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Melanie Pinola

Ultraportable Chromebooks can actually pay for themselves

By February 4, 2013

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HP ChromebookHP today released its first Chromebook, the first Chromebook ever with a 14-inch screen. The other three main Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer have more diminutive (and more portable) 11.6-inch and 12.1-inch displays. At $330, HP's Chromebook isn't as great a value compared to the $199 Acer Chromebook and $249 Samsung Chromebook--especially when you consider you can essentially get those Chromebooks for free.

As an incentive for buying one of these cheap laptops, Google is offering freebies worth $269: 100GB of Google Drive storage space ($129 value) and 12 vouchers for Gogo in-flight internet access (estimated $150 value). Both are good for two years. (After the two years are up, your files are still accessible but you can't upload any new data unless you buy more storage.)

So if you plan on flying up to 12 times in the next year (or six round-trip flights) and would normally pay for internet access, these offers make the Acer and Samsung Chromebooks really attractive. They seem ideal for travelers, so these offers targeting road warriors makes a lot of sense.

The low price of these inexpensive ultraportable laptops also make them suitable for students and mobile users who are always internet-connected. Learn more about Chromebooks and the different models available here.

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