Chrome books are compact, easy to use and inexpensive ordinators, designed for daily use and activities on the web such as navigation, electronic mail, text editing, YouTube, Netflix, children’s books, etc.
Many options nowadays start at less than $300, and for that you get a fully functional computer that can handle the above activities, making these cheap Chromebooks a good choice for kids, students, and almost anyone who needs a simple and affordable computer for basic use. They also last a few hours on one charge, take off in seconds and do not slow down with age.
At the same time, those of you who are looking for better looking devices, better screens, backlit keyboards, faster multitasking, longer battery life and other modern features will have to spend a little more, and today’s market offers many options that should satisfy even the most demanding buyer.
We’ve tested and compared many of the Chromebooks available here at Ultrabookreview.com, and in this post we’ll help you narrow down your options to find the devices that best fit your needs and budget based on their features, strengths, and idiosyncrasies. For your convenience, we have divided the article into three main sections:
Another warning. Before you talk about specific recommendations, I want you to be absolutely sure that a Chromebook is the right choice for you, so you should first consult my detailed Chromebook Purchase Guide.
Best budget for chrome books (under $300)
There are a number of competing Chromebooks that sell for less than $300 nowadays. That makes them great Chromebooks for kids, affordable travel companions, or just for those of you on a tight budget.
Below is a more detailed list of options you can consider in this class, after which we will take a closer look at our recommendations.
Please note that we have only included the most recent products that meet current requirements. You can always find other options in the stores, older Chromebooks and many of them sell for less than $200 (follow this link for more information), but I recommend stretching your budget on one of them if possible because they have significant improvements in terms of design, functionality and especially the way they handle everyday use because they are built on updated hardware platforms.
|The format, which consists of||Prices||Screen||Equipment||Weight||Battery|
|Acer Chromebook 314||Clamshell, a piece of metal||~$230||14″ HD/FHD IPS Matt||Celeron Braswell of Apollo Lake / 4-8GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMS||£3.4.||45.|
|Acer Chromebook 315||shell, plastic||~$259||15,6″ HD TN or FHD IPS mat||Lake Celeron Gemini or AMD R4 / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB eMMC||£3.3.||8+ h|
|Acer Chromebook Spin 311/511||convertible, plastic||~$270||11.6-inch HD IPS touch screen, DME pen||Celeron Lake Apollo / 4GB RAM / 32GB EMMC||2.9 pounds.||10 h|
|Asus Chromebook C202||Shell, durable plastic||~$300||11,6″ HD TN mat||Celeron Braswell / 4GB RAM / 16GB eMMC||Two and a half pounds.||38.|
|Asus Chromebook C423||shell, plastic||~$300||14.0″ HD/FHD TN mat or touchscreen||Lake Apollo Celeron / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||£2.65.||38.|
|Asus Chromebook C523||shell, plastic||~$280||15.6 HD/FHD TN mat or touch screen||Lake Apollo Celeron / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||3.1 pounds.||38.|
|Dell Chromebook 11||shell, plastic||~$250||11.6 HD TN Matt/Touch||Lake Pentium Apollo / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||2.9 pounds.||42.|
|HP Chromebook 11||shell, plastic||~$250||11.6″ HD IPS matt/touch||Mediatech / 4-8GB RAM / 16-64GB EMM||2.4 pounds.||44.|
|HP Chromebook 14||shell, plastic||~$220||14″ HD IPS Mat / FHD Touch||Lake Celeron Gemini or AMD R4/ 4-8GB RAM / 16-64GB EMMS||£3.4.||47.|
|Lenovo Chromebook Duo||Shelf, mainly made of metal||~$240||10.1″ 16:10 FHD+ IPS Touch||MediaTek/ 4 GB RAM / 64 GB SSD||2 books||27 What|
|Lenovo Chromebook 3||shell, plastic||~$230||11,6″ HD TN mat||Lake Apollo Celeron / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||Two and a half pounds.||42.|
|Lenovo Chrome Book S330||shell, plastic||~$250||14.0″ HD IPS Matt||MediaTek / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB eMMC||Two and a half pounds.||42.|
|Lenovo Chromebook C340 (Flex 11)||convertible, plastic||~$300||11.6″ HD IPS Touch||Lake Celeron Gemini / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||2.6 pounds.||42.|
|Samsung Chromebook 4||shell, plastic||~$250||11.6″ HD IPS mat||Lake Celeron Gemini / 4-6GB RAM / 32GB EMMC||2.6 pounds.||39.|
Specifications are certainly important here, because even if you’re looking for a basic version of a Chromebook, you want something that can perform the basic tasks really smoothly. To simplify matters, I recommend purchasing a device with an Intel Apollo Lake processor (or AMD/Mediatek equivalent), a minimum of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (preferably 64+GB).
Not to mention the hardware. Please note that many of the options presented in this section are still chrome-plated plastic books in a cradle with matte screens and TN panels, backlit keyboards and average build quality. There are a few exceptions that are partly made of metal, such as IPS screens, or even a touch screen, and I would look at that first.
In our current recommendations in this segment, there’s one option ahead of the others, and that’s the Lenovo Chromebook duo.
Starting at $250, it’s a compact, lightweight metal tablet with a surprisingly good 16:10 FHD+ touch screen and pen stand. In addition, the Follo keyboard is enabled by default for laptop use and the MediaTek hardware platform is efficient enough for daily use and some multitasking tasks.
Please note, however, that the Chromebook Duet is only a 10-inch device with a smaller battery, but it will still last 6 hours or more during the day and 8 hours or more in video mode. After all, the duo is not easy to find in stock these days, which is not surprising considering the unbeatable price you get here. If you like such a small Chromebook, go for it, there is no better alternative in this segment.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a device with a bigger screen or a more powerful battery, or maybe you prefer a traditional size that makes the computer more comfortable for laptop use, Dell, HP, Lenovo and especially Asus offer a few inexpensive and reliable options, but most with TN displays. The Lenovo Chromebook C340 or the Acer Spin 11 cost a little more, but replace the matte TN panel with 360-degree convertible IPS touchscreens, for which I’m happy to pay.
With the increase in size, the range of larger Chromebooks with 14-inch displays begins with the cheaper HP Chromebook 14, Acer Chromebook C314 or Lenovo Chromebook S330 and moves on to the more portable Asus Chromebook C423. Finally, Asus and Acer still offer 15-inch Chromebooks in this price range if that’s what you’re looking for, but you’re sacrificing portability for the bigger screen.
Generally, I would recommend looking at more detailed reviews for each device if you prefer this type of large format device, but I would prefer you go to the next price level for better options with better screens and faster hardware.
Some of the available Chrome books
most expensive Chromebooks ($300 to $500)
With most existing Chromebooks, I’m sure you’ll get the best value for money at this price level, especially if you’re looking for a well-balanced notebook with an average size of 12 to 14 inches. Not only will you get a bigger and better screen, but also a bigger and more comfortable keyboard, a bigger battery, extra ports and better build quality.
First of all, as in the previous section, a more detailed list of Chromebooks to consider in this segment, and we’ll take a closer look below.
|The format, which consists of||Prices||Screen||Equipment||Weight||Battery|
|Acer Chromebook 514||Shell, all metal||~$350||14″ FHD IPS touch mat||Celeron or Pentium Apollo Lake / 4-8GB RAM / 32-64GB EMC||£3.3.||56.|
|Acer Chromebook 715||Shell, all metal||~$499||15.6″ FHD IPS touch mat||Core U / 8GB RAM / 64GB-128 eMMC||£3.9.||56.|
|Acer Chromebook R13||Convertible, partly metals||~$350||13,5″ FHD Touch||Mediatek / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB EMMC||£3.3.||54.|
|Acer Chromebook Spin 15||Convertible||~$399||15.6″ FHD IPS Touch||Lake Pentium Apollo / 4GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||£3.8.||54.|
|Asus Chromebook C425||Mold shell, partly made of metal||~$350||14.0″ FHD IPS matte or touched||C0re Y / 8GB RAM / 32-128GB eMMC||2.8 pounds.||48e|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C214||A versatile and durable plastic||~$400||11.6-inch HD IPS touch screen, DME pen||Lake Pentium Apollo / 4GB RAM / 32GB EMMC||2.6 pounds.||46.|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C433||Convertible, partly metals||~$500||14″ FHD IPS Touch||Core Y / 4-8GB RAM / 64-128GB EMM||£3.2.||48e|
|Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 Chromebook||convertible, plastic||$399||11.6 HD WVA touch||Celeron Lake Apollo / 4GB RAM / 32GB EMMC||3.1 pounds.||42.|
|Dell Chromebook 14||shell, plastic||$329||14.0″ FHD TN mat||Lake Pentium Apollo / 4-8GB RAM / 32-64GB EMK||Three and a half pounds.||42.|
|Google Pixel Slate||Shelf, Aluminum||$449||12.3″ FHD++ 3:2 IPS touch, EMR handle||Y-core / 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD||£1.6.||47.|
|HP Chromebook 15||Molluscs and crustaceans, mainly of metal||~$500||15.6 inch HD IPS Matt / FHD Touch||Pentium Gold of Core U / 4GB RAM / 64-128GB eMMC||Four pounds.||60W|
|HP Chromebook x360 12||Convertible, all metal.||~$350||12 HD + 3:2 IPS touchscreen display||Lake Pentium Apollo or Gold / 4-8GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||3 books||40 Game|
|HP Chromebook x360 14||Convertible, all metal.||~$380||14″ FHD IPS Touch||Pentium Gold of Core U / 4-8GB RAM / 64-128GB eMMC||£3.7.||47.|
|Lenovo Chromebook 300e/500e||convertible, plastic||~$400||11.6-inch HD IPS touch screen, DME pen||Mediatech or Gemini Lake / 4-8GB RAM / 32-64GB EMMC||3 books||42.|
|Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13||Convertible, all metal.||~$410||13,3″ FHD IPS Touch||U Core / 4 GB RAM / 64 GB SSD||3 books||51.|
|Samsung Chromebook 4+||shell, plastic||~$400||15,6″ FHD TN mat||Lake Celeron Gemini / 4-6GB RAM / 16-32GB EMMC||£3.8.||39.|
|Samsung Chromebook Plus v2||Convertibles, mainly in metal||~$500||12.2″ IPS FHD 16:10 Touch||Celeron Y / 4GB RAM / 32GB eMMC||£2.95.||39.|
On the laptop side, the Samsung Chromebook Plus and especially the Google Pixel Slate stand out, both convertible to 12 inches.
Pixel Slate is primarily a tablet, so it is ideal for use on a tablet or pen, but perhaps not as versatile as a laptop. It is beautifully designed, has a beautiful 3:2 touch screen, as well as competent Intel Core hardware and an excellent battery that allows more than 10 hours of use per day. The typing experience is not the same as some other options in this price range, but a keyboard or pen is not included by default and costs about $150 for the tablet itself, which may be enough to point many of you in the right direction.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus v2, on the other hand, is a 2-in-1 convertible and includes a standard keyboard for $500. It comes with a 16:10 touchscreen with stylus support, but it’s not as powerful or light as Slate, so it’s essentially an option for those of you who attach more importance to display and form factor than other aspects such as battery life or performance. And even if that’s what you’re looking for, something like the lower-cost HP Chromebook x360 12 might suit your needs better than the Samsung model.
Once these small options are eliminated, my main recommendation in this price range goes back to the Lenovo Chromebook, the excellent Flex 5 13. With a $409 MSRP, excluding any discounts, this laptop distinguishes itself from its category and successfully challenges much more expensive products.
The design is part metal and part plastic, like the Windows-based IdeaPads, the format allows 360-degree display conversion, Lenovo has implemented a high-quality IPS touch screen with 300-bit brightness and subtle colours, and the backlit keyboard is one of the best available on a Chromebook.
What’s more, the Core i3 platform is fairly easy to use, the 51 Wh battery offers over 10 hours of use on a single charge, and while some of you may appreciate more RAM and storage, 4GB is still enough for most potential buyers of Chromebooks.
At the end of the day, you can certainly get more sophisticated Chromebooks if you’re willing to spend $600 or more, but for about $400, there’s currently nothing that can hold the candle to the Flex 5.
For 14-inch models, the Acer Chromebook 514 (clamshell) and HP Chromebook x360 14 (convertible) are my favorites at this price level, and both are cheaper than the Lenovo Flex 5. They’re all made of metal, and the Acer model offers a little more power and a larger battery. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
Finally, this class includes full-fledged 15-inch Chromebooks with IPS display, partial metal construction and large batteries, starting with affordable options like the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Convertible and ending with the HP Chromebook 15. I also mention the Asus Chromebook C523 and the Samsung Chromebook 4+ with 15-inch screen, which are cheaper, but usually have plastic covers and TN screens, so I prefer to spend my money elsewhere.
Value Clamshell Chrome Books
While most buyers don’t spend $600-1000 on a Chromebook, there are actually some very good devices in this segment. With them, you get an uncompromising Chromebook experience that combines updated versions, displays and hardware specifications with other, more affordable options.
Here is a list of all the high-end Chromebooks currently available, which we will take a closer look at below.
|The format, which consists of||Prices||Screen||Equipment||Weight||Battery|
|Acer Chromebook 714||Shell, all metal||~$600||14″ FHD IPS touch mat||Core U / 8GB RAM / 64-128GB eMMC||£3.3.||56.|
|Acer Chromebook Spin 713||Convertible, all metal.||~$560||13.5″ FHD+ 3:2 IPS touch, EMR handle||Core U / 8-16 GB RAM / 64-128 GB eMMC||£3.2.||54.|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C436||Convertible, all metal.||~$700||14″ FHD IPS Touch||U-core/ 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD||2.6 pounds.||42.|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C434||Convertible, all metal.||~$540||14″ FHD IPS Touch||Core Y / 4-8GB RAM / 64-128GB EMM||£3.2.||48e|
|Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook||convertible, metal part||$599||14″ FHD IPS Touch||Core U/ 4-8GB RAM / 128+GB eMMC||£3.7.||56.|
|Google Pixelbook||Convertible, Magnesium||$899||12.3″ FHD++ 3:2 IPS touch, EMR handle||Y-core / 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD||Two and a half pounds.||41.|
|Google Pixelbook Go||Mold, magnesium||$649||13.3″ FHD 16:9 IPS Touch||Y-core / 8-16 GB RAM / 128-512 GB SSD||2.4 pounds.||48e|
|Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook||Convertible, all metal.||~$800||15.6 FHD / UHD IPS touch screen, DME handle||Core U / 4-8GB RAM / 64-128GB EMM||£4.2.||56.|
|Samsung Galaxy Chromebook||Convertible, all metal.||~$900||13.3″ UHD AMOLED touch pen, EMR pen||Core U / 4-8GB RAM / 128-512GB SSD||2.3 pounds.||49.|
All in all, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and Google Pixelbook Go are the best balanced premium books you can get these days.
The Pixelbook Go will join the Pixel family at the end of 2019. It does not replace the Convertible Pixelbook, but is sold as a traditional clamshell laptop with a 16:9 FHD touchscreen, improved hardware, a lighter magnesium casing, punchy speakers and a longer battery life thanks to a larger battery inside and a more efficient display. The Go is also one of the best printers in the segment and is also $150-200 cheaper than the Pixelbook Go, which is similarly priced, making it an attractive proposition.
However, it is not a convertible and it is based on efficient Intel Core Y hardware, so it is not as fast as the other options.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 13, on the other hand, is a convertible and a real alternative to the original Pixelbook, but with modern features.
It features a 13.5-inch FHD+ convertible touch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and integrated EMR stylus, the latest Core U hardware, SSD storage and an illuminated keyboard. It is proposed to start at $559 at the time of the update. And with uncompromising Core i5 configuration, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ready-to-use SSD storage, a 54Wh battery, a creatively oriented 3:2 aspect ratio display and slim inputs. Frankly, input is one of the areas in which Acer can improve this model, along with sound quality.
All this makes the Chromebook Spin 713 one of the most powerful Chromebooks and a great option for power users and those who want to run Linux on such a device.
None of them is the best high-end Chromebook, the name has been adopted by the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook.
This convertible also has a 13.3 inch 16:9 size screen, but features an AMOLED 4K panel with amazing colors (100% DCI-P3), brightness and black levels.
In addition, the quality of construction and finish is A++, with metal used throughout the chassis, and a very compact and portable size that weighs 2.2 pounds. This makes the Galaxy Chromebook more comfortable to use in tablet mode compared to other Chromebooks, only the Pixelbook is closed. In fact, the original Pixelbook is the only other Chromebook that can proudly stand alongside this Samsung option in terms of design, construction and even inputs, but it no longer meets the modern standards of performance, battery life, display and processing that Galaxy achieves.
By the way, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is based on Intel Core U hardware, has 8GB RAM and fast NVMe (scalable) storage. It will never suffocate or be sucked despite the high resolution of the 4K screen. There’s no i7 or 16GB RAM option, but I don’t think most people will need it after all. A remark in the margin: This is passive cooling, which is an advantage on the one hand, but on the other hand it also makes the notebook run a little warmer than other Chromebooks with similar specifications that are cooled by a fan.
Okay, then why isn’t the Galaxy Chromebook a top recommendation in this class? That’s because the battery life here is short. Inside is a 49-watt battery, but with the power-hungry display the battery life is less than one would normally expect from a Chromebook, only about 4 to 6 hours charging time. The sound quality of this galaxy is also quite poor, which puts it in third place compared to the other two mentioned devices, besides the high price.
That said, those who are especially looking for a powerful Chromebook with Core U hardware should also consider a few other 14-inch options as potential alternatives to the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, such as the Acer Chromebook 714 clamshell or the Asus Chromebook Flip C436 convertible and the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1, each with its own features, benefits and peculiarities.
Finally, those interested in a full-size premium 15-inch Chromebook should take a look at the Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook.
It’s a rugged computer that borrows from the design and construction of Lenovo’s ThinkPad line, featuring a 15.6-inch touchscreen, a choice of FHD or UHD panels and support for the EMR pen, Core U hardware, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage, as well as a backlit keyboard and 56W battery.
The Yoga Chromebook is available from $599, but keep in mind that while it’s compact and lightweight for a 15-inch convertible, with a small frame and a total weight of 4.2 pounds, it’s not as portable as some other options.
15 inch chrome yoga manual.
Chrome books have come a long way in recent years, and nowadays the offer is diversified and meets all needs. Many people spend most of their time online, and for them, a Chromebook is an attractive and cost-effective option as a more flexible, secure and easier alternative to existing Windows laptops.
Potential buyers can now choose an affordable option for less than $300 or buy one of the balanced mid-range notebooks with superior build quality and display, better performance, longer battery life and excellent value.
Premium options, on the other hand, are more difficult to sell, but can still be of interest to regular users who are not interested in special Windows software or games and who prefer a simple and fast computer with a large screen and a quality of construction and battery life that they would not otherwise get on a Windows device for a similar price.
No Chromebook is perfect, but some devices offer a lot for the money.
Finally, Chromebooks are great travel companions, cheap laptops for school and even everyday laptops for those of you who limit yourself to online activities such as surfing the web, sending emails, multimedia, etc. They are not for everyone, but as long as you are aware of their strengths and limitations, I think you will be happy with one of them.
That’s all for now. I’m constantly updating this list of the best Chromebooks available, adding new devices as they appear in stores and removing outdated options, so bookmark it and check for changes from time to time. Finally, share this message if you found it useful and look at the comments section below, it’s open to your suggestions and questions and I’m here to answer you and help you find the Chromebook that best fits your needs.
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