I have written often about the low-cost Chromebook computers and how useful they are. I own one of the earlier Chromebooks and use it often. Now Rick Broida has found a bargain that is appealing. (I love the bargains that Rick finds!) This Chromebook has much better specs than my aging computer.
The refurbished HP Chromebook 14 is available for $179.99, plus $5 for shipping. That’s for the white model with 2 gigabytes of RAM memory. If you want 4 gigabytes of RAM and your choice of white, turquoise, or peach, the price jumps to just $199.99.
The best thing of all is the included 200 megabytes of monthly wireless data connections, courtesy of T-Mobile, at no extra charge. This laptop is not limited to short-range wi-fi networks, although it can use wi-fi also. As long as you are within range of a T-Mobile cell phone tower, you can read and write email messages, surf the web, and do most anything else you want to do online. There is no annual contract and no credit card required to activate the service. (I have the same service in my iPad and use it often.)
To be sure, 200 megabytes per month is not a lot of data. You won’t want to download Netflix videos over the T-Mobile connection. However, 200 megabytes of monthly wireless data should be plenty for the casual, “once in a while” need when away from home. Want more data? Buy additional data on the fly at low pre-paid rates as you need it, when you need it. There is no monthly minimum and no contract.
You can read more in Rick Broida’s Cheapskate Blog at http://goo.gl/Eww3A7.
One warning: these Chromebooks will probably sell out quickly.