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These Chromebooks are cheaper than the new iPad

by Justin Herrick | April 1, 2018April 1, 2018 8:00 am PDT

The iPad’s price hasn’t changed. Apple announced its low-cost tablet last year, and in 2018 that model is only being upgraded on the inside. So you’re getting an even better iPad for the same $329. It just might not be the device for you, however. There’s still a way you can get an affordable machine capable of running apps as long as you don’t mind switching platforms.

Rivaling the iPad in education is Google’s Chrome OS, which powers a bunch of devices. The ultra-light operating system was born on laptops but has since expanded to convertibles and even tablets. Chrome OS is appealing because it’s fast and secure. The hardware is also dirt cheap.

Apple’s new iPad might’ve been able to outright defeat a Chrome OS device in the past, but now Android apps are compatible. What that means is you get the productivity of a laptop but the flexibility of a tablet while not spending any more than what the iPad costs, proving that Apple still hasn’t achieved the level of affordability we’re all wanting.

Here are some Chromebooks that are cheaper than the new iPad.

ASUS Chromebook Flip (C213SA-YS02)

  • Price: $300, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black/Grey

ASUS has always stood by Google’s side, rolling out new hardware every few months. The Chromebook Flip is for both work and entertainment. It has a military-grade construction that doesn’t mind drops or spills. But then you get full access to the Play Store with Android apps running just as they do on a phone or tablet.

It features an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768) touch-enabled display, Intel’s N3350 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 5MP and HD front-facing cameras, 12-hour battery life, two USB-C ports, two USB 3.1 ports, one HDMI port, a microSD card reader, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth.

You can use Android apps in laptop mode, but the Chromebook Flip has a 360-degree hinge to switch to tablet mode. And you’ll never have to worry about damaging this convertible. The rubberized body even resists scratches.

There are Chromebooks made of metal, but they’re also more expensive than this one. ASUS also wants to sell its Chromebook Flip to consumers who have tough jobs or just live clumsy lives.

Buy now: Amazon

HP Chromebook x360 (11-ae010nr)

  • Price: $260, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Grey, White

Another company that’s always releasing new Chrome OS devices is HP. Its Chromebook x360 quickly switches between being a laptop and a tablet, so you get comfortable use out of both web and Android apps. HP also doesn’t charge a lot of money for this convertible despite it having up-to-date specifications.

It features an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768) touch-enabled display, Intel’s N3350 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an HD front-facing camera, 11-hour battery life, two USB-C ports, two USB 3.1 ports, a microSD card reader, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth.

We didn’t say the specs are cutting-edge, but you have enough power to charge through files and run apps with a breeze. That’s the beautiful thing about Android apps on a Chromebook. A top-of-the-line processor isn’t necessary to keep things running snappy and smooth. HP positions the Chromebook x360 as a great value, offering a physical keyboard for work and a touchscreen for play.

Buy now: Amazon

Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK)

  • Price: $280, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): White

The Chromebook R 11 was one of the world’s first laptops to support Android apps. Over on Amazon, it’s a hot item and thus Acer has continued rolling out new models. This Chromebook is popular among students and budget-conscious consumers in particular.

It features an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768) touch-enabled display, Intel’s N3150 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an HD front-facing camera, 10-hour battery life, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port, a microSD card reader, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth.

Acer strikes a balance between power and price. The Chromebook R 11 can get things done, but you’re not laying a beating on your bank account. You also don’t have to worry about it not fitting in a messenger bag or backpack. It’s small enough to go anywhere, and there’s a 360-degree hinge to instantly use the Chromebook R 11 as a tablet when needed.

Buy now: Amazon

Samsung Chromebook 3 (XE500C13-K04US)

  • Price: $200, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black

Samsung is known for its premium products. The Chromebook 3, however, is not one of them. It’s a laptop with a touchscreen that can run Android apps just like the Galaxy S9 does. And that’s what makes Android apps on Chrome OS pretty neat. Just turn on syncing and your apps can swap information between devices.

It features an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768) touch-enabled display, Intel’s N3060 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an HD front-facing camera, 11-hour battery life, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port, a microSD card reader, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth.

The Chromebook 3 seems plain, which is fine. Some people don’t like two-in-ones where you have laptop and tablet modes co-existing. Samsung made a basic laptop with Chrome OS at the core, and then there’s the option to launch Android apps if the Chrome Web Store is a little light on choice.

Buy now: Amazon

HP Chromebook 11 G5 (X9U02UT)

  • Price: $182, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black/Silver

Listen, we know Chromebooks are cheap. That’s why we’re very careful in recommending them to you. While you can probably find laptops and tablets that are less expensive than what we’ve shared, we can’t guarantee those devices are halfway decent to use. HP’s Chromebook 11 G5 is as inexpensive as we’ll go for you.

The laptop doesn’t have a 360-degree hinge or USB-C ports, though you’re saving money on those omissions while still being able to dip into the Play Store.

It features an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768) touch-enabled display, Intel’s N3060 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an HD front-facing camera, 13-hour battery life, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port, a microSD card reader, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth.

HP went for the bargain bin, and it’s better to go with a trusted brand than a knockoff if you’re trying to spend the least amount of money possible.

Buy now: Amazon


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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