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As one of the most eagerly-anticipated shopping events of the year, Amazon Prime Day has no shortage of must-have savings on the latest tech and electronics. Unfortunately, the event has been postponed in Canada, despite running through June 21 and 22 in other countries around the world.
However, just because Prime Day has been paused in Canada, doesn’t mean that you can’t still find huge savings — even on the latest tech. Right now, you can shop a selection of laptops and Chromebooks on sale, with prices starting at under $300. You’ll find markdowns on brands like HP, Acer and Lenovo, including the top-rated HP Chromebook 14.0".
SHOP IT: Amazon, $292 (originally $372)
Normally retailing for $372, this compact Chromebook is on sale now for just $292. Designed to deliver long-lasting battery life, and entertainment features like Audio by B&O PLAY, it’s great for home, work, or school use. Weighing in at just over 2kg, this Chromebook still delivers an impressive 14 inch screen and crisp images.
Since this laptop is a Chromebook, setup is as simple as signing into your Google account before you’re up and running. Android apps are connected via the Google Play Store, and its easy to use interface is ideal for kids or those who just need to perform basic computing tasks.
Why shoppers love it
In addition to its wallet-friendly price tag, shoppers have been loving the HP Chromebook 14.0" for its screen quality, lightweight design, and battery life. It’s earned a 4.1-star rating from hundreds of customer reviews, with shoppers noting that it’s “worth purchasing.”
“No frills, it is a neat little computer, sign in with your Google info and poof, you are in. Screen is not too bad, keys are nice feeling and the pad is responsive. Battery is unlike what I have ever had. This is replacing my Apple laptop...screen not as bright but good. I can access my iCloud - mail, all my photos, my other emails, set bookmarks on the Chrome browser, pay bills etc," wrote one reviewer. "No complaints and for a few hundred compared to thousands for a new Mac, I love it."
Thanks to its simple interface, this Chromebook is also an excellent choice for older users who are just looking for the basics.
“Bought for my senior mother in law for its simplicity and ease of use. Google's platform is so easy to use, she was up and running apps in literally minutes! Her old Windows 10 desktop was too clunky and complicated for her. Less 'help' calls for me - so a win-win,” shared one reviewer.
What works well for some may be a downfall for others, as some reviewers have noted that the Chromebook interface is too simple for more complex tasks, and takes some getting used to if you’re not familiar with the Chrome OS.
“I have found that the Chromebook isn't compatible for syncing to certain products such as Leapfrog, certain printers, casting to certain TVs, or basically trying to do anything outside of what Google Chrome is offering thus far. Still very useful and good quality for the price. I use it for school and don't need anything special or extras, but if I do I can download an app which is nice. It's an Android phone/tablet in laptop form,” explained another review.
Considering simplicity is at the heart of the Chromebook’s design, it’s up to you to decide whether it holds up to your lifestyle’s needs. It’s definitely an affordable alternative to other laptops, and is an even better buy now that it’s on sale.
In case you’re considering buying a new Chromebook, you can take advantage of the current sale on Amazon and shop several versions at a great price.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $285 (originally $299)
SHOP IT: Amazon, $319 (originally $399)
SHOP IT: Amazon, $364 (originally $404)
SHOP IT: Amazon, $348 (originally $369)
SHOP IT: Amazon, $330 (originally $428)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.