The biggest advantage Chromebooks have over traditional laptops is that their battery lasts a whole lot longer. Not only that but they’re also much more internet-friendly overall, packing a wide array of features aimed at easing online browsing while still offering the same operational standards as standard laptops. Furthermore, Chromebooks cost almost half what regular laptops with a similar configuration would, which may explain why they’re so popular in the first place.
Even disregarding affordability and flexibility as a whole, you will still find Chromebooks to be a lot more user-friendly for people who aren’t tech-savvy when it comes to computers. It is not only expected of a Chromebook to be easy to use but to also boast the type of software that doesn’t really need any in-depth understanding of how most applications run. In this regard, Chromebooks are some of the most accessible devices out there.
Also worth pointing out is that Chromebooks should be considered the first option for anyone working in an office environment or for any student interested in a device that will last for a long time without having to constantly worry about its battery running out. In fact, you can expect a Chromebook to last up to 10 hours on a single charge, which cannot be said by most laptops out there, not even the high-end ones.
Given the nature of these devices, you shouldn’t necessarily expect a Chromebook to boast much better specs than some of the cheaper laptops out there because at the end of the day, these devices aren’t designed for gaming purposes. On the other hand, their somewhat modest configuration is what helps them last so long between charges while allowing them to perform just as well when running most software or even the latest internet-related applications.
As always when it comes to laptops of any kind, you should not settle for any device with less than 4 GB of RAM, with 8 GB or even 16 GB being the ideal configuration. At the same time, it has to be said that most Chromebooks use SSDs for storage, which means that they don’t have the storage capacity of HHD-equipped laptops. Storage aside, Chromebooks can also be expected to have good WiFi connectivity given how online use is more or less their intended purpose.
Best Chromebooks 2017 – Reviews
(Updated February 2017)
Lenovo 80SF0001US 11.6 Inch HD N22 Chromebook
powered by en Intel Celeron N3050 Dual-Core CPU, you shouldn’t expect too much when it comes to speed, but you can definitely expect it to run most applications in normal conditions. It also has 4 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD for storage, which is more or less what could be expected from such a device. Moreover, it has an Integrated Intel HD Graphics card, an 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, USB 3.0 / USB 2.0, an HDMI output, and a Chrome OS. Interestingly enough, this inexpensive Chromebook also has a 10-hour battery life, which makes it one of the best in this price range.
– Decent specs
– Impressive battery life
– CPU could be faster
– Limited storage
– Construction feels cheap
Hisense Chromebook C11 11.6 Inch Cloud Computer
This small 11-inch laptop should be atop the preference list of anyone who wishes to experience the comfort of a traditional laptop along with the accessibility of a Chromebook. Although its specs aren’t all that impressive, this 11-inch Chromebook from Hisense provides a more affordable alternative to the expensive laptops that have flooded the market recently, while still holding its own functionality-wise. It is perhaps its affordable price tag that makes it so popular, especially among people with office jobs.
– Easy to use
– Relatively sturdy
– Low-end specs
– Just 2 GB of RAM
– Possible issues with the screen in the long run
Google Chromebook Pixel 2013 12.85 Inch
Thanks to its 3:2 Photographic Format Display, this particular Chromebook from Google will enable you to fully explore its Web and Multitouch Capabilities at your convenience. Specs-wise, let us point out that it has an Intel i5 Processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 32 GB SSD for storage. At the same time, the device comes equipped with a Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, a decent Webcam, and a Dual Band WiFi for good measure. Given the fact that it only weighs 3.4 lbs, it can definitely be considered a lightweight device by most standards.
– Decent specs
– Responsive touch functions
– Some counter-intuitive setup requirements
– Mediocre battery life
– You would expect more features for this price tag
Dell CRM3210-1207BLK 11.6 Inch HD Chromebook
What makes this particular Chromebook stand out is its user-friendly software that allows easy content creation, editing, and data transfer across many platforms. Software aside, this Chromebook also benefits from an ingenious construction with a rubberized LCD and base trim which absorbs shock for a much superior drop protection. Furthermore, its 180-degree LCD hinge reduces stress on the lid, allowing you to lay the screen flat on it back if needed. Not only that but it is also surprisingly lightweight, which is definitely something to look for in such a device.
– Ingenious construction
– Useful pre-installed software
– Good connectivity
– CPU could be faster
– Limited storage space
– Screen shows its limits
HP 14 Inch Chromebook 14 G4
If you’re looking for a Chromebook that performs just as well as standard laptops while still benefitting from the features that best describe Chromebooks, then this is the thing for you. The HP 14″ Chromebook 14 G4 from HP is designed to handle multitasking demands much faster than a majority of all Chromebooks out there. Like you would expect from such a device, it too has just 4 GB of RAM and a limited 16 GB SSD for storage, but then again, this is the price you pay for a Chromebook with a decent battery life.
– Quite fast
– Good connectivity
– Clear display
– Some compatibility issues
– Not suitable for playing video games
– Construction seems feeble
Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K02US
This is perhaps one of the best mini laptops out there when it comes to specs, accessibility, and battery life. Equipped with an 11.6-inch HD anti-reflective display with image enhancer capabilities, this Chromebook definitely stands out among the rest. Furthermore, it benefits from a surprisingly long battery life that allows you to go up to 11 hours on a single charge. Combine this with a spill-resistant keyboard and you have yourself one of the best Chromebooks money can buy. Speaking of which, this Chromebook commands a price tag that is almost half what most such devices cost nowadays.
– Great display
– Reliable keyboard
– Cheap plastic case
– Compatibility issues with non-ChromeOS software
– Must have Google Cloud Print enable to print
ASUS C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook
With this particular Chromebook from ASUS, you get a device that will last a lot longer than most similar Chromebooks out there. Not only that but it also packs a Trusted Platform Module security system designed to protect sensitive information at all times. Furthermore, this device features a spacious touchpad for effortless navigation and control and a glossy HD display with a vivid high definition image quality to enjoy. Its most interesting feature, however, is its 13-hour battery life that recommends it for almost any type of user.
– Impressive battery life
– Fast WiFi
– Good touchpad
– Some applications might lag a bit
– Construction feels somewhat cheap
– Pages will sometimes take a few seconds to load
Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C5FM
If you’re looking for a good battery life Chromebook then look no further. The CB3-431-C5FM 14 Chromebook from Acer is without a doubt, one of the longest-lasting laptops the market has to offer right now with a guaranteed running time of up to 12 hours on a single charge.
Do not think for a second, however, that its long-lasting battery life comes as a result of a lack of features, because this Chromebook packs a decent Quad-Core Processor, 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 32 GB Internal Storage SSD. Not only that but it also boasts a 14-inch Full HD IPS display powered by Intel HD Graphics.
– Very long battery life
– Runs quite fast
– Sleek design
– Keyboard feels cheap
– Lacks an SD card slot
– Unreliable trackpad
ASUS C300SA Compact 13.3 Inch Chromebook
Just like the name suggests, this is a flexible Chromebook, one that will behave more or less just like a tablet if needed. Powered by a Power-efficient Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Dual-Core N3060 CPU, you can expect this device to run most software without any real issues, which is quite tricky when it comes to most Chromebooks out there.
It also benefits from a flexible storage expansion with multiple I/O ports including an SD Card slot and USB 3.0 capabilities. Another thing to point out is that it has a relatively long-lasting battery life that owes its enduring capacity to the screen’s relatively low power consumption.
– Fast WiFi connectivity
– Decent battery life
– Multiple ports
– Keyboard feels crowded
– Trackpad could be better
– Possible issues with the screen freezing when running certain application
Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible
You can find no better Chromebook in this price range than Acer’s Chromebook R 11 Convertible, a device that behaves both as a traditional laptop or as a tablet depending on your needs. It uses a high-quality 11.6″ HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display with multi-touch screen support for up to 10 finger touches at the same time.
While Acer’s earlier laptops were known to have certain issues as far as their display went, this one is definitely high-end by most standards. Also worth mentioning is the fact that its battery will last up to 10 hours on a single charge regardless of what tasks you use the device for.
– Quality display
– Decent battery life
– Impressive multi-touch capabilities
– Not suitable for gaming of any kind
– Some compatibility issues to be expected
– Interface requires some getting used to
Given the fact that Chromebooks aren’t really designed for gaming or resource-hungry multimedia applications, you really shouldn’t expect a Chromebook to behave the same way a standard laptop does. If, however, you are looking for a device that will allow you to browse the internet in the best conditions possible, then you should definitely consider investing in a Chromebook.
Speaking of investments, most Chromebooks out there cost almost half what laptops with similar specs cost, which is perhaps why they’re becoming so popular nowadays.