Best Chromebooks of 2024

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

While Chromebooks' original appeal was a low price point and a very basic feature set, Google has added quite a bit more functionality over the years while still keeping it far simpler and more secure than its macOS and Windows counterparts. Now we have also seen prices come up along with that functionality boost, but there are still plenty of affordable Chromebooks, and prices remain low relative to a comparable Windows or macOS laptop.

The best Chromebooks are seamless to use with the Google ecosystem. You'll also be happy 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).

In late 2023 Google teamed up with a number of different laptop OEMs to produce the Chromebook Plus series. We reviewed two of the first in the series with the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus and the Acer Chromebook Plus 515. Both are excellent options with surprising performance and are content creator capable, which is new for Chromebooks.

So whether you want one of the new Plus Series, a cheap Chromebook, or a high-end Chromebook for business, just read on and we'll identify the best Chromebook for you.

The Quick List

Best Overall

Acer Chromebook Spin 714

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (Image credit: Future)

1. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus

Best Chromebook overall

Specifications

CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i3-1315U
RAM: Intel Iris Xe graphics
Storage: 8GB
Display: 14-inch FHD IPS Touchscreen (1920 x 1080)
Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.0 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 3.57 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Speedy AI-infused performance
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Great keyboard
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Sturdy hinges
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Attractive

Reasons to avoid

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The display could be brighter

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus is the best Chromebook of 2023. It's a prodigious, potent, productive 2-in-1 Chromebook with a funky meets business casual vibe. 

This Flex 5i relies on a 13th Gen Intel Core i3 1315U CPU,  Intel UHD integrated graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage — although those specs seem minuscule, the performance will shock you. During our review, we discovered the Plus moniker seriously delivered gaming and video editing performance. 

If you're a young content creator on a budget or a small business owner, you could achieve a lot with a Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus and save money to purchase other things you need to further yourselves. 

Read our full review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus

Best Aesthetics

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

Best Chromebook 2023: Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)
Best Chromebook aesthetics

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.

Best Battery Life

Acer Chromebook 514

Best Chromebook 2023: Acer Chromebook 514 (Image credit: Future)

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. 

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 need a shockingly good speaker system and decent performance, especially compared to the Chromebook's cost, this is a solid pick. However, be prepared for a sluggish touchpad and a display that is not the brightest.

See our Acer Chromebook 514 review.

Best for Students

Acer Chromebook Plus 515

Best Chromebook 2023: Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (Image credit: Future)

4. Acer Chromebook Plus 515

Best Chromebook for students

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3-1215U
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB SSD
Display: 15.6nch, FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.39 x 0.79 inches
Weight: 3.7 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Potent AI-infused performance
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Great keyboard
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Sturdy design
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Attractive
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Super affordable

Reasons to avoid

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wanted more than the 8+ hour battery life

The Acer Chromebook Plus 515 adheres to Google’s new mantra of double power and double the performance. I could push documents, edit photos and videos while pushing out documents, and watch hours of content on my favorite streaming site. It never struggled with any of the tasks I put before it, and although the battery life is under 10 hours, which is what I was hoping for, I can’t hold that against it at all. 

For a laptop that costs under $400, you can basically do whatever your heart desires, from document pushing, video, and photo editing to even some gaming. You can get all that for just $399. Google and its OEM partners just put Apple and Microsoft on notice. Your students will love what they can accomplish with this Acer Chromebook Plus 515.

See our full Acer Chromebook Plus 515 review.

Best Portability

Best Chromebook 2023: Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Best Chromebook 2023: 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.

Best Chromebook for Business

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook

Best Chromebook 2023: HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook (Image credit: Laptop Mag)
A Chromebook with business in mind

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504-pixel touchscreen
Size: 11.6 x 8.7 x 0.65 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, sharp 2K display
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Versatile 360-hinge design
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Outstanding performance
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5G connectivity available
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Durable and attractive design

Reasons to avoid

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Weak battery life
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Starts at $1,149

Yes, this Chromebook means business. The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook offers all the simplicity of ChromeOS coupled with the features business customers care about. That includes excellent Intel vPro security, a Titan C chip, and a fingerprint sensor, not features you'll find on your average Chromebook. A free year of Parallels for Chromebooks gives you full access to any Windows apps if you are worried about the oft-overstated limitations of ChromeOS.

If the security and ease of management aren't enough to win you over, then consider the rest of these specs. A 13.5-inch 2K display with up to 400 nits of brightness. An easily portable 2-in-1 form factor, light 2.8-pound chassis, and optional 5G support for frequent travelers. 

At just over 9 hours in our Laptop Mag battery test, the battery life is one area that could be improved upon and as with most Intel vPro laptops you'll hope that work is covering the cost, but given what you'll save on support, it is worth the investment.

See our full HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook review.

Best Premium Chromebook

Best Chromebook: HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook

Best Chromebook: HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook (Image credit: Future)
Best premium Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1235U
RAM: Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
Display: 14 inch, 2K LCD Touchscreen (2560 x 1600)
Dimensions: 12.4 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great webcam
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Crisp and colorful display
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Sturdy, sleek metal design
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Good performance

Reasons to avoid

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Less than 10 hours of battery life

If you're looking for a premium Chromebook, you won't find anything better than the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook. It's stylish, sleek, and full of metal (spiritually hard, physically light).

The $999 Dragonfly Pro Chromebook pops off with a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U CPU with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD for storage. It glows with a 14-inch, 2.5K (2560 x 1600), LCD touchscreen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a whopping 1,276 nits of brightness.

Not to mention that the Bang and Olufsen quad speakers on this Dragonfly Pro are loud and pretty darn thumpy, hitting the full range of audio tones whether you’re listening to music or watching a movie.

See our full HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook review.

How to choose the best Chromebook for you

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.

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We are 100% independent and have decades of experience to help you buy with confidence. In fact, Laptop Mag has been testing and reviewing products for three decades, and we continue to deliver trustworthy reviews you can rely on. 

Our experienced team of writers and editors scour the available information about the laptop and put it through its paces to determine which is best for you. But before they start, the testing team subjects each system to a rigorous regimen of synthetic and real-world tests to see how a system handles the type of work and games you’re most likely to throw at it. 

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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.

Mark Anthony Ramirez

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them d