Chromebooks are an interesting product here. They aren't quite a full-blown laptop, but they are way better than Netbooks. Think of it like this, a cheap laptop that runs just a web browser along with amazing battery life. We're talking 8+ hours. That's essentially what a Chromebook is. I'll also say that if you are able to do everything you want or need to do in a web browser than a Chromebook is perfect for you. Otherwise it probably isn't.
Right now we have Chromebooks out from various manufacturers including HP, ASUS, Acer, Dell and more. So which ones are the best? Well let's have a look.
10. ASUS C200
This is ASUS' first real Chromebook. This is their 11-inch version and is currently the same price as their 13-inch version, which is why it's lower on the list. We've got a 11.6-inch 1366×768 resolution display here, a Intel BayTrail-M N2830 2.16 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage, 1.2MP webcam, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card slot(SDXC), and Bluetooth 4.0. Right now, it's selling for $227 from Amazon.
9. Toshiba Chromebook 2
This 13.3-inch Chromebook from Toshiba is their second generation Chromebook. It features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage. It's also got all the usual fixings, including a webcam, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, a HDMI port and Bluetooth 4.0. It's available now for $249.
8. ASUS C300
This is the big brother to the ASUS C200 Chromebook. This is the 13.3-inch version. All the specs are the same aside from the screen size. But we do still have a 1366×768 resolution display here. The ASUS C300 has a brushed aluminum look to it as well, which looks amazing, I might add. It's also going for about $229 right now on Amazon, making it a pretty sweet deal.
7. Acer C720/C720p
The Acer C720 is one of my favorite Chromebooks. It's fast, lightweight and pretty darn cheap as well. The C720 features an 11.6-inch 1366×768 resolution display, Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage, and about 8.5 hours of battery life thanks to Haswell. The C720p has identical specs, except for the touchscreen.
6. Lenovo N20p
Here we have Lenovo's first Chromebook that's available to everyone. They had one earlier on that was just for education customers, but this one is for everyone. This one has an 11.6-inch 1366×768 resolution display, Intel Celeron N2830 Dual Core Processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD Storage, and an assortment of HDMI, USB ports and a webcam around front.
5. HP Chromebook 14
The new version of the HP Chromebook 14 is actually quite good. HP Choose to throw in a nice NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, along with 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD drive. It has a 14-inch display, but it is a 1366×768 resolution display. So not crazy high-end, unfortunately. It does still have all the usual ports like HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0, and a Webcam on the front.
4. Samsung Chromebook 2
Here we have Samsung's second ARM-based Chromebook. Which explains the name. We've got a 13.3-inch 1920×1080 resolution display here, powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800 2.0 GHz Processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage and about 8.5 hours of battery life. There's also the faux leather backing which looks really nice.
3. Acer CB5
This is Acer's first Chromebook not powered by Intel. It's powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, and available in both 1366×768 and 1920×1080 resolutions. The 1366×768 is said to get 13 hours of battery life and the 1920×1080 model will get about 11 hours. It's a pretty powerful Chromebook starting at $279. Currently they are up for Pre-Order through Amazon and Best Buy.
2. Dell Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3 Model)
The Dell Chromebook 11 is a pretty interesting model. I haven't been a huge fan of Dell's laptops, but I've spent the past week or so with their Chromebook 11 with the Intel Core i3 inside, and it's amazing. It features a 16GB SSD as well as 4GB of RAM, and man it's speedy. It also has amazing battery of around 8-10 hours or more.
1. Acer C720 (Intel Core i3 model)
Earlier this year, Acer announced a new version of their popular C720 model. This one has the Intel Core i3-4005U 1.7 GHz processor inside. Which is obviously much more powerful than the Intel Celeron 2955U processor in most of these other Chromebooks. We're also looking at 2GB of RAM, 32GB of SSD storage and a 11.6-inch 1366×768 resolution display.