We can’t lie: There’s no perfect October Prime Day Chromebook deal at Amazon during Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days. But there are two that require minimal compromise, which is the best thing to do.
I consider three things when purchasing a Chromebook: it must have 8GB of RAM to accommodate many open tabs and apps; it needs a large, easily readable 1080p screen and should have a fairly modern processor. But I’m also aware that some buyers are looking for bargains first, so I’m willing to concede some of those requirements.
THE Lenovo Chromebook 3i, on sale for $254.99AND THE Chromebook to buy if you are not willing to skimp on hardware. It’s a 2023 model, with the 2021 dual-core Celeron N4500 inside. The 3i has 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a nice 15.6-inch 1080p display. It’s not a big sale: just 15% off. But it’s also the lowest price this Chromebook has sold for all year.
If you’re shopping on the cheap, though, consider the $179.99 Acer Spin 513 Chromebook, on sale with a 36% discount. This is more what I look for in a Chromebook sale: under $200, but with solid hardware to support it. (This deal is expected to be live, but may be coming soon.)
This requires one concession, however: It only has 4GB of RAM, which can limit web browsing in terms of tabs and speed. But don’t worry about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c inside or the 13.3-inch 1080p screen. The lowest price this year on the Spin 513 was previously $249.99, so you’re saving a bundle.
And did we already mention that the Chromebook Spin 514 (not the 513, but almost!) is the top pick on our list of the best Chromebooks?
Would I like Amazon to sell the Lenovo 3i for the price of the Spin 513? Safe. But if you’re looking for the best Chromebook deal on Amazon during its Prime Big Deal days, one of these two is perfect. (And if they don’t, consider our other one October Prime Day Chromebook deals Instead.)
This story was updated at 12:12 a.m. Oct. 10 with updated information.