A Guide to the Best Chromebook Laptops, All Under $700

I wrote most of this column on a $379 laptop. It’s good for surfing the web and composing Google docs—as long as there aren’t too many tabs open.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Flex 3 is inexpensive because it’s a Chromebook, a minimalist laptop best at running web apps in Google’s Chrome browser. Like Lenovo, all the other big PC makers have them in their lineups. Do you use cloud-based services for work or school? Live in Google’s ecosystem? At the risk of me sounding like Geico, you could save money by switching to Chrome OS for your next computer.