The best budget Chromebook deal on Amazon Prime Day is the Acer Chromebook 512 (CPB512-C1KJ), on sale for $120 after Amazon applied a massive 40 percent discount for Prime Day. We think this Chromebook sale is the best budget offer of Amazon’s many Prime Day deals for Chromebooks, although it’s a lightning deal that will disappear when supplies run out, so act fast!
Yes, you can buy cheaper Chromebooks from Amazon, and the differences between some models are small. For example, we almost recommended the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 ($146.99, 41 percent off). But that laptop only offers a 1366 x 768 11.6-inch display, which delivers 15 percent fewer pixels than the 1366 x 912 display in the Chromebook 512. It might not matter to you, but it matters to us.
This Chromebook offers DisplayPort through one of the USB-C ports, so you can connect to an external display using one of PCWorld’s recommended USB-C hubs. (There are a total of two USB-C ports and two legacy USB-A ports.)
Here’s what we like about this particular Chromebook: First, the price. One hundred dollars is often the rock bottom price of a Chromebook before you start wandering into refurbished Chromebooks, and this is a brand new model. Acer’s Chromebook 512 is also made to be rugged, with a MIL-STD 810G drop rating — ideal for kids (or anyone else) who tend to be rough with their electronics. You won’t strain your eyes either with the 12-inch 912p display, which should be the right size for anyone who wants a comfortably portable Chromebook.
Inside is an Intel Celeron 4020, at the top of the Celeron range. That, coupled with 4GB of RAM, doesn’t provide outstanding performance, but enough for web browsing and possibly something like Roblox, which is what you should be using on any web-based Chromebook in the first place. Don’t worry too much about the 32GB of storage if you’re just browsing the web, but you’ll want to take advantage of Google’s cloud for storage.
Support ends in June 2027, so you’re guaranteed five years of supported updates.
Prime Day Deal: Get the Acer Chromebook 512 at Amazon for $120