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Costco Wholesale Black Friday: Acer 11.6" 2-in-1 Chromebook: Celeron N3150, 4GB, 32GB Internal Storage for $199.99

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Costco Wholesale [costco.com] has Acer 11.6" 2-in-1 Chromebook: Celeron N3150, 4GB, 32GB Internal Storage for $199.99

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Not the new "N3160" processor. This is the older version. Doubt it really is much difference but still.
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The difference between the 3150 and 3160 is pretty tiny, but I agree I'd have liked to see this sale for the newest chip. Especially since you could get the 3160 version with the college student coupon for $225 at Best Buy almost all summer, even as recently as 2 weeks ago. Was hoping to see an R11 for $175 or less for BF. Still, if this is as low as it goes I may try to get one since I've been waiting a good bit to bite on a 4gb chromebook.
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Not the new "N3160" processor. This is the older version. Doubt it really is much difference but still.
My nieces are begging for a chrome book this Christmas and I'm clueless. Don't even know why they want it, they have iPads. My sister is a big Costco fan, and would probably prefer buying there. This is a decent deal for me to help her with? TIA
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The difference between the 3150 and 3160 is pretty tiny, but I agree I'd have liked to see this sale for the newest chip. Especially since you could get the 3160 version with the college student coupon for $225 at Best Buy almost all summer, even as recently as 2 weeks ago. Was hoping to see an R11 for $175 or less for BF. Still, if this is as low as it goes I may try to get one since I've been waiting a good bit to bite on a 4gb chromebook.
The 16gb version will be $179 via bb ad; 11/23-25 weekend. The extra 16gb for $25 probably isn't that important on a chromebook unless you want to load up a lot of Android apps or set up Crouton for linux.
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My nieces are begging for a chrome book this Christmas and I'm clueless. Don't even know why they want it, they have iPads. My sister is a big Costco fan, and would probably prefer buying there. This is a decent deal for me to help her with? TIA
Chromebooks are like laptops, wide range of options. You should try to get some specifics on what they're looking for. It could be a functional question, but it could also be a fashion kind of question, as in, what their friends are using. Not that this R11 isn't fashionable, but again you need to be specific about what they're looking for (fashionable or functional doesn't mean much if they want to get what their friends are using).

BTW, BB now has a non-touchscreen black samsung chromebook for $100 for 2GB ram, $120 for 4gb ram (the $20 extra is generally worth it). If they don't need touch or Android support, or the flip screen, *that* might be a better option.

*edit: the 4gb ram version isn't $120 until BF weekend (23-25).
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Chromebooks are like laptops, wide range of options. You should try to get some specifics on what they're looking for. It could be a functional question, but it could also be a fashion kind of question, as in, what their friends are using. Not that this R11 isn't fashionable, but again you need to be specific about what they're looking for (fashionable or functional doesn't mean much if they want to get what their friends are using).

BTW, BB now has a non-touchscreen black samsung chromebook for $100 for 2GB ram, $120 for 4gb ram (the $20 extra is generally worth it). If they don't need touch or Android support, or the flip screen, *that* might be a better option.

*edit: the 4gb ram version isn't $120 until BF weekend (23-25).
Thanks, that helps. Had a talk with them about it and while they eventually want a laptop, they know a chrome book is cheaper. I'd push for laptops for functionality but there's the whole software like office as an added cost. The girls use google docs and know how to use rage psudeo office. Cost-wise chromebooks seem to be the better choice as an entry into laptops.
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Thanks, that helps. Had a talk with them about it and while they eventually want a laptop, they know a chrome book is cheaper. I'd push for laptops for functionality but there's the whole software like office as an added cost. The girls use google docs and know how to use rage psudeo office. Cost-wise chromebooks seem to be the better choice as an entry into laptops.
The $120 samsung chromebook on BF weekend could be just the thing then. 2GB could work too but for $20 it's better to be at 4GB ram as a more solid minimum for basic computing.

To get a good new Windows laptop you have to start at about $250 (there are cheaper Windows computers than that but they usually have a too-low 2GB RAM or slower storage which hurts Windows more than Chrome OS), and until you get to like $350+ the only real advantage vs. a <$200 Chromebook would be Windows application compatibility. If the only requirement is office productivity apps like for school, it's very likely not worth the price difference. Additionally schools seem to be getting onboard Chromebook, so it's possible any computing-related instruction will migrate towards Chromebook support anyway.

BTW, another benefit of Chromebooks is that they are harder to break, software-wise, and easier to recover from even if they manage to mess them up. The nice thing about shopping Costco is that you are likely to get good extended warranty included too, to cover the hardware, and since Chromebooks are already set up for storing things in the cloud, files and backups are kinda covered too. Documents at least, although with a fast internet connection and some subscription fee even personal photos and videos can be kept online.

If you want extra certainty about it, you may also want to ask about any specific applications or games they want to run. Content creation and media editing and games may require a Windows computer, but if that's not a requirement, then Chromebook all the way.

(If used/refurb is an option, I'd still avoid HP or Dell due to some recurring issues, but it'd be possible to get useful Windows laptops from $150+ with 4GB RAM, but you'd give up having good warranty. And considering the greater simplicity of Chromebooks (harder to break, easier to recover), I'd still favor Chromebook for basic or general usage).
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The $120 samsung chromebook on BF weekend could be just the thing then. 2GB could work too but for $20 it's better to be at 4GB ram as a more solid minimum for basic computing.

To get a good new Windows laptop you have to start at about $250 (there are cheaper Windows computers than that but they usually have a too-low 2GB RAM or slower storage which hurts Windows more than Chrome OS), and until you get to like $350+ the only real advantage vs. a <$200 Chromebook would be Windows application compatibility. If the only requirement is office productivity apps like for school, it's very likely not worth the price difference. Additionally schools seem to be getting onboard Chromebook, so it's possible any computing-related instruction will migrate towards Chromebook support anyway.

BTW, another benefit of Chromebooks is that they are harder to break, software-wise, and easier to recover from even if they manage to mess them up. The nice thing about shopping Costco is that you are likely to get good extended warranty included too, to cover the hardware, and since Chromebooks are already set up for storing things in the cloud, files and backups are kinda covered too. Documents at least, although with a fast internet connection and some subscription fee even personal photos and videos can be kept online.

If you want extra certainty about it, you may also want to ask about any specific applications or games they want to run. Content creation and media editing and games may require a Windows computer, but if that's not a requirement, then Chromebook all the way.

(If used/refurb is an option, I'd still avoid HP or Dell due to some recurring issues, but it'd be possible to get useful Windows laptops from $150+ with 4GB RAM, but you'd give up having good warranty. And considering the greater simplicity of Chromebooks (harder to break, easier to recover), I'd still favor Chromebook for basic or general usage).
You are awesome, thank you. The lack of break ability makes me think of getting my father one... I have to redo his computer a couple times a year because he clicks on everything.

I asked the older one (12 going on 18) why she wanted one and she said "because so and so has one" which she quickly followed up with "not that that's not a good reason." She explained how she used google docs and really they spend more time on a browser than anything else. I think I'll advocate for this Costco one, or two really since fair is fair when it comes to santa gifts. My sister will appreciate the Costco guarantee. Thank you again.
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- Can you order these online and 23rd pick up in store?
- If not a possibility has anyone done a Costco Black Friday - do I need to lineup or if I turn up an hour late do you think this deal is still on? Strikes me as a good deal, but not some insane 60inch 4K TV for $100 sort of thing.
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Pretty sure you can use the $25 off $250 coupon on this since after it hits $199, since original price is over $250.

Now, should I get this, or spend $297 for Samsung Chromebook Plus?
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The 16gb version will be $179 via bb ad; 11/23-25 weekend. The extra 16gb for $25 probably isn't that important on a chromebook unless you want to load up a lot of Android apps or set up Crouton for linux.
nah man, that's going to be the N3060 model which is a major step down from the 3150/3160. There's too many R11 versions to keep track of. Even a couple are windows machines. You don't want to get anything but N3150/3160, though.
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Pretty sure you can use the $25 off $250 coupon on this since after it hits $199, since original price is over $250.

Now, should I get this, or spend $297 for Samsung Chromebook Plus?
where is the Plus going to be $297
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where is the Plus going to be $297
https://www.perksatwork.com/login

it is a website that has a tie-up with your company to provide some benefits.

$382.49 for Chromebook Pro. $297.49 for Chromebook Plus.
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nah man, that's going to be the N3060 model which is a major step down from the 3150/3160. There's too many R11 versions to keep track of. Even a couple are windows machines. You don't want to get anything but N3150/3160, though.
N3060 dual core vs n3150 quad core with nearly same specs otherwise doesn't really impact basic computing, especially on a platform not really used for media editing, and a computer doing only 720p. I'd agree that $25 to get 16gb more storage built in and getting quad core too can be worth doing but I wouldn't say it's a major step down in $/what you get, for something that would still be good for basics.

BTW I didn't know you could potentially get an extra $25 off to bring it to $175 on this deal, in that case, this one probably beats the others. After a couple days I kinda lost track of what unit we're being compared though lol.
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