Chromebook is a new type of computer for everything you love to do and it comes in all shapes and sizes. They’re light, portable and full of fun.
Did I mention its sleek smooth design are a beauty to behold? Durability’s not left out too. Mere seeing it is something you just want to buy.
Chromebooks laptops are of a different breed and a unique class of mobile computing gadgets. They run Google’s Chrome OS.
The first Chromebooks for sale by Acer and Samsung, began selling on June 15 2011. By March 2018, Chromebooks made up 60% of computers used in schools.
These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. All Chromebooks boot with the help of Coreboot, a fast-booting BIOS.
It’s easy to use, has virus protection built in, and keeps going with a long-life battery. These laptops are subtly unique and they make work easy and productive. Ideal for learners, educators, professionals and anyone in between.
The low price tags that accompany them are the most attractive draw, however, as Chromebooks often sell for hundreds less than Windows counterparts.
Nearly every major manufacturer offers their own spin on the Chromebook, and the market has never been more crowded. There’s a lot of options available that look similar at a glance, so we’ve narrowed things down for you by sorting through them all to pick four of the best Chromebooks.
1. Samsung Chromebook Pro.
The sleek metal body of the Samsung Chromebook Pro is as comfortable to carry as a tablet and easy to fit in your bag while you’re on the go.
A 32 GB storage capacity and display size of 12.3″, 2400 x 1600 resolution, 400 nits of brightness. This is definitely a strong and portable Chromebook which adapts to whatever you’re doing. Samsung Chromebook Pro runs multiple apps at once and it comes with a built-in virus protection and updates automatically (you’ll need an internet connection is here).
With an addition of a stunning Quad HD display made of durable Gorilla Glass 3 make it looks great up close and from afar. And, with a 3:2 aspect ratio, you’ll enjoy both widescreen viewing and the portrait tablet experience.
A built-in pen makes your notes clear, whether you’re doodling, sketching, or personalizing a photo, the built-in pen will help you get every detail just right. You can even use the pen to take a screenshot or magnify.
Also built for the Google play store, entertainment is just a click away. Kick back with your favourite games, music, movies, books, and more.
2. Google Pixelbook.
Digital Trends calls it “best Chromebook ever made”. I call it “one of the best Chromebooks ever made”.
Google Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in and starts up in less than 10 seconds . Its super thin and it also comes with all the apps you already know and love including Youtube, Infinite Painter, Google Play Movies, Evernote, Slack, Lightroom, Google Photos and many more
The screen, which quotes a maximum brightness of 400 nits is bright enough to overcome glare. It also offers a vibrant color and respectable black levels though, like most LCD screens, it can look too gray when displaying an extremely dark image or video. It also comes with an excellent design.
The Google Pixelbook remains one of the best laptops because it offers something that other Windows 10-powered devices can’t ( it offers a taste of Android while still maintaining the design and features of Chrome OS). This Chromebook packs a lot of modern style into a maturing, convertible form factor.
The four-in-one design adapts to whatever you’re doing with laptop, tablet, tent and entertainment modes. Pixelbook’s superthin and lightweight design measures 10.3mm and weighs 2.45 lbs.
Built for speed with the 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB for storage and a 2,400 x 1,600 pixel display with a webcam of 720p resolution. It’s definitely a laptop you don’t want to joke with.
Take note that there’s a downside, the audio performance for the Google pixel is a bit poor. As has become the growing trend in the thinnest and lightest laptops, Google crammed the speakers beneath the keyboard, and the result is awfully tinny sound. Luckily, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack here that allows you to hook up the Pixelbook to external speakers or a pair of headphones.
This is, without a doubt, Google’s most attractive and well-conceived computing device yet.
3. Acer Chromebook R 13.
Flexibility, Mobility and Power, all encased in this beautiful laptop.
With a a 2.1GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 4GB of RAM for multitasking efficiency and enhanced productivity, and it runs efficiently on Chrome OS.
This Acer Chromebook laptop has a 13-inch touchscreen that offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.
It’s 360 degree hinge allows it to be used as a tablet which most people would want to use it for because the Acer Chromebook R 13 is a bit heavy.
A bit expensive but that should be a small feat compared to the great features I’ll be getting from this machine.
A major feature for me is the built-in cloud support that can easily save my files to my Google Drive account for secure access wherever I go. I can also sync with my other devices running Chrome and even work offline when needed. Although fees may apply.
An ultraportable design, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 3-cell lithium-polymer battery. Supports MicroSD memory card formats for simple photo transfer.
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN built into the screen (this is one feature that’s important, especially for thse who work a lot) so it connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards in both laptop and tablet modes.
Its keyboard feels spacious and the touchpad is responsive, but the keys aren’t backlit. The screen is sharp with great viewing angles.
Work or play, you can’t go wrong with the google play apps included, Gmail, Talk, YouTube and Hangouts, then personalize with the Chrome Web Store. Comes with multiple layers of protection defend against viruses and malware.
4. Samsung Chromebook Plus.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus has got so many similarities with the Samsung Chromebook Pro. I call it “The Samsung twins”.
Most of the features are the same with just an addition or two. With the Google Chrome OS, it automatically downloads and installs security and software updates.
When you need a break, flip the screen so you can play games or catch up on your latest book.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is the only Chromebook with a built-in pen. Write or draw with amazing precision, whether you’re using it as a Chromebook or a tablet.