Best Chromebooks 2015

Whether it’s because of their very affordable prices or their avoidance of Windows 8.1’s complexity, Chromebooks are becoming more and more popular with shoppers. There are some valid reasons for choosing a Chromebook over a Windows machine, including a very intuitive interface (it’s largely browser based), no 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.




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Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. esteban Says:

    It’s way too hard to compare these laptops when you make it impossible to see them on the same page. Just show all the entries on one page instead of making me load 10 full pages each with their own flash ads. Get it together, laptopmag.

  2. Yup Says:

    I totally agree with esteban. We understand you have to show ads, but I can’t even see the information at all. I’ll get my reviews elsewhere.

  3. zaki Says:

    ?? where is the list?? wtf??

  4. Brad Says:

    Is this supposed to be an article about new Chromebooks?

    The only thing I see is a slight blurb about the Toshiba.

    P.S. I’m reading this on a Chromebook, so maybe it’s a browser issue ;-)

    Brad

  5. Brad Says:

    Oh, I see. There’s a little yellow sort-off right arrow that I can press to see the next Chromebook.

    Read the page at least five times before I noticed that. Pretty lousy page design.

    Also, I agree with the other commenter that this is a sucky way to have to read through the article.

    -1 of 10 for design.

    Brad

  6. Morgan Barrow Says:

    I absolutly hate chrome books. How could you make a laptop that ran by google, but isnt compatable with google wallpapers. why should i have to download extra crap just to get normal customizations to work. Im pissed.

  7. Mark Says:

    This is a *horrible* format for a web page. Very non-intuitive UI, and annoying to have to bounce back and forth to compare things.

  8. Liz Says:

    I’ve got a Toshiba Chromebook I would quite like it if it weren’t for the fact that its so Googlish

  9. ja4man Says:

    It was because of this review (which I had no issues reading), I bought the Toshiba 13″ Chromebook. This 14 year Mac user is really enjoying the whole Chrome experience. Thanks Mark.

  10. Brad Says:

    Your commentary below the Acer Chromebooks and the Dell Chromebook 11 are all switched around and attached to the wrong slides . . .

  11. Liz Says:

    this is a waste of my time.

  12. tom Says:

    The title is Dell Chromebook 11, but it’s about Acer C720P… confuses me…

  13. Adriane Says:

    Chromebook: a computer device for the illiterate and cheap bastard..

  14. cxmu Says:

    What kind of goddamned genius designed this page?

  15. Jerrican Says:

    Where is the list??
    I only see the announcement…..
    …..to arrive at THIS list of top picks.

    I have looked at this website both in IE and Google Chrome, but I don’t see a list, no small yellow arrow or anything of the kind?

  16. Tim James Says:

    I have no idea what’s going on here. I can’t tell the articles from the ads. Going elsewhere.

  17. LB Says:

    Ditto all the comments about the unusability of your website. If you’re serious about providing content – provide it in an accessible format. What you have now is garbage. I don’t have time to sift through it. Going elsewhere for my information. Sorry.

  18. Spencer Says:

    This is a truly awful computer it is a dumb design and awful quality. my brother opened his screen using one hand and the screen is so flexible it broke

  19. ayyyy Says:

    you could only download GOOGLE things. you were to download origin to play pc games, you’re out of luck

  20. MTBetterThanYou Says:

    Oh. my. god. You people are the most rude, crotchety P’sOS. Did you pay him to write this for you? You don’t like it, go somewhere else and stfu.

  21. John Says:

    Great series of reviews. Don’t understand the whinges about page layout and not being able to navigate, and where are lists etc. Read the comments after reading the reviews.

    Keep up the good work.

    Read using Chrome browser on my 10.1 Galaxy Tab 3.

  22. Patricia Taylor Says:

    i have a chromebook 4 and we cannot get my hp deskjet 1512 to work with it.Any advice on it.

  23. Yvonne Wood Says:

    The whole idea of having built in virus protector is the best feature of the chrome book.

    I am an on line college student. Using the chrome book for school can be very frustrating because not all of the software used for various classes is compatible with the chrome book.

  24. Dirk Says:

    Are any of the newest Chromebooks compatible with Audible.com? The older ones were not.

  25. Rick Says:

    There is one item that never gets addressed here, not just with chrome books but with laptops as well. That is the KEYBOARD. If the left shift key is not a large shift key it is more than annoying. If you are a touch typist the lack of a large shift key on the left side of the keyboard drives you nuts. Why the keyboard has changed is beyond me other than most people must be hunt an peck typists. I will not buy ANY unit that is missing the proper keyboard.

  26. penn Says:

    im sorry i ever bought a chromebook

  27. penn Says:

    chromebook wont post my comments because they are bad

  28. Michael Carter Says:

    I am a PROUD owner of a ‘SAMSUNG CHROME’ laptop/CHROMEBOOK computer! My wife purchased this for me and took over my previous Dell laptop computer. I had very few, if any complaints about my DELL, however I wouldn’t trade or give up my SAMSUNG to have my DELL, or any other computer I have had experience with! ‘I LOVE MY SAMSUNG CHROME COMPUTER……..CAN YOU TELL!!!!

  29. Gabriel Says:

    Does the system can be configurated to Portuguese? Cuz here in Brazil we only have 2 options of Chromebooks: the Samsung and the Acer, so I was thinking on buying the Toshiba there in the US.

  30. carlos Says:

    I purchase a toshiba chromebook 2 and being using it for about 2 months now, its fast the screen is beautiful and up to now I have not have to use my windows laptop, people that hate chromebook are people that never had one

  31. dlfs Says:

    I have last year’s HP 14 Chromebook. It’s an adequate machine for all I need it for, plus I can add Linux and have a completely full functioning and capable PC. HOWEVER, there is NO possible way to get it to print to a legacy printer. Google print, cloud print, etc. do NOT work. After a year of having to send print jobs to my wife’s old Macbook to print, I finally bought a new laser printer. The printer prints very fast; but, it takes at least a minute to send the print job thru the cloud (Google print) to the printer. What a royal pain. If I knew printing would be such a pain, I would not have bought a Chromebook. It makes no sense to me that Google allows this problem to exist; I’m sure they could fix it in an instant but they haven’t and show no signs of doing it. Buyer Beware.

  32. Rolando Martinez Says:

    I want to know if the Chromebooks came with Google Office installed or I have to used office online

  33. s Says:

    I have just purchased the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and it’s amazing. I have no idea why there are so many negative comments.

  34. John Says:

    @dlfs: Google is all about forcing users to their ‘cloud’ solutions. They’re so focused on this, they can’t see their competitors knocking at their door. They make it difficult for apps to write to external SD cards on Android, they haven’t implemented real keyboard usability on Android, support for external otg harddrives are limited. They limit the amount of storage on Chromebooks.

    With a real opportunity to extend both Android and ChromeOS, they remain stuck in their niche. This has given Microsoft all the time in the world to reboot. Windows 10, hybrid 2-in-1s, and the 100s of OEMs supporting MS now (cheap tablets, keyboard *and* touch, incredible variety of hardware) have really reopened the door when Google could have moved forward.

  35. Destiny Mitchell Says:

    Cons:
    You cannot right click anything.
    You cannot download any programs
    You cannot open links in other tabs
    You cannot use microsoft word or other programs as such

    and if you can get over that, it’s pretty fast for youtube, porn, and general browsing. Great if you know absolutely nothing about computers!

  36. Bubba Jones Says:

    @Adriane Says:
    June 6th, 2014 at 3:35 pm
    Chromebook: a computer device for the illiterate and cheap bastard..”

    First off an illiterate would use any computer to watch videos. Illiterate means one is unable to read and write.
    Second what is wrong with being a cheap bastard? Because I am frugal (a cheap bastard) I have much money. With my money I spend wisely, a Chromebook suites me well. Oh, I am an IT person.
    Again the “cheap bastard” thing. There is nothing gained, nor any prize won by purchasing more than you truly need.

  37. tim Says:

    kskaok ^:)

  38. michael karpoff Says:

    Google has exchanged my HP 11# Chromebook 3 times because of charging problems. After awhile the charger to laptop contact stops functioning properly, becomes very sensitive, and charging becomes very sporadic.

  39. Nicole Says:

    lol chrome books are awful dont get one

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