VOICE OVER: Ryan Wild
WRITTEN BY: Richard Bush
Occupying their own niche - seperate to Windows and Mac machines - Chromebooks running Google's Chrome OS have become popular amongst those who don't necessarily need that much computing power, and those who want to keep costs down. But with tons of them on sale, which Chromebook should you choose? Well, to help you decide, we've sifted through numerous website and consumer reviews to present our 5 recommended products.
Script written by Richard Bush
Top 5 Chromebooks
Welcome to GetMojo, we do the research so you don’t have to! In this video, we’re offering our picks for the 5 best chromebooks on the market.
Occupying their own niche - seperate to Windows and Mac machines - Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS have become popular amongst those who don’t necessarily need that much computing power, and those who want to keep costs down. But with tons of them on sale, which Chromebook should you choose? Well, to help you decide, we’ve sifted through numerous website and consumer reviews to present our 5 recommended products. Okay, first up.
The Best 14-Inch Pick
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434
A lot of Chromebooks tend to have smaller screens, at around 11 or 12 inches. So if you’re after a machine with a more conventional, laptop-sized screen, this 14-inch ASUS model is one of the best the Chromebook world has to offer. This 14-inch display offers touchscreen functionality and 1080p resolution, which was called “plenty bright and sharp” by Wired. This ASUS machine also has 2-in-1 functionality, with the screen capable of folding over so it can be used like a tablet device.
The Budget Pick
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
If you’re looking for one of the cheapest ways to get in the Chromebook universe, then the Duet will happily oblige. Sure, its performance won’t blow you away, but it still boasts 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. We also like the fact that its 10.1-inch display and keyboard can detach from one another for easy portability and on the fly, tablet-like use. It’s a great companion for those who only need to perform light browsing tasks, or those who need a secondary, travel-friendly machine.
The Battery Life Champ
Acer Chromebook Spin 713
Battery life can be the bane of many Chromebooks, but this Acer model has a tried-and-tested 11-hour battery life, with Laptopmag.com calling its battery life “amazing”. We love the fact that this machine offers some of the best performance in the Chromebook sector too, with a particularly impressive display, a backlit keyboard and even an HDMI port, which is something of a rarity for a Chromebook. And in its Steel Grey finish, it looks super slick and high-end.
The Stylus One
Dell Inspiron 14
Some people love a stylus, others, not so much. And while most touchscreen Chromebooks can be used with a variety of different styluses, this Dell machine sets itself apart, as it comes with an included stylus that has its own dedicated housing. This may seem like a small thing, but is actually a huge convenience. The Dell Inspiron also has a large 14-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Before we reveal our final pick, here are a few other great products that are worth a mention:
HP Chromebook X360 (14b-ca0010nr)
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436
HP Chromebook X2
Google Pixelbook Go
This is a Chromebook from Google itself. And thanks to its impressive performance, it blurs the lines between Chromebook and more powerful laptops. First of all, it has a large 13.3-inch screen and a particularly impressive, springy keyboard. There’s also 8GB of RAM aboard, meaning it can handle a wider spectrum of tasks, and has a grippy, textured body which makes it easier to hold. Its battery life has been highly praised, too. The Pixelbook Go is one of the pricier options out there, but it certainly offers a step up in terms of performance.
So which Chromebook should you choose? Well, as with any laptop-like device, you need to think about what work you’re likely to be using it for, and whether the device you’re looking at has the performance to match. Things like USB and HDMI ports are also a big factor. We’d definitely recommend keeping an eye out for pricing when it comes to the inclusion of a stylus, as that can seriously bump up the cost - unnecessarily so, if you’re not likely to use said stylus.
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