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The Best Chromebook for Work in 2022

 

The Best Chromebook for Work in 2022

After 25 hours of researching 40 models currently on the market, we have determined that the HP Chromebook x360 14c is the best Chromebook around thanks to its many strengths, guaranteeing it excellent value for money.
Our Pick, Best Mid-Range

HP Chromebook x360 14c (14c-ca0000sf/14c-ca0005nf)

HP Chromebook x360 14c (14c-ca0000sf/14c-ca0005nf)

This chromebook is a fine example of a versatile and qualitative model. Indeed, it takes interesting components and integrates them into a neat chassis. Its ergonomics are also of a good level.

The x360 14c is a powerful chromebook, practical and pleasant to use. It is based here on a 10th generation Intel Core i3 processor coupled with 8 GB of RAM, which allows it to manage the vast majority of the tasks that you can entrust to it. Its convertible touch screen and its careful ergonomics make it very pleasant to use on a daily basis. However, it will be necessary to deal with a high weight (300 g more than competing models) and a slightly low maximum brightness. Stylus enthusiasts can also equip it with a USI stylus.

Best cheap

Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-1H-S64V)

Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-1H-S64V)

Little brother of our top-of-the-range model, it incorporates all the codes of the 713 with its premium chassis while offering more than sufficient power for standard uses.

The Chromebook Spin 513 is a great solution for anyone looking for a quality convertible laptop for standard use. Its neat and optimized chassis contains interesting components even if the overall power remains quite limited due to the use of a Snapdragon SC7180. This processor allows on the other hand a good autonomy of ten hours but which can reach up to 14 hours with the necessary optimizations. Ergonomics, for its part, offers a mixed result because of its keyboard, certainly backlit, but a little too soft. However, USI styli are accepted.

Best high end

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-2W-50T5)

It is without a doubt the most robust Chromebook of this selection. It can withstand great pressure and drops up to 1.22 m. It is the ideal tool for commuters, who can work there safely in transport.

This model offers good mobility and extensive connectivity but is distinguished above all by its performance. Indeed, with a 10th generation Intel Core i5 and 8 GB of RAM, it greatly surpasses its competitor and is particularly versatile. This makes it an excellent solution for everyone because, thanks to its high power, it is able to manage all the tasks that you can entrust to it.

Cheap alternative

Acer Spin 311 (‎CP311-3H-K988)

Acer Spin 311 (‎CP311-3H-K988)

Offered at an affordable price, this entry-level has the merit of being sufficiently powerful, having an 11 ”HD touch screen and being reversible in tablet mode. Small in size, it is easy to transport.

Designed for school or professional use, this computer is a very good compromise. Its compact size makes it a model of transportability and its power allows it to better manage the majority of the tasks that you may entrust to it. It is therefore a great solution if you need a practical everyday computer without requiring a large screen or high power. It may even be suitable for travel enthusiasts who want to stay connected.

our selection

Our Pick, Best Mid-Range Best cheap Best high end Cheap alternative
HP Chromebook x360 14c - NC Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-1H-S64V) Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Acer Spin 311 (CP311-3H-K988)
HP Chromebook x360 14c (14c-ca0000sf/14c-ca0005nf) Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-1H-S64V) Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-2W-50T5) Acer Spin 311 (‎CP311-3H-K988)
This chromebook is a fine example of a versatile and qualitative model. Indeed, it takes interesting components and integrates them into a neat chassis. Its ergonomics are also of a good level. Little brother of our top-of-the-range model, it incorporates all the codes of the 713 with its premium chassis while offering more than sufficient power for standard uses. It is without a doubt the most robust Chromebook of this selection. It can withstand great pressure and drops up to 1.22 m. It is the ideal tool for commuters, who can work there safely in transport. Offered at an affordable price, this entry-level has the merit of being very robust, having an 11 ”HD touch screen and being reversible in tablet mode. Small in size, it is easy to transport.

Honorable mentions

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet (€ 299.99 at time of publication). A tablet running Chrome OS. With a 10.1 ”screen, this model is more of a hybrid touchscreen tablet under Chrome OS than a real Chromebook. It still has 4 GB of RAM, a 64 GB SSD and a Mediatek Helio P60T processor. The autonomy goes up to 10 hours which is low compared to touch pads but correct for a Chromebook. On the other hand, the connection is limited to a USB-C socket in addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, classic for a tablet.

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-AI0032) (€ 758.20 at time of publication): Everything from the premium Chromebook. Between its flawless material quality, its well calibrated 14 ”screen, its lightness, its compact size, its endurance and its advanced performance, this model can easily replace a Windows computer as it is powerful. As a bonus, it can be converted into a tablet thanks to its 360 ° reversible touch screen and follows you through a whole day of work without showing any signs of weakness. Unfortunately, it is starting to date a little and bows to the newcomer to the market, the Spin 713, in particular because of the absence of new technologies such as Wi-Fi 6.

 

 

BUYING GUIDE

While Chromebooks are gaining more and more popularity in the United States, they are still struggling to find a place in old Europe. These are indeed often unrecognized devices, and whose components are sometimes disconcerting when we are used to the technical sheets of Windows or Apple PCs.

So, to assess the quality of a Chromebook, it is imperative to understand the specifics of this type oflaptop against competition.

  • The price: Chromebooks, running on Chrome OS (a free and open source operating system developed by Google), are able to offer high hardware and software quality for a reasonable price. A good Chromebook should therefore be inexpensive, and offer excellent value for money.
  • The material quality: linked to the question of price, that of the material quality is essential in the choice of a Chromebook: whatever the price, it must have a good screen, good keyboard and touchpad, decent sound and a strong and light design.
  • Speed: Chrome OS allows you to make the most of the CPU and RAM performance of Chromebooks, a good model must be extremely fast, both at startup and in web browsing (the pages must load in an instant and they must be able to support a lot of tabs open simultaneously).
  • Security: With Chrome OS’s foolproof firewall, there’s no need to install an antivirus. Automatic updates are performed every 6 weeks (in the background, without affecting your work and without requiring a restart), with the latest performance and security improvements.
  • The Google environment: while it is preferable to work with the Google environment (and in particular its office suite), the increasingly extensive compatibility of Chrome OS allows many alternatives. Thus, all recent Chromebooks are compatible with Google Play Store (notably allowing access to the app version of the Microsoft Office suite), and if some recent Chromebooks were already Linux compatible, this is now the case for any model marketed since 2019.

When you know this, it is possible to take a detailed look at the components of a Chromebook to determine what kind of use it is for.

The first thing to watch is the processor:

  • Intel Celeron and Pentium processors: for standard use in the private sector (surfing, office automation, watching videos, etc.), this type of processor is perfectly sufficient.
  • AMD A4 and A6 processors: these processors with some similarities to a Pentium 4200 began to be integrated into some Chromebooks in early 2019. They are in fact ideal for this type of computer, because their power in browsing and web applications is greater, while they present an even lower cost than the above processors.
  • Intel M3 processor: for more extensive use (in the professional context, for example), it is ideal because it offers high speed and powerful processing, without raising the price.
  • Intel Core i3 processor: even faster than the M3, it can store a lot of data in cache, thus improving performance. It is also a very interesting compromise.
  • Intel Core i5 and i7 processors: more and more high-end Chromebooks integrate these processors, extremely powerful and efficient. While it is true that applications from the Play Store and opening to Linux require more and more resources, this type of processor is often useless unless you have an extremely extensive use of complex programs, especially when you see the way they drive up the price.

Together, it is necessary to look at the amount of random access memory (RAM) available to the Chromebook. It is this which transmits the data to be processed to the processor and therefore largely determines the processing speed. Suddenly, for private use, a quantity of 4 GB is more than sufficient (2 GB becoming obsolete since the opening of Chrome OS in the Play Store), but 8 GB are recommended in a professional setting, where multitasking often reigns supreme. . And if the market starts to see 16 GB models appear, they are often very expensive for, currently, not to be fully exploited.

In addition, you should know that the question of the storage capacity of a Chromebook is less essential than on a Windows PC, since the particularity of these computers is to record everything (or almost) by default in the GDrive. As a result, it is rare to see Chromebooks contain a lot of storage space:

  • 32 GB of memory: for standard private use, this capacity is more than enough to store the few files that will not be automatically sent to the GDrive.
  • 64 GB of memory: If you make full use of Android and Google apps, this is an option to watch out for. They are also recommended for professional use.
  • 128 GB of memory: this capacity, which quickly increases the budget of a Chromebook, is only profitable if you have extensive and heavy use of the computer, by practicing, for example, sound or video processing.

Finally, there are always alternative solutions, such as microSD ports which are increasingly present on Chromebooks, or simply by using a external hard drive or a USB key which we made comparisons.

 

Sources

  1. Cnet, Best Chromebook for 2020: Acer, HP, Asus, Lenovo and more – CNET, October 13, 2021
  2. Digital Trends, The Best Chromebooks for 2020: Google, HP, Lenovo, and More, October 13, 2021
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  5. T3, Best Chromebooks 2020: our pick of the best cheap Chrome OS laptops, October 13, 2021
  6. Techradar, Best Chromebook 2020, October 13, 2021

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