Finest Chromebook in 2021: 7 finest Chromebooks beginning below $300

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Let’s minimize to the chase: Chromebooks have lots to supply, a lot in order that Chromebooks are a greater match for extra individuals than a conventional laptop computer. It is true! Actually, Chromebooks are my go-to advice for individuals in search of a primary computing expertise.However what differentiates a Chromebook from different laptops? Chromebook laptopss run on Google’s net browser-centric Chrome working system, providing a extra minimalistic expertise than MacOS and Home windows. These machines are a strong alternative for individuals who dwell their lives on the internet and needn’t set up Home windows or Mac software program. Chromebook laptop computer choices embrace Acer Chromebook, Samsung Chromebook and Lenovo Chromebook mannequin. Chromebooks produce other constructive attributes, too. For one, they’re typically simpler on the pockets than PCs, MacBooks and iPads. And because the Chrome OS has developed to incorporate use of Android apps from the Google Play Retailer and Linux software program, now you can discover premium fashions with extra reminiscence, quicker processors and speedier storage. They’re pricier than the cheaper Chromebooks, however they’re additionally lighter and slimmer and often have higher battery life. Some also have a touchscreen.Learn extra: The 7 finest Chromebook offers for studentsHere you will discover one of the best Chromebook fashions we have reviewed. Every Chromebook laptop computer featured on this checklist is independently chosen by CNET’s editors and features a evaluation that does a deep dive into what makes it so nice. I’ll word, nevertheless, that if there is a particular set of specs you possibly can’t dwell with out, whether or not it is multiple USB port, an HDMI port, a selected display measurement or a headphone jack, you may need to dig deeper — these options aren’t assured on all Chromebooks. And if you happen to’re nonetheless unsure if a Chromebook is best for you, this is a breakdown of all they can and might’t do in contrast with a conventional laptop computer. This Chromebook evaluation checklist is up to date periodically.

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The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a 10-inch pill with a removable keyboard and touchpad. This Lenovo Chromebook’s small measurement is perhaps a bit of limiting as a major machine, although you possibly can hook up with an exterior show by way of its USB-C port. The Lenovo Duet is, nevertheless, an excellent Chromebook choose if you happen to’re searching for an inexpensive Chromebook for pure mobility or as a secondary machine that can be utilized in pill mode. Lenovo just lately introduced a higher-end 13-inch OLED model, too, the Chromebook Duet 5 that’ll be obtainable in October. This laptop computer has 8GB of RAM, up from 4GB on the earlier fashions. 

Learn our Lenovo Chromebook Duet evaluation.

 

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This Lenovo 13-inch Chromebook two-in-one is a greater guess than the Duet if you happen to want a laptop computer for all-day use. It has a full HD show in addition to glorious efficiency and battery life for the cash, because of an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 4GB of reminiscence and a 64GB solid-state drive. The Lenovo Flex shouldn’t be a fantastic Chromebook alternative for outside use, for the reason that show is fairly dim.

Learn our Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 evaluation.

 

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For those who’d quite have a wider display as an alternative of a taller one just like the Spin 713’s, this HP Chromebook is the best way to go. It is roughly 0.75 inch wider than a premium 13.3-inch mannequin, however that further width makes it simpler to work in two side-by-side home windows. The 2-in-one design means you should utilize the HP Chromebook x360 as a pill (although it’s kind of heavy to make use of as a handheld machine). You can even tent it, join an exterior keyboard and mouse and use it as a small all-in-one laptop. The Core i3 processor and 8GB of reminiscence preserve this HP Chromebook operating easily even with a pair dozen tabs open and streaming video within the background. And this Chromebook laptop computer has a protracted battery life as well, lasting 10 hours, 40 minutes in CNET’s checks.

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Bored with making an attempt to work on paperwork or spreadsheets on a small widescreen show? The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 makes use of one in all Acer’s vivid VertiView shows, a 13.5-inch 2,256×1,504-pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 facet ratio. Because the identify implies, the Acer Chromebook Spin offers you extra vertical room to work in, but it surely nonetheless has the width of a typical 13.3-inch laptop computer with a 16:9 ratio. Between that and the battery lifetime of the Acer Chromebook, which lasted practically 13 hours in our checks, you can get extra work performed in a day — and it is nonetheless skinny and lightweight sufficient for an on a regular basis carry. The most recent model of this Chromebook is the primary to obtain Intel’s Evo verification, which implies you will be getting the absolute best cellular expertise with this mannequin. It is also the primary with Thunderbolt 4 assist, which helps you to hook up with a number of exterior shows in addition to offering quick knowledge speeds and networking.

Learn our Acer Chromebook Spin 713 evaluation.

 

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Chromebooks are usually not related to gaming. Nonetheless, with cloud gaming companies akin to Stadia, GeForce Now and Xbox Sport Cross capable of run on Chromebooks alongside Android and Linux video games, you might have numerous choices now. The Asus Chromebook Flip CM5 is prepared for them, making it top-of-the-line Chromebook choices for gaming. The configuration we examined is offered from Costco for $600. A $500 configuration of the Asus Chromebook Flip CM5 is offered from Amazon, but it surely drops to a barely slower Ryzen 3 processor, 4GB of reminiscence and 64GB of slower eMMC flash reminiscence for storage. That configuration could be nice for common use, however spending the additional $100 (if you happen to can) will get you a a lot better Chromebook.

Learn our Asus Chromebook Flip CM5 evaluation.

 

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Simply as Google’s Pixel telephones supply one of the best pure Android expertise, the Google Pixelbook Go is constructed to ship one of the best of Chrome OS. The premium Chromebook begins at $649, however absolutely loaded with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of reminiscence, 256GB of storage and a 4K show, the worth hits an expensive $1,399. That is lots, and greater than most individuals want. Nonetheless, the Google Pixelbook Go is a superb little Chromebook, particularly for individuals who actually need to discover all that Chrome can do, together with Linux and Android app picks.

Learn our Pixelbook Go evaluation.

 

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It is uncommon for the second technology of a tool to have fewer options than the unique and nonetheless be an enchancment, however that is the case for this Samsung Chromebook. Samsung dialed again on a number of the options and parts of the unique, making this Samsung Chromebook sequel extra inexpensive than the first-gen mannequin. It has a touchscreen, pill capability, 8GB RAM and an Intel Core processor. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook additionally has a lot better battery life, and Samsung did all of it with out dropping all of its predecessor’s premium attraction.

Learn our Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 evaluation.

 

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