SAVE $170: Flash deal! Best Buy has an Acer Chromebook 311 for just $79 as of March 23. That’s a 68% discount on its original price of $249.
A versatile Chromebook is a great pick for students or remote workers on the go. The Acer Chromebook 311 in particular is a great model — it weighs just 2.2 pounds and has a battery life of up to 15 hours.
If you’re confused about the difference between a computer and a Chromebook, here’s a guide — but long story short, Chromebooks uses Chrome OS to run web-based apps. That means you won’t have access to Microsoft Word or iMovie, but as long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to use all Google Play apps (and even use MS Word’s online version). As long as you’re not looking to edit photos/videos or game at a high level, a Chromebook will likely meet your laptop needs, particularly for travel or as a lightweight alternative to a more heavy-duty desktop.
As is typical of Chromebooks, storage capacity is rather wanting at 32GB, but that’s what Google Drive is for. The Acer 311 also has a front-facing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, 4GB RAM and HD screen resolution. Purchase of the Acer Chromebook 311 also includes three months of Trend Micro Internet Security, which is designed to protect three devices from online threats like phishing, for free. You’ll also get three free months of YouTube Premium.