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Top four Chromebooks by screen size

The Chromebook space is becoming crowded with lots of models to choose from. Here's our picks of the top models in each available screen size.
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Top four Chromebooks by screen size

In the beginning there were only a couple of Chromebooks to choose from, but that didn't last long. Now there are quite a few models vying for your money. Many of them sport very similar hardware.

With a few exceptions, most Chromebooks have an Intel processor, usually the Celeron. The outliers have an ARM processor, or an Intel Core i3, and we're starting to see some appear with the Nvidia Tegra K1. They are all available with 2 or 4GB of memory, and 16 or 32GB of onboard storage.

Due to the similarity in the hardware components of most Chromebooks, the deciding factor for many when considering a purchase is a particular screen size. There are now Chromebooks with the same display sizes found in the conventional laptop world. Chromebooks are available in these screen sizes: 11.6, 13.3, 14, 15.6 inches.

I've looked long and hard at the current options, and present my take on the best Chromebook with each sized screen. Wherever possible, an honorable mention is listed.

This list makes it clear that Acer dominates the Chromebook space.

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Acer C720 with Core i3

The Acer C720 is a long running (for Chromebooks) model that has seen several hardware iterations. The latest has an Intel Core i3 processor, bringing traditional laptop performance to the Chromebook.

I've owned the Celeron model for a good while, and it is still a very good Chromebook.

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 (Celeron available)
  • Memory/ storage: 4/32GB
  • Battery: 8.5 hours
  • Price at time of publication: $339

Amazon product page

See the full review on ZDNet (Celeron model)

Honorable mention: Lenovo N20P Chromebook

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Acer Chromebook 13 with Nvidia Tegra K1

This is the first Chromebook with the Tegra K1 processor, and it impressed me when I tested it upon release. It is very fast, and the build quality is excellent.

The graphics hardware in the Acer Chromebook 13 makes it a great laptop for playing video. It's also fast at rendering web pages, which is at the very heart of Chromebook operation.

If I was buying a Chromebook today, this is the one I would get.

  • CPU: Nvidia Tegra K1, quad-core, 2.1 GHz
  • Memory/ storage: 2/16GB (4/32GB available)
  • Battery: 11 hours
  • Price at time of publication: $250

Amazon product page

Don't miss the review on ZDNet

Honorable mention: Toshiba Chromebook 2 (see the review on CNET)

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HP Chromebook 14

HP has a number of Chromebook models, and this 14-inch is very capable. It was recently refreshed with the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.

It weighs almost a pound less than the largest Chromebook in this collection, so those wanting a reasonably large screen that isn't too heavy may find this a better fit.

  • CPU: Nvidia Tegra K1
  • Memory/ storage: 2/16GB
  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Price at time of publication: $300

Product page on Amazon

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Acer Chromebook 15

This is the first Chromebook to hit the market with a 15.6-inch display. The hardware components are typical for a Chromebook, and the large display may be what some buyers need.

The large laptop weighs almost five pounds, which is much heavier than all of the smaller Chromebooks in this collection.

  • CPU: Intel Celeron (Core i3 option)
  • Memory/ storage: 2/16GB (4/32GB available)
  • Battery: No information available
  • Price at time of publication: $249

Product announcement

(note this is not yet available at time of publication)

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