Chrome OS has come a long way in the decade since its 2011 launch. New offline features, access to the Google Play Store, and support for Linux apps are great indications of how far Google’s OS has come. Chromebooks have had a similar journey, too, going from the ultra-affordable and extremely niche to powerful — and often expensive — laptops in their own right.
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These days you’ll find options for up to $1,000 or more, catering to all types of users. While there are many different models out there, below are seven of the best Chromebooks available right now.
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Chromebooks regularly as new devices launch.
Best overall: Asus Chromebook Flip C436
High-performance specs and a beautiful aluminum body are the names of the game with the Asus Chromebook Flip. As you’d guess, you also get a 4-in-1 design that lets you choose between a laptop, stand, tent, or tablet modes. In many ways, the Chromebook Flip compares similarly to Google’s Pixelbook on the spec sheet, but it packs less RAM and obviously has a more flexible design.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 packs an impressive 14-inch Full HD display, and the NanoEdge bezels should keep you locked in on your work or play. While the port selection is limited to just a pair of USB-C options and a USB-A port, the overall construction and flexible design make the Flip C436 a great value for just about any user.
Asus Chromebook Flip C436 specs:
- Display: 14-inch Full HD touchscreen
- Processor: Intel Core i3-10110U
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Ports: 2x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 3.5mm jack
- Battery: 42Wh Li-Po, up to 12 hours
Best for power users: Google Pixelbook Go
Historically, Google’s in-house offerings have been superpowered beasts with frightening price tags to match. The Pixelbook Go attempts to appeal to more users thanks to a lower starting price of $649.99. For those that enjoyed the maxed-out nature of the older Pixelbook, the good news is some high-performance models go all the way up to $1,399 — though you might be better off just buying a used Pixelbook if you are preferred the older 4-in-1 design.
The Pixelbook Go is a traditional clamshell forgoing the more exotic designs of its predecessors in favor of something simple yet refined.
Learn more: Google Pixelbook Go review
It’s available in multiple configurations with processors ranging from the basic Intel Core M3 all the way up to a Core i7. Most models pack a 13-inch 1080p display, but the most expensive variant jumps to a 4K panel. You’ll also find options with as much as 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
If you’re looking for a well-rounded clamshell with plenty of power, this is a great option. That said, there are cheaper options that offer similar performance from brands like Acer and HP.
Google Pixelbook Go specs:
- Display: 13.3-inch touch IPS panel, 1080p (4K option)
- Processor: Intel Core M3, i5, or i7
- RAM: 8 to 16 GB
- Storage: 64-256GB
- Ports: 2x USB-C, 3.5mm jack
- Battery: battery life up to 12 hours
Best budget: Lenovo Flex 5 13-inch
If you want a flexible 2-in-1 that won’t break the bank, Lenovo’s Flex 5 is a great option to consider. It packs a portable 13.3-inch display and up to a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor. Rounding out the internals, you can pick up a Flex 5 with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage. Although the specs might not take home any trophies for speed, the Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity should keep you productive no matter what.
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The 2-in-1 design also makes the Flex 5 a perfect binge-watching device. Lenovo stretched the Full HD display and kept slim little bezels so your favorite shows will look better than ever. They’ll sound great, too, thanks to front-facing stereo speakers. It’s not the most port-packed Chromebook, though, as Lenovo only had space for a pair of USB-C ports and a USB-A option. At least it still has a headphone jack for listening in public places.
Lenovo Flex 5 specs:
- Display: 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen
- Processor: Up to Intel Core i3-10110U
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64 or 128GB
- Ports: 2x USB-C, 1x USB-A
- Battery: Battery life up to 10 hours
The best Chromebook for Students (or value buyers): Samsung Chromebook 4
Depending on your student’s age, you probably don’t need much from a Chromebook — just a simple device for getting online and doing homework. Teenagers and children also tend to be less than careful with their electronics, so you’ll want something that won’t break you into tears if the kids happen to destroy it. Enter the Samsung Chromebook 4.
The Samsung Chromebook 4 comes in under $300, sporting great battery life and above-average performance for the price. On the downside, the display is below average with poor brightness and washed-out colors, so if you’re looking for something for heavy media consumption, the Chromebook 4 might disappoint (until you remember how cheap it is).
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It’s powered by an Intel Celeron Processor N4000 with either 4 or 6GB of RAM, depending on the configuration. You’ll also find storage sizes between 16 and 64GB and your choice of either an 11-inch or 15-inch display. Regardless of your pick, not a single option will cost more than around $300.
Bottom-line, this is a great device if you’re looking for a simple Chromebook that can serve as a gateway to social media, Google Drive, and very basic gaming. Just don’t expect a powerhouse.
Samsung Chromebook 4 specs:
- Display: 11.6-inch or 15.6-inch display with 1,366 x 768 resolution
- Processor: Intel Celeron Processor N4000
- RAM: 4 or 6GB
- Storage: 32 to 64GB
- Ports: 1x USB A, 1x USB C
- Battery: 5070mAh battery, 10+ hours battery life
Best tablet: Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Not only is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet one of the best cheap options around, but you might not even recognize it as a laptop at first glance. It resembles a pocket-sized journal with a folding fabric cover and just a 10.1-inch display. Lenovo’s Duet may be more of a tablet than a true Chromebook, but it still packs a solid punch in a tiny body.
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Under that soft-touch cover, you’ll find a clever little MediaTek Helio P60T processor and 4GB of RAM. The Helio P60T may not be the most powerful processor around, but Chrome OS is light and fast, and 4GB of RAM should keep you running smoothly. Many Chromebooks putter out after around 10 or so hours of usage, but the Duet is a battery sipping beast, offering closer to 20 hours of continuous usage.
While the Lenovo Duet may not be great for power users, the tiny form-factor and lightweight are great for students and travelers alike.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet specs:
- Display: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen
- Processor: MediaTek Helio P60T
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Ports: 1x USB-C
- Battery: Battery life up to 20 hours
Best for travel: Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE)
Samsung’s aging Chromebook Plus V2 may not be the newest option around, but it’s yet to be surpassed in the LTE category. That may change as 5G picks up steam with Windows laptops like the Lenovo Flex 5G, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, the Plus V2 still has a lot going for it, including a built-in stylus, a touch display, and — obviously — a built-in LTE modem.
The Chromebook Plus V2 is powered by an Intel Celeron 3965Y with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There’s also a 12.2-inch touch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Unfortunately, one area that is less great for travelers is battery life, at just seven hours. While this isn’t bad compared to some other laptops, many competitors hit 10 or more hours. Ultimately, while it’s great for travelers that need constant access to the Internet and can’t rely on Wi-Fi, you’ll need a compatible power bank or access to a wall outlet.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is a solid machine and, these days, can be yours for around $300 typically. Considering the specs and built-in LTE, this is a good deal. For those frequent travelers that can live without LTE, however, we’d recommend the Chromebook Flip or Pixelbook Go (listed above) as alternatives.
Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE) specs:
- Display: 12.2-inch display, HD resolution
- Processor: Intel Celeron 3965Y
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 32GB
- Ports: 2x USB-C, 1x USB-A 3.0, headphone jack
- Battery: 7-8 hour battery life
Best big-screen Chromebook: HP Pro C640 Chromebook
Chromebooks and small screens are often a perfect match for one another, but what if you want some extra real estate? Our pick is HP’s Pro C640 for its large 14-inch Full HD display powerful processor. The machine is brand-new, packing a 10th-generation Core i5 chipset, with up to 16GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to keep you going.
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The Pro C640 has plenty of USB-C ports, and the aluminum build and three-sided tiny bezels are about as premium as you can get. At just three pounds, the Pro C640 should be comfortable to tote throughout your day, and it certainly beats carrying a separate laptop and tablet. You should manage around 12 hours of battery life with the 60Wh unit, so don’t be afraid to leave your charger at home. HP also offers a touch version of the Pro C640, but it may cost you in terms of battery life as well.
While the Pro C640 may not be HP’s newest option, the big screen is a real draw and the Core i5 processor outpaces many newer low-level processors. If you’re dead-set on the biggest screen, stick with the Pro C640. However, the Asus Flip C436 is a great alternative, and it’s our best overall pick.
HP Pro C640 Chromebook specs:
- Display: 14-inch Full HD
- Processor: Intel Core i5-10310U
- RAM: Up to 16GB
- Storage: Up to 128GB
- Ports: 2x USB-C 3.1, 2x USB-A 3.1, headphone jack, HDMI
- Battery: 12-hour battery life