The best Black Friday Chromebook deals that are still available

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Black Friday itself might have been and gone, but Black Friday Chromebook deals are still alive and kicking. We've got tons of great discounts from the US, the UK, and beyond; if you need a new laptop, now is the perfect time to buy one.

Black Friday deals are a great way to save big money on expensive purchases like major appliances and computers, but Chromebooks are already a cheap alternative to Windows laptops or MacBooks — which means this is the best time of year to pick up a new Chromebook for absolutely rock-bottom pricing. 

These might not be the most powerful computers on the digital shelf, but if all you're looking to do is check your email, stream movies, and connect with family and friends on social media, a Chromebook is the perfect device for your needs.

The fact that the best Chromebooks already start out affordable makes Chromebook deals even more of a bargain right now, so it's no wonder that they are also among the most popular sales we see year after year.

That's why we've pulled all the best Chromebook deals from all the major retailers to a single page to help you hunt down the perfect Chromebook for your needs and budget this holiday season. We'll keep updating this page through the weekend to Cyber Monday, so you won't miss any last-minute deals!

Black Friday Chromebook sales (US): quick links

The best Black Friday Chromebook deals in the US

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: $430

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: $430 $309 at Amazon
A premium Chromebook for a decidedly non-premium price, the IdeaPad Flex 5i is a super-thin Chrome laptop from Lenovo with an Intel Core i3 CPU and 8GB of RAM. The 360-degree hinge and FHD touchscreen make this little unit a productivity beast.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go: $299.99

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go: $299.99 $276.59 at Amazon
Samsung's lightweight Chromebook has always been one of our favorites, from its sleek black chassis to its comfortable keyboard. At this discount, it's one of the best-value Chromebooks you can buy if you want a laptop that feels premium but doesn't cost the world.

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5: was

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5: was $380 now $285 at Amazon
Another excellent Flex-series Chromebook from Lenovo, the Flex 5 offers a 13.3-inch touchscreen coupled with a hybrid laptop-tablet design that lets you go from working at your desk to watching Netflix in bed faster than you can say 'oh, that's a good deal'.

Acer Chromebook Spin 513: was

Acer Chromebook Spin 513: was $699.99 now $553.60 at Amazon
One of Acer's more premium Chromebook entries, the Spin 513 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor for incredible battery life and packs a 4G LTE SIM card slot for anyone who wants mobile internet to let them work on their laptop from anywhere, anytime.

Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook: $189

Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook: $189 $99 at Best Buy
If you want a super-cheap 2-in-1 Chromebook this Black Friday, Best Buy has you covered. The Flex 3 won't be winning any beauty contests with its thick screen bezels, but it's an excellent choice of starter laptop for a younger kid who needs a computer for homework and watching YouTube videos.

HP Chromebook 11: $98

HP Chromebook 11: $98 $79 at Walmart
Save $19 – It might only be a small saving, but this Chromebook was already stupidly cheap; if you're after a small, durable laptop for a kid taking their first steps into the world of technology, the HP Chromebook 11 is a sound choice thanks to its robust keyboard and metal-reinforced edges.

Samsung Chromebook 4: $229

Samsung Chromebook 4: $229 $159 at Walmart
Save $69
– We would usually avoid recommending the Samsung Chromebook 4 as it tends to be much more expensive than similar devices, but the current discount means it's one of the best laptop deals available today. It's still a very basic machine best suited to light use, web browsing and school work but it impresses with a considerable battery life of over 10 hours. Great if you need a long-lasting and easily portable device.

Acer Chromebook 315: $179

Acer Chromebook 315: $179 $149 at Walmart
Consider upgrading to this Acer Chromebook 315 if you'd prefer a laptop with a larger screen at a low price. This is still a basic device to the option above but comes with a 15.6-inch display, so it's less portable but still an affordable pick for school work and light use. It's still tough and reasonably light, plus it has a battery life of around 12 hours, so a good choice if you're carrying it around with you all day.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311: $249.99

Acer Chromebook Spin 311: $249.99 $192.99 at Amazon
If you're looking for the best cheap 2-in-1 laptop deal this week, you can't go wrong with the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 for under $200 at Amazon. It's an affordable device that covers your basic computing needs and also offers the flexibility of a tablet. This machine is great for those who would prefer the usability of an 11.6-inch touchscreen or a better viewing experience when streaming media. It also has a decent battery life of 10 hours.

Black Friday Chromebook sales (UK): quick links

The best Black Friday Chromebook deals in the UK

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook: was

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook:was £449.99, now £277.19 at Amazon
With an Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD, this Chromebook from Lenovo will be able to handle most of what you can ask a Chromebook to do. And, since this is a 14-inch model, it’s travel-ready as well. Right now, it’s receiving the biggest discount it’s ever gotten at Amazon, dropping £170 in price.

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630: was

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630:was £499.99 now £432.05 at Amazon
This Chromebook keeps the tradition of the rest of Lenovo’s Yoga line by surprising us with its performance capability, fueled by an Intel Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM, a 360-degree hinge for that 2-in-1 form factor, and slim anodized aluminum build. While it’s already more affordable than its premium look suggests, this laptop is getting 30% off its price tag, its first big discount since September.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA: was

ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA:was £499 now £349.99 at Amazon
The ASUS Chromebook Flip is already a great value proposition for anyone on the lookout for an affordable but robust Chromebook. After all, its Intel Core i5 and 8GB will power you through all things ChromeOS, though you’ll want to lean on the cloud for storage as you’re getting just 128GB of space. With a Holiday price cut of £150, this Chromebook might be one of the most shockingly good price-to-performance deals out there.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook: was

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook:was £449.99, now £277.19 at Amazon
With an Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD, this Chromebook from Lenovo will be able to handle most of what you can ask a Chromebook to do. And, since this is a 14-inch model, it’s travel-ready as well. Right now, it’s receiving the biggest discount it’s ever gotten at Amazon, dropping £170 in price.

Asus Chromebook CX1500: was £279.99

Asus Chromebook CX1500: was £279.99 now £189.99 at Amazon
We like to call this the Chromebook for people who are more used to Windows laptops. With a 15.6-inch screen, large trackpad, and comfortable keyboard, the CX1500 feels like a good-quality conventional laptop. It's not the most powerful Chromebook out there, but the Intel Celeron CPU is perfectly capable of handling everyday workloads.

HP Chromebook 14a: £269

HP Chromebook 14a: £269 £199 at Currys
Save £70 – A thin-and-light AMD-powered Chromebook from HP with a pearly white and silver paintjob, the 14a is a steal at £199. A wide trackpad and durable but comfortable keyboard make this a solid choice for kids, who won't struggle even with tiny hands.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go: £299

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go: £299 £199 at Argos
Save £100 – Samsung's lightweight Chromebook has always been one of our favorites, from its sleek black chassis to its comfortable keyboard. At this discount, it's one of the best-value Chromebooks you can buy if you want a laptop that feels premium but doesn't cost the world.

Asus Chromebook CZ1: £378

Asus Chromebook CZ1: £378 £367.97 at LaptopsDirect
If you're looking for more of a tablet experience from your Chromebook, the CZ1 detachable from Asus might be more your speed. It's less powerful than most Chromebooks on this list, but it packs a tablet-style chassis with a kickstand and removable keyboard. The chunky rubber trim makes it perfect for small, clumsy hands - if you've got a kid who wants a new tablet this Christmas, check out the CZ1.

Asus Chromebook Flip C214: £352

Asus Chromebook Flip C214: £352 £249.98 at LaptopsDirect
A great little deal on a great little laptop, the Flip C214 is an 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook from Asus that runs on an Intel Celeron CPU. If you can't decide between a laptop and a tablet, check this one out.

Asus C202 Chromebook: £119

Asus C202 Chromebook: £119 £99 at Currys
Save £20
– It's not always easy to find a laptop deal for under £100 so don't miss this Asus C202 Chromebook if you only need the most basic device possible. It's cheap and not exactly powerful, sure, but it's all you really need for light use, basic admin tasks and web browsing. Battery life is a good 10 hours, too.

Buying tips: 3 of the best Chromebooks to look for on Black Friday

Chromebook specs to look for on Black Friday

A Chromebook against a green background

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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.

An HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook on a wooden desk

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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 throughout 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.

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

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

Is it better to buy a Chromebook on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Black Friday is on November 25, and then only a few days later Cyber Monday lands on November 28, so with those two big deal events so close to each other, should you buy a Chromebook on Black Friday, or hold on until Cyber Monday?

Back when Black Friday started, the biggest deals involved home appliances like TVs. So, Cyber Monday was created, and that was saved for more high-tech deals, such as laptops and computers. In those days, then, it would have been wise to hold on until Cyber Monday for the best Chromebook deals. However, in recent years, that distinction no longer applies, and you'll see some great Black Friday Chromebook deals that will then continue over the weekend into Cyber Monday.

So, if you see a brilliant Black Friday Chromebook deal, we suggest you go for it, as it'll be a fantastic chance to get a Chromebook for less. However, if Black Friday rolls around and you've not seen any Chromebook deals that take your fancy, you can hold on until Cyber Monday - as new deals will arrive and you should find a Chromebook deal that's more suitable.

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.

Christian Guyton
Editor, Computing

Christian is TechRadar’s UK-based Computing Editor. He came to us from Maximum PC magazine, where he fell in love with computer hardware and building PCs. He was a regular fixture amongst our freelance review team before making the jump to TechRadar, and can usually be found drooling over the latest high-end graphics card or gaming laptop before looking at his bank account balance and crying.

Christian is a keen campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights and the owner of a charming rescue dog named Lucy, having adopted her after he beat cancer in 2021. She keeps him fit and healthy through a combination of face-licking and long walks, and only occasionally barks at him to demand treats when he’s trying to work from home.

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