How much is a Chromebook?
Have you heard how affordable Chromebooks are? Is the low price point making you rethink your next laptop purchase? It should. They're practical, portable, easy to use, and a great value for your money. But how much is a Chromebook? And what makes it an ideal alternative to a Mac or Windows laptop?
Why are Chromebooks so affordable?
Chromebooks have always been a wallet-friendly choice for families, schools, and businesses. The reason lies in its minimalistic operating system that uses WiFi and the cloud (i.e., internet storage) to run all of its apps.
What that means for you, is fewer bells and whistles under the hood—and those are the features that most drive laptop prices through the roof. With little need for massive internal storage or pricy processors, Chrome OS laptops can give you exactly what you need without a hefty price tag.
And that price tag is incredibly compelling.
In fact, it's pretty easy to find a reliable Chromebook for under $300. That's major savings when compared to Windows laptops and MacBooks. So it's no wonder why Chromebooks have proven to be a major hit with schools, businesses, and families.
What features do Chromebooks include?
Keep in mind that a cheap price tag doesn't always mean fewer features. In the past, Chromebooks were known for their bargain prices and get-what-you-pay-for specs.
But that's just not the case anymore. Lenovo has a wide range of Chromebooks that offer higher-end parts and powerful features.
Even budget Chromebooks include options like detachable keyboards, touchscreens, HD displays, and 2-and-1 functionality. That means some Chromebooks are able to be used in both tablet and laptop mode.
Mid-range Chromebooks up the ante with Intel® processors and 360˚ designs that allow you to swing the screen to any angle.
Meanwhile, premium Chromebooks are the dreamers of the group. Some offer integrated fingerprint readers, 4K displays, and incredible processing power.
For users with basic computing needs to professionals who need the weight and might of a powerhouse laptop, Chromebooks are the right device at the right price for just about anyone.
Can I find a Chromebook for under $300?
Without a doubt. In fact, these are the tried and true Chromebooks for students, or anyone looking for a second (or third) device. They'll stand up to your basic emailing, word processing, social media scrolling, entertainment, and web browsing needs without any additional fluff.
Primarily use a laptop to go on Facebook, watch Netflix, and answer emails? Then there's no need to pay for more processing power or hard drive than you need. Chromebooks that sit under the $300 threshold are exactly what you need, how you need it.
Check out what a Chromebook under $300 might give you.
Chromebook 2 in 1s
One of our bestselling options is the Lenovo Chromebook 2 in 1. Although it's got an agreeable price tag, it still manages to offer some eye-catching features.
At just about the size of an iPad, this cozy 10-inch 2 in 1 device can be used as both a laptop or a tablet.
Use it in laptop mode or detach the keyboard to turn it into a tablet that you can use on the go. While everyone's rushing around these days, know that Chromebooks boot up exceptionally fast. This budget Chromebook will have you up and running in under ten seconds and give you more than a full workday of battery life.
Some more cool features? It's got a touchscreen and is compatible with a digital pen.
With 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage, this device will have you ready to go in no time.
Wondering if a $300 price tag will get you a bigger screen and an HD display? The answer is a resounding yes.
The Lenovo 14-inch Chromebook includes an anti-glare HD display. You'll be able to watch your favorite TV shows and movies for a bargain price.
With 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and the ports you need to connect external devices (HDMI, USB-C, USB 3.1) or an SD slot for expandable storage, these sleek affordable Chromebook models won't break the bank.
Can I find a mid-range Chromebook for under $500?
You certainly can. The next fleet of Chromebooks offers a slight jump in price due to their processing power and higher-end features. If you're new to Chrome OS, still need some oomph, and don't want to spend more than $500, check out Chromebooks like Lenovo's standout Chromebook Flex Series.
They've upped the Chromebook game with Intel® processors and a 360˚ convertible design, while still being budget-friendly.
13-inch Chromebook 2 in 1 laptop
That extra bit of muscle this 13-inch Chromebook has comes straight from the Intel® Core™ i3 chip. It's the same processor found in mid-range Windows 10 laptops, but with a much nicer price point.
This mid-range Chromebook is pretty darn practical too. It's a 2 in 1 laptop that you can use as both a laptop or tablet. Simply swing the screen back using its 360˚ convertible design and set it up in laptop, tent, stand, or tablet mode. It outpowers and has better resolution than the Acer Chromebook 15. While being a lighter, cheaper option to the Acer Chromebook Spin. With its touchscreen, crisp HD display, and digital pen support—what more could you need?
Lenovo mid-range Chromebooks also feature 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage, plus a bigger variety of your go-to ports and slots. It's got two USB-C 3.2 ports, one USB-A 3.2 port, an audio jack, and a microSD card reader.
Exceptionally sleek and excellently designed is the 11-inch Chromebook 2 in 1 it'll have you wondering how something so nice to look at can still have an affordable price tag.
Just like other Lenovo Chromebook devices, it offers a 360˚ convertible design. Swing the screen back and forth to whatever angle suits you. But what visually sets it apart, is its eye-catching almond-metal finish.
Lenovo devices in this price range an intuitive touchscreen, an Intel® Celeron® processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. It's got even more ports and slots than the Chromebook Flex with two USB-C ports, two USB 3.2 ports, an audio jack, and a microSD card reader.
How much is a premium Chromebook?
In short, not as expensive as you would think. The days of cheap Chromebooks with limited functionality are long gone. Now you've got premium powerhouse Chromebooks made to stand up to your business, entertainment, and multitasking needs. And the price tag? Anywhere from $500-$1500 and up.
Looking for a Chromebook that's built tough—inside and out? Premium Chromebook devices are starting to enter the market with eye-catching features and specs.
13-inch Yoga Chromebook
Consider our very own ThinkPad Yoga Chromebook, it's a 2 in 1 laptop built with an aluminum chassis that's military-grade tested, so you know it's durable. Additional security features include a webcam privacy shutter, an optional integrated fingerprint reader, and a combination ThinkShield and Chrome Enterprise security suite.
And it doesn't skimp on processing power either. Its AMD Ryzen™ processor puts it on an equal playing field with the Intel® Core™ i5 found in the Google Pixelbook Go, HP Chromebook X360, and the ASUS Chromebook Flip.
It's got a full HD display, a built-in stylus, and tons of ports: two USB-C, two USB-A, a microSD slot, and an HDMI port. It's available with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to a 256 GB hard drive.
This 2 in 1 Chromebook is the best of both worlds. It's a welcome addition to the ThinkPad family, and it's made tough enough for people working remotely or on the go.
15-inch Yoga Chromebook
Finally, premium Chromebooks are now hitting the market with mega-sized screens, 4K displays, and 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processors.
Models like our Yoga Chromebook, which is a convertible 360˚ 2 in 1 with an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, and killer 4K resolution for under $800.
It's got one of the sharpest resolutions in the Chromebook market. Period. Competitors like the Google Pixelbook Go will also give you a 4K display, but the Yoga is considerably cheaper.
With an all-aluminum chassis, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage, the Yoga is the trifecta of elegance, hefty processing power, and a stunning 4K display. All for a bargain price.
Convinced that a Chromebook is right for you, but not sure about which model will suit your needs? Shop and compare Lenovo Chromebooks today.