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Choosing the best Chromebook: 2014

If you are new to Chromebook shopping, you might be surprised at the vast number of models to choose from this year. The new operating system has become a favorite-choice for a growing number of consumers, and we have listed a few of the best brands to choose from during this holiday season.

Chromebooks are designed for people that primarily use their laptops for light to moderate work, with a heavy focus on app-use to get things done. If you find yourself using Gmail and Outlook to fetch your email, listen to music on Spotify or frequently spend your online time between YouTube, Tumblr, Facebook, Evernote and Pinterest, then the ChromeBook can be perfect for you.

While they tend to be an ‘online-only’ laptop, people love them because they are power-efficient and offer models with incredibly low prices. Each option comes with the standard Chrome OS system software, where the price-changes fluxuate are from screen-resolutions and size, different keyboards or touchscreens, or the processors that each model contain.

The Latest TOSHIBA CHROMEBOOK 2 $219 at Amazon

Easily one of the most popular and well-received options to be released this year, the Chromebook 2 offers customers a 13.3-inch, 1366×768 screen. The high-def option is perfect for streaming movies on Hulu and Netflix, and even though the screen is under 14″, it offers a lot of room for your productivity apps and word processors.

Inside the computer sits an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM. On a normal laptop this would be considered low-end, but on a Chromebook it’s one of the best options that you can pick-up. If battery-life is important to you, you can squeeze about eight hours of battery life in the Chromebook 2, and the SD slot offers users the option to expand their internal memory to 16GB.

The ACER C720P CHROMEBOOK $399 at Amazon

Still one of leading options this year is the Acer C-series. The touchscreen is one of the leading features for this device, even though the touch-screen features on the Chromebook are still lacking at this point. Built on a Haswell micro-architecture, you’ll find a 32GB SSD and a USB 3.0 Bluetooth Intel HD Graphics with 128MB of dedicated system memory to keep things moving well event in resource-heavy apps and streaming movies.

The SAMSUNG CHROMEBOOK 2 (13.3-INCH) $350 at Amazon

Another Chromebook 2 option is the Samsung Chromebook 2, made famous from its leather-hide, but its also a pretty solid build. The processor isn’t the best we must say, but that’s the only real setback on this option. The 13″ option comes with 4GB of SDRAM and a 16GB SSD. The screen is one of the nicer models, a 13.3-Inch Screen with 1920 x 1080 LED Full HD Resolution with a 8.5-hour battery life model.

The GOOGLE CHROMEBOOK PIXEL $1,299 at Google

Google is the software and the inspiration behind the Chromebook, but it’s also the most-expensive options on the market. It may be expensive but it’s easily one of the best builds that you can pick-up. The screen is better than any of the other options, at 12.85″ it has a screen-resolution of 2560 x 1700 running on a 1.80 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. It also features a 4GB, 32GB SSD. The Pixel does start at $1,200 though, putting it up against some pretty fantastic laptops and tablets.