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Chromebook in The Netherlands - Reviews & Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best Chromebooks in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

If you are an online buff, Chromebook is for you. It is a perfect home laptop but not made for executing professional tasks on complicated platforms. Do not buy a Chromebook considering it as an inexpensive and lightweight substitute for your regular laptop. It is very different from it.

To know the Chromebook inside out and buy the best Chromebook of 2021, check out our buyer’s guide.

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9/21/2022

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Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT

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Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT

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Multi-touch screen
Access several apps in the Google Play Store
Integrated virus protection 
Sleek look
12 months of free 100 GB storage with Google One
Large size means reduced compactness
36.64 x 25.05 x 2.03 cm
1.9 kg
LCD
Intel 1.10 GHz Quad-core
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5.0 
64 GB eMMC
2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-C ports, USB Type-C ports
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12.5 hours
Lithium-ion (li-ion)
UHD Graphics 600

Lenovo

IdeaPad Duet Chromebook Ibrido

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Switch from laptop to tablet mode easily
Ultraportable
The verified boot keeps your files virus-free
Access Google Play Store for the best games and entertainment apps
The purchase includes a 12 month, 100GB membership of Google One
The only connection is a single USB-C port
  • Tablet Only: 23.98 x 15.98 x 0.735 cm

  • Tablet + Full Keyboard Pack: 24.48 x 16.93 x 1.82 cm

  • Tablet Only: 450g

  • Tablet + Full Keyboard Pack: 920g

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MediaTek Helio P60T Processor, 2.00 GHz, 8 Cores
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO, 2x2, 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band) and Bluetooth 4.2
64 GB eMMC
USB-C (Gen 2) and 5-point pogo pins
Android
Up to 10 hours
Lithium-ion (li-ion)
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Pen (sold separately)
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Acer

Chromebook CB314-1HT

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Access several apps in the Google Play Store
12 months of free 100 GB storage with Google One
Integrated virus protection 
Great battery life
Lightweight
32.54 x 23.2 x 1.97 cm
1.7 kg
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Intel 1.10 GHz Dual-core
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5.0 
64 GB eMMC
2 Type-A Ports, 2 Type-C Ports, and 4 USB ports
Android
12.5 hours
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
UHD Graphics 600

HP

Chromebook 14a-na0012ng

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Several apps on Google Play Store can be easily accessed
12 months free 100 GB storage with Google One
Integrated virus protection 
Speedy and responsive Chrome OS
Lightweight
Not as powerful as some higher-end Chromebooks
32.57 x 21.85 x 1.78 cm
1.46 kg
LCD
Intel 1.10 GHz Dual-core
Realtek 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.0 
32 GB eMMC
2 USB Type-C, 1 USB Type-A, 1 headphone/microphone combo
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11 hours and 45 minutes
Lithium-ion (li-ion)
UHD Graphics 600

Acer

Chromebook CP713-1WN-53NF

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Multi-touch screen
Backlight keyboard
Convertible 2-in-1 design
Bright, high-resolution display
Fantastic build quality
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1.51 kg
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Intel 1.60 GHz Quad-core
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 4.2
128 GB eMMC
1 USB 3.0 Ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports
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UHD Graphics 620

Google

Pixelbook Go 13.3" Touch Screen Chromebook

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Multi-touch keypad
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Enamelled glass surface with anti-smudge coating
Superslim design
Bright and colourful display
30 x 20.57 x 1.27 cm
1.09 kg
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8th Gen Intel Core m3
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO, 2x2, 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band) and Bluetooth 4.2
64GB SSD
2 USB Type-C ports and 1 headphone jack
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Up to 12 hours
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Asus

Chromebook C434TA-AI0296

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87% screen-to-body ratio gives an immersive viewing experience
Convertible Chromebook design
Ultraportable
Great audio performance
32.10 x 20.20 x 1.57 cm
1.45 kg
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Intel m3-8100Y 1.1 GHz Dual-core
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.0
128GB eMMC
1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A,2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, anda 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
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Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT


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Aditi Lohia

Aditi Lohia

Buyer’s Guide - Best Chromebook in The Netherlands

Chromebook isn't like your regular laptop!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for Chromebooks

Here’s a sneak peek into the most significant features to consider before buying a Chromebook.

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for Chromebooks

Best practices for Chromebook usage and care.

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Fun Facts: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about Chromebooks

A bunch of amazing facts about Chromebook and ChromeOS.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best Chromebooks

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for Chromebooks

1.1 Hardware

Google has set certain specifications which every Chromebook manufacturer has to meet, due to which you will find similarities in the hardware of different Chromebooks coming from various brands. So, they might look the same on the surface, but subtle differences make each Chromebook unique, and they all have been covered in the below features.

Google has set certain specifications which every Chromebook manufacturer has to meet, due to which you will find similarities in the hardware of different Chromebooks coming from various brands. So, they might look the same on the surface, but subtle differences make each Chromebook unique, and they all have been covered in the below features.

1.2 Screen

The screen is one of the crucial factors to consider while buying a Chromebook or similar device because you will spend most of your time on it. If it fails to meet your specifications, you might end up regretting your purchase.

There are various factors to consider regarding a screen, and they are mentioned below:

  • Size

Chromebooks are available in various screen sizes, starting from 10.1 inches and going upto 15.6 inches. 11.6”, 13.3” and 15.6” are the most popular size as these have a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366x768 or 1920x1080 resolution. There are also Chromebooks that have 10.1 inches screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1280x800 resolution. Google’s Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook Pro are equipped with a unique screen size of 12.3”, a 3:2 aspect ratio and a high resolution of 2400x1600.

If you need an extremely portable and low-cost Chromebook, the screen size of 11.6” will do. If you want the same features but a larger screen, a 13.3” model will do. A 15.6” screen Chromebook will be bulkier. For a sharp and high-resolution screen, get the Pixelbook or the Samsung Chromebook Pro or Plus.

  • Resolution

Screen resolution refers to pixels number on a monitor. A higher resolution screen offers you more “room” to work, but it can also make reading difficult without zooming in on web pages.

1366x768 (720p, half-HD) and 1920x1080 (1080p, full-HD) are those screen resolutions that are most commonly found in the Chromebook. If you are buying a Chromebook that has a smaller screen, 1366x768 will be adequate. For screens 13” and above, a full-HD 1920x1080 screen is right. For watching HD movies, you certainly need a 1920x1080 screen resolution Chromebook. It will allow you to watch the videos at full resolution.

  • Touch Screens

Today, several Chromebook models support multi-touch. It allows multi-touch input, two-finger zooming, touch scrolling, and on-screen keyboards. If you find touchscreens devices more helpful, only then it is worth spending on a touch-screen Chromebook. Touch support is a must-have feature, primarily if you use many Android apps because many Android apps are designed specifically for touchscreens.

  • Screen Quality

Screen quality varies from one Chromebook to another. The lower-priced Chromebooks have traditional LCD screens, also referred to as “TN” screens. They are inexpensive with not-so-good brightness and suffer from inferior viewing angles plus washed-out colours. They are suitable only for indoor use.

Other Chromebooks come with IPS screens, which are expensive, have more vibrant colours, brighter pictures, and excellent viewing angles. They are best if you plan to use a Chromebook for long periods or you want to use it outdoors.

  • Screen Finish

The screen finish is essential to consider. Some of them have an anti-glare matte screen that keeps light from reflecting off of the display. Other models have a very glossy finish which reflects light. It causes a mirror-like effect and further leads to distraction when overhead lighting or sunlight reflects off the screen.

  • Styluses

Stylus accompanying Samsung tablets and smartphones were introduced last year for Samsung Chromebook Pro, Samsung Chromebook Plus, and Google Pixelbook as well. Chromebooks aiming at the education market even feature screens that can be written on with a standard pencil. The use of pen, pencil stylus is relatively a new feature on Chromebooks, but it is also the most helpful device for interacting with various Android apps and taking notes in Google Keep.

The screen is one of the crucial factors to consider while buying a Chromebook or similar device because you will spend most of your time on it. If it fails to meet your specifications, you might end up regretting your purchase.

There are various factors to consider regarding a screen, and they are mentioned below:

  • Size

Chromebooks are available in various screen sizes, starting from 10.1 inches and going upto 15.6 inches. 11.6”, 13.3” and 15.6” are the most popular size as these have a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366x768 or 1920x1080 resolution. There are also Chromebooks that have 10.1 inches screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1280x800 resolution. Google’s Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook Pro are equipped with a unique screen size of 12.3”, a 3:2 aspect ratio and a high resolution of 2400x1600.

If you need an extremely portable and low-cost Chromebook, the screen size of 11.6” will do. If you want the same features but a larger screen, a 13.3” model will do. A 15.6” screen Chromebook will be bulkier. For a sharp and high-resolution screen, get the Pixelbook or the Samsung Chromebook Pro or Plus.

  • Resolution

Screen resolution refers to pixels number on a monitor. A higher resolution screen offers you more “room” to work, but it can also make reading difficult without zooming in on web pages.

1366x768 (720p, half-HD) and 1920x1080 (1080p, full-HD) are those screen resolutions that are most commonly found in the Chromebook. If you are buying a Chromebook that has a smaller screen, 1366x768 will be adequate. For screens 13” and above, a full-HD 1920x1080 screen is right. For watching HD movies, you certainly need a 1920x1080 screen resolution Chromebook. It will allow you to watch the videos at full resolution.

  • Touch Screens

Today, several Chromebook models support multi-touch. It allows multi-touch input, two-finger zooming, touch scrolling, and on-screen keyboards. If you find touchscreens devices more helpful, only then it is worth spending on a touch-screen Chromebook. Touch support is a must-have feature, primarily if you use many Android apps because many Android apps are designed specifically for touchscreens.

  • Screen Quality

Screen quality varies from one Chromebook to another. The lower-priced Chromebooks have traditional LCD screens, also referred to as “TN” screens. They are inexpensive with not-so-good brightness and suffer from inferior viewing angles plus washed-out colours. They are suitable only for indoor use.

Other Chromebooks come with IPS screens, which are expensive, have more vibrant colours, brighter pictures, and excellent viewing angles. They are best if you plan to use a Chromebook for long periods or you want to use it outdoors.

  • Screen Finish

The screen finish is essential to consider. Some of them have an anti-glare matte screen that keeps light from reflecting off of the display. Other models have a very glossy finish which reflects light. It causes a mirror-like effect and further leads to distraction when overhead lighting or sunlight reflects off the screen.

  • Styluses

Stylus accompanying Samsung tablets and smartphones were introduced last year for Samsung Chromebook Pro, Samsung Chromebook Plus, and Google Pixelbook as well. Chromebooks aiming at the education market even feature screens that can be written on with a standard pencil. The use of pen, pencil stylus is relatively a new feature on Chromebooks, but it is also the most helpful device for interacting with various Android apps and taking notes in Google Keep.

1.3 CPU

The CPU or the processor is another most crucial part of any computer. Chromebooks come with different kinds of processors, including those that you might have never heard of before.

Complete information about processors is given below when buying a Chromebook.

  • Intel vs ARM Processors

Intel and ARM-based are two types of processors that are commonly found in a Chromebook. Intel processors are the most common processors that have dominated the desktop and notebook markets for decades. ARM processors, on the other hand, are based on ARM architecture. They are the go-to processors for mobile phones and tablets and have been around for 30 years. These are extremely powerful and very energy efficient. Since Chromebook can run on both ARM and Intel processors, it allows manufacturers to develop Chromebooks with attractive features giving the best combination of speed, battery life, and price.

You will never be able to differentiate between the two unless you wish to experiment and try to install a Linux or Windows apps via Crossover.

  • Gigahertz, Cores, and Threads

The speed of a processor is measured in Gigahertz (GHz). The more GHz, the faster the Chromebook. However, GHz is not the sole factor to consider while choosing a processor.

Modern processors have multiple cores, which are like having various processors on the same chip, and Chrome OS is really good at making most of the multiple cores. Processors also have threads representing the number of processes that can be handled by a processor simultaneously. Usually, Chromebook OS processor has an equal number of cores and threads, but Intel offers higher-end processors using hyper-threading technology splitting a core into two threads.

The general rule is to have a quad-core processor than a dual-core processor, despite having a slower speed (GHz).

  • Graphics Processors

The latest Chromebooks come with graphics processors (GPUs) integrated into the processor or “System on a Chip” processor packages. It means that Chromebooks are limited to Intel or ARM-based GPUs and do not have dedicated graphics cards. These processors are good enough for handling the graphical tasks for a Chromebook, playing HD video, and basic 3D games.

The CPU or the processor is another most crucial part of any computer. Chromebooks come with different kinds of processors, including those that you might have never heard of before.

Complete information about processors is given below when buying a Chromebook.

  • Intel vs ARM Processors

Intel and ARM-based are two types of processors that are commonly found in a Chromebook. Intel processors are the most common processors that have dominated the desktop and notebook markets for decades. ARM processors, on the other hand, are based on ARM architecture. They are the go-to processors for mobile phones and tablets and have been around for 30 years. These are extremely powerful and very energy efficient. Since Chromebook can run on both ARM and Intel processors, it allows manufacturers to develop Chromebooks with attractive features giving the best combination of speed, battery life, and price.

You will never be able to differentiate between the two unless you wish to experiment and try to install a Linux or Windows apps via Crossover.

  • Gigahertz, Cores, and Threads

The speed of a processor is measured in Gigahertz (GHz). The more GHz, the faster the Chromebook. However, GHz is not the sole factor to consider while choosing a processor.

Modern processors have multiple cores, which are like having various processors on the same chip, and Chrome OS is really good at making most of the multiple cores. Processors also have threads representing the number of processes that can be handled by a processor simultaneously. Usually, Chromebook OS processor has an equal number of cores and threads, but Intel offers higher-end processors using hyper-threading technology splitting a core into two threads.

The general rule is to have a quad-core processor than a dual-core processor, despite having a slower speed (GHz).

  • Graphics Processors

The latest Chromebooks come with graphics processors (GPUs) integrated into the processor or “System on a Chip” processor packages. It means that Chromebooks are limited to Intel or ARM-based GPUs and do not have dedicated graphics cards. These processors are good enough for handling the graphical tasks for a Chromebook, playing HD video, and basic 3D games.

1.4 Storage

  • Internal Storage

Chromebooks are equipped with either eMMC or SSD instead of traditional hard drives. Both these technologies are much faster than hard drives, due to which Chromebooks start up and load programs very quickly. Though both storage drives are similar, it’s just that SSD drives are faster and of higher quality than eMMC drives.

The most common issue with Chromebooks is little internal storage. They come in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB of internal storage. Most Chromebooks come with lower storage capacity because the Chrome OS is designed to work with cloud services. Google assumes that maximum storage will be happening on Google Drive and not on the internal drive. The Chrome OS provides only the “Downloads” folder to store downloaded files temporarily.

  • SD and MicroSD Cards

Chromebooks come with an SD or microSD memory card reader, and it proves to be helpful when loading photos from any other device. You can even use the SD or microSD card slot for expanding the storage capacity by two or three times.

  • USB Drives

Chromebooks also support USB flash and hard drives formatted in a various standard formats. You can read as well as write to USB hard drives from Windows computers and Mac. You can easily share documents with your other computers and expand the storage to any extent.

  • Google Drive

The G Drive offers 100 GB of free storage, providing enough room for most users. For more storage, simply upgrade your Google storage plan. An advantage of saving the files in Google Drive is that it is available on all Chrome OS devices.

  • Google Drive Alternatives

The alternatives to Google Drive like Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive can be accessed through their web interfaces on a Chromebook. Lately, third-party developers have released apps to integrate platforms directly into the Chrome OS file manager.

  • Optical Drives (CD and DVD)

Chromebooks are not equipped with CD or DVD drives, but some USB DVD drives. Reading files from CDs and DVDs is allowed, but playing audio CDs or watching DVD videos is impossible. Also, there is no software for writing data to blank CDs or DVDs.

  • Internal Storage

Chromebooks are equipped with either eMMC or SSD instead of traditional hard drives. Both these technologies are much faster than hard drives, due to which Chromebooks start up and load programs very quickly. Though both storage drives are similar, it’s just that SSD drives are faster and of higher quality than eMMC drives.

The most common issue with Chromebooks is little internal storage. They come in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB of internal storage. Most Chromebooks come with lower storage capacity because the Chrome OS is designed to work with cloud services. Google assumes that maximum storage will be happening on Google Drive and not on the internal drive. The Chrome OS provides only the “Downloads” folder to store downloaded files temporarily.

  • SD and MicroSD Cards

Chromebooks come with an SD or microSD memory card reader, and it proves to be helpful when loading photos from any other device. You can even use the SD or microSD card slot for expanding the storage capacity by two or three times.

  • USB Drives

Chromebooks also support USB flash and hard drives formatted in a various standard formats. You can read as well as write to USB hard drives from Windows computers and Mac. You can easily share documents with your other computers and expand the storage to any extent.

  • Google Drive

The G Drive offers 100 GB of free storage, providing enough room for most users. For more storage, simply upgrade your Google storage plan. An advantage of saving the files in Google Drive is that it is available on all Chrome OS devices.

  • Google Drive Alternatives

The alternatives to Google Drive like Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive can be accessed through their web interfaces on a Chromebook. Lately, third-party developers have released apps to integrate platforms directly into the Chrome OS file manager.

  • Optical Drives (CD and DVD)

Chromebooks are not equipped with CD or DVD drives, but some USB DVD drives. Reading files from CDs and DVDs is allowed, but playing audio CDs or watching DVD videos is impossible. Also, there is no software for writing data to blank CDs or DVDs.

1.5 RAM

RAM is another important thing to consider while buying a Chromebook. Modern websites like Facebook, Google Docs call for ever-increasing amounts of memory, and to open many sites at once, you can quickly run out of memory. More memory means better performance, by that also needs a bigger wallet. If budget is a constraint, we suggest compromising on any other feature but buy a Chromebook with maximum RAM you can buy.

  • 2GB: Some Chromebooks can run perfectly with just 2GB of RAM. However, with this amount of RAM, don't expect much in terms of speed.

  • 4GB: A 4 GB of RAM Chromebook is capable of running at a good speed. You can run most Android Apps with these RAM capabilities.

  • 8GB: The high-end Chromebooks come with 8GB of RAM. Go for this size of RAM if you want blazing-fast performance.

RAM is another important thing to consider while buying a Chromebook. Modern websites like Facebook, Google Docs call for ever-increasing amounts of memory, and to open many sites at once, you can quickly run out of memory. More memory means better performance, by that also needs a bigger wallet. If budget is a constraint, we suggest compromising on any other feature but buy a Chromebook with maximum RAM you can buy.

  • 2GB: Some Chromebooks can run perfectly with just 2GB of RAM. However, with this amount of RAM, don't expect much in terms of speed.

  • 4GB: A 4 GB of RAM Chromebook is capable of running at a good speed. You can run most Android Apps with these RAM capabilities.

  • 8GB: The high-end Chromebooks come with 8GB of RAM. Go for this size of RAM if you want blazing-fast performance.

1.6 Battery

A Chromebook has an excellent battery life, thanks to how little ChromeOS uses and the specific processors that require little energy. When energy-efficient processors are combined with a good-sized battery, you can keep working for hours.

Chromebooks have multi-cell Lithium-ion batteries with capacities measured in Watt-hours (Wh) or Milliamp Hours (mAh). You can always compare the numbers, but it’s the combination of the battery and hardware performance that determine the battery life of a Chromebook.

A Chromebook has an excellent battery life, thanks to how little ChromeOS uses and the specific processors that require little energy. When energy-efficient processors are combined with a good-sized battery, you can keep working for hours.

Chromebooks have multi-cell Lithium-ion batteries with capacities measured in Watt-hours (Wh) or Milliamp Hours (mAh). You can always compare the numbers, but it’s the combination of the battery and hardware performance that determine the battery life of a Chromebook.

1.7 Connectivity

Chromebook is suitable for only those who work online. Therefore, Chrome OS works best when connected to the Internet at all times.

  • WiFi

Chromebooks come with WiFi as a standard-issue, and all the models are 802.11n compatible, whereas many of them are equipped with 802.11ac, MIMO antennas, and dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi. All in all, Chromebooks have fast WiFi radios to support all of your web surfing and video streaming needs.

  • Ethernet

To connect a Chromebook to a wired Ethernet network, get a USB Ethernet adapter.

  • Mobile Broadband

There are Chromebook models that come with mobile broadband modems offering 3G, 4G or LTE connections. With this feature, a Chromebook gets quite expensive and also need a mobile broadband contract.

  • Bluetooth

Just like WiFi, all Chrome devices are equipped with Bluetooth radios. You need this capability to play audio on wireless speakers, connect Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and unlock your Chromebook with your Android smartphone.

Chromebook is suitable for only those who work online. Therefore, Chrome OS works best when connected to the Internet at all times.

  • WiFi

Chromebooks come with WiFi as a standard-issue, and all the models are 802.11n compatible, whereas many of them are equipped with 802.11ac, MIMO antennas, and dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi. All in all, Chromebooks have fast WiFi radios to support all of your web surfing and video streaming needs.

  • Ethernet

To connect a Chromebook to a wired Ethernet network, get a USB Ethernet adapter.

  • Mobile Broadband

There are Chromebook models that come with mobile broadband modems offering 3G, 4G or LTE connections. With this feature, a Chromebook gets quite expensive and also need a mobile broadband contract.

  • Bluetooth

Just like WiFi, all Chrome devices are equipped with Bluetooth radios. You need this capability to play audio on wireless speakers, connect Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and unlock your Chromebook with your Android smartphone.

1.8 Usage

Chromebooks are not meant for everyone. They are not meant for running heavy programs that you often do on your Windows laptop or Mac. The small disk does not have room to install heavy programs.

Chromebook is not ideal for programs such as Photoshop or a tool to edit videos. You can download apps like Lightroom, but that’s not the same as Photoshop CC. Video editing is possible only to a certain extent because the apps that you can find are pretty limited in functions.

The Chromebooks are best suited for text editing, social media use, emailing and light games. If your daily activity consists of these, Chromebook is for you. However, don’t forget to check the processor and working memory because the better these are, the more apps you can run simultaneously.

Last but not least, the Chrome OS relies heavily on cloud services, where all kinds of things are stored, be it text files, videos, photos. So Chromebook needs a continuous internet connection. If you prefer to work offline, a laptop with a different operating system or a MiFi router will be best for you.

Chromebooks are not meant for everyone. They are not meant for running heavy programs that you often do on your Windows laptop or Mac. The small disk does not have room to install heavy programs.

Chromebook is not ideal for programs such as Photoshop or a tool to edit videos. You can download apps like Lightroom, but that’s not the same as Photoshop CC. Video editing is possible only to a certain extent because the apps that you can find are pretty limited in functions.

The Chromebooks are best suited for text editing, social media use, emailing and light games. If your daily activity consists of these, Chromebook is for you. However, don’t forget to check the processor and working memory because the better these are, the more apps you can run simultaneously.

Last but not least, the Chrome OS relies heavily on cloud services, where all kinds of things are stored, be it text files, videos, photos. So Chromebook needs a continuous internet connection. If you prefer to work offline, a laptop with a different operating system or a MiFi router will be best for you.

1.9 Keyboards

Chromebook keyboards are more or less the same as regular notebook keyboards, with a few exceptions. The most notable difference is that the Chromebook keyboard doesn’t have “Caps Lock”. The “Caps Lock” key is replaced by the “search” button that brings up the main search menu and app launcher in Chrome OS. It is similar to the Windows key, and our next difference is that there is no “Windows button” on Chromebooks. In addition to this, the “F” or “Function” key is replaced by buttons for things like speaker volume, screen brightness and other unique keys specific to Chrome OS.

Backlit Keyboards

Apple has popularised the backlit keyboard, and you can find the same in some Chromebooks as well.

Chromebook keyboards are more or less the same as regular notebook keyboards, with a few exceptions. The most notable difference is that the Chromebook keyboard doesn’t have “Caps Lock”. The “Caps Lock” key is replaced by the “search” button that brings up the main search menu and app launcher in Chrome OS. It is similar to the Windows key, and our next difference is that there is no “Windows button” on Chromebooks. In addition to this, the “F” or “Function” key is replaced by buttons for things like speaker volume, screen brightness and other unique keys specific to Chrome OS.

Backlit Keyboards

Apple has popularised the backlit keyboard, and you can find the same in some Chromebooks as well.

1.10 Ports

  • HDMI

A Chromebook has a built-in HDMI port to connect an external monitor or a projector. Some models even have a Display Port or USB-C ports that require an HDMI adapter.

  • USB

Chromebooks are equipped with USB ports for connecting peripheral devices. Most models have both USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 ports. Some Chromebooks come with yellow USB charging ports to provide extra power for charging mobile devices. New Chromebooks come with USB-C connectors, providing multiple functions such as power charging and external display support.

  • HDMI

A Chromebook has a built-in HDMI port to connect an external monitor or a projector. Some models even have a Display Port or USB-C ports that require an HDMI adapter.

  • USB

Chromebooks are equipped with USB ports for connecting peripheral devices. Most models have both USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 ports. Some Chromebooks come with yellow USB charging ports to provide extra power for charging mobile devices. New Chromebooks come with USB-C connectors, providing multiple functions such as power charging and external display support.

1.11 App Support

Earlier, Chrome OS was all about Chrome browser and few pre-installed apps. It was best for those who did their maximum work on Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Lately, Google has expanded the capabilities of Chrome OS by introducing the ability to run various Android and Linux apps.

  • Android Apps

Google Play Store has now given official support for Android apps on many Chromebooks. The list includes Android versions of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

  • Linux Apps

Chromebook is suitable for Linux OS fans as well. In fact, the OS Google is developed on the Linux kernel. However, this demands more RAM. Also, the model of Chromebook capable of this will be expensive. All in all, Chrome OS version 69 can install Linux desktop apps.

  • Windows Apps

Chromebooks do not run Windows programs and installing the desktop version of Microsoft Office or your favourite DOS game is impossible. However, you can always use the online equivalent of desktop apps like Microsoft Office 365 or the Android versions of Microsoft Office apps.
Chromebooks are meant for Google applications, but if you really need access to Windows programs, there is an option to connect to a remote Windows computer with the help of Chrome Remote Desktop or Chrome RDP.

Earlier, Chrome OS was all about Chrome browser and few pre-installed apps. It was best for those who did their maximum work on Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Lately, Google has expanded the capabilities of Chrome OS by introducing the ability to run various Android and Linux apps.

  • Android Apps

Google Play Store has now given official support for Android apps on many Chromebooks. The list includes Android versions of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

  • Linux Apps

Chromebook is suitable for Linux OS fans as well. In fact, the OS Google is developed on the Linux kernel. However, this demands more RAM. Also, the model of Chromebook capable of this will be expensive. All in all, Chrome OS version 69 can install Linux desktop apps.

  • Windows Apps

Chromebooks do not run Windows programs and installing the desktop version of Microsoft Office or your favourite DOS game is impossible. However, you can always use the online equivalent of desktop apps like Microsoft Office 365 or the Android versions of Microsoft Office apps.
Chromebooks are meant for Google applications, but if you really need access to Windows programs, there is an option to connect to a remote Windows computer with the help of Chrome Remote Desktop or Chrome RDP.

1.12 Cooling - Fan or No Fan

Like laptops, tablets, and other electronic equipment, Chromebooks also produce some heat. However, a Chromebook is equipped with energy-efficient processors that create much less heat than traditional processors. These processors, when combined with the right notebook design, results in fanless and silent Chromebooks. Moreover, Chromebooks use solid-state drives and not traditional spinning hard drives, fanless books are entirely solid-state, with no moving parts.

Like laptops, tablets, and other electronic equipment, Chromebooks also produce some heat. However, a Chromebook is equipped with energy-efficient processors that create much less heat than traditional processors. These processors, when combined with the right notebook design, results in fanless and silent Chromebooks. Moreover, Chromebooks use solid-state drives and not traditional spinning hard drives, fanless books are entirely solid-state, with no moving parts.

1.13 Webcam

The webcams come built into Chromebooks, and their quality varies widely. Low-end models have low-quality cameras with very low resolutions. For making video calls, taking pictures, recording video, get a Chromebook with at least 720p HD or 1280x720 resolution.

The webcams come built into Chromebooks, and their quality varies widely. Low-end models have low-quality cameras with very low resolutions. For making video calls, taking pictures, recording video, get a Chromebook with at least 720p HD or 1280x720 resolution.

1.14 Upgradability

Chromebooks are inexpensive and portable devices, and they are usually not upgradeable. They are designed for the users who just want to buy a computer and use it and not want to get involved in the tinker and upgrade their laptops.

Chromebooks are inexpensive and portable devices, and they are usually not upgradeable. They are designed for the users who just want to buy a computer and use it and not want to get involved in the tinker and upgrade their laptops.

1.15 Lifespan

Chrome OS can't be customised by developers like an Android. Therefore, Google can control Chromebook updates, and you get new software on all current devices within days of release, no matter who is the manufacturer.

Speaking of life, yes, a Chromebook does have a "best before" date. To calculate that, you need to think about how long the device will receive OS and security updates once produced. You also need to calculate the annual cost of ownership for the recommended use. If your Chromebook stop receiving the updates, it is no longer recommended to use due to privacy, security, and performance purpose.

Chrome OS can't be customised by developers like an Android. Therefore, Google can control Chromebook updates, and you get new software on all current devices within days of release, no matter who is the manufacturer.

Speaking of life, yes, a Chromebook does have a "best before" date. To calculate that, you need to think about how long the device will receive OS and security updates once produced. You also need to calculate the annual cost of ownership for the recommended use. If your Chromebook stop receiving the updates, it is no longer recommended to use due to privacy, security, and performance purpose.

1.16 Portability And Durability

Chromebooks are easy to be carried around. They are the devices known for their lightweight and portability. Another feature that makes a them worth buying is its durable nature. They are designed to last.

Chromebooks are easy to be carried around. They are the devices known for their lightweight and portability. Another feature that makes a them worth buying is its durable nature. They are designed to last.

1.17 Budget

Chromebooks are famous among students simply because they are super affordable. Try comparing a Chromebook to an average laptop. You’ll notice the difference in an instant. If budget is an issue, Chromebook is the way to go. Moreover, you get plenty of options in a Chromebook to choose from, like budgeted, medium-range and premium-range.

Chromebooks are famous among students simply because they are super affordable. Try comparing a Chromebook to an average laptop. You’ll notice the difference in an instant. If budget is an issue, Chromebook is the way to go. Moreover, you get plenty of options in a Chromebook to choose from, like budgeted, medium-range and premium-range.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is laptop-like that has Chrome OS operating system. Chromebooks all developed by several computer manufacturing brands, but they are made using a specific set of specifications laid out by Google. A Chromebook is designed keeping portability, long battery life, and ease of use in mind. Since a Chromebook doesn’t have that many features as a Windows and Apple laptop has, it is less priced and needs less system memory (RAM) and internal storage (SSD) space.

A Chromebook is laptop-like that has Chrome OS operating system. Chromebooks all developed by several computer manufacturing brands, but they are made using a specific set of specifications laid out by Google. A Chromebook is designed keeping portability, long battery life, and ease of use in mind. Since a Chromebook doesn’t have that many features as a Windows and Apple laptop has, it is less priced and needs less system memory (RAM) and internal storage (SSD) space.

2.2 What is a Chrome OS?

A Chrome OS is a light operating system based on Linux and the Chrome Browser. Google makes the OS available for free through the open-source Chromium OS project. The OS is designed mainly to work on online platforms, including Google Drive and Google Docs. You can even use Android apps from the Google Play Store. The OS is user-friendly, low maintenance, auto-updating, and resilient to viruses.

A Chrome OS is a light operating system based on Linux and the Chrome Browser. Google makes the OS available for free through the open-source Chromium OS project. The OS is designed mainly to work on online platforms, including Google Drive and Google Docs. You can even use Android apps from the Google Play Store. The OS is user-friendly, low maintenance, auto-updating, and resilient to viruses.

2.3 What are the different types of Chrome devices?

Earlier, Chromebooks were available only in a standard notebook form factor, but now, there are other types of Chrome OS devices also available in the market, including small desktop computers, Chromebits (tiny low-powered stick-like computers), convertible notebooks, Chromebooks with detachable screens and Chromebook tablets.

Earlier, Chromebooks were available only in a standard notebook form factor, but now, there are other types of Chrome OS devices also available in the market, including small desktop computers, Chromebits (tiny low-powered stick-like computers), convertible notebooks, Chromebooks with detachable screens and Chromebook tablets.

2.4 What are the advantages of using a Chromebook?

Chromebooks offer various benefits, and some of them are discussed below.

  • Chromebooks are fast because of Chrome OS. It is a light OS with the necessary functionalities. Most Chromebooks starts within 7 seconds or less.

  • All unnecessary buttons have been omitted in a Chromebook, making using Chrome OS easier than other operating systems.

  • Chrome OS works well with Android since it is partly based on Android. You can easily install apps on your Chromebook from Google Play Store, which are only available for phones.

  • Chromebooks do not have expensive parts embedded in them that use a lot of power. Also, the Chrome OS is light, consuming little power. Usually, Chromebooks last at least 6 hours, even in case of intensive use.

  • Chromebook is mainly used for online work, due to which it doesn’t have any expensive parts in it. You can easily get a Chromebook for only 200 euros which is much cheaper than most laptops with Windows or macOS.

  • The lightweight Chrome OS makes even Chromebook feels light and makes it ultraportable.

  • There is less chance of getting the virus in a Chromebook since you work entirely online.

  • Chromebook ensures silent operation. Other laptops have fans to get rid of their heat which makes noise. Since a Chromebook has passive cooling, so there is no noise issue. In addition, the hard drive in laptops also makes noise, while Chromebooks have an SSD drive, which makes zero noise.

Chromebooks offer various benefits, and some of them are discussed below.

  • Chromebooks are fast because of Chrome OS. It is a light OS with the necessary functionalities. Most Chromebooks starts within 7 seconds or less.

  • All unnecessary buttons have been omitted in a Chromebook, making using Chrome OS easier than other operating systems.

  • Chrome OS works well with Android since it is partly based on Android. You can easily install apps on your Chromebook from Google Play Store, which are only available for phones.

  • Chromebooks do not have expensive parts embedded in them that use a lot of power. Also, the Chrome OS is light, consuming little power. Usually, Chromebooks last at least 6 hours, even in case of intensive use.

  • Chromebook is mainly used for online work, due to which it doesn’t have any expensive parts in it. You can easily get a Chromebook for only 200 euros which is much cheaper than most laptops with Windows or macOS.

  • The lightweight Chrome OS makes even Chromebook feels light and makes it ultraportable.

  • There is less chance of getting the virus in a Chromebook since you work entirely online.

  • Chromebook ensures silent operation. Other laptops have fans to get rid of their heat which makes noise. Since a Chromebook has passive cooling, so there is no noise issue. In addition, the hard drive in laptops also makes noise, while Chromebooks have an SSD drive, which makes zero noise.

2.5 What are the disadvantages of using a Chromebook?

A Chromebook primary has three disadvantages i.e.

  • It calls for a stable internet connection most of the time as compared to others because Chrome OS is designed to work online. You can install a few apps, which works offline, and there are also a few platforms that will save your work once the connection is restored, but apart from that, you need a proper internet connection.

  • Chrome OS is not for heavy programs as the hardware is not as good as others. You can’t use Photoshop or a program to edit videos.

  • A Chromebook is not for playing games. You can play games within the browser or install apps for gaming but playing real PC games is not possible, as they take up too much space and prove too heavy for a Chromebook.

A Chromebook primary has three disadvantages i.e.

  • It calls for a stable internet connection most of the time as compared to others because Chrome OS is designed to work online. You can install a few apps, which works offline, and there are also a few platforms that will save your work once the connection is restored, but apart from that, you need a proper internet connection.

  • Chrome OS is not for heavy programs as the hardware is not as good as others. You can’t use Photoshop or a program to edit videos.

  • A Chromebook is not for playing games. You can play games within the browser or install apps for gaming but playing real PC games is not possible, as they take up too much space and prove too heavy for a Chromebook.

2.6 Which is better to have, a Chromebook or a laptop?

Chromebook is best to use only if you do most of the work online and you need a laptop-like device for surfing the Internet, streaming videos and movies, using web-based email.

For running heavy programs like photo and video editing or playing games, a Windows or macOS laptop is a better choice.

Chromebook is best to use only if you do most of the work online and you need a laptop-like device for surfing the Internet, streaming videos and movies, using web-based email.

For running heavy programs like photo and video editing or playing games, a Windows or macOS laptop is a better choice.

2.7 What is the difference between Chrome OS, Windows, macOS, and Linux?

ChromeOS

Windows

macOS

Linux

  • Simple to use

  • Safe from viruses

  • It appears somewhat like Windows

  • Cloud-based, so not many web apps work without an internet connection

  • Apps can be downloaded from the Google Playstore or as a Chrome extension

  • Extremely flexible and widely deployable

  • Most used OS on laptops

  • Very few programs are not made available for Windows

  • Most vulnerable OS to viruses

  • Available only for Apple laptops

  • Elegant, minimalist and powerful

  • Most programs are now also available for macOS


  • The OS is available for free

  • Very flexible and adaptable as you can choose among the various overlying OS - Ubuntu, Debian and use one as a launcher, each with its own properties

  • Fewer programs available as compared to Windows and macOS

ChromeOS

Windows

macOS

Linux

  • Simple to use

  • Safe from viruses

  • It appears somewhat like Windows

  • Cloud-based, so not many web apps work without an internet connection

  • Apps can be downloaded from the Google Playstore or as a Chrome extension

  • Extremely flexible and widely deployable

  • Most used OS on laptops

  • Very few programs are not made available for Windows

  • Most vulnerable OS to viruses

  • Available only for Apple laptops

  • Elegant, minimalist and powerful

  • Most programs are now also available for macOS


  • The OS is available for free

  • Very flexible and adaptable as you can choose among the various overlying OS - Ubuntu, Debian and use one as a launcher, each with its own properties

  • Fewer programs available as compared to Windows and macOS

2.8 Is Chrome OS the same as Android?

No. the Chromebook works well with Android, but it is not the same as Android. Both OS are produced by Google, but ChromeOS is related to the well-known Chrome browser, while Android is an independently developed OS running in its own 'container'. This is the reason that apps cannot access system files with Android.

No. the Chromebook works well with Android, but it is not the same as Android. Both OS are produced by Google, but ChromeOS is related to the well-known Chrome browser, while Android is an independently developed OS running in its own 'container'. This is the reason that apps cannot access system files with Android.

2.9 What can I use a Chromebook for?

Chromebooks are best suited for text editing, social media use, emailing and streaming. You can also play light Android games. Similarly, light editing apps can be used, but intensive graphic work such as photo and video editing is just not possible. 

Chromebooks are best suited for text editing, social media use, emailing and streaming. You can also play light Android games. Similarly, light editing apps can be used, but intensive graphic work such as photo and video editing is just not possible. 

2.10 How to take screenshots on a Chromebook?

To take a screenshot on Chromebook, press the Ctrl + Switch Window keys and to capture a specific part of the screen, hold down the Ctrl + Shift + Switch Window keys.

To take a screenshot on Chromebook, press the Ctrl + Switch Window keys and to capture a specific part of the screen, hold down the Ctrl + Shift + Switch Window keys.

2.11 Can I install windows on a Chromebook?

Yes, you can install Windows on Chromebook, but it is not that easy because Chromebooks were not made to run Windows. If you want an entire desktop OS, go for Linux as they are more compatible with that OS. We recommend that if you really want to use Windows, you better get a Windows computer.

Yes, you can install Windows on Chromebook, but it is not that easy because Chromebooks were not made to run Windows. If you want an entire desktop OS, go for Linux as they are more compatible with that OS. We recommend that if you really want to use Windows, you better get a Windows computer.

2.12 Do I need a Google account to use a Chromebook?

Yes, you do need a Google Account to use a Chromebook. In fact, the first thing a Chromebook asks for after purchasing it is a Google Account email address and password. If you do not have one, creating it is easy. It is free and comes with Gmail. This is not it. A Google Account offers many other features and not just a web-email service, including Word Doc, Excel, etc.

Yes, you do need a Google Account to use a Chromebook. In fact, the first thing a Chromebook asks for after purchasing it is a Google Account email address and password. If you do not have one, creating it is easy. It is free and comes with Gmail. This is not it. A Google Account offers many other features and not just a web-email service, including Word Doc, Excel, etc.

2.13 Do I need anti-virus protection software for Chromebook?

Chromebook doesn’t need anti-virus protection software because Chrome OS has been designed explicitly around security. So, you can use your computer without having to worry about computer viruses.

Chromebook doesn’t need anti-virus protection software because Chrome OS has been designed explicitly around security. So, you can use your computer without having to worry about computer viruses.

2.14 Why can’t I play games on a Chromebook?

You can play only those games on a Chromebook that are Android App games and are available on Google Play Store. You cannot play computer games on ChromeOS like you can on a Windows-based PC. These computer games call for a program to run onto your computer, and Chromebook does not allow the same as everything you use is web-based.

You can play only those games on a Chromebook that are Android App games and are available on Google Play Store. You cannot play computer games on ChromeOS like you can on a Windows-based PC. These computer games call for a program to run onto your computer, and Chromebook does not allow the same as everything you use is web-based.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for Chromebooks

3.1 How to maintain a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are low maintenance. There is no fret about antivirus software, updating the Chrome OS, etc. You can work effortlessly without the system getting slowed down over time. However, still there are a few things that you need to ensure that the Chromebook is running at its best, and they are as follows:

  • Start with uninstalling the unnecessary Chrome apps and extensions. If there's one factor that can slow a Chromebook down, then that is having the system overloaded with apps and extensions you don't need. 

  • Check the permissions given to the extensions. You must be aware that extensions can access your browsing data all the time, and that is required in some extension cases else they won’t work properly. So, decide if you really need to give complete access to that extension, and also, is it worth keeping the extension around which is accessing all your data.

  • If your Chromebook can run Android and Linux apps, then find out which one of them you actually need. Unnecessary apps should be uninstalled, and necessary ones should be updated on time.

  • Google does give 100 BG space online, but when you are doing everything online, even that space seems smaller. Therefore, clean up your cloud storage timely. And if your Chromebook's Downloads folder is connected to the cloud, then anything you download will automatically sync with your Google Drive storage. In this case, clearing out the clutter becomes more important.

Chromebooks are low maintenance. There is no fret about antivirus software, updating the Chrome OS, etc. You can work effortlessly without the system getting slowed down over time. However, still there are a few things that you need to ensure that the Chromebook is running at its best, and they are as follows:

  • Start with uninstalling the unnecessary Chrome apps and extensions. If there's one factor that can slow a Chromebook down, then that is having the system overloaded with apps and extensions you don't need. 

  • Check the permissions given to the extensions. You must be aware that extensions can access your browsing data all the time, and that is required in some extension cases else they won’t work properly. So, decide if you really need to give complete access to that extension, and also, is it worth keeping the extension around which is accessing all your data.

  • If your Chromebook can run Android and Linux apps, then find out which one of them you actually need. Unnecessary apps should be uninstalled, and necessary ones should be updated on time.

  • Google does give 100 BG space online, but when you are doing everything online, even that space seems smaller. Therefore, clean up your cloud storage timely. And if your Chromebook's Downloads folder is connected to the cloud, then anything you download will automatically sync with your Google Drive storage. In this case, clearing out the clutter becomes more important.

4. Fun Facts: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about Chromebooks

4.1 Since Google wants you to use Google Drive instead of Dropbox or OneDrive, it gives 100 GB of free space with every Chromebook.

4.2 Chromebooks are far more popular than MacBooks. It outstands Apple laptops by a ratio of five to one.

4.3 You can work on a Chromebook without an Internet connection. Many Chrome OS apps like Gmail and Google Docs let you operate offline and then sync the data when your connection is restored. If this ability is not built-in, you can tweak the settings or install additional extensions from the Chrome store.

4.4 Though all Chromebooks start up and load webpages quickly, but they aren’t equal. Machines running Intel x86 processors are usually faster than ARM-based chips.

4.5 Chromebook is extremely popular. As per NPD, one out of five notebooks sold to schools in 2013 was a Chromebook.

4.6 ChromeOS Launcher can be used as a calculator. Put in the math problem and add an equal sign at the end to get your answer quickly and easily.

4.7 Google Assistant is activated by "Hey Google" or "Ok Google” in ChromeOS.

4.8 Drawing is possible on the touchscreen Chromebook, using your fingers or a stylus.

4.1 Since Google wants you to use Google Drive instead of Dropbox or OneDrive, it gives 100 GB of free space with every Chromebook.

4.2 Chromebooks are far more popular than MacBooks. It outstands Apple laptops by a ratio of five to one.

4.3 You can work on a Chromebook without an Internet connection. Many Chrome OS apps like Gmail and Google Docs let you operate offline and then sync the data when your connection is restored. If this ability is not built-in, you can tweak the settings or install additional extensions from the Chrome store.

4.4 Though all Chromebooks start up and load webpages quickly, but they aren’t equal. Machines running Intel x86 processors are usually faster than ARM-based chips.

4.5 Chromebook is extremely popular. As per NPD, one out of five notebooks sold to schools in 2013 was a Chromebook.

4.6 ChromeOS Launcher can be used as a calculator. Put in the math problem and add an equal sign at the end to get your answer quickly and easily.

4.7 Google Assistant is activated by "Hey Google" or "Ok Google” in ChromeOS.

4.8 Drawing is possible on the touchscreen Chromebook, using your fingers or a stylus.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best Chromebooks

Screen, RAM, processor, internal storage are some of the most crucial aspects to consider while buying a smart device like Chromebook, laptop, and tablet. We also considered the same besides taking into account features like the number of ports, weight, warranty, connectivity, and battery life.

Customer reviews and ratings also helped us in choosing the top seven Chromebooks of 2021.

Screen, RAM, processor, internal storage are some of the most crucial aspects to consider while buying a smart device like Chromebook, laptop, and tablet. We also considered the same besides taking into account features like the number of ports, weight, warranty, connectivity, and battery life.

Customer reviews and ratings also helped us in choosing the top seven Chromebooks of 2021.

5.1 Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT

  • Acer CB315-3HT is a thin 15.6-inch Chromebook powered by Intel Gemini Lake processors.

  • The low-reflection 15.6-inch LCD display offers a decent contrast ratio of 1,470:1, while the brightness is a little low at just 228.9 nits.

  • It is equipped with an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, therefore, offering readability from all sides.

  • It is a high-end model in Acer’s Chromebook 315 CB315-3HT series with 64 GB flash memory and 4GB RAM. You can expand the storage space using a microSD card.

  • The Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi modem supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

  • It offers four USB ports (2x Type-A, 2x Type-C) supporting USB 3.2 Gen 1. The USB-C can power the device on both ports, and the right-hand USB-C port carries a DisplayPort signal.

  • The keyboard is apt for everyday use, and unfortunately, it doesn’t have any backlight.

  • It is a touchscreen Chromebook that supports 10-point multitouch and responded very quickly to input. 

  • The processor's base clock speed is 1.1 GHz and can turbo boost up to 2.6 GHz (four cores) or even 3.1 GHz (one core). The CPU is fast enough for office and internet applications.

  • Streaming services are not a challenge for this device due to the Intel UHD Graphics 605.

  • It cools down passively and lacks a mechanical drive and thus, offers a silent operation.

  • This Chromebook is all about intuitive display, silent operation, and very good battery life.

  • Acer CB315-3HT is a thin 15.6-inch Chromebook powered by Intel Gemini Lake processors.

  • The low-reflection 15.6-inch LCD display offers a decent contrast ratio of 1,470:1, while the brightness is a little low at just 228.9 nits.

  • It is equipped with an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, therefore, offering readability from all sides.

  • It is a high-end model in Acer’s Chromebook 315 CB315-3HT series with 64 GB flash memory and 4GB RAM. You can expand the storage space using a microSD card.

  • The Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi modem supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

  • It offers four USB ports (2x Type-A, 2x Type-C) supporting USB 3.2 Gen 1. The USB-C can power the device on both ports, and the right-hand USB-C port carries a DisplayPort signal.

  • The keyboard is apt for everyday use, and unfortunately, it doesn’t have any backlight.

  • It is a touchscreen Chromebook that supports 10-point multitouch and responded very quickly to input. 

  • The processor's base clock speed is 1.1 GHz and can turbo boost up to 2.6 GHz (four cores) or even 3.1 GHz (one core). The CPU is fast enough for office and internet applications.

  • Streaming services are not a challenge for this device due to the Intel UHD Graphics 605.

  • It cools down passively and lacks a mechanical drive and thus, offers a silent operation.

  • This Chromebook is all about intuitive display, silent operation, and very good battery life.

5.2 Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook Ibrido

  • The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook maintains a perfect balance between tablet portability and Chromebook utility at an affordable rate.

  • The IdeaPad Duet Chromebook from Lenovo is a real surprise by the brand.

  • This hybrid pack of laptops and tablets is the epitome of functionality, portability, and longevity.

  • Lenovo has greatly packed Google's Chrome OS into a 10-inch keyboard-enabled tablet.

  • The battery life is up to 10 hours.

  • The robust software gives full access to the entire Android app ecosystem plus Google apps built into Chrome OS. 

  • It offers more on the software front by providing a downloadable beta version of a Linux virtual machine.

  • The downside is that both the kickstand cover and keyboard are attached via a magnet. They can even pull apart from each other during regular use or when you least expect it.

  • The speakers are the same as what you should expect from a tablet. So, you will need headphones to get satisfying audio. 

  • It has a single USB-C port which means you can't charge the device and use headphones simultaneously.

  • Till now, no tablet in the market can offer such a power-packed performance.

  • The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook maintains a perfect balance between tablet portability and Chromebook utility at an affordable rate.

  • The IdeaPad Duet Chromebook from Lenovo is a real surprise by the brand.

  • This hybrid pack of laptops and tablets is the epitome of functionality, portability, and longevity.

  • Lenovo has greatly packed Google's Chrome OS into a 10-inch keyboard-enabled tablet.

  • The battery life is up to 10 hours.

  • The robust software gives full access to the entire Android app ecosystem plus Google apps built into Chrome OS. 

  • It offers more on the software front by providing a downloadable beta version of a Linux virtual machine.

  • The downside is that both the kickstand cover and keyboard are attached via a magnet. They can even pull apart from each other during regular use or when you least expect it.

  • The speakers are the same as what you should expect from a tablet. So, you will need headphones to get satisfying audio. 

  • It has a single USB-C port which means you can't charge the device and use headphones simultaneously.

  • Till now, no tablet in the market can offer such a power-packed performance.

5.3 Acer Chromebook CB314-1HT

  • Acer Chromebook CB314-1HT is ideal for working in bright light conditions, thanks to the 14” screen size.

  • The screen size is large enough for a roomy display with plenty of space to arrange apps, view tabs and documents.

  • It is an ideal Chromebook offering great productivity.

  • You can get online in no time, thanks to the fast Intel CPU and fast Wi-Fi 5 connection.

  • It has a whopping 12.5 years of battery life.

  • The standard memory is 4 GB, whereas the flash memory capacity is 64 GB.

  • This silver colour touchscreen Chromebook harbours excellent performance.

  • It has a terrific, laptop-esque design.

  • You can easily manage all your online work needs, including web browsing, admin and watching entertainment.

  • The keyboard is a joy to use due to satisfying click and clack, and the touchpad interacts well with your fingers' commands.

  • It offers good connectivity and ports with two of each kind of USB (C and A).

  • However, there are no external display ports, so you need to use an adapter to hook this up to a monitor or projector.

  • It knows that it is not a monster laptop, and it works to its limit.

  • It lacks a fingerprint reader.

  • It achieves the balance between performance, battery life, and usability for a well-rounded computing experience.

  • This Chromebook is all about excellent battery life, reliability, a crisp screen, and portability.

  • It is an excellent option as a next-to-the-sofa laptop or to do all the work online with no trouble.

  • Acer Chromebook CB314-1HT is ideal for working in bright light conditions, thanks to the 14” screen size.

  • The screen size is large enough for a roomy display with plenty of space to arrange apps, view tabs and documents.

  • It is an ideal Chromebook offering great productivity.

  • You can get online in no time, thanks to the fast Intel CPU and fast Wi-Fi 5 connection.

  • It has a whopping 12.5 years of battery life.

  • The standard memory is 4 GB, whereas the flash memory capacity is 64 GB.

  • This silver colour touchscreen Chromebook harbours excellent performance.

  • It has a terrific, laptop-esque design.

  • You can easily manage all your online work needs, including web browsing, admin and watching entertainment.

  • The keyboard is a joy to use due to satisfying click and clack, and the touchpad interacts well with your fingers' commands.

  • It offers good connectivity and ports with two of each kind of USB (C and A).

  • However, there are no external display ports, so you need to use an adapter to hook this up to a monitor or projector.

  • It knows that it is not a monster laptop, and it works to its limit.

  • It lacks a fingerprint reader.

  • It achieves the balance between performance, battery life, and usability for a well-rounded computing experience.

  • This Chromebook is all about excellent battery life, reliability, a crisp screen, and portability.

  • It is an excellent option as a next-to-the-sofa laptop or to do all the work online with no trouble.

5.4 HP Chromebook 14a-na0012ng

  • The 14-inch display, snappy keyboard and attractive chassis make HP Chromebook 14a-na0012ng a great option.

  • It is an inexpensive Chromebook with a large display, Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage.

  • This affordable Chromebook offers a 1080p vivid display.

  • However, the display is on the dim side with 220 nits brightness.

  • It has an attractive design highlighted by silver colour.

  • With well-spaced and large keys, the keyboard is excellent, although it doesn’t have any backlight.

  • The 4.5 x 2.3 inches touchpad is also quite responsive.

  • It has a great port selection with a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port and lock slot on the left side. On right side, there is a slot for microSD card, a headphone jack and another pair of USB 3.0 and USB Type-C ports.

  • With Intel Celeron N3350 CPU and 4GB of RAM, it has enough power for day-to-day tasks, but not for the demanding apps.

  • The battery can endure up to 11 hours and 45 minutes.

  • The 720p webcam captures a decent amount of detail.

  • Overall, it is a great option if you want an inexpensive Chromebook for simple tasks, like web surfing, sending emails or watching YouTube videos.

  • The 14-inch display, snappy keyboard and attractive chassis make HP Chromebook 14a-na0012ng a great option.

  • It is an inexpensive Chromebook with a large display, Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage.

  • This affordable Chromebook offers a 1080p vivid display.

  • However, the display is on the dim side with 220 nits brightness.

  • It has an attractive design highlighted by silver colour.

  • With well-spaced and large keys, the keyboard is excellent, although it doesn’t have any backlight.

  • The 4.5 x 2.3 inches touchpad is also quite responsive.

  • It has a great port selection with a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port and lock slot on the left side. On right side, there is a slot for microSD card, a headphone jack and another pair of USB 3.0 and USB Type-C ports.

  • With Intel Celeron N3350 CPU and 4GB of RAM, it has enough power for day-to-day tasks, but not for the demanding apps.

  • The battery can endure up to 11 hours and 45 minutes.

  • The 720p webcam captures a decent amount of detail.

  • Overall, it is a great option if you want an inexpensive Chromebook for simple tasks, like web surfing, sending emails or watching YouTube videos.

5.5 Acer Chromebook CP713-1WN-53NF

  • This is our best display Chromebook with 2256 x 1504 screen resolution.

  • If you have a high demand for a chrome OS, then you need Chromebook spin 13 from Acer.

  • The Gorilla Glass touchscreen and touchpad, diamond-cut edges, and aluminium chassis gives it a premium finish.

  • It is a big laptop with a thickness of 18mm and 1.5 kg weight.

  • With 8 GB RAM and 128 GB eMMC flash memory, it is bound to do a lot more than just day-to-day tasks.

  • It offers Wireless LAN Standard (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and 4.2 Bluetooth connectivity.

  • The 13.5-inches (34.29 cm) widescreen is enough to meet your daily needs.

  • Acer Chromebook is powered by Intel Core i5-8250U (8th Gen) processor.

  • The undefined Intel UHD 620 graphics card can easily manage the graphical functions.

  • The 3 Cell Li-Ion battery keeps it alive for around 10 hours.

  • It is equipped with a dual array digital microphone and a 720p HD webcam.

  • There is no HDMI port.

  • There is a USB Type-C port on the right side. The left side has an audio jack, a microSD card slot, a USB 3.0 port and another Type-C connector.

  • Thanks to great hardware and a bundled stylus, it is an ideal option, even for business purposes. That is why it is Acer’s professional portfolio rather than its consumer range.

  • This is our best display Chromebook with 2256 x 1504 screen resolution.

  • If you have a high demand for a chrome OS, then you need Chromebook spin 13 from Acer.

  • The Gorilla Glass touchscreen and touchpad, diamond-cut edges, and aluminium chassis gives it a premium finish.

  • It is a big laptop with a thickness of 18mm and 1.5 kg weight.

  • With 8 GB RAM and 128 GB eMMC flash memory, it is bound to do a lot more than just day-to-day tasks.

  • It offers Wireless LAN Standard (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and 4.2 Bluetooth connectivity.

  • The 13.5-inches (34.29 cm) widescreen is enough to meet your daily needs.

  • Acer Chromebook is powered by Intel Core i5-8250U (8th Gen) processor.

  • The undefined Intel UHD 620 graphics card can easily manage the graphical functions.

  • The 3 Cell Li-Ion battery keeps it alive for around 10 hours.

  • It is equipped with a dual array digital microphone and a 720p HD webcam.

  • There is no HDMI port.

  • There is a USB Type-C port on the right side. The left side has an audio jack, a microSD card slot, a USB 3.0 port and another Type-C connector.

  • Thanks to great hardware and a bundled stylus, it is an ideal option, even for business purposes. That is why it is Acer’s professional portfolio rather than its consumer range.

5.6 Google Pixelbook Go 13.3" Touch Screen Chromebook

  • It is a package consisting of a slim design, a bright display and excellent battery life.

  • It is an ultrathin (13mm) and lightweight (almost 1 kg) Chromebook with a powerful processor- 8th Gen Intel Core m3.

  • The brilliant 13.3” screen offers HD pictures with up to a 4K display.

  • It has up to 12 hours of battery life.

  • It charges speedily. You get up to 2 hours of battery in just 20 minutes.

  • It starts up in a second. So, it is ready when you are.

  • It has a high-resolution duo camera. The 1080p webcam makes the person you are talking to is right there with you.

  • The stereo quality speakers enhance the movie and music experience.

  • It reduces noise disruption with ultra-quiet keys, and the backlit keyboard offers performance even in the dark.

  • The Google Assistant is offered at the touch of a key or by saying, “Hey Google.”

  • The Titan C security chip keeps your information, passwords and operating system protected.

  • The updation takes place automatically, so you always have the latest security.

  • The Chrome OS doesn’t slow down over time, making it feel like new, always.

  • It is also available in other models - Intel® Core™ i5 processor+8GB/16GB RAM+18GB Storage+Full HD display; Intel® Core™ i7 processor+16GB RAM+256GB+4K Ultra HD Molecular Display.

  • It is a package consisting of a slim design, a bright display and excellent battery life.

  • It is an ultrathin (13mm) and lightweight (almost 1 kg) Chromebook with a powerful processor- 8th Gen Intel Core m3.

  • The brilliant 13.3” screen offers HD pictures with up to a 4K display.

  • It has up to 12 hours of battery life.

  • It charges speedily. You get up to 2 hours of battery in just 20 minutes.

  • It starts up in a second. So, it is ready when you are.

  • It has a high-resolution duo camera. The 1080p webcam makes the person you are talking to is right there with you.

  • The stereo quality speakers enhance the movie and music experience.

  • It reduces noise disruption with ultra-quiet keys, and the backlit keyboard offers performance even in the dark.

  • The Google Assistant is offered at the touch of a key or by saying, “Hey Google.”

  • The Titan C security chip keeps your information, passwords and operating system protected.

  • The updation takes place automatically, so you always have the latest security.

  • The Chrome OS doesn’t slow down over time, making it feel like new, always.

  • It is also available in other models - Intel® Core™ i5 processor+8GB/16GB RAM+18GB Storage+Full HD display; Intel® Core™ i7 processor+16GB RAM+256GB+4K Ultra HD Molecular Display.

5.7 ASUS Chromebook C434TA-AI0296

  • Asus has taken Chromebook design to the next level with Flip C434.

  • It is a convertible/flip Chromebook.

  • Its compact size and powerful specifications let you do things with no fuss.

  • It has an all-metal design and features a four-sided NanoEdge 14-inch display with ultraslim bezels and an 87% screen-to-body ratio giving an immersive viewing experience.

  • The 360° ErgoLift hinge lets you work in comfort.

  • You can explore a world of apps on the Google Play Store.

  • The Asus Chromebook is not just slim and light, but its unique NanoEdge design gives an ultra-compact footprint. Therefore, it offers the benefits of a 14-inch FHD display in a chassis that is as small as many 13-inch laptops.

  • The 178° wide-view technology, crisp, clear, the high-resolution screen gives you extraordinary work experience.

  • The powerful latest Intel processors breeze through all the tasks you do in a day.

  • The power-efficient Chromebook is designed to last for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

  • Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports, a standard USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port makes it easy to connect the Chromebook with our devices. Also, the microSD slot makes adding extra storage a smooth ride.

  • It is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) for strong, stable signals and fast data-transmission speed. It offers 6x faster speed than Wi-Fi 4 and is less prone to interference from all other devices operating at the same frequency band.

  • It features a full-size backlit keyboard and a large touchpad for maximum comfort, accuracy and smooth control.

  • The two high-quality stereo speakers and extra-large resonant chambers generate high-quality audio.

  • The Google Assistant is offered at the touch of a key or by saying, “Hey Google.”

  • Asus has taken Chromebook design to the next level with Flip C434.

  • It is a convertible/flip Chromebook.

  • Its compact size and powerful specifications let you do things with no fuss.

  • It has an all-metal design and features a four-sided NanoEdge 14-inch display with ultraslim bezels and an 87% screen-to-body ratio giving an immersive viewing experience.

  • The 360° ErgoLift hinge lets you work in comfort.

  • You can explore a world of apps on the Google Play Store.

  • The Asus Chromebook is not just slim and light, but its unique NanoEdge design gives an ultra-compact footprint. Therefore, it offers the benefits of a 14-inch FHD display in a chassis that is as small as many 13-inch laptops.

  • The 178° wide-view technology, crisp, clear, the high-resolution screen gives you extraordinary work experience.

  • The powerful latest Intel processors breeze through all the tasks you do in a day.

  • The power-efficient Chromebook is designed to last for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

  • Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports, a standard USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port makes it easy to connect the Chromebook with our devices. Also, the microSD slot makes adding extra storage a smooth ride.

  • It is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) for strong, stable signals and fast data-transmission speed. It offers 6x faster speed than Wi-Fi 4 and is less prone to interference from all other devices operating at the same frequency band.

  • It features a full-size backlit keyboard and a large touchpad for maximum comfort, accuracy and smooth control.

  • The two high-quality stereo speakers and extra-large resonant chambers generate high-quality audio.

  • The Google Assistant is offered at the touch of a key or by saying, “Hey Google.”