Chromebooks are a great option for those looking to balance the cost of a device against its performance. While there are compromises with opting for a device running on Chrome OS, those compromises are becoming less as the platform matures. As a result, there has never been a better time to give Chromebooks a try. Whether you are currently thinking about picking up your first Chromebook or are a seasoned user and just looking for an extra or new device, then right now there are plenty of choices on offer. Each month we round up the best of what’s available and here is the current top ten Chromebooks for September. Although there was a couple of new Chromebooks announced this month, they wont actually be available until next month, so keep an eye out for them in October.
10. ASUS C300
This month sees a return of the ASUS C300 into the top 10, albeit in the tenth spot. This one is comes with a 13.3-inch display and is available in three storage formats. However, right now there is a good price on the middle variant. This one comes with 4GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and is powered by a 2.16 GHz Intel Dual-Core Processor. Right now this one is available for $267
9. Acer Chromebook C740
The Acer Chromebook C740 is one of the newer Chromebooks on the list and is the latest to join the popular C7 series of Chromebooks. As such, you can expect a reliable and solid performing device here. This one comes equipped with an 11.6-inch display which sports a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, the C740 is equipped with 4GB RAM at the higher end and 2GB in the lower end. The 4GB model also comes sporting an Intel Celeron (3205U) dual-core processor (clocking at 1.5 GHz) and is powered by a 3,920 mAh battery. Again, this one comes with 16GB internal storage and can currently be picked up for $259
8. Samsung Chromebook 2
A top ten list would not be complete without a Samsung offering somewhere and on this list, this is your Samsung option.The Samsung Chromebook 2 is a Chromebook which is very well built and will be a great option for those looking for a reliable purchase. Depending on your needs, there is a smaller 11.6-inch display variant for portability and a larger 13-inch option for those looking for greater real estate. Both come with 4GB RAM and 16GB storage with the other main differences between the two, being the resolution and the processor. The smaller Chromebook comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution and a 1.9 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 octa 5420 processor. While the larger is equipped with a greater 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 2.0 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 octa 5800 processor. Currently there is a great deal on the 2GB model where it can be picked up for only $219.
7. HP Chromebook 14
Like the Toshiba Chromebook 2, The HP Chromebook 14 is again, an extremely popular option. This is not surprising as it is one of the more bigger and reliable Chromebooks you will find. The biggest difference here to many of the others is the use of a 14-inch display. While the rest of the specs include 2GB RAM, an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and 16GB internal storage. For those looking for a larger Chromebook then this is a good and solid option to go for and currently is available for $269.99.
6. Toshiba Chromebook 2
Maintaining its position as one of the most popular Chromebooks on the market, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is an excellent choice for those looking for power and affordability. This one comes with a slightly larger 13-inch display which provides a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Inside, there is 4GB RAM, an Intel Celeron processor and 16GB internal storage. This one is currently available for $269.
5. Acer C720 (Intel Core i3 model)
Acer routinely have a few Chromebooks available on the list thanks to the number of options they release each year. While the Acer C740 is a newer model, this one, the Acer C720 is a fan favorite for many reasons including the fact that it comes with some really great specs. The biggest differences from the C740 being the increase of storage to 32GB and the employing of an Intel Core i3-4005U processor (clocking at 1.7 GHz). Although, it also comes with an increase in price too and will currently set you back $349.99.
4. Acer Chromebook 13
Joining the previous two C7 models, the next Acer on the list this month is the Acer Chromebook 13. This is a larger model compared to the two previous options and therefore, if you are after a bigger screen then this might be the one to go for. This one is available in two variants with the RAM and storage being the difference. Therefore, you can choose between a 2GB/16GB combo or a 4GB/32GB combo. Otherwise, both come with a 13.3-inch display and an NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-core processor. Right now the 2GB model will cost you $249.99 and the 4GB model will cost $344.
3. Dell Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3 Model)
For those looking for a more familiar brand, than the Dell Chromebook 11 still maintains to be a popular option. This is another Chromebook which offers a powerful but affordable option. The Dell Chromebook 11 comes with an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, it sports 4GB RAM, is powered by a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3 4005U processor and offers 16GB internal storage. This one has seen a price drop since last month and now can be picked up for $269.99
2. Chromebook Pixel LS
In all honestly, this is the best Chromebook that you can buy. It is Google’s proof of concept Chromebook and as such comes with unrivaled specs. In fact there are two models, one sporting 8GB RAM, 32GB storage and powered by an Intel i5 processor and the other equipped with 16GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and powered by an Intel i7 processor. The problem with these and what consistently keeps them off the top spot is the price. The cheaper one will set you back a cool $999 while the more expensive one will set you back an even cooler $1,299. If you have the money to spend on a Chromebook, then you won’t find better.
1. Acer Chromebook 15
Thanks to the heightened cost of the Chromebook Pixel LS, the Acer Chromebook remains the best value Chromebook available at the moment. This one is also the largest on the list and comes sporting a 15.6-inch display and therefore is a great option for those looking for a more desktop oriented option. Another reason why it remains so popular is thanks to the number of variants on offer so you can find the one that suits you best. Those options primarily consist of RAM and storage differences with a 2GB/16GB, 4GB/16GB and a 4GB/32GB combo available. Beyond this, they all come with the same 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron Dual-Core 3205U processor.