Since the laptop’s first inception in the late 90’s, budget laptops, also known as Chromebooks, usually concentrate on the main purpose of a computer. Google’s Chrome browser may only be a few years old, but several major tech companies like Acer, HP and Samsung have already released several new Chromebooks that include this browser.
Perhaps one of the reasons why Chromebooks are such huge hit is because they don’t have huge storage, letting you store your documents, pictures, videos, and files inside your Google Drive, and thus having access to them from anywhere in the world. You can browse the Web, send emails, and chat with your Chromebook, much like a laptop. Basically, Chromebooks are the perfect choice for heavy video consumers, since Chromebooks have a larger screen as compared to phablets or tablets.
Since their debut, Chromebooks have certainly come a long way. People have now taken a renewed interest in cheaper laptops, since Chromebooks provide a basic OS, a simple design, all at a reasonable price. And aside from this, Chromebooks also have long-lasting battery life thanks to their high performance, and limited software.
Chromebooks only run the Chrome operating system, it is possible for it to have an Intel Celeron 2955U processor alongside 2GB of RAM and 16GB of hard drive space. But of course, there are a handful of devices available out on the market today, coming from different laptop manufacturers such as Lenovo, Dell, Acer, HP, and Toshiba – And this article will give some information on the top Chromebooks out on the market today.
Toshiba Chromebook 2
Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 is the Japanese company’s second attempt at creating the perfect Chromebook. And now, it looks like they hit the right amount of features, specifications, as well as pricing. The Chromebook 2 runs on Google’s Linux-based operating system, known as Chrome OS. It’s equipped with a new version of Intel’s 2.5GHZ Celeron processor, and 4GB of RAM. This is a major upgrade from Toshiba’s previous model. On the downside, this new model does have its limits on how many tabs you can open in your browser, as well as the amount of YouTube videos that you can play simultaneously. But the Chromebook 2 still works just as fine as a regular laptop, so you don’t have to adjust your Web browsing habits to suit its performance. The Chromebook 2 has a 13.3-inch display, and has a slim build – Almost the same size as a 2014 MacBook Pro.
But when it comes to both endurance and power, the one to beat is Acer’s C720. This Chromebook is suitable if you want to go online to do some research, send emails, or simply browse through the Web. This device is also great for students.
Each user gets its own personalized interface from their Google account log-in page. It also lessens the danger of having to share its own system with others. The C720 also has an Intel Celeron 2955U CPU, and runs at a speed of 1.40 GHz. It also utilizes the Haswell micro-architecture, which is built on a 22 nm process. The C720’s CPU comes with two cores, 2MB of cache, and 2GB of DDR3L SDRAM. The Chromebook comes with Intel’s signature high-definition graphics that run at a 200MHz frequency, and 1GHz of maximum dynamic frequency, so it has tons of processing power, allowing the computer to be able to do anything you want online.
Dell Chromebook 11
Another favorite is Dell’s Chromebook 11. It has since been given an upgrade, with more speed thanks to its Core i3. This lets you open more than 15 tabs in a single page. The Chromebook’s batteries can also last for more than 10 hours without charging. It may be a bit pricey, but it’s worth the money, especially if you want a computer that is both lightweight and fast. The design of the Chromebook 11 is pretty much similar to Dell’s original Chromebook – It has a smooth matte body with sharp and sleek edges, giving this model a nice, sophisticated look and feel. Its lid also doesn’t pick up fingerprints, making it look like you just purchased it from the store a few days ago. Meanwhile, the screen has a glossy, 11.6-inch display as well as an island-style keyboard deck. Both the screen and the keyboard also have the same matte feel as the exterior, so the entire design looks consistent. The Chromebook 11 runs on a powerful Intel Core i3-4005U processor, and is one of the most powerful models out on the market today. It can stream and play high-definition video, as well as handle many open tabs. The processor is a much-improved upgrade from the original Dell Chromebook 11, which only had a 1.4-GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 2995U processor.
The fourth one on the list is Lenovo’s N20p Chromebook. Just like Lenovo’s other products, it has a very stylish look to it. But the main feature is its N20p’s 300-degree hinge, which allows you to flip its display back into stand mode, also known as ‘tent mode’.
This can be handy if you want to use your Chromebook to view presentations, or watch a movie online. The N20p has a 10-point display. Its specifications are usually similar to a regular Chromebook, but once they work together, it produces a wonderfully seamless machine. It also has a touchscreen measuring 11.6 inches, with a decent amount of 1366 x 768 pixels. It has a quad-core Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1 megapixel webcam, and 16GB of eMMC storage.
HP Chromebook 14
Then there is the HP Chromebook 14. This model comes in three different colors – White, peach, and turquoise. The bottom, lid, and bezel have a lovely, soft-touch finish, while its deck comes in a shade of aluminum. The Chromebook 14 has a nice chassis, making it better to hold as compared to other Chromebooks. Its screen measures 14 inches, with 1366 x 768 pixels. With this Chromebook, movies and videos are shown crystal clear, with a brightness amounting to 209 nits. The Chromebook 14 has a 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor, plus 16GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, and high-definition graphics.