The best Chromebook in 2024: our top picks

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The best Chromebook is more than a match for a Windows laptop or MacBook in terms of performance, while still remaining an affordable and secure device for getting things done.

Take the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook, for example. Despite being a couple of years old at this point, its Snapdragon 7c processor is powerful enough for everyday tasks that Chromebooks excel at, while also offering a gorgeous full HD OLED display and a detachable form factor that makes it usable as a laptop or tablet.

We've reviewed dozens of Chromebooks over the years, and we're here to use our many years of experience to help you find the best Chromebook for your needs and budget.

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Want to cut to the chase and find out what the best Chromebooks are? Below, you’ll find a roundup of our choices, and you can jump to a more detailed review of every pick, along with our price comparison tool to help you find the best deals.

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Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best Chromebooks in our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 OLED Chromebook

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The best Chromebook overall

The best Chromebook overall

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen2
Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno GPU
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X 2133MHz
Screen: 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) OLED, touch
Storage: 128GB eMMC Flash storage

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous display
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Phenomenal battery life
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Bigger keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult kickstand
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Stylus not included
Buy it if:

✅ You want an OLED Chromebook: It's not often you get a premium feature like an OLED display in a Chromebook, but boy howdy is it worth it. 

You want outstanding battery life: Very few Chromebooks get this kind of battery life, and with the right tweaks, you can easily get to 18-19 hours of battery life. 

Don't buy it if:

You want a cheap Chromebook: There are some truly premium features on the Duet 5 Chromebook, and that does push the price up into the high end for a Chromebook. 

❌ You want more of a tablet-first form factor: This 2-in-1 laptop puts a heavy emphasis on laptop. The 16:9 screen ratio and 13.3-inch display makes using it in tablet mode somewhat unwieldy. 

A Chromebook with an OLED screen is a relatively novel idea, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook executes that idea to perfection, making a significant improvement to an already-impressive laptop. On top of that gorgeously colorful OLED display, it also packs a nifty detachable keyboard that has been enlarged from previous models.

There are a few things that a regular laptop user might find a bit of an adjustment here. During testing, we found that its keyboard and kickstand still feel a little flimsy - not to mention, not the most seamless to handle. Surprisingly, a stylus is still not included as standard (though Lenovo does sell one separately). However, that phenomenal battery life of up to 19 hours (our own battery life test gave a little over 16 hours) more than makes up for these shortcomings.

Wrapped up in an affordable package, you've got an absolute ace that we feel comfortable calling the best detachable tablet laptop on the market right now. And, with the best battery life to boot.

Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook review

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3

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The best budget Chromebook

The best budget Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N4020
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
RAM: 4GB DDR4
Screen: 11" HD (1366 x 768) IPS, touch
Storage: 64GB eMMC SSD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value
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Solid build quality
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Great battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Looks ancient
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Not terribly compact
Buy it if:

✅ You’re looking for true all-day battery life: The Flex 3 is good for working mains-free or surviving a long day of college and commuting with over 16 hours of video playback.

✅ You’re after a fantastic value 2-in-1 Chromebook: The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 really is an awful lot of machine for the money and performs much better than the on-paper specifications imply, the perfect college companion.

Don't buy it if:

You value sleek, contemporary design: With fat bezels and dowdy styling, the Flex 3 looks like something from last decade.

❌ You need a device with decent CPU and storage performance: It would be a poor choice for anything more demanding.

We're always learning, but some of us are learning more than others. Younger students are sure to benefit from the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3, which packs a rather rugged build quality that is well-suited for users who want to quickly stuff everything in their backpack or are likely to drop things on the floor. The keyboard base is solid and the hinge is very robust, enabling it to survive any amount of careless handling.

This isn't the most powerful Chromebook, but students need reliability more than power - especially if they're only really using it for homework, note-taking, and perhaps the occasional bit of Netflix. Fortunately, the IdeaPad Flex 3 has a seriously impressive battery life – our testing yielded a whopping 16-hour-and-20-minute result – which will allow them to make it through a whole day of school without needing to plug in. It's also very affordable, which should provide a nice bit of financial relief for parents who need to buy their kids a school laptop.

Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 Chromebook review

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 on a desk

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The best 2-in-1 Chromebook

The best 2-in-1 Chromebook around

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1335U
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics eligible
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 14" 16:10 WUXGA 1920 x 1200p IPS touch display
Storage: 256 GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Speedy performance for day-to-day productivity
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Good looking and feeling touchscreen
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Sturdy hinge
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Strong battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Speakers are quiet with hollow-sounding audio
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Limited availability
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Keyboard feels a little stiff
Buy it if:

✅ You want a Chromebook that can perform
This portable is powerful and can get you through just about any task you could run on a ChromeOS-powered machine.

✅ You want a more premium feeling Chromebook
While this is a mid-range laptop, it has some premium appointments from its sturdy hinges and reasonably powerful specs to the WUXGA 16:10 touch screen.

Don't buy it if:

You want to run demanding tasks
There are certain things that these types of laptops just can’t do such as high-level gaming or video and photo editing.

❌ You’re on an extreme budget
$699.99 is a very good price for this laptop, but there are cheaper, more stripped down options that still work well.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2023) may be a little pricier than many Chromebooks, but that’s because it comes with just a bit more power. And, if you’re using one of these notebooks for work, it’s better to have too much than not enough. 

In fact, when we tested it, its 13th-Gen Intel Core i5 and 8GB or RAM easily handled running 20 Chrome tabs, including three streaming ones, at once without any noticeable slowdown. Of course, that slightly more powerful hardware is also there to power the 1920 x 1200p touch display as well as its stunningly clear 1440p webcam. 

While we found the speakers to be a bit of a weak point due to their hollow audio quality and we wish the keyboard was a little more pleasing to type on, At least, its battery life is very good. While not the 15 hours advertised, this Chromebook lasted a good 12 hours during our battery life benchmark. Since its hinge is rock solid, anyone wanting to use this in the various modes that you get with a 2-in-1 will find it to be very sturdy whether it’s in tent or display mode.

In essence, the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2023) is worth the extra cash. It’s a more premium looking, feeling, and performing device than many of the alternatives.

Read our full Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2023) review

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook

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The best Chromebook for professionals

A professional's middle-ground device at a premium price

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1235U
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Screen: Row 5 - Cell 1 14-inch, 16:10 LCD (2560 x 1600p), touchscreen, 1200 nits max
Storage: Row 4 - Cell 1 256GB NVMe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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Powerful hardware
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Incredible display

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Not configurable
Buy it if:

✅ You want the best performing Chromebook: This Chromebook wants to be taken as seriously as the MacBook Air and Dell XPS 13, and fortunately, it has best-in-class performance to help its case. 

✅ You want dedicated customer service support: If anything should go wrong with this device, HP has people on hand to help you through your issue.

Don't buy it if:

You need to do visually creative work: The OS just isn't really there yet when it comes to professional visual workflows.

❌ You want a budget-y Chromebook: This is a premium item with premium specs, so expect to pay for all this hardware.

The HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is may be a premium option, but the internals definitely justify the price. This is easily one of the best Chromebooks