The best 5 affordable Chromebooks for back-to-school or distance learning

These models boast big screens and each cost less than $600. Read more: Online education classes for every age and grade Chromebooks range in price, with Chromebook deals for less than $100 to Chromebooks for sale for more than $1,000, but you don't need to spend that much to get up and running for distance learning. Our favorite Chromebooks fall mostly in the $400-to-$600 range. If those don't suit you, here are five additional models that are currently priced under $600.  CNET Coronavirus Update Keep track of the coronavirus pandemic. Big screen, small price Asus Chromebook C523 Asus This basic, $269 Chromebook features an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage. Those specs are nothing to get excited about, but they will let you run Chrome OS smoothly as long as you don't leave too many Chrome tabs open at once. The draw here is the roomy, 15.6-inch display in a model that costs less than $300. You'll need to make do with a 1,366x768-pixel display resolution rather than the sharper 1080p picture you'll find as you move up in price. $269 at Amazon FHD display on the cheap Samsung Chromebook 4 Samsung Like the above Asus model, this $300 Samsung Chromebook 4 features a 15.6-inch display powered by an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM, and it supplies 32GB of solid-state storage. The extra $30 for the Samsung gets Chromebook users a full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution display for a sharper picture. Samsung also sells two step-up models. For $350, you can upgrade the memory to 6GB and the storage to 64GB. And for $380, you can get 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. $300 at Samsung Touch support and storage space HP Chromebook 15 Sarah Tew/CNET As you approach $500, you start seeing touchscreen displays that let you navigate Chrome OS with your fingertip, can be used for web browsing, as well as playing Android games -- once homework is done, of course. This $489 HP Chromebook features a 15.6-inch touchscreen display with a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. Instead of using a budget Pentium or Celeron CPU, it supplies a Core i3 chip along with 4GB of RAM and a generous 128GB SSD.  $489 at Amazon Just released and already on sale Acer Chromebook Spin 713

The best 5 affordable Chromebooks for back-to-school or distance learning
These models boast big screens and each cost less than $600. Read more: Online education classes for every age and grade Chromebooks range in price, with Chromebook deals for less than $100 to Chromebooks for sale for more than $1,000, but you don't need to spend that much to get up and running for distance learning. Our favorite Chromebooks fall mostly in the $400-to-$600 range. If those don't suit you, here are five additional models that are currently priced under $600.  CNET Coronavirus Update Keep track of the coronavirus pandemic. Big screen, small price Asus Chromebook C523 Asus This basic, $269 Chromebook features an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage. Those specs are nothing to get excited about, but they will let you run Chrome OS smoothly as long as you don't leave too many Chrome tabs open at once. The draw here is the roomy, 15.6-inch display in a model that costs less than $300. You'll need to make do with a 1,366x768-pixel display resolution rather than the sharper 1080p picture you'll find as you move up in price. $269 at Amazon FHD display on the cheap Samsung Chromebook 4 Samsung Like the above Asus model, this $300 Samsung Chromebook 4 features a 15.6-inch display powered by an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM, and it supplies 32GB of solid-state storage. The extra $30 for the Samsung gets Chromebook users a full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution display for a sharper picture. Samsung also sells two step-up models. For $350, you can upgrade the memory to 6GB and the storage to 64GB. And for $380, you can get 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. $300 at Samsung Touch support and storage space HP Chromebook 15 Sarah Tew/CNET As you approach $500, you start seeing touchscreen displays that let you navigate Chrome OS with your fingertip, can be used for web browsing, as well as playing Android games -- once homework is done, of course. This $489 HP Chromebook features a 15.6-inch touchscreen display with a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. Instead of using a budget Pentium or Celeron CPU, it supplies a Core i3 chip along with 4GB of RAM and a generous 128GB SSD.  $489 at Amazon Just released and already on sale Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Acer Acer's new Chromebook 713 is currently $100 off at Best Buy to bring its price down to a reasonable $529. This Acer Chromebook features a 13.5-inch touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which offers more room vertically than wider 16:10 displays that are better for watching movies but require more scrolling when browsing the web. This Acer Chromebook's display also has a fine 2,256x1,504-pixel resolution, a Gorilla Glass coating for added durability and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. Inside, the system features specs that are more common on a Windows-based laptop than a Chromebook: Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. This is one Chromebook that you won't soon outgrow and will likely last you through four years of high school or college. $529 at Best Buy A tablet, too Acer Spin 15 2-in-1 Chromebook Acer This $399 Acer Chromebook is both a laptop and tablet. The 15.6-inch touchscreen boasts a full HD 1,920x1,080 resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. Such versatility could be beneficial during a quarantine. Inside, this device features an Intel Pentium CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.  $399 at Best Buy Read more: Best back-to-school gear under $100 for 2020 See also Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2020 The best cheap and free perks for college students Best back-to-school gear under $50 Top back-to-school tech under $100 See all our back-to-school picks Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide See All • reading The best 5 affordable Chromebooks for back-to-school or distance learning • Aug 6 Best perks for college students in 2020: Discounts and freebies • Aug 5 Head back to school with this $250 Chromebook from Staples • Aug 4 Where to find kids' face masks that fit