Top 10: Best Google Chromebooks – July 2016

July is here and more Chromebook news has been coming through over the last month. While there has not been too much news in terms of new Chromebooks (although it looks like new options from ASUS and HP are on the way), the last month has seen news coming through on the expanding of Chromebook support for Android apps. This has largely come in the form of support being extended to two more Chromebooks, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the Chromebook Pixel. An expansion which is set to continue over the next few weeks and months with a number of already available Chromebooks (including most on this list) seeing their support for Android apps going live. So if you have yet to check out a Chromebook, then there really has never been a better time to do so. The expansion of support for Android apps is breathing new life into what is already a fast-growing Chromebook market. For those new to Chromebooks or those just looking to pick up a new one, here is our top 10 Chromebook picks for July.

10. Acer Chromebook C740

The Acer Chromebook C740 is the latest Chromebook from the C7 range by Acer. This means that this model is built on a tried and testing formula resulting in the Acer Chromebook C740 being a very reliable and well-built option. In terms of its numbers, this is a Chromebook which comes with a smaller Chromebook display, measuring 11.6-inches and making use of a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside however, there is nothing small about the Chromebook C740 with 4GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and an Intel Celeron (3205U) dual-core processor all included. In terms of price, this is not the most affordable Chromebook around and will currently set you back $269.99.

9. ASUS Chromebook Flip

The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a slightly mixed bag Chromebook. On the one hand, this is available in both 2GB RAM and a more powerful 4GB RAM options, with both models coming with 16GB internal storage and a Rockchip (RK3288) processor. While on the other hand, this is a very small Chromebook with the display on offer coming in at 10.1-inches. So this is very much a tablet with Chrome OS. Which means while it is portable, it will not be an ideal option for those looking for a more laptop-like experience. On the plus side, the Chromebook Flip has seen a price drop this month and is currently available for only $239. On another plus, this is one of the Chromebooks which has already seen its Android apps support going live.

8. HP Chromebook 14

There are a few Chromebook options which in spite of not being the newest Chromebooks on the market, remain solid purchasing options. The HP Chromebook 14 is one of those options and still remains a popular choice for those looking for a good-performing and reliable Chromebook. One of the reasons for its popularity is its size with the Chromebook 14 coming equipped with a 14-inch display which makes use of a 1366 x 768 resolution. This is also a Chromebook which lets you choose your internal spec level with a 2GB RAM and Intel Celeron (N2840) dual-core processor option on offer, as well as a 4GB RAM and Intel Celeron (N2940) quad-core processor option. Right now, both models have seen a price drop making them even more appealing. The 2GB RAM model is currently available for only $199.99 while the 4GB RAM model will currently set you back $249.99

7. Lenovo 100s Chromebook

Chromebooks by nature, are affordable devices. However, there are some models which are ultra-affordable with the Lenovo 100s Chromebook being one of them. This is a Chromebook which launched for only $179.99. For that price, the Lenovo 100s comes boasting an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. While this is already a super cheap Chromebook, this month it is even cheaper as it is currently available for only $164. Which does make it a solid purchase for those looking to test out a Chromebook for the first time.

6. Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131

Speaking of affordable Chromebooks, if you are looking for an extremely affordable Chromebook, then for this month look no further than the Acer Chromebook 11. In essence, this is the same Chromebook as the Lenovo 100s. Both launched around the same time and for the same price and like the Lenovo 100s, the Acer Chromebook 11 comes packing an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and the same Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. The big difference this month however, is that the Acer Chromebook 11 is currently available for only $149.99. A price which makes this option a seriously good purchase and easily the most affordable Chromebook on the market for this month.

5. Samsung Chromebook 3

Samsung’s simply entitled ‘Samsung Chromebook’ range has been a popular line over the last couple of years and the newest option arrived in the last few months as the Samsung Chromebook 3. This model allows the user to choose the RAM option with both 2GB and 4GB models available. While the rest of the specs remain static between the two models and include an 11.6-inch display, 16GB storage, and an Intel Celeron (N3050) processor. If you are someone who prefers Samsung’s way of building things, then the one point to note here is that the Chromebook 3 arrived as a very competitively-priced Chromebook. For July, the 2GB version is currently available for only $189 while the 4GB model is currently available for only $218.

4. Chromebook Pixel

There is little arguing with the Chromebook Pixel being the best Chromebook you can buy, it just is. The only issue with it, is that the Chromebook Pixel is also the most expensive Chromebook you can buy. One which will set you back a cool $1,299 for the pleasure of owning it. That said, if you do hand over the $1300 you can expect a top of the line Chromebook in return. One which comes equipped with a 12.85-inch 2K resolution display, 16GB RAM, 64GB storage and an Intel Core i7 processor. So for those looking for the absolute best in class Chromebook, then this is the one to go for. Just expect to pay a best in class price as well.

3. Dell Chromebook 13

Unlike some of the other manufacturers on this list, Dell does not release a lot of Chromebooks. However, when they do release a Chromebook it is not only well-received, but is also a very good Chromebook. Much is the case with the Dell Chromebook 13. However, this is a rather interestingly positioned Chromebook as it lies somewhere in between the bulk of the Chromebook selection and the Chromebook Pixel. So if you want a similar build quality to the Pixel but only pay a slightly higher than the average Chromebook price, then this might be the one to go for, as the middle of the road Chromebook 13 variant is currently available for $425. For that price, this option comes equipped with a 13.3-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4GB RAM, 16GB storage and an Intel i3 processor.

2. Acer Chromebook 15

The Acer Chromebook 15 has been a very popular option ever since its release and one of the reasons is that it is the largest Chromebook available. Coming equipped with a 15.6-inch display makes this a Chromebook experience unlike the rest. Not to mention this is a highly customizable and affordable Chromebook as well, with consumers able to choose between a 2GB RAM and 16GB storage model, a 4GB RAM and 16GB storage model and a 4GB RAM and 32GB storage model. So for a number of consumers, this one ticks all the right boxes, it's big, it's affordable and with specs to match a budget. In fact, right now the 4GB RAM and 16GB storage model is available for only $249.99.

1. Acer Chromebook 14

Interestingly, the Chromebook which recently knocked the Acer Chromebook 15 off the top spot is another Acer Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 14. This is one which comes with a relatively comparable, albeit smaller, display which measures 14-inches in size. However, its built-quality is far superior compared to the larger Chromebook 15. This coupled with a number of updated specs including 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and an Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor, as well as a price which is relatively the same as the Chromebook 15 makes this Chromebook an extremely good Chromebook to pick up. In fact, in spite of only being on the market for a short time, this month sees the Chromebook 14 dropping from its $299.99 retail price to only $269.99. Making this month’s top Chromebook, an even better buy this month.

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