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Dogecoin fell off a cliff after Elon Musk joked about it on 'SNL'

Dogecoin fell off a cliff after Elon Musk joked about it on 'SNL'

Cryptocurrency: Where the rules are made up and the points don't matter.

That's the impression one could reasonably arrive at after what happened to Dogecoin following Elon Musk's Saturday Night Live appearance, anyway. The Tesla CEO's hosting gig included a sketch where he joked about the meme-based cryptocurrency being a "hustle" and, predictably, its value on Binance dropped from around $0.65 to a low point of $0.47, per Reuters.

That's a nearly 30 percent drop for the internet funny money, which has had a huge 2021 thanks in part to Musk's frequent tweets about it. Dogecoin has been around for years, originally established in 2013 as a parody of Bitcoin. But since nothing is real and we can make any cryptocurrency valuable if we just believe hard enough, Dogecoin has soldiered on through the years before finally becoming a digital currency worth paying attention to in 2021. Read more...

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 2:49 pm

How to find your lost AirPods in every possible scenario

How to find your lost AirPods in every possible scenario

I put off buying AirPods for a long time because despite knowing I'd love them, I also knew I would lose them approximately once every three days. 

I eventually bought them, and lo and behold, I have lost them more times than I can count. But I have also found them every time, sometimes because of luck, other times because of the Find My app. For those who bear the same brunt of forgetfulness as I do, we've gathered all the ways you, too, can find your AirPods when luck seems to be running low. 

All of these processes are done on the Find My app on an iPhone, but can be accomplished the same way by logging into Find My on a computer. Read more...

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:00 am

Grab a pre-owned MacBook Air for only $410

Grab a pre-owned MacBook Air for only $410

TL;DR: As of May 9, get a refurbished 11-inch Apple MacBook Air for only $410.


Unless you have a specific reason for getting the newest model, you could save yourself tons of money grabbing a less recent, pre-owned option. The Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch Core i5 1.4GHz is a solid choice, and this pre-owned pick is on sale for a limited time.

This 2013 MacBook Air is lightweight and has a solid nine-hour battery life as well as an 11-inch high-resolution display. Prior to being shipped, the computer undergoes extensive inspection and sanitization to ensure it gets to you in the best condition possible. It could arrive with minimal surface scratches, but it will function well. Read more...

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:00 am

Pay what you want for this comprehensive Adobe Creative Cloud bundle

Pay what you want for this comprehensive Adobe Creative Cloud bundle

TL;DR: As of May 9, you can pay what you want for the Epic 2021 Adobe Creative Cloud Bundle.


Maybe you’re launching a business and need an eye-catching logo. Or perhaps you want to spruce up your personal website to attract more clients. Maybe you just want to step up your social media accounts. Whatever your reasoning, it can save you a ton of time, money, and energy to learn how to take care of your graphic design needs yourself. 

This Epic 2021 Adobe Creative Cloud Bundle has you covered, with 70 hours of content on Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, and more. Designed for all levels, these eight courses can help beginners find their way around the gold standard graphic design programs and help intermediate to advanced users learn tips and tricks they didn’t know prior. The instructors are all highly rated, with 4.2 out of 5 stars and up, and include designer and artist Hans Fleurimont, Adobe-certified instructors and experts Daniel Walter Scott and Mark Gatter, UI/UX designer Aleksandar Cucukovic, and more. Read more...

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:05 am

Build a dazzling website with the help of this WordPress bundle

Build a dazzling website with the help of this WordPress bundle

TL;DR: The 2021 WordPress Wizard Bundle is on sale for £14.38 as of May 9, saving you 92% on list price.


WordPress has come a long way since its launch in 2003. Considering the web platform powers around 40% of all websites on the internet — and about 15% of the world’s top websites — it’s safe to say WordPress is a great option for website building.

For a limited time, you can learn how to leverage the popular platform to build your own secure and SEO-optimised website for under £20 with this 2021 WordPress Wizard Bundle

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:00 am

How to change your iPhone's default browser, and why might want to

How to change your iPhone's default browser, and why might want to

Your iPhone's browser doesn't need to be set in stone. 

It was only in Sept. 2020 that Apple released iOS 14, and with it the ability to set a custom default browser on your iPhone. The change was a small but meaningful one, as it gave users the option to essentially never use Safari again. 

Because while Safari works fine, and has some decent anti-tracking tech built in, other iPhone-compatible browsers are no slouch. Take, for example, DuckDuckGo. The privacy-focused search engine makes an iPhone browser app that "automatically [blocks] hidden third-party trackers" and "[forces] sites to use an encrypted (HTTPS) connection where available[.]" Read more...

More about Apple, Iphone, Safari, Tech, and Smartphones

Posted on 8 May 2021 | 7:45 pm

Laura Loomer says Clubhouse banned her just five hours after she joined the app

Laura Loomer says Clubhouse banned her just five hours after she joined the app

Laura Loomer, the far right internet personality-turned-failed Congressional candidate, has been banned from yet another social media platform.

This time, Loomer has been suspended from ClubhouseBusiness Insider first noticed the suspension. "Your account has been suspended for violating our violence policy," reads the notice Loomer received from Clubhouse, a screenshot of which she posted on her Telegram channel.

According to Loomer, she joined the platform on Friday at 9pm ET and participated in a chat called “App Store Hate Speech Double Standard: Parler Vs. Clubhouse - Republicans & Conservatives.” Read more...

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 6:24 pm

Ransomware forced a major U.S. fuel pipeline to shut down

Ransomware forced a major U.S. fuel pipeline to shut down

From hospitals, to ports, to kindergartens, to even golfers, ransomware operators have never exactly discriminated when it came to their potential victims. And as of Friday, they can officially notch a new one in their criminal belt: U.S. fuel pipelines.

According to a statement from Colonial Pipeline, which operates "the largest refined products pipeline in the United States," the company discovered Friday that its IT systems were affected by ransomware. In response, it proactively took its entire pipeline offline.

And to be clear, it's a lot of pipeline — running over 5,500 miles from New Jersey to Texas.  Read more...

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 6:03 pm

Roku's new Voice Remote Pro lets you ditch batteries for good

Roku's new Voice Remote Pro lets you ditch batteries for good

Once upon a time in a world where streaming was still a novelty, TV remotes were filled with what seemed like thousands of buttons. They were complicated to navigate and intimidating to use. On top of all that input overload, you also had to memorize an ever-increasing glut of channel numbers and then punch them into a number pad like you were calling someone on the phone. It was cumbersome but we accepted it.

Over the past several years, however, streaming's dominance has shifted the remote's form and function from an overwhelmingly long channel changer to a simple and compact menu navigator. Roku, a pioneer which helped popularize dedicated streaming hardware more than a decade ago, is back to further cement this sea change with an upgraded remote that brings even more quality-of-life improvements. Read more...

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 4:00 pm

Here's how to watch YouTube TV on Roku even while the two companies feud

Here's how to watch YouTube TV on Roku even while the two companies feud

If you're a Roku user, you may have heard about the ongoing dispute between the company that makes your device and Google.

The result of the negotiation dispute between the two companies means that Roku customers cannot currently watch YouTube TV, YouTube's subscription-based TV streaming service, on their Roku device.

However, Google has a simple solution rolling out that will make consumers very happy (even though Roku is clearly not happy about it.)

Over the next coming days, if it's not rolled out to you already, Roku users will be able to access YouTube TV from right within the main YouTube app. A “Go to YouTube TV" option will be available within the menu on the YouTube app. This will allow YouTube TV's paying subscribers to watch YouTube TV within the YouTube app on Roku devices. Read more...

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 3:01 pm

Snag a pair of refurbished wireless Beats by Dre earbuds for $40

Snag a pair of refurbished wireless Beats by Dre earbuds for $40

TL;DR: As of May 8, get a pair of refurbished Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones for just $39.99 — a 66% savings.


Whether you're a music lover or podcast-obsessed, a good pair of headphones is a necessity. You've likely worn yours out over the past year, which means it could be time for an upgrade. For those on the hunt for their next pair, these renewed Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones should be at the top of your list.

These headphones are equipped with a unique flex-form cable and come with a range of ear tip options, offering a more personalized fit. They also have secure wingtips for added stability. Read more...

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 9:00 am

Grab a pre-owned MacBook Pro for under $600

Grab a pre-owned MacBook Pro for under $600

TL;DR: Score a pre-owned MacBook Pro for just $599 — a 7% savings — as of May 8.


You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a quality MacBook that will last you throughout the years. You just have to know where to shop.

With this 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, you'll get a solid computer that works well at a lower cost than buying new. This MacBook Pro features a 2560 x 1600 retina display, an Intel Core i5 processor, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. You'll also get 500 GB of storage space and 8GB of RAM.

Unlike newer MacBook Pros, this laptop is also equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, AirPort Extreme, a Firewire 800 port, a Thunderbolt port, audio in/out, and an SD card slot. Read more...

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 9:00 am

Master Microsoft Excel with these free online courses

Master Microsoft Excel with these free online courses

TL;DR: As of May 8, you can master Microsoft Excel with free online courses on Udemy.


There are absolutely loads of online courses out there that provide you with the opportunity to learn something new. The problem is that the best courses don't tend to come cheap.

Sometimes it's necessary to spend big on an education in a specialist subject, and we're all for investing in your future, but there is another way. If you're patient and ready to capitalise on an opportunity when it presents itself, you can take some of the best online courses for free.

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 4:15 am

Learn to code for free this weekend on Udemy

Learn to code for free this weekend on Udemy

TL;DR: As of May 8, you can take free online coding courses on Python and HTML from Udemy.


You've probably got big plans for this weekend, right? You're probably seeing friends and family. Going out for a meal. Marching through the great outdoors. Oh, you're not doing any of that? No problem, because we've got the perfect alternative lined up.

As of May 8, you can take free online coding courses on Python, HTML,  from Udemy. All you need to access these free online courses is a set of codes, and we've got them for you. We're nice like that.

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 4:10 am

Save 99% on this stacked cybersecurity training bundle

Save 99% on this stacked cybersecurity training bundle

TL;DR: The Complete 2021 CyberSecurity Super Bundle is on sale for £50.34 as of May 8, saving you 99% on list price.


With the Complete 2021 Cyber Security Bundle, you can learn crucial cybersecurity skills — or get a solid base if you want to explore a career in the field.

This bundle includes two dozen expert-led courses and over 400 hours of training that will teach you how to keep files and data safe. You'll get lifetime access to each of the courses, so you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule with zero pressure.

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 4:05 am

Master Microsoft Excel for under £30 with this online class bundle

Master Microsoft Excel for under £30 with this online class bundle

TL;DR: The Excel Automation Skills for Accounting and Finance Course Bundle is on sale for £21.57 as of May 8, saving you 95% on list price.


You probably know Microsoft Excel as the gold standard spreadsheet software, but in reality, it's much more. 

When it comes to data entry and automation, Excel is actually a major time-saving tool that has the power to streamline business operations and make revenue projections and goals more clear-cut. With this Excel University bundle, you'll be able to learn key data automation formulas, master accounting and finance for any industry, and finally unlock everything Excel has to offer. Read more...

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 4:00 am

After update, only 4 percent of iOS users in U.S. let apps track them

After update, only 4 percent of iOS users in U.S. let apps track them

Sorry, Facebook.

Apple released iOS 14.5 to the public at the end of April, which included the ability to stop apps from tracking your activity for ad targeting purposes. New data shows just how popular the feature is.

When a user opens, downloads, or updates an app for the first time after they download the new iOS, they have to opt in to letting that app track them. 

According to Verizon Media-owned Flurry Analytics, almost everyone is saying "no, thanks." Just around 4 percent of U.S. users have said "yes."

Flurry is an analytics tool that the company says is installed in 1 million apps. Since iOS 14.5's public launch, it has been tracking the opt-in rate every day using data from 2.5 million devices.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 9:04 pm

Tesla messes with Model 3, Y pricing — again

Tesla messes with Model 3, Y pricing — again

Not even two months since Tesla made price changes to its lineup of electric cars, the EV company has bumped up the prices for its two "cheapest" cars yet again.

The Model 3 and Model Y used to start at $37,490 and $46,490, respectively, as recently as Thursday. As CNET spotted Friday, that base price just jumped to $39,490 for the Model 3. A $5,000 increase for the Model Y now puts it at $51,490 for its lowest price.

This is the fourth time in 2021 that Tesla has increased prices for its cars, according to EV news site Electrek.

The fluctuating prices for the two more affordable Teslas come the day before Tesla CEO Elon Musk is slated to host Saturday Night Live. Sketches about Musk's electric vehicles seem likely and should attract visitors to Tesla's website. At the same time, there are semi-conductor shortages plaguing the car industry, which could also be contributing to the higher prices. But other EVs like the Chevy Bolt and Volkswagen ID.4 are dropping prices for upcoming models, not jacking up the starting price. Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 8:01 pm

Welp, 3D printed wood is a thing now — Future Blink

Welp, 3D printed wood is a thing now — Future Blink

The manufacturing company Desktop Metal debuted a process called Forust for 3D printing wood using upcycled wood waste byproducts.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 5:51 pm

Umm, this AI tool can...smell for you — Future Blink

Umm, this AI tool can...smell for you — Future Blink

Inspired by COVID-induced smell loss, a principal programmer at Microsoft created a fake nose that uses artificial intelligence to smell.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 5:44 pm

Phunkeetree wireless chargers are unbeatably pretty, but otherwise very average

Phunkeetree wireless chargers are unbeatably pretty, but otherwise very average

Personally, I don't really get the hype about wireless chargers. I'm perfectly fine plugging my phone into the cord, thank you very much. 

But the Phunkeetree wireless chargers made me want to believe. They made me want to be a wireless charger stan, simply because of how STUNNING they are to look at, to display on my desk, to proudly showcase to the world. 

Alas, their middling charging performance really just reaffirmed my original beliefs: Wireless chargers are just… fine. And Phunkeetree is gorgeous, but also, just fine. Read more...

Phunkeetree Wireless Charging Crystal Pad and Marble Pad
$59.99
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The Good
Gorgeous • Easy to maneuver and setup
The Bad
Middling charge speeds • Doesn't actually use MagSafe • Makes phone hot if not placed correctly
The Bottom Line
Phunkeetree stands out for its design and looks beautiful, but it doesn't pack anything special in its charging ability or speed.
⚡ Mashable Score 3.0
😎 Cool Factor 4.0
📘Learning Curve 3.5
💪Performance 3.0
💵Bang for the Buck 3.0
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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 5:14 pm

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar: A maximalist watch for hardcore, data-loving athletes and explorers

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar: A maximalist watch for hardcore, data-loving athletes and explorers

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar smartwatch
$799.99
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The Good
Built-in solar charging • Top-of-the-line activity tracking and mapping • Battery saving mode
The Bad
Heavy device • Heart rate monitor isn't reliable • Significant investment
The Bottom Line
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar caters to extreme, niche, and data-driven athletes and adventurers.
⚡ Mashable Score 3.75
😎 Cool Factor 4.0
📘Learning Curve 3.0
💪Performance 4.5
💵Bang for the Buck 3.5

Before I tried out the Fenix 6 Pro Solar, all I knew is that it’s one of Garmin’s more maximalist models that’s “tested to U.S. military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance” and priced at $799.99.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 4:19 pm

Need a last-minute grad gift? This fancy Keurig is on sale for $50 off at Walmart.

Need a last-minute grad gift? This fancy Keurig is on sale for $50 off at Walmart.

SAVE $50: Normally $169.99, the Keurig K-Elite coffee maker is on sale at Walmart for just $119.99 as of May 7 — that's a 29% savings.


College has a way of turning casual coffee drinkers into all-out caffeine fiends, so no matter how the coming school year shakes out, the Class of 2021 graduate in your life is sure to appreciate the gift of a really nice coffee maker.

Keurig's K-Elite model from 2018 is still one of the fanciest machines in its lineup (not to mention a Mashable fave), and as of May 7, Walmart had it on sale for a mere $119.99 — that's almost 30% off its suggested retail price of $169.99. Choose from three metallic-y finishes that'll go with virtually any dorm room aesthetic: Brushed Gold, Brushed Silver, or Brushed Slate (a warmer-toned gray). Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 3:46 pm

Upgrade to a 75-inch QLED TV for less than $1,000 with this TCL deal

Upgrade to a 75-inch QLED TV for less than $1,000 with this TCL deal

Save $201.99: The 75-inch TCL 5-Series QLED 4K TV is seeing a 17% price drop at Amazon as of May 7, bringing it down to less than $1,000.


With a new Star Wars or Marvel show dropping what seems to be every damn month, much of vaxxed-up summer might still be spent in front of the TV. HBO's Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon isn't blessing us until 2022, but the recently-released photos are enough to make us start looking for the perfect streaming TV.

Being willing to spend around a grand can land you with a 75-inch QLED on your wall. This huge TCL 5-Series TV is currently seeing the perfect discount to drop it below $1,000 on Amazon, and it can be delivered for free within a few days of ordering. Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 3:42 pm

Sony's affordable 2021 4K TVs just came out — and are already on sale

Sony's affordable 2021 4K TVs just came out — and are already on sale

No one should have to guess what's going on in that dark scene of The Handmaid's Tale. Since 2020, TV manufacturers have been pumping out large, affordable 4K panels at a wicked pace — which means watching your favorite content with punchy colors, decipherable shadows, and smooth transitions doesn't have to be reserved for the movie theater. Each weekend, we'll be compiling a list of our favorite 4K and QLED TV deals from Samsung, LG, Sony, and more.

Samsung

OUR TOP PICK: Samsung 65-inch Q800T Series 8K UHD Smart TV (QN765Q800TAFXZA) — $1,999.99 (save $700)

Samsung's Q800T series is already Samsung's most affordable 8K TV. However, it has seen a discount that drops the 65-inch model to less than $2,000 for a few weeks now — and it needs to be talked about. Prepare to be thrown into depths double that of a 4K TV and brilliant pops of shade thanks to Samsung's Direct Full Array 24X** backlighting. Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 2:59 pm

Save over $400 on a Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, plus more cheap laptop deals this weekend

Save over $400 on a Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, plus more cheap laptop deals this weekend


What's better than a great laptop? A great laptop that's cheap. Nowadays, even budget machines can pack the punch to carry you through whatever's on your to-do list, whether it's work, watching Netflix, or endlessly browsing your go-to social media sites. If you're looking to pick up a new laptop yourself but don't necessarily want to drop your life savings in one go, we'll be compiling a list of the best deals on cheap laptops right here, each and every week. So, take a look at what we found this time around, and happy shopping. Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 2:55 pm

Not an Apple fan? Try the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 — it's over $400 off.

Not an Apple fan? Try the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 — it's over $400 off.

SAVE $424.05: The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is a great alternative for those who aren't Apple OS fans, and as of May 8, it's over $400 off at Amazon. 


Apple this, Apple that. Everybody either has a MacBook, iPad, iPhone, or maybe even all three. While we do love their stuff, not everyone is of the same mind. Some don't like their OS, or the fact that all of their products are bogged down by proprietary accessories that stifle customization. Windows people, we're talking about you, and we see you. 

Here's a deal just for you — the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (a wonderful MacBook alternative) is currently over $400 off at Amazon.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 2:40 pm

Crypto startup Dfinity takes on Ethereum with launch of Internet Computer

Crypto startup Dfinity takes on Ethereum with launch of Internet Computer

It took a while to get here, but Dfinity is finally launching. 

In July 2018, I went to the Swiss city of Zug to speak to Dominic Williams, CEO of crypto platform Dfinity. Its blockchain project has impossibly bold branding — they call it "Internet Computer" — and a massive trove of cash. (The company raised $102 million from Andreessen Horowitz and others in 2018.) The goal is to create the best platform for cryptocurrency-based apps.

Back then, Dfinity pegged the first quarter of 2019 as a possible launch date for its mainnet (in crypto lingo, mainnet is when you launch the actual product with a live blockchain to build on). But after some delay, Dfinity has finally done it — on May 7, the Internet Computer is going live.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 2:00 pm

Need a laptop that won't break the bank? Here are 5 of the best options under $300.

Need a laptop that won't break the bank? Here are 5 of the best options under $300.

A new laptop is always a big investment, one that you'll likely need to make every few years to keep up with the ever-changing technology world. You might even put it off after an initial browse when you start to see how pricey a new laptop can get, and the sheer volume of how many options are out there. 

But you don’t always need to break the bank to get a suitable laptop. You’ll still have a huge range of products to choose from if you’re only looking to spend a few hundred bucks. And if you just need another device to check email on, browse YouTube, or pull up recipes, maybe a budget laptop is all you need. Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Samsung Chromebook 4

Fast speeds and 12.5 hours of battery life, plus the double last model’s storage make this our favorite laptop for under $300.

$229.99 from Amazon
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BEST CHROMEBOOK

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

This is a great intermediate between tablet and laptop for those who want the best of both worlds.

$299 from Best Buy
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BEST DEAL

HP Stream Pro 11

Budget-conscious shoppers will love the bang they’ll get for their buck with this laptop.

$219.99 from Best Buy
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BEST DISPLAY

Acer Aspire 1

This is the largest screen you’ll find on a laptop that costs less than $300.

$279 from Amazon
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BEST FOR EDITING VIDEO

Chuwi HeroBook Pro

This is a great budget laptop for those who do video editing or any kind of visual work.

$279 from Amazon

Posted on 31 August 2018 | 8:00 am

Sometimes a cheap laptop is all you need — these 8 are your best options

Sometimes a cheap laptop is all you need — these 8 are your best options

BEST DEALS ON CHEAP LAPTOPS:


It’s really (really) hard to make it in today’s world without a computer of some kind. Nobody wants to do school or work projects on a phone. You’ve gotta get yourself a real laptop. 

Unfortunately, laptops cost money. If you’re not careful, you can end up spending well over $1,000 for a machine with impressive specs. But we’re not here to talk about those. There’s a whole world of laptops that cost $600 or less, and many of them are perfect companions for students returning to school or folks who just need something that’s a little more capable than an iPhone. Read more...

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BEST CHEAP LAPTOP FOR TRAVEL

HP Stream 11

This HP laptop is engineered without a fan, so it should be quiet and comfortable to use on your lap while you enjoy 10 hours of battery life.

$265 from Amazon
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BEST COMPACT 2-IN-1

Microsoft Surface Go

A small and light laptop-tablet combo that'll adapt to on-the-move lifestyles with no gimmicks.

$670 from Amazon
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BEST ONLINE-ONLY LAPTOP

Samsung Chromebook 4

Samsung’s latest traditional Chromebook isn’t going to wow you with specs or looks, but its svelte size and big battery make it a great buy.

$279.99 from Amazon
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BEST FOR PORTABILITY

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

The astoundingly tiny Chromebook Duet punches above its weight with a solid keyboard, plentiful battery life, and a touchscreen.

$279.99 from Amazon
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BEST FOR SECURITY

Acer Swift 1

The designers of the Acer Swift 1 created a simple but pleasing-to-look-at laptop with some pretty impressive specs.

$373.95 from Walmart
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BEST CHEAP LAPTOP FOR STUDENTS

Dell Latitude 2-in-1

The Dell Latitude works in laptop, tablet, or tent mode, and is designed for use with a variety of Microsoft learning apps.

$539 from Dell
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BEST CHEAP HYBRID LAPTOP

HP Pavilion x360

The HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop is one of the best utility notebooks under $500. It's powerful, lightweight, and durable.

$549 from Amazon
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BEST FOR A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

Asus Vivobook

A great, affordable laptop that's well-suited for students, travelers, and those just who just need a computer for personal use.

$479.99 from Amazon

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 7:55 pm