The best Chromebooks for Christmas from five different manufacturers.
Dell Chromebook 11 – £239
Dell’s first ever attempt at a Chromebook, the device boasts a glossy TN panel at a resolution of 1366×768. It’s powered by a dual core Intel processor and boasts a 10-hour battery life.
Design wise, Dell have opted for the more sleek, business-orientated look that fits well in any office.
Acer C720P – £249
The C720P has more to offer than most Chromebooks, starting with a 32GB solid state hard drive, double the usual 16GB. It also contains a latest-generation Intel processor and is somewhat future-proof, with a touchscreen display that means it’s better suited to Chrome App Store apps than most Chromebooks.
Toshiba Chromebook 2 – £200
Toshiba has opted for a fuller 13-inch display than the 11-inch standard fare. Those extra couple of inches are used well, too, with a colourful and sizeable screen giving a great display ideal for streaming films on, while its speakers pack a punch many laptops would kill for.
At 3.3 pounds it’s not too heavy, while it has a nice silver metallic-looking casing front and back.
Samsung Chromebook 2 – £260
This Chromebook from Samsung is less for the workplace than it is for the home. Its 13.3-inch screen carries a 1080p display that gives everything a sharper look, making it an attractive device for movies and gaming – but only as long as you’re doing one thing at a time.
The Chromebook 2 uses Samsung’s own Exynos processor, and you can tell: it’s no faster than a tablet, meaning if you overwork the device even a little (say, surfing the web while having a video running), it will punish you with slow performance.
Lenovo Thinkpad 11e – from £400
Lenovo’s premium Chromebook features a boot time of 3 seconds, a fairly rugged chassis and an all day battery life (8 hours) with an integrated 720p webcam.
The 11.6-inch HD screen looks sharp, and under the bonnet the Chromebook is powered by an Intel processor with 4GB of RAM.