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The best Chromebooks of 2019

The best Chromebooks of 2019 are not only more powerful than ever before, but they're also even more flexible and offer longer battery lives. In this list of the best Chromebooks, we put together the top devices that showcase exactly what these affordable Chrome OS-based laptops are capable of.

Before you buy the best Chromebook for your needs, it will be worth your time knowing what exactly a Chromebook is. Chromebooks don’t just boast fantastic battery life, but they’re also very affordable. In fact, many are more affordable than their laptop counterparts, which is why they're an easy sell to users who do not have very demanding computing needs. This is because the top Chromebooks don’t need the latest and greatest processors – as they run Chrome OS and only pack what they need to get the job done. But don't get fooled: the best Chromebooks are getting more advanced by the day.

If your computer use just boils down to word processing, emailing, watching Netflix and surfing the internet, with very little video editing or gaming, you really can’t go wrong with one of the best Chromebooks.

Google Pixelbook

The Google Pixelbook is the best Chromebook of 2019

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

Sublime design

Awesome keyboard

Pen sold separately

Poor audio performance

Shortly after announcing the Chromebook Pixel’s demise, 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. When you factor 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 2019 has to offer – even so long after its launch.

Read the full review: Google Pixelbook

Asus Chromebook Flip

The best convertible Chromebook

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

Elegant tablet mode

Tactile keyboard

No out-of-box Android app support

Middling speakers

Before Google released the Pixelbook, and showed us exactly what the best Chromebooks should be, the Asus Chromebook Flip was our perfect Google laptop. With a full Intel Core processor and a full-HD display, the Asus Chromebook Flip was a game-changer. Put simply, if you want key features that the Pixelbook offers, but you don’t want to deal with that steep price tag, the Asus Chromebook Flip is the next best Chromebook. If you're on the budget, this is one of the best Asus laptops to consider.

Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip 

Samsung Chromebook Pro

A brilliant Chromebook for productivity

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

Stunning, gorgeous design

Stylus support on Chrome OS

Cramped keyboard

Weak speakers

When Android apps started heading to the best Chromebooks, it was only a matter of time before Samsung came into the picture to craft something truly beautiful. With a 12.3-inch QHD touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge, the Samsung Chromebook Pro also boasts a built-in stylus – the first of its kind to show up in a Chromebook. Not only does it give many of its competitors a run for their money, but it’s better than most Android devices as well, even if the keyboard could use some tightening up. 

Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus Chromebook Flip.

Asus Chromebook Flip C302

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13

Another top convertible Chrfomebook

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

Beautiful display

Premium finish

Expensive

When you think of Chromebooks, education is one of the first things that comes to mind. But, 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 envious looks. It’s more than just an appealing chassis, however: the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is backed by full-fat Ultrabook processors, so it can get work done in style.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 13

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1

Another great 2-in-1 Chromebook

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

Durable

Long battery life

Not very powerful

The best Chromebooks are affordable devices that anyone can get their hands on. And, in that spirit, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1 flawlessly fits the bill. This isn’t the most powerful Chromebook on the market, mind you. But 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

Acer Chromebook Spin 11

Acer has made one of the best Chromebooks ever with the Chromebook Spin 11

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

Affordable price 

Durable frame 

Dim screen 

The best Chromebooks are perhaps the most compelling student laptops, and that’s exactly where the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 excels. Whether you’re a student or a parent of one, this is a cheap, capable and, more importantly, durable machine that can get some schoolwork done on the go. Sure, you can’t get any hardcore gaming or video editing done on it, but if you just need to write up some papers and watch some YouTube in your downtime, then the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 should be at the top of your list. 

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 11 

Acer Chromebook 15

Another brilliant Chromebook from Acer

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

Unbelievable battery life

Attractive, fanless design

Trackpad feels clunky

Easy to weigh down with tabs

With a solid build quality that rivals a MacBook, it’s easy to forgive the Acer Chromebook 15’s aversion to 2-in-1 form factors. Still, given that the best 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 great style. And, beyond its ability to lay flat using a 180-degree hinge, this beautiful 15-inch Chromebook also makes a great impression with its battery life lasting nearly 17 hours in our battery test. 

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15

Acer Chromebook R11

Acer Chromebook R11 has a 360-degree hinge

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

Convertible

Good battery life

HD-only display

Terrible trackpad

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Acer replacing the Chromebook R11 – at least, judging by the recent release of the Chromebook Spin 11. Yet it still holds up to this day as one of the best Chromebooks to hit the streets. Sure, it isn’t the most powerful choice out there, but it still offers 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, fitted in an all-metal finish that you would be proud to show off. 

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook R11

HP Chromebook 14

A brilliant value Chromebook from HP

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

Excellent keyboard, trackpad

Crisp, vivid screen

Slower than some rivals

Average battery life

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 tad more compact and looks slightly better. Complemented by a bright blue finish and a screen made to astonish, the HP Chromebook 14 offers 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 to date.

Read the full review: HP Chromebook 14

10. Acer Chromebook Spin 15

The ultimate Chromebook for multitasking

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

Plenty of power

Extremely long battery life

Beautifully responsive touchscreen

Lots of wasted real estate

Trackpad could be better

There’s a handful of things we don’t love about the Acer Chromebook Spin 15, namely the fact that doesn’t take full advantage of the space it has and that its trackpad isn’t the best. Yet we have easily forgiven its shortcomings, as it more than makes up for them with enough power for over-the-top multitasking, a battery life that will outlast yours and a beautiful touchscreen that surprisingly premium for the price. All those certainly warrant this Chromebook a spot in our best Chromebooks list, and that’s without considering the fact that it’s very affordable. If you’re not convinced that you should jump on the Chromebook bandwagon, this one will make a convert out of you.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 15

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