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The best speakers for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in 2022

Find the best speakers to bring that Chrome-powered computer alive

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As convenient, practical, lightweight, and even surprisingly robust as Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are, not to mention cheap, they’re not typically known for speaker quality. In fact, that could be said for most laptops, which means you might need to invest in something that can upgrade that sound. Headphones and earbuds work well, but you might not want to spend hours with your ears covered— at least not at home or in your office.

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Prime Day deals on Lenovo Chromebooks are still going strong

From the affordable Lenovo Flex 3 to the perfect-for-the-weekend Lenovo Duet 5, there's a Chromebook deal for everyone

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Back-to-school season is just around the corner, and whether you need a new Chromebook as you head off to college or for your first-grader to use for homework, there's a Chromebook deal for you on Amazon Prime Day. For adults, college students, and high-schoolers, the Chromebook to buy — which could last you to the end of the decade if you take good care of it — is the Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook.

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Best Buy's $200 Acer Chromebook Spin 514 deal sold out, but Amazon's is still going

60% off on a good Chromebook doesn't happen every day

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Among the tidal wave of Prime Day's Chromebook deals, the sweetest deals have weirdly not been on Amazon. Best Buy's "Black Friday in July" has given us some stellar sales in the lead-up to today's shopping free-for-all, and this might be the best one yet.

The best Chromebooks in 2022

Chromebooks come in all shapes and sizes — 10-inch to 17-inch, budget to premium, laptop or tablet — and we'll help pick your next one!

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After over a decade on the market, Chromebooks have finally normalized themselves as a system and soundly taken over households through schools as over 40 million students use Chrome OS for Education. For power users looking for an "it just works" laptop or parents needing a computer that kids can't break/infect every week while "looking for free Fortnite," Chromebooks are the perfect low-maintenance, high-security laptops.

Material You Play Store changes are hitting tablets and Chromebooks

Dynamic theming trickles down from smartphones to tablets and Chromebooks

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In the weeks leading up to Android 12’s release on Pixel devices, Google got started overhauling apps to align with its Material You design philosophy. The Play Store was one of these, but the search giant only updated the smartphone version at the time. At Google I/O 2022, it teased a massive redesign for the Play Store, but first, Material You theming is beginning to make its way to the Play Store on tablets and Chromebooks.

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Chromebooks might soon last a little longer on a single charge

New battery-saving optimizations in Chrome OS 105 are bound to rein in websites sucking your battery in the background

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A lot of the best Chromebooks out there are a more resource efficient than many other computers equipped with Intel chips, and that’s despite classic battery hog Chrome being the only feasible way to browse the web on them. But there are always improvements to be made, and the latest one is slated to come to your Chromebook with Chrome OS 105. It’s meant to optimize how websites can use your CPU in the background.

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At $170 off, the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is one firecracker of a deal

How fitting for this bottle rocket of a Chromebook

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When HP announced at CES this year that it would be bringing ChromeOS to its Elite Dragonfly lineup, we were slightly amused that the company thought it would get its break in the quiet space that is the ultra-premium Chromebook market. But as it has finally gone on sale in some capacity, something has caught our eye this Independence Day weekend: HP is already putting the laptop on discount.

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This $79 Lenovo Chromebook is a back-to-school steal of a deal

Just be sure to grab it by July 5th

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Do you or your kids need a new laptop to bring back to school? Nothing too fancy or heavy, just something that works? Take out a Benjamin, spend it on this Chromebook deal, and be done with it. You might have enough left over in change for a latte or three. Just be sure to put in your order by Tuesday.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (2H) review: Our favorite Chromebook’s dashing doppelganger

You get less power than the Spin 713 but the same awesome touchscreen

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Chromebooks have traditionally fallen into one of two extremes: affordable Chromebooks with meager processors and even more meager screens or premium, ultra-powerful Chromebooks with shorter battery life. The best Chromebook around, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, falls in the latter category with a gorgeous 400-nit touchscreen, a beefy i5 processor, and just enough battery to maybe get through a short workday without needing a charger. But what if you wanted that premium screen and build quality with a little less horsepower and a little more longevity?

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The best mice for Chromebooks in 2022

It’s time to look beyond your Chromebook’s touchpad

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If you want to enhance your productivity or gaming performance on a Chromebook, getting a mouse is a good idea. Mice are more ergonomic than touchpads and can be faster in completing tasks. And while the selection of mice that play well with Chromebooks isn’t as expansive as those compatible with Windows or macOS, there are still several excellent options on the market. Choosing the right one can be tricky, considering that some mice have a unique look and feel while others are just the standard style. But you don’t have to go looking for the right one. We’ve rounded up the best mice for Chromebooks right here.

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The best Chromebook chargers in 2022

Keep your Chromebook juiced with these great chargers

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Chromebooks are famous for being affordable, having a long battery life, and working well with Google products. The average Chromebook has a 9-hour and 58-minute battery life and requires a 45W charger, and a few of them can take advantage of 65W chargers.

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When one thinks Surface, they also think of Microsoft. It's a pretty good brand name. But the company has been slicing its product categories by form factors and price points deli-thin: would you like a premium, mid-tier, or entry-level Windows 2-in-1 or laptop? This week, the company updated its budget-ish laptop series with the Surface Laptop Go 2. On paper, it's super-portable, surprisingly performant, and costs between $599 and $799 — sounds like Microsoft wants a piece of the personal Chromebook market. But which should you go with?

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Your Chromebook’s Gallery app could soon offer a way to edit images with Google Photos

Evidence suggests that Chrome OS is preparing Photos integration for Gallery

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Chrome OS’ Gallery app has long been rather rudimentary, but that’s changing fast. Since the inception of Chrome OS as a web-first operating system, Google has invested a lot of resources in making the OS feel more robust, and enhancements to the Gallery app in the form of rudimentary editing tools were just one part of that effort. The latest new feature that might soon come to Gallery is the option to edit photos and videos right inside Google Photos, without having to head to the website first.

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Google kicks off Pride Month early with new Chrome OS wallpapers

The LGBTQ Artists collection celebrates the community with new artwork

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Believe it or not, June is right around the corner. Next month doesn't just mark the start of summer — it's also Pride Month in many parts of the world. Google routinely uses June as a chance to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with wallpapers and ringtones for its Pixel devices, but the Chrome team is getting a jump-start on the fun. Starting today, Chrome OS users can select from a bunch of wallpapers perfect for Pride Month.

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How to use Android's Nearby Share on your Chromebook

Kind of like AirDrop, but Google

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Nearby Share allows Android users to send photos, files, links, contacts, and more via Wi-Fi or mobile data to other Android devices. Once enabled, you can share files with just a few taps. It's an effective way to quickly send data between devices, and we recommend it for people heavily invested in the Android and Chrome OS ecosystems. Here's a quick primer on how to set up the feature.

The top 8 Android Apps you need to install on your Chromebook

Use the power of Android apps on a larger screen

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Using Android apps through the Google Play Store on Chromebooks is more popular than ever and is something no other type of computer can do. Through the Play Store, Chromebooks have access to many of the same apps that are on your phone. The user experience with some apps is hit or miss, even on the best Chromebooks, and some apps are unfortunately not available on Chrome OS. Here are our favorite and most useful Android apps that work well on Chromebooks.

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The Acer Chromebook 714 is here to dethrone its little brother

It also brought a ruggedly underwhelming Chrome OS tablet

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Next @ Acer unveiled a whole slew of PCs and desktops, but alongside those announcements came two brand-new Chromebooks — and the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (3H) that we previewed two weeks ago. The Acer Chromebook Tab 510 is another 10-inch Snapdragon-powered Chrome OS tablet with a mind towards durability. However, with only "Up to 4GB RAM", you'll likely want to skip it in lieu of 8GB models like the HP Chromebook X2 (which is still $300 off right now) or the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5, which are two of the best Chromebooks on the market today.

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Acer Chromebook 514 review: Unbeatable battery

The Kompanio 828 makes for a Chromebook with average power and awesome screen time.

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The Chromebook spotlight has been gobbled up by gaming advances and premium models like the upcoming HP Dragonfly Elite Chromebook and the Lenovo Flex 5i (14”). The bulk of this market is still consumed by budget and mid-range models that might not look sexy, but they have the assets you need. Take the Acer Chromebook 514, for instance: there are two models bearing that name, but you’ve probably only heard of the more premium Acer Chromebook Spin (CB514-1W) with its 11th Gen Intel Core processor. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a sweet Chromebook, but it’s $800 and difficult to find.