Walmart’s $155 Chromebook Is the Best Student Laptop Deal I’ve Seen All Year

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The Acer Spin 311 is half laptop, half tablet.  But it can also be in between, as in the

The Acer Spin 311 is half laptop, half tablet. But it can also be in between, as in the “display mode” shown here. Wait, doesn’t that make three halves? I am bad at math. (Photo: Acer)

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.

$155 $299 at Walmart

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.

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