Although Google doesn't seem committed to developing more Chrome OS-based laptops itself, Chromebooks have been moderately successful and are availble from many big names in laptops including HP, Acer and Asus. Education has been a big market for the devices, but if you want a simple device for Gmail, Google Docs and web browsing, there's no better option.
Chrome OS is Google's alternative to Windows and, essentially, is a more complex version of the Chrome browser with a desktop. It's ridiculously simple to use, updates itself and lacks the confusion and complexity that often hobbles Windows and macOS. That said, it is less capable for professional use than the other operating systems. But for most users at home or in education it provides more than enough functionality.
Here we've compiled a list of the best laptops featuring Google's Chrome OS and we'll be adding more in over time.
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Our pick of the best Chromebooks to buy today
There's no doubt that the Pixelbook is a visually stunning piece of hardware. But many non-pro users, who by-and-large only need to access the web, some mobile apps, email, Google Docs and Netflix, could save a lot of money by going with a cheaper Chromebook.
Sure, that'd mean a crappier display, no Pixel Pen or built-in Google Assistant, but they'd still be able to get done what they need to do.
Ultimately, Google made Pixelbook to flex its design and hardware muscle. And it's succeeded. But it hasn't succeeded in making a Chromebook that's truly worth a grand. Not yet, anyway.
Read our full Google Pixelbook review
Acer Chromebook 11
If you're looking at the budget end of the market then a Chromebook is a savvy choice. The Chrome OS operating system has developed considerably over the course of time, with both online and offline use possible, including the option to run Play Store apps.
Sure, the Acer Chromebook 11 isn't going to bring design excitement with its plastic finish, but it's befitting of the price point. Besides, it's smartly made, portable has a 360-degree hinge so the screen can be positioned as you please, and it works for many hours at a time too.
If your school or college season is incoming and you don't have heaps of cash then this is a savvy buy to crack on with your homework.
Read our full Acer Chromebook 11 review
Asus Chromebook Flip
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is a Chromebook that feels like a £1000 laptop in many respects.
The all-day battery life, decent typing experience, good screen quality for the price and prospective future potential from Google Play make the Flip among the most interesting Chromebooks available today.
Its all-metal case and low weight make it a good choice for those tempted by a MacBook or Windows machine for work while travelling, who just don't have the spare cashflow.
A plastic trackpad does cheapen the Flip's feel a little, but you'll have to decide just how picky you are.
Read our full Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review
HP Chromebook 14 G5
There’s nothing better for portable productivity than the Chromebook 14 G5. This machine deploys the secure, intuitive Chrome OS to deliver seamless compatibility with Google’s apps, and the HD webcam and noise-cancelling microphone gives you confidence when collaborating.
The Chromebook has a responsive, spill-resistant keyboard, 802.11ac wireless networking and 8GB of memory – and it’s powered by Intel’s latest generation of Celeron processor.
Acer Chromebook 15
The Acer Chromebook 15 is the perfect example of how Chromebooks have progressed over recent years. No longer does the word 'Chromebook' dictate an ultra-budget look and feel, with the Acer 15's aluminium panel finish paving the way for this future of this product type.
As an almost-portable desktop replacement proposition, the combination of its decent screen, stacks of ports, and premium design ensure it's a king of productivity.
Asus Chromebook C202
With a 10-hour battery life and budget price point, there's lots to like about this Chromebook. The base model boasts 2GB of memory plus 16GB of storage so there should be enough for all the files you have on your device. As with every Chrome OS laptop, though, most of your data is stored in the cloud on Google Drive. And, at a mere 1.2kg, it is effortlessly portable, too.
Acer Chromebook 11 N7
The Acer Chromebook 11 N7 is a good Chromebook for those who'd rather have a laptop that feels hard as nails rather than looks that tell those nearby it's worth stealing. It must be one of the sturdiest laptops in the world at this price.
The special sauce in this particular Acer Chromebook 11 is its strength. Military-grade ruggedness means the N7 can pretty much survive being thrown through a wall.
It's a great little typing machine, the screen is only just about fine but if you just want a computer for the basics this is a good choice.
Read our full Acer Chromebook 11 N7 review