Best Chromebook 2022: The top Chrome OS laptops from Asus, Acer, Google and Lenovo

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Built for the Internet and cloud-based apps, the best Chromebooks make brilliant, affordable, all-purpose computers

Need a lightweight, low-cost laptop that just works? The best Chromebooks are now nearly as practical to use on a day-to-day basis as a regular Windows laptop or MacBook and they tend to be much less fussy to use as well. The best Chromebooks are ideal as main laptops for kids and students, too, especially as everyone begins to study from home a lot more.

Below, you'll find our current pick of the best Chromebooks to buy, from cool 2-in-1 convertibles to the best big-screen options. We also offer some top tips on what you should look for in a Chromebook, to ensure that you’re not just picking up a bargain, but a laptop that’s going to meet your needs.

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Best Chromebook: At a glance

How to choose the best Chromebook for you

What do I need to look for when buying a Chromebook?

Chrome OS is designed to run on relatively low-powered hardware, so you don’t need a super-fast Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor to get a smooth experience; even a lowly Pentium or Core i3 processor will do the job. Some of the best Chrome

OS devices run on ARM-based processors, and these are getting faster while also offering improved battery life.
You’ll find that most Chromebooks ship in two or more configurations, and as a rule we’d avoid the low-end models with budget Intel Celeron processors and anything with a dual-core AMD or Intel CPU. Instead, head up the range to the Chromebooks with quad-core Intel Pentium, Core i3 or AMD Ryzen processors. The dual-core models really struggle once you have a few apps or browser tabs open. The faster Core i5 and Core i7 Chromebooks make sense if you’re working in creative applications or using a lot of Linux and Android apps, but remember that a lot of the work is being done at the server end, rather than on your Chromebook’s CPU.

What about storage?

When it comes to RAM, 4GB is now the standard for Chromebooks, and still perfectly adequate for day-to-day use. However, if your chosen Chromebook has an 8GB version then it’s worth paying for; the Chrome browser and many websites are steadily becoming more demanding, and you’ll notice the difference.

Does size matter?

It’s important to think about size and weight. Chromebooks work brilliantly as a secondary device that you can use when darting in and out of the office, or as a basic computer for browsing, homework and learning. You don’t need to spend much to pick up a cracking thin and light model, and the build quality is pretty good these days, too, with manufacturers moving away from cheap, plasticky efforts to more luxurious aluminium designs as you move up the price range. However, you can also get larger Chromebooks to cover working from home or everyday office use, in which case you’re wiser taking on some extra weight to get a bigger screen and keyboard.

If you’re taking the slim and light route, 2-in-1 convertibles are also worth a look. Chrome OS is steadily improving as an OS for touchscreen use, with more flexible on-screen keyboards and some interface improvements, and it’s particularly good if you get a model with a stylus or a pen. It’s also great to have a laptop you can use as a tablet for entertainment, or that you can pop on a table in Tent mode for streaming Netflix or playing a Stadia game.

Screen time

Finally, a decent display is crucial. If there’s a Full HD IPS screen option then it’s always worth paying extra for, and we’re even seeing some models with high-quality QHD or 4K/UHD displays. Kick into some serious multi-tasking, and you’ll be glad you invested in the extra resolution – or in a larger screen.

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The best Chromebooks to buy

1. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook: The best all-round Chromebook

Price: From £399 | Buy now from Lenovo

This isn’t the most stylish, the lightest or the most powerful Chromebook but it’s the one with the best overall balance of performance, features and value for money. It has an excellent 13.3in full HD screen, a lightweight, convertible form factor and superb connectivity, including 802.11ax Wi-Fi. The keyboard is fantastic, and it’s a great device for everyday use.

Lenovo has updated the Flex 5’s spec since we tested it and renamed it the Flex 5i, and with a faster 11th-gen Core i5 processor performance should be even better; and the original was one of the fastest Chromebooks we’d seen when we reviewed it. Even the entry-level Core i3/4GB version will be fast enough for many users. With great battery life on top, this is a Chromebook with few weaknesses at a price you’ll struggle to beat.

Read our full IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook review for more details

Key specs

Processor: 11th gen Intel Core i3-1115G4Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
RAM: 4GGB or 8GB DDR4Weight:1.35kg
Total storage:128GB or 256GB SSD

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2. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360: The best ultra-portable Chromebook

Price: £319 | Buy now from Samsung

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 comes close to being the perfect Chromebook convertible. At 2.129kg it’s ultra-light yet has a sturdy construction, and comes with a decent keyboard and a flexible 360-degree hinge. Its 12.4in screen is superb, with a high 349cd/m2 brightness level, accurate colours and a sharp 2560 x 1600 resolution. It’s silent, no matter the task you’re doing, and a joy to use on the go – particularly with over nine hours of battery life without a recharge.

Sadly, it's saddled with a weak specification, starting with an underpowered Intel Celeron N4500 processor, but also including just 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. It doesn’t feel slow if you’re simply browsing the web, handling your email or working in Google’s office apps. However, open up too many browser tabs or try multi-tasking between more intensive applications, and you’ll soon feel the lack of speed. Nevertheless, it remains a brilliant Chromebook for basic everyday use; just look elsewhere if you need more.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 review for more details

Key specs

Processor: Intel Celeron N4500Screen resolution: 2,560 x 1,600
RAM: 4GB DDR4Weight: 1.28kg
Total storage: 64GB eMMC

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3. Acer Chromebook CB514-1W: The best-value Chromebook

Price: £250 | Buy now from Currys

This mid-range Chromebook makes the most of a modest budget, opting for one of Intel’s entry-level Pentium Gold CPUs rather than a Core i3 processor, and using plastics rather than metals once you get under the alloy lid. That’s smart thinking, as the Pentium Gold 7505 hits a performance sweet spot in between the Celeron CPUs of budget Chromebooks and the Core i3, giving you more than enough speed for browsing and everyday tasks. The construction is perfectly robust as well, leaving the seven-hour battery life the only serious disappointment.

What’s more, the CB514-1W gets things right where it counts, with a crisp Full HD display (1,920 x 1,080), a decent keyboard and a responsive Gorilla Glass trackpad. There’s Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity as well, and you even get a fingerprint reader.

Spending more will get you higher speeds, a more vibrant screen and better audio. However, if you have around £300 to spend, you’ll have a hard time beating this.

Read our full Acer Chromebook CB514-1W review for more details

Key specs

Processor: Intel Pentium Gold 7505 Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
RAM: 4GGB DDR4Weight:1.4kg
Total storage:128GB SSD

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4. Acer Chromebook Spin 513: The best Chromebook for life on the move

Price: £399 | Buy now from Amazon

ARM-based Chromebooks are nothing new, but the Spin 513 is the first we’ve looked at to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 7c chipset. This sees the leading manufacturer of smartphone and tablet CPUs trying to break into the laptop market, and a combination of respectable speeds and a ten-hour battery life make the Chromebook Spin 513 a great choice for life on the go.

This is one of Acer’s 2-in-1 convertible models, so you can fold the screen all the way back and use it as a big tablet, or keep the screen propped up in “tent” mode for playing games or watching movies. It’s slim and weighs less than 1.3kg as well, so it won’t give you an aching back or shoulders if you need to lug it around all day.

While the keys on the keyboard don’t have much travel, it’s a very comfortable Chromebook to use, with a decent Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) screen and richer colours than you’d usually find at this price point. Strapped for cash and in need of a thin, light laptop? Stop right here.

Read our full Acer Chromebook 513 review for more details

Key specs

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7cScreen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
RAM: 4GB DDR4Weight: 1.29kg
Total storage: 64GB eMMC

5. Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 (5500): The best big-screen Chromebook

Price: £599 | Buy now from Amazon

With a large screen and a full-sized keyboard, this 15.6in convertible Chromebook makes a great everyday workhorse. It’s also the first Chromebook we’ve tested with an 11th gen Intel CPU, and even the 8GB Core i3 version has enough power to run demanding web-based apps. The full HD screen doesn’t have the best brightness or richest colours but it’s fine for work, study and some light entertainment, and Asus’s audio system does a passable impression of surround sound.

What makes this computer so great, though, is that it’s so versatile. It’s just about small and light enough to be portable, but the excellent full-sized keyboard and trackpad make it usable at your desk all day long. It works brilliantly sitting on your lap, or you can turn it into a tablet and make notes and sketches with the bundled stylus. Throw in surprisingly good battery life, and you’ve got the best big-screen Chromebook around.

Read our full Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500) review for more details

Key specs

Processor: Intel Core i3-1115G4 (other models available)Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
RAM: 8GB DDR4Weight: 1.95kgg
Total storage: 128GB NVMe SSD

6. Acer Chromebook Spin 713: The best convertible Chromebook

Price: £699 | Buy now from Currys

The outgoing Chromebook Spin 713 was one of the leading premium Chromebooks, matching the specs and feel of laptops nearly twice the price. The latest version is even better, combining the same flexible, 2-in-1 design and 3:2 13.4in high-resolution screen with an updated spec based around Intel’s 11th-gen Core i3 and Core i5 processors.

We tested the version with the base-level Intel Core i3-1115G4 and it turned out to be faster than the 10th generation Core i5 Chromebooks we looked at last year. The Core i5 version has since dropped in price and is even faster. The screen is bright with excellent colour reproduction, the keyboard is solid and even the audio is good. The nine-hour battery life is slightly disappointing, but it’ll still get you through a working day.

Add advanced connectivity, complete with Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6, and it’s hard to pick any holes. Whether you’re at work or at play, it’s right up there with the best high-end Chromebooks and a whole lot more affordable than most.

Read our full Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review for more details

Key specs

Processor: 11th gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 or Core i5-1135G7Screen resolution: 2,256 x 1,504
RAM: 8GB DDR4Weight:1.45kg
Total storage: 128GB to 256GB SSD

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7. HP Chromebook X2 11: The best Chromebook Detachable

Price: £479 | Buy now from Currys

HP Chromebook X2 detachable tablet/laptop

The Chromebook X2 feels like Chrome OS’ answer to Microsoft’s Surface Go 3. It’s a tablet that ships with a clip-on keyboard cover and a magnetic back cover that doubles as a kickstand, making it easy to use as a laptop or as a stand-alone slate. It’s a little larger and heavier than the Surface Go 3, but that means a bigger 11in screen and keyboard and, while it’s also more expensive, the premium version gives you 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and the keyboard cover in the box.

In terms of speed, it’s a step up from the smaller Lenovo IdeaPad Duet, using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c chipset to deliver decent everyday performance. This, plus an impressive full HD screen and 11-hour battery life, make it a great choice for working on the move and, in tablet mode, it’s also brilliant for streaming video or playing games. We’d like a bit more body to the keyboard and more warmth and weight in the speaker system but, otherwise, the HP Chromebook X2 11 is a fantastically functional 2-in-1 device.

Key specs

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7cScreen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
RAM: 4GB or 8GB DDR4Weight:1.03kg
Total storage: 64GB or 128GB eMMC

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