TL; DR – Here are the best Chromebooks:
1. Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is pretty much the perfect Chromebook. It combines everything you’d expect from a modern, quality Chrome OS device for a starting price of $ 410. The Flex 5 is wrapped in a premium aluminum shell paired with a crisp and vibrant 1080p IPS display as well as compatible Intel Core processors.
Best of all, this Chromebook is flexible – hence the name – and you’ll be able to flip the screen on the bottom of the laptop for a tablet-like experience for your Chrome apps and all Android apps from the Google Play Store. The Intel Core i5 model we featured here is a bit more expensive at $ 700 than the sold out Core i3 model that we normally recommend, but you’re still looking for a great Chrome OS machine for the price.
2. Lenovo Chromebook 3
Best Budget Chromebook
If you want to spend the bare minimum to hook up a machine that will get you up and running for online productivity, then the Lenovo Chromebook 3 is. Even though this Chromebook costs just $ 200, it doesn’t load with the lowest specs you’ll see on a Chromebook.
The Lenovo Chromebook 3 has an AMD A6 9220C processor, which won’t be very exciting, but it does include 4GB of RAM. This should make it easier to run multiple apps and keep more browser tabs open at the same time without encountering any issues, as suspended tabs need to be reloaded. The Lenovo Chromebook 3 has an HD display and also includes an HD webcam. Perhaps one of the more thoughtful inclusions of this device is 802.11ac wireless, which may not be the most recent standard, but provides a better Wi-Fi connection than the old wireless. 802.11n that you might find on other low cost devices.
3.Asus Chromebook Flip C214
Best Rugged Chromebook
The Asus Chromebook Flip C214 features mil-class durability designed to withstand the rigors of the classroom. With its rubberized edges and scratch resistant finish, this laptop is ready to avoid being dropped and crushed by any awkward child or adult.
Along with its durability, the Flip C214 features an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display, an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, and a day’s battery life to help students complete their lessons. If you’re looking for a Chromebook that will make it through the school year and a few more to come, that’s it.
4. Google Pixelbook Go
The Pixelbook Go is an official, affordable Chromebook made by Google itself. It has one of the sharpest designs on the market with a slim 13mm form factor and minimalist matte black paint. The underside features a washboard-like texture that makes it more grippy in your hand or knees.
This device has specs that are a cut above your average Chromebook, such as a 13-inch Full HD display and an Intel Core m3 processor. Despite the extra horsepower, you can expect this machine to last a full day with up to 12 hours of battery life.
5. Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Best Chrome Tablet
While many Chromebooks have screens that flip over and transform into makeshift tablets, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is one of the few true Chrome OS tablets on the market. Pretty much exactly like a Microsoft Surface Go 2, the Chromebook Duet is a tablet with a built-in kickstand and a magnetic keyboard.
Although it only has a 10-inch display, the screen presents a crisp Full HD (1920 x 1200) image with a few extra lines of vertical resolution for good measure. Its MediaTek Helio P60T processor may not sound as familiar as any of the Intel or AMD chipsets, but this lesser-known processor keeps this tablet running at a brisk pace and is more than capable of running all of your favorite Android apps. .
6.Acer Chromebook Spin 713
Best high-end Chromebook
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 offers everything you could want from a Chromebook and more. Firstly, it features a 2 in 1 design so that you can flip the screen to use it in “tablet” or “tent” mode. It also has a high-resolution 2256 x 1504 display with a larger 3: 2 aspect ratio than the standard, but that makes it ideal for reading articles, writing documents, or coding.
You also get a lot of power under the hood with a quad-core Intel Core i5-10210U processor and a 128GB SSD to download even the biggest Android apps. While a few years ago such a powerful Chromebook would cost you over $ 1,000, Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 only cost $ 629.
7. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Best 4K Chromebook
If you’re looking to buy a Chromebook to stream 4K media and make Ultrabook owners envious, you’ll want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. To date, this machine is the only Chromebook with a 4K display. Moreover, it uses an AMOLED display for true blacks while also covering 100% of the Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color spectra. This cinema-quality display even incorporates Ambient EQ technology to adapt the color temperature and brightness of the screen, just like Samsung smartphones.
In addition to incorporating a stunning display, this Chromebook works with an Intel Core i5-10210U processor and 8 GB of memory. Storage space starts with a 256GB SSD, so you never have to worry about not having enough power or space to run your Android apps. The icing on the cake of this high-end 4K Chromebook is the included, pop-up S-Pen for one of the best digital writing experiences you can have on Chrome OS.
8.Asus Chromebook Flip C436
Best Chromebook for Creatives
If you’re looking for the simplicity of a Chromebook but want features that allow for creative work, the Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is a great option. This Chromebook is equipped with a 14 inch Full HD display that supports not only touch but also a USI stylus. This means that you have a ton of options for the styluses that you can use with, and that you’ll be able to enjoy the more nuanced input of an active stylus.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 helps you stay creative by offering internals that won’t slow you down, like a recent Intel Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM. You also won’t have to juggle files to find space for your creations, as the Chromebook offers 128GB of internal storage. And, if you need to share your creations, the latest Wi-Fi 6 connectivity can help you improve your download speeds. All of these capabilities are built into a thin and light magnesium alloy frame that weighs just 2.5 pounds.
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