Top 5 affordable Chromebooks for distance learning

Like pandemic procrastinate, your children are probably still attending some or all of their distance classes in front of a computer screen. Many school districts provide laptops for students, usually small-screen Chromebooks. They are affordable, easy to manage in schools, portable and easy to use for students. If you can afford it, you may want to invest in a larger, more powerful laptop than the one offered by your school district.

The most affordable way to learn from home is with a Chromebook. Not only do they cost hundreds less than a traditional laptop like a Windows laptop or MacBook, but they’re also easier to use thanks to upgraded Chrome OS software. You can also find Chromebook models with screens larger than the tiny 11.6-inch Chromebooks typically issued by school districts. If you don’t drag your laptop to school every day, you can look for a more spacious screen that means less scrolling through websites and more space to work in Google’s classroom and other online learning tools. All selections here have larger screens from 13.3 to 15.6 inches.

A Chromebook ranges in price, from less than $ 100 to more than $ 1,000, but you don’t need to spend that much to get up and run for distance learning. Ours favorite Chromebook falls mostly in the range of $ 400 to $ 700. If that doesn’t suit you, here are five additional budget Chromebook models that currently cost less than $ 500. We took into account factors and features such as cloud storage, keyboard quality, battery life, ease of browsing the web, and even the inclusion of a headphone jack. If you’re looking for the best Chromebook for students, this list, which we update from time to time, should help.

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This redesigned Samsung Chromebook 4 model costs $ 230 and features a 15.6-inch screen powered by an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM. The downside? It only ships 32 GB of SSD memory. Up? It boasts a Full HD screen with a resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels for a sharper image and more workspace than you would get with a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels that can be found on other lower Chromebooks.

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This Samsung Chromebook has a smaller screen than the above 12.2-inch model, but the touch screen can be rotated 360 degrees in tablet mode, so you can play Android games – of course, when homework is done, of course. The screen boasts a sharp resolution of 1,920×1,200 pixels and pen support for the supplied pen. Inside the system has an Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space. Read our review of the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2.

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This highlight of this Lenovo two in one Chromebook is its tenth generation Intel Core i3 CPU, which is common to many cheap Windows laptops and has more than enough power to run a lightweight Chrome OS. The Flex 5 has a 13.3-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels. It offers support for pens, but you will need to purchase this separately. Read our review of the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5.


This Asus 14-inch two-in-one is currently discounted for $ 100 at Best Buy. It doesn’t include a pen like the top Samsung two-in-one, but it boasts a better processor in the Intel Core m3. With 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the other basic specs are the same as Samsung’s.

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This updated HP Chromebook 15 has a touch screen, but it can’t fully rotate into tablet mode. If you care more about power than your Chromebook doubles as a tablet, then you need to know that this model has an Intel Core i3 CPU, which is more powerful than the Intel Pentium and Celeron chips that are often found in Chromebooks. It also delivers a generous 128GB SSD, which is twice or four times the capacity of the lower-priced models. In addition to touch support, the 15.6-inch screen offers a full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels.