The Best Chromebooks You Can Buy Now (2021)

Chromebooks have risen quite a bit in popularity over the years and for good reason. They started off as low-powered glorified web browsing machines. Now they run all kinds of web apps, Linux apps, and Android apps and you can get laptops with impressive specs. I’ve owned a Samsung Chromebook Plus and an HP Chromebook x360, which have served me well but may not be the best Chromebooks. Looking for advice on which one you should buy? Here are the best Chromebooks you can buy right now.

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Best budget Chromebooks

I’m defining the budget price as anything under $400. Here are some great ones that I recommend.

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Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2", 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan
Best
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13" Laptop, FHD (1920 x 1080) Touch Display, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 4GB DDR4 Onboard RAM, 64GB eMMC, Intel Integrated Graphics, Chrome OS, 82B80006UX, Graphite Grey
Product Name
Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2", 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13" Laptop, FHD (1920 x 1080) Touch Display, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 4GB DDR4 Onboard RAM, 64GB eMMC, Intel Integrated Graphics, Chrome OS, 82B80006UX, Graphite Grey
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Current Price
$376.36
$326.79
$370.11
HomeTechHacker Comments
Solid construction, performance, and price.
This is another great Samsung Chromebook. You can see my review of an earlier version of this Chromebook.
My wife owns this one and it is absolutely a steal. Sleek and powerful, with a great screen
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Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
Product Name
Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
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Current Price
$376.36
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Solid construction, performance, and price.
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Better
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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2", 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan
Product Name
Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2", 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan
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Current Price
$326.79
HomeTechHacker Comments
This is another great Samsung Chromebook. You can see my review of an earlier version of this Chromebook.
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Best
Preview
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13" Laptop, FHD (1920 x 1080) Touch Display, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 4GB DDR4 Onboard RAM, 64GB eMMC, Intel Integrated Graphics, Chrome OS, 82B80006UX, Graphite Grey
Product Name
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13" Laptop, FHD (1920 x 1080) Touch Display, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 4GB DDR4 Onboard RAM, 64GB eMMC, Intel Integrated Graphics, Chrome OS, 82B80006UX, Graphite Grey
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Current Price
$370.11
HomeTechHacker Comments
My wife owns this one and it is absolutely a steal. Sleek and powerful, with a great screen
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If you are looking to save a few dollars but still get a good Chromebook, check out these options:

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Samsung Chromebook 4 + Chrome OS 15.6' Full HD Intel Celeron Processor N4000​ 6GB RAM 64GB eMMC Gigabit wi-FI-XE350XBA-K03US,Silver
Samsung Chromebook 4 + Chrome OS 15.6" Full HD Intel Celeron Processor N4000​ 6GB RAM 64GB eMMC Gigabit wi-FI-XE350XBA-K03US,Silver
Large and immersive 15.6” display in a compact frame; Advanced security with multiple layers of built-in virus protection
$349.99 $269.99
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HP Chromebook 14-inch HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Chrome (14a-na0010nr, Mineral Silver)
HP Chromebook 14-inch HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Chrome (14a-na0010nr, Mineral Silver)
Memory & storage: 4 GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (not upgradable) and 32 GB eMMC; Thin, light & portable: 12.82 in (W) x 8.60 in (D) x 0.70 in (H); 3.24 lb
$309.99 $218.00
Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, Gold, CB3-431-C0AK
Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, Gold, CB3-431-C0AK
Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.24GHz; 14" Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Display
$318.99

Best Chromebook value

These Chromebooks aren’t the most or least expensive. However, they offer a great set of features and quality for their price.

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2021 HP Chromebook X360 2-in-1 14" FHD Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Webcam, Chrome OS, Mineral Silver, W/ IFT Accessories
Better
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 2-In-1 Laptop- 14" Full HD 4-Way NanoEdge Touchscreen, Intel Core M3-8100Y Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC Storage, Backlit KB, Chrome OS- C434TA-DS384T Silver
Best
Acer Flagship Chromebook Spin 713 2 in 1 13 Laptop 13.5" 2K IPS Touchscreen 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U (Beats i5-8210Y) 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC Backlit USB-C Chrome OS Gray + Pen
Product Name
2021 HP Chromebook X360 2-in-1 14" FHD Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Webcam, Chrome OS, Mineral Silver, W/ IFT Accessories
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 2-In-1 Laptop- 14" Full HD 4-Way NanoEdge Touchscreen, Intel Core M3-8100Y Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC Storage, Backlit KB, Chrome OS- C434TA-DS384T Silver
Acer Flagship Chromebook Spin 713 2 in 1 13 Laptop 13.5" 2K IPS Touchscreen 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U (Beats i5-8210Y) 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC Backlit USB-C Chrome OS Gray + Pen
Current Price
$528.00
$585.00
$449.00
HomeTechHacker Comments
A similar, earlier version of this Chromebook is my daily driver. Not the sleekest, but has all the right ports and power. Here's my review.
There is a lot of power and memory in this relatively affordable package. Nice screen, and well reviewed.
Lightweight, great screen, even comes with an iCarp pen (stylus)
Good
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2021 HP Chromebook X360 2-in-1 14" FHD Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Webcam, Chrome OS, Mineral Silver, W/ IFT Accessories
Product Name
2021 HP Chromebook X360 2-in-1 14" FHD Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i3-10110U Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Webcam, Chrome OS, Mineral Silver, W/ IFT Accessories
Current Price
$528.00
HomeTechHacker Comments
A similar, earlier version of this Chromebook is my daily driver. Not the sleekest, but has all the right ports and power. Here's my review.
Details
Better
Preview
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 2-In-1 Laptop- 14" Full HD 4-Way NanoEdge Touchscreen, Intel Core M3-8100Y Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC Storage, Backlit KB, Chrome OS- C434TA-DS384T Silver
Product Name
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 2-In-1 Laptop- 14" Full HD 4-Way NanoEdge Touchscreen, Intel Core M3-8100Y Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC Storage, Backlit KB, Chrome OS- C434TA-DS384T Silver
Current Price
$585.00
HomeTechHacker Comments
There is a lot of power and memory in this relatively affordable package. Nice screen, and well reviewed.
Details
Best
Preview
Acer Flagship Chromebook Spin 713 2 in 1 13 Laptop 13.5" 2K IPS Touchscreen 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U (Beats i5-8210Y) 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC Backlit USB-C Chrome OS Gray + Pen
Product Name
Acer Flagship Chromebook Spin 713 2 in 1 13 Laptop 13.5" 2K IPS Touchscreen 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U (Beats i5-8210Y) 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC Backlit USB-C Chrome OS Gray + Pen
Current Price
$449.00
HomeTechHacker Comments
Lightweight, great screen, even comes with an iCarp pen (stylus)
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Best Chromebooks for kids

If you want to buy a Chromebook for a teen or younger you probably don’t want to pay a lot and you want it to be especially durable. Children are also more accustomed to carrying around small screens and tablets so they will probably prefer their Chromebook compact and light.

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Good
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1 10.1 WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Display, MediaTek Helio P60T, 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB SSD, Integrated ARM G72 MP3 Graphics, Chrome OS, ZA6F0031US, Ice Blue+Iron Grey (Renewed)
Better
Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
Best
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA-YS02T 11.6” Ruggedized and Water Resistant Chromebook, 360 Touchscreen Convertible, Intel N4000, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB Storage, Mil STD design, Chrome OS, Black
Product Name
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1 10.1 WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Display, MediaTek Helio P60T, 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB SSD, Integrated ARM G72 MP3 Graphics, Chrome OS, ZA6F0031US, Ice Blue+Iron Grey (Renewed)
Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA-YS02T 11.6” Ruggedized and Water Resistant Chromebook, 360 Touchscreen Convertible, Intel N4000, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB Storage, Mil STD design, Chrome OS, Black
Current Price
$219.00
$376.36
$275.25
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HomeTechHacker Comments
This is a small, inexpensive, and lightweight Chromebook that has a detachable keyboard for full tablet mode.
This is a durable Chromebook with enough power and features to make it perfect for children young and old.
This rugged Chromebook was designed for children.
Good
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Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1 10.1 WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Display, MediaTek Helio P60T, 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB SSD, Integrated ARM G72 MP3 Graphics, Chrome OS, ZA6F0031US, Ice Blue+Iron Grey (Renewed)
Product Name
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1 10.1 WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Display, MediaTek Helio P60T, 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB SSD, Integrated ARM G72 MP3 Graphics, Chrome OS, ZA6F0031US, Ice Blue+Iron Grey (Renewed)
Current Price
$219.00
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HomeTechHacker Comments
This is a small, inexpensive, and lightweight Chromebook that has a detachable keyboard for full tablet mode.
Details
Better
Preview
Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
Product Name
Acer Chromebook 514, CB514-1HT-C6EV, Intel Celeron N3450, 14" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Backlit Keyboard, Google Chrome
Current Price
$376.36
Prime Eligible
HomeTechHacker Comments
This is a durable Chromebook with enough power and features to make it perfect for children young and old.
Details
Best
Preview
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA-YS02T 11.6” Ruggedized and Water Resistant Chromebook, 360 Touchscreen Convertible, Intel N4000, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB Storage, Mil STD design, Chrome OS, Black
Product Name
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA-YS02T 11.6” Ruggedized and Water Resistant Chromebook, 360 Touchscreen Convertible, Intel N4000, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB Storage, Mil STD design, Chrome OS, Black
Current Price
$275.25
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HomeTechHacker Comments
This rugged Chromebook was designed for children.
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Best premium Chromebooks

You’ve decided that you want a Chromebook and that price is no object. You want the best screen, the fastest processor, the best looks – everything. Few make Chromebooks like Google, who, up until this point, have only released premium Chromebooks. Asus and Samsung are known for quality laptops, and their premium offerings are no exception.

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Good
Google Pixelbook Go - Lightweight Chromebook Laptop - Up to 12 Hours Battery Life[1] - Touch Screen Chromebook - Just Black
Better
SAMSUNG Galaxy Chromebook 13.3" UHD AMOLED - HD Intel Core I-5 Processor (256GB Storage, 8GB RAM) - 2020 Model - US Warranty - Fiesta Red - XE930QCA-K01US
Best
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 2-in-1 Laptop, 14" Touchscreen FHD 4-Way NanoEdge, Intel Core i5-10210U, 512GB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint, Backlit KB, Wi-Fi 6, Chrome OS, C436FA-DS599T-W, Magnesium-Alloy, White
Product Name
Google Pixelbook Go - Lightweight Chromebook Laptop - Up to 12 Hours Battery Life[1] - Touch Screen Chromebook - Just Black
SAMSUNG Galaxy Chromebook 13.3" UHD AMOLED - HD Intel Core I-5 Processor (256GB Storage, 8GB RAM) - 2020 Model - US Warranty - Fiesta Red - XE930QCA-K01US
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 2-in-1 Laptop, 14" Touchscreen FHD 4-Way NanoEdge, Intel Core i5-10210U, 512GB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint, Backlit KB, Wi-Fi 6, Chrome OS, C436FA-DS599T-W, Magnesium-Alloy, White
Current Price
$830.84
$679.00
$1,118.36
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HomeTechHacker Comments
Google's best Chromebook might be the Chromebook for you. You can upgrade or downsize the processor to get the price you are comfortable with.
A great-looking premium Chromebook from Samsung. It has all the features, including Wi-Fi 6
The cream of the crop for consumer Chromebooks in a convertible package.
Good
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Google Pixelbook Go - Lightweight Chromebook Laptop - Up to 12 Hours Battery Life[1] - Touch Screen Chromebook - Just Black
Product Name
Google Pixelbook Go - Lightweight Chromebook Laptop - Up to 12 Hours Battery Life[1] - Touch Screen Chromebook - Just Black
Current Price
$830.84
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Google's best Chromebook might be the Chromebook for you. You can upgrade or downsize the processor to get the price you are comfortable with.
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Better
Preview
SAMSUNG Galaxy Chromebook 13.3" UHD AMOLED - HD Intel Core I-5 Processor (256GB Storage, 8GB RAM) - 2020 Model - US Warranty - Fiesta Red - XE930QCA-K01US
Product Name
SAMSUNG Galaxy Chromebook 13.3" UHD AMOLED - HD Intel Core I-5 Processor (256GB Storage, 8GB RAM) - 2020 Model - US Warranty - Fiesta Red - XE930QCA-K01US
Current Price
$679.00
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HomeTechHacker Comments
A great-looking premium Chromebook from Samsung. It has all the features, including Wi-Fi 6
Details
Best
Preview
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 2-in-1 Laptop, 14" Touchscreen FHD 4-Way NanoEdge, Intel Core i5-10210U, 512GB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint, Backlit KB, Wi-Fi 6, Chrome OS, C436FA-DS599T-W, Magnesium-Alloy, White
Product Name
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 2-in-1 Laptop, 14" Touchscreen FHD 4-Way NanoEdge, Intel Core i5-10210U, 512GB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint, Backlit KB, Wi-Fi 6, Chrome OS, C436FA-DS599T-W, Magnesium-Alloy, White
Current Price
$1,118.36
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HomeTechHacker Comments
The cream of the crop for consumer Chromebooks in a convertible package.
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Bonus: Best Chromeboxes

Chromeboxes, which are small desktop computers that run ChromeOS, haven’t become as popular as their laptop cousins. However, if you are looking for the simplicity, security, and low cost of ChromeOS without the need for portability and a screen, these are great options.

Final Thoughts

The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of Chromebooks out there that can get the job done. You simply have to decide what features are most important to you, and how much you want to spend. Fortunately, Chromebooks, when compared to their Mac and Windows alternatives, are extremely affordable.

If you buy a Chromebook, be sure to check out 23 tips for using a Chromebook.

Which Chromebook do you like the most? Did I miss one you think should be on this list? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments!

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