Chromebooks offer an exciting new choice in laptop technology. They boot in 10 seconds and most run for 10+ hours on a single charge. They run on ChromeOS and update automatically so security is never an issue. Best of all, most Chromebook models only cost between $149 and $249.
Best Chromebooks for 2016 – Top 8 Categories:
- Best Performance: Acer Chromebook 15 w/ Core i5 CPU
- Best Full HD: Toshiba Chromebook 2 – 2015 Edition
- Biggest Screen: Acer Chromebook 15
- Best Value Over $200: Acer C720
- Best Value Under $200: Acer Chromebook 11
- Lowest Price: Hisense Chromebook C11
- Best Battery: Asus C201
- Most Expensive: Google Chromebook Pixel
Lowest Price Chromebook:
Google Octane Benchmark (?): 7,100
The Hisense Chromebook C11 is a lightweight, portable laptop that is extremely affordable. It’s easily the better of the two Chromebooks in this price range, with the other being the Haier Chromebook 11. Unlike the Haier model, this one lacks the battery failure that plagues Haier Chromebooks. It’s not going to blow you away with speed, but it’s also not going to break the bank.
Best Value – Under $200
Google Octane Benchmark (?): 7,600
The Acer Chromebook CB3 (model CB3-111-C670) has the look and feel of a small MacBook at just a fraction of the cost. It’s lightweight, compact and offers decent performance for the money. It’s definitely a step up from the Haier and Hisense models. The extra $20 gives you a huge upgrade in build quality and reliability. This model also supports Linux very nicely, making it a great laptop with a traditional desktop as well.
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Best Value – Over $200
Google Octane Benchmark (?): 11,600
The Acer C720 has been around the block a few times. It originally debuted in 2013 and has been selling like hot cakes ever since. This is mostly due to the fact that it sports the Intel Celeron 2955U CPU with Haswell micro-architecture. This CPU alone is like getting a 50% boost in performance over most Chromebooks on the market. Just compare the Octane benchmarks to see for yourself.
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Google Octane Benchmark (?): 13,500
The Acer Chromebook 15 is the ONLY Chromebook on the market with a 15.6″ screen, and it’s a beauty. The full HD 1920×1080 resolution with IPS technology LCD panel is second only to the Toshiba Chromebook 2. The latest generation of Intel Celeron processor with Broadwell micro-architecture provides some of the best performance you can find in any Chromebook. If you’re looking for a traditional laptop or desktop replacement, the Chromebook 15 from Acer is a winner.
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Google Octane Benchmark (?): 25,300
The Acer Chromebook 15 with Core i5 processor represents the very best performance any reasonable amount of money can buy. The 15.6″ IPS display with matte finish is stellar, the build quality is outstanding, and the overall value of this machine compared to low-end models is quite good. If you want the very best Chromebook (other than a Google Chromebook Pixel) this Acer has you covered.
Best Full HD Screen
Google Octane Benchmark (?): 17,900
The original Toshiba Chromebook 2 has always been a favorite among reviewers and Chromebook enthusiasts. The new 2015 model is even better than the original. The new Celeron 3215U processor is a much appreciated upgrade, boosting the Octane benchmark well beyond the competition in this price range. The amazing build quality along with a beautiful Full HD 1920×1080 IPS display rounds out a really impressive package.
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Best Battery Life
Google Octane Benchmark (?): 7,100
They have these on sale on Amazon right with 4 GB of RAM. This is probably one of the best deals I’ve seen so far in 2016. With 4 GB RAM, a 13 hour battery life and a quality ASUS (model ASUS C201PA-DS01) build, you aren’t going to find a better deal right now.
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Google Octane Benchmark (?): 25,000
The Google Chromebook Pixel is the ONLY Chromebook manufactured and sold by Google directly. Every other Chromebook on the market is made by a third party. The Chromebook Pixel is somewhat of a showpiece that was created to showcase Google’s ChromeOS. It features high end hardware with a more than modest price tag to match. It truly is the finest Chromebook ever created and the 2015 edition is even better than the original.
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Top 8 Chromebooks Ranked by Octane Score
Acer Chromebook 15 w/ Core i5 CPU: 25,300
Google Chromebook Pixel: 25,000
Toshiba Chromebook 2 – 2015 Edition: 17,900
Acer Chromebook 15: 13,500
Acer C720: 11,600
Acer Chromebook 11: 7,600
Asus C201: 7,100
Hisense Chromebook C11: 7,100