Chromebooks for Business
Before you dive in, there are a few things you should know. Chromebooks run Chrome OS, an online operating system that's lightweight, secure and simple to use. These machines update themselves automatically, so you don't need an IT person to continually make the rounds and check for updates. However, Chromebooks are not made for downloading software and don't have a ton of processing power. So, if your company requires the use of legacy software, these laptops may not be for you. Google also limits how long it offers support to Chromebooks to five years. Regardless, a Chromebook might be all you need for basic business tasks such as email, web browsing and document editing.
Best Chromebook Overall – Google Pixelbook
Under the hood, the Google Pixelbook offers business users plenty of processing power (Core i5-7Y57) and a surprising amount of storage space (8GB RAM, which is upgradable up to 16GB). The display on the Pixelbook blows the rest of the laptops on this list out of the water, in terms of both resolution (2400 x 1600 pixels), touch sensitivity and latency, and the battery life (7:43) isn't bad, either.
Read a full review of the Google Pixelbook on our sister site Laptop Mag.
Best Budget Chromebook for Work – Samsung Chromebook 3
This basic Chrome OS device has 4GB RAM and lasts nearly 10 hours on a charge. However, keep in mind that this Chromebook isn't intended to replace your work laptop, unless you can do 100 percent of your work online and rarely need to store anything on your device. Also, the inexpensive price has some trade-offs, such as a less-than-stellar keyboard and a slightly warm underside.
Read a full review of the Samsung Chromebook 3 on our sister site Laptop Mag.
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Best 2-in-1 Chromebook – Samsung Chromebook Pro
While this Chromebook probably isn't powerful enough for intensive business use, and the speakers are a little disappointing, it's a great option for a secondary device.
Read a full review of the Samsung Chromebook Pro on our sister site, Laptop Mag.