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As hybrid learning becomes more common in schools across Canada, laptops have become a must-have learning tool for elementary and high school students, even for those as young as Grade 1.

Chromebooks have exploded in popularity over the past year, particularly because they tick a lot of boxes for parents – they're affordable, low-maintenance and make excellent starter computers for younger students who may not require a full-fledged Windows laptop.

There are thousands of Chromebooks available in a dizzying array of configurations and price-points – here are five of the best back-to-school Chromebook deals currently available in Canada.

1. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook with MediaTek Helio P60T Processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB eMMC

  • The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is one of the most popular Chromebooks for students, striking an excellent balance between price, performance and portability. The IdeaPad Duet features a 10.1" Full HD IPS touchscreen, which means text and images are sharp and colour-accurate, despite its smaller size compared to other Chromebooks. The device is meant to be used like a tablet, making it great for games and entertainment, but can also be used in a more conventional laptop form-factor with the included magnetically-attached keyboard.

    Best Buy currently offers the best deal with a 128GB configuration for $279.99 (regularly $399.99) – for comparison, other retailers like Lenovo and Staples carry a 64GB model for the same price or higher.

2. Lenovo Flex 5 13.3" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook with Intel Celeron 5205U Processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC

  • Lenovo's Flex 5 13.3" 2-in-1 Chromebook is the newest Chromebook on our list, originally released in late-2020. The Flex 5 offers an excellent bang-for-your-buck, as it features several modern specs including a 13.3" 1080p IPS touchscreen, Intel Celeron 5205U processor and the newest 802.11 AX Wi-Fi for super-fast online streaming for Zoom lessons or cat videos.

    The Flex 5 is currently $349.99 (regularly $499.99) at Best Buy and is the only Chromebook on our list to have a physical camera shutter – a small but nice perk for those who value privacy.

3. ASUS C523 15.6" Chromebook with Intel Celeron N3350 Processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC

  • The ASUS C523 Chromebook is the largest and most affordable device on our list, featuring a 15.6" screen and a price tag under $200.00. The C523 features a standard laptop form-factor with a full-size keyboard and a wide assortment of connectivity options including two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, a microSD card reader and headphone jack.

    The C523 is available on its own for $199.99 (regularly $299.99) or bundled with Microsoft Office 365 for an additional $50.00 from Best Buy.

4. Acer Spin 14" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook with AMD Ryzen 3 3250C Processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC

  • Acer's Spin 14" 2-in-1 Chromebook is the most powerful Chromebook on our list, featuring an AMD Ryzen 3 3250C processor. While a Ryzen 3 processor may be considered overkill, one of the common criticisms with Chromebooks is their lack of speed, as most Chromebooks include low-power or even mobile processors. The AMD Ryzen 3 processor in the Spin 14 ensures that it'll be blazing fast now and in the future, meaning you're less likely to look for a replacement next year due to poor performance.

    The Spin 14 is currently on sale at Best Buy for $449.99 (regularly $599.99) and also features a 14" 1080p IPS touchscreen, five USB ports and a 360-degree hinge.

5. Acer CB311 11.6" Chromebook with Intel Celeron N4000 Processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC

  • The Acer CB311 11.6" Chromebook is one of the smallest laptop-style Chromebooks on the market, making it a perfect lightweight option for younger students who may find larger Chromebooks unwieldy. Despite its small size, it does come with adequate hardware to handle at-home learning, including a dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 processor, 802.11 AC Wi-Fi and up to 10 hours of battery life.

    The CB311 is currently available for $199.99 (regularly $299.99) at Best Buy, making it one of the most affordable Chromebooks on the market.

All five Chromebook options on our list qualify for free shipping from Best Buy, but other variations may be available at other Canadian retailers including Amazon.ca, Staples, The Source and Walmart.

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    • Didn't this get posted before?
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    • I think I bought this last time it was on sale.

      I don't know why I was really excited about it. Maybe because of the price.

      I tried my best to like it, but it has been lackluster to say the least.

      The apps work horribly and lag very hard. It is much better to use just the Chrome browser to do everything than to use the individual YouTube, Calendar, Keep etc apps.

      The apps also have less features compared to the browser version.

      Now that this post has reminded me of this nightmare of a purchase, I don't know what to do with it.

      Even if it was $100. I'm not sure if I wanna throw away $100 for a nice display that seemingly can do much more, but maybe the specs are limiting it. It would simply be $100 of electronic waste.
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    • Krakendactyl wrote: I think I bought this last time it was on sale.

      I don't know why I was really excited about it. Maybe because of the price.

      I tried my best to like it, but it has been lackluster to say the least.

      The apps work horribly and lag very hard. It is much better to use just the Chrome browser to do everything than to use the individual YouTube, Calendar, Keep etc apps.

      The apps also have less features compared to the browser version.

      Now that this post has reminded me of this nightmare of a purchase, I don't know what to do with it.

      Even if it was $100. I'm not sure if I wanna throw away $100 for a nice display that seemingly can do much more, but maybe the specs are limiting it. It would simply be $100 of electronic waste.
      Thanks for confirming. I didn't pull the trigger last time and now thinking about it but after reading your post. I don't think i will. I am going to stick with my xps 13. I wanted something light weight and portable and thought the Chromebook would be a good option
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    • that's my bad, I should've checked it was posted already.
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    • Krakendactyl wrote: I think I bought this last time it was on sale.

      I don't know why I was really excited about it. Maybe because of the price.

      I tried my best to like it, but it has been lackluster to say the least.

      The apps work horribly and lag very hard. It is much better to use just the Chrome browser to do everything than to use the individual YouTube, Calendar, Keep etc apps.

      The apps also have less features compared to the browser version.

      Now that this post has reminded me of this nightmare of a purchase, I don't know what to do with it.

      Even if it was $100. I'm not sure if I wanna throw away $100 for a nice display that seemingly can do much more, but maybe the specs are limiting it. It would simply be $100 of electronic waste.
      How long did you try it out for? I recall seeing a post where they said it was laggy in the beginning due to indexing but smoothed out after a few days. Overall response/feedback seems positive.

      Not doubting your claims, I ordered from the last thread as well so I'll see how it works for me when it arrives. I believe the listing said free returns? I'm sure you could also list it locally.
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    • buddhaboy6167 wrote: that's my bad, I should've checked it was posted already.
      FYI, the 64GB model was $224. Most people had the 128GB model with pen landed with taxes at $290-$300.

      Not sure if the ebay thing is still going on and if it is, it's a way hotter deal than this.
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    • Xtrema wrote: FYI, the 64GB model was $224. Most people had the 128GB model with pen landed with taxes at $290-$300.

      Not sure if the ebay thing is still going on and if it is, it's a way hotter deal than this.
      128GB is out of stock

      eBay.ca coupon LENOVOMEGASALE is valid until until September 2 at 11:59 PM EST
      https://www.redflagdeals.com/deal/compu ... a-coupons/
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    • RFDSimple wrote: Thanks for confirming. I didn't pull the trigger last time and now thinking about it but after reading your post. I don't think i will. I am going to stick with my xps 13. I wanted something light weight and portable and thought the Chromebook would be a good option
      Totally different mission here. XPS 13 serves a different role.

      Duet's P60T is pretty much equal to a mid range arm processor like SD730. Pair that with uber slow eMMC, it's basically a "netbook" class of laptop.

      It's not a powerhouse but it will do most Android app well and power efficient. It's $300 device with a keyboard and a pen that Google will release security updates until 2028. What do people really expect out of this?
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    • Thanks for sharing. I just bought one. I want something cheap for my 4 YO who likely will need to end up doing at home learning! Wanted to stock up before they go OOS!
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    • Best Buy is selling the 128 GB (no pen) for $279.99. Lots available.
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    • ryecatcher wrote: Best Buy is selling the 128 GB (no pen) for $279.99. Lots available.
      Not bad. English keyboard? I'd bet for 50% of buyers, that pen sits in a drawer somewhere anyway.
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    • Krakendactyl wrote: I think I bought this last time it was on sale.

      I don't know why I was really excited about it. Maybe because of the price.

      I tried my best to like it, but it has been lackluster to say the least.

      The apps work horribly and lag very hard. It is much better to use just the Chrome browser to do everything than to use the individual YouTube, Calendar, Keep etc apps.

      The apps also have less features compared to the browser version.

      Now that this post has reminded me of this nightmare of a purchase, I don't know what to do with it.

      Even if it was $100. I'm not sure if I wanna throw away $100 for a nice display that seemingly can do much more, but maybe the specs are limiting it. It would simply be $100 of electronic waste.
      It seems your experience is in the minority.
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    • Rogido wrote: It seems your experience is in the minority.
      Just got a UPS notification that mine is landing this afternoon. I'll f around with it and see how bad this thing is compared to my lowly Samsung Tab A. And that tablet has already set my expectation quite low.

      I still won't write it off other people's experience because a lot of suppliers are caught downgrading parts mid cycle, Lenovo may or may not know it. So the performance of review units or early units you see from most videos may not be true for later units. Adata, Samsung, and a few others are caught already.

      https://www.tomshardware.com/news/adata ... ping-parts
      Rogido wrote: Not bad. English keyboard? I'd bet for 50% of buyers, that pen sits in a drawer somewhere anyway.
      For me this is a supplement device for Teams meeting and the pen is handy for whiteboarding.
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    • Krakendactyl wrote: I think I bought this last time it was on sale.

      I don't know why I was really excited about it. Maybe because of the price.

      I tried my best to like it, but it has been lackluster to say the least.

      The apps work horribly and lag very hard. It is much better to use just the Chrome browser to do everything than to use the individual YouTube, Calendar, Keep etc apps.

      The apps also have less features compared to the browser version.

      Now that this post has reminded me of this nightmare of a purchase, I don't know what to do with it.

      Even if it was $100. I'm not sure if I wanna throw away $100 for a nice display that seemingly can do much more, but maybe the specs are limiting it. It would simply be $100 of electronic waste.
      My 128GB just arrived. Out of the box, it's a bunch of app updates, OS update and a bunch more app updates.

      Once those are all done, Youtube fires up with a 1080p60 video right the way. I was able to load 2 to 3 apps with youtube running in the corner with no issue. Web apps is definitely slower but local apps are fine. Plex is fine. F1 TV app is really tailored for phone and it's a bit odd.

      It's definitely smoother than my old Tab A 32GB. Storage is slow but again faster that Tab A.

      Keyboard is fine until you have hit the 1/2 size keys on the right hand side. Pen is meh. Better than nothing. I'm no artist but I don't think artists will like this. Go buy an iPad. Touchpad is also meh.

      Have not dived into the emulator world yet but I don't expect it to disappoint.
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    • I tried to use this to replace my very old laptop for work.
      I use it with a mouse sometimes too.
      YouTube lags hard for me, and I updated everything already.
      The Chrome browser loads everything pretty quick tho.
      But the keyboard is very tiny and I consider myself a small guy, but I still had a hard time typing at regular speed with it.

      It's still a cool device to carry around, but it is doing a poor job replacing my very old ASUS laptop.
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    • Angultra wrote: Had a chance to see the one at BB, bilingual layout looks painfully bad:
      I wouldn't want to write a novel with it, but typing comments on RFD, short email, etc, is fine.
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