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Chromebooks come in all shapes, sizes, configurations, and price points. Some are better for students, some are better for casual at-home browsing, while some are better for mobile professionals. Finding the right balance of features and price can often be a challenge, and there almost always seems to be a compromise hiding somewhere. This can be especially true when looking for the best budget Chromebooks you can buy.

In our look at the best budget Chromebooks, we focused on mid-range products that fall between $300 and $550, with an emphasis on those under $500. You won’t find premium machines, nor entry-level school-kid fare here. These Chromebooks generally offer solid screens, zippy processors, and respectable RAM and storage combinations at affordable price points.

Best budget Chromebooks

  1. Acer Chromebook 514
  2. Samsung Chromebook 4 Plus
  3. Asus Chromebook Flip C434
  4. Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1
  5. HP Chromebook 15
  6. Lenovo Chromebook C340 (11-inch)

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best budget Chromebooks regularly as new devices launch.


1. Acer Chromebook 514

Acer Chromebook 514

The Acer Chromebook 514 covers some important basics. It features an aluminum chassis, a Full HD touch screen, and a backlit keyboard. These ensure that you can be productive day or night. The battery lasts well more than a full work or school day (12 hours), and the Gorilla Glass trackpad is a nice touch of luxury. It’s a standard clamshell, but the stylish design is eye-catching.

Under the hood, you’ll find a quad-core Intel Celeron processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. It boasts two DisplayPort USB-C ports, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and an HD webcam. The 514 weighs a respectable 3.09 pounds. It’s available from Amazon for $396.


Acer Chromebook 14 specs:

  • Processor: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N3450 w/2.2GHz burst
  • Display: 14-in. Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LED
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC
  • Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi w/2×2 MIMO
  • Webcam: 1,280 x 720 HD
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.1 Type-C ports (Gen 1)
  • Battery: 3,950mAh lithium-polymer, 12 hours
  • Weight: 1.41kg / 3.09lbs

2. Samsung Chromebook 4 Plus

samsung chromebook 4 plus

Samsung has been making cutting edge displays for years, and the Chromebook 4 Plus brings that quality to a budget-friendly package. The minimized bezels help to draw you into the large 15.6-inch Full HD display that’s boosted by Intel UHD 600 graphics. You should have no problem working all day long from just about anywhere with up to 10 hours of battery life.

On the inside, Samsung has loaded the Chromebook 4 Plus with an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. You can take full advantage of two USB-C ports and a USB-A option for older peripherals. While the Chromebook 4 Plus is only equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, a headphone jack and MicroSD card reader help to keep your options open. The Samsung Chromebook 4 Plus retails for $379.99 directly from Samsung.


Samsung Chromebook 4 Plus specs

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
  • Display: 15.6-in. Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LED
  • Memory: 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB eMMC
  • Wireless: 802.11 ac wave2 2X2
  • Webcam: 1,280 x 720 HD
  • Ports: 2 USB Type-C (Gen 1), 1 Type-A (Gen 1)
  • Battery: 39Wh, 10.5 hours
  • Weight: 1.70kg / 3.75lbs

3. Asus Chromebook Flip C434

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 tabletop

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a more refined version of the C425, with a 360-degree rotating display for that two-in-one functionality. The Flip style means the C434 can be used as a traditional laptop, a standing screen, or a slate when the display is fully opened. The C434 carries over many of the features of the C425. For example, it has the same 14-inch Full HD display and NanoEdge design with a screen-to-body ratio of 87%. The slim bezels allowed Asus to keep the chassis as small as those often found on 13-inch Chromebooks. Asus says the C434 has a “flagship keyboard” that features 1.4mm of key travel and a backlight for good measure.

Asus is offering either an Intel Core m3 or Core i5 processor with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. The C434 features two USB-C ports, and a single USB-A port for connecting older hardware. WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4 are aboard, as well as stereo speakers and a headphone jack. The 48Wh battery lasts up to 10 hours. Amazon sells the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 for $549.


Asus Chromebook Flip C434 specs

  • Processor: Intel Core m3 / Core i5
  • Display: 14-in. Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD
  • Memory: 4GB/8GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB eMMC
  • Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi 5
  • Webcam: 1,280 x 720 HD
  • Ports: 2 USB Type-C (Gen 1), 1 Type-A (Gen 1)
  • Battery: 48Wh, 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.45gkg / 3.19lbs

4. Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1

dell inspiron 14 2 in 1

 

The Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 hits a sweet spot in the middle of our best budget Chromebooks. At 14-inches, the screen is large enough but not overwhelming. It’s a Full HD TrueLife LED touch display that’s complemented by integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics. The setup sticks with Intel for the CPU, relying on a Core i3 processor to get work done. Dell’s large chassis allows for a backlit keyboard that’s comfortable to type on and the touchscreen supports a built-in stylus.

When it comes to memory and storage, you should have no problem working with the 4GB of DDR2 RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. The flexible 2-in-1 design helps to set the Inspiron apart when it comes to media and creativity. An all-aluminum body houses two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, a headphone jack, and a MicroSD port. Dell’s Inspiron 14 2-in-1 retails for around $450 on Amazon.


Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 specs:

  • Processor: 2.2GHz 8th-generation Intel Core i3
  • Display: 14-in. Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR2
  • Storage: 128GB eMMC
  • Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi 5
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Ports: 2 USB Type-C, 1 USB Type-A
  • Battery: 4-cell, 45W, 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.8kg / 3.99lbs

5. HP Chromebook 15

HP Chromebook 15

The HP Chromebook 15 is one of the larger options in our list of best budget Chromebooks. This machine has an aluminum build and comes in a white-and-blue finish. It’s a step up as far as the design is concerned, particularly when compared to the common black or silver Chromebooks lining store shelves. The 15.6-inch screen necessitates bulk. The Full HD panel supports touch input, which is welcome. Thanks in part to the large chassis, you’ll find a full-sized keyboard complete with number pad. This could be a boon to accountants. Further, the keyboard has four levels of backlighting. The trackpad is large and offset a bit.

Several different processor and RAM configurations are available, with Core i3 and Core i5 among them. One thing to appreciate: All variants come with 128GB of storage. You’ll find plenty of ports, including two USB Typc-C, one USB Type-A, microSD, and a headphone jack. Other features include B&O-tuned stereo speakers and a Kensington lock. It is available from Amazon for $469.


HP Chromebook 15 specs

  • Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 8250U
  • Display: 15.6-in. Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR3
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Ports: 2 USB Type-C, 1 USB Type-A, microSD slot
  • Battery: 3-cell lithium-ion
  • Weight: 1.81kg / 3.99lbs

6. Lenovo Chromebook C340 (11-inch)

Lenovo Chromebook C340 review hero shot

Here’s another compact option. The Lenovo Chromebook C340 is one of the newer machines from the company. It comes in 11.6- and 15.6-inch sizes and we prefer the smaller, more portable one. This Chromebook is available in either gray or, believe it or not, pink. It’s got a wedge-like shape and comes across as rather chunky.

Only a single processor option is available to the C340, and that’s an Intel Celeron N4000 clocked at 1.1GHz with a 4MB cache and burst speed of up to 2.6GHz. Other specs that play a role in performance include the Intel UHD Graphics 600 and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM at 2.4GHz. Two storage variants are available: 32GB and 64GB, with only $20 separating the two. You’ve got USB-C and USB-A ports, as well as a headphone jack.

The price of the Chromebook C340 (11-inch) recently dropped from $299 to $249. It’s a steal at that price.


Lenovo Chromebook C340 (11-inch) specs

  • Processor: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N4000
  • Display: 11.6-in. HD (1,366 x 768)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Ports: 2 USB-C ports (3.1 Gen 1), 2 USB-A ports (3.1 Gen 1)
  • Battery: 3-cell, 42Wh, 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.18kg / 2.6lbs

That’s it for our look at the best budget Chromebooks. For even more Chromebook buyer’s guides and how tos, check out the links below.

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