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The Best ChromeBooks of 2019

Which one should I buy; Reviewing and comparing the latest chromebooks this year

Looking for a new laptop? Do you need a device that is reliable, light-weight and compact, easy-to-use and very affordable? Chromebook by Google is an easy alternative to a laptop, powered by the lightweight ChromeO operating system, and with a host of Google’s online services, so you don’t need to download any additional software to make it work. But Google isn’t the only manufacturer making Chromebooks. In fact, the first chromebooks were released by Samsung and Acer in 2011, and were followed by the Dell, HP and Assus.

With a cloud-based Chromebook, most of your computing happens on a browser, so your device doesn’t need heavy processors to work fast. This also means all your data is on the cloud; you could log in to any new device and instantly have an updated device, with all your information in place. Although your device would be of rather limited use without an active internet connection. Chromebooks have attractive prices, good battery life, great specs, and also look great. With an abundance of options in the market to overwhelm you, we have the perfect guide to help you decide.

Google Pixelbook

The undisputed best Chromebook of 2019. Period.

CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y57 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.3GHz) Google Pixelbook
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)
Screen: 12.3-inch QHD (2,400 x 1,600, 235 ppi) LCD touchscreen (400 nits, 72% NTSC color, 3:2 aspect ratio)
Storage: 256GB SSD (eMMC)
Ports: 2x USB-C 3.1, headphone/mic jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2
Cameras: 720p webcam (60fps)
Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.1kg)
Size: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches (290.4 x 220.8 x 10.3mm; W x D x H)

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With its premium pricing, most users must be wondering why they shouldn’t spend the same money on any other high-end Windows or Mac device. However, Google Pixelbook is really the first-of-its-kind chromebook that is worth comparing with any other computer in the market.

   PROs   
  • Amazing Design
  • Great keyboard
   CONs   
  • Pen/ other attachments sold separately
  • Poor audio performance
  1. Asus ChromeBook Flip

    Premium specs, Economic prices

CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel Core m3-6Y30 (dual core, 4MB cache, up to 2.2GHz) ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
Screen: 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare
Storage: 64GB eMMC + TPM
Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), microSD card reader, headset jack
Connectivity: Intel 2×2 802.11ac; Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: 720p webcam
Weight: 2.6 pounds (1.18kg)
Size: 13 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches (33 x 23.1 x 2.29cm; W x D x H)

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The Asus Chromebook was top-of-its-line until the release of the Google Pixelbook. Although the Asus Chromebook Flip isn’t quite the same as the Pixelbook, its costs almost half. So for the budget-minded customer, this product is offering actual value for money. The design is 2-in-1 tablet/ laptop, so it can open up like a laptop, but also flip inside out. The Asus Chromebook Flip is also great for travelling because it’s made with a very light aluminum, weighs only 2.6 pounds, and is reasonably sized, at 12.5 inches. The battery lasts long; the device starts up in seconds and can last up to 10 hours.

 

   PROs   
  • Sleek tablet mode
  • Tactile keyboard
   CONs   
  • Middling speakers
  • Little out-of-the-box Android app support
 

  1. Samsung Chromebook Pro

Your partner for productivity

CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel Core m3-6Y30 (dual core, 4MB cache, up to 2.2GHz)Samsung Chromebook Pro
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) LED display
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Ports: 2 x USB-C Gen1, microSD card slot, headset jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac 2 x 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 720p HD webcam
Weight: 2.38 pounds (1.08kg)
Size: 11.06 x 8.72 x 0.51-0.55 inches (28 x 22.2 x 1.3-1.4cm; W x D x H)

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You can’t have devices without android throwing its hat in the ring. Known for its cost effectiveness and vast open source programming options, once android applications became available on chromebooks, it was only a matter of time before tech giant Samsung took a shot at chromebooks. A good shot at that, this chromebook is both sleek, elegant and powerful. A 360 degree hinge facilitates usage in any kind of workspace. A 12.3 inch QHD touch screen allows you to watch your favorite show in excellent quality. This is also the first chromebook to have a built in stylus, so a good choice for those with artistic dispositions. This device is sure to give most chromebooks a solid run for their money. One thing to note is that this device is only available in the United States. Our readers in the UK and Australia however can find an excellent alternative in the Asus Chromebook Flip, with somewhat similar specifications.

   PROs   
  • Beautiful design
  • First Chromebook with stylus support.
   CONs   
  • Relatively weak speakers
  • Cramped Keyboard
  

  1. Acer Chromebook Spin 13

The business part of chromebooks

CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i3 – i5 U-Series Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-1WN-59KY

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620

RAM: 4GB – 8GB LPDDR3

Screen: 13.5-inch 2,256 x 1,504 IPS touch display

Storage: 64GB – 128GB eMMC SSD

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Since chromebooks are relatively new in the market, they are primarily being used by students. With the Acer Chromebook Spin 13, the chromebook makes an attempt to break into the business world. Much like the wolf on wall street, this chromebook means businesss (pun intended). With a beautiful aluminium chasis, this device is set to draw some envious looks in any setting. The color tones settle beautifully with a business environment but this device is so much more than its looks. Packed to the brim with ultra-book processors, getting work done in speed is a guarantee. What’s more you’ll be doing it in style!

  PROs  
  • Durable frame
  • Affordable
  • Extra Long battery life
  • Handy size
  CONs  
  • Not very powerful
  • Dim screen
  1. Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2 in 1

Getting the basics right

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 7486
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1366 x 768) touchscreen
Storage: 32GB-64GB eMMC

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The question we as ourselves is what makes a chromebook different from other devices. Is it the looks? Or the power? Not really. A chromebook at its very heart was meant to be a rugged and cheap device accessible to everyone. It is this very spirit of chromebook that the Dell Inspiron Chromeboook 11 captures perfectly. While it certainly is not the most powerful chromebook you will see in a café, it certainly fits the bill for most consumers who do not actually require heavy processing. It may also be a great laptop for your kids because it won’t break from a simple drop. That said it isn’t exactly bear grylls so I wouldn’t advise testing it. Best for people with simple studying requirements and show binging intentions!

  PROs  
  • Durable
  • Light
  • Extra Long battery life
  CONs  
  • Not very powerful
 

  1. Acer Chromebook spin 11

A fresh perspective on chromebooks

CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N3350Acer Chromebook Spin 11
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) IPS touch
Storage: 32GB eMMC SSD

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We’ve seen chromebooks for the businessman, we’ve seen chromebooks for the artist, but as I mentioned before, this is not the main demographic of users in the chromebooks arena. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 targets students. This cheap and very capable laptop will help you get that schoolwork done on the commute, with its handy size and long battery life. This is definitely the top of your list if you don’t need to do any heavy duty video editing or hardcore gaming. Teachers can also find a great substitute in this laptop.

  PROs  
  • Durable frame
  • Affordable
  • Extra Long battery life
  • Handy size
  CONs  
  • Not very powerful
  • Dim screen
  1. Acer Chromebook 15

Stamina over power

CPU: Intel Pentium N4200 Acer-Chromebook-15-CB515-1HT-P39B
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080)
Storage: 32GB eMMC

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Mac books are often praised for their structural solidity. The Acer chromebook challenges that solidity making it an excellent choice for users who enjoy solid taste in their devices. Most chromebooks, owing to the large android influence in the devices, come in a 2 in 1 fashion. Meaning most are convertible from laptops to tablets and vice versa. The Acer Chromebook  15 does not follow this trend, so if you are looking for a convertible device, this is not for you. It does not however come without its own perks. Owing to the attached body, this chromebook sports one of the largest battery lives in the arena. With a whopping 17 hours of use on our battery test, this one definitely takes the cake if you are often on the move with little time to charge your device. A 15 inch screen also gives you a little bit more screen as compared to most chromebooks and its capability to lie flat at 180 degrees comes with strong hinges so bending or breaking those is not a worry.

  PROs  
  • Durable
  • Fanless design means its attractive and slim
  • Unbelievable battery life
  • Good screen size
  CONs  
  • Track pad feels clunky
  1. Acer Chromebook R11

360 degrees for all kinds of us

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 – N3150 AcerChromebook R11
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 400
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1,366 x 768)
Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

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The Acer Chromebook 11 is perhaps one of the pioneers of the previous generation of chromebooks. With an excellent battery life and a fully rotatable 360 degree hinge, it has all the ingredients for a perfect mix. While it was once top of the line, since the release of the Spin 11 it has been put in the back seat. It is nonetheless an excellent choice for people who are not into beefy specs. It’s all metal finish gives it a look you’d be proud to show off.

  PROs  
  • Convertible
  • Good battery
  • HD only display
  CONs  
  • Poor track pad

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