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Buy a back-to-school laptop? Hold on, let me check my calendar… yep, okay, most kids have been back to school for about a month now. So maybe you’re looking for a laptop that’s already at school and in need of something better?
Good news: Whatever the reason you put off this purchase, it 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 remember ever seeing for a laptop. It normally sells for $299.
The Spin 311 is an 11.6-inch convertible, which means it has a touchscreen on a 360-degree hinge. So in addition to working like a traditional laptop, it can also: to spin (see what Acer did there?) to become a full-fledged tablet.
Google’s Chrome operating system not only offers 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 not a powerhouse, with a decent entry-level processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The screen resolution is on the low side at 1,366 x 768, although I wouldn’t expect it to be higher at this size.
Speaking of size, that screen necessarily entails a small keyboard. It’s a comfortable, responsive one (at least according to several reviews), but not ideal for touch typists.
I suspect most elementary school students (who have smaller hands anyway) wouldn’t care. Indeed, for everyday school work, the Spin 311 will get the job done, and without interruption: Acer promises up to 15 hours of use on a charge, impressive for any laptop.
It’s rare to find a Chromebook for under $200. But a convertible for $155? That’s even rarer. If you are in the market, jump on this deal before it’s gone.