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The best Chromebooks of 2019

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There are many reasons why you should purchase one of the best Chromebooks, whether you’re looking to get a new laptop or seeking the ideal secondary one for work.

Alongside an incredible battery life that will last you all day and their uncanny ability to multitask despite their typically lightweight innards and Chrome operating system, the best Chromebooks are now more powerful than ever this 2019. This means that they are now capable of so much more than their predecessors.

What makes one of the best Chromebooks an ideal candidate for your next laptop? It’s worth your time knowing what exactly a Chromebook is, but the point of a Chromebook is to have a more secure, lightweight and typically affordable laptop that gets you through most non processor-hungry productivity and creative tasks, as well as many games and a whole lot of video streaming.

If your computer use generally boils down to word processing, emailing, watching Netflix, surfing the internet and mobile gaming, with very light photo and video editing, you really can’t go wrong with one of the best Chromebooks on this list, just in time for Black Friday.

What you need to know about Black Friday 2019
We often see a lot of excellent Chromebook deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we expect this year to be no different. Big retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Currys (in the UK) can get very competitive during this period (and the run up to it), so if you know where to look, you can get some very compelling prices. However, don't just wait until Black Friday, many retailers will be cutting prices already, and on this page our built-in price comparison tool will show you the very best deals for each Chromebook.

Best Chromebooks at a glance

  1. Google Pixelbook  
  2. Asus Chromebook Flip
  3. Samsung Chromebook Pro
  4. Acer Chromebook Spin 13
  5. Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1
  6. Acer Chromebook Spin 11
  7. Acer Chromebook  15
  8. Acer Chromebook R11
  9. HP Chromebook 14
  10. Acer Chromebook Spin 15

Google Pixelbook

The Google Pixelbook is the best Chromebook of 2019

1. Google Pixelbook

The best Chromebook of 2019

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 128GB – 512GB

Sublime design
Awesome keyboard
Pen sold separately
Poor audio performance

Not long after declaring the Chromebook Pixel’s demise, Google revived it Chromebook line in a completely unexpected way. So, now we have the Google Pixelbook, and it stands completely independent of its predecessor. Part of the reason is because, unlike the Chromebook Pixel, it can run Android apps natively, on top of building upon Chrome OS. When you factor in the huge amount of storage space, superb stylus and addition of Google Assistant, it shouldn’t surprise you when we say that the Pixelbook is the best Chromebook 2019 has to offer – even so long after its launch.

Read the full review: Google Pixelbook

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Asus Chromebook Flip

The best convertible Chromebook

2. Asus Chromebook Flip

Premium Chromebook specs, economic Chromebook pricing

CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64GB eMMC

Elegant tablet mode
Tactile keyboard
No out-of-box Android app support
Middling speakers

Before Google rolled out the Pixelbook, and showed us exactly what the best Chromebooks should be, the Asus Chromebook Flip was the Google laptop many Google laptops aspire to be. With a full Intel Core processor and a full-HD display, the Asus Chromebook Flip was a game-changer. Put simply, if you want key features that the Pixelbook offers, but you cannot afford its premium price, the Asus Chromebook Flip is the next best thing. If you're on a budget, this is one of the best Asus laptops to consider.

Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip 

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Samsung Chromebook Pro

A brilliant Chromebook for productivity

3. Samsung Chromebook Pro

The best Chromebook for productivity

CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Stunning, gorgeous design
Stylus support on Chrome OS
Cramped keyboard
Weak speakers

When Android apps first became available to the best Chromebooks, it was only a matter of time before Samsung threw its hat into the ring, designing a Chromebook that’s as beautiful as it is powerful. With a 12.3-inch QHD touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge, the Samsung Chromebook Pro also has a built-in stylus, the first of its kind to show up in a Chromebook. This device gives many of its competitors a run for their money – that includes most Android devices – even if the keyboard could use some tightening up. 

Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus Chromebook Flip.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13

Another top convertible Chrfomebook

4. Acer Chromebook Spin 13

The best business Chromebook with a convertible design

CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i3 – i5 U-Series | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB LPDDR3 | Screen: 13.5-inch 2,256 x 1,504 IPS touch display | Storage: 64GB – 128GB eMMC SSD

Beautiful display
Premium finish

When you think of Chromebooks, education is one of the first things that comes to mind. With the Acer Chromebook Spin 13, Acer wants its Chromebooks to be synonymous with business as well. Beautifully built from aluminum with a gorgeous QHD screen, it will perfectly fit in any office setting, as well as actually draw some envious looks at a cafe. It’s more than just its attractive chassis, however: the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is packed with full-fat Ultrabook processors, so you can get work done – whether it’s at school or in the office – in style.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 13

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Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1

Another great 2-in-1 Chromebook

5. Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1

Back to the core of the Chromebook

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1366 x 768) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB-64GB eMMC

Long battery life
Not very powerful

The best Chromebooks are affordable devices that are accessible to anyone, no matter the budget. And, in that spirit, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1 perfectly fits the bill. This isn’t the most powerful Chromebook on the market, obviously. However, it boils Chromebooks down to what they need to be: affordable, easy to use and durable. This rugged Chromebook is great for doing all your web browsing, paper writing and show binging needs, and may just be one of the best laptops for kids, as it won’t break from a simple drop.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11

Acer has made one of the best Chromebooks ever with the Chromebook Spin 11

6. Acer Chromebook Spin 11

A fresh spin on one of the best Chromebooks

CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N3350 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500 | RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) IPS touch | Storage: 32GB eMMC SSD

Affordable price 
Durable frame 
Dim screen 

The best Chromebooks make the most compelling student laptops, and that’s exactly where the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 excels. Whether you’re a student or a parent of one, this is a cheap, capable and durable laptop that will let you get some schoolwork done while commuting or traveling. You might not get any hardcore gaming or proper video editing done on it. However, if you only need to write up some papers and stream videos or shows in your downtime, then the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 should be at the top of your list.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 11 

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Acer Chromebook 15

Another brilliant Chromebook from Acer

7. Acer Chromebook 15

Favoring longevity over beefy specs

CPU: Intel Pentium N4200 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Unbelievable battery life
Attractive, fanless design
Trackpad feels clunky
Easy to weigh down with tabs

With a solid build quality that rivals a MacBook, it’s easy to excuse the Acer Chromebook 15’s aversion to 2-in-1 form factors. Still, given that the best Chromebooks rolling out this year are fully convertible, thanks to the wide adoption of Android app support, the Acer Chromebook 15 had to prove itself with more than great style. Beyond its aptitude for laying flat using a 180-degree hinge, this beautiful 15-inch Chromebook also makes a great impression with its battery life, lasting nearly 17 hours in our battery test.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15

Acer Chromebook R11

Acer Chromebook R11 has a 360-degree hinge

8. Acer Chromebook R11

The 360-degree hinge is a winner

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 – N3150 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

Good battery life
HD-only display
Terrible trackpad

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Acer replacing the Chromebook R11 someday soon – at least, judging by the recent release of the Chromebook Spin 11, and owing to the fact that it isn’t the most powerful choice out there. Yet it still holds up to this day as among the best Chromebooks on the market, giving you full access to Android Apps on the Google Play store. What’s more, it does so on a touchscreen display that can be rotated around into tablet mode, fitted in an all-metal finish that you would be proud to show off. 

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook R11

HP Chromebook 14

A brilliant value Chromebook from HP

9. HP Chromebook 14

Striking optimal balance between value and design

CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 – N2940 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 14-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) BrightView | Storage: 16GB – 32GB eMMC

Excellent keyboard, trackpad
Crisp, vivid screen
Slower than some rivals
Average battery life

The best Chromebooks balance a bargain price and efficient use of Chrome OS – and the HP Chromebook 14 is the perfect example of that. While it’s similar to the Acer Chromebook 15 in a lot of ways, this 14-inch Chromebook is a tad more compact and looks slightly better. Complemented by a bright blue finish and a screen made to astound, the HP Chromebook 14 offers the best value of any Chromebook out there. Even if the battery life and performance are average – the HP Chromebook 14 is easily one of the best Chromebooks to date.

Read the full review: HP Chromebook 14

Acer Chromebook Spin 15

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is the ultimate Chromebook for multitasking

(Image credit: Michelle Rae Uy)

10. Acer Chromebook Spin 15

The ultimate Chromebook for multitasking

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 128GB – 512GB

Plenty of power
Extremely long battery life
Beautifully responsive touchscreen
Lots of wasted real estate
Trackpad could be better

We can easily forgive the Acer Chromebook Spin 15’s shortcomings – namely, its subpar trackpad and the fact that doesn’t take full advantage of the space it has – as it more than makes up for them with enough power for formidable multitasking, a battery life that will outlast yours and a beautiful touch display that’s surprisingly premium for the price. All those certainly warrant this Chromebook a spot in our best Chromebooks list, and that’s without even factoring in its affordability. If you’re not convinced that you should jump on the Chromebook bandwagon, this one will make a convert out of you.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 15

Juan Martinez, Michelle Rae Uy and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article.

Images Credit: TechRadar

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