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The best Chromebooks available today have come a long way since their inception, and they can be used for a wide range of tasks for a wide range of users. Chrome OS is more than "just a browser" these days. This cloud-focused operating system now runs on everything from tablets and laptops to All-in-One Chromebases and desktops. As basically the only mainstream alternatives to inconsistent Windows laptops and ungodly expensive MacBooks, Chromebooks have turned into the "it just works" laptops for millions of consumers as well as tens of millions of students, educators, and business users.

Chromebooks may have started as budget-minded netbooks, but plenty of powerful, premium options now exist. So whether you need a powerhouse to work on, an affordable kid-proof laptop, or even a Chrome OS tablet as a longer-lasting alternative to the best Android tablets, we'll help you find the best Chromebook for your needs.

Google just announced a new category of Chromebooks called Chromebook Plus. This category has strict hardware minimums, a variety of exclusive features, and eight new Chromebooks arriving this month. So while these are the best Chromebooks you can buy today, this list will likely be getting a shakeup later this month as we review and evaluate the first Chromebook Plus models to arrive.

Our favorite Chromebooks in 2023

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Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook (13")
Best overall

Perfect for work and play, for adults and students alike

One of the most popular and beloved Chromebooks around, the Lenovo Flex 5i defies its low price and understated design to be a wonderful workhorse. After working hard, you can kick back with up-firing speakers and tap through your favorite web or Android games on the 13.3-inch touchscreen.

  • Solid jack-of-all-trades laptop
  • Frequent deals on top of great list price
  • 8GB RAM models much easier to find this generation
  • Pentium models are underpowered
  • Hinge could be a little stronger

Lenovo's Duet 5 might be stealing some of the limelight with that 400-nit touchscreen and the detachable keyboard. That said, when you need to get down to business, that's when the Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook shines with its power and practicality. The 2-in-1 convertible may not be as sexy as a detachable, but it's worlds better to use on the couch, the bed, the bus, and anywhere you aren't sitting immediately in front of a table or desk. Better stability and backlit keys improve productivity, further spurred by its 11th Gen Intel Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM, making this the best Lenovo Chromebook out there.

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We warmly welcome the memory upgrade, as 8GB RAM models of its predecessor were notoriously hard to find. The extra memory comes in handy when you're trying to multitask during video calls or juggling multiple monitors. Even with the extra performance of the 11th Gen i3 CPU, battery life should last a full workday and then some. While an i5 model would have been nice to see — and would've been eligible for the Steam on Chrome OS Alpha test — the i3 is more than enough for most workloads. (While we're on the subject, please ignore any underpowered Pentium models you might come across; the i3 models sell for about the same price.)

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Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2023)
Premium pick

Latest and greatest from Acer

Acer's 2023 Chromebook Spin 714 brings 13th Gen Intel Core CPUs, an improved 2K webcam, and the same durable and versatile convertible build. It's relatively expensive, but there are almost no compromises required when buying this Chromebook.

  • 13th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • 14-inch touch display with FHD+ resolution
  • Durable and versatile convertible build
  • Quite expensive
  • No more built-in stylus

The updated Acer Chromebook Spin 714 only improves on the 2022 model, which was our previous premium pick. While the physical design really hasn't changed, the big attraction is the switch to 13th Gen Intel Core processors for improved efficiency and performance. Acer lists Core i3, i5, and i7 options, though the main listing we've seen at Best Buy sticks with the average. The Core i5-1335U chip is joined by 8GB of RAM and a sizable 256GB SSD, giving you a ton of overhead performance potential. Acer claims about 10 hours of battery life from a charge, and you should be able to get about four hours of runtime from just a 30-minute charge for times when you're desperate.

The 14-inch display hasn't really changed from the previous generation, but that's OK. It has a 1920x1200 (FHD+) resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 100% sRGB coverage, which is perfect for watching TV and movies or for split-screening multiple windows. Unfortunately, the garaged stylus has been scrapped for this generation. However, the screen comes with USI compatibility for use with other pens. Above the display is an upgraded MIPI webcam with 2K resolution and privacy shutter for high-quality video conferencing, and between the keyboard and screen are top-firing speakers with a smart amp and DTS Audio tuning.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022)

While we haven't yet had a chance to review this 2023 model, I did test and review the 2022 model. In my Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) review I noted that "[...] but professionals and power users who want plenty of performance overhead and a high-quality build should seriously consider this Chromebook." That holds true for this latest 2023 model, especially thanks to the webcam and performance improvements.

USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports allow the Spin 714 to work with just about any docking station, dongle, and accessory. While $700 is expensive for a Chromebook, there really aren't many blind spots to contend with. This is a fully realized Chromebook that can pretty much do it all.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311
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Acer Chromebook Spin 311
Best value

Best for children and international travel

Acer proves great things can come in small packages with the Acer Chromebook Spin 311. While it may not be powerful, it can last a solid sawn-to-dusk day and still have battery left at the end. It's just right for casual computing or a backup laptop for anyone in the family.

  • Widely available and almost always on sale
  • Unbeatable battery life
  • Ultra-portable
  • Older, dimmer, lower-resolution touchscreen
  • Limited storage

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 isn't the most cutting-edge device, but for kids who you might not trust to take care of their things — or if you're just clumsy like me — it does the job just fine. Yes, the 11.6-inch touchscreen display at a 1366 x 768 resolution is old, and its bezels are chunky. However, those beefy bezels come in handy while using the 311 as a tablet, which you can feasibly do with this Chromebook because it's small enough and light enough not to kill your hand after 15 minutes of holding it. And I've gotten over 15 hours of battery life on a single charge with it, so its battery claims are no joke.

Five Acer Chromebook Spin 311 models are running around out there — Acer, I love you, but at least use generations in the name — and we recommend the CP311-3H for those looking for the best price possible while still getting the longest support life. If you need extra kid-proofing, you'll want the education edition, the R722T, which usually costs $100-$250 more and isn't quite the value the 3H is. Both use the efficiency-focused Mediatek MT8183, 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, as well as featuring the same ports.

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Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook (14")
Best 14-inch convertible

A larger alternative to our top pick

The 14-inch Flex 5i Chromebook is a worthy alternative to our top pick, with stronger 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs and a larger touch display with convertible functionality. It's priced to sell, with frequent sales at Costco that bring the price down even lower than normal.

  • 12th Gen Intel Core performance
  • 14-inch touch display at an FHD+ resolution
  • Durable and sleek convertible design
  • Not available at many retailers

Lenovo's 13-inch Flex 5i Chromebook might still be our current top pick, but the 14-inch version released with 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs is also great. The main problem is that it's much harder to find, at least unless you're a Costco member. Those with a membership can land this awesome Chromebook for about $500, though we've already seen it drop to $350 in a Costco sale.

You get the usual Lenovo durability and smart design, with convertible hinges that allow the touch display to rotate around 360 degrees. The 14-inch screen has a 1920x1200 (FHD+) resolution to match the 16:10 aspect ratio, and it manages up to 300 nits of brightness to combat glare. The extra screen space will particularly come in handy for those who enjoy multitasking.

With a 12th Gen Intel Core i3-1215U, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, this Chromebook will be able to keep up with pretty much anything you throw its way. The 51Wh battery does a good job of offering a full workday of battery life. Ports are plentiful with dual USB-C, USB-A, microSD card reader, and 3.5mm audio jack, and you get Wi-Fi 6E with Bluetooth 5.1 for wireless connectivity.

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HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook
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HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook
Business-casual Chromebook

High-end price, high-end specs

HP's Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is a premium laptop with a stunning display, quality speakers and camera, and strong performance hardware. It costs a lot, but it's the right choice for professionals and power users.

  • Gorgeous 1200-nit display
  • Loud Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • Premium design with recycled material
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • Fans can get loud
  • Battery life could be better
  • Screen viewing angles could be wider

Much like the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook released last year, the latest HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is built for enthusiasts and perfectionists. This time around, it's gone for more of a business-casual notebook look than a full formal convertible design. It also has a locked-in configuration with 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U CPU, 16GB of LPDDR5-5200MHz RAM, 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD, and a 14-inch touch display with 2560x1600 resolution, 1,200 nits brightness, and 100% sRGB color. Although more affordable than the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, it's still a high-end laptop with a lot to love. Did we mention it has an RGB keyboard?

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Our Dragonfly Pro Chromebook review noted, "The HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook was made with a lot of care (the engineers told me how much) and is definitely an enjoyable computer." You can easily tackle productivity work thanks to the strong performance; you can also deal with color-sensitive work thanks to the gorgeous touch display, and the speakers and camera are top-notch. It will even handle some light gaming and makes the cut as one of the best gaming Chromebooks. Expect about six to seven hours of battery life when going about regular work.

The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook has so far seen a limited release on the official HP website, and you might find that some models are out of stock. However, continue checking back, as this laptop is still fresh and will receive restocks.

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Asus Chromebook CM34 Flip
Best Ryzen Chromebook

Killer AMD performance

The Asus Chromebook CM34 Flip features AMD's Ryzen 7000 mobile CPUs for excellent performance and long battery life. The 14-inch touch display has an FHD+ resolution, and its convertible hinges allow it to rotate around 360 degrees. It's a top choice for pros looking for a durable and speedy Chromebook.

  • Strong performance from AMD Ryzen CPUs
  • 14-inch touch display with FHD+ resolution
  • Durable convertible build
  • No Thunderbolt due to AMD platform
  • On the pricey side at full cost

The Asus Chromebook CM34 Flip is a recent release, coming at you with modern performance hardware and a ton of great features. It's one of the best Asus Chromebooks around. It's a convertible laptop with MIL-STD 810H durability certification, and some models even have a built-in stylus pen for easy inking. This is an optional feature, so be sure to check the specs before buying. The 14-inch display has a boosted 1920x1200 (FHD+) resolution to match the 16:10 aspect ratio, and it can hit up to 300 nits brightness. Above the display is a 1080p webcam with privacy shutter, giving viewers a clear picture while video conferencing.

Asus really focused on comfort here, making the touchpad larger and giving the keyboard keys a fairly deep 1.4mm of key travel. There's even a fingerprint reader embedded into the right palm rest. Ports are plentiful, with dual USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2), USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2), HDMI 2.1, microSD card reader, and 3.5mm audio jack. There's no Thunderbolt due to the AMD platform, but you should still be able to connect most accessories. Wi-Fi 6 is also on board for reliable wireless internet.

The model we're focusing on here, available at Best Buy, comes with a modern AMD Ryzen 3 7320C CPU with four cores, eight threads, and a base clock of 2.4GHz. Paired up with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, you should have no problem cutting through any productivity work you throw its way. Asus says it will run for up to 13 hours on a single charge, and even if that comes down by five hours in regular use you're still getting a full workday.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i (Gen 8)
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i (Gen 8, 12.2")
Best on a budget

Classic compact 2-in-1 gets a refresh

The refreshed Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i Chromebook has landed, and it's a top choice if you'd like a well-built and versatile convertible without overspending.

  • Larger 12.2-inch touch display with FHD+ resolution
  • Versatile and compact convertible design
  • Quad-core Intel Atom CPU
  • Slow eMMC storage
  • Only 4GB of RAM

Lenovo has kept its crowd among the cheap compact Chromebook market for several years, first with the IdeaPad C330 and over half a dozen generations of the Flex 3 and Flex 3i Chromebooks. The eighth-generation Flex 3i Chromebook has now landed, and it finally brings a display upgrade to 12.2 inches at 1080p. The laptop is about the same size as the previous generation despite the larger screen; that's helped by slimmer bezels that give it a more modern look. You also get a clear picture and the versatility of touch control, made even better by the convertible design.

The Flex 3i Chromebook (Gen 8) is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom N100 processor with a maximum 3.4GHz boost clock speed, 4GB of LPDDR5 RAM, integrated Intel UHD graphics, and 64GB of eMMC storage. This together will provide snappy performance ideal for light work, web browsing, and streaming video, but don't expect it to do much heavy lifting.

Port selection is generous despite the thin build. You get dual USB-A 3.2, one USB-C 3.2, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and even a microSD card reader. The side of the chassis also includes a power button and volume rocker for easier control when in tablet mode. This Chromebook is built to last — as is expected from Lenovo — with a two-tone lid and bold Abyss Blue color.

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Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition
Most novel Chromebook

The dream of every DIY fan: A completely upgradeable laptop

From the motherboard to the memory and beyond, Frameworks's Laptop Chromebook Edition brings its repairable and upgradeable vision to Chrome OS after its initial Windows/Mac/Linux options. While this assuredly won't be everyone's favorite, it definitely fills a very specific niche.

  • Extremely upgradeable, from the entire internals to the screen and keyboard
  • You can hot-swap to the ports you need at any time
  • Underpowered
  • Design sometimes doesn't measure up to the price

The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition is a unique device that offers modular ports and full upgradeability down to the motherboard and CPU. Not only does this versatility allow for a heavy dose of future-proofing, but you can also pick and choose the four ports on the device, whether you require an SD slot, multiple USB-C ports, or wish to use an Ethernet port on the go. And you're not locked in after making these choices since you can swap ports with the click of a button any time you wish.

Games and Apps Editor Matthew Sholtz reviewed the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition, saying, "All in all, I love what Framework is doing by pushing for full upgradeability in laptops, and by extension, its new Chromebook model is a breath of fresh air in an incredibly stagnant field." Of course, being able to upgrade your laptop is incredibly awesome, but this comes at a cost since not all components are easily purchased.

The Framework is also one of the few existing Chromebooks slated that's eligible for a system upgrade into a Chromebook Plus model, so even if the new models haven't landed yet, you can buy a long-lasting Chromebook that's sure to get the best features.

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Sure, you can slap in more RAM or upgrade the M.2 drive for more storage anytime you wish, and you can buy this hardware from many different stores. But the motherboard in the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition is another story. If you want to replace it, you are dependent on Framework to supply one, so the choices are limited and expensive. Furthermore, if Framework ever goes under, well, there goes your ability to upgrade your motherboard and CPU.

Still, what Framework has accomplished with the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition and the rest of its fully upgradeable laptops is pretty remarkable, as laptops have rarely been known for their upgrade paths. The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition is an incredibly interesting laptop, making it a solid contender as one of the best Chromebooks to be released this year.

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Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5
Best Chromebook Tablet

Big enough to actually work on

One of the earliest arrivals on the Chrome OS tablet scene, the Lenovo Duet 5 fixed the problems of its predecessor. The keyboard magnetizes shut properly, the quad speakers sound great, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c helps it keep out full, long days without seeking out the charger.

  • Nice, bright touchscreen
  • Battery for days
  • Best Chrome OS tablet keyboard to date
  • Qualcomm 7c (Gen 2) feels underpowered at times

The original Lenovo Chromebook Duet remains one of the best tablets under $300 even almost three years later. It can run Android apps, has the full desktop version of Chrome, and will be getting eight years of system updates. But it wasn't all that powerful; the speakers were quiet, and the keyboard was uber-cramped, given the ultra-compact 10.1-inch size. Lenovo fixed every one of those complaints with the Lenovo Duet 5 Chromebook.

Sporting a 13.3-inch, 16:9 touchscreen with 1080p resolution and 400 nits of brightness — and four much louder speakers — the Duet 5 is an even better tablet for content consumption than its predecessor. In addition, the full-size keyboard now magnetizes to the screen when closed instead of flopping around. Plus, we have the option for 8GB of RAM instead of being stuck with 4GB, which is a real boon for multitasking.

While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform may not be the most powerful processor, it knows how to sip battery like 50-year-old whiskey. I've gone two light workdays on the Duet 5 before, and on weekends of e-reading and solitaire, I've managed to eke it out to 2.5 days. You can do light-to-medium work on the Duet 5, but know upfront that the 7c Gen 2 will not match an Intel Core i3 — and it isn't trying to. This is more of a leisure/tertiary device that can double for a laptop in a pinch.

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Acer Chromebook 516 GE
Best gaming

Have more fun on your laptop

Acer's Chromebook 516 GE is our top pick when it comes to gaming. It has strong Wi-Fi and an Ethernet jack for cloud streaming, plus it's compatible with Steam for ChromeOS. It's powerful, with a gorgeous 16-inch QHD+ display, and the RGB keyboard adds some flair.

  • 12th Gen Intel Core P-series CPUs
  • Excellent quad-speaker audio
  • No Thunderbolt 4
  • No touch display

The list of great Chromebooks for gaming continues to grow, but the one currently making the most waves is Acer's Chromebook 516 GE. It's Acer's first gaming Chromebook, but it has a ton of great features that will appeal to those looking to run cloud and local games. It has a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port and Wi-Fi 6E to handle quality wired and wireless internet when streaming from the cloud, but it can also run local games thanks to it supporting the Steam for ChromeOS beta.

The Chromebook is configured with a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P CPU with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. It's accompanied most commonly by 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB SSD, but there is room for upgrading depending on the retailer. Amazon, for example, has options to upgrade the SSD if you're really getting serious about local gaming. The huge 16-inch screen can keep up with your games thanks to a 120Hz refresh rate, 2560x1600 (QHD+) resolution with 16:10 aspect ratio, and 100% sRGB color.

Four speakers with DTS Audio tuning and a smart amp produce quality sound, with top- and bottom-firing sound for a full experience. Customizable RGB lights up the keyboard, giving it a lot more gamer style while keeping the anti-ghosting properties for better performance. Although a lack of Thunderbolt might irk some, you can always connect to a great Chromebook dock with USB-C if you need to expand connectivity.

Buying the right Chromebook for you

The Chromebooks above are designed to suit most users, and you should find something you love. However, when buying a new Chromebook, there are three essential factors to keep in mind to help you land the best option possible:

  • 4GB RAM is only acceptable for casual (not used primarily for work) Chromebooks under $300; 8GB is good, but 16GB is better (if you can find it). This is especially vital if you take a lot of video calls or hoard Chrome tabs. There's a reason Google requires an 8GB RAM minimum for Chromebook Plus models.
  • Non-touch displays don't save you much money, and touchscreens are worth every penny if you're buying for a kid or regularly using Android apps.
  • Chromebooks have (Auto Update) Expiration dates, after which Google no longer guarantees updates. We list the AUE date for each model in our respective guides, but should you be drawn to another, please check the AUE date, as that's the best litmus test of whether a Chromebook is new, kind of new, or old. Google recently announced that new Chromebooks will get 10 years of updates, and most recent Chromebooks will have the option to get and extra two years of updates on top of their previous AUE date.

As a bonus tip, know that a great deal on a Chromebook with a keyboard or touchpad that doesn't suit your style doesn't mean you're stuck using the built-in hardware. Our collections of the best keyboards for Chromebooks and best mice for Chromebooks will get you the best hardware to maximize productivity and ultimately help you enjoy the laptop to its fullest each time you sit down. When you need more space to spread things out, you can hook most mid-range and Premium Chromebooks up to an external screen.

The best Chromebooks balance price and power

While most Chromebooks today are still budget-minded models like the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 and Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook, more powerful Chromebooks are also becoming more competitively priced. Take the new 2023 Acer Chromebook Spin 714: its $700 list price is half that of the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook while sporting a newer i5 processor and 8GB of RAM.

Things get even more cutthroat in the $300–$500 range. The Lenovo Flex 5i 13 is normally $430, but most of the time, it hovers between $300 and $350, while the Asus CM34 Flip and Lenovo Flex 5i 14 bob up and down with their own discounts while offering different CPUs. Oh, and to anyone daunted by a 13.3-inch tablet, look at the Duet 5 as a laptop with a removable keyboard rather than a standalone tablet. It comes with a magnetic kickstand for a reason, and I've wasted many a weekend on the Duet playing casual Android games and flicking through webcomics on it. Thankfully for this price bracket, Chromebook Plus should simplify the search for worthwhile Chromebooks in the $400-$600 range.

All of these Chromebooks will see Chrome OS updates until or beyond 2029, so if you treat them well, they'll last you to the end of the decade, especially the more future-proofed HP Dragonfly Pro and Acer Spin 714. Both models are also some of your best bets for gaming now that Steam on Chrome OS has finally moved from Alpha to Beta and expanded to more models.

If you're on a budget, the refreshed Lenovo Flex 3i (Gen 8) looks quite tempting. It's just a hair smaller than the old model, yet it has a larger touch display with slimmer bezel. It's definitely not powerful, but it has a durable convertible build and starts at just $349 before any discounts.

Buying a Chromebook for kids and students

For kids who you trust can take care of their laptops or those in middle or high school, seriously consider the Lenovo Flex 5i over the 11-inch models. It's usually less than $100 more, has a significantly better screen and processor, and is a solid Chromebook they can feasibly use throughout middle and high school before it stops getting system updates. (Assuming they don't break the screen or the battery before that.)

One final tip: leave the in-box 45W charger at home and buy a more compact Chromebook charger; 45W power delivery chargers are used for everything from Chromebooks to power banks, phones, and even wireless earbuds. You can find 65W two-port chargers that will charge your Chromebook and your phone simultaneously, so you can treat that ugly two-piece adapter as an in-case-of-emergency charger while using something more efficient and adaptable. And there are even more amazing Chromebook accessories to complement your new laptop.

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Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook (13")
Best overall

Perfect for work and play, for adults and students alike

One of the most popular and beloved Chromebooks around, the Lenovo Flex 5i defies its low price and understated design to be a wonderful workhorse. After working hard, you can kick back with up-firing speakers and tap through your favorite web or Android games on the 13.3-inch touchscreen.