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Best Budget Chromebooks For Light Work & Productivity

Even though i wouldn’t recommend Chromebooks for heavy-duty tasks, nothing can beat them when it comes to light work & portability. I personally take my chromebook with me when i travel, because they are easy to carry and can get basic tasks such as checking emails, writing blog posts and using social media easily. That’s why, i decided to review the 5 best budget Chromebooks in the market for this year.

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5. Acer Chromebook R11

Best For Travel

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

Chromebooks are becoming the productivity users favorite devices these days, delivering amazing simplicity and ease of use. To be honest, most of us can’t be bothered with the advanced Windows systems that require updates and configuration, we just want an easy to use system that will be great for productivity. The Acer Chromebook R11 is a great example, with its minimalist design, tablet mode, lengthy battery life, and delivers an utterly smooth experience. The perfect Chromebook for frequent travelers.

The biggest selling point of the Acer Chromebook R11 is its portable size and lightweight, as the device weighs just 2.76-pound, and as I told you its pretty small as a whole. The Acer Chromebook R11 rocks a plastic build, and you would expect that the build quality is not up to par, on the contrary, this device feels extremely sturdy and durable. The only caveat that this body might have is that its white body picks up dirt and fingerprints, so I would invest in a nice microfiber cloth to keep in my laptop bag.

In terms of ports and connectivity, it doesn’t have tons of options, but they are enough for the price and size of it, as it comes with a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI with HDCP support, a 3.5mm audio port, and an SD card slot. One of my favourite things about this device was it is soft and keyboard, that was spacy despite the size of the laptop, and the whole experience was a little different, but nice.

The device is equipped 11.6-inch 1366×768 resolution touch-screen display that could get pretty bright and colourful, as it managed to reproduce about 74 percent of the sRGB colour gamut, and it is worth mentioning that the colour accuracy is excellent, delivering a nice viewing experience.

The Acer Chromebook R11 is equipped with a quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 CPU for its performance, and it is coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, these numbers may not be much for today’s laptops, but thanks to the ultra optimized operating system, the whole experience is smooth and seamless, perfect for productivity.

If your life consists of frequent traveling, and you need a worthy companion, the Acer Chromebook R11 might be the perfect tool for you. Definitely one of the best budget chromebooks for traveling.

4. Acer Chromebook 15

Best Value 15-inches

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

Most of the Chromebooks on the market today deliver plenty of value for their prices, however, if you want a large screen one without sacrificing anything else, the Acer Chromebook 15 is the best bet in your search. This 15-inch screen laptop delivers some nice visuals, great performance, nice keyboard, lengthy battery life, and amazing Chrome OS experience that will keep you pleased.

Unlike most of the Chromebooks in the market, the Acer Chromebook 15 is very excellently designed, an ultra-attractive laptop. It adopts some design tricks from business laptops such as the MacBook, with its slim and refined edges and its aluminium body that pleasingly reflects the light. The device weighs 4.2-pounds in total, making it not the most portable choice, but it rocks a very high build quality and durability.

The connectivity ports are pretty much standard, including a pair of USB 3.0 ports, two USB Type-C ports, a MicroSD slot, a Kensington lock, and a 3.5mm audio port. The keyboard of the Acer Chromebook 15 is truly excellent, allowing for a fast typing experience and as a matter of fact, I’m writing on this Chromebook. The trackpad is great as well, thanks to its size and it detects multi-touch gestures, in addition to that the design of it is perfect.

The biggest selling point of the Acer Chromebook 15 is its 15.6-inch IPS touchscreen display, and first of all the touch-screen controls work great, is responsive and has multi-touch gestures. The viewing angles are great and the whole experience is extremely colourful and pleasing. Its Full HD resolution delivered plenty of sharpness, perfect for your downtime and productivity hours as well.

Chrome OS doesn’t demand high-performance specs, however, this Acer is equipped with plenty of goodies in it. It sports an Intel Celeron 1.6GHz CPU coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD for productivity and performance. On top of all this, it is also equipped with an Intel HD Graphics unit to deliver pleasing visuals and overall smoothness from the device.

If you want to a big-screen Chromebook, that is worth its price, the Acer Chromebook 15 is the answer.

3. HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr

Most Balanced

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

For the users that want an extremely balanced experience from a Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr is the perfect pick. This Chromebook doesn’t make any compromises, as it delivers a solid experience all-around. It comes with an excellent keyboard, great performance, sharp screen, good battery life, a nice set of features, and a great Chrome OS experience, without any sacrifice.

This 14-inch laptop sports a pretty nice design, it looks futuristic but cute at the same time. It is very slim and compact measuring 0.7-inches at its thickest point, and it weighs just enough at 3.74-pounds. It has an all-plastic body that comes in a white paint job, and it feels pretty good in hands, and overall it looks very attractive. The build quality is also up to par, but then again we don’t expect anything less from HP.

The HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr comes with plenty of ports, including an HDMI port, a Kensington lock slot, a USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio port, and a microSD card slot to complete the package. The keyboard in this laptop feels spacy and pleasant, and the typing experience is extremely good. Delivering plenty of key travel and a satisfying clicky feel, the trackpad is equally good providing space and operation for your needs.

The 14-inch 1920×1080 Full HD screen is extremely vivid, bright and crisp, the colour reproduction is excellent and they are pretty accurate to the source, natural and balanced. A pleasing viewing experience overall.

In the performance department, the HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr is equipped with an Intel Celeron N2940 1.83GHz quad-core processor combined with 4GB RAM and 16GB of eMMC drive of storage. These specs deliver a great foundation for productivity and multi-tasking, and during my testing, I experienced no lagging or stuttering, and I can comfortably say that it is pretty capable.

The device is equipped with a 3-cell 37 watt-hour battery that lasts about 8 hours on a single charge, enough to get you by a workday in the office.

The HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr is an ultra balanced machine that will deliver everything you may need from a Chromebook.

2. Dell Chromebook 11

The Smallest

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

Chromebooks come in different shapes and sizes, and for budget buyers, it is better to opt for a smaller one, as the bigger models sacrifice in a lot of areas. One of the smallest in the market is the Dell Chromebook 11, which is a pretty good 2-in-1, thanks to its great display, nice battery life, good performance that allows-for multi-tasking, and the amazing build quality that makes this device very desirable.

The Dell Chromebook 11 comes in a very simple design, utilitarian and minimalistic, as the device favours durability over aesthetics. It has a plastic-and-rubber casing that is not the most beautiful of the designs however, it only makes this device sturdier. It doesn’t flex under pressure and on the rubber acts as a shock absorber in case of any drops, and the device weighs about 4 pounds give or take, making it a pretty heavy laptop for its size. I’m utterly impressed with the hinges that connect the display and the deck, as it made for a very smooth transition to tablet mode.

The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch IPS display which is great for a display of this size and it boasts a resolution of 1366×768, resulting in plenty of sharpness. Thanks to its IPS nature this display has great viewing angles and the colour reproduction is excellent as well. However, it is not as bright as I would have liked, but overall the viewing experience is very solid and pleasing.

In terms of connectivity, this particular model is very well equipped for its size, coming in with a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a microSD slot, audio jack port, and a Noble lock slot, making it pretty accessible. The keyboard is mediocre and it delivers a good experience nothing remarkable, and the touchpad is of the same class.

For performance, it is equipped with an Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core CPU and 4GB of RAM to give it plenty of power for productivity and multi-tasking in general. It has a storage of 16GB in total, which is enough for the class, and overall the experience of the Chrome OS was very smooth.

The Dell Chromebook 11 delivers amazing durability and performance for its compact size, making it desirable for a lot of buyers.

1. Lenovo Chromebook C330

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

The best budget Chromebooks from this year comes from Lenovo and its Chromebook C330. It is the definite best in this price range because it delivers tremendous battery life, a pretty great typing experience, a wide range of ports, a good display, and overall amazing value for its affordable price. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at this amazing Chromebook.

The Lenovo Chromebook C330 has an all-plastic build with an attractive white finish that looks amazing. However, once you open the lid, the thick black bezels around the screen take a little from its aesthetics. The device weighs just 2.8 pounds in total and measures just 0.8-inches at its thickest point, making it a lightweight and slim device. It transitions very smoothly through its four convertible modes and the display rotates smoothly around the deck. On top of all this, the build quality of this Chromebook is great, delivering plenty of durability on its small body.

In terms of ports and connectivity, this model is very rich and has plenty of options, including a USB type C port, an HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, SD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio port to finish it off. The keyboard of the device delivers a great typing experience, something that wasn’t expected thanks to its size and price, it is spacy, has good key travel and delivers a nice tactile feel overall. The touchpad was decent at best and had nothing remarkable to speak of.

This laptop has an 11.6-inch IPS display that delivered a resolution of 1366×768, which was sharp, bright and vibrant. The overall viewing experience was decent, as it achieved 73 percent of the sRGB colour gamut and got bright up to 250 nits at max. The touchscreen was very responsive and it was pleasing to use with no gimmicks at all.

In the performance department, this laptop delivered plenty of desireful qualities thanks to its MediaTek MT8173C CPU with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is more than enough for multi-tasking and productivity use. The Chrome OS experience was excellent and I was generally pleased with the performance of the product, as it was snappy and quick, even with a dozen tabs open in chrome.

Look no further if you are seeking a budget Chromebook.

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