Deal Discussion The Best Back to School Chromebook Deals in Canada

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4894 upvotes The Best Back to School Chromebook Deals in Canada

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, Staples, The Source and Walmart.
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Sep 3, 2021
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These are really poor computers. how are they the best deals?.

I wouldn't buy these failtops for anyone.
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Dec 29, 2017
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Ordered the Flex 5 for my kid, already have iPads or else the Duet would be my choice. Should be good enough for school, we have a PS5 + iPads for gaming and don’t need Photoshop or Microsoft Office, Google Docs is fine. Wish it was the i3 version with a backlit keyboard, but for the price difference today it’s not worth it.


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