Chrome OS looks to be ready to enter in its next transitional state with the market expected to start seeing tablets powered by Chrome OS coming through in the next few weeks and months. Which makes for an exciting time for Chromebooks due to the increase in the type and style of Chromebooks that will be on offer to those in the market for a new one. In the meantime, however, there are plenty of great options already available for those looking for a new Chromebook, and to help make the current landscape a bit easier to navigate here are our top 10 best Chromebooks picks for May, 2018.
10. Acer Chromebook Spin 11
Acer designed its Chromebook Spin 11 with portability in mind and therefore this is one more aimed at those looking for an ultra-portable Chromebook experience. For example, this is a Chromebook with an 11.6-inch display (along with a 1366 x 768 resolution). In addition, this is a Chromebook that also makes use of a 360-degree rotating hinge allowing it to be adjusted for use in different positions. Furthermore, the Spin 11 also includes a stylus for extra added value and functionality. This is all while adopting a build quality designed to withstand the perils of daily life. At the spec level, this Chromebook comes loaded with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor, and a battery that is rated to offer up to ten hours of usage off a single charge. Its main downside is that it is not an affordable Chromebook and will currently set you back in the region of $400.
9. Samsung Chromebook 3
The Samsung Chromebook 3 is nothing special although its lack of uniqueness is its main selling point. For those who are new to Chrome OS or just looking for a no-thrills option which comes from a reputable brand and is priced affordably, the Chromebook 3 is the one to check out. As while you will not get any of the OTT features or design points, you do get a highly reliable entry-level product and all for typically under $200. Speaking of the price, this does vary slightly depending on which model is opted for as the Chromebook 3 is available in two flavors which differ at the RAM level (2 and 4GB). Otherwise, the rest of the specs are identical including an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, 16GB storage, and an Intel Celeron N3050 processor.
8. ASUS Chromebook Flip C101
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 is the next-generation Flip model from ASUS which means it's about as portable as a Chromebook currently gets. This is due to the Flipo C101 maintaining the original Flip display size -- 10.1-inches -- making it much more like a tablet in terms of size than a Chromebook. Adding to that, this is also a model which features a 360-degree rotating hinge and therefore can easily be changed to make best use of the environment and circumstances, and once again, further emulating a traditional tablet. In short, when it comes to the ultimate in portability, the Chromebook Flip C101, is it. Besides its small size and flexible design, the Flip C101 also features a competitive spec list including 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a Rockchip RK3399 quad-core processor.
7. Acer Chromebook R 13
Acer's Chromebook R 13 has remained a solid option ever since its release and largely thanks to its more portable nature. Typically speaking, larger Acer Chromebooks adopt a more traditional laptop-like design which makes them great for those looking for a laptop experience but less so for those looking for a more flexible option. The Chromebook R 13 changes this however thanks to the inclusion of 360-degree rotating hinge which allows the Chromebook to be manipulated for use in various positions, including a tablet mode. Add to that, the display measures in at 13.3-inches and is therefore large enough to outdo smaller Chromebooks that also place portability as their main selling point. The Chromebook R 13 looks to offer the best of both worlds. As for the main specs, the Chromebook R 13 features 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a MediaTek (MT8173C) quad-core processor.
6. Acer Chromebook 15 (2017)
If size matters, then the Acer Chromebook 15 is worth checking out. In fact, this has been the Chromebook 15 line’s main selling point since the beginning with each model that has come through sticking with the same 15.6-inch display, and by association offering consumers the greatest degree of display real estate possible on a Chromebook. However, the most recent version has looked to improve in other areas as well, resulting in this model becoming slightly more premium than previous ones. This largely applies to the design which now takes on properties that are more associated with Acer’s other Chromebook options, like more of an aluminium quality. As for the main specs, the Chromebook 15 features 4GB RAM, up to 32GB storage, and an Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor.
5. Lenovo e-series Chromebooks
Lenovo recently launched its new e-series of Chromebooks with three models, the 100e, 300e and 500e. While all three share the same DNA and look to offer a similar experience, they are designed to cater to different consumer needs. Which means they are best understood as entry-level, mid-range, and more premium, respectively. Of the three, the 500e Chromebook is worth paying special attention to as while it is positioned as the best product in the e-series, it is priced very affordably compared to other premium options. As for its features, the 500e Chromebook not only boasts greater flexibility thanks to the included 360-degree rotating hinge, but also a stylus and an 11.6-inch display designed to utilize the included stylus. At the spec level, the 500e Chromebook features 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and an Intel Celeron N3450U processor. Aspects when all taken together make the less than $350 price seem like a bargain.
4. ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is a great solution for those looking for a portable, yet larger display. As the Flip C302 builds upon the design and portability associated with the Flip line through the inclusion of a 360-degree rotating hinge. However, unlike previous Flip models which come with a tiny display, the Flip C302 features a 12.5-inch display. Making it directly compatible with a number of the recent and more premium Chromebooks. Likewise, the specs are also directly comparable with most of the current premium options thanks to the inclusion of 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and an Intel Core m3 processor. The one downside with this Chromebook is that while it does offer a lot for the money, it is priced that little bit higher than the other options that offer an identical, if not better, product overall.
3. Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro
The Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro are largely the same Chromebook as they primarily only differ at the processor level which has a slight knock-on effect in the price difference. Otherwise, buyers of either model should expect an almost identical product with an almost identical user experience. Which by all accounts, is a very good user experience as these two Chromebook models are designed to offer a portable, yet powerful Chrome OS solution. In terms of the display, both include a 12.3-inch display along with a 2400 x 1600 resolution. Likewise both also feature a 360-degree rotating hinge allowing both to be used in a number of different positions, including a tablet mode. Both also feature a stylus for an even more intuitive and premium experience. As for their baseline specs, besides the differing at the processor level, both feature 4GB RAM and 32GB storage.
2. HP Chromebook x2
The HP Chromebook x2 is a very new Chromebook. So new, in fact, that it's still not widely available and not expected to be until the first half of June. However, some places, including Best Buy are already letting buyers pick this one up, and on first impressions it certainly seems to be an option worth considering. First off, this is essentially the ‘world’s first detachable Chromebook’ putting it directly in competition with the likes of the Surface Book, boasting a fully detachable keyboard, a stylus, and more. At the spec level, the HP Chromebook x2 features a 12.3-inch display along with a 2400 x 1600 resolution. As well as a choice between 4 and 8GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 7th Gen Intel Core m3 processor, and a battery rated to offer more than ten hours of usage off a single charge. Needless to say, with a device positioned as feature-rich as this one, it is not the most affordable Chromebook with prices starting from $599 in the us.
1. Google Pixelbook
Generally speaking, Chrome OS offers a very similar experience regardless of which device a consumer opts for. Making the hardware and specs usually the biggest difference between options. If that is the only measurement used to compare Chromebooks then the Google Pixelbook is as good as it gets in Chromebook land. As this is Google’s Chromebook and one that has been conceived to showcase the platform and highlight how Chromebooks can take on the premium laptop market. As a result, buyers can expect a heightened and premium build quality along with a spec sheet that varies depending on model chosen with the baseline version featuring 8GB RAM, 128GB storage and a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. In addition, this is also a Chromebook that is compatible with a stylus (sold separately) and one that also utilizes other hardware aspects to further heighten the all-in Google experience, such as a dedicated Google Assistant hardware button. The one clear downside with the Pixelbook is that all these premium aspects do come at a price resulting in the Pixelbook not only being the best Chromebook you can currently buy, but also the most expensive.