Best Chromebooks in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 16, 2017
Do you want to be always online and enjoy all the awesome services of Google? It is easy if you have a cutting-edge Chromebook. Read our Chromebook review and decide which one to choose. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Performance and Memory
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PROS
A Chromebook features high-quality stereo speakers with extra-large audio chambers that produce great sound. The extra-spacious touchpad supports multi-finger gesture.
CONS
Wi-Fi receiver might not get a signal if it's too weak.
OUR VERDICT
The battery works so long that you can even take this Asus Chromebook with you on a trip. There are several colours offered to choose which you like best. Also, there is a model with a 10.1" display.
detailed parameters
Design
Matte plastic housing, Classic form factor
Performance and Memory
Rockchip RK3288-C SoC processor; 4GB RAM; 16GB eMMC storage
Display and Image Quality
11.6"; IPS panel; 1366 x 768
Battery Life
Up to 13 hours
Warranty
Limited 1-year warranty
PROS
This model of the HP Chromebook withstands 70 cm drops, and you can open the lid to 180°. The keyboard is waterproof.
CONS
The display brightness is mediocre.
OUR VERDICT
HP Chromebook 11 G4 features a high performance that can handle many tasks. The innovations implemented in this model allow it to stay cool even without a fan and make its operation rather quiet.
detailed parameters
Design
Matte plastic housing, Classic form factor
Performance and Memory
Intel Celeron N2840 processor; 4GB RAM; 16GB eMMC storage
Display and Image Quality
11.6" WLED; IPS panel; 1366 x 768
Battery Life
Up to 8 hours
Warranty
Limited 1-year warranty
PROS
Your Chromebook will be ready to work 8 seconds after you turn it on. The 802.11ac Wi-Fi is fast and reliable.
CONS
White colour can get dirty often.
OUR VERDICT
High operating speed together with the affordable price and pretty design help this Acer Chromebook stand out. You can choose a different processor/storage among 3 options.
detailed parameters
Design
White matte plastic housing, Classic form factor
Performance and Memory
Intel Celeron N2840 processor; 2GB RAM; 16GB eMMC storage
Display and Image Quality
11.6"; TFT Colour LCD; 1366 x 768
Battery Life
Up to 8.5 hours
Warranty
Limited 1-year warranty
PROS
The camera in this Lenovo Chromebook can be rotated 180° that makes it a really convenient option to use for video calls.
CONS
The speakers might be lacking quality for music/movies.
OUR VERDICT
With a high storage capacity of this Chromebook, you can keep a lot of files and documents in one place. It also affects the system operation speed in a good way.
detailed parameters
Design
Matte plastic housing, Classic form factor
Performance and Memory
Intel Celeron N2840 processor; 2GB RAM; 16GB eMMC storage
Display and Image Quality
11.6" LCD; TN panel; 1366 x 768
Battery Life
Up to 14 hours
Warranty
Limited 1-year warranty
PROS
A quad-core processor of the HP Chromebook 14 G3 handles the hardest task without lagging.
CONS
Needs to be charged more often than some other models.
OUR VERDICT
This Chromebook features a fairly large display that makes prolonged work less stressful for your eyes.
detailed parameters
Design
Matte plastic housing, Classic form factor
Performance and Memory
NVIDIA Tegra K1 CD570M processor; 2GB RAM; 16GB eMMC storage
Display and Image Quality
14" WLED; SVA panel; 1366 x 768
Battery Life
Up to 6.5 hours
Warranty
1-year warranty

What is a Chromebook

Chromebook is a laptop operated by the special Chrome OS developed by Google. The programs are not installed on a hard drive, as it is on the conventional laptops — instead, you access them via Google Chrome browser. All your information is securely stored on the Google servers. Chromebooks have the following peculiarities:

  • Data safety — even if you lose your Chromebook all your documents, as well as photos and music, will remain in your private cloud and, therefore, will not be lost.
  • Fast system boot and operation — a Chromebook recovers from a sleep mode within 1 second.
  • Good battery life means a Chromebook works autonomously for several hours and so, can be used during business trips.
  • Chrome OS from Google is virus-proof.

Please, take a look at the wide range of additional PC accessories examined in or reviews on gaming mice and webcams.

What Features to Compare

There are many Chromebook reviews on the Internet but can you still make a reasonable choice? No, because many of Chromebook comparisons are too detailed or contain the information right from the commercial booklets. That is why we have selected 5 top Chromebooks available and analysed only the features that are truly important for potential buyers.

The first feature to consider is the Design of a Chromebook. It tells you how flexible and convenient a laptop is and how easy using it every day is. Here is what we include in this feature: a form factor, compactness, and, of course, material a Chromebook is made of.

The next issue to take into account is Performance and Memory — though Chrome laptops are designed for rather simple tasks, they need to be powerful enough to open multiple tabs in Google Chrome browser, cope with different online activities, and so on. When assessing performance and memory, you should consider the processing unit (CPU) and RAM memory. The more powerful a CPU is the better the performance of the Chromebook is. However, keep in mind that the RAM capacity is usually quite small for this type of devices and ranges from 2 GB to 4 GB. Also, you should take a look at a storage capacity since you will not always have Internet access and, in this case, you will need an internal storage.

Also, consider the Display and Image Quality of every device in our Chromebook comparison. The screen size is important since customers need different devices — some want a really small Chrome laptop whereas others want 15.6-inch gadgets. And pay attention to a screen resolution and viewing angles every display provides.

Finally, make sure to check what Battery Life every Chromebook provides. The larger the capacity of the battery is the longer a Chrome laptop will be able to run without a recharge.

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ASUS C201PA

Almost a Laptop

Chromebook is a fairly popular device among people who are constantly busy and on the move between locations. And for those people, the system response is an exceptionally important parameter. The Chromebook uses Chrome OS, therefore no need to worry about long booting. This device is, of course, is not what you need for heavy gaming but as for the light entertainment when you are not busy — a Chromebook can provide a number of great online gaming apps.

ASUS Chromebook is the first choice if your top priority would be a prolonged work comprising of several tasks. This Chromebook has a performance that will definitely leave you pleased. You will feel comfortable and won't need to wait for every action too long. The storage chip is made using the SSD technology which is also known for its high speed and performance. Get the access to all your data in a blink. On buying an ASUS Chromebook you also obtain a 100GB Cloud Storage space on GoogleDrive for the whole two years starting from the moment you activate the bonus. Lastly, ASUS Chromebook C201PA-FD0009 11.6" Laptop will make you forget about the lengthy process of setting your software — it is automatic here so you will receive the latest and newest edition by default. Create a Google account if you haven't got one yet and use it on all your devices with all the data synced.

Review of ASUS C201PA Laptop

PegASUS

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (the official name of the company) is a pretty young player on the computer hardware market. It was established in 1989 by four engineers previously working for the Acer Corporation. They put all their knowledge and experience into the newest and boldest ideas and called the project Asus. Interesting fact: the name Asus is claimed to be a part of the ancient Greek creature Pegasus' name. The Pegasus was a symbol of fame, among else. But the Asus founders wished to be at the beginning of the phone books so they halved the word. That's how the unique name came to be, allowing the birth of many cutting-edge products now popular in all the world ends. Customers trust Asus, and the company has never fallen short of their expectation, designing high-quality well-balanced products.

ASUS C201PA Laptop in the use

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HDMI Cable will enable you to watch high-quality video on HDTV sets using a Chromebook.

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$159 Asus C201 Chromebook with RK3288
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ASUS C201PA
 

HP G4

Interesting Features

Most Chromebooks manufacturers use quality plastic as a casing material. The reason for that is the intention to make the devices more lightweight. But the cons of this material is that its careless handling may result in scratches and chips. And what if your Chromebook fell off a table? This probability is rather high, for the device itself is very light and to push it to the edge unintentionally is pretty easy. Many Chromebooks may get broken in that event. But not HP Chromebook 11 G4, no no. The casing of this model is strengthened and can withstand the drops from up to 70 cm height. For a fully plastic model, this is pretty good, we think. And that is not all. It is also watertight and will survive if you happen to flip the glass on a keyboard. The next benefit you get is that this Chromebook model is exceptionally quiet to the point where you don't hear it working even if the apps or Internet surfing makes a great deal of a load. Where's the catch? No catch! It's just that the manufacturer managed to provide cooling without actual coolers. No coolers mean no noise. Work in a comfortable silence.

Review of HP G4 Laptop

Luck Matters

Hewlett-Packard (HP for short) today is a leader in designing and manufacturing laptops and hardware peripherals. But did you know that when Bill Hewlett and David Packard started the company they produced audio oscillators? Their first major clients were the Walt Disney Productions who bought eight models and gave the company a chance to show us everything we see today from HP. One more thing is that when deciding on whose name will go first in the company name Bill and David just... tossed a coin! Bill won and now we know the company as HP instead of PH. It was what we call dumb luck. Funny, no?

The Hewlett-Packard products are affordable for pretty much anyone but there were times when one personal computer by this company cost 25–50 thousand dollars depending on the model! Wow.

HP G4 Laptop in the use

A Little Drawback

If you tend to move a lot and work your Chromebook outside of buildings often (for example if you are a student and love to study in a park) we advise you to find a shadowed place. The brightness of this model's display is so that direct sun rays may interfere and the data on the screen will become hard to see clearly.

More Products to Consider

Want to extend the storage space of your Chromebook? Simple! A microSDHC Memory Card with Adapter will allow transferring your data from one device to the other quickly and without problems.

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Acer CB3-131

Ready in a Flash

Hardly anyone will nix the offer of a laptop that is ready to work mere seconds after you push the power button. That's what Acer CB3-131 does. It loads in 8 seconds and is ready to go with all its Google services. The perfect price to specs ratio makes this model one of the most popular in its class.

Who is it for? Mainly, the Docs users and Google Play lovers. The latter is a pretty large group as Google Play offers something for everyone, one will be able to find something to their taste whatever that taste is. The most of the Chromebook performance is obtained when you use the Internet as Google services are located on the servers instead of inside your device. This way, the manufacturers lower the load the Chromebook takes. Acer Chromebook CB3-131 is a model with 11" display and we want to assure you it is not as small as it seems. You will be able to watch even HD YouTube video with utmost comfort. Furthermore, with an HDMI cable, you will have the opportunity to transfer the image to a TV set and enjoy the high-resolution picture. If you are looking for a steady device at a good price, this Chromebook is a perfect choice for web-based tasks.

Review of Acer CB3-131 Laptop

Google Plans

Despite the fact that Chromebooks are designed to look like laptops, they are not full-fledged computers for hard work and games. Everything you do you do in a Chrome browser, the apps are opened in Chrome windows. But Google company has great designs upon Chromebooks. The rough idea is to make them more versatile and up-to-date. According to Google, there are sensor displays with multi-touch in the works for Chromebooks. If it happens, the range of possibilities the users will be able to perform in some apps will expand greatly, as will the speed of work. And Google is a corporation that does not waste words, they have the reputation to uphold. They create wonderful products in hardware and software alike. We believe the implementation of those plans will take place soon.

Acer CB3-131 Laptop in the use

More Products to Consider

As this Acer model is performed in white, it can be dirtied with fewer efforts than the darker models. We recommend buyers to purchase a protective case to preserve the pristine colour of the Chromebook.

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Lenovo N21

Your Assistant in Studies

Lenovo is known as a manufacturer of affordable devices with good specifications. And they stayed true to themselves and their traditions when they designed the Lenovo Chromebook N21 11.6" HD Laptop. This Chromebook is created to be used in schools and generally for studying. The specs are modified to help students make notes and do homework which they send using their Google account afterwards. In the recent years, Chromebooks and similar devices are widely used in education to simplify the process for they provide storage space and help information search. With this, grasping the knowledge is much easier. The Lenovo Chromebook N22 developers thought out literally everything, including the pretty high-quality 180° rotating camera in the top part of the Chromebook lid. Why would a student need one? Imagine a teacher drawing images or diagrams on the board while explaining the lesson. Instead of trying to replicate them in a textbook, students can simply make a photo and attach it to the notes. Easy as a cake.

One more feature that seems important in Chromebooks intended for studying is their battery-operated time. Lenovo N22 shines here like none other Chromebook as it provides up to 14 hours of uninterrupted heavy-loaded work! It is the best Chromebook for your kid to achieve great results in studying.

Review of Lenovo N21 Laptop

Determined to Be the Best

Lenovo in a short period of time has achieved the results some top computer manufacturers can only dream about. Creating a wide range of gadgets from phones to professional computers, Lenovo engineers always go all out to get the best results possible and be unique. And these efforts pay off. The proof is right here: at the end of 1990s Lenovo was mostly known in their homeland China only but after becoming partners with Microsoft and purchasing one of the IBM divisions the situation changed drastically. The deal earned Lenovo third place among PC manufacturers. They gradually climbed higher and higher in the personal computer vendors list until in 2013, Lenovo replaced the longstanding leader in worldwide computer shipments HP on their position. And they hold it up till now. All these facts combined confirm that Lenovo team know what they are doing and what their consumers want to see in computers and laptops. 

Lenovo N21 Laptop in the use

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A convenient briefcase will help you bring your Chromebook to classes.

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HP G4

Unusual Chromebook

As a rule, Chromebooks are tiny and easy-to-carry devices for light work and entertainment. HP Chromebook 14 G3 is not quite like that, its display has a 14" diagonal more often seen in full-sized laptops than in Chrome OS based devices. What is it good for? Mainly, the bigger screen means larger working windows and, consequently, less load on your eyes. That's already a lot. And as an additional bonus, you obtain 100GB of Cloud Storage from the Google company to keep your valuable data and work and have access to from any Internet-connected device. We also could not walk by and not notice the quad-core Tegra K1 processor that handles multitasking really well. The 2GB RAM means watching video on streaming sites without lags which is even better on a bigger screen. Install Skype app for Android and you can call and video call to your friends anywhere. Everything is more fun.

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Chromebook Capabilities

What can a Chromebook do? The distinguishing feature of Chromebooks is Chrome OS with quite a lot of possibilities. How useful they are for you depends on what you are looking for in a portable computer. For example, if your main course of use revolves around documents and mail, a Chromebook is all you could wish for to exchange data quickly. That said, if you want to play games in your spare time, you will have to confine yourself to browser games offered by Google Play Store. Those may be somewhat lacking in comparison to your traditional desktop PC games but they are mostly enough for entertainment between work sessions or after a tired day. Chromebooks might not be real competitors to laptops just yet, nevertheless, they are worthy of your attention.

HP G4 Laptop in the use

Suggestion of a Kind

The big display takes up more energy to maintain the image so the operation time after charging this Chromebook is approximately 6.5 hours continuously. This combined with the size itself makes HP Chromebook 14 G3 a device better suited for your office desk than for carrying around constantly.

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Some people are not used to using touchpads or simply do not like them all that much. If you are one of them we would like to recommend you to buy an optical mouse. With it, your control over the Chromebook cursor will become faster and easier.

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Comparison of Chromebooks

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