Featuring the brightest display and one of the longest-lasting batteries we've seen on a budget notebook, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is our favorite Chrome OS laptop. With an Intel Celeron processor that enables productive multitasking and a keyboard that's a joy to type on, this $330 machine sets the standard for what a Chromebook should offer. Its refined, silver deck gives it a premium look, and thanks to a partnership with Skullcandy, it has enough audio power to fill a room.
Students need laptops that can handle being tossed into lockers, jammed into backpacks and dropped in the schoolyard and the 11.6-inch Asus Chromebook C202 can take it all. Starting at $199, this laptop can drop 2.6 feet on its side and 3.9 feet on its bottom thanks to a rubberized exterior. The C202 also has an excellent keyboard and lasted 8 hours and 23 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which is more than enough for a full day of school.
Chrome OS users who tend to work away from a power outlet for extended periods of time should definitely check out the Dell Chromebook 13. Dell's latest Chromebook lasted a whopping 13 hours and 25 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. Starting at $429, this laptop also has a full-HD (1920 x 1080) display and an excellent keyboard.
If you love touch screens and love Chrome OS, look no further than the Asus Chromebook Flip. This $249 hybrid bends to be a notebook and a tablet, and at less than 2 pounds, it's an incredibly portable device. It delivers more than 9 hours of battery life, so you can leave the charger at home. Sporting the newest version of Chrome OS, the Flip lets you use voice controls for quick, hands-free search, and you can use your Android phone to unlock the display for easy access. Some Android apps are now available for Chrome OS as well, meaning the Flip could be your next laptop and tablet all in one.
The Dell Chromebook 11 was already one of our favorite Chromebooks, but now Dell offers more speed with a Core i3-powered version. We had no problem working with more than 15 open tabs at once. This machine also offers serious staying power, lasting more than 10 hours 0n the Laptop Mag Battery Test. Although it's not cheap, those looking for a fast and portable Chromebook will really like this option.
The 15-inch display is still the most popular screen size for any laptop, and Chromebook shoppers will soon have an option that's sized just right. The $249 Acer Chromebook 15 sports an Intel Celeron CPU under the hood and will come with either 2 or 4GB of RAM and a 16GB or 32GB SSD. That should offer plenty of processing power, now with the real estate people want. It even looks great, with your choice of a white or black fabric-like finish.