Best Chromebooks For 2018 – 9 Best Chromebook In the Market

By Muhammad Asfand Yar | Gadgets

Top 10 Best Chromebooks 2015: Best Chromebooks Review

For those who don’t know, Google started releasing Chromebooks somewhere in 2011, and ever since that, this new breed of laptop is still trying to find relevance amongst the mainstream users who have stuck to the laptops that are wither powered by Microsoft Windows or Apple’s Mac OS. Instead of running two of the most famous computer operating systems, a Chromebook runs Google’s very own Chrome OS. When Google designed Chrome OS, the idea was to make sure that the people who are using this OS would have almost all of their important stuff like documents, applications, and other things to the internet, and this may not seem like a very ideal situation, but looking at how cloud computing is becoming more and more efficient, it actually made sense.

Considering how Chromebooks rely on cloud storage, they don’t ship with an awful lot of storage or top of the line specs, that’s another reason why they are relatively cheaper when compared to a standard laptop, and another reason why they are quickly gaining popularity among college students because having access to all the important documents at one place. So with that out of way, is buying a chromebook really a smart option ? Well, considering how so many college students are investing in a Chromebook, and how many famous manufacturers are releasing their own versions of Chromebooks, it’s safe to say that they are quite popular. Today, we are going to take a look at 9 of the best Chromebooks there are in the market.

Toshiba Chromebook 2

When it comes to laptops and notebooks, Toshiba happens to be a well-known brand, and it’s safe to say that the company has already released a Chromebook that was well received, and now the company is back with a revised version of the original Chromebook. This time, we are looking at the Toshiba Chromebook 2.

Right from the looks of it, the Chromebook 2 by Toshiba is looking to impress, and let us tell you one thing that it does the job pretty well. The Chromebook 2 comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of SSD and a full HD screen, and considering the price point and how Chrome OS is really good with resources, this is enough for anyone’s need.

The performance was excellent throughout the entire usage, and the Chromebook 2 manage to perform without any hiccups, in addition to that, another really good thing about this machine is the excellent battery life it features. If you are wondering how good, then you should know that it happens to be the best we have seen in quite some time. Display happens to be another great aspect of this machine as it is both vibrant, and displays every colour accurately without ruining the experience at all. Last but not the least, the keyboard was another selling point of this epic device.

With so much to offer, the Chromebook 2 only falls short when it comes to delivering good quality audio output through the speakers, other than that, it’s a worthy device that anyone looking for a 13 inch machine should buy.


Dell Chromebook 11 (2015)

Dell has established itself for being one of the finest laptop brands, whether you are buying a Dell Inspiron series laptop, or the much more expensive Alienware, it’s no denying that the company happens to be pretty solid. But what about Chromebooks? Well, Dell has one in store for us, and we are going to take a look at how well it maintains the legacy.

Right out of the box, the Chromebook 11 by Dell looks like it is made to withstand some bumps, the Chromebook happens to be properly rugged through and through, and while it happens to be a good thing for adventurous people, it may seem like an unnecessary addition that a lot of people won’t pay attention to. This means that if you are looking for something that looks good with a flashy design, the Chromebook 11 is certainly not built for you. The rugged design sadly takes out all the fun, and makes the Chromebook 11 bulky, however, the machine does have some good points like the brilliant front mounted speakers that happen to be loud as well as clear.

On the downside, we wished that the Chromebook 11 had a decent keyboard, and the Chromebook happens to be oddly large in size. Overall, with the dual core Celeron processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs SSD storage, and an HD screen, the Dell Chromebook 11 happens to be a nice machine with some caveats holding it back.

Asus Chromebook Flip

We have said it so many times that Asus has established itself as one of the top brands when it comes to manufacturing so many amazing gadgets ranging from top of the line gaming peripherals, and even laptops. Keeping that in mind, seeing a Chromebook from Asus wasn’t as surprising as some may expect, the Chromebook Flip from Asus definitely has the looks but does it perform? Let’s find out.

The Chromebook Flip is different in specs than the others in the list, it’s rocking a quad core chip that is called Rockchip, and there is 2 gigs of LPDDR3 RAM and 16 gigs of eMMC storage instead of the SSD we usually see on some other Chromebooks. The good thing about this Chromebook is the amazing performance it gives, and the solid, and beautiful aluminum construction is has. Asus was also clever enough to implement one of the smartest touch control system we have seen in a long time.

However good may a machine may, there are some caveats; for instance, the bezels are oddly large and uncomfortable, and the machine may feel a little too small for people with bigger hands. Other than that, the Chromebook Flip is a fine machine that deserves a lot of respect.

HP Chromebook 14

Aside from Dell, HP happens to be another famous laptop brand that has been around for as long as we remember, their ProBook and EliteBook series happens to be one of the best series of high end laptops. However, today, we are looking at something different. We are looking at the colourful HP Chromebook 14 that happens to be one of the finest Chromebooks we have used. Let’s find out why.

Straight off the bat, the Chromebook 14 offers a colourful look, the machine happens to be using a good combination of white and sky blue, and while it may see questionable, considering the consumer this tablet is targeted at, it’s a smart move. The Chromebook 14 comes with a dual core Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of eMMC storage and a 14.1 inch FHD screen. It has all the necessary connectivity options, sadly, the Bluetooth connectivity is missing here.

The performance is as good as things get, the machine performs wonderfully, and has a lot of power even for multitasking, another solid feet of this machine is that the audio quality happens to be commendable and the design is something people would like.

On the downside, that although the display is sharp, it doesn’t offer as much brightness we would prefer, and the actual battery life isn’t as solid as some of the competitors that fall in the same price tag. Other than that, the HP Chromebook 14 is a solid machine that should keep the average consumer happy.

Google Chromebook Pixel 2015

The next up on our list is perhaps the most expensive, and most premium Chromebook we have seen up until now. The Google Chromebook Pixel retails above $1,000 and happens to be a premium device that only the Chrome OS enthusiasts would be feeling to buy. What’s so special about it? Let’s find out.

Right from the start, the Chromebook Pixel looks like something that is made to play with the big boys, and it seems that Google left no stones unturned with this one. If you were ever surprised by the premium feeling of a Nexus device, then get ready to be blown away with the amazing Chromebook Pixel that looks good, and performs better. The specs are as premium as it gets; the Chromebook pixel 2015 comes with a Core i5 processor, 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM, 32 gigs of SSD storage, and a 2560 x 1700 screen resolution, the screen itself is 12.85 inch wonder. You should keep in mind that Google ships this baby in another variant that doubles the storage, and the RAM with an increased clock speed on the processor.

With such a price premium, there’s nothing bad we’re looking at here; the Chromebook Pixel offers plenty of performance, astonishingly solid built quality, and an amazing battery life. All of this will be yours provided you’re willing to pay the premium.

Acer Chromebook R11

Moving a lot of notches down, we have the Acer Chromebook R11 now, and we are back in the territory of Chromebooks that can easily be afforded. Sure, the Chromebook R11 has no match for Google’s Pixel Chromebook, but with a sub $300 price tag, this is all one would want. How does it fair for an affordable Chromebook? Let’s find out.

Right from the start, the Chromebook R11 offers an Intel Celeron quad core processor, has 32 gigs of storage, 4 gigs of RAM, and an 11.6 inch screen that offers HD resolution. Obviously, looking at the specs, you can say that there’s nothing ground breaking about the Chromebook R11, but looking at the price and the targeted use of this device, it’s fairly understandable.

Much like the other affordable Chromebooks, the performance here isn’t something ground breaking but it’s more than enough to actually keep the users satisfied. There were no slowdowns or crashes; another great thing about this Chromebook was the surprisingly amazing keyboard, and the display was rather good too. The only downside we noticed was the fact that thee battery performance wasn’t on par with the competition but that’s okay.

Lenovo ThinkPad 11e

The next up on our list is a rugged Chromebook by Lenovo aptly named the ThinkPad 11e, for those who don’t know, Lenovo has made some of the finest laptops in the ThinkPad series and the ThinkPad 11e Chromebook is no different. Sure, it’s slightly expensive as compared to the other machines in the list, but it’s still a worthy entry.

As expected, the Chromebook comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of SSD, and an 11.6 inch screen that offers HD resolution. All of the specs are nothing surprising, but that’s not the good part here. The best thing about ThinkPad 11e is the fact that the Chromebook has one of the best keyboards we have tested on a Chromebook, and the fact that the rugged construction makes up for a solid machine that won’t be getting broken that easily. Even the performance was as we had expected, with Chromebook easily handling all the tasks that were built for it, and the battery timing managed to stay solid throughout the entire testing.

To be fairly honest, there’s nothing wrong with this machine, however, if you want to nitpick, then you should know that the machine lacks a touch screen, and the weight is on the heavier side as well because of the rugged construction.

Samsung Chromebook 2

For those who don’t know, Samsung’s first Chromebook was a winner, and now, Samsung has made a comeback this time around, and we have another winner at our hands. The Chromebook 2 happens to be an improvement in every way possible. So without further ado, let’s take a look.

Speaking of specs, the Chromebook 2 comes with a dual core Intel Celeron processor, 2 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of SSD, 11.6 inches of screen that has HD resolution. The specs are pretty much the same as other Chromebooks, but we wonder why Samsun opted for lesser RAM because it certainly took a hit on the performance and made it slightly sluggish. We also noticed that the battery timing wasn’t as impressive when compared to the other devices on the list.

Other than the above mentioned caveats, everything else happens to be perfect about the Chromebook 2; it offers a design that looks really good, and the overall machine happens to be very thin actually, and another plus point is the fact that the screen on this puppy also happens to be decent enough. All in all, the Chromebook 2 is definitely a worthy successor.

Acer Chromebook R11

The last machine on our list is the Acer Chromebook 15 C910, and pretty much like the Google Pixel Chromebook, this one also happens to pretty powerful, however, you won’t have to pay a $1,000+ premium on this one. Without wasting any time, let’s take a look at the Acer Chromebook 15 C910.

Starting with the specs, you get a dual core Intel Core i5 5200U processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of SSD, and 15.6 inch of full HD screen. From most of the specs, it clearly looks like that this happens to be a fully loaded laptop rather than a Chromebook. We really liked Acer’s choice of adding a Core i5 processor instead of a Celeron chip mainly because the Broadwell chips are really energy efficient and perform better than the Celeron counterparts.

Apart from the slightly uncomfortable keyboard, everything about the Chromebook 15 C910 is a winner, the machine is super-fast, the battery timing is amazing, and the build quality gets a nod from us.  

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Muhammad Asfand Yar, or Asfand as his friends call, is Author cum Owner of List Enthusiast. Blogging is his old new-found love. He writes to boost his Knowledge - and yours too. He usually remains in front of computer screen - even when he isn't writing any Blog post - doing computer programming. C++ is his passion. Catch him on twitter @asfandyar12.