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Best Chromebooks of 2020

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The best Chromebooks aren’t just more laptops with a few Android apps. Chromebooks can now cover a wide variety of computing needs, and a good Chromebook can be more useful than a mediocre Windows laptop. The message that many people actually want good Chromebooks – rather than just cheap ones – has reached the manufacturers. Many of the best Chromebooks are around $500 or $600, although there are also good options in the upper and lower ranges. The extra money goes a long way towards something you’ll be happy with.

For the first time, the quality of Chromebooks in this range is consistent. There are so many similarities between the offerings of Asus, Lenovo, Google, HP, Dell, and Samsung that a conspiratorial person might suggest that they all source their parts from the same factory. That’s great news if you compare shopping; the majority of this list would buy well if you can find them at a discount.

Best Chromebooks of 2020

What most buyers want in the best Chromebook are probably the same things they want in any laptop: a good keyboard, solid build quality, long battery life, a beautiful screen, and enough power to do the things you want. More Chromebooks can meet those qualifications than ever before, but these are the ones that stand out from the rest.

Google Pixelbook Go

The best Chromebook right now

For a premium Chrome OS experience, look no further than Google’s Pixelbook Go. Kids may be mocking if their parents use the word “Chromebook” because they are synonymous with previous education, but this is a Chromebook for all ages. First of all, the sleek, lightweight design comes in two colors: Just black and not pink, which makes this Pixelbook not look like a MacBook Air. Besides, the quiet and comfortable keyboard is ideal for typing late at night when your roommates sleep.

Students in higher education will also appreciate the Pixelbook Go if they need to get some air away from a power adapter. The Pixelbook Go lasted over 11 hours on our battery test. Oh, and don’t let your student think that the Pixelbook Go doesn’t have the speed they need: it has Intel Core m3 via Core i7 CPUs, so you don’t have to settle, plus up to 16GB RAM for all the Chrome tabs you might need. Overall, this is the best Chromebook.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

The best looking Chromebook

It may not have the battery life you expect from a Chromebook, but that can be excused if you look at how the Galaxy Chromebook breaks so many of the other rules of what a Chromebook should be. The Fiesta Red chassis goes beyond eye-catching and gets drooling before you can say, “wow, is that a Chromebook?”. It even comes with Samsung’s S-Pen stylus, which can be used in tablet mode.

The Core i5 CPU is so fast that I watched four 1080p YouTube videos on it, without stuttering, to see if I could. Oh, it’s crazy thin and light, competing on size and weight with the MacBook Air and the Dell XPS 13. But the best thing is the beautiful 4K AMOLED display, which makes the colors pop and offer bright tones. It’s so great that it reminds us to add Netflix Chrome support for 4K video.

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

A powerful 2-in-1 Chromebook

The best overall Chromebook, the Flip C436, is an excellent successor to the Flip C302CA, our previous topper. Not only do the super small edges allow Asus to fit its large 14-inch screen in a smaller chassis than you’d expect, that display is both bright and colorful. What’s more, the aluminum design delivers a more premium feel than many other Chromebooks. Oh, and I almost forgot: it lasts over 10 hours on a single charge. Overall, this is one of the best Chromebooks right now.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

The best 2-in-1 Chromebook

If you don’t have the best impression from the Acer laptops, let the Chromebook Spin 713 change that for you. This ChromebookSpin 713 has almost everything you could ask for in a budget laptop. You get a bright and colorful 13.5-inch touch-display, exceptional battery life of nearly 12 hours, and fast performance thanks to the Core i5 processor. Plus, the design is made of aluminum and is 2-in-1, so you can flip the screen and turn it into a tablet.

With a thickness of 0.7-inches and 3 pounds, Spin 713 can easily be carried in a backpack on the way to class or work. Yes, the keyboard is a little shallow, and the speaker may be better; however, if you want a convertible Chromebook at a low price, you won’t do better than the Acer Chromebook Spin 713. Overall, this is one of the best Chromebooks that you can buy right now.

Samsung Chromebook 4

The best budget Chromebook

The best Chromebook for people on a budget, the Samsung Chromebook 4 impresses with its battery life. This laptop lasted more than 10.5 hours surfing the web on a single charge. The aluminum lid of the Chromebook 4 makes it look like a much more expensive computer – although it has a plastic base. The performance of this Chromebook is another highlight, making multitasking much faster than I expected for this price.

The Chromebook 4 is also thinner and lighter than competing 11.6-inch Chromebooks, although we want the screen to be supported by a touch input and rotate. Its screen is acceptable for daily work, but don’t expect to see colors popping or much detail when watching movies or spending time on YouTube. The speakers are okay but recommend you use your headphones in a crowded place.

Acer Chromebook Spin 11

A budget 2-in-1 Chromebook

If your kids have finally graduated from a good laptop for writing papers for class, but you still want them to get something that won’t break the first time it falls, then the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 might be the laptop for you. It’s powerful enough to tackle the kids’ daily schoolwork, and it’s a 2-in-1 so they can flip the comfortable keyboard to turn it into tablet mode for playing Android games or watching their favorite shows standstill. The display is a bit dim, and it won’t blow you away as far as performance, but it’s cheap, stable, and reliable. Overall, this is one of the best Chromebooks right now.

HP Chromebook 14

A good balance between price and performance

The best Chromebooks balance spot price and efficient use of Chrome OS – and the HP Chromebook 14 is the perfect example. While similar in many ways to the Acer Chromebook 15, this 14-inch Chromebook is a little more compact and looks slightly better. Finished in a bright blue color and a screen made to shine, HP’s Chromebook 14 offers the best value of any Chromebook in this list. Even when battery life and performance are average, the HP Chromebook 14 is easily one of the best Chromebooks yet.

We were especially impressed by how slim and light this Chromebook is, which means the HP Chromebook 14 is an excellent device for anyone who wants a durable laptop that they can carry with them comfortably. If you want a device to work on while lying on the couch, this is also a great choice. Also, unlike some other Chromebooks, the Chromebook 14 comes with numerous ports, including HDMI-out, Type-A USB 3.0, and a microSD card slot, making this a very versatile Chromebook.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Another 2-in-1 budget Chromebook

Sometimes it’s incredible how much you can get for $300 or less. For example, the Chromebook Duet is a 2-in-1 Chromebook that offers something Microsoft’s Surfaces and Apple’s iPads don’t: the keyboard is included as standard. Not only do you get that value, but the tablet display of the Chromebook Duet is excellent in itself, with a surprising amount of color reproduction and a sharp 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution.

Smaller hands may find the Chromebook Duet’s keyboard a little on the tight side, but for this price, every keyboard is a surprise and a steal. The Chromebook Duet features ChromeOS tablet optimizations that are long overdue to take advantage of all the space on the screen. And all that? It took 12 hours and 47 minutes, almost 13 hours. Overall, this is one of the best Chromebooks right now.

Dell Inspiron 11 Chromebook

Decent performance, cheap price

If your child needs a laptop, and they use it for the basics, the Dell Inspiron 11 Chromebook is the best one to buy. The spill-resistant keyboard is ideal for when your child is having a drink or when you’re pushing your coffee over when you’re trying to help him or her with his or her math homework – all for under $300. If your child has remote lessons, the laptop’s loudspeaker becomes pretty loud to hear their teacher. And because the Inspiron 11 is a 2-in-1, it can easily be rotated to tablet mode to use the touchscreen. If you need more storage space, you can expand the internal capacity with a microSD card.

HP Chromebook x2

A budget Chromebook by HP

With all-day battery life, a comfortable, detachable design, the HP Chromebook x2 is one of the best Chromebooks for business users. It’s like a Microsoft Surface Pro running Chrome OS. The Chromebook x2 also offers a crisp, clear screen, quality sound, and a comfortable keyboard for rugged typing. The Core m3 processor isn’t great, but it’s oomph enough to work mostly in the cloud. Plus, HP includes the keyboard and pen in the price.

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