We now live in the 21st century, also known as the internet generation, almost everything is now done online. From watching movies to work and school, sometimes even gaming, all is now done online. If all these things can be done online, the use of heavy high software performing computers and laptops comes under scrutiny. For those who have concluded (and rightfully so) that they do not need to continue with the expensive traditional laptops, here is a review of the best Chromebook available on the market right now.
But first, A quick explanation on what a Chromebook is:
A Chromebook is a laptop designed to use a very light internet based operating system called Google Chrome OS. The apps run on this laptop are called web apps and will not work offline, except for the Gmail and Google Drive apps. Gmail can be used offline to read already downloaded emails and respond to them such that the next time you connect to the internet, it will sync and send your messages. The google drive app can be used offline as a word processor like Microsoft Word.
With web apps, you can do almost everything an ordinary computer can do with the exception of high definition media and installing heavy duty games. Apart from that, a Chromebook is a very affordable laptop that suits its use.
Generally, the hardware used on a Chromebook is basic. You will not find impressive hardware specifications on these notebooks as their sole purpose is to be used on the web.
Choosing the best Chromebook can be overwhelming at first, so to make it a little easier, here are the top 3 best ones available in the market right now.
3. Acer Chromebook
This Acer product still makes the best Chromebook list. Powered with a whopping 7-hour online use battery life, it has an 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen. Its Intel Celeron 2995U processor is pretty impressive, clocking speeds up to 1.4 GHz, which is very fast and efficient for a laptop that is supposed to be used for internet access only.
Like most Chromebooks, the Acer runs on 2G RAM with 32GB of physical storage available for use. On the appearance side, it is very adorable and pleasing to look at. The slim look adds on to its beauty making the laptop very light to carry. The convertible design makes using the touch screen more convenient, especially while browsing and typing online.
The only downside to this otherwise beautiful laptop is that it does not have 4G.
The bottom line is, this is a classic case of quality meets affordability. The 7-hour battery life qualifies it into the best Chromebook list.
2. Acer C7 Chromebook
Another Acer product to make the best Chromebook list, but this time with impressive 4GB RAM and 320 GB of physical storage space. The Intel Celeron 847, 1.1GHz processor is slightly slower than the above Chromebook, but the extra RAM makes up for it. The large disk space also increases usable ROM, so speed will not be an issue here.
It also comes with an 11.6-inch screen, at a resolution of 1366X768. The display screen, however, has no touch capabilities. When bench tested the battery life managed a little over 4 hours.
It is one of the cheapest laptops to date, making it the best Chromebook to buy for anyone who is looking for affordability. However, the downside is that it does not support 3G and users have to relies on Wifi. Acer makes up for this by making available VGA and ethernet connecting ports.
In conclusion, the speed, storage, and price make it worthwhile.
1. HP Chromebook 11
And the best Chromebook to date is the HP Chromebook 11. Running on a Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, this beauty goes up to 1.7GHz in speed. The processor is supported by 2GB RAM and an internal storage memory of 16GB.
It is slim and has an 11 inch IPS display screen with a resolution of 1366X768. The slim look is further made classy by the magnesium polish on the exterior, making it very pleasant to look at and feel.
In terms of connectivity, the HP Chromebook 11 supports Verizon LTE which allows for mobile internet use. When connected to 4G data, the battery can last up to 4 hours. When switched to Wifi the same battery tends to last about 5 hours and 30 minutes.
The major con of this Chromebook is that there are very few connectivity ports.
Overall, this is the best Chromebook in the market, it is very cheap and allows for mobile data on the go.