Update 10:07AM 26/12/2019
Unfortunately the $39.50 price reduction on check out is no longer available and hence I have marked this deal as expired. The Chromebook C340-11 is back up to $395 + delivery with the bonus $125 gift card. Using the same logic as below with the $7.90 delivery, 5% discounted eGift cards, this comes to $382.76 before the $125 bonus gift card (assuming it's worth 1:1) thus making the net outlay $257.76. Still the cheapest you can get it for I believe.
Been on the lookout for a cheap Chromebook to both explore what it's all about, and to have a cheap computing device which I can chuck around when I don't want to carry my more expensive computing hardware around. Even better if it's a 2-in-1 so I can use the various form factors.
The Lenovo C340 Chromebook with the Celeron N4000 processor seems to have some decent reviews online (TL;DR it's a decent budget 2-in-1 Chromebook but has thick bezels and a HD rather than FHD IPS touchscreen). Whilst Big W does not list the exact specifications, Lenovo Australia only lists one specification (but two colours) of the Chromebook C340-11 with the following specifications:
- 11.6" HD (1366x768) IPS 250 nits Glossy (10-point Multi-touch) display
- Intel® Celeron® N4000 (2C / 2T, 1.1 / 2.6GHz, 4MB)
- Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600
- 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 64GB eMMC
- 720p webcam
- Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560, 11ac, 2x2 + Bluetooth™ 4.2
- Up to 10 hours battery (3-cell (42Wh), integrated)
Big W price
Big W currently has it listed (online only) for $395 (save $154) with "BONUS $125 BIG W egift Card to be emailed within 48 hours of product being shipped. Online Only. Ends 27.12.2019"
Upon check out, the price drops to $355.50 with the $125 gift card (making the effective price $230.50). As it is online only, you will need to add delivery which was $7.90 for me in Sydney.
Note: if you have access to discounted Woolworths/BigW Wish eGift cards (eg Cashrewards, Suncorp Benefits, etc) then you can reduce the price even further by about 5%. In my case, the outlay was $345.23, and net of the gift card, is $220.23, making this quite a bit cheaper than the last cheapest deal at $299.25.
For those looking for the cheapest (but maybe not as great value IMO) Chromebook from Lenovo and are willing to forego the 2-in-1/touch screen of the C340, the Lenovo 100e Chromebook is also available at Big W for $325 with a $100 egift card but there does not appear to be any further reductions upon checking out (previously $296.10 with the same $100 egift card).