I’m breaking tradition and recommending a Chromebook deal that beats Windows laptops under $500 this Black Friday

Why am I, an editor on a site specializing in the Microsoft and Windows ecosystem, recommending a Chromebook a Black Friday offer? Listen to me. For most people, I think the Acer Chromebook 516 GE is THE laptop to buy now for less than $500. Sure, it runs on Chrome OS and not Windows 11, but honestly, I think you’ll love it.

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A sleek-looking laptop with a 120Hz display

One of the best-looking laptops you’ll get at this price. (Image credit: Android Central)

I recently spent some time considering whether a gaming Chromebook was a viable alternative to a Windows laptop and came away satisfied and a little surprised. The one I have isn’t the Acer offering shown here, it’s actually a less powerful laptop that currently costs more. This one features a 12-core, 16-thread Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Xe graphics. Our friends at Android Central, however, reviewed the Acer Chromebook 516 GE and gave it a solid 4.5/5.

If you’re purely looking for a gaming Chromebook, it’s hard to argue with what Acer has brought to the market with this one. The Chromebook 516 GE is powerful and has every port you could want (except Thunderbolt), and you’ll probably struggle to get back to a 60Hz refresh rate after spending some time with the 120Hz panel here.

Andrew Myrick – Android Central

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