As Windows laptops finally get longer battery lives thanks to ARM support, the Chromebook continues to thrive without envy. When Google unveiled its original laptop lineup almost seven years ago, it wasn’t clear what the future would hold for them. Today, however, there are 25 million Chrome OS users out in the wild whose eyes have been opening to the luxurious benefits of a Chromebook.
Samsung XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro
Expand your capabilities with the 12.3″ 32GB Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Chromebook Pro from Samsung, which features a built-in stylus that you can use to draw, take notes, and interact with apps and games. When not needed, simply slide it back into its dedicated slot so you won’t lose it. The Chromebook Pro is powered by a 900 MHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 dual-core processor, 4GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and integrated Intel graphics.
This system is equipped with 32GB… of eMMC storage. Should you need more, you can connect external storage solutions using its USB ports as well as its microSD card reader. Its 12.3″ display has a 2400 x 1600 resolution for crisp and clear content reproduction. Furthermore, with multi-touch support, you’ll be able to utilize touch gestures and functions to improve its accessibility and your productivity.
The 2-in-1 design with a 360° hinge provides you with multiple viewing options, allowing you to adjust it to fit your preference or current application. Other integrated features include 80.211ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a webcam, speakers, microphones, and a 3.5mm mic and headphone combo jack. The operating system installed is Chrome OS.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 with Intel Core m3
Work or relax comfortably with the 12.5″ C302CA-DHM4 64GB Chromebook Flip from ASUS featuring a 360° hinge for laptop, tablet, stand, and tent modes. Powered by a 900 MHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual-Core processor and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, the C302CA Chromebook Flip can multitask and quickly access frequently used files and programs. For storage, it’s equipped with 64GB of eMMC flash storage.
Should you need more,… you can connect external storage solutions using its two USB Type-C ports. Its 12.5″ display, driven by integrated Intel HD graphics, has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and features touch capabilities, allowing you to utilize touch gestures and commands to further improve its accessibility and efficiency. Connect to Internet via 802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi and pair compatible wireless peripherals with Bluetooth 4.2 technology to free up USB ports for more important devices.
Other integrated features include a webcam, microSD card reader, and an audio in/out jack. The operating system installed is Chrome OS. Using Linux as a base, Google designed Chrome OS to work exclusively with web applications. The user interface takes a minimalist approach, which greatly resembles the Google Chrome web browser. Chrome OS was built for people who spend a majority, if not all, of their time on the computer connected to the Internet.
Acer Chromebook R 13 Convertible, 13.3-inch Full HD
With impressive performance, powerful features, clever 360° convertible design, the slim, light Acer CB5-312T-K5X4 Chromebook is always prepared for wherever the day takes you. At just 0.6-inch, the Acer Chromebook R 13 is thin enough to take with you no matter the destination. Finding the right fit for your needs has never been easier. Acer’s agile 360° hinge gives you four usage modes – notebook, pad, display or tent.
A fan-less design keeps your device… silent and dust-free at home and at work. Wrap up all tasks of the day and then return home to enjoy your favorite media content. Acer CB5-312T-K5X4 is armed with speedy MTK M8173C quad-core processor (2.0 GHz), 4 GB LPDDR3 memory, and premium integrated PowerVR GX6250 graphics. They seamlessly work together to deliver massive computing power to fuel video, casual games, and other daily tasks.
Watch what you love in all its clarity and from wide-viewing angles with a 13-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen display. The USB 3.1 Type-C port supports ultra-fast data transfers while the USB 3.0 port can charge up your devices when the Chromebook is powered off. 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac technology supports up to two data streams in each direction for improved wireless performance.
Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible, 11.6-Inch HD Touch
You can open this stylish touchscreen Chromebook all the way, until it becomes a tablet. On the way to 360 degrees of tablet fun, you can also stop to configure it as a stand-up display, or a tent-shaped display that lets you place it on a window sill so you can watch videos on the wide-viewing-angle screen while doing the dishes.
Easily transfer text and data files,… photos and even movies at ten times the speed of USB 2.0. Enjoy wireless data transfer rates of up to three times faster than those of 802.11n. This patented hinge lets you tilt your touchscreen all the way back and stays wobble-free when you tap and scroll. Solid state drives deliver unparalleled performance, paired with amazing data stability and durability.
Colors stay true no matter what angle you’re viewing from. Share what’s on your screen with friends and family. The Acer Chromebook R 11 is an all-around impressive convertible-hybrid Chrome OS system, offering solid construction, speedy components, and a good array of features at a low price. It rates a half-point lower than the Asus Chromebook Flip, our previous top pick, but there is also more competition in the field these days.
ASUS C100PA-DB02 10.1-inch Touch Chromebook Flip
Designed for a Web-optimized experience, the ASUS 10.1″ Chromebook Flip C100PA 16GB Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Chromebook provides a user-friendly interface enhanced by the Internet. This ASUS Chromebook has an 10.1″ widescreen display, with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 1280 x 800 native resolution. It can support native 720p HD video playback without letterboxing. The touchscreen lets you utilize the multi-touch gestures incorporated in Chrome OS.
The 360° hinge also lets you turn the Chromebook… Flip into a tablet. Additionally, the Chromebook can output video to an external display via the micro-HDMI port. The system is powered by a Rockchip 3288-C SoC, which features a quad-core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortez-A17 processor and integrated ARM Mali-T764 graphics. It also has 4GB of onboard LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated front-facing webcam, and a built-in microphone.
There are also built-in stereo speakers. Additional compatible peripherals, such as extra storage, optical drives, mice, and more may be connected using the two USB 2.0 ports. Headphones, external speakers, or a mic may also be connected using the 3.5mm headphone-out/audio-in combo jack. Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications.
ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6″
The 11.6″ C202SA Series 16GB Chromebook from ASUS is an education-focused notebook designed for a classroom environment. It features a rugged enclosure, capable of withstanding the drops and hardships of a student’s typical use both in and out of the classroom. Powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core processor and 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3L RAM, the C202 Chromebook can handle multitasking as well as quickly accessing frequently used files and programs.
When tasked with a heavier workload,… the CPU can reach a burst frequency of 2.48 GHz. Work efficiently and play comfortably with the 11.6″ anti-glare display, driven by integrated Intel HD graphics. Its 1366 x 768 HD resolution will let you enjoy crisp and clear HD content while its anti-glare coating provides comfortable viewing even under sunlight. Furthermore, it has a 180-degree hinge so you can easily share what’s on your screen.
Use its HDMI port to connect an additional display for even more screen real-estate and multitasking capabilities. The C202 Chromebook is equipped with 16GB of flash eMMC storage. While it may not be a lot, you can connect external storage solutions such as flash drives and hard drives using its USB ports. You can pair compatible wireless peripherals to this notebook using Bluetooth 4.2 technology.
Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD
The inexpensive Acer Chromebook 14’s aluminum body is much nicer than the plastic competition. The matte-finish, 14-inch full HD IPS display is a great size for work and play, but still keeps this laptop’s footprint small enough for commuting. The Acer Chromebook 14 stands out for its stylish design and big screen at an affordable price. If you’re looking for a classier Chromebook, this is it.
Chromebooks — laptops running on Google’s… Chrome operating system — are more known for being small and cheap than for stylish design. The majority of them have 11.6- or 13.3-inch screens and are plastic, which keeps the prices low. That’s what makes the Acer Chromebook 14 all the more remarkable: Not only does it have a 14-inch screen, but it’s thin and clad in aluminum.
Here is the CB3-431-C5FM, configuration with a full HD IPS display, Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor, 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage. (Note: Pricing and configuration availability varies by region and this particular configuration was not available in the UK or Australia.) These aren’t powerful components, but it’s enough for the Chrome OS and web apps. It should also be enough to run Android apps when support is added later this year, but I won’t know for sure until then.
ASUS Chromebook C300SA 13.3 Inch
The light blue 13.3″ 16GB C300SA Series Chromebook from ASUS is designed for a Web-optimized experience. With a user-friendly interface, the ASUS Chromebook offers a unique computing experience enhanced by the Internet. Powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core processor and 4GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, this Chromebook can handle multitasking and everyday computing needs such as checking emails, watching videos, and composing papers.
The CS300SA Chromebook… has a 13.3” display driven by integrated Intel HD Graphics and a 1366 x 768 HD resolution. You can even connect an additional monitor using its HDMI port. For storing files and programs, it is equipped with 16GB of eMMC flash storage. When space runs low, you can attach additional storage options using its two USB 3.0 ports and SD media card slot.
Connect to the Internet using 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and to additional peripherals using Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology. It also has a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers for video chat capabilities, along with a single audio jack. The operating system installed within Chromebooks is Chrome OS. Using Linux as a base, Google designed Chrome OS to work exclusively with web applications. Which greatly resembles the Google Chrome web browser.