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The best Chromebook tablets you can buy

Forget the traditional laptop designs. Tablets can do much more.
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May 11, 2022
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook right rear angled profile
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There are many reasons why Chromebooks are great PC alternatives. They are fast, light, simple, convenient, and most are very affordable compared to traditional computers. Chrome OS devices come in all sizes, prices, configurations, and shapes. Those who want to buy a more conventional Chromebook can look at the list linked below, but today we will give you a list of the best Chromebook tablets. This unique breed of Chrome OS computers is more mobile and casual than the typical laptop format.

We’ve also included some Chromebook convertibles, which are laptops that can fold back to hide the keyboard. We know these aren’t technically tablets, but the thinner, lighter ones sure feel like one. It’s essential to include some in our list of the best Chromebook tablets, as they offer similar functionality.

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What to look for in a Chromebook tablet or convertible

Chromebook tablets and convertibles are incredibly enticing to those who want a device that can double as a pad and Chrome OS laptop. These should offer the best of both worlds, with superior mobility and touchscreen functionality. It should also come with an excellent keyboard, whether it’s attached or not. Of course, we’ll have higher standards for attached ones, though.

One crucial factor is that the best Chromebook tablets should have Android app support. While this is a very common feature with newer devices, some older ones may lack this. Every device listed here will have Android app support. This will make it simple to operate like any other Android tablet, all while Chrome OS can take on more desktop-like tasks for serious work. If you care for it, some might even be able to handle Linux apps for full desktop app compatibility.

As you’ll be primarily operating the screen, its quality should also be important. We prefer 1080p resolutions, but 720p might do, depending on the screen size. Build quality is also essential, as you’ll be handling the device directly much of the time when you use it as a tablet. Since Chromebook tablets are inherently portable, they should stand a chance against a slip or drop. Look for IP certifications and possibly even military standard ratings, if possible.

Of course, other ordinary gadget factors matter, such as battery life, design, connectivity, and more.

The best Chromebook tablets

Editor’s note: The best Chromebook tablets list will be updated regularly as new devices launch.

The best true Chromebook tablet: HP Chromebook X2 11

HP x2 11

Proper Chromebook tablets are not as common as convertibles. If you’re looking for an actual tablet, the Google Pixel Slate was an attractive option, but it’s really old, and Google never released a successor. The best option right now is the HP Chromebook X2 11.

It’s no powerhouse, but specs aren’t bad, and it’s gorgeously made out of aluminum. Specs include a Snapdragon 7c chipset and 8GB of RAM. Its IPS LED screen is also outstanding, considering it has a 2160 x 1440 resolution, which is hard to find, especially in an 11-inch panel. We wish it offered more than 64GB of storage, though.

Also included are a stylus pen and a detachable keyboard, which is a great addition for when you want to use the device as a laptop replacement or a drawing pad.

A true tablet with a larger screen: Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook front angled
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We had difficulty deciding between the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 and the HP Chromebook X2 11, but the latter proved to be slightly better. Regardless, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 is still a great option if you prefer a larger 13.3-inch screen and more storage (128GB), especially considering it’s significantly more affordable.

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The 1080p display is detachable, and it features a nice OLED panel. The device comes with a Snapdragon SC7180 processor and 8GB of RAM. It’s also made of aluminum, so it will look and feel great.

The best high-end option: Asus Chromebook Flip CX5

Asus Flip CX5

Chromebooks usually don’t need much power to perform well, but if you genuinely want a robust device, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything better than the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5. It managed to earn our CES 2022 award for the best Chromebook.

Base specs are already powerful for a Chromebook, but things get really impressive once you start throwing available upgrades at this machine. You can get as much as an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. The 15.6-inch screen is handsomely large, even if it sticks with a 1080p resolution. And since this is a full-bodied convertible laptop, you’ll get a much better keyboard, which is backlit.

Another high-end option: Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 tent mode
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Acer offers another high-end option with the Chromebook Spin 713, which did amazingly in our review. Though it’s heavy and has a muted style, it’s a capable device, making it one of the best Chromebook tablets around. Not to mention it’s very resistant and meets MIL-STD 810G for durability.

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Specs can also go up to an Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM. The 13.5-inch screen has an LED panel with a 2,256 x 1,504 resolution. You can also opt for an Intel Core i3 option with 4GB of RAM to save money, and it’s still a fantastic Chromebook.

The best-designed Chromebook tablet: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

Samsung Galaxy Chrome OS laptop
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The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is one of our favorite Chromebooks ever. While it isn’t necessarily a tablet, its super thin 0.55-inch body and convertible design make it feel as portable as one. The problem with the first Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is that, while a fantastic computer, it was a bit too expensive. The Samsung Chromebook 2 keeps the gorgeous aluminum design while making some sacrifices in specs and making this premium computer much more accessible.

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It features 13 hours of battery life, great audio, and a gorgeous QLED display. Don’t worry about performance either, as it’s still competent. You can get up to an Intel Core i3 and pair it with up to 8GB of RAM.

The best for the office: Asus Chromebook Flip CX3

Asus Chromebook Flip CX3

The Asus Chromebook Flip CX3 has an elegant and clean design that will look professional, making it one of the best Chromebook tablets for office workers. It even supports Chrome Enterprise Solutions.

The device comes with a MIL-STD-810H certification, which makes it a great tool to carry around on your way to meetings, sites, and other workplaces. Internals are just as great as externals, too. You can get the Asus Chromebook Flip CX3 with up to an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, as much as 16 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 6 support, and a 14-inch Full HD screen.

The best for students: Acer Chromebook Spin 514

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 display
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Students have specific needs, and the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is likely to meet them all. This Chromebook tablet convertible offers plenty of value for a very reasonable price. It’s also one of the few MIL-STD-810H certified devices on this list — a grade beyond the more common MIL-STD-810G rating.

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Specs can go up to a Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Of course, there are more affordable versions. The base model has a Ryzen 3, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The 14-inch 1080p display is also great. We also liked the backlit keyboard and large trackpad.

The best budget Chromebook tablet: Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3

Asus CM3

Asus has an excellent option for those looking for the best Chromebook tablet on a budget. It’s no performer, but will do just fine with everyday tasks, is very affordable, and has some nice tricks up its sleeve.

For starters, it’s the only actual tablet (not convertible) that has a slot for carrying the stylus, which is included. You’ll also get a removable keyboard and a stand cover that you can use both vertically and horizontally.

Affordable devices don’t have to be poorly built, either. The unit has a unibody aluminum design that’s only 7.9mm thin. Also, its 45W fast-charging apparently allows it to run for 45 minutes after being plugged in for just 15 seconds!


FAQs

Are Chromebook tablets worth it?

It depends on your needs. The best Chromebook tablets and convertibles can be very convenient. These can double as tablets, especially considering they have Android app support. Additionally, you can use the Chrome OS desktop UI for productivity and work. If you can live with Chrome OS, you might not even need a Windows or Mac computer.

How much should I spend on a Chromebook?

Everyone’s needs are different. We advise spending more on a higher-end device with more powerful specs if you genuinely want to replace your laptop with a Chromebook tablet. You’ll notice the lower specs on an affordable device once you start running more power-hungry apps and multiple windows. However, those who want a simple Chromebook tablet for everyday tasks and social media will do well with an affordable alternative. As a general rule of thumb, anything over $500 should start getting into the higher-end realm.

How much RAM do I need?

RAM is the most important spec for determining a device’s multitasking capabilities. Having more RAM will mean you can simultaneously open more apps and browser tabs without slow-downs. There is no concrete number we can give you, as your RAM needs depend on many factors, such as the type of app you’re using. With that said, we’ve found that 8GB tends to be a sweet spot for most users. Anything above that will be even better.

Can I play games on a Chromebook?

Chromebooks aren’t generally the best for playing games, especially if you go for a budget option. They can run Android apps, though, and hence, can be pretty good gaming machines. That is, when the performance can handle them. Get a higher-end Chromebook tablet if you intend to play games.

Can I edit photos and videos on a Chromebook?

While most believe this isn’t possible, modern Chromebooks are capable of editing photos and videos to a certain degree. There are plenty of Android apps and web apps that make this possible. 


Are you not convinced by any of the best Chromebook tablets? Maybe you should take a look at options with other operating systems. Check out our lists of the best Android tablets or the best Windows tablets. Additionally, we have a list of the best Chromebooks, just in case you want a Chrome OS device with a traditional form factor.