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May 3, 2018

Best Chromebook for Students in 2018

by John_A

  • Best overall
  • Best for younger students
  • Best big screen
  • Best high-end

Note: These are the best Chromebooks for students right now, but that could be changing. Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo have some exciting new models on the way and one or more may belong here.

Best overall

ASUS Chromebook C202

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A student needs a laptop that is reliable, affordable and robust. The ASUS Chromebook C202 fits the mold. The Chromebook C202 was designed for students to carry back and forth to class without worry because of its rugged build and the balance of features and price make the Chromebook C202 the best choice for most people.

The bottom line: The Chromebook C202 is great for a busy student. Chrome and Android app support means you’ll be able to use it to get things done and be able to play games or watch a video during the downtime.

Why the ASUS Chromebook 202 is the best

For around $200 you can get a Chromebook that’s powerful and productive, and has extras like a rugged frame and spill-resistant keyboard tray. The Intel dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM means there is enough under the hood to get things done and the modest 16GB storage is still enough for a bit of offline storage when paired with Google Drive and docs. Android app support is an added bonus that means a student will be able to find the app they need to be productive in class.

The ASUS Chromebook C202 is exactly what most people think of when you mention a Chromebook — an inexpensive laptop designed to be easy to use and productive. You can buy Chromebooks that look nicer or have a better display if you need to, but the Chromebook C202 delivers exactly what a student needs at an amazing price.

Best for younger students

Lenovo Flex 11

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The Lenovo Flex 11 is the perfect Chromebook for a younger student. Far from the most attractive laptop you’ll run across, the Flex 11 more than makes up for it by being built with rugged materials and designed to survive a 2.4-foot drop on a hard surface. Combined with its water-resistant keyboard, the Flex 11 can survive more of the rough-and-tumble treatment a youngster will dish out.

The Flex 11 has an industry standard MediaTek processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, so performance and usability are on par with most other models. Android app support is an additional plus, especially when paired with the many educational apps in Google Play.

Bottom line: If you are shopping for a younger student or anyone who is a little accident-prone, the Flex 11 will take a lot more abuse than most other models and has a modest price tag.

Best big screen

Acer Chromebook R13

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The Chromebook R13 offers a lot for its higher-than-average price. It has a solid metal build and nice-looking screen, with a solid (but quite standard) keyboard and trackpad. It isn’t particularly light, but much of that is because of its large battery. The only real concern here is performance and configuration options, as you’re getting a MediaTek ARM processor and can only choose to get 16, 32 or 64GB of storage — there’s no choice to get a higher-end processor or more RAM.

The addition of Android apps and a full touchscreen just add to the list of reasons why this is the right Chromebook for any student who needs something bigger.

Bottom line: If you’re happy with the base configuration and don’t need something that’s hyper-portable, this is going to be a great choice for a student who wants something a little larger than the ASUS Chromebook Flip.

Best high end

Samsung Chromebook Plus

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Samsung and Google have built one of the best Chromebooks you can buy with the Samsung Chromebook Plus. It’s incredibly well built, has one of the best displays of any laptop and has the horsepower to handle anything you throw at it. And handle it well. That makes it perfect for the student who needs the very best.

The bottom line: For anyone who wants to use a Chromebook on a regular basis, and values getting extra performance and hardware quality at an added price, Samsung has made the Chromebook for you.

One more thing: There’s also a Samsung Chromebook Pro, built with a slightly faster Intel processor and available for a bit more money.

Conclusion

There are plenty of great Chromebooks for students right now, but the ASUS Chromebook C202 finds the right balance between performance and price. If you want something a bit bigger, the Acer Chromebook R 13 is cheaper and not quite as powerful, but has a great big touchscreen, while Lenovo’s Flex 11 can take a spill, and Samsung’s Chromebook Plus comes with a stylus for added productivity in certain apps. All these laptops run Android apps.

Best overall

ASUS Chromebook C202

asus-c202.jpg?itok=-FP8xHqm

See at Amazon

A student needs a laptop that is reliable, affordable and robust. The ASUS Chromebook C202 fits the mold. The Chromebook C202 was designed for students to carry back and forth to class without worry because of its rugged build and the balance of features and price make the Chromebook C202 the best choice for most people.

The bottom line: The Chromebook C202 is great for a busy student. Chrome and Android app support means you’ll be able to use it to get things done and be able to play games or watch a video during the downtime.

Update, April 2018: We’ve swapped out our top choice for the ASUS Chromebook 202, which is the perfect balance of price and performance for most students.

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