Best Chromebook 2022

Acer Chromebook Spin 713
Best Chromebook 2022 (Image credit: Future)

The best Chromebook offers a simplistic, clean and minimalistic operating system with killer performance and satisfactory battery life.

When the pandemic hit, workers and students scrambled for work-from-home laptops that were capable, but budget-friendly — enter Chrome OS! Not only are Chromebooks easy on the wallet, but they're also known for having low-malware susceptibility. This means they are least likely to be infected with viruses and spyware compared to other vulnerable operating systems (e.g. Windows). If you're concerned about privacy and security, Chrome OS is the way to go.

The best Chromebooks are secure and seamless to use with the Google ecosystem. You'll also be happy to know that they typically have a long battery life. Be sure to check out our Chromebooks with the longest battery life list (along with how to check your Chromebook's battery health).

Note: Black Friday 2022 arrives on  Nov. 25 with markdowns on top rated Chromebooks in tow. Visit our Black Friday Chromebook deals list for the lowest prices of the season.  

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (Image credit: Future)
The best Chromebook with amazing battery life

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-10210U
RAM: Intel UHD
Storage: 128GB SSD
Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504
Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, colorful touchscreen
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Amazing battery life
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Speedy performance
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Shallow keyboard

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is among the best on the market due to its battery life; it lasted nearly 12 hours when we tested it in our lab. We prefer that laptops last at least 8 hours to endure an entire day at school or work, but the Spin 713 exceeded our expectations.

It won a spot on the best Chromebooks list for its colorful and bright display, speedy performance and versatile form factor. And, get this, it won't cost you more than $700 to snag it.

For high school and college students seeking an inexpensive, portable and durable laptop, the Spin 713 is certainly one of the best Chromebooks they could choose for their everyday device.

Read our full review of the Acer Chromebook Spin 713.

Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3 closed with the back face up on a table next to a plant

Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)
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Best Chromebook with a fabric finish

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core m3-8100Y
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB eMMC
Display: 10.5-inch, 1900x1200-pixel touchscreen
Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.9 x 0.68 inches
Weight: 2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Satisfying fabric finish
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Impressive battery life
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Ultra-portable design
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Built-in stylus

Reasons to avoid

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Mixed performance

The Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3 will fool others into thinking you're carrying a tweed-bound journal, but in reality, you've got a spectacular 2-in-1 laptop in your hands. As a cherry on top, the Detachable CM3 actually comes with a built-in stylus, so you could definitely get some journaling in with some high-tech handwriting.

We also can't talk about the Detachable CM3 without raving about its battery life. You might never need to bring your charger along with you because this Asus Chromebook can last for nearly 12 hours, according to our in-house battery life test.  You also don't need to worry about hauling the Detachable CM3 everywhere in your bag as it meets U.S. MIL-STD810H standards. This means that in can handle bumps, shocks and temperature changes. Bolstered by the case and keyboard, it has quite a bit of protection, and if you are worried about that fabric covering, it's stain-resistant.

See our full Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3 review.

Acer Chromebook 514

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3. Acer Chromebook 514

Best battery life in a Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: MediaTek Kompanio 828 ARM Cortex A76 CPU
GPU: Mali-G57 MC5 integrated graphics
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 64GB of Flash Memory
Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixels
Size: 12.7 x 8.9 x 0.7 in
Weight: 2.87 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Phenomenal battery life
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Inexpensive
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Decent performance
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Solid speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Dim, shallow display
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Terrible touchpad

The Acer Chromebook 514 makes its presence known with a tantalizing 14 hours and 8 minutes of battery life. Laptop Mag has been testing Chromebooks for nearly a decade, and it has the longest lasting battery life of any we’ve ever reviewed. 

While this is nowhere near as impressive HP Elite Folio's 16-hours, the major difference here relates to cost. The Acer Chromebook 514 is sub-$500, making it an excellent choice for writers with a limited budget who frequently find themselves on the go.

If you're in need for a shockingly good speaker system and decent performance, especially when compared to the Chromebook's cost, this is a solid pick. However, be prepared for a touchpad that's sluggish to use and a display that fails in displaying a bright, vivid image.

See our Acer Chromebook 514 review.

Samsung Chromebook 3

Samsung Chromebook 3 (Image credit: Future)
Best Chromebook for students

Specifications

CPU: 1.6-GHz Intel Celeron N3060
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Display: 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel
Dimensions: 11.4 x 8 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, accurate screen
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Superb battery life
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Strong performance

Reasons to avoid

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Muddy speakers
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Awkward button layout

Easily the best Chromebook value, Samsung's 11.6-inch, 2.5-pound laptop is light enough to carry anywhere. And with 4GB of RAM, the Celeron N3060-powered Chromebook 3 can handle multitasking with aplomb. And for a cheap device, it looks really classy. Sure, it's plastic, but the metallic black covering is classy enough for any setting. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, it ran for 9 hours and 44 minutes, which is more than enough for work and play all day. It's easily one of the cheapest and best Chromebooks you can buy.

See our full Samsung Chromebook 3 review.

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630
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Best 13-inch Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3500C
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB PCIe SSD
Display: 13-inch, 1920 x 1080
Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Durable, lightweight design
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Colorful display
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Snappy performance

Reasons to avoid

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Tinny speakers

The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook is sleek, sturdy and sexy. Plus, it’s one of the few laptops at this price point that ships with a pen. And with the ThinkPad name, it also offers durability and security. It has so much going for it that it could potentially transform a Windows loyalist into a Chromebook convert. 

When we reviewed the ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook, we raved about its colorful display, great performance and durablity. It has a military-tested chassis, which means if you're the clumsy type, it can handle some drops and shocks (within reason, of course). This laptop can also last more than 8 hours on a charge, which means it should endure the whole work or school day.

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook review.

The best Chromebook 2021: Acer Chromebook 15

The best Chromebook 2021: Acer Chromebook 15 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)
Best Acer Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-8350U
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 64GB eMMC
Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel
Dimensions: 14.4 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Premium, durable chassis
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Great performance
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Over 10 hours of battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Dull, dim display

The Acer Chromebook 715 is premium and offers a durable aluminum chassis packed with great performance and over 10 hours of battery life. Its Intel Core i5-8350U processor with 8GB of RAM hit 14,088 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, sailing past the 6,100 Chromebook average. Its integrated Numpad is also a boon for students. And even though its 15.6-inch display is a little dull, it's sharp, at 1920 x 1080. If you like buying from Acer, this is among its best.

See our full Acer Chromebook 715 review.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo Chromebook Duet (Image credit: Future)
Best Chromebook with high portability

Specifications

CPU: MEDIATEK Helio P60T
RAM: 4GB
Storage: Up to 128 eMMC
Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel
Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Comes with keyboard/kickstand
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Colorful display
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Super affordable
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Over 12 hours of battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is one of the best because it is a low-priced 2-in-1 that is a tablet, but can also transform into a laptop with an accompanying twill-like kickstand cover and detachable keyboard. 

The most spectacular feature of the Duet is its battery life -- you can get almost 13 hours of battery life. Its display is colorful, so watching Netflix, Disney Plus+ and Amazon Prime Video on this little convertible will be pleasant on the eyes.

It also has an ultraportable design. You can close it shut into a book-like form, and no one will ever know you're carrying a laptop -- they'll assume you're holding a notebook or a journal. 

Read our full review of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet.

HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise

HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise (Image credit: Future)
The best Chromebook for business

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-10210U
RAM: Intel UHD
Storage: 128GB SSD
Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504
Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Military-grade durability
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Great security features
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Comfortable keyboard
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Lots of ports

Reasons to avoid

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Dim display

The HP Pro C640 with Chrome Enterprise is the best Chromebook for business users and employees. The HP Pro C640 has excellent military-grade durability. This means that if you or one of your employees drop it on the floor, there's a very good chance that it will remain intact. 

Another reason why the HP Pro C640 landed on our best Chromebooks page is its incredible security features. Security is important for many business owners, and the HP Pro C640 will put your mind at ease with its fingerprint scanner. And with Chrome Enterprise running on the Pro C640, the odds of security breaches and system-update wreckages are low, especially in comparison to systems running Windows 10

Lastly, HP Pro C640 offers an incredible variety of ports, which gives users a wide variety of connection options.

Read our full review of the HP Pro C640 with Chrome Enterprise.

Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook

Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook (Image credit: Future)
The best Chromebook for a lightweight experience

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3500C
RAM: Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics
Storage: 128GB PCIe SSD
Display: 13-inch, FHD
Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Snappy performance
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Durable, lightweight design
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Solid battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Tiny speakers

A candidate for the best Chromebook of 2021 is the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook. We lauded the ThinkPad C13 Yoga for its snappy performance, durable chassis, lightweight design and colorful display. 

It's also a 2-in-1, so it can bend and transform into many postures at your convenience. The C13 Yoga is only 0.6 inches thin and weighs 3.2 pounds, ensuring that traveling with it is a breeze. According to our testing and real-world experience, the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook earned 4 out of 5 stars.

Read our full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook

 How to choose the best Chromebook for you

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Choosing the best Chromebook for you depends on who you are and what needs you're hoping it will fulfill. Are you a student who is mostly reliant on Google productivity apps? Are you a business seeking to provide Chromebooks for your employees? Are you a school hoping to snag the perfect Chrome OS systems for your students? Here's my easy-to-understand buying guide on how to buy the perfect one for you.

How much does a Chromebook cost?

Luckily for you, Chromebooks are known for being budget-friendly. There are some premium models out there such as the Google Pixelbook Go that command higher prices due to their long battery life and thin-bezel display. But for the most part, you can find a high-quality for under $500, such as the Dell Chromebook 3189. 

You can also snag a 2-in-1 Chromebook, which is a laptop with Chrome OS that can shape-shift into different modes, including tablet mode, such as the HP Chromebook x360 12b for under $400. A Windows 2-in-1 laptop could be double or triple that price.

Are Chromebooks portable?

When it comes to portability, we need to take a look at screen size and weight. Most fall between 11 and 13 inches, so hauling them around school or the office will be a breeze. 

How well does a Chromebook perform?

Most of the time, these are lightweight devices; Chrome OS sticks to the basics of providing your favorite Google productivity apps with a few extras (unlike Windows operating systems that can be bloatware hell). If you need additional apps, you can download them from the Google Play store. Because many applications on Chrome OS operate using the cloud, this means more free space for your laptop and speedier performance. 

Do Chromebooks have good battery life?

Chromebooks have very good battery life. On our own in-house Laptop Mag Battery test,  on average, they last 10 hours. They will usually endure the eight hours that are necessary for a productive day at work or school. 

Are Chromebooks secure?

If you're a business looking for a secure laptop for your employees or an institution seeking student-friendly devices that are nearly immune to malware, Chromebooks are the way to go.  Some even go as far as adding biometric authentication, like fingerprint scanners.

How we test the best Chromebooks

One of the unique ways we test Chromebooks is by dropping the devices to test its durability. No, we're not kidding. Laptop Mag has its own in-house Chromebook drop test to measure how well they handle shocks. As Chromebooks are often used by on-the-go students and worker bees, it can be easy to have the device slip through one's fingers while shuffling from office to office or classroom to classroom.

We also test for the Chromebooks' performance, battery life, screen brightness, multitasking muscle and more.

As our Editor-in-Chief Sherri L. Smith describes it, when we bring a laptop into our laboratory, it's our goal is to see how it would work if you brought it into your home or office. While we use a number of industry standard benchmarks such as Geekbench, we focus more on real-world testing.

To measure battery runtime, the Laptop Mag Battery test surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until the Chromebook runs out of juice. To test their processing power, we use the Geekbench synthetic test. 

We use a colorimeter to measure screen brightness and color gamut while other instruments help us determine a laptop's key travel and ambient heat. See this page on How We Test Laptops for more details on our benchmarking procedures.

See our Chromebook Buying Guide and our Windows 10 vs Chromebook or iPad vs. Chromebook face-off to learn more about them. And check out our best laptops deals page to make sure you get the best price before you buy.

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!