A few days ago, Lenovo finally released the Core i5 IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook to the US market, and while it’s a formidable device, I wasn’t thrilled to see the $800 price tag. Don’t misread what I say. I have no problem paying a premium price for a premium Chromebook. That said, it’s hard to recommend Lenovo’s gaming-focused ChromeOS offerings when Acer’s Chromebook 516 GE is a distinctly better machine that costs $150 less at $649.
Thankfully, Black Friday is looming around the next corner and the lovely folks at Rakuten are offering more cash back and exclusive discounts on some of our favorite Chromebook sales sites. Lenovo happens to be one of those sites and right now you can stack a few promo codes to get a serious cheddar of the Core i5 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook. Combine those discounts with a 12% kickback on your Rakuten Big Fat Check and you score this powerful, gaming-focused Chromebook for around $650. At that price, I can easily sign this deal. Check out our hands-on and first impressions of the Lenovo below and then I’ll share the juicy details on how to score this deal.
Okay, to get this deal on the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook, you need a Rakuten account first. Don’t have one? Do not worry. Signing up is free and you can get real money back on thousands of shopping sites. You will receive your cashback in the form of a Big Fat Check in the mail or you can choose to have it sent to your PayPal account every three months. They even have a handy Chrome extension that alerts you when you’re shopping on an eligible site and even applies available promo codes so you can save a little extra. If you’re new to Rakuten, sign up at our link below and get $40 extra in your Rakuten wallet once you make a qualifying purchase of $40 or more. Win win!
Okay, on to the Chromebook. You can find the powerful Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook from the link below and once you’ve added it to your cart, simply activate your Rakuten extension to pick up that 12% cashback. Once you start checkout, add the promo codes HOLIDAY OFFERS and EXTRA5 to take $65 off the suggested retail price. That, combined with your cashback, gets you this powerful 12th Gen gaming Chromebook for the cool price of around $647 before VAT, and shipping is free. That’s a very solid deal and it makes this Chromebook well worth the money.