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I'd look for a good refurbished (they are cheaper) Macbook Air or Pro. A chromebook might be too limiting, and who wants to use Windows on their personal computer these days? If you must get a Windows PC then you might want to consider installing Linux on it and using that instead.
Amazon has refurbished Mac laptops:
A Windows machine will be more versatile, but unless you get the pricy Chromebook, even a cheap Windows laptop will be more expensive. I would probably pay a little more and stick with a Windows laptop, but as Chromebooks continue to get cheaper and more capable, they are definitely worth considering. I'd look at the $250 Samsung one, although the screen is a little small.