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What are Chromebooks?

Chromebooks are laptops that run the Chrome Operating System (OS) instead of Windows or Mac OS.

While using a Chromebook is different from a Windows or Mac laptop, if you have an Android device or have used Chrome before, you’ll feel just at home. Even if that isn’t the case, it’s easy to learn.

Starting at $219, they are easy to setup and use, most apps are free and easy to install.

Highly secure and with automatic updates, you’re unlikely to run into any virus or malware problems.

Chrome OS is a lightweight OS, so laptops running it boot quickly, feel snappy and have a long battery life.

Need Office programs like Word, Excel, etc.? Google Docs is a free equivalent, with automatic saving online and you can share your documents, allowing multiple people to collaborate.

You can download apps from the Google Play Store. Even Adobe offer many of their popular apps now.

Do you want an inexpensive, simple to use and highly portable computer to browse the web, read/write documents and stream music/videos? Then you should highly consider a Chromebook.

Looking for a different kind of laptop?

Visit the Best Laptops For Your Money category page, for all our articles on laptops.

Why write this article?

How much time do you have to research the best computer?

Many of us don’t have much time to read, or the knowledge to understand, detailed laptop specifications nor reviews and just want to know:
What’s the best Chromebook for my needs?

I’m here to help you with this article. I believe that you deserve the computer that is the best for your needs. That way, your computer is working for you and not the other way around. This allows you to focus your full potential on realizing what you want, without being limited by your computer.

With 19 years of experience with computer hardware, researching the newest parts, performance and prices, I know what matters in a computer.

See my About page for more information on me, Mathieu Bourgie, and this website, Hardware Revolution

Here are the features that I evaluate in order to make my recommendations:

1. Price
2. Performance: CPU, RAM, Storage, Video Card and Wireless Adapter
3. Screen: Size, Resolution, Matte or Glossy, Panel type (TN, IPS, etc.), Brightness, Contrast, Viewing Angles and Color Accuracy
4. Portability: Dimensions, Weight, Real-life battery life during average web browsing?
5. Usability: Keyboard: Layout, Key size, Travel/Pressure, Key Shape and any additional Function keys. Touch pad quality, backlit keyboard, which ports are offered and sound quality.
6. Reliability: How solid is the chassis? Are the temperatures under load reasonable? How solid are the screen hinges? Is the keyboard spill-resistant? Overall manufacturer long-term reliability?
7. Warranty: Warranty length? What does the warranty cover?

I then recommend laptops that I think are the best, according to those features that I evaluated on the dozens, if not hundreds of laptops that I’ve considered during the research that I did to write this article.

The Best Chromebooks: Recommendations Summary

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Traditional clamshell Chromebooks:

  1. Least expensive
  2. More powerful, backlit keyboard
  3. Google Pixelbook Go: 2.4lbs, 12hrs battery life, fast charge, solid, great all around

Convertible Chromebooks: 360 degree hinge touchscreen, use it as a tablet, tent, etc.

  1. 10.1″ 2lbs ultra-portable, all metal, 9 hours battery life
  2. 12.2″ 1920 x 1200 IPS, Intel dual-core, stylus, 13MP camera
  3. 13.5″ 2256 x 1504 IPS, Intel dual/quad-core, 8-16GB RAM, 64-128GB storage

Traditional clamshell Chromebooks:
Least expensive

About the Acer Chromebook 14

16GB storage: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $219.00 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
32GB storage: Renewed: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
Brand new: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $299.99 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

The Acer Chromebook 14 is the least expensive Chromebook that I recommend.

While there are slightly less expensive alternatives, I don’t recommend them because they feature awfully low-performance CPUs or only 2GB of RAM, which isn’t enough.

Featuring an aluminium build, which is better than a cheap plastic chassis.

Despite its low price, you still get a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, with an IPS panel for wide viewing angles, good contrast and colors.

Battery life is rated at an excellent up to 12 hours.

How much storage do you need?
If you don’t plan on installing apps or only a few, you can get by with 16GB of storage.

That said, if you plan on installing quite a few apps or simply to be on the safe side, going with at least 32GB of storage is a good idea.

If you plan on having a lot of apps, saving a lot of local files or playing around with Linux and Linux apps, or simply want to be future-proof, at least 64GB is a good start. 128GB or 256GB storage capacities are available on higher-end models.

Pros:

  1. Least expensive recommendation
  2. Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core 1.6-2.24GHz CPU: Not a powerhouse but significantly better than lower end dual-core models
  3. 4GB of RAM: Plenty enough for web browsing and a few apps
  4. Two USB ports
  5. Great battery life of up to 12 hours.
  6. Aluminum build
  7. HDMI output to connect your display on a external screen.
  8. WiFi 5 802.11ac 2×2 Dual-Band
  9. Bluetooth 4.2
  10. Highly portable for a laptop with a 14″ display: 13.4 x 0.7 x 9.3″ and 3.42lbs
  11. Full HD 1920 x 1080 display
  12. IPS panel, meaning that you get wide viewing angles, good contrast and colors

Cons:

  1. RAM is soldered: You cannot add RAM
  2. No numpad.
  3. Limited storage capacity : 16 or 32GB
  4. Storage is soldered and there’s no available M.2 slot to add a SSD
  5. Keyboard isn’t backlit
  6. No touchscreen
  7. No MicroSD or SD card slot
  8. No USB Type-C port

More powerful, backlit keyboard

14″ Acer Chromebook 714

– Pentium Gold 4417U 32GB: $477.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) 
– Core i3-8130U 64GB: Click here to see the price on Amazon / $614.49 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
– Core i5-8250U 64GB: Click here to see the price on Amazon / $719.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

15.6″ Acer Chromebook 715

– Pentium Gold 4417U 32GB: Click here to see the price on Amazon / $472.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
– Core i3-8130U 64GB: Click here to see the price on Amazon / $574.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
– Core i5-8250U/16GB RAM/64GB SSD: Click here to see the price on Amazon / $722.48 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Acer Chromebook 714 (14″) and 715 (15.6″)

The Acer Chromebook 714 (14″ model) and 715 (15.6″ model) are basically higher-end, more premium versions of the Acer Chromebook 14 recommended above.

Note that besides the different screen size, the obviously different physical size, weight and the presence of a numpad on the 15.6″ model, the Chromebook 714 and 715 are otherwise identical, so you can choose your preference between a larger display or a lighter, more portable Chromebook.

You still get the aluminum build, an excellent 12 hours battery life as well as the Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display.

What you gain are more powerful CPU, more RAM, more storage, a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader, USB Type-C ports and a micro-SD card reader.

You lose the HDMI output, but get Displayport output from the USB Type-C, so you just need an adapter if you want HDMI output.

Choose between 3 hardware configurations, in order from slowest to fastest:
1. Intel Pentium Gold 4417U Dual Core / 4 threads 2.3GHz and 32GB of storage
2. Intel Core i3-8130U Dual-Core / 4 threads 2.2-3.4GHz and 64GB of storage
3. Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core / 8 threads 1.6-3.4GHz and 64GB of storage

Which one should you pick? Well, it depends on what you need and want. If you only want to browse the web and install a few apps, the entry-level option is fine. If you plan on having more apps, opt at least for the mid-level option, with its 64GB of storage. If you want the highest performance for the fastest computing experience possible with this Acer Chromebook, opt for the Core i5-8250U model.

Pros:

  1. High performance CPUs
  2. 8GB of RAM: Plenty enough for pretty much any usage on a Chromebook
  3. Three USB ports, including Two Type-C ports
  4. Great battery life of up to 12 hours.
  5. Aluminum build
  6. Backlit keyboard
  7. Charging through USB Type-C
  8. Displayport output through USB Type-C
  9. WiFi 5 802.11ac 2×2 Dual-Band
  10. Micro SD card reader
  11. Bluetooth 4.2
  12. Numpad on the 15.6″ model
  13. 14″ model: Highly portable for a laptop with a 14″ display: 12.7 x 9.4 x 0.7″ and 3.53lbs
  14. 15.6″ model: Fairly portable for a 15.6″ laptop: 14.4 x 9.8 x 0.7″ and 4.3lbs
  15. Full HD 1920 x 1080 display
  16. IPS panel, meaning that you get wide viewing angles, good contrast and colors
  17. Decent storage capacity : 32 or 64GB

Cons:

  1. RAM is soldered: You cannot add RAM
  2. No numpad on the 14″ model
  3. Storage is soldered and there’s no available M.2 slot to add a SSD
  4. No touchscreen

Google Pixelbook Go

Core m3/8GB RAM/64GB SSD/1080p screen:
Click here to see the price on Amazon / $649.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
Core i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/1080p screen:
Click here to see the price on Amazon / $849.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
Core i5/16GB RAM/128GB SSD/1080p screen:
Click here to see the price on Amazon / $999.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
Core i7/16GB RAM/256GB SSD/4K screen:
$1399.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Google Pixelbook Go

Made by Google, the creators of the Chrome OS, the Google Pixelbook is a high-end Chromebook. It’s powerful, lightweight, solid, with a 12 hours battery life and much more.

With its weight of 2.4lbs, it’s highly portable.

The battery life lasts up to 12 hours which is amazing. It can easily last the whole day and more of regular usage before charging.
Speaking of charging, there’s fast charging, giving you 2 hours of runtime with only 20 minutes of charging.

With 8 or 16GB of RAM, along with Intel CPUs. you’ll be able to run pretty much app and workload.

You have the choice between a 1920 x 1080 1080p Full HD display, or a 3840 x 2160 4K UHD display.

You also get a backlit keyboard.

Pros:

  1. High performance CPUs: Dual Core Core m3, or quad-core Core i5 or i7
  2. 8 or 16GB of RAM: Plenty enough for pretty much any usage on a Chromebook
  3. Two USB Type-C ports
  4. Great battery life of up to 12 hours.
  5. Solid build
  6. Backlit keyboard
  7. Charging through USB Type-C
  8. Displayport output through USB Type-C
  9. WiFi 5 802.11ac 2×2 Dual-Band
  10. Bluetooth 4.2
  11. Google Assistant hotkey and voice recognition
  12. Integrated Titan C security chip protects your information, passwords, and OS
  13. Highly portable for a laptop with a 13.3″ display: 12.24 x 8.12 x 0.51″ and 2.4lbs
  14. 1920 x 1080 1080p Full HD display, or a 3840 x 2160 4K UHD display
  15. IPS panel, meaning that you get wide viewing angles, good contrast and colors
  16. High storage capacity fora Chromebook: 64, 128 or 256GB

Cons:

  1. RAM is soldered: You cannot add RAM
  2. No numpad
  3. Storage is soldered and there’s no available M.2 slot to add a SSD

Convertible Chromebooks: 360 degree hinge touchscreen
10.1″ 2lbs ultra-portable, all metal, 9 hours battery life

About the ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA

16GB storage: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
32GB storage: – Click here to see the price on Amazon

Weighting in at only 2lbs, this is an highly portable Chromebook. Equipped with a Rockchip RK3399 SoC, which features a 1.6 GHz ARM Cortez-A72 processor and an ARM Cortez-A53 quad-core processor in a big.LITTLE configuration, and 4GB of RAM, web browsing performance is fairly good.

You get up to 9 hours of battery life, which is good.

Last but not least, this model has a full metal build, making it more durable and more resistant to impacts.

Pros:

  1. Low price
  2. 4GB of RAM: Enough for web browsing multiple tabs
  3. Three USB ports, including Two Type-C ports
  4. Good battery life of up to 9 hours.
  5. All-metal build
  6. Charging through USB Type-C
  7. Displayport output through USB Type-C
  8. WiFi 5 802.11ac 2×2 Dual-Band
  9. Micro SD card reader
  10. Bluetooth 4.0
  11. Highly portable: 10.4 x 0.6 x 7.2″ and 2lbs
  12. Speakers are surprisingly loud for such a small laptop

Cons:

  1. Limited display resolution: 1280 x 800. Not so bad considering the size of the display and price
  2. Screen size, at 10.1″, might be too small for your taste
  3. Small storage capacity: 16 or 32GB. 16GB isn’t much if you plan on installing many apps from the Play store.
  4. Storage is soldered: You cannot add any internally, but there’s a Micro-SD slot to add a MicroSD memory card.
  5. RAM is soldered: You cannot add RAM
  6. No numpad
  7. No backlit keyboard

12.2″ 1920 x 1200 IPS, Intel dual-core, stylus, 13MP camera

About the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

Intel Celeron 3965Y 1.5GHz Dual-Core 2 threads / 32GB storage
– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $329.00 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Intel Core m3 7Y30 1.0-2.6GHz Dual-Core 4 threads / 64GB storage
– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $429.00 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Weighting in at 2.98lbs, it’s a fine choice to carry around.

Compared to the ASUS Chromebook above, you get a larger 12.2″ display with a 19:10 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1200 resolution.

The resolution is great for that screen size and IPS means full viewing angles, great contrast and accurate, vibrant colors!

Samsung includes a stylus and there’s a slot to stow away the stylus.

There’s a second camera on the top left of the keyboard base and it’s an high resolution 13MP camera, much better than the usual grainy webcam!

With 4GB of RAM, you’ll be able to open plenty of web tabs without any slowdowns.

CPU performance wise, the Celeron model is similar to the ASUS Chromebook above: it’s fine for a few web apps. If you want higher end performance, opt for the Intel Core m3 model or for far higher performance, see the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 below.

Pros:

  1. Low price
  2. 4GB of RAM: Enough for web browsing multiple tabs
  3. High resolution 1920 x 1200 display
  4. Decent or good CPU: Intel Celeron 3965Y 1.5GHz Dual-Core 2 threads or Intel Core m3 7Y30 1.0-2.6GHz Dual-Core 4 threads
  5. IPS panel means full viewing angles, great contrast and accurate, vibrant colors
  6. Three USB ports, including Two Type-C ports
  7. Good battery life of up to 10 hours.
  8. Charging through USB Type-C
  9. Displayport output through USB Type-C
  10. 32GB or 64GB of storage capacity
  11. 13MP camera
  12. Included stylus
  13. WiFi 5 802.11ac 2×2 Dual-Band
  14. Micro SD card reader
  15. Bluetooth 4.0
  16. Fairly portable: 11.4 x 0.7 x 8.2″ and 2.98lbs

Cons:

  1. Build quality is okay: Bottom half of laptop is made of plastic
  2. Storage is soldered: You cannot add any internally, but there’s a Micro-SD slot to add a MicroSD memory card.
  3. RAM is soldered: You cannot add RAM
  4. No numpad
  5. No backlit keyboard

13.5″ 2256 x 1504 IPS, Intel dual/quad-core, 8-16GB RAM, 64-128GB storage

About the Chromebook Spin 13

Intel Core i3-8130U 2.2-3.4GHz Dual-Core 4 threads / 8GB RAM / 64GB storage
– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $719.99 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6-3.4GHz Quad-Core 8 threads / 8GB RAM / 64GB storage
– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $799.99 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6-3.4GHz Quad-Core 8 threads / 16GB RAM / 128GB storage
– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $917.00 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

If you want a powerful convertible Chromebook, this is it. With an Intel dual or quad-core CPU, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, this Chromebook can handle heavy workloads without a problem.

Storage wise, you get either a 64 or 128GB drive, allowing you to install plenty of apps.

On top of that, it is possible to add extra storage with a MicroSD card via a MicroSD slot.

It is also very thin and weights only 3.3lbs.

This Chromebook is also equipped with a gorgeous 13.5″ 2256 x 1504 IPS panel display.

The 360° Hinge and touchscreen makes it possible to use this Chromebook as a tablet to enjoy apps, videos and images without having a keyboard in the way.

Pros:

  1. Included stylus
  2. Power CPUs: Core i3-8130U 2.2-3.4GHz Dual-Core 4 threads or Core i5-8250U 1.6-3.4GHz Quad-Core 8 threads
  3. 8 or 16GB of RAM: Enough for heavy apps, photo or video editing
  4. Three USB ports, including Two Type-C ports
  5. IPS panel means full viewing angles, great contrast and accurate, vibrant colors
  6. High resolution 2256 x 1504 display
  7. Good storage capacity for a Chromebook: 64GB or 128GB
  8. Good battery life of up to 10 hours.
  9. All-metal build
  10. Charging through USB Type-C
  11. Displayport output through USB Type-C
  12. WiFi 5 802.11ac 2×2 Dual-Band
  13. Micro SD card reader
  14. Bluetooth 4.2
  15. Fairly portable: 12.2 x 0.7 x 9.7″ and 3.3lbs

Cons:

  1. Storage is soldered: You cannot add any internally, but there’s a Micro-SD slot to add a MicroSD memory card.
  2. RAM is soldered: You cannot add RAM
  3. No numpad
  4. No backlit keyboard

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the best Chromebooks.

With this article featuring this many recommendations, you may find a mistake.

Alternatively, you may believe that there’s a better option than my recommendation.

Or you may have some questions.

In any case, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.