Chrome OS is the go-to option for casual users. The web-based operating system reigned the Amazon laptop sales for quite some time, but now affordable Windows 8 laptops are giving Google a run for their money. It’s an odd competition, as these operating systems serve different purposes.
Windows 8 offers a full experience in a more complex package, while Chrome OS manages to stay simple, fast and clean. Not to mention, Chrome OS happens to be a safer alternative. We know many of you love Google’s computer ecosystem, so we have put together a neat list of our very favorite Chromebooks around. Let’s check them out!
Those who have $1299 to spare and really want the best of the best in Chrome OS computing have to look no further. The Chromebook Pixel comes with first-class build quality, made of aluminum and sporting a Macbook Pro-like design. Its display is also among the very best in the laptop realm, featuring a 12.85-inch 2560x1700p display. It was also the very first Chromebook to feature a touchscreen.
It’s one hell of a device, but it costs much more than any other Chromebook out there. It doesn’t help that you can get amazing Mac or Windows machines with the same money. Some may feel the OS is really pushing the Chromebook Pixel back.
Lenovo IdeaPad N20P Chromebook
Lenovo’s iconic Yoga design is all the hype across the company’s fan base, making the Lenovo IdeaPad N20P Chromebook the best option for many users. This laptop’s unique design allows the machine’s keyboard to spin all the way to the back, making for a more flexible experience with multiple form factors.
It also sports a touchscreen, which continues to be a bit of an oddity in the Chromebook world. Other specs include an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, an 11.6-inch 1366x768p display and 8 hours of battery life. It costs only $299, which is a very reasonable price for what you get.
Acer C720P Chromebook
Another great touchscreen option is the Acer C720P Chromebook. In fact, this was the first Chromebook to get a touchscreen after the Pixel, making it one of our favorite Chrome OS laptops around. It also starts at an affordable $280 price point, which should make it all that more exciting.
Sporting the same design as all other C720 versions, this Chromebook is well built and looks good. Specs are pretty standard, offering a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 2-4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, an 11.6-inch 1366x768p display and 7.5 hours of battery life.
HP Chromebook 11
If you want something small, affordable and good-looking, you can’t go wrong with the HP Chromebook 11. The device comes with a very cool design and various color options. Touchscreen lovers will have to look elsewhere, as this computer is not blessed by such a feature.
Specs include a 1.7 GHz Exynos 5250 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, an 11.6-inch 1366x768p display. Not bad for a device that costs under $245 from Amazon right now.
Samsung Chromebook 2
The Samsung Chromebook 2 succeeds a legendary Chromebook. The new Samsung Chromebook is good, but it also comes with a bit of a higher price compared to its predecessor. It does come in two versions, though. It comes in 11.6-inch (1366x768p) and 13.3-inch (1920x1080p) versions, priced at $299 and $378, accordingly.
Other specs include a Samsung Exynos Octa processor, 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. Not a bad laptop at all, but for that price I would rather go with one of the more unique laptops listed above. It does look great, though, featuring that leather-like material we first saw on the Galaxy Note 3.