Best Chromebooks for Business Android Central 2020
A trusty laptop is essential for any businessperson these days, and if you're open to the idea of not getting a Windows machine or a MacBook, there are quite a few Chromebooks out there that work incredibly well in the office. Today, we're going to highlight six of our favorite business Chromebooks, including the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 as our top overall pick.
- Best Overall: ASUS Chromebook Flip C434
- Best Runner Up: Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
- Best Value: ASUS Chromebook C523
- Best Keyboard: Google Pixelbook Go
- Best Tablet: HP Chromebook X2
- Best Big Display: Acer Chromebook 715
Best Overall: ASUS Chromebook Flip C434
Kicking off this list is the Chromebook we think is best-suited for spreadsheets, an endless stream of emails, and presentations. It's the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434, and it's one heck of a package.
Right off the bat, the C434 impresses with an outstanding aluminum design. It gives the C434 an unmistakable premium look and feel, along with making it extremely durable. The 14-inch display looks fantastic thanks to the Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, Intel's Core m3 processor offers plenty of horsepower, and you have your choice of 4 or 8GB of RAM. You can even flip the screen all the way around and turn it into a tablet!
We're also smitten with the C434's backlit keyboard, making it easy to keep typing in the dark, and the large trackpad makes scrolling and swiping as comfy as can be. Plus, the 64GB of internal storage is a lot more than what many of the other picks on this list offer. The lack of a fingerprint sensor is a bummer, but if you can get over that, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 has a lot to offer.
- Gorgeous aluminum design
- Keyboard is backlit
- Roomy trackpad
- 14-inch Full HD display
- Great performance
- No fingerprint sensor
Can't be beaten
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 stands out as the best Chromebook for business, offering a backlit keyboard and excellent display.
Best Runner Up: Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
Whether you're trying to save some coin or just want a different option to consider, another Chromebook we highly recommend is the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2. It gets just about everything right, from design, display, performance, and more.
Samsung's sleek aluminum design is wonderful, giving the Chromebook Plus V2 a high-end aesthetic while also keeping it lightweight and durable. The 12.2-inch display has a sharp 1920x1080 resolution, the keyboard and trackpad feel good to use, and Samsung's inclusion of a free stylus is great for handwritten notes or sketches.
We don't have any complaints with the Chromebook Plus V2's performance or battery life, and if you want to use it as a tablet, just flip the display all the way around to the back. Being limited to 32GB of internal storage is lame, but you can always expand it using the microSD card slot. Speaking of ports, you also get two USB-C ports, a full-sized USB 3.1 port, and a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack.
- Aluminum design looks and feels awesome
- Very lightweight
- HD display is easy-on-the-eyes
- Included stylus is great
- Expandable storage
- Limited to 32GB of internal storage
Best Runner Up
A close second
Samsung's Chromebook Plus V2 checks just about every box — offering a great design, display, performance, and more.
Best Value: ASUS Chromebook C523
We don't advise you to get a bottom-of-the-barrel Chromebook if you're using it for work purposes, but if you have a tighter budget and need to minimize your spending as much as possible, we'd urge you to check out the ASUS Chromebook C523.
You can get the Chromebook C523 in two main flavors — with a 14-inch screen or with a 15.6-inch screen. We love that you can choose which size works best for you, and upgrading to the 15.6-inch model still manages to retain an affordable price. The 14-inch C523 is limited to 32GB of storage, but the 15.6-inch variant gives you the choice of 32GB or 64GB.
An Intel Celeron processor is offered no matter which model you end up buying, along with an HD display and 4GB of RAM. We also appreciate the use of USB-C and USB-A ports, and the keyboard and trackpad perform surprisingly well. There's no doubt about it — you're getting a lot for your money with this one.
- Two screen-size options
- Great keyboard and trackpad
- USB-C and UBS-A ports
- Most affordable on this list
- Display is only 720p HD
- 32GB of base storage
Value like none other
Want to get a lot of bang-for-your-buck? ASUS's Chromebook C523 offers a reliable user experience for not much cash.
Best Keyboard: Google Pixelbook Go
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Google Pixelbook Go. The Pixelbook Go is the most expensive Chromebook on this list, but if you have the cash to afford it, it deserves to be one of your options.
There's a lot the Pixelbook Go gets right, but one of the highlights is its keyboard. Hands down, this is one of the best (if not the best) keyboards you'll ever type on. It's accurate, key travel is excellent, and the matte finish feels amazing to type on for hours on end. That might seem like a lot of gushing for a keyboard, but if you do a lot of typing for your job, this is an essential component that you shouldn't overlook.
Along with the top-notch keyboard, the Pixelbook Go also shines with its trackpad, speakers, and lightweight design. Add that together with speedy performance and reliable battery life, and you're in for something special — so long as the price doesn't scare you away.
- Outstanding keyboard that's comfortable and accurate
- Speakers and trackpad are top-notch
- Well-built, lightweight design
- Excellent performance
- Great battery life
- Doesn't have a fingerprint sensor
Spoil your fingers
You probably type a lot for work, and if you do, the Pixelbook Go is worth splurging for. Seriously — the keyboard is that good.
Best Tablet: HP Chromebook X2
One of the most versatile Chromebooks on our list is this — the HP Chromebook X2. It's not the only 2-in-1 machine we've talked about, but it is the only one that's a standalone tablet that just so happens to dock into a keyboard attachment to turn into a laptop.
This design makes the Chromebook X2 considerably more comfortable to use as a tablet, which is perfect if you need to do a lot of sketching or like taking handwritten notes. Speaking of which, HP includes a free stylus that feels great in the hand and offers surprisingly good accuracy.
The keyboard attachment is also better than you're probably expecting. The hinge that connects the keyboard to the X2 is very sturdy, so much so that you can comfortably use the X2 with the keyboard on your lap without any issues. It feels like a legit laptop when used in this mode, and that's something we can't say about other devices with this form factor. The only downside is that the keys aren't backlit.
Add that together with a crisp and colorful display, 10-12 hours of battery life, and solid performance, and the HP Chromebook X2 is quite the machine.
- Can be used as a standalone tablet
- Keyboard attachment works well
- Fantastic display
- Reliable battery life
- Comes with a free stylus
- Only 32GB of storage
- Keyboard isn't backlit
Why not both?
Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? The HP Chromebook X2 is both, and that versatility is great to have in and out of the office.
Best Big Display: Acer Chromebook 715
Rounding out our picks for the best business Chromebooks, we want to talk about the Acer Chromebook 715. If a big display is what you're after, the 715 is what you want.
A 15.6-inch display is included by default, giving you plenty of room for lots of Chrome tabs running side-by-side. The LCD panel also looks great thanks to the Full HD resolution. Its larger size carries over to the keyboard as well. You get a full number pad on the right side, making this a great choice for people that have to punch in a lot of numbers for their work.
The 8GB of RAM that's onboard is perfect for power-users, as is the Intel Pentium processor. You also have plenty of storage options, including 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB!
- Large 15.6-inch screen
- Aluminum body
- Full number pad on the keyboard
- Fingerprint sensor
- Expandable storage
- Might be too big for some people
Best Big Display
Big display and keyboard
Another great business Chromebook is the Acer 715. It delivers a huge 15.6-inch screen and a full number pad on the keyboard.
To be perfectly honest, any of the Chromebooks mentioned here would make a great addition to your workflow. However, if we had to pick just one, we'd recommend you buy the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434.
From a design point of view, the C434 is incredible. The aluminum construction does wonders for the look and feel, being able to flip the screen all the way back for a tablet form factor is a great convenience, and the backlit keyboard is a joy. There's also nothing to complain about for the specs, with ASUS delivering a Full HD resolution for the display, Intel Core m3 processor, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage.
Making all of this even better is the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434's price, which isn't "cheap" but is still more affordable than you'd expect considering everything it brings to the table. And, with all of that said, that's why it's our pick for the best business Chromebook.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Joe Maring is Android Central's News Editor and has had a love for anything with a screen and CPU since he can remember. He's been talking/writing about Android in one form or another since 2012 and often does so while camping out at the nearest coffee shop. Have a tip? Reach out on Twitter @JoeMaring1 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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