We had to blink twice to make sure this was happening in Real Reality and not just the hallucinatory, sleep-deprived delusion that is our brains after a long weekend of Black Friday dealhunting, but we’re pretty sure this is legit: this Cyber Monday deal on Acer’s 11-inch Chromebook puts a Chrome OS machine under the $100 mark. Yes, that’s right — you can buy a whole PC for $99 today.
Granted it’s not going to win any awards for simultaneous processing, and you shouldn’t be buying this thing for intensive applications like video editing and the like, but as a quite capable basic machine for routine needs this little guy is a steal at this price. And if you’re new to the whole Chromebook phenomenon, $99 is a very attractive buy-in to Google’s vision of a networked personal machine. It’s also an amazing gift for a STEM-inspired youth… says the adult-shaped inner child of this author.