The best Chromebook for 2023

We’ve reviewed hundreds of the best laptops over the years, testing for important qualities like performance, battery life, and display quality. And we’ve found that Chromebooks consistently excel at performance and reliability. The best Chromebooks we’ve assembled here are something special, however. They offer solid performance, excellent functionality, and enough diversity to handle just about any need.

Best Chromebook Google Pixelbook Go
Best 2-in-1 Chromebook Acer Chromebook Spin 713
Best Cheap Chromebook Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5
Best Premium Chromebook Asus Chromebook Flip C436

Best Chromebook

Google Pixelbook Go

The Pixelbook Go from the top, sitting on a wooden table.
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Chromebooks are known for being ultra-cheap alternatives to Windows and Mac. But the Pixelbook Go doesn’t feel like a cheap imitation. A Windows laptop that costs around the same won’t feature anything like the build quality, portability, and performance the Pixelbook Go can offer. The efficiency of Chrome OS has a lot to do with that, but it’s also a credit to Google’s hardware team. The Pixlebook Go is the complete package, elevating the strengths of its platform. With unmatched battery life, a beautiful 13-inch screen, and fantastic battery life, the Pixelbook Go is a go-to for college students, as well as the ultimate travel companion for those who need to take their work on the go.

Read our Google Pixelbook Go review.

Best 2-in-1 Chromebook

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713, partially in tablet mode and propped on a stone patio.
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The Acer Chromebook Spin 713  is a larger and considerably more expensive alternative to the diminutive Chromebook Duet. But that’s okay — it offers a lovely 13.5-inch display in the productivity-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio and with a high resolution of 2256 x 1504. That’s well-worth the extra real estate.

It’s also a very fast Chromebook, with our review model featuring a 1oth-gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 CPU — plenty fast for the light and efficient Chrome OS. It’s the first Intel Evo-certified Chromebook, and it’s also the first with support for Thunderbolt 4. The laptop took everything we threw at it and kept chugging along. It’s also designed as well as it performs, with a solid chassis and a very usable 360-degree convertible format.

It’s not the least expensive Chromebook you’ll find, but it’s not the most expensive, either. The Chromebook Spin 713 is just a great option for anyone looking for a highly productive 2-in-1 Chromebook.

Read our Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review.

Best Budget Chromebook

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5

The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 from the side, partially closed, on a wooden counter.

Laptops under $500 are pretty rare, but Chromebooks under $500 are a dime a dozen. None hold up as well as the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5, though. It’s a 13-inch laptop that’s highly portable at just under three pounds in weight. It’s a fairly rigid and well-built laptop, unlike a lot of the plasticky options out there, with a quality backlit keyboard.

Its best feature, though, is the performance. Many Chromebooks come with underpowered processors that will suffer under heavier loads, such as video conferencing or having lots of tabs open. Not the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5. It comes with the option for a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor — the same one that you can find in many Windows 11 laptops. Because of how light Chrome OS is, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 feels snappy and speedy, regardless of how many tabs you have open.

Of course, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 also comes with a 360-degree hinge and a touch screen, making it as good for binging Netflix and using Android apps as it is for getting work done.

Read our Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 review.

Best Premium Chromebook

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 open on a stone patio.
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Premium Chromebooks have had a resurgence, offering higher-end build quality, faster performance, and even high-resolution screens. The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is the best example of this new crop, featuring a supremely portable design with its tablet mode and a premium finish. From the all-aluminum chassis to the 2.5-pound weight, you could easily mistake the Flip C436 for a $1,000 Windows laptop — an accomplishment for a Chromebook laptop.

Under the hood, the Asus Chromebook Flip C436 includes a 10th-gen Core i3 processor, which is plenty of power for Chrome OS. The one competitor to this Asus is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2. It’s even sleeker than the Flip C436, but it upgrades the display up to 4K if you are willing to pay for such an advanced Chrome OS device — we like the Flip’s mix of high-end features with a somewhat lower price.

Read our Asus Chromebook Flip C436 review.

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