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Chrome OS has become increasingly capable since its launch back in 2011. The addition of 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 laptops in their own right. There are also numerous options to choose from.

Here are some of the best Chromebooks you can buy!

Best Chromebooks:

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

Best overall: Acer Chromebook Spin 13

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If you’re looking for a Chromebook that doesn’t cut any corners, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is a great choice. It comes with a large, high-resolution display, premium looks, and giving the device its name is a 360-degree hinge that lets you rotate the screen and use it as a large tablet. The Chromebook Spin 13 isn’t lacking in connectivity options and other premium features either.

It also comes with its own stylus that docks into the base of the laptop. It also uses EMR active pen technology from well-known stylus company Wacom, so it will work on the Chromebook’s touchscreen like a true digital pen.

High-end specifications and features come at a price though, with the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 starting at $699.99. There are two versions of the Chromebook available, with the higher-end iteration coming with a faster processing package, more RAM, and a touchscreen display.

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 specs:

  • Display: 13.5-inch LCD, Quad HD
  • Processor: 8th gen Intel Core i3/i5
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A
  • Battery: 45Wh, up to 10 hours

Best performance: Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook

The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook is another excellent option if you want a Chrome OS laptop that focuses on performance. The Yoga Chromebook shares a lot with the Chromebook Spin 13, including the same processing package, the ability to convert it into a tablet by completely rotating the screen, and solid build quality.

The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook manages to stand out from the premium Chromebook crowd by including a couple of features you won’t get with any Chromebook that is currently available. The highest-end model of the Yoga Chromebook is the first to feature a 4K Ultra HD display. All versions also come with large 15.6-inch displays, something that you won’t get with any other high-end Chromebook. Unfortunately, that large screen isn’t ideal when using it is tablet mode though.

The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook starts at $539.99, but if you want to the ultra high-resolution display and the faster processing package, it’ll set you back $809.99.

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 specs:

  • Display: 15.6-inch LED, Full HD / 4K Ultra HD
  • Processor: 8th gen Intel Core i3/i5
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A
  • Battery: 56Wh, up to 10 hours

Best battery life: HP Chromebook x360 14 G1

HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 fron side at CES 2019

The HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 is the first Chromebook from the company and one of the few outside of Google’s own devices to support the Intel i7 processor. Apart from that, you get everything you’d expect from a high-end Chromebook – premium build quality (albeit not completely metal like some of the other options on this list), a lot of RAM, decent connectivity options, and impressive battery life.

The HP Chromebook x360 continues the trend of 2-in-1 capabilities, with a 360-degree hinge allowing you to use the laptop as a tablet. If there’s   a knock against this device, it’s the fact that all versions come with just 64GB of storage, especially when you consider the hefty price tag of the high-end models.

There are multiple versions of the HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 available, with the device starting at around $500. However, if you are looking for all the power, the highest-end model will set you back close to $1250.

HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 specs:

  • Display: 14-inch LED, Full HD
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Gold / Core i3/i5/i7
  • RAM: 8/16GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A
  • Battery: 60Wh, up to 12 hours

Best 2-in-1: Asus Chromebook Flip C434

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 on table with coffee

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is the successor to the highly popular Chromebook Flip, which was one of the first and best Chromebooks released with a 2-in-1 design. Like most of the other options on this list, the new Chromebook Flip C434 comes with a 360-degree hinge that lets you use the device in tablet mode.

However, the Chromebook Flip is one of the best options when it comes to using tablet mode. This is courtesy of the ultra-thin bezels around the display that allowed Asus to pack a 14-inch display into the body of a 13-inch laptop. It’s lightweight and compact, more so than a lot of the competition, making it one of the best Chromebooks in the 2-in-1 category.

The version of the Chromebook Flip C434 is powered by the Intel Core m3 processor and is priced starting at $529.99. If you were hoping for a little more processing power, Asus will launch models with Intel Core i-series processors soon.

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 specs:

  • Display: 14-inch LED, Full HD
  • Processor: Intel Core m3
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A
  • Battery: 48Wh, up to 10 hours

Best tablet: Google Pixel Slate

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Most Chromebooks on this list are laptops that can be used as a tablet by rotating the screen. Then Google Pixel Slate flips that concept on its head. What you get here is a large tablet that runs a custom version of Chrome OS to make it work better as both a tablet and a desktop interface. It switches between the two as required, from the tablet UI when on its own to the familiar desktop UI when docked into the optional Pixel Slate keyboard.

You get laptop specs and features though, and it’s one of the few Chromebooks that support Intel’s Core i7 processor. The highest-end version of the Pixel Slate also offers a lot of storage as well, double or sometimes four times what you get with competing devices.

Unfortunately, all that power and other high-end features don’t come cheap. The Google Pixel Slate is priced starting at $749 and going up to almost double that for the top-end model. These prices don’t include the expensive Pixel Slate keyboard either. However, if the “tablet mode” that you get with other Chromebooks are what you are looking for, what’s better than a Chrome OS tablet itself.

Google Pixel Slate specs:

  • Display: 12.3-inch, 3,000 x 2,000
  • SoC: Intel Core m3/i5/i7
  • RAM: 8/16GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C
  • Battery: 48Wh, up to 10 hours

Best for students: Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14

dell inspiron chromebook 14 2-in-1

The best Chromebooks for students tend to be affordable, but low-powered, machines that are built to take a beating and offer excellent battery life. If you’re looking for a lot more power and high-end features while ticking all the other boxes, your best bet right now is the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14.

The Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 doesn’t offer the best specs when compared to the rest of the devices on this list. However, it isn’t found lacking in other key areas. It comes with a good display that can be rotated to use the device as a tablet and you get all the connectivity options you may need. More importantly, the solid build quality ensures that it can survive a fall and the battery life is one of the best you’ll get from a Chromebook right now. It also comes with a stylus that slots into the device.

There are better options when purely looking at specifications and bulkier and more affordable Chromebooks are available that are student-friendly. What the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 provides is the perfect middle ground between the two. The Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 is usually priced starting at $549.99, but a deal that is currently running means that you can get it for just $399.99.

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 specs:

  • Display: 14-inch, Full HD
  • SoC: 8th gen Intel Core i3
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A
  • Battery: 56Wh, up to 15 hours

The flagship: Google Pixelbook

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There may be a lot more competition in this space now, but the Google Pixelbook, that was released almost two years ago, remains one of the best high-end Chromebooks you can buy. The cheapest Pixelbook (which is still quite expensive of course) comes with a similar processing package and more storage than most other options on this list. And that’s just the base model.

At the other end of the price spectrum, you get the 7th gen Core i7 processor. What is great though is the 512GB of storage that is available with the highest-end model, at least double what is available with any other premium Chromebook. All models are also of the 2-in-1 variety, that lets you rotate the screen and use it as a tablet.

It’s not just about specifications either. The Google Pixelbook looks like a flagship laptop and nothing ever feels less than premium. Unsurprisingly, the Pixelbook isn’t very friendly on the wallet though. The Google Pixelbook starts at $899.99 and goes up to $1399.99 for the top-end version.

Google Pixelbook specs:

  • Display: 12.3-inch, Quad HD
  • SoC: 7th gen Intel Core i5/i7
  • RAM: 8/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C
  • Battery: 41Wh, up to 10 hours

Those are the best Chromebooks money can buy! Is there another Chrome OS device you feel deserves a place among the best? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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