Easter is the first holiday of the year where retailers offer us some great deals. These deals obviously include Chromebooks, so I’ve taken a look at some of the best available in the UK.
I’ve looked for different deals to suit all budgets, so hopefully one of these deals is something you’ll be interested in. The prices I’ve used in this article were the prices at the time of writing, so they may change.
Acer CB311-11H Chromebook from Argos
If you’re after a new laptop and don’t want to spend too much money. Then the Acer CB311 Chromebook might be a good choice. It comes with a MediaTek processor, which isn’t the fastest but is perfectly fine for daily tasks.
Chrome OS is an incredibly light operating system, so you can really do most things on a Chrome OS laptop without needing a super-powerful processor. This is why Chromebooks are extremely popular in the budget sector.
This is a laptop-only device, so will suit anyone who isn’t looking for a 2-in-1 device, which can also be used as a tablet. It comes with an 11.6-inch display, which is great if you want a laptop you can use on the move. The resolution is standard resolution SD of 1,366 by 768, which is absolutely fine for a budget Chromebook on a display of this size.
RAM & Storage
It comes with 4GB of RAM, which is the right amount for the processor. You don’t need any more RAM than this for daily tasks. This Chromebook is perfect for social media, surfing the internet, and word processing. If you’re unsure about whether 4GB of RAM is enough, have read of how much RAM I need for a Chromebook.
The storage at 32GB is the lowest you’ll possibly find in a Chromebook in 2022. That doesn’t mean you should be too concerned though. You’ve got to remember this is a budget laptop, so you have to make some compromises.
You’ll easily be able to install about twenty to thirty Android Apps without running out of space. However, this does depend on the type of apps you use. Ideally, you want to save all of your other files in the cloud using Google Drive. This will help to keep your local storage space free for any Android apps you want to install.
|H1.88, W29, D20.6cm.
|Up to 15 hours of battery life.
|MediaTek M8183C processor.
|2GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 2GHz.
|4GB RAM LPDDR4 .
|32GB eMMC storage.
|Resolution 1,366 x 768 pixels.
|1 USB 2.0 port.
|1 USB Type-C port.
The connectivity you get with the Acer CB311 Chromebook is decent. You get one older USB Type-A port and one newer USB type C port. This means you can use both old and new peripherals without the need for an adapter. You can also use the Type C port for charging and connecting an external monitor.
You’ll not find a Micro-SD slot, which means you can’t add any further storage at a later date. Therefore, you’ll need to ensure the 32GB of storage is going to be enough.
Is this Chromebook for you?
If you’re after a cheap Chromebook then you can’t really go wrong here. What I do like about 11.6-inch budget Chromebooks is they are usually super lightweight, which is the case here at 1kg. This makes them really easy to handle and you don’t need to worry too much about damaging them.
Cheaper plastic Chromebooks may not look fantastic, but they are very robust, and you can throw them around without having to worry about breaking them. This is one of the reasons why I love my Acer 311 C722.
At just £139.99 it’s a real bargain. This is why I love Chromebooks, you can get your hands on a new laptop without spending a fortune. Also, they work just fine, and you can do most things Chrome OS is capable of on a budget Chromebook.
Asus CX5400 14-inch Chromebook at Argos
The Asus CX5400 usually sells at Argos for £699.99 and you can currently get your hands on one for just £509.99. That’s a huge saving of £190. This is the 14-inch version of the Asus CX5 15.6-inch model I own.
Although I like my CX5 the large display can make it a pain to handle around the home. Also, I’ve still got issues with the Asus CX5 speakers, which keep coming back like a bad smell. I thought I got rid of the issue but it keeps coming back and has seriously made me reconsider whether the CX5 is a Chromebook I’d recommend.
Hopefully, the CX5400 doesn’t have the same problems, if I’m being honest I’ve not checked, so may want to do a little research before any purchase. All that aside, The Asus CX5400 looks great. It doesn’t have the black inside and white outer casing, which is something I love about the Asus CX5. However, it still looks the part.
This particular model comes with an eleventh-generation Intel i3 processor, which means you’ll be able to do most things with this Chromebook. Sure, you’ll not be able to check out Steam Linux Alpha, but that isn’t a great loss at the moment.
RAM, Storage, and display
The display at 14-inches is the typical size you’d expect on a standard laptop. Perfect for an all-rounder laptop and the Full HD resolution will make everything appear crisp and clear. The touchscreen display makes it great for Android Apps and the Stylus makes using your Chromebook so much more fun.
It comes with 8GB of RAM, which means this Chromebook is going to perform all tasks really fast. This laptop isn’t just about carrying out the basics. Really advanced Android apps and Linux apps are something this laptop will be capable of.
The storage is massive for a Chrome OS laptop with a whopping 256 GB. You really don’t need this amount of storage for normal Chrome OS use. However, if you want to install Linux then you will be happy with the extra storage. I have over 100GB of storage available for my Linux apps, which makes it much easier for me to install plenty of Linux apps without worrying about running out of space.
|H1.57, W32.09, D20.65cm.
|Up to 10 hours battery life.
|Intel Core i3 -1110G4 processor
|2.5GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.9GHz
|Full HD 1,920 x 1,080
Is this Chromebook for you?
If you want a Chromebook that will receive Chrome OS updates for many years to come. Then this is a great choice. The performance provided will mean you’ll be able to take advantage of just about everything Chrome OS is capable of.
It’s a perfect choice for someone who wants a laptop that not only looks good but is capable of most tasks. It’s a Hybrid 2-in-1, which means you can also use it as a tablet.
Acer Spin 713 13.5-inch Chromebook from Currys
I’ve owned an Acer Spin 713 Chromebook and it’s a great device. One of the main differences compared to most laptops is the display ratio. It comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which basically means the screen is taller rather than wider. This means you can get a lot more text on the screen.
This makes it a great laptop for anyone who needs to get work done. The display is definitely impressive, which is also helped by the higher than HD resolution of 2,256 by 1,504. The resolution works just fine with the 13.5-inch display, and the text isn’t too small as it can be with some displays with a high resolution.
What I love about the Acer Spin 713 is that it feels like great value for money. This particular model comes with a higher-generation processor than the one I previously owned. Therefore, you can expect super-fast performance.
Acer Spin 713 performance
This model normally sells for £799 but you can currently get it at just £649, which is a huge saving of £150. That may sound like a lot for a laptop but trust me this is a great Chromebook.
It comes with an eleventh-generation Intel i5 processor, which is a quad-core. Those two extra cores you get with the i5 compared to the i3 are really noticeable, and it also means it should be fine to experiment with Steam Linux Alpha.
It comes with 8 GB of RAM and the storage is a whopping 256 GB SSD. I really like SSD storage because it’s so much faster than eMMC. You tend to notice this more when dealing with larger file sizes and when you install programs on Linux.
|– Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor – Quad-core – 2.6 GHz / 4.4 GHz – 8 MB cache
|Quad HD 2256 x 1504p
|Dual-band AC WiFi – 2×2
|– USB Type-C x 2 – USB 3.1 x 1
|up to 10 hours
|16.9 x 300.6 x 235 mm (H x W x D)
Is this Chromebook for you?
If you want a laptop that can perform any Chrome OS task you can think of, then this is it. The display is beautiful, and although a 3:2 aspect ratio isn’t going to be for everyone. It works really well if you work a lot with text.
One thing I noticed with my Acer Spin 713 is that I felt I had my hands on a serious laptop. This is exactly what this laptop is. It’s more than capable of doing everything and is perfect for both work and play.