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The best Chromebooks

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Update Q2 2021 Google has established a strong position for cheap laptops with Chrome OS. The devices are a good alternative for bargain hunters, but they also require a permanent internet connection for proper operation. We introduce you to the best Chromebooks in this overview.
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In addition to Windows-based laptops, almost all major notebook manufacturers also offer inexpensive and handy Chromebooks that are equipped with Google’s Chrome OS. The operating system is based on the idea that you can now do a large part of the tasks of a laptop via the browser. There is only one extremely slim Linux operating system on Chromebooks that makes the Chrome browser available. At the moment, local web applications can also be installed, but the focus is clearly on services from the cloud that are accessed via the browser.

The associated laptops require little computing power and storage capacity so that they can be kept cheap and slim. Some of the operating system’s limitations have now been largely eliminated through the implementation of the Google Play Store and compatibility with Android apps. However, there may still be restrictions when printing or using USB devices. If you do not want to do without Windows, the following overviews may also be of interest to you

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

Even if the name is anything but compact: The  Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 is not only a great Chromebook for companies, but also for private users, if they are willing to pay well over 1,000 euros for a Chromebook. The 100 GB of storage space looks ridiculous at this price, but ChromeOS is designed so that you mainly work in the cloud.

It is also annoying that the graphics performance is very limited in many areas and that Dell has built in rather weak speakers for this price.

But there is also a lot that you simply cannot find in cheaper Chromebooks: A great case, a bright display, long battery life and fast WiFi. The convertible functions including touchscreen bring more flexibility to everyday life.

Overall, it’s no wonder that the Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 is at the top of our Chromebook leaderboard. But you also have to bring the necessary change and in these price regions, you get very attractive alternatives with Windows or MacOS.

The notebook is available directly from the manufacturer.

2nd place – Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise

The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise comes without convertible functions, but with an extremely high-quality and light carbon fiber housing, many connections and the desire for a WWAN option.

But you should be aware that you are paying well over 1,000 euros for a Chromebook and still have to accept the usual restrictions: You only get just over 100 GB of storage space and can only use Android apps and online services on the device use. We find it almost cheeky that Dell also installs a spongy keyboard and an imprecise ClickPad.

Sure, if you are looking for a Chromebook with a lot of performance, the Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise has a lot to offer, but if you consider the high price, maybe, even more, would have been possible.

3rd place – Asus Chromebook Flip

A very thin frame makes it possible for a 14-inch display to be found in the Asus Chromebook Flip, despite the dimensions of a 13.3-inch convertible. This is a bit dark, but also offers full HD resolution and good viewing angles. The case itself is also quite appealing, slim and made of metal. You also get great battery life, an illuminated keyboard and USB-C with power delivery.

Video streaming is no problem thanks to the video decoder in the GPU, but you have to cope with little storage space, as with so many Chromebooks. You should also consider the high price, Asus wants at least 640 euros for the convertible.

But if you are looking for a high-quality Chromebook and are not afraid of the output, you should take a look at the slim convertible.

4th place – Acer Chromebook 315

The  Acer Chromebook 315 has a touchscreen, can be operated silently and has a very good battery life of over 10 hours, which should help you get through the day without any problems. An additional screen can be connected via USB-C (Displayport).

The manufacturer charges almost 500 euros for its Chromebook and is therefore no longer in the very cheap range. But you could ask for a keyboard backlight and a slightly brighter display.

But if you are looking for a Chromebook with a touchscreen and a lot of stamina, you are well served.

The Chromebook is available from some retailers on the Internet. Among other things on Amazon.

5th place – Acer Chromebook 514

At first glance, over 400 euros is not a very cheap price for a Chromebook. But even with the formerly super-cheap Chrome OS devices, the market has now broadened and there are numerous offers for somewhat more demanding users.

With the Acer Chromebook 514, for example, you get illuminated input devices, a stable and high-quality housing and even a USB-C port via which you can also charge the device if necessary.

However, the display is too dark on this 400 euro Chromebook. In addition, the quality of the webcam is rather poor and the device cannot be upgraded. But you have to accept some restrictions and since it has numerous good properties, we recommend the Acer Chromebook 514 , even if you shouldn’t expect any records in terms of performance.

6th place – Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is an interesting device for just under 330 euros : The small convertible can only be used as a tablet and is therefore even more flexible than other Chromebooks.

Optionally, Android or a Linux environment can also be started on the device, but these are emulated in ChromeOS and thus suffer from significant speed losses compared to native operating systems. Games on Android, for example, are hardly possible.

The good battery life, the low emissions and the 8 year updates for the operating system promised by Google are good arguments for the small Chromebook.

7th place – Acer Chromebook Spin 311

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 was already on offer for just under 250 euros, but usually costs over 300 euros and is equipped with a SoC from MediaTek and 64 GB of storage. It offers long runtimes, the flexibility of a convertible, a touchscreen and silent operation without noticeable heating.

The dark, reflective screen and the lack of keyboard illumination are a bit annoying, but this is still acceptable at this price point. There are not many connections and so the video output and the power supply only have to share a single USB-C port.

Acer’s inexpensive Chromebook convertible has a few weak points, but for the low price it is a flexible device with long runtimes that you can take a look at if a touchscreen is important.

8th place – Acer Chromebook 314

Acer’s entry into the Chromebook world starts at around 300 euros with the Chromebook 314 . In return, you get modern USB-C ports and adequate performance.

You have to accept a keyboard that is only sufficient for lower demands and a blue-tinted TN display, which we had actually hoped for on the rubbish heap of laptop history. The washed-out webcam and the case’s mediocre stability are also negative factors.

There is also a better display on offer, but the surcharge is better invested in the 100 euros more expensive Chromebook 514 from Acer, which delivers a significantly better overall performance.

If you can’t or don’t want to pay anymore and accept the display, you might be comforted by the very long battery life of 13:32 hours in the WLAN test.

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