There's never been a better time to buy a Chromebook. Chrome OS has been pretty mature since it debuted in 2011, and Chromebook makers are competing to build the best Chromebook at the cheapest price.

Portability, ease of use, battery life, great performance, support for Android apps – these are just a few of the reasons Chromebooks are perfect for students, office workers, travelers, remote workers, or casual users to surf the web and email read.

Convinced but not sure which Chromebook to buy? Here are the best Chromebooks for 2021.

The Google Pixelbook Go is a powerful, lightweight 13.3-inch notebook with all the features Chromebook users need. Put simply, the Pixelbook Go is the best Chromebook ever made. It's designed by Google, the same company as Chrome OS, so you're guaranteed to get the best pure Chrome OS experience.

For this model, you get a Core i7 processor with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for the best all-round performance. It runs smoothly even with 30+ Chrome tabs open and streaming videos or Spotify in the background. Text and lines appear very clear on the 4K display, and you get a high level of detail that is great for creating and viewing content.

The Pixelbook Go isn't cheap, and Google makes up for it with a metal case, comfortable keyboard, super clear 1080p webcam, and fantastic battery life with fast charging. If you're always on the go, you'll appreciate the lightweight body and textured bottom that make it easy to take with you to work or school.

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Key Features

  • Fast charge
  • Backlit keyboard with Google Assistant button
  • Structured floor
  • Support for Linux and Android apps

Specifications

  • Brand: Google
  • Warehouse: 256 GB
  • CENTRAL PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 16 GIGABYTE
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Battery: 12 hours
  • Ports: 2x USB-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Camera: 1080p
  • Display (size, resolution): 13.3 inches, 3840 x 2160
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs
  • GPU: Intel HD graphics

advantages

  • Light
  • Quiet, comfortable keyboard
  • Amazing battery life
  • Sharp and colorful touch display

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 is one of the most stylish and complete Chromebooks on the market. It has a solid all-metal construction and a glamorous white finish that dwarfs standard Windows laptops. The laptop can be folded into a tablet, tent or stand mode and adapts to your specific needs, whether you are taking notes, sketching, watching videos or giving presentations.

Powered by a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB of RAM, the Flip C436 can handle any number of Chrome tabs you throw at it. The 1080p display is bright and sharp at 14 inches. It's a stylus-supported touchscreen that's ideal for content creation.

The Flip C436 also has a few perks, including a backlit keyboard, fingerprint scanner, and decent battery life of up to 12 hours. You'll appreciate the room-filling quad speakers and 720p webcam if you regularly jump into zoom and video calls. At 2.58 pounds, the Flip C436 is one of the lightest Chromebooks available.

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Key Features

  • 2-in-1 convertible design
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Touch sensitive screen
  • Quad speakers

Specifications

  • Brand: ASUS
  • Warehouse: 512 GB
  • CENTRAL PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-10210U
  • Memory: 16 GIGABYTE
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Battery: 12 hours
  • Ports: 2x USB-C, headphone / microphone combination
  • Camera: 720p
  • Display (size, resolution): 14 inches, 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 2.58 lbs
  • GPU: Intel UHD graphics

advantages

  • Stylish and versatile
  • Good performance
  • Great keyboard with fingerprint scanner
  • Powerful speakers

The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 is the best Chromebook for the money. It's under 400 and offers a ton of performance in a sleek 13.3-inch convertible package. Sure, it's an all-plastic body, and there isn't a biometric login, but those are reasonable compromises given the quality you get in this price range.

The 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor offers great all-round performance because Chrome OS is less demanding. You only get 4GB of RAM, however, which isn't great for demanding multitasking workflows, but can keep a couple of dozen Chrome tabs working smoothly.

With the convertible design, you can easily switch between laptop, tablet, tent and stand mode. The 1080p screen is great and has touchscreen support for an authentic tablet experience. In addition to the USB-C ports, the Flex 5 has USB-A and microSD ports, which are rare on most lightweight laptops these days.

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Key Features

  • 2-in-1 laptop with pen support
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0

Specifications

  • Brand: Lenovo
  • Warehouse: 64 GB
  • CENTRAL PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-10110U
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Ports: 2x USB-C, USB-A, headphone / microphone combination, MicroSD
  • Camera: 720p
  • Display (size, resolution): 13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 2.97 lbs
  • GPU: Intel UHD graphics

advantages

  • Affordable
  • Great performance and features for the money
  • Good range of ports

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is a premium Chromebook with a 4K AMOLED screen, pen, touchscreen, and a 2-in-1 convertible design. It's surprisingly cheaper than the 4K model of the Google Pixelbook Go, despite the fact that it offers a full 2-in-1 experience and an included pen.

The Galaxy Chromebook is one of the best looking Chromebooks out there. It has a sleek red finish and a sleek aluminum case with a built-in stylus, similar to the Galaxy Note. Thanks to the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 16 GB of memory, it is fast and can handle the most demanding tasks efficiently.

The only limitation is the battery life, which is less than eight hours in real battery operation. So, if you're looking for a 4K Chromebook to use on the go, this might not work for you. This is a shame as the Galaxy Chromebook is incredibly light at 2.29 pounds and 0.39 inches thick.

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Key Features

  • 4K Super AMOLED display
  • 2-in-1 convertible design
  • Built-in pen
  • Backlit keyboard with fingerprint reader

Specifications

  • Brand: Samsung
  • Warehouse: 256 GB
  • CENTRAL PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-10210U
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Ports: 2x USB-C, headphone / microphone combination, MicroSD
  • Camera: 720p
  • Display (size, resolution): 13.3 inches, 3840 x 2160
  • Weight: 2.29 lbs
  • GPU: Intel UHD graphics

advantages

  • Sharp display with vivid colors, real black and brilliant contrast
  • Included pen
  • Great all-round performance
  • Stylish and handsome

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA is specially designed for children. It has a sturdy body and a spill-proof keyboard to keep it safe from accidental drops and spills, whether at school or at home.

Plus, it's light at 2.65 pounds, making it easy for any child to pick up or carry around school. The Intel Celeron N3060 isn't as powerful, but it's enough for schoolwork and light tasks like editing documents, researching, taking notes, and watching videos.

The battery life is decent, up to 10 hours, enough to last a full day of school.

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Key Features

  • Robust body
  • Splash-proof keyboard
  • 180 degree hinge

Specifications

  • Brand: ASUS
  • Warehouse: 32 GB
  • CENTRAL PROCESSOR: Intel Celeron N3060
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Ports: 2x USB-A 3.0, HDMI, headphone / microphone combination, SD card reader
  • Camera: 720p
  • Display (size, resolution): 11.6 inches, 1366 x 768
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs
  • GPU: Intel HD graphics

advantages

  • Robust and solid construction
  • Light
  • Large selection of ports

disadvantage

  • No illuminated keyboard or biometric registration

If you're always on the go, then you should check out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It's a 2-in-1 Chromebook with a detachable keyboard and 10.1-inch touchscreen. It's very light at 2.03 pounds, and removing the keyboard further reduces the weight to just 0.99 pounds.

There is also a back cover that doubles as a stand to safely use the Duet without a keyboard. However, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is great for on the go and productivity on the go. It has incredible battery life that can get you through a full day of work without the need for a charge.

The MediaTek Helio P60T chip, while not the best on the market, can run some Chrome tabs so you can respond to urgent tasks on the go. You also get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is great for an entry-level Chromebook.

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Key Features

  • Detachable keyboard
  • Touchscreen with 400nits brightness
  • Including stand

Specifications

  • Brand: Lenovo
  • Warehouse: 64 GB
  • CENTRAL PROCESSOR: MediaTek Helio P60T
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Ports: 1x USB-C
  • Camera: 720p
  • Display (size, resolution): 10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200
  • Weight: 2.03 lbs
  • GPU: ARM G72 MP3 800 GHz

advantages

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Affordable
  • Good battery life

disadvantage

  • Inconvenient keyboard if you are used to larger laptops
  • No headphone jack

The Lenovo Chromebook C330 is an affordable 2-in-1 Chromebook that offers decent features for your money. It has solid build quality, and you can easily switch between a laptop for work, a tablet for taking notes, and tent and stand modes for watching movies or presenting work.

The resolution of 1366 x 768 is not particularly good by today's standards, but at 11.6 inches it is still sharp. You can see all of the text and lines clearly without straining your eyes. The battery life is approx. 10 hours. The lightweight 2.64 pound case makes it safe to carry to work or school.

Despite the low price, the Lenovo Chromebook C330 offers a wide range of connections. It's one of the few Chromebooks with an HDMI output and numerous connectivity options, including USB-C, USB Type A, SD card and audio jack. If you're not a power user or need a bigger screen, the Lenovo Chromebook C330 is an excellent option if you're on a tight budget.

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Key Features

  • 2-in-1 convertible design
  • Touchscreen IPS display
  • HDMI and USB-C for video output

Specifications

  • Brand: Lenovo
  • Warehouse: 64 GB
  • CENTRAL PROCESSOR: MediaTek MT8173C
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A 3.1, HDMI, headphone / microphone combination, SD card reader
  • Camera: 720p
  • Display (size, resolution): 11.6 inches, 1366 x 768
  • Weight: 2.64 lbs
  • GPU: PowerVR GX6250

advantages

  • Affordable
  • Large selection of ports
  • Solid construction

FAQ

Q: Can I use Word on a Chromebook?

You can use Word and all other Microsoft Office apps on a Chromebook, including Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. While you don't get all of the desktop functionality you get on a Windows laptop, you still get access to the most important formatting tools for creating and editing documents. Go to the Google Play Store to download Word on a Chromebook. There you will find all mobile versions.

Q: Should I buy a Chromebook or a laptop?

For example, suppose your daily computing needs revolve around surfing the Internet, editing documents online, streaming videos and content, zooming in on calls, and playing Android games.

In that case, a Chromebook might be the perfect option for you. With streaming options for games like Google Stadia and GeForce Now, you can even play games like Fortnite on your Chromebook.

However, if your workflow requires high processing power, especially graphically intensive tasks, or software that isn't available in Chrome OS, you're better off with a standard Windows laptop or MacBook.

Q: Are Chromebooks repairable?

Chromebooks can be repaired, much like laptops and MacBooks. The best part is that Chromebooks update themselves about every three weeks, so you are unlikely to have any software issues. If the problem is hardware, you can return it to the manufacturer or technician when the warranty has expired.

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Elvis Shida
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Elvis is a BSc IT graduate and full-time freelance writer. He spends most of his time writing buying guides and reviews about computer hardware, gadgets, and new technology. When he's not writing, he's busy playing PUBG Mobile or watching random episodes of the Big Bang Theory.

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