If you want something more than a tablet, the cheapest options are undoubtedly Chromebooks. These are basically the least expensive laptops you can find, and while we're working on other guides for Windows laptops, we're going to start with Chromebooks. The latest iteration of Chrome OS has true multitasking, more apps, and there are more Chromebook options than ever before, often starting at less than $200. But which one is best? A Short Overview of Current Chromebooks Alphabetically, there are current Chromebooks for sale from Acer (C720, C720P, and the new 11/13), ASUS (C200, C300), Dell (11), HP (11/14 and 11/14 G3), Lenovo (N20P), Samsung (Chromebook and Chromebook 2), and Toshiba (Chromebook and Chromebook 2). There's also the Chromebook Pixel, but that's nothing like a budget...

Price Guides, September 2005: Motherboards

Chaintech news, ULi's M1695 and new boards from MSI, ASROCK and Biostar!

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Howard Johnston on 9/16/2005

Price Guides, August 2005: Labor Day CPUs

New "E6" Venice chips, Turions, Socket 939 Opterons, and more dual core chips than you can shake a stick at inside!

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Howard Johnston on 9/4/2005

Price Guides, August 2005: Storage

500GB hard drives are now available in the retail channel. We also have details on SAS, LightScribe and new Western Digital SATA IO drives!

14 by Cara Hamm on 8/28/2005

Price Guides, August 2005: Video Cards

NVIDIA's 7800GT series enters the channel on time, resulting in a shake-up of prices all across the NVIDIA high end. Meanwhile, ATI's subtle introduction of the X800 and...

23 by Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 8/14/2005

Price Guides August 2005: Motherboards

AMD's new X2 3800+ shifts the dual core advantage back into AMD's court; and with nForce4 prices as cheap as they are, motherboards never looked so good.

15 by Kristopher Kubicki and Howard Johnson on 8/6/2005

Price Guides - July 2005: More 64-bit CPUs

Socket 939 Opterons, 64-bit Pentium 4s, 64-bit Semprons, and a low budget dual core Athlon 64 very soon! Come one, come all, CPU details this week inside!

26 by Derek Wilson & Manveer Wasson on 7/23/2005

Entry Level Buyer’s Guide, July 2005

We have updated recommendations for the budget sector in this Buyer’s Guide.

57 by Jarred Walton on 7/20/2005

Price Guides, July 2005: Storage

More SATA IO drives, SAS previews and big deals on old PATA hardware. Read on for more...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Manveer Wasson on 7/10/2005

Price Guides, June 2005: Video Cards

What better time to have a video card price guide than just a few days after NVIDIA launched their new graphics generation. We have the low down on...

18 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/26/2005

Price Guides June 2005: Motherboards

What dad wouldn't want a new motherboard for Father's Day? New Intel chipsets plus details on ATI's Crossfire inside. Socket 754 motherboards have bottomed out, and nForce4 prices are...

12 by Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on 6/19/2005

Buyer's Guide: Mid-Range to High-End, May 2005

Our latest Buyer's Guide takes a look at the moderate to extreme price and performance segments, starting at around $1500. For those who aren't looking to build a...

60 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2005

Price Guides, May 2005: Processors

Inside this week's edition: dual core AMD chips, second generation 90nm Athlon 64s, 64-bit Intel processors, and some details on Intel's upcoming release schedule.

23 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/22/2005

Price Guides, May 2005: Storage

SATA II drives are available now, and they are competitive. How does SATA versus PATA stack up this month? Details inside!

16 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/8/2005

Price Guides, April 2005: Video Cards

Did you get a fat IRS refund? Isn't an X800 XL the best $300 gift that you could give yourself?

41 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/23/2005

Price Guides April 2005: Motherboards

nForce4 for Intel isn't shipping yet, and probably for good reason. Also, we look at nForce4 on Socket 754. Intel 945 and 955 boards ship real soon - is...

22 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/10/2005

Price Guides March 2005: Processors

Intel has six new processors since our last look at their lineup, and AMD counters by introducing a new Mobility initiative.

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/27/2005

Buyer's Guide - Entry Level to Mid-Range, March 2005

After several months of stasis, there are finally some noteworthy changes in our budget PC recommendations. We cover the recommendations from the basic PCs up through moderate...

59 by Jarred Walton on 3/15/2005

Price Guides, March 2005: Storage

This week, we found some great deals on Raptors, 7200.8s and MaXLines as well.

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/7/2005

Price Guides, February 2005: Video Cards

Now you can buy Radeon X800XL, but does it make sense? We have picks for high low and mid-range across the board in this week's price guide.

33 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/19/2005

Price Guides, February 2005: Motherboards

Are you ready for PCIe on Athlon 64 motherboards?

21 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/12/2005

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