Notebookcheck
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

The Best Chromebooks

Q4/2021 update. When it comes to inexpensive notebooks, devices with Google's Chrome OS have carved out a niche in the market. Chromebooks are usually a good choice for people who do not want to spend a lot of money, although they do require a permanent connection to the Internet to get the most out of them. In this article we will introduce the best models.
Florian Wimmer (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪 🇪🇸 ...

The major manufacturers do not just sell Windows-based laptops, but have the rather inexpensive and frequently more portable Chromebooks with Google's Chrome OS in their portfolio. This particular operating system is based on the idea that most of the work a user encounters can be done using the browser. Chromebooks run a version of Linux with a very small footprint and utilize the Chrome browser running on top of the OS. Even though local web applications can be installed as well, the focus is clearly on cloud-based services accessed via the browser.

The notebooks in this category do not require a lot of processing power or hard drive space, so they are pretty stripped-down and carry a low price tag. Of course, there are drawbacks as well: popular applications such as Office or Skype will not run on Chrome. The only choice here is to use Google's own applications. Printing and hooking up USB devices can be a bit of a headache as well. Also refer to the following listings to find an affordable device:

The Best Chromebooks

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
187.9 %
11/2020
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory,  SSD
16.8 mm1.5 kg14.00"1920x1080glossy
287.7 %
10/2020
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook EnterpriseDell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory,  SSD
18.3 mm1.4 kg14.00"1920x1080matte
386.2 %
04/2021
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560VAcer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
16.8 mm1.4 kg13.50"2256x1504glossy
483.7 %
05/2021
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GELenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
17.95 mm1.4 kg13.30"1920x1080glossy
583.6 %
09/2021
new!
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEAAsus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16 GB Memory
18.5 mm2 kg15.60"1920x1080glossy
680.7 %
12/2020
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
Intel UHD Graphics 605
8 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
20.3 mm1.9 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
779.8 %
09/2020
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
ARM Mali-G72 MP3
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
18.2 mm920 g10.10"1920x1200glossy
879 %
12/2020
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJAcer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJ
Mediatek MT8183
ARM Mali-G72 MP3
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
18.8 mm1.1 kg11.60"1366x768glossy

The table above contains an overview over the best notebooks for less than 500 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: Link: all devices in this class reviewed
 

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! English native speakers welcome!

News Writer (AUS/NZL based) - Details here

Top 10 at the time of writing, current reviews first

, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

Editors' Comments

1st - Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1

Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1

Even though its cumbersome name suggests otherwise the Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 is not only made for businesses but can be a great Chromebook for consumers as well. That is if they are willing to spend much more than $1,000 for a Chromebook of course. At this price, a storage space of just 100 GB seems laughable, but keep in mind that ChromeOS is designed to work online and store files and data in the cloud instead of locally.

Downsides include its comparatively poor graphics performance as well as speakers that are simply too cheap for its price class.

In return, it does offer a plethora of features that are often missing from cheaper Chromebooks, for example a great case, a bright display, incredibly long battery life, and fast Wi-Fi. Its convertible nature brings even more flexibility.

Overall, it is not really surprising that the Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 secured the top spot on our best-of Chromebook list. However, at this price point you can also find great Windows and macOS alternatives.

Pricecompare

2nd - Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise

The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise lacks its sibling’s convertibility features but comes with the same high-quality lightweight carbon-fiber case, plenty of ports, and optionally even WWAN support.

Keep in mind though that you will be paying much more than $1,000 for a Chromebook, which will suffer from the same limitations as all other Chromebooks. Namely a meager 100 GB of storage space and the fact that you will be limited to web services and Android apps. And to add insult to injury Dell opted for a very spongy keyboard and a very inaccurate and hard to use clickpad.

Granted, if you are looking for a high-performance Chromebook the Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise may be a good choice. However, considering its high price, we would have expected much more.

Pricecompare

, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

3rd - Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W

At around $800, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is one of the more expensive Chromebooks currently available. In return, you get a nice metal case, fast storage, excellent battery life, fast Wi-Fi, a backlit keyboard, and many more things that most other Chromebooks fail to offer.

The display did not entirely meet our expectations as its contrast ratio was not particularly high and it suffered from major reflections but at least its color representation was very accurate and its 3:2 ratio is great for work.

Overall, the Spin is a highly versatile and well-equipped great Chromebook that comes at a high price.

Prices in the US start at slightly less than $540 for the lesser-equipped SKU and $740 for the higher-tier model, both of which are available on Amazon.

Pricecompare

4th – Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is Lenovo’s attempt at introduction a more expensive high-quality 2-in-1 Chromebook. It offers fast Wi-Fi, fast storage, optional stylus input, a backlit keyboard, and a quiet and discreet mode of operation.

We were, however, disappointed by its battery life of no more than 8 hours in our Wi-Fi test, which may seem okay at first glance but are not particularly great for a Chromebook. We also did not like its dim display.

All things considered it is a highly versatile high-quality Chromebook available in various configurations, and therefore affordable for almost everybody. While the Celeron-powered SKU is sold through Lenovo’s own webstore the Core i3-powered SKU can be purchased on Amazon for $320.

Pricecompare

5th - Asus Chromebook Flip CX5

Asus Chromebook Flip CX5
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5

The Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 is a convertible laptop with a 15.6-inch display that opens a full 360 degrees and allows for use as a tablet, a traditional notebook, or in presentation mode for watching videos. Its display runs at FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and the device is powered by an 11th generation Intel Core CPU.

In our test, the high-end SKU with Core i7 CPU and 512 GB SSD performed very well and offered great performance and a long battery life of 9.5 hours in our standardized Wi-Fi test. In return, at around $1,000 the device is also very expensive for a Chromebook and has to compete with similarly attractive Windows laptops. Truth be told we find the Core i3-equipped entry-level SKU with 128 GB that starts at around $700 much more exciting.

Pricecompare

6th - Acer Chromebook 315

Acer Chromebook 315
Acer Chromebook 315

The Acer Chromebook 315 features a Touchscreen, is silent, and offers very good battery life of more than 10 hours. It should thus easily last all workday long. It supports an additional display via its USB-C port with DisplayPort signal.

At around $500 the notebook is not particularly cheap for a Chromebook. At this price point, we would have expected a backlit keyboard and a brighter display.

However, if you are looking for a Chromebook with Touchscreen and long battery life the Chromebook 315 will be a great choice.

Pricecompare

7th – Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10

At slightly over $300 the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is a quite interesting device. The small convertible is a laptop and tablet at the same time, and therefore even more flexible than most other Chromebooks.

As an alternative to ChromeOS the device also supports running Android or a Linux distro, although those have to be run under ChromeOS and are thus significantly slower than they could be were they run natively. As a result, gaming under Android is all but impossible.

Good battery life, low emissions, and Google’s promise of 8 years of operating system updates are great arguments in favor of the small Chromebook.

Pricecompare

8th - Acer Chromebook Spin 311

Acer Chromebook Spin 311
Acer Chromebook Spin 311

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 can be purchased for around $300 and features a MediaTek SoC as well as 64 GB of storage. It offers a long battery life, the flexibility of a convertible, a touchscreen, and a silent mode of operation without getting particularly warm.

Its downsides include a dim and reflective display as well as its lack of keyboard backlight, although we are willing to look the other way considering its low price. Its connectivity is also far from great, and video output as well as power input have to share a single USB-C port.

Acer’s affordable Chromebook convertible may not be perfect, but for not a lot of money you get a highly flexible device with long battery life that may be worth a closer look if you want a Touchscreen on your device.

Pricecompare

Best Chromebooks in Comparison

Size Comparison

366.4 mm / 14.4 inch 250.5 mm / 9.86 inch 20.3 mm / 0.799 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 18.5 mm / 0.728 inch 2 kg4.3 lbs321 mm / 12.6 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 18.3 mm / 0.72 inch 1.4 kg2.99 lbs321 mm / 12.6 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 1.5 kg3.41 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.4 kg2.98 lbs301 mm / 11.9 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 1.4 kg3.02 lbs290 mm / 11.4 inch 206 mm / 8.11 inch 18.8 mm / 0.74 inch 1.1 kg2.31 lbs244.87 mm / 9.64 inch 169.31 mm / 6.67 inch 18.2 mm / 0.717 inch 920 g2.03 lbs
Read all 7 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > The Best Chromebooks
Florian Wimmer (Update: 2021-10-22)