Whether it’s because of their very affordable prices or an aversion to Windows 8′s complexity, more and more shoppers are buying Chromebooks. There are some valid reasons to choose a Chromebook over a Windows machine, including a very intuitive interface (it’s largely browser based), a lack of upgrade headaches, and less worrying about malware. And while Chromebooks have limited offline capability, there’s a growing number of apps that work without a Wi-Fi connection.
With practically every PC maker now selling a Chromebook, choosing the right model for you largely comes down to design, screen size and battery life. The little things also count for a lot, like keyboard comfort and speaker quality. We’ve tested a wide range of Chromebooks to arrive at this list of top picks.
The Toshiba Chromebook has everything you could want in a Google-powered laptop. You get a vibrant 13-inch display, surprisingly loud speakers and swift Haswell performance from the Celeron CPU. Best of all, the Toshiba Chromebook lasted more than 8 hours on our battery test, providing plenty of endurance for work and play.