Great Chromebooks Under $300

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2015 has been a great year for Chromebooks. Computer makers are rolling out new Chromebooks on a regular basis, and not just low-end models, but mid-range and high-end models as well. A whole new category of Chromebooks has emerged, featuring better processors, more RAM, flexible designs, and much better screens. Here are three of the best Chromebooks you can buy for under $300.

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Making its debut late last year, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 has dominated mid-range Chromebook sales for almost a year. Despite its low cost, this Chromebook features a very nice 13.3 inch full-HD IPS screen with great viewing angles and amazing picture quality. It also features a relatively fast Intel Celeron processor and 4 GB of RAM. This model has a list price of $299.99. If you want to spend just a bit more money, you can buy the Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015 version which features a slightly better processor and a backlit keyboard with a bit higher list price of $329.99.

Acer Chromebook R11

The Chromebook R11 is Acer's first fully convertible Chromebook. It can be used in regular notebook mode, tent mode, display mode or even as a tablet. It features a bright IPS 11.6 inch HD touch screen. The Chroembook R 11 also has a powerful quad-core Intel processor, 2 GB or RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Other notable features include the MIMO 802.11ac WiFi, and a 1280x720 resolution high dynamic range webcam. This Chromebook is prefect for people on the go like students and people who travel a lot. It would make a great companion device for traveling, especially in cramped airplane seats.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA

ASUS's entry into the convertible Chromebook category is the ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA. With a 10.1 inch screen and metal body, it is slightly smaller and lighter than the Acer Chromebook R 11. It features a quad-core ARM based processor from Rockchip and 4 GB of RAM which provide plenty of computing power. The screen is a bright IPS touch display similar to those found in many of today's tablet computers. With the same list price as the Acer model above, the decision of which one is best really comes down to what you like the most. If you want a slightly smaller and more stylish looking device, you will certainly love the Chromebook Flip.

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Comparison Table

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  Toshiba Chromebook 2
Toshiba Chromebook 2
ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA
Acer Chromebook R 11
Acer Chromebook R 11
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Price
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List Price: $249.99
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List Price: $279.00
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List Price: $279.99
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List Price: $329.99
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Model number CB35-B3330 C100PA-DB02 CB5-132T-C32M / NX.G54AA.001 CB35-C3300
Android Apps more info Yes - Coming in 2017 Yes - Available Now! Yes - Available Now! Yes - Coming in 2017
Perfomance Rating 4.1/10 5.8/10 6.3/10 4.8/10
Color
Silver

Silver

Denum White

Silver
Processor Dual Core 2.16 Ghz (max 2.58 Ghz)
Intel Celeron N2840
Quad Core 1.8 Ghz
Rockchip RK3288C
Quad Core 1.6 Ghz
Intel Celeron Processor N3150
Dual Core 1.7 Ghz
Intel Celeron 3215U
Ram 2 GB 4 GB 2 GB 4 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB eMMC 16 GB eMMC 32 GB eMMC 16 GB SSD
(upgradable M.2 SATA)
Screen size 13.3" 10.1" 11.6" 13.3"
Screen resolution 1366x768 1280x800 1366x768 1920x1080
Screen touch No Yes Yes No
Screen type IPS IPS IPS IPS
Dimensions
width x length x thickness
12.6 x 8.4 x 0.7
(320.0 x 213.4 x 17.8 mm)
7.2 x 10.4 x 0.6
(182.9 x 264.2 x 15.2 mm)
11.6 x 8.0 x 0.8
(294.6 x 203.2 x 20.3 mm)
12.6 x 8.4 x 0.7
(320.0 x 213.4 x 17.8 mm)
Weight 2.95 lbs (1.34 kg) 2.0 lbs (0.91 kg) 2.76 lbs (1.25 kg) 2.95 lbs (1.34 kg)
Backlit Keyboard No No No Yes
Webcam HD 1280x720 1280x720 HD
Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4 4.1 4 4
Ethernet No No No No
Mobile Broadband No No No No
HDMI Full Sized HDMI Micro HDMI Full Sized HDMI Full Sized HDMI
USB Ports 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 2 USB 2.0 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0
Card Reader SD microSD SD SD
Battery 3 cell, 44Wh, Lithium-ion 2 cell, 4200, Lithium-ion 3 cell, 3220 mAh, Lithium-ion 3 cell, 44Wh, Lithium-ion
Battery life 9 hours 9.0 hours 9.5 hours 9 hours
Fanless Yes Yes Yes No
End of Life Date info September 2019 July 2020 December 2020 September 2020
Id t1 as14 a16 t3

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