Looking to buy a Chromebook right now? Here are the best Chromebooks and the best deals you can get.
If you're looking for a great, small Chromebook, this is the one for you. It's got an 11.6-inch screen, a full 4GB of RAM, a Haswell-based Intel processor, and somewhere in the range of 10 hours of battery life. It's thin, light, well made, and with a solid, responsive keyboard and well-designed trackpad. The 1366 x 768 resolution isn't spectacular, but given the machine's $299 pricetag, that shouldn't matter much.
If you're looking for the best all-around combo of price, features, and performance, you'll want the Toshiba Chromebook 2. Start off with the screen: It's a 13.3-inch, 1080p IPS screen that's a beauty, much more than you'd expect in a $330 machine. It also comes with a full 4GB of RAM, an SD slot so you can expand its 16GB of storage, and great speakers. The processor leaves a bit to be desired. But at $330, you shouldn't complain.
Are you a bargain hunter? If so, hunt for the C720. At only $199, its performance goes well beyond what you'd expect in a bargain machine thanks to its Intel Haswell processor. Beyond that, there's the usually 2 GB of RAM. Still, if you don't want to spend much, this is the one to get.
Chromebooks typically stint on screen size. Not this one. It's got a full 14-inch screen, an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. Figure on paying $290 for it on Amazon, but it will probably be worth your while to get the 4GB model for $30 more.
Is money no object? Do you want a no-compromise machine? Then you want the Google Chromebook Pixel. No, it's not cheap -- it's downright expensive at $1,299. But it's got a truly great 12.75-in. 2560-x-1700 touch-enabled screen, a big, comfortable backlit keyboard, and is made from anodized aluminum alloy rather than the usual plastic. There's also 4GB of RAM. Is it overpriced? Yes it certainly is. But if you want the ultimate Chromebook, this is the one to get.