Chrome OS is on the rise in more ways than one. Not only is this an operating system that has seen massive levels of adoption over the years in the education and enterprise sectors, as well as the consumer sector, but more recently it has started to break into even more product lines and form factors with tablets the most recent example. Making now a very good time to get started with Chrome OS for those new to the operating system, and an equally good time for existing users to upgrade their hardware. Speaking of which, if you are in the market for a new Chrome OS device this month then here are out top 10 best Chromebook picks for April, 2018.
10. Acer Chromebook Spin 11
The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is one of those options that checks many of the right boxes as it is designed to be a small, portable, flexible and durable Chromebook. Making it a good all-round solution. Although compared to some of the other options on this list the Spin 11 is not the most affordable Chromebook on the market and this is something which stops it from ranking any higher. In terms of its size, the Chromebook Spin 11 display measures in at 11.6-inches and utilizes a 1366 x 768 resolution. As for its flexibility, the Spin 11 features a 360-degree rotating hinge allowing for use in multiple positions and forms. Inside, the Spin 11 comes loaded with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor, and a 4,870 mAh battery.
9. Samsung Chromebook 3
Unlike the Spin 11, the Samsung Chromebook 3 does not come with a number of additional features or selling points. However, also unlike the Spin 11, the Chromebook 3 is designed to be just about as affordable as a Chromebook can get. So while you will not be offered the feature-value on offer with the Spin 11, you are getting a very good deal with the Chromebook 3 overall. Specifically, a Chromebook with a solid build quality and from a reliable name. Technically speaking, the Chromebook 3 is available in two different variants although these primarily only differ in the amount of RAM with one variant loaded with 2GB RAM, and the other 4GB. RAM aside and both variants also feature an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, 16GB storage, and an Intel Celeron N3050 processor.
8. ASUS Chromebook Flip C101
Those interested in picking up a tablet powered by Chrome OS will soon be able to. For those looking for that sort of form factor right now, the Chromebook Flip C101 from ASUS already offers a tablet-like experience. This is due to how small the C101 is thanks to its adoption of a 10.1-inch display. Likewise, with this being a “Flip” model it is also one which can be manipulated for use in different positions, including a tablet form. Making it one of the best current options for those preoccupied with portability. As for the rest of the specs, the Chromebook Flip C101 features 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a Rockchip RK3399 quad-core processor. So while it is small, it is also a fairly powerful device.
7. Acer Chromebook R 13
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is the first Chromebook on this list so far to offer a display that is larger than what would be considered small in Chrome OS land. So for those looking for more screen real estate to play with the Chromebook R 13 along with its 13.3-inch display is one to check out. In spite of its larger display, this is another model that looks to be as flexible and portable as possible and this is mainly achieved through its employment of a 360-degree rotating hinge, allowing the Chromebook to be adjusted for use in different positions. At the spec level, the R 13 is as competitive as the rest thanks to the inclusion of 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a MediaTek (MT8173C) quad-core processor.
6. Acer Chromebook 14
Those looking for an even larger display might want to check out the Acer Chromebook 14. As in many ways this is a very similar Chromebook to the R 13 although its display measures in at 14-inches. However, one of its downsides is that it is not quite as flexible as the R 13 due to the absence of a 360-degree hinge. This means the Chromebook 14 will be better-suited to those looking for more of a traditional laptop-like experience. Of course, one of the added benefits of not being as design-focused as the R 13 is the Chromebook 14 is typically available at a more affordable price - in spite of boasting a very similar spec list overall. Making it a better value option for those less in need of flexibility. As for those specs, the Chromebook 14 comes loaded with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, an Intel Celeron N3160 processor, and a 3,950 mAh battery.
5. Acer Chromebook 15 (2017)
Those still looking for an even larger display will certainly want to check out the Acer Chromebook 15. As this is once again a Chromebook that edges up in the display size department. In fact, the Chromebook 15 sports a 15.6-inch display effectively making it the largest display on a Chromebook. So this will be an option ideally-suited to those looking for the most display real estate as possible. While this is one of many Chromebook 15s from Acer, it is the first one to look to offer a premium experience akin to the company's other Chromebook solutions. In other words, this is the most attractive Chromebook 15 to have come through from the company, to date. Looks aside, the Chromebook 15 features 4GB RAM, up to 32GB storage, and an Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor.
4. Lenovo e-series Chromebooks
Lenovo’s e-series is a new line of Chromebooks which looks to offer different options that cater to different consumer needs. So while there are three different models here, it is best to think of them as one product with various customizable options to suit different people. For example, for those looking for an entry-level option Lenovo has the 100e Chromebook which combines affordability with durability. From here, the line climbs up to the 300e Chromebook which builds on the features offered with the 100e along with a greater degree of flexibility. While the top-end product is the 500e Chromebook. Once again, this one builds on the traits associated with the other two but also adds even more premium elements, including a stylus and a heightened spec list. What is particularly worth noting is that in spite of these being different-tiered devices at the feature level, they are all quite competitively-priced in general, with the most expensive option -- the 500e -- still priced at under $350.
3. ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is all about bringing the features and design traits associated with the company's “Flip” line to a device that has a bigger screen. Making the Flip C302 a great option for those looking for portability but with a little bit more display to play with. For example, while the original Flip models come with a tablet-like 10.1-inch display, the C302 boasts a 12.5-inch display. Just like the other Flip models, however, the C302 achieves its heightened flexibility through the use of a 360-degree rotating hinge, along with a more premium build quality in general. Add to that a spec list consisting of 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and an Intel Core m3 processor, and the C302 is very much a Chromebook built for portability and performance.
2. Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro
Samsung's Chromebook Plus and Pro are premium Chromebooks in every sense of the word. And for those not looking to spend too much on a flagship-level Chromebook, these two Samsung models are the best bet. As they both look to offer all of the features and trapping associated with a premium model but are priced at less than half the cost associated with the number one Chromebook on this list. In fact, these two are often priced lower than some of the other Chromebooks on this list as well, making them the absolute best options when it comes to value for money. For example, the displays are not too small, nor too big, coming in at 12.3-inches. In addition, the resolution is 2400 x 1600 and therefore higher than what is offered on most of the other smaller (and larger)-sized Chromebooks. Likewise, they both include the now-normal degrees of flexibility through the inclusion of a 360-degree rotating hinge, and both also come with (and support) a stylus. As well as a core spec list that is pretty much in line with everything else on this list, such as 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. The two models are largely identical with the only notable difference being the processor in use as one model comes with a more well-known processor and by association, a slighter higher price tag attached.
1. Google Pixelbook
The Google Pixelbook is designed to be a showpiece for Chrome OS and this means it is unlikely to be a viable option for most buyers who are looking to combine value with performance. However, for those who are interested in having the very best Chrome OS experience possible, and irrespective of the cost, then the Pixelbook is really the only Chromebook to consider. Google has looked to ensure the software and the hardware here meet precisely and therefore this is a product that has been tailor-made with Chrome OS in mind. Software integration aside, and the hardware itself has also been designed with premium aspects in mind to ensure the quality of the product is consistent throughout. Add to that a spec list which largely eclipses everything else on the market. For instance, the baseline version sports 8GB RAM, 128GB storage and a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. Though, as mentioned, you are paying a premium price for this all-round premium Chromebook experience.