its fantastic battery life, which outlasts many competing traditional laptops handily, so you can go a full day at work or school without being shackled to a wall outlet. Even better, you can close the lid, leave the Pixelbook Go on a desk for days, and come back to find it still has plenty of battery left to pick up right where you left off. Few if any Windows laptops or MacBooks can say the same. It's now a few years old, which is why we think it could be a prime candidate for some big Black Friday deals in 2022.

Read the full review: Google Pixelbook Go

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook with its keyboard detached on a white background

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2. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

A brilliantly cheap Chromebook hybrid

CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T Processor | Graphics: ARM G72 MP3 800GHz | RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4X | Screen: 10.1" FHD (1920 x 1200) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 400 nits | Storage: 64 GB eMMC

Lightweight and portable
Long battery life
Very affordable
Tiny keyboard and finicky trackpad

Is it a Chromebook or is it a tablet? Well, luckily, you won’t have to decide with the brilliant Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook. True to its name, this Chromebook delivers two form factors in one. Its battery packs an incredibly long life of almost 22 hours – so you could pull an all-nighter, work through the day and mid-afternoon, and you’ll still pass out before it runs out of juice. It's already very affordable, so for Black Friday we could see this Chromebook drop to some incredibly low prices.

Read the full review: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 

The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook in tent mode on a white background

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3. Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook

One of the most powerful 2-in-1 Chromebooks money can buy

CPU: AMD Athlon Gold 3150C - AMD Ryzen 7 3700C | Graphics: Integrated AMD Radeon | RAM: 4GB - 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LED | Storage: 32GB eMMC - 256GB SSD

Powerful AMD processor
Outstanding security features
Expensive
Less than 10-hour battery

The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook shot straight into our best Chromebooks list when it was released. It offers excellent performance, and as a 2-in-1 device, it's got the flexibility that many other Chromebooks lack, and the screen on this thing is stunning. It's powered by AMD 3000C-series processors - starting with an Athlon 3150C and scaling all the way up to a Ryzen 7 3700C - and this means you'll get more processing power out of this Chromebook than many of it's competitors. For students especially, this is one of the best Chromebooks money can buy, and we could see some great price cuts on Black Friday.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook