The Best Chromebooks for Business [October 2019]
When you think of a laptop, your mind probably turns to a shiny new MacBook Pro, or perhaps one of the nicer PC models that’s catching the attention of budget buyers. These computers are doubtlessly awesome, and pack a serious punch that makes it easier than ever for business professionals to craft everything from earnings reports to presentations with just a few clicks.
The reality, however, is that most of us simply don’t need that much processing power to get through the work day, and we’re dishing out way more money than we should be on admittedly awesome-looking products that do far more than we need.
For the average business person who uses their laptop to surf the web, send emails, and create the occasional presentation, there are far more affordable laptop computers that can handle these tasks perfectly well.
These computers are called Chromebooks, and they’re upending the personal computer market in new and exciting ways. You can think of these tiny-yet-mighty laptops as being little more than a powerful web browser with a trackpad and a keyboard—or perhaps a large-screen extension of your smartphone.
Perfectly suitable for almost all of the day-to-day work tasks that we demand from the Internet, these laptops are an ideal choice when it comes to getting work done on a commute, on vacation, or even in the office whenever you require a little less firepower to get the job done.
Of course not all Chromebooks are created equal, and certain models are more suited for business than others, especially if you need to work with programs like Excel on the go. So before you go out and purchase that fancy-looking Chromebook that lacks the business functionality you need, check out our list of the best Chromebooks for business.
Kicking off our list is this beautiful Samsung laptop. Although one should never judge a piece of tech by its appearance, this sleek and ultra-compact Chromebook sure does look the part.
Its minimalist and rugged design is ideal for frequent commuters who need to keep up with work on the go but don’t want to be weighed down by cumbersome gadgets, and a screen size of over eleven inches is more than sufficient when it comes to drafting presentations and browsing the Web.
This tiny-yet-mighty machine is outfitted with an LED backlight that’s easy on the eyes, an Intel Celeron Processor N3060 processor that can carry out an impressive number of tasks without draining your battery, 4GB of system memory (and 32GB of flash memory) that’s more than enough for multitasking in low-level apps, and an Intel HD graphics card, which does the trick for most streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu.
You also get a USB port that can be used to attach a virtually limitless number of peripheral devices, and Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility means that you’ll be able to stay mostly wireless when you’re on the move for work.
This laptop also comes with a dedicated HDMI output that can be used to attach an external display—a rare find in Chromebooks that fall under the $300 mark.
And as with any Chromebook purchase, you get a suite of Google Apps and features that make it easy to maintain continuity with your work in the cloud. Whether you’re interested in converting and editing Microsoft Word files, managing spreadsheets or building presentations, this little powerhouse of a laptop has you covered.
Where would a reasonably-decent tech gadget list be without an HP device? Having earned its reputation for churning out some of the most reliable and competent laptops and desktops known to man, HP understandably forced its way into the Chromebook revolution by making some of the best streamlined laptops on the market.
This HP Chromebook is perhaps their most affordable model, and it has everything you need in order to carry out your normal business computing needs with ease.
Loaded with an AMD Dual-Core A4-9120 processor that can be notched up to 2.5GHz, this laptop features impressive speakers (designed by B&O PLAY) and a screen that can be rotated up to 180-degrees.
The display itself offers fantastic resolution and contrast (more than enough for enjoying a movie or show) thanks to WLED-backlit touchscreen technology, and you get the standard 4GB of SDRAM memory that lets you multitask with ease.
There’s a 32GB hard drive (which is more than enough space on a Chromebook, since you’ll mostly be uploading to the cloud anyway), and the battery boasts a more-than-impressive lifespan of up to nine hours on a single charge.
And of course you get all the bells and whistles that come with the preinstalled Google Chrome OS as well.
As one of the world’s most beloved manufacturers of quality gear that’s becoming increasingly affordable and powerful, Dell has also earned its renowned place in the ever-expanding Chromebook market.
This Dell 3189 convertible laptop brings to the table everything you’d expect from a Dell machine, and it’s more than capable of functioning as your go-to work computer either when you’re traveling or at home.
It comes loaded with an Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 that can be boosted to up to 2.48GHz, a more-than-respectable 4GB of DDR3L memory, 32GB of SSD storage that’s far more reliable than spinning-disk hard drives, an a series of helpful outputs—including two USB ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone/microphone combination jack. There’s even an SD card reader to round out your connectivity options.
With all these great features and processing power that’s comparable to the other laptops on our list at similar price points, you may well be wondering why this do-it-all laptop didn’t rank higher on our list. Honestly, it was a tough call, and the only reason why it ended up ranking at the number-three spot was because we found its battery life to be relatively lacking.
Still, if you do most of your work at a desk and don’t require your laptop to be on during those endlessly long flights, this may be the Chromebook for you.
Not to be confused with ASUS, this Acer Chromebook gives all the other Chromebooks a run for their money by offering a respectable amount of processing power and functionality in an extremely lightweight and portable package.
With a supremely fast boot time, this laptop gives you all of the power and benefits that are inherent to the Google Chrome OS (including direct access to over two-million Android apps from Google Play), along with an additional 100GB of Google Drive space that you can use to back up everything from media files to small documents.
This Chromebook features a super-fast Celeron N3350 Dual-Core Processor (which can run at up to 2.4GHz), and features a brilliant 14” HD screen that’s more than suitable for watching movies—even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions, thanks to an LED backlit display.
Another standout feature of this laptop is its uniquely long battery life, with a max lifespan of up to twelve hours on a single charge.
This ultra-lightweight Chromebook boasts a compact frame that can be tossed in a bag at a moment’s notice without issue.
It packs a super-fast Intel Celeron Dual-Core N3350 Processor that runs at 2.4GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and an abnormally large 32GB SSD hard drive—something that may be useful for those of us who don’t trust the cloud with all of our files.
The 14-inch display on this laptop is also quite impressive, thanks in part to touchscreen compatibility and backlighting that makes it easy to see lighter content even in super-light conditions.
You also get an Intel HD graphics card that’s more than capable of rendering movies and TV shows on the go, and a specialized media card reader comes in handy if you’re a photographer or other creative professional who’s tired of constantly having to sync your files between devices on the cloud.