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Shopping for a back-to-school laptop? Hang on, let me check my calendar… yep, okay, most kids have been back to school for about a month already. So maybe you’re shopping for an already-in-school-and-need-something-better laptop?
Good news: Whatever the reason you decided to delay this purchase, it just paid off. For a limited time, and while supplies last (and I suspect they won’t last long), Walmart has the Acer Spin 311 Chromebook for just $155. That’s one of the best deals I can recall seeing for any laptop ever. It normally sells for $299.
$299 at Walmart
The Spin 311 is an 11.6-inch convertible, meaning it has a touchscreen on a 360-degree hinge. So in addition to operating like a traditional laptop, it can spin (see what Acer did there?) to become a full-fledged tablet.
In fact, Google’s Chrome operating system offers not only school-friendly tools like Google Docs and Classroom, but also compatibility with millions of Android apps. This is a decidedly capable little machine, especially for the price.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s no powerhouse, with a fairly entry-level processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The screen resolution is on the low side at 1,366 x 768, though at this size I wouldn’t expect it to be any higher.
Speaking of size, that screen necessarily brings with it a small-ish keyboard. It’s a comfortable, responsive one (at least according to various reviews), but not ideal for touch-typists.
I suspect that most grade-school students (who have smaller hands anyway) won’t care. Indeed, for everyday schoolwork, the Spin 311 will get the job done, and without interruption: Acer promises up to 15 hours of operation on a charge, impressive for any laptop.
It’s rare to find a Chromebook for under $200. But a convertible for $155? That’s rarer still. If you’re in the market, jump on this deal before it’s gone.
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