The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 was a former pick because of its solid performance, reliable trackpad and backlit keyboard, excellent battery life, and spacious 14-inch screen with tiny borders. But we no longer recommend the C434 because the base-model version and the config with 8 GB of RAM are expensive compared with our top pick and upgrade pick, respectively. And we’ve seen a higher-than-typical number of owner reports of hardware issues, including reports of unresponsive touchscreens, displays that won’t turn on, defective keyboards and trackpads, and Bluetooth problems. We’ve also encountered display glitches on our own review unit. It’s a great Chromebook only if you can get one that works—and that’s not a gamble most people should have to take on a laptop.
The HP Pro c640 Chromebook costs about as much as the Pixelbook Go with similar specs, but it’s more than a pound heavier, it had a few hours less battery life in our tests, and its white-backlit silver keys are difficult to read. It’s a fine option if you can’t find the Pixelbook Go in stock, but there’s no reason to buy the c640 instead of the Pixelbook.
Several different versions of the HP Chromebook x360 14b are now available from various retailers. All of these models are similar to the x360 14, but Chrome Unboxed notes that they “sport lesser processors, not-so-premium displays and more budget-y build quality.” We couldn’t find any models with 1080p screens and fast-enough processors.
We no longer recommend the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 for the same reason—its update support will run out in June 2024, and it’s expensive.
At around $500, the Acer Chromebook Spin 512 is too expensive for a Chromebook that has a 12-inch, 1366×768 resolution display and weighs 3.4 pounds.
The Acer Chromebook 11 C771T was a former budget pick, but we now recommend its successor, the Acer Chromebook 712. The C771T’s support runs out in June 2023.
Compared with our also-great big-screen recommendation, the HP Chromebook 15, the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 is pricier and heavier, plus it has a worse-looking display, around three hours less battery life, and no keyboard backlight.
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is an inexpensive Chrome OS tablet that comes with a keyboard and kickstand cover. But I found the cramped keyboard impossible to adjust to—even as someone who adjusts to weird keyboards for a living—and the processor a bit slow for everyday work. This laptop also lacks a headphone jack. Most people should spend a little more for the Flex 5, unless you just really want a Chrome OS tablet.
Google’s Pixel Slate is an expensive 12.3-inch Chrome OS tablet that starts at $800 for our recommended specs, plus an additional $200 for a keyboard. The tablet and the keyboard case are less convenient than a laptop to set up and put away, and in our tests the soft, wobbly hinge made working at a cramped coffee-shop table difficult. (The Pixel Slate doesn’t have a headphone jack, either.) We don’t recommend it over other Chromebooks, nor do we recommend it as a pro tablet.
Google’s Pixelbook starts at $1,000, and its support ends in June 2024. It’s an impressively thin and light 12.3-inch convertible with the best keyboard and trackpad we’ve tested on any Chromebook, but that price is more than most people should spend, and this laptop falls a couple of hours short of our much cheaper picks in battery life.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is a good Chromebook, but it’s way too expensive. The Pixelbook Go is cheaper, lighter, thinner, and blessed with longer battery life and a better keyboard.
The Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise is not a Chromebook for most people. This business-focused Chromebook has a powerful Core i5-8365U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage, as well as a ton of ports. But it’s bulky, it weighs 3.24 pounds, and it typically costs around $900.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook has terrible battery life and costs $1,000.
We tested the Acer Chromebook 315 with both the AMD A4-9120C and A6-9220C processors, but we found both versions too slow for everyday work. Web pages, documents, and spreadsheets all took roughly twice as long to load on these Chromebooks as on our top picks.
The Rockchip RK3399 processor in the Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is too slow for everyday use, and the C101 is too small to comfortably type on.
We don’t recommend any Chromebooks with Intel Pentium N4200, N4100, or N4000 processors because they feel too slow even in light use. Many Chromebooks with Intel N3000 series processors are still available, and in our tests they also proved too slow for everyday work when we first tried them in several different Chromebooks—we experienced delays with just a handful of tabs open. We definitely don’t recommend buying such a laptop in 2020.
We didn’t consider any Chromebooks with less than 4 GB of RAM.