The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is an upgrade from the original in every way, making it a lovely, powerful device running Google's Chrome OS. For $329, you get a slimmer, sleeker design, a gorgeous 1080p, IPS screen and surprisingly powerful speakers tuned by Skullcandy. Weighing just 2.95 pounds and lasting nearly 8 hours on a single charge, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is easily one of the best and most beautiful Chromebooks you can buy.
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.
Delivering a relatively large 14-inch screen for a small $299 price, the HP Chromebook 14 is one laptop that's made for the masses. Take your pick from three attractive color options and enjoy up to 200MB of free 4G service per month. We also like the comfy keyboard and nearly 8 hours of battery life.
The Core i3 version of the Acer C720 Chrombeook with 2GB of RAM is a faster, more powerful improvement on the original. On the benchmark tests it blazed past the competition. It's lightweight and ready to travel anywhere. It'll last just longer than 7.5 hours on a charge and sports a clear and crisp 1366 x 768-pixel display. The $350 price tag is appealing, but if you spring for $30 more you can get double the on-board storage space.
As with all the Yoga models of the Lenovo family, the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e features a sturdy, yet flexible design that can be flipped inside out. And, keeping with all the ThinkPad models of Lenovo's, this Chromebook features a best-in-class keyboard, too. We appreciated the wide viewing angles, making this laptop perfect for sharing movies.
Boasting a design that's part Galaxy Note, part Ultrabook, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is one of the more attractive of its ilk on the market. Unlike most other Chromebooks, it also sports a full HD 1920 x 1080 display, better for watching movies. And, it offers just under 8 hours of battery life. It's 2.58-GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor is more powerful than its competition, plus this laptop simply looks classy.
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.