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Top 10 Chromebooks 2016

While you want an economical device for Web browsing, video watching, word processing and more, you're in Chromebook territory. Our selection of models offers greater performance and versatility than a tablet and a bit less than a full-scale laptop.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 - 13.3 Inch IPS Full HD Display, Intel Celeron N2840, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD (Certified Refurbished)HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr 14-Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron, 4 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD)Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K02US 4 GB RAM 16GB SSD 11.6Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron Quad-Core N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB3-431-C5FMASUS C200MA Chromebook 11.6 Inch, Intel Dual Core, 4GB RAM, 16G EMMC + TPM (Black) [OLD VERSION]Acer C720P 11.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Chromebook (4 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB SSD, Dual-core 2955U Processor, Bluetooth, Intel HD Graphics, Granite Gray)Dell 11-11.6Lenovo ideapad 100s - Chromebook 11.6ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen & AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse SetAcer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ 11.6-Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor,2 GB RAM,16 GB Solid State Drive,Chrome), White

The Invention Of The Chromebook

The Chrome OS was designed by Google in 2009 and released to the retail market in 2011. It is based on the Linux kernal, which is a streamlined OS that many programmers prefer over Windows. Like the Linux OS, it is based on, the Chrome OS is also streamlined and can perform a number of tasks quicker than Windows or Mac operating systems. Chromebooks use the Google Chrome web browser as their main user interface and support mostly web applications with a few native programs such as an integrated media player and file manager. Chromebooks are thin clients, which means the majority of the applications and user data is stored in cloud servers.

A Chrome-like OS was first under development by Jeff Nelson, who was a developer at Google, in 2006 and he even received a patent for it in 2008. It took a few years for Google's management to stand behind the idea of a new operating system, which is why it wasn't announced until 2009. The first actual Chromebooks were released in 2011 by Acer and Samsung. The original Chromebooks were all laptop versions, but in 2012 a desktop version known as a Chromebox was released. In 2013, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo entered the market, along with Google who started manufacturing and selling Chromebooks under the own brand name. They were followed in 2014 by LG who created an all-in-one model.

Critics of Chromebooks were skeptical at first, but as the prices of the devices came down and their functionality improved, they have proved to be extremely popular with consumers. To date, they have sold millions of units and have even begun to eat into Microsoft's market share.

Chomebooks Versus Laptops


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Many people are conflicted about whether to buy a traditional laptop or to go with a Chromebook. One of the immediate benefits anybody searching for one of these two options will notice is that Chromebooks are cheaper, often by hundreds of dollars, than the average Windows 10 laptop, but this price cut does come with some drawbacks. Chromebooks are designed to be used primarily when connected to the Internet. While they do still have some functionality when offline, like using the Gmail app, Google Drive, and Pocket, a user will notice their ability to run the majority of the apps significantly hampered.

On the other hand, nearly every Chromebook gets outstanding battery life, in the 9 to 12-hour range, which is something often found only in high-end Windows laptops that cost $800 and up.

If you normally use Google apps throughout your days, such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar, you will most likely find the deep integration of the native Google apps on a Chromebook a welcome addition. If you use other services like Yahoo Mail, One Drive, or Microsoft Word, you may find adjusting to a Chromebook a problematic experience. Luckily there are new apps coming out everyday designed for Chromebook that help users overcome some of these issues, like the newly released Microsoft Office Online, which is a cloud-based version of their popular software that can be used on the Chrome OS. Chrome also offers its own photo editors, but users who prefer Adobe Photoshop will be out of luck as they cannot run it on a Chromebook.

In addition to all of the native Chrome apps, Chrome OS is beginning to support most Android apps as well, opening up a whole new level of gaming and productivity possibilities.

How To Pick The Right Chromebook


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One of the first decisions you should make when looking for a Chromebook is how big, or small, you want it to be. The size of your laptop display can make or break a user experience, so choose carefully. For the most part, Chromebooks come in 3 sizes; 11.6", 13.3", and 15.6". Many adults find that an 11.6" screen is too small for work functionality, so unless the device is being purchased solely for entertainment purposes, most would do well to steer clear of the smallest size. If you want something functional, but also easily portable, 13.3" Chromebooks are a good choice. If you don't plan on taking your Chromebook on the go too often, you may appreciate a 15.6" screen, especially if you will be using it for watching movies or working on multiple programs at the same time. You should also take into account screen resolution. Generally speaking, the higher the resolution the better. When considering size and portability, don't forget to check the weight and thickness as well.

Storage isn't that big of a deal when it comes to Chromebooks as the majority of their data is stored in a cloud server. That being said, if you believe you will want to store some data locally, like pictures and movies for those times Wi-Fi is unavailable, then consider a model with a 32GB hard drive.

As with any laptop or computer, choosing a model with a SSD is preferably over one with an HDD. HDDs are slower, louder, and use more battery power than SSDs. Because the hard drives in all Chromebooks are relatively small, one with an SSD won't cost much more than a model with an HDD. Along with the type of hard drive, you should consider the processor. The newer the processor the better as it will help future-proof your device. Ideally, you should buy a model with a 5th or 6th generation Intel processor.


#10.Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ 11.6-Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor,2 GB RAM,16 GB Solid State Drive,Chrome), White


Acer CB3-131-C3SZ Chromebook comes with these high-level specs: Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor 2.16GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.58GHz, Google Chrome Operating System, 11.6" HD ComfyViewTM Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Display, Intel HD Graphics, 2048MB DDR3L SDRAM Memory, 16GB Internal Storage, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, 802.11AC Wi-Fi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, Built-In HD Webcam, 1 - USB 3.0 Port, 1-USB 2.0 Port, 1 - HDMI Port, 3-Cell Li-Polymer Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 9-hours Battery Life, 2.43 lbs. | 1.1 kg (system unit only) (NX.G85AA.001)


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#9.ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen & AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse Set


Loved this device. Absolutely gorgeous and solid. I wrote a review which you can read online my searching my name along with Chromebook Flip. Here is my takeaway: If you are looking for an affordable tablet that can double as a laptop, Chromebook Flip is for you. There is just no reason for you to throw hundreds of dollars at the iPad. The biggest argument in favor of Chromebook Flip over iPad is that you get the uncompromised ‘desktop’ experience on a tablet with much more flexibility.


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#8.Lenovo ideapad 100s - Chromebook 11.6" Laptop (Intel Celeron, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD, Chrome) 80QN0009US


- Blazing Internet Speeds - Browse websites, stream movies and listen to music with 802.11 a/c Wi-Fi, which offers up to 3 times the speed of traditional 802.11 b/g/n.
- Free Online Storage - Lenovo 100S Chromebook owners can look forward to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, giving you space to save your favorite movies, music, and photos.
- Long Battery Life - Google and Lenovo have partnered to create a Chromebook with all-day battery life, up to 8 hours continuous use. That is serious productivity.


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#7.Dell 11-11.6" Chromebook, Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB Memory, 16GB SSD (XDGJH)


Manage daily tasks and be productive with an affordable laptop that's easy to use, secure and features up to a 10-hour battery. Boots up in under 10 seconds for quick, easy cloud access, where students and teachers can connect to learning resources. And the Chromebook doesn't slow down over time, so you're always ready to learn.


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#6.Acer C720P 11.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Chromebook (4 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB SSD, Dual-core 2955U Processor, Bluetooth, Intel HD Graphics, Granite Gray)


The touchscreen is amazing and pretty much required on Chromebooks because all of the android apps are coming to chrome, and they are optimized for touch. The keyboard usable. Pretty much what you would expect from a cheap laptop. The trackpad is good, but not quite to the level of Apple's touchpads (I'm not talking about the force touch one on the new MacBook). The only time I saw anything go slowly was when I was using a mouse. The mouse is wireless (It connects using a USB dongle) and every couple minutes it would freeze, but a second or two later it would go back to normal.


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#5.ASUS C200MA Chromebook 11.6 Inch, Intel Dual Core, 4GB RAM, 16G EMMC + TPM (Black) [OLD VERSION]


- Intel Bay Trail-M N2840 Dual-Core 2.16GHz (Turbo up to 2.58GHz)2 GB
- 4GB DDR3L (1600MHz) on board and 16G EMMC
- 11.6 Inch 1366x768 LED screen
- Equipped Trusted Platform Module(TPM)
- Up to 10hrs battery life. 1 year International Warranty with 1 year Accidental Damage Protection


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#4.Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron Quad-Core N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB3-431-C5FM


Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C5FM comes with these high level specs: Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.24GHz, Google Chrome Operating System, 14" Full HD ComfyViewTM Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Display, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM Memory, 32GB Internal Storage, 802.11ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) with 88 degree wide angle lens supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 2 - USB 3.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port, 3-Cell Li-Polymer Battery (3950 mAh), Up to 12-hours Battery Life, 3.42 lbs. | 1.55 kg (system unit only) (NX.GC2AA.007)


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#3.Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K02US 4 GB RAM 16GB SSD 11.6


Built-in security features ensure you're protected from viruses and malware. No setup or long load times simply log in with a Google account, and you're in. Navigate your world with Chrome OS. Get the best of Google, Gmail, Maps, Docs and Pics, and back everything up safely in the cloud. And since your Chromebook gets free updates automatically, it will only get better. Built-in security features ensure you're protected from viruses and malware. No setup or long load times simply log in with a Google account, and you're in. Navigate your world with Chrome OS. Get the best of Google, Gmail, Maps, Docs and Pics, and back everything up safely in the cloud. And since your Chromebook gets free updates automatically, it will only get better. A battery that gets up to 11 hours on a single charge1 means you can view the news over coffee in the morning, check emails at lunch then surf social media after dinner, all without having to recharge. Plus it's made for the long run since it continues to retain most of its capacity even after 3 years' use.


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#2.HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr 14-Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron, 4 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD)


This Chromebook is the best for the price as of December 2015! Paid $250 at the time I got mine. Make sure to get the 4gb ram model because it also comes with a 1080p IPS display that is worlds better than most Chromebook's TN displays. Ignore the review about the Chromebook being underpowered. This can handle any website you throw at it as well as several tabs without slowing down (referring to the 4gb ram model) Built quality is great too, good feeling keyboard, plenty light and thin as well, and whisper silent because there is no fan inside. You won't regret this Chromebook. My first one came with a bad battery and that's my only complaint, but will get it switched so I'm not concerned!


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#1.Toshiba Chromebook 2 - 13.3 Inch IPS Full HD Display, Intel Celeron N2840, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD (Certified Refurbished)


The full breadth of the internet, not to mention your favorite apps and personal files, are contained in the sleek, portable Chromebook 2. At a paltry three pounds, it??s perfect for travel, whether it??s in air or just between the kitchen and couch. High Definition Display As online streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu Plus become more popular, a laptop??s screen resolution becomes all the more important. The Chromebook 2??s 13.3?? IPS display is capable of streaming content in 1080p Full HD, which means movies and TV shows pop with brighter colors, deeper blacks, and intricate detail. Speak, And It Shall Be So Designed to accommodate voice-powered apps such as Google+ Hangouts and Google Search, the Chromebook 2 lets you use your honeyed voice for something besides screaming. Dual array microphones pick up on your every word as you offer commands, as well as when you??re chatting with friends and family over the laptop??s HD webcam. Automatic Updates Computers and mobile devices are constantly bugging you about updates. Not the Chromebook 2, which keeps you in touch with the latest innovations by updating apps and browsers in the background as you go about your business.


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