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Samsung Chromebook 2
Samsung was the first big name vendor to really support the Chromebook with the Samsung Series 5 back in 2011. I still have that Chromebook and while it's showing its age, it's still useful. The new Samsung 2 looks good but at $299 and $399 list price for the 11.6- and 13.3-inch, respectively, they strike me a little pricey.
Still, you might be tempted by the 13.3-inch model because it has a true 1080p display. While it doesn't equal the Chromebook Pixel, it's also a third of its price.
The other important features are an odd mix of a little too slow for the price. For example, the eight-core 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa chip is a little slow while the 4GBs of RAM is just right.
Otherwise it's an ordinary Chromebook with a 16GB SSD, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4, a headphone jack, a USB 2 and USB 3 port, an HDMI port and an SD Card slot.
Still, if you want to sneak watching a HD movie in while you should be studying...
So which Chromebook is the best for you? As always, it depends on you and your needs. While all these Chrome OS powered laptops resemble each other, there's enough differences in price, quality, and features that only you can decide on which one is the best for your school.
Personally, of this selection, I'd go with the Dell Chromebook 11 — if I can find one! After that, for me, it's a toss up between the Acer Chromebook C720P for its price, and the Lenovo N20p for its keyboard.
At these prices, however, it's hard to go too far wrong. Pick the one you like best, and best of luck with school this year!