32GB is enough for a Chromebook

Chromebook review: the best Chromebook in the test

Chromebook - The laptop for the cloud age

Thorsten Nowag

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Windows laptops and MacBooks dominate the notebook market. But in the last few years another laptop variation has been developing from an underdog to a mainstream device: the Chromebook has already become an indispensable part of the US school system and is well on its way to becoming an inexpensive and reliable companion in school, study and everyday life. With our Chromebook purchase advice, which is based on extensive tests, you can keep track of things and find the best Chromebook for your needs.

Chromebook comparison 2021: These are the best laptops with ChromeOS in the test

When the first Chromebooks came onto the market in 2011, it didn't look like a great success at first: Google designed it for web-based use with its in-house ChromeOS. There was no app store, and Windows programs couldn't be installed either. Instead, all tasks should be done via the Chrome browser with the help of various add-ons and web programs. But the new mobile computers for the Internet remained a niche product for the time being. Until 2016, when Google announced that it would upgrade ChromeOS with the Google Play Store. All at once, Chromebook users had tens of thousands of apps and a multitude of new functions and options available to them. So it is not surprising that ChromeOS almost tripled its user numbers in the USA in 2020.
All notebook manufacturers now offer a large selection of Chromebooks - as an alternative to notebooks with Windows, Linux and Apple's MacBooks. As a classic PC replacement for everyday email stuff, we recommend a display with a 14- or 15.6-inch screen diagonal. Schoolchildren, students and anyone who values ​​a light cross-country skier should opt for an 11- or 13-inch Chromebook with convertible function. Since really power-hungry applications on a Chromebook draw their computing power from the cloud, the built-in CPU actually only plays a subordinate role. The RAM does not have to be, but can be larger than four GB. Because surfing with the very RAM-hungry Chrome browser is even more fun.
You can find our most important purchase recommendations in the following table.

Top Chromebooks in the test (selection, as of October 2020)

Test winnerPrice tipMobile quick-change artistGaming Chromebook

model

model

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-2W-560V

Acer Chromebook Spin 311

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5

Pro Contra

Pro Contra

Top touch display
Excellent workmanship
128 GB SSD
Battery life
Low Adobe color space coverage
Very good battery life (15h)
Good display
Low price
Just sufficient performance
64 GB of storage space without SD expansion
Good full HD display
2-in-1 functionality
Just one USB-A port
Low Adobe color space coverage
Outstanding performance
Extensive equipment
Very good handling
only satisfactory sound quality
Checkerboard contrast could be better

Overall rating

Overall rating

very good

Well

Well

very good

Note display

Note display

very good

Well

very good

Well

Storage space

Storage space

128 GB SSD

64 GB eMMC

128 GB eMCP

128 GB eMMC

random access memory

random access memory

8 GB

4 GB

4 GB

8 GB

Surfing battery life

Surfing battery life

11:36 hours

15:00 hours

11:04 hours

10:25 hours

diagonal

diagonal

13.5 in

11.6 in

10.1 in

13.3 in

resolution

resolution

2,256 x 1,504 pixels

1,366 x 768 pixels

1,920 x 1,200 pixels

1,920 x 1,080 pixels

Most popular shop

Most popular shop

from 799 €

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from € 309

TO THE SHOP (Amazon Marketplace)

from 345 €

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from € 649

TO THE SHOP (Galaxus)

Cheapest shop

Cheapest shop

from 799 €

TO THE SHOP (Amazon Marketplace)

from 230 €

TO THE SHOP (Otto)

from 299 €

TO THE SHOP (Saturn)

from € 648

TO THE SHOP (Check24)

price comparison

price comparison

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Test winner: Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-2W-560V

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-2W-560V (Test winner Chromebooks)

  • Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-2W-560V (Test winner Chromebooks)

    Very good performance, great battery life, sharp touch display with convertible function and perfect equipment at the time of the test. The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is therefore an ideal everyday companion as well as school and study companion.

advantages
Top touch display
Excellent workmanship
128 GB SSD
disadvantage
Battery life
Low Adobe color space coverage
In our test, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13CP713-2W-560V convinced as a noble everyday companion as well as a workhorse with convertible function. We couldn't find any real weak points: A tenth generation Intel processor that works with a base clock frequency of 1.60 GHz and which, thanks to Intel's Turbo Boost technology, briefly turns up to a maximum of 4.20 GHz, works in conjunction with 8 GB of RAM for sufficient computing power. This ensures latency-free and fun ChromeOS use. We rate the display as "very good" overall - only the checkerboard contrast is mediocre at 173: 1. The Adobe color space coverage should also be a little more than just 76 percent.
The Chromebook Spin 13 has many connection options, and the high-quality aluminum housing looks just as elegant as it is classy. For this reason, the price of around 800 euros for what is offered is justified.

Price tip: Acer Chromebook Spin 311

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (Price Tip Chromebooks)

  • Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (Price Tip Chromebooks)

    The Acer Spin 311 was able to convince us particularly with the long battery life of 15 hours combined with its low price. The performance, however, could be better.

advantages
price
Good display
handling
disadvantage
Only 64 GB eMMC
Short battery life
In the test, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 did not convince with impressive local computing power or with massive storage space. You don't really need either of these for a good Chromebook. Because the computing power for installed apps or web applications via Chrome comes from the cloud. This also applies to the storage space - there are hardly any Chromebooks that come with more local storage than 128 GB. The 64 GByte eMMC memory, which cannot be expanded via the SD card slot, doesn't bother too much. Google Drive or another cloud provider of your choice is usually used as the data grave.
The Acer Chromebook brings a good touch display to the start, which not only has a solid maximum brightness of 260 candelas per square meter, but also has a very good checkerboard contrast of 208: 1. Thanks to the convertible function, you also have an 11.6-inch tablet in your hand - the ideal budget Chromebook for displaying media or doing rudimentary PC work.

Mobile quick-change artist: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook (2-in-1 Chromebook)

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook (2-in-1 Chromebook)

    The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a so-called 2-in-1 device: You can use it as a notebook with a docked keyboard or as a tablet. In tablet mode, you remove the keyboard and only hold the display in your hand - this is useful for surfing or multimedia entertainment.

advantages
Excellent full HD display
Chromebook-tablet hybrid