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The 5 best Chromebooks in 2021


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Chromebooks have evolved quite a bit in recent years, offering performance and build quality that’s almost on par with Windows and MacBook laptops. 

We’ve used a number of different Chromebooks over the years and conducted plenty of research to find the best ones. Whether you’re in need of a cheap laptop for casual browsing or a daily work machine, there are several great options worth considering depending on your budget.  

But it’s also important to understand the ways in which Chromebooks are different from other laptops. Check out our guide to deciding whether a Chromebook is right for you.

Here are the best Chromebooks in 2021

Best Chromebook overall: Google Pixelbook Go

Best value Chromebook: Samsung Chromebook 4+ (15-inch)

Best 2-in-1 Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Spin 713
Best compact Chromebook: Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Best 14-inch Chromebook: HP Chromebook 14

The best Chromebooks for school
Chromebooks we look forward to testing

Updated on 6/9/21 by Lisa Eadicicco: Moved the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and Lenovo Chromebook Duet to our overall recommendations based on personal testing. Added newly announced Chromebooks from Acer to the section on Chromebooks we look forward to testing. Updated pricing throughout.

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The best Chromebook overall

The Google Pixelbook Go is the best Chromebook pick overall for how it brings high-end, premium sensibilities to a much more affordable price point. With all-day battery life and an amazing keyboard, it’s the one to beat.

Display: 13.3 inches, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution

Processor: Starts with Intel Core m3

Storage/memory: 64GB/8GB

Design: Traditional clamshell laptop

Pros: Excellent display, incredible keyboard, lightweight and slim, long battery life

Cons: Fanless CPU, pricey upgrades, no biometric login, small-capacity storage

Google’s latest Chromebook to date, the Pixelbook Go, is also the one we’d recommend to most people who want the quintessential Chromebook experience.

With its approachable starting price, the Pixelbook Go offers up a surprisingly premium mobile computing experience that comparable laptops don’t even bother to. For instance, the Pixelbook Go features a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel (1080p) touchscreen with an embedded 1080p webcam as well as 8GB of memory (RAM). Some of these features,  aren’t even seen on the new entry-level Dell XPS 13, which comes with a non-touch display and 720p webcam. 

Where the Pixelbook Go falls is storage, with just 64GB of space to start, relying heavily on the fact that Chromebooks utilize cloud storage via Google Drive (online connectivity required). Still, it’s more storage than most Chromebooks offer at this price point. Also, with a rated battery life of 12 hours, it’s one of the longest-lasting Chromebooks around.

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