Last month during CES 2018 there were a number of new Chromebooks announced. Although at present, they are only announced with availability due to begin within the next few weeks and months. Luckily, if you are in the market for a Chromebook now there are plenty of great options to consider and spanning the price spectrum. Here are our best Chromebook picks for February, 2018.
10. Acer Chromebook Spin 11
The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is one of the few Chromebooks which places durability above style. Therefore, while it is not the most attractive Chromebook out there, you can trust in its build quality, making it an ideal solution for students and anyone else who needs a more robust machine. What’s more, this is one of the smaller Chromebook options due to its inclusion of an 11.6-inch display along with a 1366 x 768 resolution, Making it even more ideal for on-the-road usage. In terms of the rest of the specs, there is nothing unappealing here with the Chromebook Spin 11 packed with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor, SD card support, front and rear cameras, and a 4,870 mAh battery
9. Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
Speaking of durable Chromebooks, another solid option at the moment is the Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook. While this is another one which puts substance over style, it is one which is assured to keep going regardless of the conditions it finds itself encountering. The only downside with the Flex 11 is that in spite of its small size, its added protection does result in a more bulkier build overall. So this is not quite as slim and portable as other options, although certainly more built to last. As for the general specs, the Flex 11 Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display along with a 1366 x 768 resolution. As well as a 360-degree rotating hinge, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a MediaTek 8173C processor.
8. Samsung Chromebook 3
Unlike most of the other Chromebooks, the Samsung Chromebook 3 does not really come with any major redeeming features. Which is, sort of its charm. As the Chromebook 3 simply looks to offer a solid Chrome OS experience without any additional bells and whistles, or any additional costs typically associated with those bells and whistles. Making it one of the better options for those looking for a super affordable device. In fact, Samsung even has a 2GB RAM model for those looking for an even more affordable Chromebook. If the 2GB RAM model is a little beneath what you are looking for then the standard model is the better one to go for it thanks to its employment of 4GB RAM, 16GB storage and an Intel Celeron N3050 processor. Whichever models is selected, expect an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution to be included.
7. ASUS Chromebook Flip C101
So far the Chromebooks on this list have been more preoccupied with portability as they all come with a smaller sized body and in some cases, an extra durable body. However, if portability is really what you want from a Chromebook than the ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 is one you simply must check out. While also sporting a 360-degree hinge for multi-positional use, the C101 is literally the smallest Chromebook on the market thanks to its inclusion of a screen measuring 10.1-inches. At this size, it is much more appropriate to think of the C101 as a tablet that runs on Chrome OS, than a laptop-like product. Design aside, and in spite of its super-small size, the C101 packs in the specs to rival most other Chromebooks on this list, including 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a Rockchip RK3399 quad-core processor.
6. Acer Chromebook 14
If you happen to need a Chromebook with a bit more of a footprint, then the Acer Chromebook 14 is always worth a look. As this really is a great-sized Chromebook due to its 14-inch display being big enough to account for most use cases, while also still portable enough to take with you. In fact, the Chromebook 14’s slim design and profile add to its portable nature and further offsets against the slighter larger than usual display. Due to its size, this one could prove to be the best option for those moving over to Chrome OS for the first time from a more traditional Windows laptop. One of the other benefits of the larger screen is that it does also come with a boost in the resolution department (1920 x 1080) which means it also works very well as a media player. As for the rest of the specs, the Acer Chromebook 14 features 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, an Intel Celeron N3160 processor, an aluminum chassis, and a 3,950 mAh battery.
5. Acer Chromebook R 13
Generally speaking the Acer Chromebook R 13 offers a very similar experience to the Chromebook 14 with one major exception, flexibility. While the Chromebook 14 adopts a traditional laptop design, the Chromebook R 13 elevates the design through the inclusion of a 360-degree rotating hinge. Which makes this one of the Chromebooks capable of being manipulated for optimal use in different situations and scenarios. Besides the rotating nature, the Chromebook R 13 also does comes with a slighter smaller (13.3-inch) display while still maintaining the same (1920 x 1080) resolution. The rest of the spec list is made up of 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a MediaTek (MT8173C) quad-core processor.
4. Acer Chromebook 15 (2017)
On the other hand, if you are looking for the ultimate in screen real estate then look no further than the Acer Chromebook 15. This is not only Acer’s largest Chromebook, but generally the largest all-in-one laptop-style Chromebook on the market thanks to its 15.6-inch display. This not only means you can benefit from more work space, but also reap the benefits of the larger display, FHD resolution, and the front-facing speakers, for video playback. The Acer Chromebook 15 line has actually been around for some time and in multiple variations. However, this latest version is by far the most premium option mixing brushed aluminum accents with a slimmer and thinner body than ever before. So while it is certainly a larger Chromebook, it is also designed to be as portable as possible. Besides the 15.6-inch display, the Chromebook 15 features 4GB RAM, up to 32GB storage, and an Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor.
3. ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 was announced early last year and since then has become a very popular option due to how feature-rich it is. However that wide feature support does come at a price making this a fairly expensive option for what you get. Speaking of what you get, the Chromebook Flip C302’s primary selling point is its 360-degree rotating hinge. Although the difference between this and ASUS’ other Flip options is the size - as this one is designed for those who need more screen to play with due to the inclusion of a 12.5-inch display. So while small and highly portable, this is also one which comes with a display big enough to get most tasks done. Design aside and the Chromebook Flip C302 is built to perform thanks to the inclusion of 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and an Intel Core m3 processor.
2. Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro
The Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro were announced around the same time as the Chromebook Flip C302 and made just as much of an impact, if not more. As these are again options packed with features. In fact, these two options are usually priced around the same as the Chromebook Flip C302 which is why they appear higher up the list as you do get that little bit more for your money. As for their differences, they are more similar than they are different with the processor employed the main point to note. Otherwise both models feature the same 12.3-inch display with a 2400 x 1600 resolution, as well as 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, a rotating hinge, stylus support, and a lot more.
1. Google Pixelbook
Of course, if you are simply looking for the best Chrome OS has to offer then the Google Pixelbook is the only option to consider. This is Google’s own Chromebook solution and as a result comes with a very tight integration between the hardware and the software, just as the Pixel phones do with Android. So you can expect a super smooth and reliable experience with this one. Not to mention, a few additional tweaks such as a built-in Google Assistant button, a 360-degree rotating hinge, and support for its own stylus: the Pixelbook Pen.
Adding to that integration is a spec list which largely overshadows everything else on this list as the baseline version alone comes packed with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. So this really is a powerful machine and a good-looking one to boot. The only and significant downside is the price as this is not in any way designed with affordability in mind. While the Pixelbook can often be found a little cheaper (for example its $899 right now), its baseline price officially starts at $999 - but it is worth it.