Asus Chromebook Flip C434 with coffee

Chromebooks come in all shapes, sizes, configurations, and price points. Some are best for schoolwork, some are better for casual browsing, while even others are better for mobile professionals. Finding the right balance of features and price can often be a challenge, and there’s always a compromise hiding somewhere. This can be especially true when looking for the best budget Chromebooks on the market.

In our look at the best budget Chromebooks, we focused on mid-range products that fall between $300 and $550, emphasizing 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. Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5
  5. HP Chromebook 14
  6. Acer Chromebook Spin 11

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 many 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 feels like a premium pick.

You’ll find a quad-core Intel Celeron processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage under the hood. 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. 

Acer Chromebook 14 specs:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3450 
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC
  • Webcam: 1,280 x 720 HD
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.1 Type-C ports
  • Battery: 3,950mAh
  • 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 helps keep your options open. 

Samsung Chromebook 4 Plus specs:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
  • Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
  • Memory: 6GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB eMMC
  • 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. Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4 are aboard, as well as stereo speakers and a headphone jack. The 48Wh battery lasts up to 10 hours.

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core m3 / Core i5
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD
  • Memory: 4GB/8GB LPDDR3
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB eMMC
  • 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. Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5

lenovo chromebook flex 5

The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 2-in-1 hits a sweet spot in the middle of our best budget Chromebooks. At 13.3-inches, the screen is large enough but not overwhelming. It’s a Full HD LED touch display that’s complemented by integrated Intel UHD graphics. The setup sticks with Intel for the CPU, relying on a 10th-gen 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 DDR4 RAM and 128GB of PCle SSD storage. The flexible 2-in-1 design helps set the Chromebook Flex 5 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. 

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 2-in-1 specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Display: 13.3-inch Full HD
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4
  • Storage: 128GB PCle SSD
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Ports: 2 USB Type-C, 1 USB Type-A
  • Battery: 4-cell, 51Whr, 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.35kg / 2.97lbs

5. HP Chromebook 14

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The HP Chromebook 14 is one of the larger options in our list of best budget Chromebooks. It has a premium build and comes in a ceramic white finish. HP’s Chromebook is a step up as far as the design is concerned, particularly compared to the common black or silver options lining store shelves. The 14-inch HD or Full HD screen necessitates most of the bulk. Thanks in part to the large chassis, you’ll find a full-sized keyboard for a comfortable day of typing. This could be a boon to writers and students alike. Further, the keyboard has four levels of backlighting.

You’ll be treated to an Intel Celeron N4000 processor as well as 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the storage is a bit tight at just 32GB onboard. You’ll find plenty of ports, including two USB Type-C, one USB Type-A, microSD, and a headphone jack. Other features include B&O-tuned stereo speakers and a Kensington lock.

HP Chromebook 14 specs:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
  • Display: 14-inch HD or Full HD
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 32GB SSD
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Ports: 2 USB Type-C, 1 USB Type-A, microSD slot
  • Battery: 32Wh battery
  • Weight: 1.47kg / 3.24lbs

6. Acer Chromebook Spin 11

Acer Chromebook Spin 11

Here’s another compact option. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is one of the most flexible machines from the company. It comes in a small 11.6-inch form-factor, and it’s bundled with a Wacom pen and soft carrying sleeve. Although the construction is fully plastic, the Spin 11 is rocking a brushed finish for a premium feel.

Only a single processor option is available to the Spin 11, and that’s an Intel Celeron N3350 clocked at 1.1GHz with a 4MB cache and a burst speed of up to 2.4GHz. Other specs that play a role in performance include the Intel HD Graphics 500 and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM at 2.4GHz. The Spin 11 is also limited to just 32GB of storage, though that’s not unheard of in Chromebook territory. You’ve got USB-C and USB-A ports, as well as a headphone jack and a DisplayPort.

Acer Chromebook Spin 11:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3350
  • Display: 11.6-inch HD
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Ports: 2 USB-C ports (3.1 Gen 1), 2 USB-A ports (3.0), DisplayPort, MicroSD
  • Battery: 3-cell, 37Wh, 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.27kg / 2.8lbs

That’s it for our look at the best budget Chromebooks. For even more Chromebook-related content, check out the links below.