Mashable’s favorite cloud gaming laptop just dropped to a record-low $469 from Mashable

SAVE $180: As of March 14 (Pi Day!), the Acer Chromebook 516 GE is on sale for just $469 at Best Buy. That’s a savings of 28% and a new record-low for the cloud gaming laptop.

If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop, but don’t want to spend a small fortune, allow me to introduce the Acer Chromebook 516 GE. Hands-on tested by Mashable’s own Dylan Haas, the cloud gaming laptop has earned a spot in our best gaming laptops and best cheap laptops roundups. And, conveniently, it just dropped to a new record-low price, making it a total steal for budget shoppers.

As of March 14, the Acer Chromebook 516 GE — packed with an Intel Core i5-1240P processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage — is on sale for only $469 at Best Buy. That’s a significant $180 price drop and the biggest savings we’ve seen to date.

It’s important to note that this isn’t your traditional gaming laptop; it’s a cloud gaming laptop. That means you’ll be streaming games (similar to streaming shows a la Netflix) instead of downloading them or owning a physical copy. You won’t have to deal with constant upgrades for new games or buying fancy new hardware, but you may endure some fidelity loss. You’ll need a really reliable and strong internet connection in order to stream games swimmingly. “We used Xbox Game Pass as our cloud platform of choice during testing, and we had an overall great experience,” our reviewer noted.

Gaming aside, the Acer Chromebook 516 GE is also just “a really solid laptop in general,” Haas added. He credited its bright and brilliant 16-inch display, impressive 120Hz refresh rate, quality build, and bevy of ports. It’s only real downfall? Clocking six hours of heavy gaming, its battery life is just meh.

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