A Chromebook’s main advantage over regular notebooks is their fast boot times and long battery life. Introduced about 7 years ago the trend of using Chromebooks has caught on and there are now over 25 million Chrome Operating System users worldwide. Chromebooks are more intuitive and are perfect for most daily computing applications.
Chromebooks are available in a wide array of prices and sizes but are generally priced below that of equivalent Windows-based notebooks. The limitations of a Chromebook are their lack of hardcore gaming capability and media editing and restrictions on software available from Google store. However basic users who use their computers mainly for word processing, email clients, surfing the internet and watching videos will find that a Chromebook is the perfect match for them.
We prepared a list of some of the best Chromebooks available on the Malaysian market today to help you make an informed choice if you’re on the market for one.
Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731-C32C Laptop – N3060
Best touchscreen Chromebook
Another great Chromebook from Acer in the 11.6-inch screen class. It may not be the prettiest, but it certainly is one of the most functional. The Acer Chromebook 11 N7 is well equipped to deal with everyday e-productivity work. This is an excellent notebook that is built tough and sturdy with a touch screen which is able to handle any abuse handed out to it.
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | Memory: 4GB RAM | Storage: 32GB SSD | Screen: 11.6 Inch | Weight: 1.3 kg
Acer Chromebook 14 CP5-471-57V9
Best large-screen HD Chromebook
The Acer Chromebook 14 will help you accomplish more in the office or anywhere you take it with its blazing speed, long battery life, the simplicity of Chrome OS and gorgeous 14-inch HD display. The solid build of this notebook ensures that it can handle even the toughest conditions from its spill-resistant keyboard, Corning® Gorilla® Glass and extra strong chassis able to withstand drops from up to 45cm heights. Its battery lasts up to 12 hours on continuous use on a single charge allowing you to work for hours on end.
CPU: Intel Core i5-6200 U 2.3 GHZ Dual Core | Graphics: Intel HD 520 Integrated Graphics | Memory: 8GB RAM | Storage: 32GB SSD | Screen: 14 Inch | Weight: 1.45 kg
Acer AC700-1090 11.6-Inch Chromebook Intel Atom
Best budget Chromebook
For those on a tight budget such as struggling students and those just starting to work, a good way to stretch your dollar would be to look at the refurbished market. Refurbished Chromebooks from a reputable seller would have been checked for defects and had parts such as batteries and touchpads replaced with new units.
The Acer AC700 is a solid performer albeit older Chromebook version featuring an Intel Atom Processor which is still good for up to 6 hours of continuous usage on a single charge. This can be had on a shoestring budget of less than RM 400 with a 6-month warranty.
CPU: Intel Atom N570 1.66GHz | Graphics: Intel GMA 3150 | Memory: 2GB RAM | Storage: 16GB SSD | Screen: 11.6 Inch | Weight: 1.44 kg
Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731-C7UZ Laptop – N3060
Best entry-level Chromebook
This is yet another entry by Acer into our list. The N7 C731-C7UZ is the perfect entry-level notebook for general e-productivity. The ultra long-lasting battery allows you to work for up to 12 hours. Priced at less than RM1,000 it is an affordable buy for those looking for a brand new Chromebook. Similar to the touch screen N7 C731-C32C in all aspects except storage and availability of a touchscreen, this is a slightly more basic model for those who don’t need a touchscreen.
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400| Memory: 2GB RAM | Storage: 16GB eMMC | Screen: 11.6 Inch | Weight: 1.3 kg |
Dell Chromebook 11 3180
Best for children
You would not want to hand your kids a brand-new notebook just to have it broken a few minutes later. The Dell Chromebook 3180 has passed 15 separate MIL-STD tests including those for shock resistance, drops and extreme temperatures. The keyboards are sealed, and the screen is made from scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass. The battery is good for 8.5 hours of continuous use. With its affordable pricing, this is the perfect present for your kids to start computing on.
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 processor | Graphics: HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) | Memory: 4GB RAM | Storage: 32GB eMMC | Screen: 11.6 Inch | Weight: 1.27 kg
Samsung XE303C12-A01US Chromebook
Best lightweight Chromebook
The Samsung XE303C12 is a small sized Chromebook designed for portability. At 1.09kg, this is one of the lightest notebooks sporting a screen size of 11.6 inches and up. Although not equipped with some of the latest hardware, the balance of size and performance allows multi-tasking between web browsing, word processing and videos to feel smooth and effortless on this notebook. The simple intuitive nature of the Chrome OS adds a natural, easy-going feel to the user experience.
CPU: Samsung Exynos 1.7GHz | Graphics: Integrated Graphics Mali T604 | Memory: 2GB RAM | Storage: 16GB SSD | Screen: 11.6 Inch | Weight: 1.09 kg
HP 14 – SMB Chromebook 14″ 2955U (Refurbished)
Best for e-productivity
This Chromebook 14 by HP is the ideal notebook for e-productivity. The Chromebook 14 performs standard activities such as movie streaming and internet surfing well with no lags in performance. It sports a large 14-inch screen with a native resolution of 1366 X768 HD which is easy on the eyes and adds to a better user experience for those accustomed to larger screens. Additionally, the battery lasts a reported 5 hours on a continuous charge.
CPU: Intel Celeron (R) 2955U 1.4GHz | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 510| Memory: 4GB RAM | Storage: 16GB eMMC | Screen: 14 Inch | Weight: 1.83 kg
Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!