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Thursday March 17, 2016 8:08 pm

Laptop Prices Got You Down? Here Are the Best Chromebooks

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, PC / Laptop

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Are today's laptop prices starting to worry you? If you have a laptop that's about ready to hum its last and need a replacement, there are inexpensive and dependable computers out there…if you know where to look. We're specifically talking about Chromebooks, those lightweight laptops that run Chrome OS and come with much cheaper specs than the average mobile machine. Even the best Chromebooks are limited in some ways: Because they can only run Chrome and have very limited storage, most of their work needs to be based in the cloud, on the web, or on more simple apps. However, if you don't need to run any demanding programs or save up a lot of data, they can be a very effective solution to your laptop vs. wallet problem. Here are several of our top picks for the best Chromebooks and why they shine.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 - $400

It's common to expect not-so-impressive specs on a Chromebook, so when one of these computers actually has impressive features, it's worth talking about. This Toshiba Chromebook 2 has a particularly great HD, 1080p screen: At around 13 inches it isn't huge, but it is bright and beautiful, and makes this Chromebook an entertainment device in its own right. The other features include 4GB of RAM, a Core i3 processor, and only 16GB of storage, so remember to take it easy and stream your entertainment instead of downloading it.

Acer Chromebook 15 C910

Acer Chromebook 15 C910 - $350

The Acer Chromebook 15 C910 comes with a larger screen for those who prefer more real estate for their work. It's also packing more power inside with an i5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD for storage. That's enough for even more serious business and school purposes, which makes this laptop an excellent choice for people who want to get things done – or for those who want a Chromebook price but features that would feel all right even on another laptop.

Dell Chromebook 13

Dell Chromebook 13 - $490

Dell has a lot of experience making ultrabooks, so it's no surprise that the company can make a mean Chromebook, too. The Dell Chromebook 13 has pretty basic specs, including a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB for the SSD, but the design is excellent and durable. If you hate buying new computers and want one that's going to last you for years without any fuss, then going with Dell is always a solid choice.

Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel - $1,000

One of these things is not like the others! Look, sometimes you need a really powerful laptop, either for work or for some enterprising entertainment plans. If you want absolutely top quality and are willing to pay for, consider the Pixel. It's pricey, but not as expensive as computers with similar specs – which include an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 32GB of SSD storage, and a screen that pushes resolution up toward MacBook levels with ultra HD. The design, which includes an aluminum alloy frame, is also worth noting for its durability and cool factor.

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