Best Chromebooks to buy in 2014

Published 
30 Jan 2014
Best Chromebooks

Discover the best Chromebooks to buy in 2014 and read our in-depth Chromebook reviews, as rated by our team of expert reviewers.

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Discover the best Chromebooks to buy in 2014 and read our in-depth Chromebook reviews, as rated by our team of expert reviewers. Not sure if a Chromebook is right for you? We've got something for everyone here, from 11in budget bargains to the latest flagship models from all the major brands. Our always up-to-date list will help you make the right choice.

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

Acer C720 Chromebook

Acer C720 Chromebook

Our Expert Opinion Acer’s latest Chromebook is a huge improvement on its predecessor, as it’s not only one of the fastest Chromebooks we’ve ever tested outside of Google’s own super expensive Chromebook Pixel, but it also has one of the best battery lives. This is all made possible thanks to its Intel Celeron 2955U CPU, which is one of Intel’s latest Haswell models. This ultra-low energy efficient powerhouse not only makes Chrome OS feel incredibly snappy and responsive, but it also helps extend its battery life. We managed a full seven hours in our continuous video playback test, so it will easily keep you going for a full working day on a single charge. Its great range of ports gives you plenty of options to help expand its 16GB of internal storage as well, as you get one USB3 port, one USB2 port and an SD card reader and its HDMI output is an extra bonus if you want to bring the Chrome OS experience to a larger screen.

Read our full Acer C720 Chromebook review

SPECS

CPU 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U

RAM 2.00GB

STORAGE 16GB hard disk

GRAPHICS Intel Graphics Media Accelerator

OPTICAL DRIVE none

DISPLAY 11.6in widescreen LCD (1,366x768)

DIMENSIONS 19x288x204mm, 1.3kg

WARRANTY one year RTB

PART CODE NX.SHEEK.001

BUY IT FROM £199 from Currys

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

HP Chromebook 11

HP Chromebook 11

Our Expert Opinion Google may have recalled the first batch of HP Chromebook 11s due to heat issues with its power adaptor, but luckily this bargain laptop is already set to return to shop shelves in the not too distant future. One of our favourite Chromebooks of recent years, the Chromebook 11’s build quality is superb. Yes, it’s plastic, but the metal-reinforced case means that it feels tough and there’s none of the creakiness that other low-cost Chromebooks have had. It also looks great, with the white gloss plastic neatly bevelled and curved, making the Chromebook 11 look a lot more expensive than it really is. It uses the same dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM-based SoC as Samsung’s Series 3 as well, so it’s got the speed to match its good looks. The battery lasts just over five hours, but its micro USB charge port is incredibly handy as it means you can also top up the battery with your phone charger if you forget to bring its dedicated charger with you.

Read our full HP Chromebook 11 review

SPECS

CPU 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Dual

RAM 2.00GB

STORAGE 16GB hard disk

GRAPHICS Samsung Exynos 5

OPTICAL DRIVE none

DISPLAY 11.6in widescreen LCD (1,366x768)

DIMENSIONS 17,6x297x192mm, 1.0kg

WARRANTY one year RTB

PART CODE 82716568

BUY IT FROM £229 from Google Play Store

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