Best Chromebooks – April 2017

Another month is now drawing to a close and it is again time to look at the best of the best when it comes to Chromebooks. 2017 is already proving to be a great year for Chromebooks with a number of new ones having already been announced. In fact, Lenovo announced a brand new Chromebook just a few days ago, which is set to become available before the end of the month - one to look out for. So there has never been a better time to be in the market for a new Chromebook and if you happen to be on the lookout for one today, then here are our top 10 Chromebook picks for April 2017.

10. ASUS Chromebook Flip

The ASUS Chromebook Flip is now starting to show its age compared to the rest of this list, but it still remains a popular option and one worth considering. This is largely due to its portability. Not only is this a Chromebook that comes with a 360-degree rotating hinge (which allows it to be used in a number of different positions), but it is also a very small Chromebook, thanks to its 10.1-inch display. Which firmly puts this more in tablet than in Chromebook territory.

Besides its unique design points, this is also a fairly well equipped Chromebook on the spec front. The display offers a 1280 x 800 resolution while inside you can expect to find 4GB RAM, 16GB (or 32GB) internal storage, and a Rockchip (RK3288) processor powering the show. In terms of price, the 16GB option will currently set you back about $240, while the 32GB version can be had for about $270.

9. Lenovo 100s Chromebook

For those looking for something a little bit more affordable, the Lenovo 100s Chromebook is always worth a look. While this one comes with a lesser spec list overall, it does come with a bigger display than the Chromebook Flip, with the 100s Chromebook’s display measuring 11.6-inches in size. It is also a display that comes with a greater (1366 x 768) resolution to boot. So while this one offers more viewing space, it is still small enough to suit those looking for a portable Chromebook.

In terms of these main specs, the Lenovo 100s Chromebook comes loaded with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. In terms of price, this one will currently cost you just north of $200.

8. Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131

Looking for something even more affordable? Then look no further than the Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131. This one offers a near-identical product (on paper) to the Lenovo 100s Chromebook, although it does continually seem to be priced more affordably. This month is no different with the Acer Chromebook 11 currently available for only $170 - making this a really good option this month for those looking for an affordable Chromebook.

As mentioned, on paper this is largely identical to the Lenovo 100s Chromebook and so you can expect an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. As well as 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, and an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor.

7. Dell Chromebook 13

When it comes to straight specs, there are few better options available than the Dell Chromebook 13. This was designed to offer a premium Chromebook experience and in all respects, it does. It comes with a very nice build quality and is meant to more represent the look and feel of a laptop. It is also larger than the previous Chromebooks on this list, as it comes with a nicely-sized 13.3-inch display. Which is in addition to a greater 1920 x 1080 resolution.

So this really is a nice Chromebook to consider. Although the price is reflective of its premium stance, so this one will cost you at least twice the cost of the previous Chromebooks and that will be for the baseline model. Which is where this Chromebook becomes undone as there are better options out there for the price now. The good news is though, you can effectively select the specs you want with a wide choice of RAM, storage, and processor, configurations available.

6. Samsung Chromebook 3

There is hardly a market that Samsung does not have a product in, and the Chromebook scene is no different. In fact, Samsung has two solid options currently in this list and while this is the lesser of the two, it is also the lesser priced of the two - and by a long way. This is the Samsung Chromebook 3 and is meant to be for those who want a Samsung product but without having to pay a premium price. So where it lacks in extra added features, it makes up in offering a solid and stable Chromebook experience.

In terms of the specs, the Samsung Chromebook 3 comes equipped with an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. This one is available in two variants which only really differ in RAM (2GB vs 4GB), while both options come with 16GB storage and an Intel Celeron (N3050) processor. In terms of price, you can expect to pay around $180 for the 2GB model and a bit more for the 4GB option.

5. Lenovo ThinkPad 13

If you are after a Chromebook that comes with a 13.3-inch display but don't want to pay anywhere near what the Dell option costs, then one option worth taking a look at is the Lenovo ThinkPad 13. This one also comes with the same sized display, although the resolution is toned down to 1366 x 768. That said, the price is also toned down and considerable so, as this one can be picked up for around $200 at the moment. Which makes it a great option for those looking for a bigger display, at an affordable price.

In terms of the rest of the specs, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 manages to cram in 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, and an Intel Celeron 3855U processor. In addition, this one comes equipped with aspects like USB Type-C ports, making this a good all-rounder.

4. Acer Chromebook R 13

At this point in the list, we start to see the Chromebooks becoming a lot better and still while managing a relatively competitive price. The first of which is the Acer Chromebook R 13. This Chromebook has a lot going for it, as Acer has really started to nail down the design and build quality of its products. So picking up the Acer Chromebook R 13 does mean you can expect a durable and nicely built device. Adding to its design value, this one also comes with a rotatable hinge - so while being premium, it is highly usable in a number of different positions and scenarios.

In terms of the specs, the Acer Chromebook R 13 comes loaded with a 13.3-inch display along with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. In addition to coming packed with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and powered by a MediaTek (MT8173C) quad-core processor. In terms of the price, this one is currently priced in and around the $400 marker.

3. Acer Chromebook 14

Of course, you could always opt for the Acer Chromebook 14. Arguably, the Chromebook R 13 is a better Chromebook and is certainly, a more flexible one. However, this Chromebook comes with a very similar spec list and a very similar build quality. It is also from Acer and is priced a lot better than the Chromebook R 13. Which overall makes this a better option to go for and especially if you do not need the flexibility of the Chromebook R 13. Another one of its selling points is that it comes with an even larger 14-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Making this a great workhorse machine.

In terms of price, this one currently goes for around $265 and for that money, it comes packed with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and an Intel Celeron N3160 processor.

2. ASUS Chromebook Flip C302

Now we have reached the number two spot and this is where things get considerable better. ASUS recently released its follow up Chromebook to the Chromebook Flip and this one brings with it all the popular attributes of the Chromebook Flip, but with a better design, more features, and most importantly, a larger display. So if you like the look of the Chromebook Flip but simply find the a 10.1-inch display to be too small, then the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 might be the one for you. In addition to its rotating hinge (which allow it to be used in multiple positions), the Chromebook Flip C302 also comes equipped with a 12.5-inch display and the resolution has been bumped up to 1920 x 1080.

The rest of the specs are not too shabby either as the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is loaded with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and an Intel Core processor. Although make no mistake, this one is priced to suit and will currently cost you in the region of $500.

1. Samsung Chromebook Plus

Topping the list again this month is the latest Chromebook from Samsung. There are a myriad of reasons as to why this is the best Chromebook on the market, although the one to focus on is that overall the Samsung Chromebook Plus offers you the best all-round and value-added experience for the money. It is not a cheap Chromebook by any means and does cost north of $400. However, for that price you are getting a seriously good Chromebook. It is built to be premium and comes with a great looking design. It is also a decent sized Chromebook thanks to its included 12.3-inch display with a whopping 2400 x 1600 resolution. Which is in addition to its 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and an ARM hexa-core processor. So spec for spec, it easily holds itself up against everything on this list.

Although, this is also a Chromebook which comes with its own stylus. Which not only adds another element to the Chromebook but makes it even more Android app-friendly. It really is simply the best Chromebook that you can currently buy.

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