You’re not interested in a cheap Windows laptop. Been there, done that. The entry-level specs couldn’t handle the demanding performance requirements of full-fledged Windows 10. Instead, you would rather have the lightweight and minimalist Chrome OS in your grasp, Google’s notebook operating system that represents what computing has been all about since the mid-90s: the internet and your web browser.
Although they don’t approach the imposing specs of some of the on the market, Chromebooks are exceptional in their own right. With little more than 1,366 x 768, WXGA resolution screens and low-power Celeron processors, Chromebooks are built with longevity, portability and affordability in mind rather than sheer clout.
Most Chromebooks on the market claim somewhere between seven and nine hours of battery life on a single charge. Screen size, on the other hand, spans 11.6 to 15 inches. What’s more, some even shake up the expected Chromebook form factor by drawing influence from an increasingly popular array of .
Here we’ve taken the best of the best Chromebooks and lined them up in a list for your convenience. Everything from the pixel-dense HP Chromebook 13 to the inexpensive Asus Chromebook Flip has been considered…
1. Toshiba Chromebook 2
Full HD on a Chromebook just got better
CPU: 5th generation Intel Celeron – Core i3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – HD Graphics 5500 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB eMMC
Gorgeous 1080p screen
Up to Core i3 power
Can’t purchase new
For the price, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 might seem like a steep investment, but neatly wrapped in that slim, silvery package are the specs of a top-of-the-line Chromebook. Featuring a brilliantly vivid 1080p screen, a nifty backlit keyboard and even the optional i3 processor, there’s very little to complain about here. Although, we could do with a matte display option – just food for thought.
Read the full review: Toshiba Chromebook 2
2. Dell Chromebook 11
Dell’s updated Chromebook is a star in almost every regard
CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch HD, 1366 x 768 touchscreen | Storage: 16GB SSD
180-degree barrel hinge
Touchscreen not standard
On the Chromebook 11, you’ll find a 180-degree reinforced hinge, rugged design, sealed keyboard and trackpad and a punchy typing experience accompanying a perfectly portable package. In addition to using the Chromebook for classwork, bass-happy students will appreciate the loud stereo speakers for music and videos. Everyone else will take delight in its ability to lay flat using a 180-degree barrel hinge, effective for touch-based activities.
Read the full review: Dell Chromebook 11
3. Asus Chromebook Flip
A flipping premium Chromebook for almost nothing
CPU: Rockchip 3288-C | Graphics: ARM Mali T624 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, WXGA (1,280 x 800) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 16GB eMMC
Fully metal construction
Excessive battery life
Large screen bezels
Aside from the budget price tag, the Asus Chromebook Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels slightly more logical, with a screen that actually rotates for once. All the while, the Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device, including stellar battery life. If you’ve been ho hum on Chromebooks before, the Asus Chromebook Flip is definitely one to … flip out about. (Sorry.)
Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip
4. HP Chromebook 14
A well balanced Chromebook
CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 – N2940 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 14-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) BrightView | Storage: 16GB eMMC
Excellent keyboard, trackpad
Crisp, vivid screen
Slower than some rivals
Average battery life
With a rock-bottom starting price, the HP Chromebook 14 is an excellent value for those seeking a basic web browsing machine. It’s cheaper than the Toshiba Chromebook 2 while offering a bigger screen. And, while Acer’s Chromebook 15 serves up similar components (save for SSD storage rather than eMMC), HPs’ 14-incher is a bit more compact and better looking to boot. For when coffee shop appeal is crucial, the HP Chromebook 14 sports a bright blue finish and a screen devised to surprise.
Read the full review: HP Chromebook 14
5. Acer Chromebook 15
The colossus of Chromebooks
CPU: Intel Celeron – Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – HD Graphics 5500 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD
Fast processing speed
Long battery life
Rather than “Think Different,” Acer’s spin on the classic Apple catchphrase is “Think bigger.” Unlike most in its class, the Acer Chromebook 15 is blessed with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen made better only by its optional Core i5 processor. Sure, you probably won’t need all that power on a Chromebook (luckily, there’s a newer, even cheaper model that’s been added recently), but it sure is nice to have the option for once.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15
6. HP Chromebook 13
Flashy and functional, this Chromebook means business
CPU: Intel Pentium – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080) –QHD (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 32GB eMMC
Ultra-thin and sharp design
High-resolution display is a beauty
QHD+ display hikes price and lowers battery life
For the price, the HP Chromebook 13 offers a handful of distinct from what you might find on a comparable Windows laptop. Even at the baseline, you’re guaranteed a 1440p screen that’s far above average for a Chromebook. Even more unusual is the inclusion of not one, but two USB Type-C ports, and if you’re willing to shell out just a bit more cash you can also nab yourself a Core-M processor rather than a Pentium. All of this is complemented by the HP Chromebook’s outward appearance, a metallic design that reeks of Pixel influence.
Read the full review: HP Chromebook 13
7. Google Chromebook Pixel
The end all, be all of Chromebooks
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.85-inch 2,560 x 1,700 IPS touch | Storage: 32GB – 64GB SSD
Intel Core processor
Long, long battery life
3:2 screen hurts multitasking
Hardware and performance aside, the Pixel is one of the few Chromebooks that seems like it has itself completely figured out. The build quality of this machine is superb, with a design that’s nailed down to a science. A vibrant screen – plus the tactile keyboard and trackpad – helps round out the Pixel as one pretty, premium package.
That said, this one’s quite an investment. At this price, you could buy several Chromebooks or a far more powerful Windows laptop. So, before you buy, we suggest you consider all the much more affordable options out there before plunking down so much money into this luxury Chrome machine.
Read the full review: Google Chromebook Pixel 2
8. Acer Chromebook R11
360-degree flips for days
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 – N3150 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 11.6″ 16:9 HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD
Good battery life
The Acer Chromebook R11’s minimalist design may not win any fashion shows, but behind that plain shell is a surprisingly fit laptop destined to endure an entire day’s work. Acer’s R11 packs a day-long battery life, punchy performance and a 360-degree hinge with touchscreen into a subdued design. It won’t break the bank, thereby making flaws, like an iffy trackpad and barely-HD touch display, a little easier to swallow.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook R11
9. Acer Chromebook 13
With incredible battery life, the Chromebook 13 is a winner
CPU: Nvidia Tegra K1 | Graphics: Nvidia Keplar | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, HD (1.920 x 1.080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD
Strange port locations
Powered by Nvidia’s powerful Tegra K1 chip, this Chromebook squeezes quite a bit into a tiny frame. You’re bound to fall in love with its 13.3-inch, 1080p resolution screen as well as its portable form factor. At 3.31 pounds, the Acer Chromebook 13 is a feather on the outside and a powerhouse within. Even as you learn to overcome its limitations, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the lengthy battery life made possible by its conservatively mobile specs.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 13
10. Lenovo N20p Chromebook
A versatile Chromebook experience for a reasonable price
CPU: Intel Celeron N2830 – N2930 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) multi-touch | Storage: 16GB SSD
Poor viewing angles
One of the “sexier” Chromebooks around, the Lenovo N20p showcases Lenovo’s lust for style. The N20p’s most notable feature is a 300-degree hinge, which folds the display backward into stand mode (or “tent” mode), lending itself quite nicely to watching films or showing presentations. Unfortunately, using Chrome OS on a tablet isn’t exactly ideal, but the range of ports certainly makes up for lacking software optimization.
Read the full review: Lenovo N20p Chromebook
Juan Martinez and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article.