These days, a laptop or tablet is an essential tool for learning or working. And while it's easy to splurge on the latest tech, there are also plenty of options available that won't break the bank.
If you're looking to add a new, affordable laptop to your arsenal (or your child's), Amazon Canada's current sale on a popular Acer Chromebook is one you'll want to check out.
The Acer Chromebook 311 is currently 33 per cent off, and shoppers say that it's an "excellent little laptop for the value."
Save 33%: Acer Chromebook 311
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What is it?
Normally retailing for $269, this compact and portable Chromebook is a budget-friendly choice, especially at its sale price of $180. Simple setup connects your device to your Google account, providing easy access to email, Google Drive, Google Chrome browser and more. The laptop also comes with an impressive HDR camera to have you looking your best on video calls.
A 10-hour batter life means you won't have to worry about recharging during the day, and a lightweight design (it weighs just under one kilogram) lets you carry this laptop with you wherever you go.
For those looking for more information on the nitty gritty about this Chromebook, it features an Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core Processor, an 11.6" HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit IPS Display and 4GB of memory.
It also comes with two USB-C ports, and two USB 3.1 ports to connect to all of your other devices. Two built-in stereo speakers provide audio, along with a jack for headphones if you’re looking to keep things quiet for those around you.
What shoppers are saying
Backed by a 4.4-star rating from more than 1,200 customer reviews, the Acer Chromebook 311 has been called an "excellent Chromebook for an awesome price!"
One reviewer noted that it's "great for school work" since it's "compact for a small desk" and its smaller size can easily be carried throughout the day. It's also been hailed as being "easy to setup" and "perfect for remote learning."
"Absolutely loving my first Chromebook!" raved one reviewer.
"Does the job without any issues," added another.
Since this laptop runs on the Chrome operating system, some reviewers have noted that it's more suited to "basic" functions, including online browsing, watching videos, streaming, social media and some school work.
This Chromebook is an affordable pick, especially at its current sale price of $180. It does feature a smaller screen size and limited capabilities, but the tradeoffs result in a simple and lightweight laptop that's ideal for light computing and everyday use.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.