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The Best Chromebooks of 2018 reviewed and compared

By Andrei Girbea , last updated on August 9, 2018

On a first look, Chromebooks are a breed of laptops designed to be easy and safe to use, compact and affordable. But as I’m explaining in this thorough buying guide, Chromebooks are not the ideal pick for for everyone though.

They start at as little as $199 these days and for that kind of money you’ll get a fully functional computer able to handle well basic everyday activities, like browsing, emailing, watching video content, listening to music, editing texts and so on. In other words, Chromebooks are excellent for students or just for those of you with a web-focused activity.

But there are quite a few things Chromebooks cannot handle; among them, they can’t run specialized software that works on Windows or OSX powered laptops or modern AAA games, and they can’t really handle heavy multitasking in general. As long as you understand their limits, there’s a fair chance you’ll get along well with a Chromebook; otherwise, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

But which is the best Chromebook of the moment? Which are the devices that are really worth your heard earned buck? That’s a tough one, as each of you desire different things in your computer. You might value more an excellent screen, a slim and light body, or maybe a comfortable keyboard or long battery life on each charge. But there are quite a few devices that checks most of those boxes, and you’ll find out more about them in the following paragraphs.

A few things about Chromebooks

Before we get to talk about the actual Chromebooks though, there are a few things I should add here, because I want you to really understand what to expect from such a computer (if you already do, just scroll past this section):

  1. Chromebooks don’t run Windows or Mac Os and none of the software designed for those platforms. Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a browser-based operating system built around Google’s Chrome browser. If you’re familiar with that one, you’ll quickly get along with a Chromebook as well. The interface is minimalistic, you don’t have to deal with updates or viruses or any other nuisances, and you get to install apps from the Chrome OS or the Goole Play Stores.
  2. Chromebooks are low-power computers meant for basic tasks. AAA games or specialized software are not going to work on them, as they are not designed for Chrome OS, and while these devices can multitask between several different apps at once, it’s best not to push them much if you want them to run smoothly.
  3. Chromebooks are generally small and compact with 11.6, 13.3 or 14.0-inch screens, with only a few exceptions.
  4. Chromebooks are mostly Internet dependent, as Chrome OS and most of the apps are cloud based, thus need an active connection to access data on the servers. You can use Chromebooks offline, but with limited functionality.

For more details you should definitely check out my Chromebooks buying guide. And if you feel like all these things mentioned above are not exactly what you want in a laptop, perhaps you might want to have a look at my lists of the best ultrabooks of the moment or some of the more affordable options.

ChromeOS is fast, simple and secure, but not as versatile and permissive as Windows, Mac OS or even Linux

ChromeOS is fast, simple and secure, but not as versatile and permissive as Windows, Mac OS or even Linux

Chromebooks to consider

The table below includes the best Chromebooks of the moment, listed based on screen size, in alphabetical order. We’ll get in depth on some of the most important models further down.

Acer Chromebook 11 CB3
$14911.6″ HD TN matteIntel Celeron N2840 / 2 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD2.41 lbs45 Wh
Acer Chromebook 11 C740
$26911.6″ HD TN matteIntel Celeron 3205U / 4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD2.87 lbs45 Wh
Acer Chromebook R11
$25911.6″ HD IPS touchIntel Celeron N3150 / 2 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD2.76 lbs35 Wh
Acer Chromebook R13
$39913.3″ FHD IPS touchMediatek / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD3.28 lbs54 Wh
Asus Chromebook C200$17911.6″ HD TN glossyIntel Celeron N2840 / 2 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD2.5 lbs48 Wh
Asus Chromebook C302CA$49912.5″ FHD IPS touchIntel Core M / 4 GB RAM / 64 GB SSD2.65 lbs39 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip$24910.1″ HD TN touchRockchip / 2 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD2.0 lbs31 Wh
Dell Chromebook 11$21911.6″ HD TN/IPS matte/touchIntel Celeron N2840 / 2-4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD2.93 lbs43 Wh
HP Chromebook 11$18911.6″ HD TN matte/touchIntel Celeron N3060 / 2-4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD2.5 lbs43 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook$32913.3″ HD TN or FHD IPS matte/touchIntel Celeron N3855U and Core i3/i5 / 2-8 GB RAM / 16-32 GB SSD3.2 lbs42 Wh
Samsung Chromebook 3 11$18911.6″ HD TN matteIntel Celeron N3050 / 2-4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD2.5 lbs30 Wh
Samsung Chromebook Plus
$44912.3″ IPS touchARM OP1 / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD2.4 lbs39 Wh
Samsung Chromebook Pro
$54912.3″ IPS touchIntel Core M / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD2.4 lbs39 Wh
Google Chromebook Pixel$99912.85″ WQHD IPS matteIntel Core i5 / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD3.3 lbs72 Wh
Dell Chromebook 13
$42913.3″ HD TN/IPS matte/touchIntel Celeron 3215U, Core i3, i5/ 4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD3.2 lbs67 Wh
HP Chromebook 13$59913.3″ QHD+ IPS glossyIntel Skylake Core M / 4-8 GB RAM / 32-64 GB SSD2.86 lbs45 Wh
Toshiba Chromebook 13$29913.3″ HD IPS glossyIntel Celeron N3215U / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD2.9 lbs54 Wh
Acer Chromebook 14$26914.0″ FHD IPS matteIntel Celeron N3160 / 3885U/ 4 GB RAM / 32 GB SSD3.4 lbs48 Wh
Acer Chromebook 15$24915.6″ FHD IPS matteIntel Celeron 3205U / 4 GB RAM / 16 GB SSD4.8 lbs32 Wh

* The starting price of the base configuration is listed for each model, higher specked versions sell for more.

Note that configurations and prices can change as time goes by, so you should click the link on each device for up-to-date info and potential discounts at the time you’re reading this.

Out of those models mentioned above, the following are my favorites and the ones I would consider buying.

Best budget options (under $200)

If you only have $200 or less to spend on a Chromebook, these three mentioned above are the ones to consider. The Acer Chromebook 11 CB3 and Asus Chromebook C200 have been around for a while and you’ll find plenty of reviews and opinions about them online.

Both are built on Celeron N2840 platforms with 2 GB of RAM, so are only good enough for light daily activities and little to no multitasking, but on the other hand this platform is fanless and efficient, so you’ll get 6-8 hours of use on a charge from these two. Both get 11.6-inch matte screens with a TN panel, so the image quality is not great, but you can’t expect to get an IPS display for this kind of money.

Out of the two, the Acer Chromebook 11 is cheaper (follow this link for up-to-date prices and discounts) and overall more appreciated by buyers. It’s only available in white though, which might not appeal to some of you.

The Asus Chromebook C200 is available in a more standard silver/grey color scheme and usually sells for $10-$30 more than the Acer, albeit this will probably get you 4 GB of RAM, not just 2, which make a whole of a difference in daily use. But I’ve read a lot of complains regarding the wireless performance on some versions. Follow this link for more details and up-to-date discounts.

The Asus Chromebook C200 (left), Hp Chromebook 11 G5 (middle) and Acer Chromebook11 CB3 (right) are the best affordable Chromebooks out there

The Asus Chromebook C200 (left), Hp Chromebook 11 G5 (middle) and Acer Chromebook11 CB3 (right) are some of the best affordable Chromebooks out there

The HP Chromebook 11 G5 is a newer unit at the time of this update, lighter and more powerful, as it is built on a newer Intel Celeron N3060 platform. However, there are no actual reviews available yet, so I can’t tell you how this one compares to the Asus and Acer Chroembooks, but you can follow this link for more details (make sure you look at the G5 version). We do know that the base version is a little more expensive than the other two, and HP also offers it with 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space or a touchscreen as extra-options.

The Samsung Chromebook 3 11 is another options with the starting price under $200, but is not one of my favorite options due to its small 30 Wh battery. Worth a look though if you want something compact and light.

The best Chromebooks for the money

Spending around $300 on a Chromebook will get you an overall better device, with faster hardware, more RAM, an IPS display and superior build quality.

The Toshiba Chromebook 13 CB35 sells for between $250 and $375 and offers a 13.3-inch FHD IPS display (glossy, but without touch), 4 GB of RAM, an Intel Celeron 3215U hardware platform, 16 or 32 GB of storage space and a 54 Wh battery, all tucked inside a plastic body that weighs around 2.9 lbs. If you need extra power, there’s also a Core i3 configuration available for around $375 at the time of this update, but keep in mind that this version is not fanless, while the Celeron model is.

The 13-inch screen makes it more versatile for daily tasks than the small 11-inch screen of the more affordable Chromebooks mentioned in the previous section, but at the same time this computer is a little larger and heavier, thus not as portable.

Follow this link for more details on the popular Toshiba Chromebook 13, including user reviews and up-to-date prices and discounts.

 Toshiba hits a sweet spot with the Chromebook CB35 - an affordable and overall very good laptop

Toshiba hits a sweet spot with the Chromebook 13 – an affordable and overall very good laptop

On the other hand, if you want a better equipped 11-inch Chromebook, the Dell Inspiron 11 is the one to get.

It’s only available with a Celeron N2840 processor, so performance wise is not a match for the Toshiba or the Acer machines included in this category, but you can speck it up with 4 GB of RAM and an HD IPS display, either a touchscreen or a non-touch matte option. The strong chassis and overall solid build quality are other strong points of this Dell.

The non-touch model is available for around $270, while for the touchscreen you’ll have to pay around $60 extra. Follow this link for more details.

Robust construction and long battery life - the Dell Chromebook 11

Robust construction and long battery life – the Dell Chromebook 11

Last but for sure not least, if you want an even faster Chromebook with an aluminum chassis and lid-cover, the Acer Chromebook 14 is your best bet right now.

Acer bundles it with either Intel Celeron N3160(Braswell), Celeron 3885U (Skylake) or a Core i3-6100U processor, which are more powerful in daily use and any sorts of graphics activities than the CPUs in the Chromebooks mentioned above, paired with 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 48 Wh battery and a FHD 14-inch IPS screen. The downside is the increased weight, at roughly 3.4 lbs.

All these make the Acer Chromebook 14 an excellent computer for school or everyday tasks, mainly for those of you on a limited budget, as this one sells for between $270 and $450. The Celeron 3885U and especially the Core i3-6100U versions are the more expensive options.

Follow this link for more details, user reviews and up-to-date prices at the time you’re reading this post.

The Acer Chromebook 14 offers fast hardware, an ISP display and an aluminum body, but is heavier and less portable than the other options

The Acer Chromebook 14 offers fast hardware, an ISP display and an aluminum body, but is heavier and less portable than the other options

Chromebook 2 -in-1s

Most Chromebooks are built on the classic clamshell form-factor, despite the fact that some even offer touchscreens, like the Acer Chromebook 720p, the HP Chromebook 11 or the Dell Chromebook 11. But there are as well a few options for those of you looking for convertible Chromebooks.

The Acer Chromebook R11 is the best value hybrid in this class at the time of this update, as it is mostly a Chromebook 11 with a 360-degrees convertible touchscreen. It sells for around $260 – $270 and for that kind of money you’ll get an Intel Celeron N3150 fanless processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, an 11-inch HD touchscreen with a TN panel and 35 Wh battery, all tucked inside a white plastic chassis that weighs around 2.8 lbs.

Compared to the $150 Chromebook 11, the R11 offers a faster processor, more storage space and the touchscreen for around $110 extra. On the other hand, potential buyers will have to settle for a smaller battery (enough for around 6 hours of daily use) and a TN panel, which is not a great option for a convertible.

Overall though, the Chromebook R11 is quite popular and gets solid reviews from buyers, so while you are paying quite a lot extra for the form factor and the touchscreen, the overall bundle is still solid.

Follow this link for more details, user reviews and up-to-date prices.

The Chromebook R11 is the best value option in its class

The Chromebook R11 is the best value option in its class

The Asus Chromebook Flip C100 is another convertible ChromeOS laptop, but more compact and a little cheaper than the Acer.

This one weighs just 2.0 lbs and gets a 10.1-inch 360-degrees convertible touchscreen (with an HD TN panel), while the hardware is a Rockcip platform, with 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space. Performance wise, the Rockcip solution is not even as fast as the Celeron N2840 platform found on the most basic Chromebooks of the moment, but it can handle everyday activities as long as you don’t push it with multitasking.

Other aspects to consider here are the cramped keyboard, since this is a 10-incher and there’s no room to fit a full-size keyboard on its body, and the small 31 Wh battery, which is still going to offer around 6 hours of daily use.

The Chromebook Flip sells for around $250 at the time of this update and you might even find it cheaper from time to time. Once again you are paying premium for the form factor and touchscreen, but if you want a simple and very light convertible, this is one of the best options.

Follow this link for more details, user reviews and the latest prices.

The Chromebook Flip is the option to get if you want a very compact and light convertible

The Chromebook Flip is the option to get if you want a very compact and light convertible

Premium models – HP Chromebook 13, Dell Chromebook 13, Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook, Chromebook Pixel

In case you want the ease of use of a Chromebook, but in a more appealing package with fast hardware and excellent displays, these right here are the optiosn to consider. You will have to pay a pretty buck for them though, and I personally find that hard to justify, knowing how $600 to $1000 can actually get you a great Windows ultraportable or even a Macbook Air these days, which can do a lot more than a Chromebook is capable of.

Regardless, I digress…

For me, the best value high-end Chromebook out there is the HP Chromebook 13, with the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook and Dell Chromebook 13 coming in a close second.

HP’s unit is an excellently built 13-inch machine, with an aluminum unibody construction and a sleek silhouette (0.5 on an inch thick), an IPS display (glossy, but without touch support), a nice backlit chiclet keyboard and solid IO. On the hardware side, Skylake Core M processors power most configurations, with up to 8 GB of RAM, and a 45 Wh battery, so the everyday use experience is going to be smooth and snappy, even with multitasking and a handful of tabs open, while the battery is going to lat for an average of 8 hours of daily use.

The HP Chromebook 13 is available for $499 and up, however you’ll probably want to aim for a Skylake Core M model to get the best of what a fanless platform is capable of these days, and that’s going to cost $599 for the Core m3 with 4 GB of RAM config, or around $800 for the Core m5 and 8 GB of RAM variant. Pricey, but you might find these discounted down the line (follow this link for more details).

The HP Chromebook 13 is probably the best value premium Chromebook, especially if you want a fanless computer

The HP Chromebook 13 is probably the best value premium Chromebook, especially if you want a fanless computer

The Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook gets a more spartan look and rugged build, in line with the ThinkPad’s usual characteristics.

It meets the MIL-Spec standards for durability and build quality, it gets the Lenovo Accutype keyboard (without back-lightning though), it’s fairly portable at 3.2 lbs and it offers excellent specs for the money. A special mention needs to be made about the IO: this laptops comes with 2xUSB Type-C and 2USB 3.0 slots, it also charges via USB-C and there’s no HDMI output, you’ll have to use the USB-C port with the right adapter to output video (the adapter is not included)

Hardware wise, you can get this with Skylake Celeron N3885U, a Core i3-6100U or a Core i5-6200U processors. The first two are paired with 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, while the latter is only available with 8 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage. There’s also a 42 Wh battery and a few screen options, starting with a measly HD TN matte panel (which you should NOT buy) and continuing with a FHD IPS screen, either with a matte finishing or as a touchscreen.

The prices start at around $360 for the Celeron processor with the FHD IPS panel, $460 for the Core i3 model and $700 for the Core i5 configuration. While the latter is a hard-buy, there’s a low of value in the other two options. If you opt for the HD screen you can save $50 on each version, but I’d advise against it, the IPS panel is light-years better. Follow this link for more details, user reviews and the latest deals.

The ThinkPad 13 Chromebook packs excellent specs in a durable body, and it's cheaper than other business-inspired Chromebooks like the Dell Chromebook 13

The ThinkPad 13 Chromebook packs excellent specs in a durable body, and it’s cheaper than other business-inspired Chromebooks like the Dell Chromebook 13

Dell’s Chromebook 13 is a more sober appearance, with its aesthetics mostly borrowed from Dell’s business notebooks.

It’s robust built, although heavy for a 13-incher (3.2 lbs for the non-touch model, 3.5 lbs for the touch variant), but that’s somewhat justified by the Core i3 and i5 hardware powering it and the 67 Wh battery inside. So both performance and battery life are top-notch on this computer.

The pricing is fairly competitive as well, as the base version starts at around $450 for a Celeron 3215U/ 4 GB of RAM configuration, while the Core i3 models start at around $550 and the Core i5 variants at $800, with 8 GB of RAM. All these include a matte FHD IPS display, if you want to opt for the IPS touchscreen you’ll have to pay $100 extra for each configuration.

Follow this link for more details, user reviews and potential discounts.

The Dell Chromebook 13 is a great notebook as well, faster, with a larger battery and a more sober design, but is not fanless

The Dell Chromebook 13 is a good option as well, faster, with a larger battery and a more sober design, but is not fanless and it’s a bit on the pricey side

Last on this list comes the Chromebook Pixel, which is probably the best Chromebook out there, but with a starting price of $999 at the time of this update, it’s not a computer most will find worth buying.

If you can look past the price for whatever reason, the Chromebook Pixel is a splendid machine. I’m a big fan of the build quality, the aesthetics with straight lines and corners and I find the keyboard and trackpad very good as well. On the inside, it gets fast hardware (Broadwell Core i5 and i7 processors with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, an updated version might be launched in the future) and a large 72 Wh battery, while the screen is a 3:2 high-resolution IPS panel with wide-gamut color reproduction.

So if not for the price, or if not for the limitations of the ChromeOS in general, the Chromebook Pixel would be an excellent buy. And while you can theoretically run Windows on a Chromebook, the Pixel and most other such computers only come with limited storage space (32 GB in this case), so that’s not going to be an option either.

So until further changes, for me the current Chromebook Pixel is that great computer I could never justify buying. Get in touch in the comments if you feel otherwise, I’d love to hear your arguments.

If you can justify spending $999 or more on a Chromebook, the Pixel is the one for you

If you can justify spending $999 or more on a Chromebook, the Pixel is the one for you


To wrap this up, if you’re looking for THE PERFECT Chromebook, you won’t find it. There’s no such thing as a perfect gadget, whether laptop, phone, tablet, you name it. But there are are some Chromebooks that come close.

For ultra-compact models, the Acer Chromebook 11 line offers a lot for the money and sits at the top of my list. The Dell Chromebook 11 is another interesting option, sturdier and with a much nicer display, while if you want a touchscreen, the Acer Chromebook R11 or the Asus Chromebook Flip are options to consider.

If you want a slightly larger Chromebook, my first picks would go towards the $300-ish Toshiba Cromebook 13 and Acer Chromebook 14, with their IPS screens, faster hardware, large batteries and nice aesthetics, especially when it comes to the Acer.

Last but not least, there are those excellent premium options from HP, Dell and Google itself, snappy and well built machines, but I still find it hard to justify paying premium for a Chromebook.

There's no perfect Chromebook, but a few that offer a lot for the money. And more to come

There’s no perfect Chromebook, but a few devices offer a lot for the money

Cause at the end of the day, I find that Chromebooks make for great travel companions or inexpensive laptops for school and for those of you that will stick to basic activities like browsing, emailing, multimedia and so on. Paying $200 to $300 for such a computer is well justified. Paying more though, not necessarily, especially since you can get decent Windows laptops for $400 or so, and even a handful of 2-in-1s. One might argue that Chromebooks are simpler to use, usually more compact and more hassle-free than any Windows running computer, and would be right. But there’s still only so much you can do with a ChromeOS computer.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. I’m constantly updating the post and adding new devices as they pop in stores, so make sure to Bookmark this and check it out from time to time for changes. Last but not least, share this post around if you found it useful and check out the comments section below, it’s open for your suggestions and questions, and I’m around to reply and help you find the best Chromebook for your needs.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.


  1. Carlito

    July 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    This is an excellently article in relation to Chromebooks and the author deserves a lot of credit for writing an exhaustive yet succinct review of the current selection of Chromebooks. I think his reviews were very fair and balanced as there are a lot of inaccurate articles written these days about Chromebooks. This article makes everything very clear.

    I personally own a HP Chromebook 11 (I had a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook which I gave to my girlfriend) and would agree with his comments about the HP Chromebook 11. There are sacrifices to be made with the HP Chromebook 11 and they are performance and battery life (when compared to other available Chromebooks) and this would be a deal-breaker for a lot of people looking for a Chromebook (and they are very good reasons to be a deal-breaker).

    In my opinion Everything else is perfect on the HP Chromebook 11 and for what I use it for I can live with deficiencies of that model of Chromebook but I do wish it had the power and battery life of the Dell 11 or the Acer C720. Like most things in life – you can’t get everything! Anyway the main thing I wanted to do was to remark on the excellently written article and give the deserved praise to the author.

    • FILA

      November 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      I was seriously considering buying the chromebook 11. Its a sweet little chromebook, but the low end specs held me back. I really hope HP keeps the same design for the next gen, but up the battery, RAM and processor to a intel with alot of balls and I will buy. Its perfect unlike the other bulky ugly chromebooks out there.

      • FILA

        November 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        nevermind, I forgot HP did away with this design, made is more ugly and bulky. Of course a company always screws up whats perfect. ugh :-/

  2. Michael Adamson

    January 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Andrei, it would be very helpful if you could add a column to your “The Best Chromebooks of the Moment” table to indicate if each Chromebook is completely fanless. This inforation is often difficult to find or is misrepresented in advertizements.

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 31, 2015 at 11:25 am

      That’s based on the platform. IN general, if it’s an ATOM or ARM platform inside, it’s fanless, if not it has a fan. But I’ll take this into consideration for the next major update.

      • Michael Adamson

        January 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm

        Thanks Andrei. I know that Intel was advertising that the Lenovo Yoga 3 was fanless (since it has the fanless Core M processor) but it does have a chassis fan. And Acer has the E11 which is totally fanless with a Celeron processor. Having a completely fanless machine is important to me so I’m looking for accurate information.

        • Andrei Girbea

          January 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm

          Yeah, you’re right, there are some exceptions. Till I get the update, if you have any questions about any particular model, leave a comment and I’ll try to help.

  3. Damiano

    February 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Does any Chromebook have a 3G sim connection or not?

    • alex

      March 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Yes some do.

      • Dave

        March 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

        Which one ?

  4. Frank Perkins

    December 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    It would be great if you can put the screen resolution in the Screen column in your table.

  5. MartinK

    May 25, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Any possibility of updating the HP section? The G4 model of the Chromebook 11 is very different to what was released back then. thanks.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 25, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Yes, this post needs an update urgently. It’s on the list, sry for its current state.

  6. eric

    May 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I just searched. An 11.6″ IPS display with 4GB RAM is not available anywhere. If anyone knows different please post. thx!

    • eric

      May 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      PS-I found it in the Acer R11 C738T (one of the three models getting Android App support first; in June).

  7. Matt

    August 11, 2016 at 4:03 am

    I just got an Acer c740 with 4gb of ram and i’m amazed at its performance. I have had multiple videos, sound editors,image-heavy news websites, google docs, facebook and google plus, all while google play music is streaming in the background and it never stutters at all.

    It would be perfect if the screen had better quality, but for the $220 they charged for it new, it was a bargain.

  8. Gregory M Yates

    October 14, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Good article. Which Chromebooks have memory slots for expanding memory like some of the older Acer and HP Chromebooks as opposed to soldered in memory?

  9. JD

    February 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    * The Acer R11 is an IPS touch panel, not a TN.

  10. Sam

    September 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Very informative and balanced review! I'm trying to decide between ASUS C201 (2GB Ram) and Acer CB3-131-C3SZ (2GB RAM) and Acer CB3-131-C5RA (4GB Ram and ICD N2840 processor). I would really appreciate some feedback to aid in my purchase!

    They are all on sale at the moment and all cost about the same. What I'm looking for:

    – suitable for college use
    – light to carry
    – browsing the internet
    – long battery life
    – be able to work OFFLINE on Microsoft Office, view PDFs (essentially to be productive during a few hours of commute)

    To my understanding, I think I would have about 10GB of actual storage on the laptop (all 3 that I've mentioned above have 16GB SSD) . But would it be possible to get it extended in other ways that are not on either a USB flash drive, memory card, or on cloud/G drive?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Updating the storage is not possible as far as i know, as thee get eMMC storage soldered on the motherboard. I'd lean on the latter ACER option just for the extra 2 GB of RAM, they're going to make a difference. Otherwise, they are all mostly the same, but you could look for user reviews on Amazon to pinpoint their specific issues so you'll know what to expect.

  11. kamran

    February 25, 2018 at 9:26 am

    please tell me can i run microsoft office programs particularly "word" and "power point" on chromebook?


    • Andrei Girbea

      February 26, 2018 at 3:39 am

      you can use online services, but you cant' run the regular desktop versions

  12. beth

    July 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    my daughter's high school requires a chromebook. requirements: 10" screen o rlarger, wireless internet connection (802.11n preferred); 6 hours battery life, modern operating system.
    does this look like a chromebook I should buy? amazon.com/Acer-Chromebook-Celeron-Storage-CB3-132-C4VV/dp/B0795W86N4

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