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Best Chromebook 2023: Our 8 expertly-tested ChromeOS laptop picks

With Windows and macOS laptops becoming so expensive in recent years, it makes a lot of sense to opt for a more affordable Chromebook instead. But what is the best Chromebook you can buy in 2023?

In order to answer that question, our team of experts have tested as many Chromebooks as they can get their hands on. We spend at least a week with every device that we review, testing the performance with benchmark software, while using the laptop as our portable work machine to check out the quality of the design, screen, battery life and more.

With every potential Chromebook customer having a different budget and needs, we’ve made sure to include a variety of options in this best list, from ultra-affordable offerings to more premium portables.

Can’t find a Chromebook that you like the look of? Then make sure to return to this list in the future, as we’ll be updating it with new entries as soon as we’re able to review them.

And if you’re willing to look at laptops beyond ChromeOS, then we suggest also checking out our Best LaptopBest MacBook, Best UltrabookBest Student Laptop and Best Budget Laptop pages.

Best Chromebooks at a glance

How we test

Learn more about how we test Chromebooks

Every laptop we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including build quality, performance, screen quality and battery life. 

These include formal synthetic benchmarks and scripted tests, plus a series of real world checks, such as how well it runs the most frequently used apps. 

We also make sure to use every laptop we review as our primary device for at least a week to ensure our review is as accurate as possible.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2023)

Best overall Chromebook
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  • Sleek design
  • Powerful for a Chromebook
  • Responsive display


  • Expensive
  • Skittish trackpad

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2023) is everything a Chromebook should be – simple, portable and fast. It’s not the cheapest ChromeOS device around but, if you splash the cash, you won’t be disappointed.

This isn’t the most refined and eye-catching laptop but its focus is getting the job done. For productivity, the Chromebook Spin 714 (2023) destroys whatever you’ll throw at it, with the 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U and 8GB RAM combination proving more than you need, frankly. You can go wild with many Chrome tabs with this machine and do plenty of multi-tasking too.

You may only get a Full HD panel but it offers generous colour and the 14-inch display is surrounded by supremely thin bezels. Getting your words onto this screen is joyous too, with a keyboard that offers a surprising amount of tactility and good travel.

The complete package is a great showcase for the simplicity that a Chromebook can offer, from the thin-and-light design to no-nonsense performance.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2023) review

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook (2023)

Best high-end Chromebook
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  • Excellent performance
  • Top quality build and great keyboard
  • Super bright display with capable touchscreen
  • Surprisingly good (and loud) speakers


  • Middling battery life
  • No headphone jack
  • Twice the price of other good Chromebooks

Would you turn your nose up at the idea of a near-$1000 Chromebook? Well, the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook (2023) may not be for you but, if you have considered a high-end ChromeOS device then this excellent machine could sway you.

We must note that this laptop isn’t available in the UK just yet, but it is widely available in the US. If you are able to get your hands on it however then you’ll find one of the most interesting laptops of recent years. It’s a rare high-end Chromebook that feels like it earns its price, in the same way the Google Pixelbook Go did several years ago.

Despite sporting a 12th Gen Intel chip, rather than the latest 13th Gen, performance is impressive as it fulfills all the key productivity requirements a ChromeOS device could ask for. The productivity sell is rounded out with a joyous keyboard that has some pleasing RGB lighting playfully bundled in.

The 14-inch panel gets wonderfully bright and the QHD+ resolution offers more than enough detail. With a 16:10 ratio, it’s another win for productivity too with plenty of space for multiple windows and apps. The superb screen is matched by surprisingly good speakers for such a slim machine, with some delightful detail to boot.

You’ll be perfectly fine slinging this laptop around in your work bag too as it offers robust build quality and even looks the part, with a stylish matte off-white colour offered.

Reviewer: Chris Smith
Full review: HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook (2023) review

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Best 2-in-1 Chromebook
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  • Very affordable price
  • Bundled keyboard offers versatility
  • Superb screen for video content
  • Excellent battery life


  • Lack of headphone jack
  • Poor speaker quality
  • Keyboard is uncomfortably small

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a fantastic option for those craving a 2-in-1 device, giving you the dual functionality of a laptop and a tablet in one convenient package.

Its Media-Tek Helio P60T processor features eight cores, which we found to make it nippy during testing when we were using it for general web browsing. The battery life of around 13 hours is also stellar, and puts it up against more expensive laptops, even beating off the likes of the Dell XPS 13 OLED.

We also found that the 2-in-1 design means it’s extremely portable and great for those on the move, weighing just 450g. The keyboard cover it comes with is also detachable, enabling you to use the Chromebook Duet as a tablet.

We found its 10-inch touchscreen to offer up some really good colours, which worked great for everyday usage, whether we were indulging in some cloud gaming or enjoying episodes of BoJack Horseman. In darker scenes, the Chromebook Duet did struggle a little during testing. But overall, its display performed reasonably well. There are plenty of other Chromebook laptops that flaunt a 2-in-1 design, but the Lenovo Chromebook Duet remains our favourite due to the bargain price and extremely lightweight design.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Lenovo Chromebook Duet review

Acer Chromebook 314

Best budget Chromebook
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  • Great value for money
  • Sturdy construction
  • Good port selection
  • Fantastic battery life


  • Flat colours and dim display
  • No touchscreen
  • ChromeOS could provide some limitations

The Acer Chromebook 314 is the cheapest Chromebook on our list, but for the price, you’re getting a candidate that offers up features that pricier Chromebooks can’t necessarily compete with.

For instance, we found its battery life to be excellent, with the Chromebook 314 lasting for thirteen and a half hours in the office benchmark. This means it’s got serious endurance, and will last comfortably for a working day before needing to be recharged.

According to our test results, its dual-core Intel Celeron CPU offers up a snappy real-world performance for basic productivity tasks. The 4GB of RAM is enough for opening a few Chrome tabs and apps such as Slack and Spotify without too much of a noticeable slowdown, although the 32GB of eMMC storage will likely fill up quickly. For expansion though, you will find a good selection of ports, including USB-A, USB-C and microSD.

The Acer Chromebook 314 has a noticeable weakness. Its 14-inch display features a low resolution of 1366×768, which is just above 720p, resulting in a sub-par and grainy picture quality. On-screen colours look flat and dull too, which means this isn’t the best option for watching Netflix. There’s also no touchscreen here, which may well be a deal breaker for some.

But if you just need a Chromebook for writing essays and don’t care about the screen quality, then this is one of the very best laptop bargains currently available.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Acer Chromebook 314 review

Acer Chromebook 516 GE

Best gaming Chromebook
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  • Gorgeous looks
  • Plenty of power under the hood
  • Good battery life


  • Expensive for a Chromebook
  • 120Hz refresh rate cannot be used in some streaming services

The idea of a gaming Chromebook may puzzle some, and the closure of Stadia certainly hasn’t helped Google’s push into gaming-focused ChromeOS machines, but the Acer Chromebook 516 GE is undoubtedly a strong option in its own right.

What a gaming Chromebook gets you is boosted specs across the board and a better keyboard than your average laptop, as such, these devices become worth anyone’s consideration. The Chromebook 516 GE dons a quality 120Hz QHD+ panel, ideal for productivity, video-watching and game streaming services which support the higher resolution. You won’t find an OLED here but there is plenty of detail on this display along with some eye-catching colour and delightfully smooth navigation.

Its gaming slant means you get a much-improved keyboard compared to key Chromebook rivals, dodging the mushiness some offer. There is strong travel and a satisfying tactile feel, with some backlighting to boot too.

For performance, the Chromebook 516 GE is powered by an Intel Core i5-1240P chip and 8GB RAM, which is more than enough to tackle your run-of-the-mill ChromeOS tasks. Plenty of tabs and a bunch of multitasking is the order of the day here. It’s a speedy performer.

Those specs are, of course, more than enough to run Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming. If you have a strong Wi-Fi connection and suitable broadband speeds, you’ll have a jolly old time taking your games for a spin on the great display and keyboard that this machine offers. Of course, native PC gaming isn’t an option here though.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Acer Chromebook 516 GE review

Google Pixelbook Go

Best Google Chromebook
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  • Fantastic keyboard
  • Attractive, understated look
  • Impressive battery life
  • Android apps on Chrome can be useful (even if buggy)


  • Can get far too expensive if you upgrade the specs
  • No fingerprint scanner/facial unlock
  • Have to get the top model if you want a 4K screen

The Google Pixelbook Go is a brilliantly designed laptop with a minimalistic, matte black frame. Tipping the scales at just over a kilogram in weight also means we found it to be a great option for those wanting something wonderfully portable.

The mid-tier model, complete with an eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB, offers a speedy performance for ChromeOS, but it’s really the software that restricts the Pixelbook Go. Google’s own premium Chromebook occupies an odd position where it’s a premium laptop on the outside with a less powerful OS on the inside, and splashing out on a high-class laptop for simple tasks seems like a backwards purchase.

A 4K model is available if you’re willing to spend four figures on a Chromebook, but our sample’s 1080p panel is perfectly functional with crisp colours and touch input. It’s serviceable for day-to-day usage, but if having a top display on a Chromebook is a top priority, then the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook with its 4K OLED panel may be a better bet.

We found the Pixelbook Go’s battery life to be stellar too, with it offering a good amount of endurance. During testing, we found it lasted for nearly 12 hours before conking out in our battery loop test, and lasted for a working day comfortably with around 20% juice to spare.

The Google Pixelbook Go hits the sweet spot between performance and price, making it a great alternative to more expensive laptops for those who only need a machine for web browsing, video streaming and word processing.

ReviewerMax Parker
Full review: Google Pixelbook Go review

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5

Best performance Chromebook
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  • Pleasant screen
  • Comfortable, quiet keyboard
  • Long battery life


  • Value of high-spec models is questionable
  • Plastic touchpad
  • Weak speaker

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is a brilliant high-powered Chromebook for those who want more oomph to power their ChromeOS experiences.

We found its Intel Core i5-10210U processor to deliver a good performance for tasks that a Chromebook is traditionally designed for: web browsing, video streaming and basic office tasks. The 8GB of RAM also provides good headroom for multitasking, with no real faltering with a load of browser tabs open simultaneously.

The 13.3-inch Full HD panel on the Flex 5 is also a major plus point. It’s also a touchscreen, which we found make this a very versatile laptop. In actual fact, it’s a better display than some Windows laptops that occupy the same £500 or so price point, including one of our favourite budget laptops, the Surface Laptop Go from Microsoft.

The Flex 5 also features a good battery life too. We measured it to last nearly 13 hours before conking out in our video loop test, which puts it firmly ahead of similarly-priced Windows laptops, and allowed it to smash Lenovo’s own quoted 10 hours of battery life.

Overall, this is a great Chromebook with good performance to back it up. Just watch out for the thin-sounding speakers and plastic trackpad, which we weren’t big fans of. But if you’re after power in a Chromebook at a more affordable price, the Flex 5 is an excellent option.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: 
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook review

Acer Chromebook Vero 514

Best eco-friendly Chromebook
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The Acer Chromebook Vero 514 is a solid Chromebook with a gorgeous, durable design and an environmentally-friendly chassis. 

The Vero 514 has a speckled grey chassis composed of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics that makes it stand out from the crowd. The trackpad includes recycled ocean-bound plastic, while PCR plastic can be found in 30% of the chassis/screen bezel and 50% of the keycaps and speakers. Of course, the packaging is eco-friendly too, consisting of recycled paper, cardboard and other natural fibres. 

The 14-inch IPS touchscreen delivers solid detail and brightness with decent colours that pop when watching content. 

The keyboard is compact with a 65% layout and offers good tactility and travel. The legends are also clearly visible in all lights, while the backlighting makes it possible to work after dark. The trackpad meanwhile is a good size, leaving plenty of space for functions, though the Gorilla Glass can feel a bit too smooth at times. 

Performance-wise, the Vero 514 offers excellent power for a Chromebook with a good quantity of RAM and storage. This allows the laptop to feel especially nippy for the light computing tasks that ChromeOS is designed to handle. 

The Chromebook’s Geekbench 5 scores even outperformed one of our favourite similarly-priced Windows laptops, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

Finally, the Acer Chromebook Vero 514 has an all-day battery life that managed to last 11 hours and 28 minutes in our testing. This was with the keyboard backlighting switched off and the brightness halved. 

If you’re after a powerful Chromebook with an eco-friendly build, the Vero 514 offers snappy performance for day-to-day tasks. 

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Acer Chromebook Vero 514

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What is the difference between Chromebook and laptop?

A Chromebook uses Google’s ChromeOS software, while a more conventional laptop uses Windows. ChromeOS doesn’t offer as much freedom as Windows, relying instead on Google’s app store for software, but is arguably more user-friendly. Chromebooks are often cheaper than Windows laptops, but offer a basic performance for productivity. This isn’t a good option for gamers and creators, but great for students and casual use.

Can you use Word on a Chromebook?

Yes, you can find Microsoft Word in the app store, while you also have the option of Google Docs.

Can you use Chromebook without WiFi?

Absolutely, although you’ll need an internet connection to download and use apps such as Netflix and Spotify.

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