Chromebooks!

A one-stop shop for all your Chromebook review needs

We're all Google all day around here. We can't get enough when it comes to Android, and Lloyd happens to have a place in his heart for Chromebooks, too. We're big fans, and we just love seeing a platform like Chrome grow — and stumble — as it matures. We know that plenty of you guys feel the same way, and it's great that we can get together and talk about things knowing that we all share some common interest. It makes our jobs fun.

While we love having fun, we also are pretty serious about looking at new Chromebooks and sharing what we think. This helps us stay up-to-date on what companies like Acer and Samsung are doing in the space, and it helps everyone know a little bit more about these products before money leaves our wallets. It doesn't hurt that more than a few of us here at AC just freaking love our Chromebooks, either.

Here's a list of all of our Chromebook reviews. We're going to keep doing them, and we'll keep this list updated.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e review

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e

A Chromebook that can take a beating and keep on going

This is Lenovo's education and business-focused Chromebook, and one look at the design tells you as much. It's big, thick and can take a beating, but once you look underneath the hard exterior you find a very capable machine. With a great touchscreen, higher-end BayTrail processor and 4GB of RAM, it can push around Chrome OS with no problems — so long as you're okay with just a handful of hours of battery life. It may not be the best Chromebook ever, but for the right buyer it's going to take the cake.

Read the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e review


Acer Chromebook 13 review

Acer Chromebook 13

A step in the right direction for ARM Chromebooks, and one we can actually recommend

The Acer Chromebook 13 is the first to use NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor, and because of that chip it's actually the first ARM-powered Chromebook we reviewed that was worthy of recommending alongside Intel-powered options. We found the Chromebook 13's build quality to be good for the price (so long as you like the white color), and performance to be on par with that of Intel BayTrail systems with the same amount of RAM. As with most other Chromebooks the screen quality was disappointing, however.

Read the Acer Chromebook 13 review


ASUS C300 Chromebook review

ASUS C300 Chromebook

The first Chromebook out of ASUS offers solid hardware and a fantastic price, but is set back by performance shortcomings

One of the first Chromebooks with Intel's new "Bay Trail" processor, the ASUS C300 comes in at a great $249 price for a 13-inch Chromebook. It comes up short in terms of performance with an underpowered processor and just 2GB of RAM, but is likely one of the best looking and feeling Chromebooks available when it was announced.

Read the ASUS C300 Chromebook review


Samsung Chromebook 2 review

Samsung Chromebook 2

A laptop with a premium price that doesn't offer a premium experience

Sometimes, a product falls short of our expectations. This was the case with the Samsung Chromebook 2. We loved that Samsung was trying new things, and having a 1080p display on a consumer Chromebook was a refreshing change from the world of low-res 1366 panels, but this one just didn't measure up in our opinion.

Read the Samsung Chromebook 2 review


Acer C720 Chromebook review

Acer c720 Chromebook

The best budget laptop purchase you can make right now

One of our all-time favorite devices, the Acer C720 may not look very pretty, but it's an extremely solid performer and has an excellent budget-friendly price tag. Beginning at well under $200, the C720 offers an experience that is exactly what using a Chromebook should be like — solid, portable, fast and inexpensive.

Read the Acer C720 Chromebook review


HP Chromebook 11 review

HP Chromebook 11

A Chrome OS laptop with a bundle of great features

No matter where you stand on the merits of using a Chrome OS device, there are more than a few things the $279 Chromebook 11 has going for it. A solid build, a bright and colorful display and a standard microUSB charging port are just a few. There's a reason this one is also a fan favorite!

Read the HP Chromebook 11 review


Chromebook Pixel review

Chromebook Pixel

The Pixel takes cloud computing to the next level — but the price should make you think twice before buying

The Pixel's one of the nicest laptops you'll ever see or use. It's also one of the most expensive, and doesn't offer any more on the software side than any other Chromebook. Nobody is sure exactly what Google was thinking when they designed and built a $1400 Chromebook, but if you ask anyone who has one they'll tell you it's wonderful to use. For $1400, it had better be.

Read the Chromebook Pixel review

 

Reader comments

Chromebook reviews: Find 'em all here!

39 Comments

That's one we never had in for a full review. At this point, we've started to shift towards the next-generation devices using BayTrail processors. We'll surely be expanding our Chromebook reviews, though.

I love how I mentioned that I'm looking into getting a new Chromebook and then you guys do this column.
I knew Android Central was all about me :)

But seriously, I have a question, Does anyone know if USB tethering via Foxfi will work on a Chromebook?

Seriously, i dont get it. Why would you choose a Chromebook over a fully Android os Slatebook..?

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Mostly because we are young and heartache to heartache we stand. Not to mention no one can tell us we're wrong. You know what they say. Love is a battlefield. Chromebook fits my needs. HP CB 14!

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I don't get it either. The baytrail tablets seem to offer more bang for your buck. They are fast, better codec support, still cheap and can run more applications and more useful applications. Chrome OS just isn't there for me yet. There is still no way for me to even print to any of my printers in my house, heck, my Android phone has that ability. I tried a Chromebook before a while back and from my research most of these features are still missing.

That one is easy to explain. I loved my Nexus 7 too. But all the popup, pop-over and slide over advertisements drive me crazy. Because of that I use my Asus C200 EDU almost exclusively now. I use Adblock Plus to keep some sanity. I have it set so that non-aggressive ads can display. Firefox with Adblock Plus on the Nexus is just too slow.

I highly highly recommend the chromebook 14 from HP, that has one of if not the best keyboards on any chrome book. I bought a manufacturer refurb for $199, buydig on eBay usually have them, well worth it and especially at $200
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I have the HP Chromebook, it's a great device for Uni and movie watching, even though performance-wise it could be faster. The micro-USB charging is a incredibly handy thing to have. I really hope Google brings out a new Chromebook Pixel which will also be available in Europe.

Dell review! I just got the Dell Chromebook 11 and love it. Have to agree with The Verge that it is king of the Chromebooks (besides the Pixel of course).

Why people buy Cromebook if a laptop come with windows at the same price...
Why we set limits to our self ....
Even when I heard google is developing OS I expected something big finally they came up with doomed chrome OS ...

I actually got rid of my Windows laptop once I had a chromebook, for what I do the chromebook is great for me. Surfing the web, some streaming, Facebook and occasional downloading, and I find I can do it all much faster on the chromebook than on the Windows device.

And people who say "why not buy a tablet" already got one and it compliments my chromebook very well.

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I love chrome os, but the fact that it doesn't have a dvd player just kills it for me. I have the Samsung chromebook, which is 11.5 inches of not so great screen ( it was one of the first chromebook released afterall) and nearly two years later, they still don't have dvd drives available. Kind of saddens me. They are quick, easy and cheap...I'd rather spend an extra few hundred bucks and get a full fledged laptop.

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Do you not read?
I understand that chromebook are online kind of pcs..and I like them, but I'm not always online. kind of like right now, I have no internet at my new place for at least the next 2 weeks, I have a ton of dvds but nothing to play them on. Oh. Wait. My windows laptop just came in handy while the chromebook gathers dust for 2 weeks.

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I'm with the baffled camp as well. If there was a huge price jump to the next half-sensible Windows laptop (that can run the Chrome browser) I would understand it better. But the Windows laptops/hybrids like the T100 are more powerful, have much better battery life and run Chrome, IE, Safari, Firefox as well as supporting ANY video playback, loads of local storage, genuine offline access, Office, PS, etc.

I see the argument for a virus free, easy maintainable PC, but lets be fair, both Windows and OS X are that already unless you're acting the tube on dodgy porno sites.

Seriously, go try a t100 then compare it to any chromebook. The t100 is super janky in comparison.

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after a few months with the Toshiba Chromebook, I gotta say, I'm impressed. its just as quick as it was on day 1, has gotten a handful of updates to add some nice functionality and it does everything I, and my Wife, need it to do. there was a little learning curve with it, but we are both getting a hang of it. out Win 7 machine just sits on the table now collecting dust.

our typical usage is minor photo editing, video chatting, web surfing, document editing, and entertainment (netflix, hulu, Youtube, play music ect) the quick booting is excellent as well.

we were worried about the construction, since it was basically the same as all the other chromebooks internally, and it was toted as "flimsy and cheap" by some reviewers....and while it could be better, its not bad, and the only time I notice it is when I'm moving the screen, i can see my fingers pressing on the screen from the back side....no permanent damage though. also, wife dropped it from her lap once on tile, slight ding, but no other damage.

I wonder, is there room in the mobile nations family for a chrome OS dedicated site? I know it tangentially falls under android because of Sundar, but I almost feel like it is an under served community.

if you dont use a computer for work a chromebook is perfect. i have the hp 14 and its the cats pajamas. fast fluid beautiful safe and udated.