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Take your Internet to go with our favorite Chromebooks

It appears rumors of the Chromebook’s demise were exaggerated, and we know a lot of fans will be happy to hear it. For a very affordable price, you can get a lot of functionality from a Chromebook.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite systems running Chrome OS. They have great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run the lightweight Chrome OS. No matter which system you go with, make sure to upgrade to 4GB of RAM. You’ll thank us when you’ve got 11 tabs open.

The Best

New Dell Chromebook 13 ($429)


For a company that’s exclusively made Windows hardware for the majority of its history, Dell has some surprisingly good offerings for Chromebook buyers.

The best is easily the Chromebook 13, which is the one to buy if you want premium features without going into the four-digit price bracket of the Pixel. It uses a conventional laptop design with carbon fiber and magnesium in the body for a much more premium feel than most Chromebooks, and even the cheapest versions start with a 1080p screen, a USB 3.0 port, and a MicroSD card slot for extra storage.

Dell’s offering starts at $399 with a Celeron processor and 2GB of RAM, but if you spring for the $529 model you’ll get a 5th-generation Core-i3 and 4GB. The most expensive models come with 8GB of RAM, double the storage, and a touchscreen. Read more here.

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The Rest

Google Chromebook Pixel, 2015 ($1,299)


If you want the absolute tip-top of the Chromebook world, Google’s own Pixel is the way to go. It’s been recently upgraded with an improved body design and a pair of state-of-the-art USB Type-C ports, either of which can also be used as a power jack. (Stick that in your Macbook and smoke it… if you can find an open port.)

The new model is cheaper to start with, at “just” $999, though that’s obviously more than twice as expensive than most Chromebooks. That will get you a Core i5 processor, 8GB  of RAM, and a 32GB SSD drive. The truly decadent top-end model is $1500 for an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

Either way you’ll get a beautiful all-metal body, a best-in-class 12.85 2,560 x 1,700 touchscreen, an SD card slot, 12 hours of battery life — and the lingering thought that maybe you should have bought a full Windows machine and simply run the Chrome browser in fullscreen mode. Read more here.

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Toshiba Chromebook 2, 2015 ($334)


Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 made our roundup of the best Chromebooks the last time around, and to be honest, it would probably still be enough to make the list. But the company has released an impressive updated model (still called the “Chromebook 2” for some reason) with a backlit keyboard and an available upgraded Core-i3 processor.

It still has a 1080p IPS screen, a rare find at the sub-$400 price range, plus a USB 3.0 slot, HDMI-out, and Skullcandy speakers for some extra oomph to the sound. The body is a little disappointing with its full plastic build, but with a starting price of $330, the new Chromebook 2 is an excellent middle ground between the entry level and the pricier options. Read more here.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip ($315)


Asus’ Chromebook Flip is the best-kept secret in the budget laptop world. This tiny 10-inch system features a flip-back touchscreen in the style of Lenovo’s Yoga series, a full metal design, and (crucially) a keyboard that isn’t squashed up. It’s one of the least-powerful laptops around thanks to a Rockchip processor, but at just $240 for the 2GB model and $280 for the 4GB, it’s more than fair.

It helps that Google’s continuous updates of Chrome OS make it much more usable with a touchscreen than it used to be. If you need a long-lasting second computer that’s both cheap and surprisingly versatile, the Flip is it. Read more here.

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Acer Chromebook 15 ($249)


Chromebooks tend to appeal to buyers focused on portability and price, so there aren’t many 15-inch models on the market. Acer is the only model of the crop, thanks to a wide variety of configurations. All of them use Celeron processors, and the entry-level versions start with an HD (read 1,366 x 768) screen.

With a screen this big, though, you want the full-HD upgrade and 4GB of RAM plus a 32GB storage drive, which will run you $350. If you want a speed boost you can splurge on the Core-i3 model for $450. All of them use a plastic body and a standard non-touch screen, but it’s hard to argue with the low cost. Read our full review here.

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