Top Picks: Chromebooks

Chromebooks have become extremely popular devices in education due to their easy of use and management.  Chrome devices are being released now by all the major OEM's.  I have tried many Chrome devices over the years and these are the one's that I currently like for schools at the moment.  Some areas I look at with these device choices include who would be using the device; the cost of the device to it's quality; enjoyable to use; battery life; and what is repairable on it.


For Administrators and Staff:
(in alphabetical order)

Asus Chromebook Flip (C100P)
This is a very nice device for the price point.  It has a full metal body with a tablet-like design to it.  The hinge is able to rotate the screen giving you multiple ways to use the device.  This is a great option if you are looking for a touchscreen Chromebook with tablet-like functionality.


Cost:  $249 (2GB RAM) / $279 (4GB RAM)
Review of Asus Chromebook Flip






HP Chromebook 13 G1
This is a higher end Chromebook that is an unofficial replacement to the Chromebook Pixel.  The build quality and design rivals that of a Macbook Pro with Retina Display.  It also has a long battery life (@11.5 hrs depending on use) and has two of the new USB-C ports on it.  Comes in a variety of different configurations for processor and RAM.


Cost:  Between $499-$1029 depending on model specs you choose.







Toshiba Chromebook 2 (CB35-B3340)
This is the model that contains a 13.3" 1920x1080 IPS display that is one of the best screens currently in an affordable Chromebook.  The build quality is very nice for the price point and has a textured lid that doesn't show fingerprints. The keyboard and trackpad for both very good to use.  Uses an Intel Bay Trail processor, which allows it to have a fanless design with a long battery life (@9 hrs depending on use).


Cost:  $329








For Students:
(In alphabetical order)


Asus Chromebook Flip (C100P)
This is a very nice device for the price point.  It has a full metal body with a tablet-like design to it.  The hinge is able to rotate the screen giving you multiple ways to use the device.  This is a great option if you are looking for a touchscreen Chromebook with tablet-like functionality.


Cost:  $249 (2GB RAM) / $279 (4GB RAM)
Review of Asus Chromebook Flip


Asus Chromebook C202
A Chromebook for education with a rugged design and easy repairability.  It uses an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, up to 4GB of RAM and a 1366x768 TN panel screen.  It has no fans and has around a 10 hour battery life.

Cost:  $200 (2GB RAM) / $230 (4GB RAM)






Lenovo N22 Chromebook
This is a model based on the Intel reference design for Chromebooks.  It uses an Intel Celeron N3050 processor, up to 4GB of RAM and a 1366x768 TN panel screen.  It has no fans and has around a 10 hour battery life.  It has a more durable casing for education and has a rotating web camera.  It also has a built-in handle for student's to carry it with.


Cost:  $180 for 2GB / $200 for 4GB



Toshiba Chromebook 2 (CB35-B3330)
Not to be mistaken with the B3340 model seen earlier, this model is the lower version.  It has 2GB of RAM and uses a TN panel screen with a 1366x768 resolution.  The build quality is still very nice for the price point and has a textured lid that doesn't show fingerprints.  The keyboard and trackpad for both very good to use.  Uses an Intel Bay Trail processor, which allows it to have a fanless design with a long battery life (@9-10 hrs depending on use).


Cost:  $249