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The coronavirus pandemic has created shortages in toilet paper, bleach, and other household essentials. And now it’s laptops and Chromebooks that are in short supply.
At this time of year, major retailers are usually stocked with midpriced models, many advertised in back-to-school sales. But two standouts in CR’s laptop ratings—the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 and Asus Chromebook Flip—are hard to find.
The same goes for laptops from Acer, HP, and Lenovo. You add a computer to your online shopping cart only to discover that there are four, two, then none left in stock.
If you’re a savvy shopper and follow the CR shopping tips below, you can still find a good laptop at a reasonable price, but it may just require a little extra work.
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