The Best Chromebooks under $200 – a Brief Buyer’s Guide for 2017

So, you’re looking for the best Chromebook you can get and you don’t want spend a whole lot. This guide will give you a brief rundown of all the Chromebooks that are proven and popular without the hefty pricetag. All the Chromebooks in this list are based on sales, reviews, and priced under $200. As you may already know, Chromebooks are one of the most affordable laptops on the market today. They are currently used mainly in educational systems due to their low cost and affordability, along with their functionality. Chromebooks are fast, efficient, and a super portable machine. If you’re in the market and looking to purchase a Chromebook for cheap, you may want to know the different price ranges and what they have to offer.

Last updated: 5/6/17.

Let’s take a gander at the cheapest Chromebooks with the biggest bang:

Hisense 11.6" Chromebook C11NB - $139Hisense 11.6″ Chromebook C11NB – $139

The cheapest Chromebook you can get on the market today is the Hisense 11.6 Chromebook. It runs at $139 and comes with a decent set up. All Chromebooks come with at least 16 gigs of space in the internal hard drive, which by the way are all SSD drives, and at least two gigabytes of RAM. The Hisense Chromebook has a 1.8 gigahertz quad-core processor and offers all the basic functionality that you might need out of Chromebook laptop.

If you don’t know what a Chromebook can do, or what a Chromebook is made for, you might want to read our guide on that.

The Hisense Chromebook is currently the cheapest Chromebook you can buy. Hisense is a lesser-known company that’s relatively new to the US market, however, they specialize in TVs and other small electronics. This machine is backed by a decent customer review base and is an excellent choice for an intro laptop.

Acer CB3-111-C8UB 11.6" Chromebook - $149

Acer CB3-111-C8UB 11.6″ Chromebook – $149

Next is the Acer 11.6 Chromebook, which features an Intel Celeron to 2.16 gigahertz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage, Intel HD graphics, and an HD display. This is probably the most popular Chromebook on the market for under $150, and has been replaced with a newer and updated model. However, this version is still available at $149. This the best-selling Chromebook right behind Samsung, although the newer version is rapidly replacing this one in sales. If you’re going to get an Acer Chromebook, this model is a little cheaper but the newer one (which we cover next) is only slightly more expensive. Acer is a well-known budget brand in the world of computers. They make affordable solutions for laptops as well as some more expensive and high-end laptops and computers. They used to have a bad reputation in terms of customer service, but that has greatly improved and now they’re one of the more respected brand in the world of computers.

 

Acer Chromebook 11.6'' CB3-131-C3SZ - $169

Acer Chromebook 11.6” CB3-131-C3SZ – $169

Next up we have the same Chromebook made by a sir but the newer model. The newer model features a faster Intel Celeron processor as well as an IPS screen, which is basically a fancy way to call a screen that can be viewed from multiple angles. It runs at $169 and has a new look along with the upgraded specs. We won’t go too deep into detail about this one since it’s pretty much just an upgraded version of the previous Acer Chromebook.

 

Asus C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook - $159

Asus C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook – $159

Next up we have the Asus 11.6 inch Chromebook. It features a Rockchip processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD hard drive. This Chromebook is probably the cheapest one you can get that doesn’t feature an Intel processor. The Rockchip processor in this machine is not made by Intel, which may drive some customers away. We think they use the Rockchip processor because it’s a more affordable solution rather than using Intel, which makes the machine over all more affordable. But that’s nothing to be worried about, as the Rockchip processor performs decently and has excellent reviews. If you plan to run Linux or another operating system on a Chromebook. As well as play games like Minecraft, you may want to look into an Intel-based processor as the Rockchip processor along with the AR M processors have been known to cause problems. This runs at $159.

 

HP Chromebook 14 - $159

HP Chromebook 14 – $159

Next, we have the HP Chromebook 14. As the name states, it’s a 14-inch Chromebook made by popular electronics manufacturer HP. It sports an Intel Celeron processor running at 1.4 gigahertz, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD drive, Intel HD graphics, and comes in peach coral. If you want a Chromebook that’s affordable with a big screen, this Chromebook is probably your best bet. It’s about 3 inches larger diagonally compared to the previous Chromebooks for about the same price. It runs at $159.

 

Asus Chromebook C300MA - $179

Asus Chromebook C300MA – $179

Running at $179 we have the Asus 13.3-inch Chromebook, which features an Intel Celeron processor rather than the previous Rockchip processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD hard drive along with a black finish. This Asus Chromebook is an improved version of the previous model. It allows people who are familiar with technology to install another operating system such as Linux onto their Chromebook and be able to run many familiar programs using Linux as well as play popular games such as Minecraft.

 

HP Chromebook 11 G4 - $184

HP Chromebook 11 G4 – $184

At $184, we have another Chromebook made by HP. Surprisingly, this model is only 11 inches in screen diameter. It features an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of SSD storage. This Chromebook has an improved display over the previous model with anti-glare and a high-definition resolution. It also features an Intel HD graphics card for video and game processing. This is a very popular Chromebook model made by HP and is decently affordable. It comes in graphite black and snow white. Heh.

Asus C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook - $189

Asus C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook – $189

At $189, we have another model made by Asus. This is also an 11.6-inch Chromebook with a Rockchip processor. However, it offers double the RAM of the previous Rockchip Chromebook with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It also features a 16GB SSD hard drive and comes in navy blue. If you want to do more multi-tasking and run multiple programs or tabs or applications simultaneously, you may want to look into this version as it offers double the RAM. RAM is used for multitasking and running many things at the same time. This is probably one of the cheapest 4 gigabyte RAM Chromebooks available with such a low price tag.

 

Samsung Chromebook - $195

Samsung Chromebook – $195

Next, we have the Samsung Chromebook. Samsung is a leading manufacturer in Chromebooks and is probably definitely most popular manufacturer in the Chromebook world. This Chromebook runs at $195 and features and 11.6-inch display with a Samsung Exynos 5 dual processor. It has 2 gigabytes of RAM, a 16-gigabyte solid-state drive, and also an HD display. This is an extremely popular model because consumers trust the Samsung name. If you’re looking to get a Chromebook made by Samsung, and you don’t want to pay a lot, this is your best bet. It also has a metallic aluminum finish which makes it look much more expensive than the price you pay.

 

ASUS C200MA Chromebook - $199

ASUS C200MA Chromebook – $199

Next, we have another model made by Asus running at $199. This model features an 11.6-inch display with an Intel processor, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of SSD storage. It comes in a black finish and has all the features of the previous 4GB model except without the Rockchip processor. Asus really does offer their Chromebooks in all the different configurations you could possibly want. Rockchip or Intel. 2GB or 4GB. It’s really up to you.

Lenovo IdeaPad N20P - $199

Lenovo IdeaPad N20P – $199

If you want a cheap Chromebook that has touchscreen compatibility, then the Lenovo 11.6-inch touchscreen Chromebook is your best bet. It features 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD hard drive, a free embedded QuickOffice editor which allows for Microsoft Office files to the directly edited within the Chromebook, and of course, a touch screen. It runs at $199 and is decently reviewed.

HP Chromebook 11 G3 – $199

And lastly, we another 11.6-inch HP Chromebook. This machine runs at $199 and features an Intel processor along with 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD hard drive. It has Intel HD graphics for video watching and light gaming along with an HD anti-glare display. This machine is perfect if you like to multi-task due to the double RAM over the previous HP model.

And there you have it, a full list of the most popular and best-selling Chromebooks you can get on the market under $200 (excluding tax, that is). Chromebooks are a decent machine for the productive user. They’re fast at browsing the web and are excellent for productivity. If you want a cheap laptop with functionality, Chromebooks are the way to go.

About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (platy@platypusplatypus.com).

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