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The ongoing lockdowns around the world have caused an uptick in demand for computers, especially laptops. Chromebooks are incredibly popular for their ease-of-use and competitive pricing, so if you can accomplish everything using just a web browser (and you don’t already have a spare PC that can do the job), they’re certainly worth looking into.
All of the models we’ve selected come enough horsepower to handle at least a few Chrome tabs and applications running at once, and most of them have large 14/15-inch screens. We have a dedicated guide for the best Chromebooks overall, but this list is solely focused on budget options with large screens that are actually in stock right now.
Samsung Chromebook 4+: $300
This is the latest model in Samsung’s ultra-popular budget Chromebook series. It offers a dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a large 15.6-inch screen. That low-power processor won’t blaze through Chrome tabs and video conferences as fast as the Core i3/i5 chips in more expensive laptops, but it’s enough for most productivity work.
Unlike most Chromebooks in this price range, the screen has a full-HD resolution of 1920×1080, so text and images will look sharp. The Chromebook 4+ will also receive updates until June 2026. Pricing varies by retailer, but as of the time of writing, most stores are selling it for around $300.
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H: $280
If you can’t purchase the Samsung or Lenovo Chromebooks for whatever reason, the next-best choice is probably this variation of Acer’s Chromebook 315. While it does have a decent Intel Celeron N4000 processor, the display resolution is only 1366×768.
The rest of the hardware specifications include 32GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, 15.6-inch screen size, and a weight of 4.19 lbs. The laptop will receive Chrome OS updates until June 2026.
HP Chromebook 14: $220
HP sells a Chromebook very similar to the above Acer model, with the same Intel Celeron 4000 processor, 4GB RAM, and 1366×768 resolution screen. However, unlike the Acer Chromebook, you do get front-firing speakers and a backlit keyboard.
The laptop will receive Chrome OS updates until June 2026. Amazon currently has it on sale for $219.99, a savings of $50 from the original price.