Ready to run Android apps or plenty of browser tabs, the Chromebook Flip C302CA offers a premium aluminum chassis, zippy performance and solid battery life, all in a bend-back, 2-in-1 package. Its bright, 1080p screen is great for watching videos today and for playing your favorite games from the Google Play store when it becomes a standard part of Chrome OS tomorrow.
|Best Chromebooks 2017|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA||Best Overall||4 out of 5|
|Samsung Chromebook Pro||Best 2-in-1 Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook C202||Best School Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Acer Chromebook 14 for Work||Best Chromebook for Business||4 out of 5|
|Acer Chromebook 15||Best 15-inch Chromebook||3.5 out of 5|
|Lenovo N22 Chromebook||Budget Pick||3 out of 5|
Samsung's Chromebook Pro is the first step towards the future of Chrome OS. The convertible 2-in-1 has an aluminum metal body, a 2400x1600 display with 3:2 aspect ratios (which feels natural when using it like a tablet) and an integrated stylus pen for notetaking and drawing. It's among the first work with Android apps from Google Play out of the box, but Google really needs to take some time to iron out the issues with them.
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.
Not only does the first Chromebook with a 6th generation Core i5 CPU get impressive performance and a solid 8 hours and 33 minutes of battery life, but it's also an IT administrators dream. The chassis is sexy enough to turn some heads and so rugged that it can survive being dropped from four feet Plus, it comes with some helpful tools for companies such as TPM, SAML support, and remote configuration through the web-based Chrome Device Management panel.
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.
This education-focused Chromebook has a couple of interesting features, especially considering its affordable $155 price. A handle in the back of the notebook makes the 11.6-inch notebook simple to carry, and you can turn the webcam around 180 degrees to take pictures or share video of more than just your face. It's not the most powerful notebook out there, but its Celeron processor will handle a couple of Chrome tabs at once for simple work. It's a cheaper version of the N22 Touch Chromebook we review, sans the touch display.