The best Chromebooks of 2019 are more powerful, flexible and with longer battery lives than ever before. In this list of the best Chromebooks, we've gathered together the top devices that show what these affordable Chrome OS-based laptops are capable of.
Before you buy the best Chromebook for your needs, you may be wondering what exactly is a Chromebook? Well, Chromebooks don’t just feature fantastic battery life, but they’re also extremely affordable. This is because the best Chromebooks don’t need the latest and greatest processors – as they run Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system, and they only pack what they need to get the job done. Plus, with devices like the Google Pixel Slate the best Chromebooks are getting more advanced by the day.
However, some users may be wary of picking up one of the best Chromebooks because of the restrictions they place, and that’s totally fair. But, if your computer use just boils down to word processing and email, with very little video editing or gaming, you really can’t go wrong with one of the best Chromebooks.
1. Google Pixelbook
The best Chromebook of 2019
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 128GB – 512GB
Shortly after proclaiming the Chromebook Pixel as dead, Google revived it in a way nobody expected. Now, it’s the Google Pixelbook and it stands completely independent of its predecessor. That’s because, unlike the Chromebook Pixel, it can run Android apps natively, on top of building upon Chrome OS. And, when you add in the huge amount of storage space, fantastic stylus and Google Assistant, it shouldn’t surprise you when we say the Pixelbook is the best Chromebook 2018 has to offer – even so long after its launch.
Read the full review: Google Pixelbook
2. Asus Chromebook Flip
Premium Chromebook specs, economic Chromebook pricing
CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64GB eMMC
Before Google put the Pixelbook out, and showed us exactly what Chromebooks could be, the Asus Chromebook Flip was our ideal Google laptop. With a full Intel Core processor and a full-HD display, the Asus Chromebook Flip changed the game. Put simply, if you want key features that the Pixelbook offers, but you don’t want to deal with that massive price tag, the Asus Chromebook Flip is the next best Chromebook.
Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip
3. Samsung Chromebook Pro
The best Chromebook for productivity
CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB eMMC
When Android apps started heading to the best Chromebooks, it was only a matter of time before Samsung jumped into the ring to craft something truly beautiful. With a 12.3-inch QHD touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge, the Samsung Chromebook Pro also includes a built-in stylus – the first of its kind to show up in a Chromebook. Not only does it show up many of its competitors, but it’s better than most Android devices, too, even if the keyboard could use some tightening up.
Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro
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4. Acer Chromebook Spin 13
The best business Chromebook with a convertible design
CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i3 – i5 U-Series | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB LPDDR3 | Screen: 13.5-inch 2,256 x 1,504 IPS touch display | Storage: 64GB – 128GB eMMC SSD
When you think of Chromebooks, education is one of the first things that comes to mind. And, with the Acer Chromebook Spin 13, Acer wants them to be synonymous with business, too. Beautifully built from aluminum with a gorgeous QHD screen, it won’t just fit in the office, but it may actually draw some jealous looks. It’s more than just an attractive chassis, though: the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is backed by full-fat Ultrabook processors, so it can get work done, and this Chromebook will look good while doing it.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 13
5. Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1
Back to the core of the Chromebook
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1366 x 768) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB-64GB eMMC
In our minds, the best Chromebooks are affordable devices that anyone can get their hands on. And, in that spirit, it’s not hard to see why the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1 fits the bill. This isn’t the most powerful Chromebook on the market – instead it boils Chromebooks down to what they need to be: affordable, easy to use and durable. This Chromebook will be great for doing all your web browsing and video editing, and may just be one of the best laptops for kids, as it won’t break from a simple drop. What more can you ask for?
Read the full review: Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1
6. Acer Chromebook Spin 11
A fresh spin on one of the best Chromebooks
CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N3350 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500 | RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) IPS touch | Storage: 32GB eMMC SSD
The best Chromebooks are most compelling as student laptops, and that’s exactly where the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 excels. If you’re a student, or even a parent of one, this is a cheap, capable and, more importantly, durable machine that can get some homework done on the go. Sure, you can’t get any hardcore gaming or video editing done on this thing, but if you just need something to write some papers and watch some YouTube in your downtime – the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 should be at the top of your list.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 11
7. Acer Chromebook 15
Favoring longevity over beefy specs
CPU: Intel Pentium N4200 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 32GB eMMC
With a pristine build quality that rivals a MacBook, it’s easy to forgive the Acer Chromebook 15’s aversion to 2-in-1 form factors. However, given that most Chromebooks releasing this year are fully convertible, thanks to the wide adoption of Android app support, the Acer Chromebook 15 had to prove itself to us with more than good style. And, beyond its ability to lay flat using a 180-degree hinge, this beautiful 15-inch Chromebook makes a great impression with its battery life, too, lasting nearly 17 hours in our battery test.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15
8. Acer Chromebook R11
The 360-degree hinge is a winner
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 – N3150 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD
We wouldn’t be surprised to see Acer replacing the Chromebook R11 – at least, judging by the recent release of the Chromebook Spin 11, but it still holds up to this day as one of the best Chromebooks on the market. It isn’t the most powerful option out there, but it still gives you full access to Android Apps on the Google Play store. What’s more, it does so on a touchscreen display that can be rotated around into tablet mode, complemented by an all-metal finish that you won’t be ashamed of.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook R11
9. HP Chromebook 14
Striking optimal balance between value and design
CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 – N2940 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 14-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) BrightView | Storage: 16GB – 32GB eMMC
In our mind, the best Chromebooks are the ones that balance a rock-bottom price and speedy use of Chrome OS – and the HP Chromebook 14 is a perfect example. While it’s similar to the Acer Chromebook 15 in a lot of ways, this 14-inch Chromebook is a bit more compact and even looks better. Complemented by a bright blue finish and a screen made to astonish, the HP Chromebook 14 boasts the best value of any Chromebook out there. Even if the battery life and performance are average – the HP Chromebook 14 is easily one of the best Chromebooks on the market right now.
Read the full review: HP Chromebook 14
10. HP Chromebook 13
Flashy and functional, this Chromebook means business
CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080) – QHD (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 32GB eMMC
The HP Chromebook 13 is way better than anyone would expect from a Chromebook. You’re getting a 1440p display, two USB-C ports and, if you’re willing to shell out a bit more cash, you can get yourself an INtel Core M processor rather than a Pentium. All of this is complemented by incredible style and a metallic design that exudes Pixel influence. It might not be as powerful as the Google Pixelbook, but it’s still one of the best Chromebooks when it comes to sheer style.
Read the full review: HP Chromebook 13
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Juan Martinez and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article.