Buy a Chromebook

Looking to buy a Chromebook? The two most popular versions are the Samsung Series 3 and the Acer C7, and the ultimate badass model is the Pixel. There’s also a Samsung Series 5 if you want something thin but relatively powerful, or the HP which has the largest widescreen.

All Chromebooks come with 100GB Google Drive for two years (the Pixel comes with 1TB), dual core processors, a front facing camera and WiFi.

  • The Chromebook Pixel is one of the most advanced pieces of laptop hardware you can buy – an amazing screen, super fast and light, but significantly more expensive than the other models.
  • The Samsung Chromebook (XE303) is best if you want your device to be seriously light and you need a fantastic keyboard, but you don’t need much local storage. Bonus – the machine has no fans or moving parts at all, and so is totally silent.
  • The Acer is best if you need lots of local storage with more ports, and you don’t mind poorer battery life.
  • The Samsung Series 5 (XE550) is a little bigger, but still thin and has great battery life.
  • The HP Pavilion 14 is the biggest with the best screen (except the pixel). It’s is the only model with an IPS display (to be confirmed). All other Chromebooks use cheaper TN displays. The tradeoff is poorer battery life.

If you’re into buying one, bear in mind that there may be demand than supply. Amazon are getting stock from time to time, which you’ll see at the prices quoted below. If you see a price that’s more expensive, you’re looking at an Amazon marketplace listing, which is exactly the same product at a more expensive price. If you see that, save yourself a few bucks / quid and wait until Amazon get back in stock, or head to your local store instead.

I’ve linked here to a select few online retailers, but Chrome devices are now available in a whole bunch of countries from lots of other places – you can click the “buy now” button on the main site to see the current list of distributors.

Chromebook Pixel Samsung Chromebook Acer C7 Samsung Series 5 HP Pavilion 14
Chromebook Pixel by Google Samsung-330-Chromebook-150px Acer-chromebook-150px Samsung-550-Chromebook-150px HP-Chromebook-150px
Price $1299 / £1049 $249 / £229 $199 / £199 $449 / £329 $329 / £TBC
Battery 5 hours 6.5 hours 4 hours 6 hours 4.25 hours
Weight 3.35 lbs
1.52 kg
2.42 lbs
1.1 kg
3 lbs
1.4 kg
3.3 lbs
1.48 kg
3.96 lbs
1.8 kg
Screen 2560 x 1700
12.85″
Glossy
3:2
1366×768
11.6″
Matte
Widescreen
1366×768
11.6″
Matte
Widescreen
1280×800
12.1″
Matte
16:10
1366×768
14″
Glossy
Widescreen
Processor Intel x86
Core i5, 1.8GHz
ARM Cortex-A15
Exynos 5250, 1.7GHz
Intel x86
Celeron 847, 1.1GHz
Intel x86
Celeron 867, 1.3GHz
Intel x86
Celeron 847, 1.1GHz
Thinness 0.64 inches 0.7 inches 1 inch 0.7 inches 0.83 inches
Local storage 64GB (LTE version)
32GB SSD
16GB SSD 320GB HD 16GB SSD 16GB SSD
Ports Mini Displayport
2xUSB2
Memory card
HDMI
1xUSB3
1xUSB2
Memory card
HDMI, VGA
3xUSB2
1xEthernet
Displayport++
2xUSB2
1xEthernet
Memory card
HDMI
3xUSB2
1xEthernet
Memory card
3G or LTE option Yes (+$150) Yes No Yes (+£50) No
Buy Google Play Google Play Google Play
Amazon US
Best Buy
Amazon US
Best Buy
Amazon US
Best Buy
HP store
Amazon UK
Currys
PC World
John Lewis
Amazon UK, Currys
PC World
Amazon UK
Currys
PC World
Pixmania, France