Last updated date: December 31, 2020
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We looked at the top Chromebooks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Chromebook you should buy.
Editor's Note December 31, 2020:
Checkout The Best Chromebook for a detailed review of all the top chromebooks.
Switching from laptop to tablet mode is easy with the Google Pixelbook. Android apps work seamlessly on this Chromebook.
In our analysis of 63 expert reviews, the Google Google Pixelbook placed 4th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
From The Manufacturer
Meet Google Pixelbook, the high performance Chromebook. It’s the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in. The long lasting battery delivers up to 10 hours of use and it’s fast charging so can get 2 hours of use in 15 minutes. 4-in-1 design adapts to whatever you’re doing with laptop, tablet, tent and entertainment modes. Access to favorite apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, YouTube and more. Pixelbook's super thin and lightweight design measures 10.3 mm and weighs 2.45lbs. Features a 12.3” 360° touchscreen display, a sleek aluminum body, Corning Gorilla Glass and a backlit keyboard. Powered by Chrome OS with automatic software updates so you’ll always have the latest virus protection. It starts up in less than 10 secs, stays fast throughout the day, and won’t slow down over time.
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An Overview On Chromebooks
Tired of your old and heavy laptop? Is your desktop computer slowing down and out-of-date? It may be time to get yourself a Chromebook laptop. Chromebooks are light, portable and won’t drain your bank account. Chromebooks are different from your typical laptop computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems. Chromebooks use Google’s Chrome OS, which was created from the Linux operating system. Chrome OS differentiates itself from the competition by running only web-based applications.
Chromebooks hit the market in 2011 and have continued to grow in popularity today as a popular choice in schools across the country.
Chromebooks tend to be lighter and have better battery life than other laptops. While a Chromebook can’t do everything, it’s a good option if you plan to use your computer to browse social media, watch shows on Netflix or Hulu and use the stable of Google applications like Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive.
Chromebooks also tend to be safer than other computers. Thanks to Chrome OS, Chromebooks are less susceptible to viruses than computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems.
Unlike other laptops, when you start up a Chromebook, the only app that you will see is the Google Chrome web browser. Chromebooks rely on the internet because they function with Google’s web-based applications. When you go with Chromebooks with a 32 GB hard drive, the bulk of your storage space will exist in the cloud on Google Drive. This is one of the great benefits of Chrome OS and the cloud because you will be able to access all of your documents on any computer with internet access. Just log into your Google account and you can view and edit any of your documents or emails.
If you are looking for a lightweight laptop that has fast boot times (on average, just 8 seconds), is optimized for Google apps, has a long battery life and is easy to use, then a Chromebook may be right for you.
The Chromebook Buying Guide
- Google’s Chrome OS is based off of Linux’s operating system, allowing Chromebooks to run Linux applications.
- Chromebooks have become the go-to laptop for schools across the country. As of January 2018, more than 25 million students and teachers use Chromebooks in the classroom. The affordable price point is the main reason why this product has become so popular in school. But the price isn’t the only advantage of having a Chromebook in the classroom. Chromebooks are also very secure and school administrators can make sure they prevent students from visiting websites that are inappropriate for the classroom. Chromebooks also work with Google’s educational suite of apps.
- Chromebooks have always been able to run Google applications, but starting with 2017 models, Chromebooks began having the functionality to run Android applications as well. The result: Chromebooks can now run more than a million additional apps, helping to increase their popularity. Chromebooks can run more apps than any other device.
- The Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook to come installed with Google Assistant. Like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, Google Pixelbook allows you to talk directly to your laptop and ask questions to Google Assistant. You can also tap a key on your keyboard to activate Google Assistant and type your question in an on-screen chat window. You can also control your music and videos by talking to Google Assistant.
- While Chromebooks work best when they are connected to the internet, more than 200 apps exist that work while offline. Applications like Gmail, Pocket and Google Drive can all be used without an internet connection. The offline apps will automatically sync up and save to the cloud once an internet connection returns.
- Chromebooks are known for being light-weight — most are under 3 pounds. They also tend to have a long battery life. Most Chromebooks can run for an entire day before needing a charge. Some models have a battery life of just 12 hours, so you’ll want to determine how much time you need before purchasing.
- While Chromebooks aren’t known for coming with large hard drives, there are models that come with 32 GB hard drives. Plus, you can still get two years of 100 GB Google Drive cloud storage for free with a new purchase of a Chromebook.
- Making a laptop that you won’t have to worry about your kid dropping on the floor isn’t easy. But that is exactly what some Chromebooks have done (another reason why these devices are so popular in schools). They are put through a series of military-grade durability tests, so know they will stand up under pressure. The Samsung Chromebook 3 has a water-resistant keyboard. Other models are temperature-resistant. If durability is one of your top priorities, a Chromebook should be at the top of your list.
- Chromebooks may not be the laptop for you if your main priority for a computer is gaming. While a Chromebook provides a lot of great advantages, playing PC games isn’t one of them.
- The monitors of Chromebooks typically range from 11 inches to 13 inches. You can find a slightly larger screen, but these tend to top out at 14 inches. You’ll want to consider how important screen size is to you before making a purchasing decision.
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