There are plenty of options in the $500-$700 Chromebook space right now and more on the way. However, finding a high-end device under $400 requires a bit of patience and some detective work. Sure, the Acer Spin 713 and HP’s x360 14c Chromebook are frequently on sale at Best Buy for around $450 and they’re very impressive buys at that price, but Lenovo’s Flex 5i may be the sleeper that you were looking for.
Like the aforementioned devices from Acer and HP, the current Chromebook Flex 5i is powered by 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake processors and the one we’re talking about today has the same Core i3 as the HP Chromebook x360 14c. Paired with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, this 13.3-inch convertible is capable of handling the heaviest of tasks with ease.
Besides these impressive features, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5i is USI compatible and sells for $200 less than flagship offerings from HP and Acer. That’s not to say the Lenovo Chromebook is perfect. You’ll get a mostly plastic chassis and, like the HP, you’ll have to contend with a less than desirable 250 nit screen. Still, for $499, this configuration of the Flex 5i is a solid device with a very competitive price tag.
If you’ve been looking at the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5i, today is your lucky day. Costco appears to be the exclusive seller of the Core i3, 8GB/128GB version and right now the wholesale club has knocked a whopping $150 off the MSRP. You don’t even have to be a Costco member to buy it. You’ll have to pay an extra 5% for non-members, but that brings the total – including shipping – to around $410 and that’s a very impressive price for a Chromebook of this caliber. You can order one directly from Costco, but the offer ends April 3, so don’t delay.