Compare and filter Chromebooks by specs such as the processor, RAM, Storage, Battery Life, Screen size, Resolution and more. This guide will help you find the most powerful laptop within your budget. The ultimate collection of ASUS Chromebooks – 2018 Guide.
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Which is Best?
The Best Chromebook For You. This Chromebook comparison buying chart aims to help you decide which model is best for your needs. Below, we go into detail describing each component of a Chromebook so you may have a better understanding of what is more important to you.
The processor is definitely the most important hardware on the Chromebook. With a powerful processor, the Chromebook will be able to operate very quickly. Cheaper and less powerful processors will struggle to handle heavy usage. Although the processor is one of the most expensive components of a Chromebook, a weak processor can make or break the product.
Processors usually come in two flavors, Intel or ARM. Neither brand has much of an advantage over the other but that can change from time to time when newer processors are released.
A processors speed is measured in Gigahertz (GHz), the higher the better. However, a high speed alone will not ensure the processor will perform smoothly. Processors also have multiple cores which help run simultaneous applications much quicker than a single core. Most Chromebooks today come equipped with processors using dual-core or quad-core.
The battery life indicates how long the Chromebook can stay running with moderate usage. With a long-lasting battery, you can use the device for extended periods of time without needed to recharge. Most Chromebook battery life slightly varies from about 9 – 13 hours. Battery life also varies depending on the type of activities done with the Chromebook. Over a long period of time, typically years, battery begin to degrade and lose it’s ability to hard its charge for long. You may start to see the battery life start to drop slightly faster.
The storage of a Chromebook is used to save files, photos, music, documents, and anything else. Storage drives are typically measured in size by the number of gigabytes they can hold. The higher the gigabytes (GB) the better.
Storage drives can be manufactured in different types. It is important to identify what type of storage your Chromebook or laptop is using. The two primary types of drives are Solid State Drives (SSD) or Hard Disk Drives (HDD).
HDD is built with older technology and can typically hold more data than an SSD. However, an HDD is slower to read and write data. The major benefit of using an HDD today is for its large storage capacity. Prior to the existence of SSD, HDD was the medium for the installation of Operating Systems (OS). Because of the slow speed of HDD, it is no longer ideal to install OS on an HDD anymore.
SSD is a fairly new technology with speeds faster than an HDD can normally achieve. Most Chromebook’s today use SSD to run Chrome OS in favor of HDD for multiple reasons. Solid State Drives are faster than Hard Disk. They are also lighter since they are built with fewer mechanical parts. They are smaller in size which allows Chromebooks to be very thin and easy to carry.
Random Access Memory (RAM) is used when Chrome OS and it’s applications are running. Think of RAM as a giant basic of temporary data that applications need to quickly use to fulfill its requirements. With more RAM, you can use more applications simultaneously, allowing you to multi-task more effectively. The amount of memory that can be used in RAM is measured in gigabytes. Although the primary technical detail for RAM is its size, it is also important to look at the speed of the RAM. When RAM is used, the RAM will take time to give that data to the application or operating system. This speed is measured in hertz (Hz) or megahertz (MHz).