Best Chromebook 2021: 8 best Chromebooks starting under $300

Chromebook is a stable alternative in case you reside your life on the internet and needn’t set up Home windows or Mac software program. Chromebooks, that are a mixture of laptop computer and two-in-one that run on Google’s net browser-based Chrome working system, might look like they popped up out of nowhere prior to now couple of years, however they simply celebrated their 10th birthday and supply a special and relatively minimalistic expertise from MacOS and Home windows laptops. (Here is all you may and may’t do in contrast with a standard laptop computer in case you’re unsure one is best for you.)

Chromebooks are typically extra reasonably priced than MacBooks, Home windows PCs and iPads. Nevertheless, because the Chrome OS has developed to incorporate use of Android apps from the Google Play Retailer and Linux software program, you may now discover premium fashions with quicker processors, extra reminiscence and speedier storage. They’re costlier but in addition lighter, slimmer and usually have higher battery life. Some also have a contact display screen. The very fact is, Chromebooks are a greater match for lots extra folks than a Mac or Home windows laptop computer, and so they’re my go-to suggestion for a primary computing expertise.

Learn extra: Laptop computer vs. Chromebook: What is the distinction, which works higher for you

Under, you may discover the finest Chromebooks we have reviewed. Each is independently chosen by our editors. We are going to be aware, nevertheless, that if there’s a specific set of specs you are on the lookout for, whether or not that be a couple of USB port, an HDMI port, a specific display screen measurement and even only a headphone jack, we encourage to do a deep dive in your alternative — these options should not assured on all Chromebooks. This checklist is up to date commonly as we overview new merchandise.

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The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a 10-inch pill with a removable keyboard and touchpad. This Lenovo Chromebook’s small measurement is perhaps just a little limiting as a major gadget, although you may connect with an exterior show by way of its USB-C port. It’s, nevertheless, a terrific decide in case you’re on the lookout for an reasonably priced Chromebook for pure mobility or as a secondary gadget that can be utilized in pill mode.

Learn our Lenovo Chromebook Duet overview.


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This Lenovo 13-inch Chromebook two-in-one is a greater wager than the Duet in case you want a laptop computer for all-day use. It has a full HD show in addition to glorious efficiency and battery life for the cash, due to an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 4GB of reminiscence and a 64GB solid-state drive. The Lenovo Flex just isn’t a terrific alternative for out of doors use, because the show is fairly dim.

Learn our Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 overview.


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For those who’d quite have a wider display screen as a substitute of a taller one just like the Spin 713’s, this HP Chromebook is the way in which to go. It is roughly zero.75 inches wider than a premium 13.Three-inch mannequin, however that further width makes it simpler to work in two side-by-side home windows. The 2-in-one design means you need to use it as a pill (although it is a bit heavy to make use of handheld). You may as well tent it, join an exterior keyboard and mouse and use it as a small all-in-one pc. 

The Core i3 processor and 8GB of reminiscence saved this HP Chromebook working easily even with a pair dozen tabs open and streaming video within the background. And this Chromebook laptop computer has an extended battery life as well, lasting 10 hours and 40 minutes in our exams. 

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Uninterested in making an attempt to work on paperwork or spreadsheets on a small widescreen show? The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 makes use of one among Acer’s brilliant VertiView shows, a 13.5-inch 2,256×1,504-pixel touchscreen with a Three:2 side ratio. Because the identify implies, it offers you extra vertical room to work, but it surely nonetheless has the width of a typical 13.Three-inch laptop computer with a 16:9 ratio. Between that and its battery life, which lasted practically 13 hours in our exams, you can get extra work achieved in a day — and it is nonetheless skinny and light-weight sufficient for an on a regular basis carry. 

The newest model of this Chromebook is the primary to obtain Intel’s Evo verification, which implies you may be getting the absolute best cell expertise with this mannequin. It is also the primary with Thunderbolt four help, which helps you to connect with a number of exterior shows in addition to offering quick knowledge speeds and networking.

Learn our Acer Chromebook Spin 713 overview.


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The Chromebook Flip C434 was one among our favorites when it first got here out, and we predict it is nonetheless a terrific Chromebook. The Flip C436 has a slim aluminum design with a 14-inch full-HD touchscreen. Inside you may discover higher-end elements than the earlier iteration for vastly improved efficiency. This touchscreen Chromebook additionally comes with a better value, although, beginning at $700. Nonetheless, as Chrome OS matures, the additional processing efficiency is definitely good to have, as is having that efficiency in a sexy design.

Learn our Asus Chromebook Flip C436FA overview.


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Simply as Google’s Pixel telephones supply the most effective pure Android expertise, the Google Pixelbook Go is constructed to ship the most effective of Chrome OS. The premium Chromebook starts at $649, however absolutely loaded with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of reminiscence, 256GB of storage and a 4K show, the price hits a pricey $1,399. That is quite a bit, and greater than what’s wanted for most individuals. Nonetheless, Google Pixelbook Go is a superb little Chromebook, particularly for many who actually wish to discover all that Chrome can do together with Linux and Android app picks.

Learn our Pixelbook Go overview.


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It is uncommon for the second era of a tool to have fewer options than the unique and nonetheless be an enchancment, however that is the case for the Galaxy Chromebook 2. Samsung dialed again on a few of the options and elements of the unique, making this sequel extra reasonably priced than the first-gen mannequin. It additionally has significantly better battery life. And Samsung did all of it with out dropping all of its predecessor’s premium attraction.

Learn our Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 overview.


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The Acer Chromebook 715 began life as a premium mannequin focused at a rising marketplace for Chrome OS gadgets. Together with its smaller sibling, the Acer Chromebook 714, the 715 has a premium all-aluminum chassis constructed to outlive drops from as much as 48 inches (122 cm) and downward power as much as 132 kilos (60 kg). This mannequin has been discontinued however you may nonetheless discover the extra reasonably priced model of the premium 715 that dials again the specs and extras however retains the premium construct high quality, making it a implausible alternative for a house workplace or scholar.

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