Best Chromebook 2022: top options for students, kids, gaming and more

We round up the best Chromebooks of 2022 – from budget bargains to luxe status symbols

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Best Chromebooks 2022
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T3's best Chromebooks 2022 guide is filled with choices that deliver incredible lightweight laptop experiences, but each machine we've selected aims to offer a simplified yet worthy alternative to standard laptops that compete with the best. By nixing the more advanced functionality of a Windows or Apple machine, Chromebooks aim to provide a more streamlined user experience.

Thanks to this user-friendly design and approach, Chromebooks today are quite the competitors in the personal and student laptop space. The Chrome OS system delivers a lightweight and simple interface that's easy to pick up, and offers access to some of the most common programs used in standard Windows and Apple laptops via the Google Play app store. These simplified alternatives are what make Chromebooks best suited for basic home and school use.

However, there are Chromebooks that feature top-of-the-line components, more advanced features including touch screens and hi-res cameras, and quite a bit more. So just what makes a Chromebook worth its price tag for the simplified functionality? Our guide aims to point you in the right direction when answering that question.

With hands-on reviews for some of the best Chromebooks available today, you're getting an honest look at why these machines make the cut. You'll also find alternative options as well, including budget-friendly models as well as comparable machines.

So those still reading and asking yourselves: "should I buy a Chromebook?", these versatile yet inexpensive laptops are attracting more users thanks to better tech, an ever-changing Google Chrome OS experience and improved compatibility with smart tech and voice assistants. Along with Google Assistant, most Chromebooks are compatible with Amazon Alexa and other voice assistants.

As an added bonus, Android apps now run on Chrome OS as well which offers even more accessibility. Users who don't want to worry about managing anti-malware software or installing third party programs, Chromebooks are for you. There's a growing list of what you can do on a Chromebook, but these machines remove the need to install additional software or security packages.

If you've made it this far and have decided that the Google experience is what you need in your personal laptop, then read on to learn about some of the best Chromebook laptops available today.

Chromebooks not your thing? Check out the these laptop guides instead.

The best Chromebooks you can buy today

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The best Chromebook for most people

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-10510U
Graphics: Up to Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Screen: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 pixels
Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
Reasons to buy
+Versatile, solid design+Sharp and bright screen+Decent specs level

On one hand, all Chromebooks are the same, as they all run Chrome OS. On the other hand, there's plenty of variety in terms of screen size, build quality, keyboard and trackpad performance, and all the other factors that go into making a laptop. The Spin 713 from Acer ticks a lot of the right boxes, and we think it's the best Chromebook for most people.

It comes with a high-resolution, 2265 x 1504 pixel 13.5-inch screen that can be folded over and used in tent mode, as well as plenty of power under the hood – we're talking up to an Intel Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. This should be able to handle all the Chrome tabs and Android apps you throw at it, and then some.

Other extras that we appreciate include an HDMI out port – not something you see very often on a Chromebook – and the 3:2 aspect ratio on the display, which means you can fit much more on the screen vertically, compared with a 16:9 or even a 16:10 aspect ratio display. A polished and professional-looking Chromebook.

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The best premium Chromebook

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-10610U
Graphics: Up to Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: Up to 16GB
Screen: 14-inch, up to 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage: Up to 128GB
Reasons to buy
+Excellent performance+Perfect for business use+Decent number of ports
Reasons to avoid
-Some bland design choices-No 2-in-1 functionality

A lot of people think budget or mid-range when they think of Chromebooks, but the HP Pro c640 makes a very good case as to why you should spend a bit more money for a bit more quality and power – this is a laptop that simply flies along, no matter whether you're browsing the web or running Android apps.

You can pick up this HP Chromebook in a variety of configurations, all the way up to a model running a 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10610U processor (a lot of power for ChromeOS and a few mobile apps). The 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display is bright and sharp, and the construction of this laptop impresses too. The screen can't fold right over, but it can lay flat if you need it to.

From the webcam at the top of the display to the full-sized HDMI port that you can use to connect up an external display, it's an impressive offering from HP that's particularly suitable for business users. We also like the battery life, with a day away from a power supply no problem at all.

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Asus Chromebook Flip C434

The best Chromebook for mixing style with power

CPU: Intel Core m3 – i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 4 – 8GB
Screen: 14-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen
Storage: 32GB – 128GB
Reasons to buy
+Powerful spec options+Screen that flips over
Reasons to avoid
-16:9 aspect ratio isn't for everyone-Isn't the lightest Chromebook around

With its elegant looks, a screen that you can 'flip' (to stand up or lie flat against the keyboard), and support for Android apps, the Flip C434 from Asus is undoubtedly one of the best Chromebooks money can buy in 2022. For some of you, it may even be the best.

The 87% screen-to-body ratio is worthy of a premium Windows laptop and looks great running Chrome OS, while the internal specs can be set to suit you: an m3, i5 or i7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage gives you lots of choices.

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The best 2-in-1 Chromebook

CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T Octa-Core
Graphics: ARM G72
Screen: 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Reasons to buy
+2-in-1 form factor+Excellently designed+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-Small keyboard, keys have limited travel-No micro-SD slot to expand storage

If you've been looking enviously at the iPad Pro from Apple and the Surface Pro from Microsoft, and wishing Chromebooks could offer the same sort of versatility, then the Lenovo Duet could well be the device for you. It's primarily a tablet running Chrome OS, but snap on a keyboard and it's a great laptop too.

You get a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and the device is run by a MediaTek P60T processor together with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Those aren't top-of-the-line specs of course, but they're still more than enough to run Chrome OS, and battery life is excellent – you can take this away from a power source all day easily.

The keyboard and trackpad that turn this into a laptop are included in the price – take note, Apple and Samsung – though the stylus is an optional extra. It's versatile, it's very portable, it looks and feels great, and it's definitely one of the best Chromebooks on the market today (especially for fans of 2-in-1s).

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5. Asus C523 Chromebook

The best budget Chromebook

CPU: Intel Celeron N3350
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage: 64GB
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Spacious 15.6-inch display+Well built unit
Reasons to avoid
-Not top level specs

If you want to keep the costs of your next Chromebook purchase down but still want as much as you can get in the way of power and features, then the Asus C523 is absolutely worth a look. It'll do everything that you need a Chromebook to do, without costing you much at all.

Getting a laptop with a spacious 15.6-inch screen at this price feels a little bit like stealing, and on top of that there's an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage – not top-level specs by any means, but definitely enough to keep Chrome OS running happily (plus any Android apps you might want to load up).

Should I buy the ASUS Chromebook C523?

The Asus C523 Chromebook looks the part too, with a matte grey finish and a keyboard and a trackpad not unlike something Apple might put out. With four USB ports, a headphone jack and an SD card reader to make use of too, you really are getting plenty for your money with the Asus C523.

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The Acer Chromebook 514 is one of the best Chromebooks for most people.

A very affordable Chromebook

CPU: Intel Celeron N3350
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
Screen: 14-inch, HD (1366 x 768)
Storage: 32GB
Reasons to buy
+Stylish and light design+Robust build quality+Decent battery life 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the fastest performance-Poor quality webcam 

There's been a trend for Chromebooks recently to pack in more powerful specs and a greater amount of storage than is strictly necessary, but the Acer Chromebook 514 manages to not only deliver a decent package but does so for a price that isn't going to break the bank.

You get a 14-inch panel, which has an HD 1080p resolution, and that is then partnered with a 1.1GHz Celeron CPU, Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU, and 4GB of RAM. Storage space sits at 32GB.

This Chromebook is also a looker too, with a luxe aluminium chassis radiating a mature, professional aesthetic. It's perfect for anyone who needs a laptop for getting work done, because of the large trackpad and comfortable keyboard.

Battery life is also good, at 12 hours on a single charge, and that's with a backlit keyboard as well, which makes using it in dark or low-light environments easy. Naturally, the laptop grants access to Google's suite of applications, as well as Chrome versions of popular apps like Skype.

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7. Lenovo Yoga C630

A premium Chromebook

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Processor
Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno 630
Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080
Storage: 128GB
OS: Windows 10 Home in S Mode
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of power+Premium build+2-in-1 functionality+WIndows 10 S operating system+720p HD camera+Backlit keyboard

Not only does this system come with a very strong internal hardware spec that includes a rapid Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 CPU, Adreno 650 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, but its design is sleek and its build premium.

It also comes with a flexible 13.3-inch FHD screen capable of a 300nits brightness, an integrated 720p HD web camera that is perfect for video meetings, and a long-lasting 4-cell 60Wh battery that delivers a super-long 25-hour battery life between charges.

25 hours? Now that really is an all-day battery.

As this is a premium Chromebook, it also comes with an in-built fingerprint reader for secure biometric sign in, a backlit keyboard and it runs a full copy of Windows 10 Home in S mode.

Simply put, a fantastic all-round Chromebook that will suit those shopping at the premium end of the market.

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For most people the HP Chromebook 14 is a brilliant budget choice

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8. HP Chromebook 14

The best Chromebook for people shopping on a budget

CPU: AMD Dual-Core A4-9120
GPU: Intel HD Graphics
Screen: 14-inch, FHD (1366 x 768)
Storage: 32GB
Reasons to buy
+Bright and vivid screen+Great build quality+Very afffordable

If you are looking for the best Chromebook in terms of value for money then the HP Chromebook 14 is the ideal sweet spot, as it does that while also delivering a very capable hardware spec.

It packs a strong 14-inch screen that is very crisp and bright, and sports an overall thin, light and stylish aesthetic. It doesn't skimp on the connectivity options, either, with the HP Chromebook 14 delivering an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, and a microSD card slot.

This is a system that can easily be slipped into a bag and then used in a coffee shop, friend's house, or even on a train, before then being easily stashed away again and you not feeling like you are lumbered with it.

Yes, there are higher-specced Chromebooks in this guide, but if you just need a streamlined laptop for work and entertainment, then you'll struggle to find a better option.

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The best Chromebook from Google

CPU: Intel Core m3, i5, i7
Graphics: Integrated graphics
RAM: 8GB or 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch up to 4K resolution
Storage: 64GB, 128GB or 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and fast+Stylish and sensible design+Chrome OS rapidly improving
Reasons to avoid
-16:9 display feels squashed-No integrated stylus

The Pixelbook Go is the latest Chromebook direct from Google, and while we miss the taller screen of the original Pixelbook, there's no doubt that this newer, faster model gets a lot right. A variety of configuration options are available, up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB and a 4K display.

We've got yet more evidence that the Google hardware design team is hitting its stride with the Pixelbook Go, from the slim bezels around the display to the textured rubber underneath the laptop, which keeps it in place when it's on a firm surface (or on your actual lap).

Chrome OS flies along on the Pixelbook Go, and it's a fine example to other Chromebook manufacturers of just how good these laptops can be. You don't get the ability to fold the display over and use the device as a tablet, however. To find out more, head to our Pixelbook Go review.

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10. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

The best mid-range Chromebook

CPU: Intel Celeron 5205U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Reasons to buy
+Looks the part+Good price point+Sharp QLED display

With the Galaxy Chromebook 2, Samsung is bringing the QLED technology from its TVs over to its Chromebook line, which should mean a screen that's more vivid and balanced than most – and because it's just 13.3 inches corner to corner (with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels), the laptop is pretty portable too.

You can even use it as a tablet at a push, thanks to the display that folds over, and the build quality is of a typically high standard from Samsung. Your choices as far as colors go are a bright 'fiesta' red or a more regular grey, depending on how many eyebrows you want to raise when you take the laptop out, and Samsung is promising all-day battery life from this Chromebook as well.

The laptop is actually a step down in some specs from the original Galaxy Chromebook, with Samsung aiming for a more mid-range price – the starting spec is an Intel Celeron 5205U, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and goes up from there. 

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For that extra bit of power and style

CPU: Intel Core i3, i5 or i7
Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD
RAM: 8GB or 16GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 touchscreen
Storage: 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
Reasons to buy
+Excellent build quality+Packed with power
Reasons to avoid
-Regular fan whirring-Average battery life

If you're in need of the very best components inside your Chromebook, and you have a decent budget to spend on one, then consider the Asus Chromebook Flip C436. It comes with a choice of the latest 10th-gen Intel Core processors, as well as either 8GB or 16GB of RAM.

That means it should be more than capable of coping with any web browser tabs and Android apps you want to throw at it. We like the form factor too; as with other Asus Flip models, you can bend the screen right back and set it up in tent mode or use it as a tablet (albeit a thick tablet).

Battery life could be better, and it is expensive, but this is a Chromebook that really looks the part and that's going to last you for years and years. We're big fans of the gorgeous 14-inch screen as well, which makes webpages and apps crisp and bright and features very little in the way of bezels.

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Acer Chromebook R13

12. Acer Chromebook R13

A great Chromebook all-arounder

CPU: MediaTek M8173C
Graphics: Imagination PowerVR GX6250
Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen
Storage: 64GB
Reasons to buy
+Useful form factor+Generous screen size

The Acer Chromebook R13 is not the best looking Chromebook, or the most powerful, or the most versatile – but it does enough stuff well to make it worth an entry on our best Chromebooks of 2022 list, including offering an impressive 12 hours of battery life.

The 2-in-1 form factor means you can use it in tent or tablet configurations too, and the 13.3-inch screen is bigger than you would normally get at this sort of price. Like all modern Chromebooks, it supports Android apps, so you can use it as a big Android phone too.

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13. Acer Spin 11

The best Chromebook for portable versatility

CPU: Intel Celeron N3450
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1,080 x 720) touchscreen
Storage: 32GB
Reasons to buy
+Dinky and eminently usable+Comes with a stylus

If you want a Chromebook that's very portable but also very versatile – and which comes with a stylus too – then the Acer Spin 11 fits the bill very nicely. It reminds you that Chromebooks are supposed to be fun, and runs Android apps very well at the same time.

Okay, you don't get the best specs out there, with the screen resolution and internal storage the lowlights, but this is still very usable and is going to give you several years of good service. A true alternative to what Windows and macOS laptops have to offer.

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HP Chromebook 11

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14. HP Chromebook 11

One of the best Chromebooks for budget buyers

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060
Graphics: Integrated graphics
Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) touchscreen
Storage: 16GB eMMC
Reasons to buy
+Cheap, cheerful, robust+That low, low price+Very portable

One of the main reasons why you might think about buying a Chromebook rather than something running Windows or macOS is the price: and the HP Chromebook 11 gets you up and running with your web computing for not very much money at all.

Of course, there are compromises here – you're not going to get a juggernaut of a laptop for around the $200 mark – but the HP Chromebook 11 is sturdy and easy to use, and the perfect size for using on a train or stuffing into a backpack. Chrome OS is Chrome OS no matter what Chromebook you're using.

Despite the chunk bezels and the plastic chassis, we'd be more than happy to have this as our regular computing companion. If you feel you need a bit more screen space, HP offers more expensive Chromebooks with bigger displays further up the food chain too.

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15. Acer Chromebook 314

An excellent value-for-money Chromebook

CPU: Intel Celeron N4000
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
Screen: 14-inch LED (1366 x 768) high definition
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Reasons to buy
+Good all-round performance+Long-lasting battery life+Affordable price point

There's a lot to like about the Acer Chromebook 314. Firstly, it is very attractively priced, meaning that the vast majority of people will be able to ring it up. Secondly, it delivers what all good Chromebooks should, which is a long-lasting battery life (12 hours) – this makes taking it out all-day easy.

The Acer Chromebook 314 also comes with a bright and sharp 14-inch display, which we rate, as well as a solid all-round core hardware package of Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 600 graphics chip, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage space.

Yes, sure, this isn't the most powerful or feature-stuffed Chromebook. For example, there is no touchscreen capability and no fingerprint reader, but if you just want a highly portable and capable portable computer then the 314 delivers.

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The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is a strong all-rounder that retails at a affordable price point.

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Everything you need from a Chromebook at a decent price

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180
Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno 618
RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel touchscreen
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting battery+Screen folds right over
Reasons to avoid
-Trackpad feels cheap

If you're in the market for a Chromebook that combines a respectable level of performance with a price that isn't going to bring you out in a cold sweat, then perhaps you don't need to look any further than the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 – one of the more solid Chromebooks we've seen recently.

The specs aren't record-breaking, but then they don't need to be, and the device is priced accordingly. What you do get is a great screen, a pleasant typing experience, and battery life that means you don't need to worry about being away from a mains socket all day: Acer reckons you can get almost 14 hours between charges, and our testing backs that up.

Then there's the best part of the Spin 513 – as the name suggests, the screen folds right round against the keyboard, if you need it to. That means you can use it as a makeshift tablet, or prop up the screen without a stand if you want to sit back and enjoy some movies on your Chromebook.

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An 11-inch screen and lightweight build make the Samsung Chromebook 4 very portable.

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17. Samsung Chromebook 4

A simple, lightweight, budget Chromebook

Screen: 11 inches, 1,366 x 768 pixels
OS: Chrome OS
CPU: Intel Celeron N4000
Storage: 32GB emmc
Weight: 1.18kg
Battery: 39 Watt Hours
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+Light+Webcam built in
Reasons to avoid
-Small screen-Not very powerful

If you're putting ease of portability and cost at the top of your best Chromebook shopping list then the Samsung Chromebook 4 is a great choice to consider. It rings in for just a few of hundred notes, making it very affordable for a laptop, and thanks to its small dimensions (20.23 x 20.2 x 1.67 cm) and light weight (1.18kg) it is very portable and easy to carry around.

This system delivers an in-built webcam, too, so video meetings and conferences are covered, and there's a 39 Watt Hour Lithium-ion battery included as well so you're not going to be running to the wall socket multiple times a day. The battery on this system is more than capable of delivering an entire day of solid computing.

Why wouldn't you buy this Chromebook? Power is the main reason. It is beaten comfortably by other Chromebooks in this guide, but providing you need a system to work simply in Google's suite of apps, such as GDOCS, GMAIL and Google Meet, as well as to undertake light computing and a bit of video streaming and photo viewing, it's a good fit.

Buying Advice

How to choose the best Chromebook for you

These days, the majority of our daily computing happens in a browser. Most apps can be replicated online, through a browser, so cloud-based Chromebooks make a lot more sense than they might at first glance.

The Chromebooks of 2022 have learned a few tricks from Windows laptops too: some fold over to double as tablets, some sport all-day battery life, and some have upgraded internals on par with a Windows 10 machine, for example.

What's more, most new Chromebooks that appear on the scene now come with support for Android's huge library of apps as well. If there's something you need to do that can't be done through the browser, maybe you can find an Android app to help.

When it comes to specs, these aren't quite as important as they are for Windows or MacBook laptops, but you'll still want a generous serving of processor speed and RAM, particularly if Android apps are involved.

One of the key specs to look out for is screen size, as this will determine how much room you've got for webpages and apps, and how easy (or otherwise) it is to lug your Chromebook around.

Ultimately the reasons to buy a Chromebook are that they offer secure, lightweight systems that are always kept right up to date. Say your Chromebook gets stolen – replace it with another, log in, and everything will still be where you left it in the cloud.

Chromebooks have also become hugely important for education. Long battery life, low costs, and a decent suite of office apps mean that for cash-strapped students in need of a reliable work computer, they're absolutely ideal.

Are Chromebooks and laptops the same thing?

In almost all respects, yes they are. They deliver a portable computing experience that allows people to work and be creative wherever they might be, and often for significantly less money.

Where Chromebooks differ from laptops is in their operating system, apps, and internal components. The operating system, for example, is Google's Chrome OS, not Windows, Linux or macOS, while the apps that Chromebooks use are from Google's G-Suite of software.

And, as Google's software, pretty much, runs off of the cloud, it means that Chromebook apps are designed to be online at all times. This is an important point to consider when buying a Chromebook. You really need to have an internet connection available to make using a Chromebook worthwhile.

Lastly, the internal hardware on Chromebook's tends to be (although not always) lighter than on a laptop. This is because Chromebooks use web apps and remote hardware to do their work for them. They still have CPUs and hard drives, but they just tend to be more basic as they don't need to do as much local processing and storing.

It is this lack of need in terms of internal hardware components that often leads to Chromebooks ringing in cheaper than a budget laptop, for example.

Which brand of Chromebook is best?

You might have noticed that when it comes to the best Chromebooks, the same brand names pop up again and again. It can help to know the manufacturers that you're looking for when it comes to finding the Chrome OS device that's right for you.

It's really Acer and Asus that are leading the field when it comes to how many Chromebook models they have on offer. Their laptops cover a wide variety of price points, but are always well built and reliable. HP is another name to look out for, especially if you're buying for business.

Like Acer, Asus and HP, Lenovo makes plenty of Windows laptops and has carried that expertise over to Chromebooks – you'll find some excellent Lenovo Chromebooks on the market covering a variety of form factors, including a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop model.

The other big names to look for are Samsung and Google: they don't make many Chromebooks, but the ones they do are very good. Samsung's latest is the Galaxy Chromebook 2, while Google has followed up the excellent Pixelbook with the Pixelbook Go.

Why are Chromebooks so bad?

While this is a bit of a loaded question, the answer is Chromebooks aren't necessarily bad – they're just very limited. When comparing Chromebooks to laptops. the one thing many people tend to forget is that Chromebooks weren't designed to be a complete laptop replacement

Chromebooks are more ideal for personal basic use. They offer the bare essentials you'll need to handle basic tasks such as writing, video chats, emails, browsing, streaming and other similar jobs.

So instead of asking "Why are Chromebooks so bad?", try rephrasing this question to "Are Chromebooks bad compared to laptops?". The short answer is yes, but only if you're going into this facet of technology expecting a Chromebook to absolutely blow a standard laptop away.

David Nield
David Nield

Dave has over 20 years' experience in the tech journalism industry, covering hardware and software across mobile, computing, smart home, home entertainment, wearables, gaming and the web – you can find his writing online, in print, and even in the occasional scientific paper, across major tech titles like T3, TechRadar, Gizmodo and Wired. Outside of work, he enjoys long walks in the countryside, skiing down mountains, watching football matches (as long as his team is winning) and keeping up with the latest movies.