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Microsoft slashes $30 off HP Stream 13′s price, throws in free $25 gift card

Microsoft has only recently started taking Google-endorsed Chromebooks seriously, but the number of highly competitive low-cost Windows contenders is already remarkable. HP is leading the charge on Chrome OS laptops, and the company’s Stream line is expected to become even more attractive after Black Friday discounts.

Wonder what’s next for Chromebooks? Touchscreen convertibles, rumors say

Google has achieved quite a lot in a narrow window of time with its web-centric Chrome OS platform. Chromebooks, although received with prudence back in 2011, quickly became the leaders of the education PC sector, pushing Windows machine manufacturers to significantly cut their prices to keep up.

Deal alert: Asus EeeBook X205 Windows mini-laptop for $140 at Best Buy

Eager to please, and in a hurry to eclipse perennial archrival Amazon this holiday shopping season, Best Buy seems to have started Black Friday early. With a bang too, as one of their best ongoing deals sees the brand-new Asus EeeBook X205 notebook drop to $139.99.

Upgraded Lenovo ThinkPad Helix goes on sale at $979 and up

For Lenovo, the introduction of a new ThinkPad Helix at IFA 2014 in September was a power move. The computer manufacturer knew full well the Intel Core M-based machine couldn’t go on sale for another couple of months, yet they unveiled it anyway, to showcase their grand future plans.

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Deal alert: LTE-supporting HP Chromebook 11 for $50 with Verizon pacts

We know Black Friday is creeping up, and you’re probably hesitant to make purchases you may end up regretting, but here’s one deal you don’t want to miss. Trust us, it doesn’t get any better than this, come Black Friday, Cyber Monday or whatever shopping “holiday”.

Dell gives Venue 11 Pro an Intel Core M makeover, pricing to start at $799

There’s a new “laptop replacement” on the block, and although it has Microsoft’s blessing, it looks like one of Surface Pro 3’s biggest enemies. With Windows 8.1 pre-installed, and a “Slim” keyboard cover offered to bolster its productivity, this tablet can turn into a notebook in seconds and eyes the same target audience as the latest installment in the Surface franchise.

Acer unveils Aspire Switch 12 with Intel Core M inside, five usage modes

Bigger is better. Hardware manufacturers aren’t following that credo just as far as smartphones go anymore, with the latest convertible laptop trend also favoring screen real estate, often with overpricing risks.

Deal alert: Acer Chromebook 13 with FHD screen, Tegra K1 inside for $249 ($50 off)

Acer has a rich and fairly convoluted Chromebook lineup, with different processors inside, 720 and 1,080p screen resolution options, as well as various RAM and SSD configurations. There’s nothing wrong with choice, far from it, but it’s hard to distinguish all these slightly contrasting models when they look identical on the outside, and carry extremely similar branding.

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PSA: Ultra-low-cost Asus EeeBook X205 mini-laptop up for grabs on Amazon

Asus and Acer’s ill-fated netbooks may not have much of a future under that designation, but seeing as how PC users continue to favor affordability and portability, they were bound to come back from the dead in some way, shape, or form.

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E Fun’s Nextbook 10.1 is probably the cheapest 2-in-1 Windows tab in the world

Microsoft doesn’t normally make a fuss over every new Windows product release from no-name brands such as E Fun, but the Nextbook 10.1 has been announced on the platform’s official blog, so it’s clearly a big deal.

Dell prices Chromebook 11 with Intel Core i3 at $379, ETA is December 15

Dell has hesitantly stepped in the Chromebook arena almost a year ago, setting a humble goal for its education-focused rookie model, but despite generally positive reactions to the Chromebook 11, the PC maker seemingly refuses to take the niche seriously.

Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Bay Trail inside now available at $250

Samsung might be looking to back away from the European PC market, pulling both Windows and Chrome OS computers on the old continent, however the Koreans remain fully implicated in the US game.