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The Best Chromebooks Available

Chromebooks, and the Chrome OS, are both evolving rapidly, so now is the time to consider picking one up. But how much can you actually expect from a Chromebook, and is it worth spending big bucks on one?

What should I expect to get from a Chromebook?

First, you should expect a Chromebook to be relatively inexpensive.

While opinions will vary, as to what “inexpensive” means, the bottom line is that for $1000, you can get a far more powerful machine than any Chromebook.

That’s not to say that you can’t necessarily satisfy your work needs with a Chrome OS device. If you are an animator, or a video editor, you can’t; there just isn’t enough muscle in any of these machines for that much continous stress.

For the rest of us, though, there are a handful of Chromebooks that make perfect sense to consider as cost-effective alternatives to traditional laptops.

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How do we choose which Chromebooks make the list?

Each of these Chromebooks has enough capabilty, and enough features to consider buying instead of a mid-range windows laptop. In fact, plenty of Chromebooks, available today, do.

This list, however, excludes the Chromebooks that come with price tags over $1000.

So factoring in the overall value, including cost-efficiency, we’ve narrowed down our five best Chromebooks.

Best Chromebooks available

1. Asus Flip C434

Specs/Features

  • 3 lbs.
  • 14″ Touchscreen FHD 1920×1080 4-way NanoEdge Display
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64 GB eMMC Storage
  • Intel Core m3-8100Y Processor
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 2xUSB Type-C (Gen-1) /1xUSB Type-A (Gen-1)
  • 9 hr. Battery Life


Why the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is on the list:

Its not that the C434 Flip can do anything that other state-of-the-art Chromebooks can’t do. Its that, right now, you can purchase a laptop with an Intel m3 processor, 3 USB ports and a 14″ FHD NanoEdge display, for under $500.

The Flip C434 is exactly the type of value we feel its best to be looking for, specifically when it comes to identifying the best Chromebook. It has specs and features comparable to most mid-range windows laptops which, again isn’t new for Chromebooks. But when factoring in cost, the Asus Chromebook Flip, in our opinion, should be most buyers’ first consideration.


2. Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Specs/Features

  • 3 lbs.
  • 13.5″ 2K Quad HD(2256×1504)IPS, 3:2 Touch-Display w/Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 512 GB SSD
  • Intel Quad-Core i5 (10th Gen) Processor
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 2xUSB-C 3.2, 1xUSB-A 3.2, 1xHDMI, 1xSD Card Slot, 1XHeadphone/Microphone Jack
  • 7-8 hr. Battery Life


Why the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is on the list:

Acer’s flagship 2-in-1 Chromebook sets a high standard for Chrome OS devices. If it wasn’t so expensive, it would be at number one. At around $800, some people would, and maybe should just get a windows laptop or a Macbook Air. Still, if 2-in-1 versatility and a light, easy-to-carry chassis are appealing to you, then this is the finest Chromebook available.


3. Google Pixelbook Go

Specs/Features

  • 2 lbs
  • 13.3″ FHD Touchscreen Display
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Hard Disk
  • Intel Core i5 (8th Gen)
  • Magnesium Chassis
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 2xUSB C 3.1, Headphone/Microphone Jack
  • 11 hr. Battery Life


Why the Google Pixelbook Go is on the list:

The Pixelbook Go is the best Google Chromebook available. Its high-powered performance is truly mind-blowing, when considering how light and quiet the machine is. Its battery life is also pretty astonishing; we got over eleven hours out of the model we tested.

The Pixelbook’s backlit keyboard and excellent trackpad are both among the best quality, and best feeling-to-use.



4. HP Chromebook X360

Specs/Features

  • 3.64 lbs.
  • 14″ FHD (1980×1020) IPS LED Display w/Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 64 GB eMMC Storage
  • Intel Dual-Core i3 (10th Gen)
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 2xUSB C 3.1, 1xUSB A 3.0, 1 Headphone/Microphone Jack, 1 SD Card Slot
  • 7 hr. Battery Life


Why the HP X360 Chromebook is on the list:

Like the other 3 Chromebooks listed before the X360, by Hewlitt-Packard, this is the perfect package that a Chromebook has to offer. It checks all the important boxes, and at an entirely reasonable price.

The primary complaints I had, in the week I tested the X360 Chromebook, were minor.

First, the battery life is the worst yet, on the list; I didn’t quite get 7 hours out of the machine’s first charge.

Second, the laptop frequently got pretty warm, especially when i had more than one tab or app running. These are truly minor gripes, but both are worth mentioning.


5. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Specs/Features

  • 2.29 lbs.
  • 13.3″ 4K AMOLED Touchscreen
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD Storage
  • Intel Core i5 (10th Gen)
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 2xUSB-C 3.0, 1xUFS/MicroSD Combo, 1xHeadphone/microphone Jack
  • 8 hr. Battery Life


Why the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is on the list:

There’s an obvious issue, in our opinion, with spending over six or seven hundred dollars on a Chromebook: Why wouldn’t you just buy a traditional windows laptop, or an entry-level Mac? However, exclusively in the case of the Galaxy Chromebook, by Samsung, you’re actually getting a value that is comparable to other similarly priced machines that do not run on Chrome OS.

For example, the Galaxy Chromebook’s 4K AMOLED Touchscreen is truly remarkable.

This Chromebook also comes equipped with a stylus pen, so its a great choice for students or anyone who needs to take fast notes, with their laptop.


Are Chromebooks worthy replacements to windows laptops or Macbooks?

That depends on what you need your device to do. If you need to pull serious muscle, like intensive video editing, or animation, then the answer is still no.

For most people’s needs, however, the answer is, surprisingly, yes.

The machines that made the list above are all a significant improvement upon the Chromebooks of not-so-long ago, many of which were built with Intel Celeron processors.

Some Chromebooks are quite expensive. Is $1000 too much to spend on a Chromebook device?

In our opinion, even approaching the $1000 threshold should be done cautiously. We feel the primary benefit of Chromebooks, and the Chrome OS, is cost-efficiency, and one thousand dollars can still get you so much more power, so whether you need your laptop for gaming or working, you should look to spend your four-digits elsewhere.


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