We challenge you to read this Chromebook review and not want one



Chromebooks are super thin, light, budget laptops and we have to say we’re impressed at the way they’re sticking it out in the market. Since their appearance in 2011 we’ve seen loads of positive Chromebook reviews.

Chromebooks are super thin, light, budget laptops and we have to say we're impressed at the way they're sticking it out in the market. Since their appearance in 2011 we've seen loads of positive reviews and general chatter about them as a viable alternative to pricier laptops. With Acer, Toshiba, HP and ASUS all having their own versions on the market, we wanted to review some of the leading models.

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Chromebooks work on the Google Chrome operating system and come with 100MB of free Google Drive storage. Plus they boast impressively long battery spans, perfect for those that work on the go. The real USP is the fact that they come at a price that might just change the way you approach the computing landscape forever. Yes, we've spotted a game changer, and we'd be willing to bet that by the end of this Chromebook review you'll be hankering after your very own. But which one is best for you? TechTalk investigates…

With a Chromebook you'll have: 

  • A laptop that's light, thin, affordable and built for life online - web apps, online streaming services, cloud storage  
  • A computer that boots up in seconds, and remains fast and secure thanks to automatic software and security updates
  • Apps for word processing (Docs), spreadsheets (Sheets) and presentations (Slides) 
  • The ability to view and co-edit documents at the same time as a colleague working on another Chromebook
  • The ability to open, edit and share Microsoft Office documents
  • Apps for Netflix and Google Play - stream and download movies and music
  • The opportunity to have video chats with friends via Google Hangouts
  • Sync your Android phone with your Chromebook - take a pic on the phone and it'll be accessible from your laptop
  • Google Now - with calendars, weather updates and travel information tailored to you 


3 Chromebooks that we love:

Here we look at 3 individual Chromebooks and the features that are specific to each model.1.

1.  Asus C300 

Asus C300 Chromebook

Good for: Has stacks of storage space on the actual machine for thousands of photos, several movies and several hundred hours of music 

Not so good for: It's portable, but there are smaller and lighter Chromebooks with longer battery life if you're mainly going to be using it on the go 

Product info:

  • £229.99
  • Always new: automatic software and security updates
  • Instant on: Standby to online in 3 seconds
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Storage: 32GB SSD 
  • 1.4kg

If you're looking for a Chromebook with plenty of internal storage for your movies and music this could be the answer. The Asus C300 comes with 32GB of storage space - room for thousands of photos, several movies and several hundred hours of music. Don't forget the free 100GB of online storage on Google Drive also, for all your files and documents.

Aside from larger storage capacity this Chromebook also has a larger screen. The original 11-inch Chromebook screen is swapped for a larger 13-inch display - making it a great option for watching movies and doing work.

It boasts a larger-than-usual keyboard for typing, and it's light and portable for life on the go. Its Intel Celeron processor is fast enough for the majority of everyday computing tasks.

There's a built-in microphone and webcam to help you stay in touch with friends and family if away at uni or on a work trip.  


2. Acer CB5-311 

Acer CB5 Chromebook

Good for: Fast processor and longer battery than many Chromebooks 

Not so good for: Not every app is compatible with its processor 

Product info:

  • £199.99
  • Always new: automatic software and security updates
  • Up to 14 hours of battery life
  • Fast Nvidia Tegra 5 processor  
  • Storage: 16GB SSD 
  • 1.5kg

This is the first Chromebook to feature an Nvidia Tegra 5 processor - what does that mean? Faster running, longer battery life and better graphics. The processor is fanless too, allowing this Chromebook to be just 18mm thick. It weighs just 1.5kg, so it's a great option for working and browsing the web while out and about.   

However, the lack of an Intel or ARM processor means there are some apps that aren't compatible. 

Its 13.3-inch HD screen makes it perfect for watching movies on Netflix while chilling in the coffee shop - as does its longer battery life. There's 16 GB of storage on the actual laptop  - as well as the 100GB free cloud storage through Google Drive.

If you are using this laptop for typing essays and emails then you'll appreciate its anti-glare screen, which is designed to stave off tired eyes. There are also USB ports for plugging in your digital camera or music player. 


3. Acer CB3 111

Acer CB3 Chromebook

Good for: Ultra-portable size and weight - it weighs just over 1kg - and long battery life 

Not so good for: Small screen not perfect for word processing and spreadsheets 

Product info:

  • £199.99
  • Always new: automatic software & security updates
  • Up to 14 hours of battery life
  • Fast Nvidia Tegra 5 processor  
  • Storage: 16GB SSD 
  • 1.1kg

Looking for a tiny laptop to take on your travels? This Acer Chromebook has an 11.3-inch screen and weighs just 1.1kg - making it perfect for slinging in a bag and hitting the road.

The first Chromebooks were generally 11-inch devices, introducing a new generation of ultra-portable laptops that have since gone onto include more powerful devices like Apple MacBooks and Windows Ultrabooks. You can even buy trendy leather satchels in an 11-inch size designed for these mini laptops to fit inside. 

The screen and keyboard are a bit smaller than on a full-size laptop - think about this if you're going to be using it to do lots of work, like writing essays and drawing up spreadsheets. 

Portable, lightweight and boasting a long battery life - this is a fab laptop for web browsing, Facebooking, emailing and watching movies while you're away from home. 

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