If you’re looking to buy a new Chromebook in the UK. You most likely take a look at the most popular retailers such as Currys, Argos, or Amazon. These are the websites I tend to head for first. The Google Store is also a popular choice when looking to buy a Google-made Chromebook.
One retailer that is often overlooked is John Lewis. John Lewis has been on the UK high street for many years. They are well known for aiming at people who tend to have a bit of money. However, this does not mean you can’t get great deals on tech.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re aiming at the rich or the mainstream consumer. When it comes to mainstream tech like the Chromebook. You’ll tend to find the pricing is roughly the same no matter where you buy from. This is because the tech retail market in the UK is highly competitive.
Advantages of buying from John Lewis
One of the advantages I love about buying from John Lewis is that most tech comes with a two-year guarantee as standard. This is double the guarantee you’ll find at most retailers who tend to offer the one year, which is required by UK law.
It’s unlikely your Chromebook would malfunction because they are pretty robust laptops. That being said, you may be the unfortunate one who buys a laptop that should not have passed quality control. In this instance, having an extra year guarantee is a great benefit.
Another thing I like about John Lewis is you can usually find Chromebooks that are sold out everywhere else. This happened to me many years ago when I was looking for a Toshiba Chromebook 2.
At the time it was selling like hotcakes both here in the UK and USA. Trying to find one was impossible. I checked John Lewis and they had them in stock, so I immediately bought one and picked it up a few days later from my local Waitrose. That’s another advantage. If you don’t think you’ll be home to sign for the delivery. If you have a Waitrose nearby you can ask them to deliver it there. Far better than missing out on a delivery.
Acer Spin 311 for £199.99 (saving £79.01)
If you’re after a budget Chromebook, but would prefer a Hybrid rather than just a laptop. You may be interested in the Acer 311 Chromebook. Currently available for £199.99. It comes with a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
The 11.6-inch display is a really popular display size in the budget range of Chromebooks. They are great if you’re looking for a laptop you can use both at home and when travelling. Buying a Hybrid not only means you can use it as a laptop or tablet. The main benefit as far as I’m concerned is you get a touchscreen. Perfect for Android Apps.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet for £199.00 (saving £80)
If you like the idea of having a 2-in-1 device but are not too keen on a Hybrid. Then the other option you have is a detachable Chromebook. You can use it as either a laptop or tablet just the same as a Hybrid. The main difference is the tablet detaches from the keyboard.
This is a much better option if you’re considering using it as a tablet more than a laptop. You can take the tablet out with you and not have to worry about the extra weight of the keyboard. When you do wish to use it as a Chromebook. Just simply attach the keyboard.
Apart from the Pixel Slate. The Lenovo Duet was the first type of this device to take off both in the UK and USA. It comes with a Mediatek processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. Perfect for doing the basics and using Android Apps.
Pixelbook Go Intel i5 for £729.00 (saving £70.99)
If you’d prefer a higher spec Chromebook then the Pixelbook Go is a great choice. It’s a couple of years old, but it still has a lot of interest. This is mainly because it has been made by Google and the build quality is excellent.
It has a great display, is super lightweight, and has one of the best keyboards you’ll find on a laptop. Not only that, laptops are not well known for having decent sound quality. This is not the case with the Pixelbook Go. The sound quality is amazing when you consider just how compact this Chromebook is.
The Intel i5 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage is available for £729.00. If you want even more RAM. Then the same model with 16GB of RAM is also available for £799.00.
There are plenty of other Chromebooks to choose from at John Lewis. As far as I can see all of them come with a two-year guarantee as standard. Check on this though if it’s one of the reasons for purchasing. It’s easily visible whether each item has a two-year guarantee.
Not all of the Chromebooks they sell are on offer. The best thing is to take a look at the John Lewis Chromebook page. You’ll then be able to browse through the different Chromebooks available and choose the one that is right for you.
Black Friday is a great time to get your hands on a deal. If you’ve been interested in buying a Chromebook. Then this is the perfect time to consider buying one.