Best Chromebook

Last updated: October 23, 2019

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In 2019, Chromebooks have a fairly bad reputation for lacking power in comparison to their Windows counterparts. Though truthfully, they aren’t all bad. Although it’s true to some extent, we here at eHome Upgrade have scoured the internet and have managed to find some of the best Chromebooks on the market.

Gone are the days where Chromebooks are bullied for being terrible slabs of plastic (or metal) with mediocre performance. Today, they are stronger and more powerful than ever—thanks, technology! So, without further ado, here are the top 5 best Chromebooks to buy in 2019.

Chromebook Buying Guide 

Before you go out and purchase a Chromebook, whether that’s for work or school, there are some things you must take into consideration. 

Battery Life: How Long Will It Last?

On average, Chromebooks can last anywhere between 10- to 15-hours. Of course, this totally depends on how long you’re surfing the web for, as well as many other factors such as screen brightness and temperature.

Some Chromebooks, however, won’t last more than 8 hours and so it completely depends on what you intend to do on the laptop.

RAM: Chromebook Speed

RAM, or random access memory, essentially helps the Chromebook (or any PC for that matter) run quickly, especially when you have multiple tabs open. When it comes to Chromebooks, they typically come with either 2GB or 4GB RAM.

Even though models with more RAM tend to be much more expensive, the difference in speed is definitely noticeable. If you tend to use a computer to browse the web, watch YouTube videos and play Android games, 4GB of RAM is certainly sufficient.

Although, if you’re someone (like me) who opens 600 tabs at once, all while running streaming apps in the background, you’re going to require a Chromebook with around 8GB RAM. 

Processor: Performance Is Everything

The CPU (central processing unit) in a Chromebook determines how smoothly your computer performs when either browsing the web or playing games.

As you can probably tell from our list, many Chromebooks feature Intel Celeron chips, an acceptable CPU used for basic tasks. If you require a stutter-free browsing experience, we suggest aiming for a Chromebook with a better CPU, such as one with an Nvidia chip.

1. Acer Chromebook R 13 Convertible - Best Choice

Specifications:

  • Processor: 2.1 GHz MediaTek_MT8127
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR3_SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 32 GB Flash Memory SSD
  • Graphics Coprocessor: Imagination PowerVR GX6250
  • Ports: USB 2.0 (2) + USB 3.0 (1)
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Screen Size: 13.3 inches
  • Average Battery Life: 12 hours

Acer Chromebook R 13 Convertible Review

Visually, the Acer R 13 convertible is a very sleek and minimalistic Chromebook that could easily be mistaken for a MacBook.

On top of that, the smooth, rounded corners make for a modern aesthetic, while the exceptional polycarbonate material means you don’t have to worry about easily scuffing it.

If you view screen size as one of the most important factors when purchasing a PC, this Chromebook may just be right up your alley. The Acer R 13 boasts a wide 13.3-inch screen—the largest screen on our list—as well as a standard resolution of 1920 x 1080p. 

In terms of hardware, the Acer R 13 comes armed with a 2.1 GHz MediaTek MT8127 processor and an Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU. It certainly doesn’t compare to our best choice gaming laptop, though it does the job at running basic tasks and most Android games.

Conveniently, this Chromebook supports Android applications in the Google Play Store, so you’re not limited when it comes to software options.

What’s more, the keyboard is extremely comfortable and therefore typing on the Acer R 13 is somewhat satisfying. The touch screen is also very responsive and rarely lags behind.

When it comes to battery life, Acer claims that on average, it will last around 12 hours. That’s extremely impressive considering most Chromebooks on the market only last around 8- to 10-hours.

Albeit, like any laptop you own, you’ll know that this number completely depends on how you intend to use the Chromebook. Overall, you can’t go wrong with the Acer R 13 Chromebook owing to the $340 price tag.

Alas, like many Chromebooks on the market, performance can be temperamental and therefore if you’re looking for something that performs a little better, check out our premium pick option. 

Pros
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Great battery life
  • Premium design
Cons
  • Mediocre performance at time

2. Asus Chromebook Flip C302 - Premium Pick

Specifications:

  • Processor: 2.2 GHz core_m
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 64 GB Embedded MultiMediaCard
  • Graphics Coprocessor: Intel HD Graphics 515
  • Ports: USB 3.0 (2) + USB-C
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Screen Size: 12.5 inches
  • Average Battery Life: 10 hours

Asus Chromebook Flip C302 Review

If your budget is a little higher, we think you’ll enjoy this Asus Chromebook Flip C302. Considering it’s less than $500, we decided to crown it as our premium pick Chromebook for 2019—but what makes it so good?

Much like our best choice pick, this Asus Chromebook could certainly be compared to an entry-level MacBook. Although the FHD display is slightly smaller at 12.5-inches, the IPS panel display is naturally stunning.

What’s more, at 2.65 lbs, it’s a lightweight Chromebook that you can take with you anytime, anywhere. 

Despite the fact that the Asus Flip C302 is lightweight, it certainly isn’t flimpy. Armed with Corning Gorilla Glass, this Chromebook is most definitely a sturdy piece of kit.

If you’re into gaming on your Android phone, you’ll be glad to know that like the Acer R 13, this Chromebook is ready for Android apps.

So, whether you want to play games, listen to music or watch your favourite series on Netflix, this thing has you covered. Conveniently, the tablet mode is second to none, especially for Android gaming. 

When you’re not using this Chromebook in tablet mode, they keyboard is tactile and just as comfortable as on any other laptop. Of course, it isn’t as good as a quality mechanical keyboard, though it’s admittedly very comfortable.

One of the only downsides to this premium pick Chromebook is that, like many laptops on the market, the speakers are fairly poor. Another downside is the expensive price tag, though for what you get, we say it may just be worth it. After all, this is our premium pick Chromebook for 2019. 

Pros
  • Responsive keyboard
  • Lightweight
  • Bright IPS display 
Cons
  • Fairly expensive Chromebook

3. Lenovo Chromebook C330 - Best Value

Specifications:

  • Processor: MediaTek MT8173c 2.1 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
  • Hard Drive: 32GB eMMC SSD
  • Graphics Coprocessor: Integrated PowerVR GX6250
  • Ports: USB-C, SD, HDMI, Headphone/Mic Combo, 4-in-1 Memory Card Reader + USB 3.0
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Average Battery Life: 10 hours

Lenovo Chromebook C330 Review

In terms of hardware, the Lenovo C330 Chromebook is one of the best value laptops to purchase in 2019. At just $250 you get a Chromebook with a good range of ports, a MediaTek MT8173c CPU and an Integrated PowerVR GX6250 GPU.

Owing to the processor used, the Lenovo C330 sometimes struggles when multitasking or in split-screen mode—so if you’re looking for something more powerful, stick with our premium pick option.

With that said, unlike most plastic laptops, the Lenovo C330 features a solid white case that won’t flex when you put pressure on the keyboard. 

Sadly, however, since this is a budget-friendly Chromebook, the display is somewhat mediocre. Though truthfully, you can’t expect everything to be perfect on such a cheap Chromebook.

Still, the Lenovo C330 Chromebook is both reliable and affordable. But what else makes it so good?

The battery life on this Lenovo Chromebook mentions that on average, it should last around 10 hours—and it surprisingly delivers. 10 hours of battery life is enough to last you a day of working, gaming or even streaming. 

As it’s a 2-in-1 Chromebook, the Lenovo C330 conveniently converts into a standard laptop, tablet, stand and tend modes. Even though the touchscreen is fairly small (11.6-inches), there’s plenty of room for multiple tabs open at once.

Furthermore, the keyboard is a comfortable size since it’s not too large, though you definitely don’t feel cramped using it. It would be nice to have a backlit keyboard, but for such a price, I’m dreaming. With that said, the Lenovo C339 Chromebook is a fantastic, portable laptop fit for those on a budget.

Pros
  • Sturdy case
  • Affordable Chromebook
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Low-res display 

4. ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA - Best in Quality

Specifications:

  • Processor: 2GHz Rockchip RK3399 (OP1)
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
  • Hard Drive: 16GB eMMC
  • Graphics Coprocessor: N/A
  • Ports: USB 3.1 Type C ports (2), USB 3.0 Type A port +MicroSD card reader
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Screen Size: 10.5-inches
  • Average Battery Life: 9 hours

ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA Review

If our premium pick was a little out of budget, another high-quality ASUS laptop is the ASUS Flip C101PA Chromebook. At around $200 less than our premium pick option, this one is a very affordable option that should certainly fit into your budget.

This 2-in-1 Chromebook, in particular, is best suited for college students who don’t require much power. Or even casual gamers who enjoy mobile gaming. Some adults may understandably dislike this Chromebook since it’s fairly small, though if your hands are gigantic, you’ll get along just fine. 

At first glance, you’ll notice that the ASUS C101PA comes with some fairly thick bezels, though it’s small size may appeal to younger people. Since it’s so durable, it’s a device that you can throw in your backpack before your daily commute, without the worry of easily scratching it.

Additionally, the 360-hinge support is sturdy and extremely handy when it comes to using the ASUS C101PA as a tablet. It’s not as good as the best gaming tablets on the market, but it works well for a $280 Chromebook. 

Onto the 1280 x 800 IPS display, I’d say it’s pretty great and above average for a Chromebook in the sub-$300 range. Considering the ASUS C101PA Chromebook boasts an IPS display, viewing angles are superb, regardless of whether you’re in laptop or tablet mode.

Powered by a 2GHz Rockchip RK3399 (OP1) processor designed specifically for running things such as Android applications on a Chromebook. Performance isn’t quite as good as the Lenovo C330, albeit, it’s a fantastic Chromebook with an attractive price tag. 

Pros
  • Lightweight design
  • Great display
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • May be too small for some users

5. Samsung Chromebook 3 - Most Affordable Choice

Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3060
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
  • Hard Drive: 64GB eMMC
  • Graphics Coprocessor: Intel® HD Graphics 400
  • Ports: USB 2.0 + USB 3.0
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Average Battery Life: 11 hours

Samsung Chromebook 3 Review

Last, but certainly not least, is the Samsung Chromebook 3—a budget-friendly laptop suitable for all types of users. It’s a fantastic laptop for both school work and entertainment purposes.

As this Chromebook is 11.6-inches and has a battery life of around 11 hours, it’s likely going to appeal to those who travel often. Another great thing that I couldn’t help but notice is how bright the 1366 x 768 LED display is compared to other Chromebooks in the sub-$200 range.

Web browsing and streaming performance is also exceptional thanks to the Intel Celeron N3060 processor—a CPU used to keep the price low. Although it’s clearly an affordable laptop, it doesn’t take away from the quality.

With a full-black plastic design, the Samsung Chromebook 3 is a sleek and almost classy laptop. Furthermore, you won’t notice flexing around the keyboard, and the hinges are durable and flexible, too.

Port selection is often seen as one of the most important factors when selecting a Chromebook, and with the Samsung Chromebook 3, you won’t be let down.

Alongside USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, it comes with a handy headphone jack that you can pair with some high-grade noise-cancelling gaming headphones. With all of that said, we here at eHome Upgrade say that the Samsung Chromebook 3 is a great computer for its price. 

Pros
  • Bright display
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Superb performance
Cons
  • The quality could be better

Frequently Asked Questions: Chromebooks

What Is the difference between a Chromebook and a laptop?

Although Chromebooks closely resemble a laptop, they are often much smaller, lighter and generally cheaper—with the exception of Google's Pixelbook. Chromebooks are suitable for those who simply want to surf the web and catch up on some boring work emails that you totally forgotten about. This isn't to say that there aren't some powerful Chromebooks out there, rather, Intel Celeron processors and a small amount of RAM certainly keeps Chromebook’s cheap.

Can a Chromebook replace a laptop?

If you’re simply looking to browse the web or even listen to your favourite tunes as you play some Android puzzle games, a Chromebook can certainly replace a laptop. Sure, they aren’t as powerful as the best gaming laptops on the market, though they definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. If, however, you’re a mid- to hard-core gamer looking to play some of the most demanding games on the market, we highly recommend sticking with a powerful gaming PC.

Is It Better to Get a Chromebook or a Tablet?

Most Chromebooks on the market double as a tablet, so it's fairly difficult to say whether or not a laptop is 'better' than a tablet. If you're someone who is often out-and-about, a tablet may be a preferable option since they don't feature a keyboard—making them much more portable. On the other hand, a keyboard is convenient for gaming as well as generally typing on. At the end of the day, the 'best thing to get' totally depends on your personal preferences.

Why Are Chromebooks so Cheap?

As we have briefly covered, Chromebooks are cheap for a number of different reasons: low RAM, low-cost microprocessor, and the OS used. First of all, the operating system on a Chromebook is free and so the manufacturer doesn't have to fork out money for Windows. Furthermore, since Chromebooks tend to have around 4GB RAM and a low-cost CPU, they aren't as powerful as a flagship laptop. This doesn't mean to say that Chromebooks are terrible, rather, they are made cheap.

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