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Best Chromebooks of 2020 – comparisons, reviews and buying guide

By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , last updated on November 25, 2020

Chromebooks are snappy, easy to use, and inexpensive computers designed for everyday use and Internet-based activities such as browsing, email, text-editing, Youtube, Netflix, light gaming, and the likes.

Many options start at under $300 these days and for that kind of money you’ll get a fully functional computer able to handle the activities mentioned above, which makes those inexpensive Chromebooks excellent for kids, students, and pretty much anyone else who needs a simple and affordable computer for basic use. They also last for hours on a charge, start in seconds, and don’t slow down as they age.

At the same time, those of you looking for nicer made devices, higher-quality screens, backlit keyboards, snappier multitasking performance, longer battery life, and other modern features will need to spend a little more, and the market offers plenty of options these days, which should cater to even the pickiest of buyers.

We’ve reviewed and compared many of the available Chromebooks here on Ultrabookreview.com, and in this post, we’ll help narrow down your options to the devices that would better fit your needs and budget, based on their features, strong points, and quirks. For your convenience, we’ve split the article into three main sections:

One more heads-up, though. Before we get to talk about the actual recommendations, I want you to be absolutely sure that a Chromebook is the right pick for you, so make sure to check out my detailed Chromebook buying guide first.

Best budget Chromebooks (under $300)

There are quite a few competitive Chromebooks selling for under $300 these days, making for excellent Chromebooks for kids, affordable travel companions, or just the go to’s for those of you on a limited budget.

Down below you’ll find a more detailed list of the options that you should consider in this class, and we’ll get in-depth on our recommendations afterward.

Keep in mind that we’ve only included the more recent products that are on-par with today’s requirements in this list. You’ll still find other options in stores as well, older Chromebooks and many of them selling for as less as $200 (follow this link for more details), but I’d advise stretching your budgets for one of these if possible, as they are significant upgrades in terms of design, features, and especially the way they perform with everyday use, as these are built on updated hardware platforms.

Format, made of Price Screen Hardware Weight Battery
Acer Chromebook 314 Clamshell, part metal ~$230 14″ HD/FHD IPS matte Celeron Braswell or Apollo Lake / 4-8 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3.4 lbs 45 Wh
Acer Chromebook 315 Clamshell, plastic ~$259 15.6″ HD TN or FHD IPS matte Celeron Gemini Lake or AMD R4 / 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3.3 lbs 8+ h
Acer Chromebook Spin 311/511
Convertible, plastic ~$270 11.6″ HD IPS touch, EMR pen Celeron Apollo Lake / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB eMMC 2.9 lbs 10 h
Asus Chromebook C202 Clamshell, rugged plastic ~$300 11.6″ HD TN matte Celeron Braswell / 4 GB RAM / 16 GB eMMC 2.5 lbs 38 Wh
Asus Chromebook C423 Clamshell, plastic ~$300 14.0″ HD/FHD TN matte or touch Celeron Apollo Lake / 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 2.65 lbs 38 Wh
Asus Chromebook C523 Clamshell, plastic ~$280 15.6″ HD/FHD TN matte or touch Celeron Apollo Lake / 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3.1 lbs 38 Wh
Dell Chromebook 11 Clamshell, plastic ~$250 11.6″ HD TN matte/touch Pentium Apollo Lake/ 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 2.9 lbs 42 Wh
HP Chromebook 11 Clamshell, plastic ~$250 11.6″ HD IPS matte/touch Mediatek/ 4-8 GB RAM / 16-64 GB eMMC 2.4 lbs 44 Wh
HP Chromebook 14 Clamshell, plastic ~$220 14″ HD IPS matte/FHD touch Celeron Gemini Lake or AMD R4/ 4-8 GB RAM / 16-64 GB eMMC 3.4 lbs 47 Wh
Lenovo Chromebook Duet tablet, mostly metal ~$240 10.1″ 16:10 FHD+ IPS touch MediaTek/ 4 GB RAM / 64 GB SSD 2 lbs 27 Wh
Lenovo Chromebook 3 Clamshell, plastic ~$230 11.6″ HD TN matte Celeron Apollo Lake / 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 2.5 lbs 42 Wh
Lenovo Chromebook S330 Clamshell, plastic ~$250 14.0″ HD IPS matte MediaTek / 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 2.5 lbs 42 Wh
Lenovo Chromebook C340 (Flex 11) Convertible, plastic ~$300 11.6″ HD IPS touch Celeron Gemini Lake/ 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 2.6 lbs 42 Wh
Samsung Chromebook 4 Clamshell, plastic ~$250 11.6″ HD IPS matte Celeron Gemini Lake/ 4-6 GB RAM / 32 GB eMMC 2.6 lbs 39 Wh

Specs are definitely important at this level, as even if you’re after a basic Chromebook, you’ll still want something that can actually handle basic tasks smoothly. To keep things simple, I’d recommend getting a device with at least an Intel Apollo Lake processor (or AMD/Mediatek equivalent), at least 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage (preferably 64+ GB).

Hardware aside, keep in mind that many of the options in this section are still plastic made clamshell Chromebooks with matte screens and TN panels, non-backlit keyboards, and average build quality. There are some exceptions that are partially made out of metal, include IPS screens or even a touchscreen, and that’s what I’d primarily look into.

Now, as far as our actual recommendations go in this segment, there’s one option that steps-in front of the others, and that’s the Lenovo Chromebook Duet.

Starting at under $250, this is a metallic-made compact and lightweight tablet with a surprisingly good 16:10 FHD+ touchscreen, with pen support. Furthermore, a keyboard-folio is also included by default, for laptop-use, and the MediaTek hardware platform is capable enough for everyday use and some multitasking.

However, keep in mind that the Chromebook Duet is only a 10-inch device and bundles a smaller battery as a result, but it can still last for 6+ hours of daily use and 8+ of video. Finally, the Duet is not that easy to find in stock these days, and that’s no surprise considering the unmatched value you’re getting here. If you’re fine with such a small Chromebook, go for it, there’s no better alternative in this segment.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a device with a larger screen or larger battery, or perhaps prefer the traditional laptop form-factor that would make the computer more convenient to use on the lap, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and especially Asus offer some inexpensive and ruggedly built options, but most of them with TN screens. Lenovo’s Chromebook C340 or the Acer Spin 11 sell for a bit extra, but replace the TN matte panel with convertible 360-degree IPS touchscreens, something I’d gladly pay for.

As we move up in size, the offer for larger Chromebooks with 14-inch screens starts with the more affordable HP Chromebook 14, Acer Chromebook C314 or Lenovo Chromebook S330, and goes up to the more portable Asus C423. Finally, both Asus and Acer still offer 15-inch Chromebooks in this price range, if that’s what you’re after, but you’re sacrificing portability for that larger display.

Overall, I recommend going through more detailed reviews for each of these if you prefer this sort of a larger-format device, but I’d rather advise you to step up to the next price-category for better-made options with higher-quality screens and faster hardware.

Some of the affordable Chromebooks

Some of the affordable Chromebooks

The best-value Chromebooks ($300 to $500)

Having used many of the existing Chromebooks, I’m convinced that you can get better value for your money in this price segment, especially if you’re after a well-rounded laptop with a mid-sized 12 to 14-inch display. You’re not just getting a bigger and improved screen on these options, but also a more spacious and more comfortable keyboard, a larger battery, extra ports, as well as improved build-quality.

First off, just as in the previous section, here’s a more detailed list of the Chromebooks worth considering in this segment as of right now, and we’re getting into more details down below.

Format, made of Price Screen Hardware Weight Battery
Acer Chromebook 514 Clamshell, all metal ~$350 14″ FHD IPS touch matte Celeron or Pentium Apollo Lake / 4-8 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3.3 lbs 56 Wh
Acer Chromebook 715 Clamshell, all metal ~$499 15.6″ FHD IPS touch matte Core U / 8 GB RAM / 64 GB-128 eMMC 3.9 lbs 56 Wh
Acer Chromebook R13 Convertible, partially metal ~$350 13.5″ FHD touch Mediatek / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB eMMC 3.3 lbs 54 Wh
Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Convertible ~$399 15.6″ FHD IPS touch Pentium Apollo Lake / 4 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3.8 lbs 54 Wh
Asus Chromebook C425 Clamshell, partially metal ~$350 14.0″ FHD IPS matte or touch C0re Y / 8 GB RAM / 32-128 GB eMMC 2.8 lbs 48 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip C214 Convertible, rugged plastic ~$400 11.6″ HD IPS touch, EMR pen Pentium Apollo Lake/ 4 GB RAM / 32 GB eMMC 2.6 lbs 46 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip C433 Convertible, partially metal ~$500 14″ FHD IPS touch Core Y/ 4-8 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC 3.2 lbs 48 Wh
Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 Chromebook Convertible, plastic $399 11.6″ HD WVA touch Celeron Apollo Lake/ 4 GB RAM / 32 GB eMMC 3.1 lbs 42 Wh
Dell Chromebook 14 Clamshell, plastic $329 14.0″ FHD TN matte Pentium Apollo Lake/ 4-8 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3.5 lbs 42 Wh
Google Pixel Slate Tablet, aluminum $449 12.3″ FHD++ 3:2 IPS touch, EMR pen Core Y / 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD 1.6 lb 47 Wh
HP Chromebook 15 Clamshell, mostly metal ~$500 15.6″ HD IPS matte/FHD touch Pentium Gold or Core U / 4 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC 4 lbs 60 Wh
HP Chromebook x360 12 Convertible, all metal ~$350 12″ HD+ 3:2 IPS touch Pentium Apollo Lake or Gold/ 4-8 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3 lbs 40 Wh
HP Chromebook x360 14 Convertible, all metal ~$380 14″ FHD IPS touch Pentium Gold or Core U/ 4-8 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC 3.7 lbs 47 Wh
Lenovo Chromebook 300e/500e Convertible, plastic ~$400 11.6″ HD IPS touch, EMR pen Mediatek or Gemini Lake/ 4-8 GB RAM / 32-64 GB eMMC 3 lbs 42 Wh
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13 Convertible, all metal ~$410 13.3″ FHD IPS touch Core U/ 4 GB RAM / 64 GB SSD 3 lbs 51 Wh
Samsung Chromebook 4+ Clamshell, plastic ~$400 15.6″ FHD TN matte Celeron Gemini Lake/ 4-6 GB RAM / 16-32 GB eMMC 3.8 lbs 39 Wh
Samsung Chromebook Plus v2
Convertible, mostly metal ~$500 12.2″ IPS FHD 16:10 touch Celeron Y / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB eMMC 2.95 lbs 39 Wh

At the more portable end, the Samsung Chromebook Plus and especially the Google Pixel Slate stand-out of the crowd, both 12-inch convertibles.

The Pixel Slate is primarily a tablet, thus great for tablet/pen use, but perhaps not as versatile as a laptop. It’s excellently crafted, gets a splendid 3:2 touchscreen, as well as competent Intel Core hardware and a large battery that allows for 10+ hours of daily use. The typing experience is not on-par with some of the other options in this price range, though, and the keyboard deck or the pen are not included by default and will cost around $150 on top of the actual tablet, which alone could be enough to steer many of your towards something else.

The Samsung Chromebook Plus v2, on the other hand, is a 2-in-1 convertible and includes the keyboard by default for $500. It comes with a 16:10 touchscreen with pen support, but is nor as powerful or as lightweight as the Slate, so mostly an option for those of you who value this sort of display and form-factor over other aspects, such as battery life or performance. And even if that’s what you’re after, something like the more affordable HP Chromebook x360 12 might better suit your needs than the Samsung model.

With these smaller options out of the way, my main recommendation in this price-range goes once more towards a Lenovo Chromebook, the excellent Flex 5 13. At $409 MSRP, without accounting for potential discounts, this laptop punches way above its class and successfully challenges many of the more expensive products.

The construction is part metal and part plastic, much like with the Windows-based IdeaPads, the format allows the screen to convert to 360-degrees, Lenovo implemented a good-quality IPS touchscreen with 300-nits of brightness and fine colors, and the backlit keyboard is one of the better available on any Chromebook.

On top of these, the Core i3 platform is snappy enough for everyday use, the 51Wh battery ensures 10+ h of life on a charge, and even if some of you might appreciate more memory and storage space, 4 GB are still enough for most potential buyers on a Chromebook.

Bottom point, sure, you can get more refined Chromebooks if your willing to spend $600+, but at roughly $400, there’s nothing out there that can match the Flex 5 at this point.

Jumping into 14-inch models, the Acer Chromebook 514 (clamshell) and the HP Chromebook x360 14 (convertible) are my favorite options in this price segment, and both more affordable than the Lenovo Flex 5. Metal is entirely used for their construction, and the Acer model offers marginally more powerful specs and a larger battery. You won’t be wrong with any of these.

Finally, this class also includes full-size 15-inch Chromebooks with IPS screens, partially metal construction, and large batteries, starting from affordable options such as the convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 15, and all the way up to the HP Chromebook 15. I will also mention the Asus Chromebook C523 and Samsung Chromebook 4+ 15-inchers which sell for less, but you’ll end up with mostly plastic builds and TN screens with these ones, so I’d rather spend my money elsewhere.

Value Clamshell Chromebooks

Value Clamshell Chromebooks

Premium Chromebooks

While most buyers won’t spend $600 to $1000 on a Chromebook, there are actually quite a few excellent devices available in this segment. With these, you’re getting the uncompromised Chromebook experience, with a mix of upgraded builds, displays, and hardware specs over any of the more affordable options.

Here’s the list of all the premium Chromebooks available as of now, and we’ll get in-depth down below.

Format, made of Price Screen Hardware Weight Battery
Acer Chromebook 714 Clamshell, all metal ~$600 14″ FHD IPS touch matte Core U / 8 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC 3.3 lbs 56 Wh
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Convertible, all metal ~$560 13.5″ FHD+ 3:2 IPS touch, EMR pen Core U / 8-16 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC 3.2 lbs 54 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip C436 Convertible, all metal ~$700 14″ FHD IPS touch Core U/ 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD 2.6 lbs 42 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Convertible, all metal ~$540 14″ FHD IPS touch Core Y/ 4-8 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC 3.2 lbs 48 Wh
Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook Convertible, part metal $599 14″ FHD IPS touch Core U/ 4-8 GB RAM / 128+ GB eMMC 3.7 lbs 56 Wh
Google Pixelbook Convertible, magnesium $899 12.3″ FHD++ 3:2 IPS touch, EMR pen Core Y / 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD 2.5 lb 41 Wh
Google Pixelbook Go Clamshell, magnesium $649 13.3″ FHD 16:9 IPS touch Core Y / 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD 2.4 lb 48 Wh
Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook Convertible, all metal ~$800 15.6″ FHD/UHD IPS touch, EMR pen Core U/ 4-8 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC 4.2 lbs 56 Wh
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Convertible, all metal ~$900 13.3″ UHD AMOLED touch, EMR pen Core U / 4-8 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD 2.3 lbs 49 Wh

For the most part, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and the Google Pixelbook Go are the best-balanced premium Chromebooks you can get these days.

The Pixelbook Go is the late-2019 addition to the Pixel family. It doesn’t replace the convertible Pixelbook, instead, it is designed to sell by its side, as a traditional clamshell notebook with a 16:9 FHD touchscreen, updated hardware, a lighter magnesium shell, punchy speakers, and improved battery life, thanks to the larger battery inside and a more efficient display. The Go is also one of the best typers in this segment, and well as $150-$200 more affordable than a similarly specced Pixelbook Go, all these making it a compelling offer.

It’s not a convertible, though, and it’s built on efficient Intel Core Y hardware, so not as fast as other options.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 13, on the other hand, is a convertible and a true alternative to the original Pixelbook, but with modern specs.

It gets a 13.5-inch convertible FHD+ touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a built-in EMR pen, recent Core U hardware, SSD storage, and a backlit keyboard, starting at around $559 at the time of this update. And that’s for a no-compromise Core i5 configuration with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of SSD storage out of the box, backed up by a 54Wh battery, that creative-focused 3:2 display and fine inputs. In all fairness, though, inputs are one aspect where Acer could further improve this model, alongside the audio quality.

All these make the Chromebook Spin 713 one of the best performing Chromebooks out there and an excellent option for heavy users and those interested in running Linux on such a device.

Now, neither of these two is the ultimate premium Chromebook, a title currently snagged by the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook.

This one is a convertible as well, with a 13.3-inch 16:9 display, but gets a punchy 4K AMOLED panel with amazing colors (100% DCI-P3), brightness, and black levels.

This aside, the build quality and craftsmanship are both A++, with metal used for the entire chassis, and a highly compact and portable format that weighs 2.2 lbs. These make the Galaxy Chromebook more comfortable to use in tablet mode in comparison to other Chromebooks, with only the Pixelbook coming close. In fact, the original Pixelbook is the only other Chromebook that can proudly stand next to this Samsung option in terms of design, construction, and even inputs, but is no longer up-to-date with today’s standards when it comes to performance, battery life, screen, and pen-support, which the Galaxy aces.

Speaking of, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is built on Intel Core U hardware, with 8 GB of memory and fast (upgradeable) NVMe storage. This will never choke or hiccup with everything you’ll throw at it, despite the screen’s high 4K resolution. There’s no i7 or 16 GB RAM option, but I don’t think most will need it anyway. As a side note, this is passively cooled, which is an advantage on one hand, but also causes the laptop to run a fair bit warmer than other Chromebooks with similar specs, which are fan-cooled.

OK, so how come isn’t the Galaxy Chromebook the top-recommendation in this class? Well, that’s because the battery life isn’t great here. There’s a 49 Wh battery inside, but with the power-hungry display, the battery life is shorter than you’d normally expect from a Chromebook, at only around 4-6 hours on a charge. On top of that, audio quality is also rather mediocre on this Galaxy, which paired with the high price-tag, pushes it to a third spot behind the other two mentioned earlier.

All these aside, those of you looking for primarily a powerful Chromebook built on Core U hardware, as potential alternatives for the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, should also consider the few other 14-inch options available out there, such as the clamshell Acer Chromebook 714 or the convertible Asus Chromebook Flip C436 and Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1, each with their own particularities, pros, and quirks.

Lastly, those of you interested in a full-size 15-inch premium Chromebook should still have a look at the Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook.

It’s a sturdily crafted computer that borrows from the design and build ques of Lenovo’s ThinkPad lines, with a 15.6-inch touchscreen available with either an FHD or a UHD panel and EMR pen support, Core U hardware, up to 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of eMMC storage, as well as a backlit keyboard and 56 Wh battery.

The Yoga Chromebook starts at $599, but don’t forget that even if this is compact and light for a 15-inch convertible, with small bezels and a total weight of 4.2 lbs, it’s still nowhere near as portable as some of the other options out there.

The 15-inch Yoga Chromebook

The 15-inch Yoga Chromebook

Wrap-up

Chromebooks have come a long way in recent years, and these days the offer is diversified to cater to every need. Many spend the majority of their time online, and for them, a Chromebook is a compelling and inexpensive option, as a smoother, safer and simpler alternative to the existing Windows laptops.

Now, potential buyers can opt for an affordable option under $300, or get one of the balanced mid-tier laptops with superior builds and screens, snappier performance, long battery life, and still excellent value.

The premium options, on the other hand, are a harder sell, but could still make sense for the regular users that are not interested in specific Windows software or games, and would rather get a simple and snappy computer with an excellent screen and the build quality and battery life they wouldn’t otherwise get in a similarly priced Windows device.

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

At the end of the day, Chromebooks make for great travel companions, inexpensive laptops for school and even everyday notebooks for those of you who stick to Internet-based activities like browsing, emailing, multimedia and so on. They’re not for everyone, but as long as you’re aware of their strong-points and limitations, I’d expect you’ll end up satisfied with one of these.

That’s about it for now. I’m constantly updating this list of the best Chromebooks available out there, adding new devices as they pop in stores and retiring the obsolete variants, 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.

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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.

42 Comments

  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 :-/

    • Alison

      November 8, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Hey there, I realize that this is an old article, but if you somehow get this, I am trying to decide between a Samsung series 3 and the hp chromebook 11, could you let me know which one you prefer? Thanks!

      • Andrei Girbea

        November 9, 2018 at 7:31 pm

        I'd probably get the HP, It's a little better built and gets an IPS screen. The color choices might also make it more appealing.

  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

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

    regards

    • 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

  13. Kadie hutchens

    December 11, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I need a little help in the right direction! My kids are 7 and 11 and they like to watch Netflix, do school work, play games and maybe a little YouTube. Which chrome book should I go with? I was looking at the Samsung chrome book 3 due to the hp having so many bad reviews :( HELP! Please and thank you

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 12, 2018 at 11:07 am

      That should do fine, or you could also consider the more rugged Asus C202SA.

  14. Jean Youngblood

    May 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Can Chromebooks only be used on line? I have the lenova S303

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 10, 2019 at 9:44 am

      they can be used offline as well, but most of the functionality requires an Internet connection

  15. Michael

    May 24, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Andrei, since this Chromebook page is now on 2019 models, it would be helpful if you could indicate which of the Chromebooks mentioned have existing support for Crostini to allow easy Linux installation. This is sometimes hard to find information and confusion is too easy.

  16. bittricks

    November 27, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I snatched an Acer Chromebook for Work 14 a few years ago for $385 on eBay. The thing was brand-new in the box. Backlit keyboard, nice trackpad, Gorilla Glass covered lid, 8 to 10 hour long battery life. If anyone comes across one then I can recommend it highly.

    Chrome OS never, like ever, gives me any kind of fuss as compared to Windows or Linux.

    No fuss is what it is all about. I much prefer the Chromebook experience over any Windows or Linux OS device. Just a completely different trouble-free experience.

  17. Rosanne Corey

    January 16, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Andrei…I am looking for a good Chromebook for my 83-year-old mother. Her laptop is ancient and full of viruses, so she really needs something new! She mainly uses her computer for email, browsing the web for recipes, Facebook, and typing documents like her Christmas letter. She does like a large screen and something bright and easy to see. She never moves her laptop off of her desk, but does need it to work with her printer (can be wired or wifi). She also likes to use a mouse rather than the mousepad. So, suggestions? I have researched and researched and am so confused by all the brands and specs. She just needs a durable, reliable computer that will serve her basic needs. I really value your opinion and hope you can help. Thank you so much!

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 16, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      HI, I'd go with one of the 15-inch Acer Chromebooks, you can just search them on Amazon or Best Buy and read some reviews.

      As far as specs go, get something with at least 4 GB of RAM. My only worry is about that printer, I'm not sure if it gets the right drivers to work with a Chromebook. Perhaps you could ask/look for more info on the printer manufacturer's site.

  18. Klaus Zeuge

    March 15, 2020 at 2:08 am

    Great overview! THanks for updating it.

    As always with larger data sets, small errors might creep in. Lenovo claims the S345 has an IPS panel, you list it as TN. Same for the S340.

    When it comes to Chromebooks, does it make sense to keep a keen eye on Google End of Support (Auto update expiration) page, https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366? (Maybe even add a column?)
    Or is the route as lined out by iFixtit at https://www.ifixit.com/News/30282/how-to-get-updates-on-your-end-of-life-chromebook sufficient? I.e., treating the Chromebook as any other Windows machine when switching to ChromeOS.

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 17, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks, updated.

      We update the listing with recent launches and take out older products as they become obsolete, so I don't think updates should be a concern in the next few years. Also, I don't know about what that iFixit article suggests, it seems complex and not something a regular user would be comfortable to perform on their unit. It might be just simple to buy something new after 3-5 years if you really need the updates, or otherwise just use the laptop as is.

  19. Erin

    March 24, 2020 at 5:54 am

    I am looking for a chromebook for my son who is in grade 4. He has a chromebook at school and I need one for home as well. He uses a DELL at school, would you recommend a DELL for home too or I have also been looking at the 14 inch touch screen HP chromebook. Would either of these be a good purchase or do you recommend something different?
    He would be using it for typing and researching, however not gaming of any sort.
    Thank you

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 24, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      Hi. Brand isn't important, Dell, HP, Asus, Lenovo all make good products, but each with their pros and cons.

      You should look for the best specs and overall value for the money you're willing to spend. Telling us your budget would allow for more targeted recommendations.

  20. Yury Leh

    April 1, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    There's also this premium convertible with AMOLED coming soon from Samsung – Samsung Galaxy Chromebook – 13.3" amoled 2 in 1 with a garaged pen – https://www.anandtech.com/show/15351/samsung-premium-galaxy-chromebook-at-ces-2020-4k-amoled

  21. SELENAS

    June 8, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Good point. My kids have taken courses hosted in Adobe, but now I'm trying to remember if they used a Chromebook or a laptop. I know that the classes hosted on Canvas work.

  22. Nick HOLDEN

    August 16, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    'Chromebooks are crippled without an active Internet connection' : absolute garbage and COMPLETELY untrue. I made the switch to Chromebook from Windows 10 last year and they are no more 'crippled' than any Windows 10 device. Many Android apps are offline, as on your phone, on-board storage means a connection is NOT essential, Linux lets you use a number of office suites offline….people, you need a connection as you do with any other laptop/Mac etc, but it is not especially important for a Chromebook…

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