These are the best HP Chromebooks that you can buy in 2022

These are the best HP Chromebooks that you can buy in 2022

HP makes some of the best Windows laptops that you can buy, but the company also is well invested in Chromebooks and ChromeOS devices, too. Some of the best overall Chromebooks that we’ve chosen include HP’s products on the list, but there are still a lot more from HP that you can choose from.

There are eight different top models that we have highlighted, covering all kinds of budgets. The best HP Chromebooks also come in different factors, be it clamshell laptops, 2-in-1 devices, tablets, or even business devices, too. That’s why we’ve put together this in-depth guide to help you pick the right Chromebook for you. We’re sure that there’s something for you, whether you’re considering a new Chromebook or upgrading from an older one.

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Best overall: HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook

At the top of our list and coming in as the best overall HP Chromebooks is one of our favorite ChromeOS devices, the HP Elite Drafonfly Chromebook. Unlike many other devices in our list which usually are under $1,000, this is a flagship Chromebook from HP that comes in close to $2,000 in price. That might scare you, but this Chromebook combines a little bit of everything on our list to be one of the best you can buy for your money. It’s also worth noting that the base model of the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook sometimes can be on sale for closer to $900.

Overall, though, this is not a corner-cutting Chromebook from HP. It’s a very premium device that’s built to last the test of time. When we reviewed it, we liked it so much that we called it the “poster child” of Google-powered laptops. We found that this Chromebook is one of the most desirable.

One of the top reasons we love this Chromebook so much has to do with the CPU under the hood of the device. HP included 12th-generation Intel CPUs. These are all the latest Intel U-series chips, and you’l find options for the Intel Core i3-1215U, Intel Core i5-1235U, Intel Core i5-1245U, or Intel Core i7-1265U. You’ll usually find these chips in competing Windows laptops, and as you see with the other HP Chromebooks on our list, it’s very rare to find the latest Intel processors in a Chromebook. In our performance tests of this chip, Linux apps ran great, Android apps were fast, and webpages loaded up quickly when multitasking.

That performance is also thanks to the RAM configurations, too. You can choose 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB. As for storage, you can get either 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB. The combination means more than enough room to store files locally and browse the web without lag. Just the one downside to the CPU and specs choice, though, is the battery life, which was just average when we put the Chromebook through our daily workflows.

Two things of note on this Chromebook are also the display and the haptic trackpad. This Chromebook has a fully convertible display, coming in with options for Anti-Glare WLED (1920 x 1280), 400 Nits, BrightView LED (2256×1504), 400 Nits, BrightView WLED (1920×1280), and 1000 Nits. You can convert the display and use it in tent, stand, tablet, or laptop mode, so that’s four modes of use for one price! The 3:2 aspect ratio also means that you’ll have more vertical room for scrolling, and pen support means drawing and annotating PDFs should be easy.

As for the haptic trackpad, it is the only one on a Chromebook right now. You’ll find that when using it, ChromeOS will have some tricks. You’ll get great feedback for the everyday tasks as you use your Chromebook like dragging windows into place. You can even tap anywhere you want on it to click since the entire surface is clickable.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is the best Chromebook you can buy with the latest CPU, an amazing haptic trackpad, and display

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Best tablet: HP Chromebook x2 11

HP X2 11 front view

Our favorite HP Chromebook tablet is the HP Chromebook x2 11. In a crowded ChromeOS tablet space where competitors include the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5, HP’s Chromebook x2 11 has a lot to offer for the money. Priced at $570, this is a really affordable ChromeOS tablet. It’s a portable device with great battery life, great performance for using Android apps, and even has a keyboard and pen included right in the box for no added cost.

One of the reasons we like it so much is because the HP Chromebook x2 11 is a very compact Chromebook tablet. It measures just 9.94 x 6.96 x 0.3 inches and weighs just 1.04 pounds with connected. That’s mainly thanks to the tiny 11-inch form factor, which isn’t typical for Chromebook tablets. The only other exception is the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook, which has an even smaller 10-inch screen, and a similar but much smaller detachable keyboard that doesn’t suit everyone. In our review, we found that HP’s detachable keyboard is much better, and not uncomfortable for writing. It even can protect the screen when it is closed shut.

Though that small form factor might sound bad, it really isn’t, as the 11-inch screen on this tablet is still quite immersive and packed with pixels. You’re getting a 2.1K resolution (2160 x 1440) multi-touch enabled panel, with relatively slim bezels similar to that of the iPad Air. Other than that, the panel hits 400 nits of brightness, which is above the typical 300 nits on most Chromebooks. This makes is great for streaming movies or shows on Netflix, or even day-to-day media consumption on YouTube. The added kickstand from the keyboard case makes that easier, as you can prop it in your lap quite easily.

Bonus features include a fingerprint reader for logins and a really great 5MP wide-vision front camera. Since this is a tablet, you’ll even find an 8MP rear camera for taking pictures of documents and whiteboards, or anything else in the world. The included HP Pen is the other bonus, too, since it will unlock more options for you to make notes on your favorite documents, or paint and draw in creative apps. The pen is rechargeable and sticks to the right side of the device for safe storage.

Of note on this tablet, though, is what’s powering it. While most Chromebooks come with Intel or AMD processors, this one features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c under the hood paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. This is an ARM-based chip, similar to the one you’d find in an Android phone. What that means is that Android apps perform really well, and web browsing too. It also means better battery life, too, as we got to around 8 hours when we tested it.

    The HP Chromebook x2 11 combines the power of Chrome OS with the portability of a traditional tablet. You can work anywhere thanks to the optional 4G LTE capability. This is the new top of the line Chrome OS tablet experience.

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Best for business: HP Elite C1030 Chromebook

HP elite c1030 on green

Businesses looking for an HP Chromebook device need power, as well as versatility, and those are two things the HP Elite C1030 offers. Overall, it’s a solid alternative to our pick for the top Chromebook, too. This best HP Chromebook device for businesses is driven by 10th generation Intel Core i3 processors, 8 GB of RAM for high-computing power, and seamless multitasking. This computer offers 256 GB of storage capacity for data.

Of course, in business, you do need a premium Chromebook with a beautiful design, which is what this device offers. The ultra-thin aluminum chassis with 360° design is absolutely gorgeous. Carefully crafted, the stunning micro-edge, 13.5″ diagonal, 3:2 WUXGA+ screen is nearly bezel-less and optimized for the web. In addition to the aesthetically pleasing design, this machine is also MIL-STD 810H tested for durability.

On the internal specs side of things, you get a variety of options, which is also quite important for businesses. You can either pick an entry model with an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, and 8GB of RAM, or step things up to an Intel Core i5-10310U processor, and 8GB of 16GB of RAM. HP also includes options for a top-end model that has 16GB of RAM and the Intel Core i7-10610U processor. These might be two generations older processors, which we would not usually suggest, but on ChromeOS, things are heavily optimized, and you should get great performance for business-first tasks like working in spreadsheets.

For ports, you get 2 USB C ports, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, and a micro SD card slot. Speakers are crisp and loud, with a stereo setup tuned by Bang & Olufsen. All of these features are packed into a body weighing less than three pounds. If all of that isn’t enough, there’s also a fingerprint sensor for added security.

The Elite c1030 is not only a work machine, it’s also great for relaxing at home, watching Netflix or gaming. The processor inside this Chromebook is built for multitasking and can handle video streaming while you scroll through Twitter or Instagram using Android apps. Overall, Android gaming performance is also quite impressive. Most Chromebooks struggle with more modern Android games, but the c1030 has no lag or dropped frames when playing games like Asphalt 9.

This is a compact, small, all-metal device that’s light, and thus, unlike the grand majority of other 2-in-1 devices, is wonderful to use in tablet mode. The fingerprint reader is fast, the trackpad is awesome, and the backlit keyboard is premium. The 16:10 aspect ratio is also very convenient to use for work or play.

The HP USI pen that you can buy separately attaches exceptionally well to the device, like it was made for it, unlike other USI pen/Chromebook relationships that can often be buggy. Many other 2-in-1 Chromebooks feel cheap, bulky, out of date, or just plain second-class in comparison to the sturdiness, lightness, and premium feel of the HP Elite C1030 Chromebook. Similar premium Windows 2-in-1s are way more expensive, and Windows isn’t the best in tablet mode. Chrome OS is much more streamlined and tablet friendly. The battery is a 51-watt, 4-cell battery, bigger than all its Chromebook 2-in-1 competitors. You can get 11.5 hours of real-world heavy usage, being careful to conserve the battery of course where possible.

The only downside to the Elite c1030 is the price. At north of $1,000, it’s quite expensive and cuts it close to our top pick, the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, Despite the high price, this is a solid alternative to it, an all-around HP Chromebook for everyday work or personal use.

    The HP Elite C1030 is a great Chromebook for businesses who don't mind an older device. The processing power is still strong, as is the overall design.

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Best for Steam gaming and running Windows apps: HP Pro C640 G2 Chromebook Enterprise

You might think that Chromebooks aren’t for gaming outside of the many Android games you’ll find in the Google Play Store, but that’s actually wrong. The other misconception about Chromebooks is that you can’t run Windows apps. Thanks to Steam preview on ChromeOS and Parallels Desktop for ChromeOS, though, these are no longer true.

Google is in the process of beta-testing Steam on Chromebooks, helping bring some popular PC games to ChromeOS. It’s an early beta, though, and you’ll need to try unstable versions of ChromeOS to demo it, but Google is planning to roll it out to ChromeOS very soon. When they do, you’ll want a Chromebook model for it. The good news is that Google includes one HP model on that compatibility list, and it’s the HP Pro C640 G2 Chromebook Enterprise.

As for running Windows on a Chromebook, Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS is the solution. It’s the world’s first software to run Windows directly on Chrome Enterprise devices. It enables you access to full-featured Windows applications, including Microsoft Office, for a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

That’s why you shouldn’t let the Enterprise naming of this laptop fool you. While the HP Pro C640 G2 Chromebook isn’t exactly what you expect when you think of gaming on Steam or Windows apps, there’s still a lot to like about it. We say that because it includes great Intel CPUs and really great specs. It’s also one of the world’s thinnest 14-inch business aluminum Chromebooks, according to HP.

As required by Google and Steam on ChromeOS, and also Parallels on ChromeOS, this device comes with 11th Gen Core i5 processors, and 8GB of RAM or 128GB of storage. These processors are now a year old, but they’re still pretty powerful for Steam gaming thanks to the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. More specifically, it’s the Intel Core i5-1135G7 that’s included onboard this Chromebook. This CPU and RAM combo is not only good for gaming, but it should get you through most of your web-based workflows without issue. Android apps should perform well too, thanks to features like Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

As for the display, gamers might be used to high-resolution and high-refresh-rate panels, but for gaming on ChromeOS, you’ll have to stick to the basics. A lot of games being tested in beta with Steam on ChromeOS have a list of known issues, and sometimes Google suggests turning graphics settings down for the best experience. That’s why the FHD (1920 x 1080) display is perfect. You should not run into gameplay issues and things will still look great. Of course, you always can connect to an external display if you want a higher resolution, using a docking station.

What else makes this Chromebook great other than the certification for Steam? It has a wipeable textured keyboard and is certified for Parallels Desktop. This means that you can wipe down and clean the keyboard if something spills on it. You’ll also be able to use Windows apps on this Chromebook through Parallels Desktop for ChromeOS, which is sold separately.

We’ll also touch on the ports of this device, too. It’s pretty great for the price, as you can avoid using a docking station if needed. The mix of ports includes 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-C, 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A, a  headphone/microphone combo, and HDMI 2.0.

    The HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook Enterprise is great for running Steam games and Windows apps as it's certified by both Google and Parallels thanks to it's 11th gen Intel CPU.

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Best for education: HP Chromebook 14a-na1047nr

 

One of the best HP Chromebooks for education (other than the HP Chromebook 11A-NA0060NR which is at the bottom of our list) is the bigger Intel-based sibling to it, the HP Chromebook 14a-na1047nr. Coming in at $289, this relatively low cost device is great for students. Or, if you’re an educator or parent choosing a Chromebook for students, it is also an excellent option. This machine has a full-size, jet-back keyboard. Younger students can easily use this Chromebook as a result.

But that’s just the design. Under the hood of this Chromebook is an Intel Celeron N4500 processor that’s speedy enough for basic multitasking and opening multiple windows. A 32GB eMMC will also keeps your documents and media files handy, though for bigger files, cloud storage like Google Drive might be a better option. Featuring Intel UHD (ultra-high-definition) Graphics 600, this computer displays smooth videos and games, and can even stream at 4K.

This Chromebook has a vibrant 14-inch display tuned to the resolution of 1366 x 678. It might not be the highest resolution, but this is quite common at this low price, and having 14-inch of screen space can help a bit with opening multiple windows.  Built-in Bluetooth 5.0 tech and dual-band Wi-Fi connection to other devices and the internet easily. The PC also has a mineral silver finish that should fit in well in classrooms or even at home. This finish matches that of HP’s other premium Chromebooks, too.

This laptop has two USB Type-C 1.4 ports and a USB Type-A port. Up at the top of the display, you’ll see a 720p HD camera. Dual stereo speakers also flank the keyboard for great audio calls. As for the battery it’s rated at 11 hours, mainly thanks to the low-resolution display.

Most education Chromebooks don’t blow anyone away with the spec sheet, and the HP 11 G8 is no exception. You get 4GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron processor that handles basic tasks with ease. As we often say, ChromeOS isn’t like Windows since it’s more lightweight and optimized for low-end hardware. So, performance should not be too much of a big worry. The Ports match those found on more premium models, and the display is sufficiently bright at a maximum of 220 nits. At under $300, this is an excellent option for student use at home or in the classroom.

    If you're an educator looking for Chromebooks for the classroom, look no further. The HP Chromebook 14a-na1047nr offers the basic ChromeOS experience

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Best premium Chromebook under $800: HP Chromebook 14 x360 ct-cc000

If you don’t have close to $1,000 to buy one of the fancier Chromebook on our list, then that’s where the HP Chromebook 14 x360 ct-cc000 comes in. It is one of our favorite premium Chromebooks on a budget. It also has some bonus features for the price. As a 2-in-1, it can be used as both a tablet for inking, a laptop for typing, a tent mode for movie watching and so much more. All of this comes at a decent price of $700, or around $500 when on sale.

Under the hood of this Chromebook x360 14c is an 11th-gen dual-core Intel Core i3-1125G4 CPU. This is on top of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Intel Core i3 CPU found here is typically what you’d find as an option on a Chromebook like this one. It will hold up through a full day of web browsing for work or school or play without lag and other issues.

We mention the premium Chromebook at the top of this section since this device is made out of aluminum. Like on the fancier HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, opted to smooth off and round the corners of the device. This makes it make it comfortable to hold in the hands. Even better, is that the display has some pretty slim bezels on the side, rounded corners, and a narrow chin that makes it comfortable to hold as a tablet. This reminds us, that the Chromebook supports an optional HP stylus, which can be used for drawing and taking notes.

Another reason this Chromebook makes our list is the webcam. Unlike most Chromebooks which come with 720p webcams, HP opted for a special wide-angle lens with an 88-degree field of vision. This lets you fit more people, and more of the room around you on your call. HP also has a switch on the side of the Chromebook that can kill your webcam and disable it. For even faster logins, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the keyboard deck, helping make logins seamless and easy.

With the display, you’ll get the basics for an under $1,000 Chromebook, In this case, it’s FHD and 1920 x 1080 resolution. With brightness rated at around 250 nits, it is decent enough for watching movies and streaming, as your content won’t be letterboxed. Two speakers to the side of the keyboard help with that immersive feeling when using the Chromebook in stand mode.

Finally, there are the ports on this model, which we think are great for those who might want to live free of dongles for common tasks like transferring files. HP includes a lot Chromebook x360 14c. You get a Micro SD card reader for added storage, a SuperSpeed USB Type-A, port for your mouse or keyboard, a headphone jack, and a SuperSpeed USB Type-C port. Only the lack of an HDMI port hold it back from this port selection from being perfect.

    The HP Chromebook x360 14c offers up a great design, a unique wide-angle webcam, and decent performance

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Best for family computer: HP Chromebase

One of the best parts of Chromebooks is how simple they are to use and the amount of built-in parental controls. In a family setting, though, you might want to have a single device that everyone can share at the same time. For this, the HP Chromebase is what we opted to pick. It’s not a traditional Chromebook laptop by any means. Rather, it’s an all-in-one computer and the only one powered by ChromeOS. It also has a rotating screen that makes it quite fun to use.

Powering the HP Chromebase are two CPU choices. You can choose either the Intel Pentium 6405U or the Intel Core i3-10110U. RAM can be pushed up to 16GB, though 4GB and 8GB are the standards. You’ll also find that there’s 128GB or 256GB of storage onboard. Regardless of which CPU or RAM option you choose, you should get good performance for web browsing. ChromeOS is heavily optimized for lower-end CPUs and is quite efficient when compared to Windows. Note that there are also expansion slots, too. You can add an M.2 SSD, according to HP.

The overall design of the HP Chromebase also makes it great for use in family spaces like a living room, or even a kitchen. It has a fabric speaker and is colored in white, with a matching keyboard and mouse. If your family depends on it, you can end up using Google Assistant on the big screen thanks to the large speakers and excellent microphones on the HP Chromebase.

The key part of the design is also the rotating screen. With a single twist, you can rotate the screen vertically to 60 degrees for playing games, or enjoying social media timelines, which are catered to more vertical content. In concept, it is like having a giant tablet on your desk. Another key part of the design is the camera privacy slider, which can help you mute out the webcam in situations where you don’t want it to be used. Not that you’ll want to anyway, as the webcam is wide angle, so more people can fit on the screen.

As for ports and connections, HP was very thoughtful of these. No one wants to have accessories like keyboard receivers in their way or visible within eyesight when working, and that’s why HP has tucked the key ports at the back base of the Chromebase. It’s there where you’ll find the 2 Superspeed USB Type-C ports, 2 Superspeed Type-A ports, and the headphone microphone jack. You can safely hide these out of reach.

    The HP Chromebase is a great family computer powered by ChromeOS

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Cheapest HP Chromebook: HP Chromebook 11A- NA0060NR

The last Chromebook on our list is the HP Chromebook 11A-NA0060NR. We have it as the best cheap Chromebook since it’s usually close to $200, and usually $300 when on sale. There are a lot of reasons that we picked it, too. It has a lot to do with the simplicity, This is a no-nonsense Chromebook that sticks to the basics. It doesn’t have a lot of the fancy stuff that others on our list do, which make it great for education, or as a child’s first Chromebook. It’s also quite thin and light, coming in at just 2.6 pounds, and 0.66 inches, making it portable.

Under the hood powering this Chromebook is the MediaTek MT8183 chip. This is a very basic chip found in most common budget Chromebooks. While you won’t be opening a lot of Chrome tabs on this model, you will be able to get through the most basic web browsing and other common tasks without worry. It should not be surprising for the price, though, as you’ll be limited to 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage. Most apps from the Google Play Store should run fine on this machine, too, though your mileage might vary depending on the app.

As for the display, this Chromebook is basic in that area. too. It comes with an 11.6 diagonal display rated at 220 nits. The resolution isn’t the best at 1136 x 768, but it is touch compatible. That means you’ll be able to interact with drawings and other items on your screen that you might have open. It could help you save some time by avoiding clicking the mouse, too. The real benefit, though, of the low-resolution screen has a lot to do with battery life. This device is rated at 15 hours, which is quite high for a Chromebook. You’ll be able to live life away from the AC Adapter, and when it is needed, any USB-C PD charger will work, as long as it is rated for 45 watts.

And what about ports? Well, there’s not much fancy here, but HP includes expanded storage with a microSD media card reader. That’s on top of the USB 2.0 Type-C port, USB-Type A, and the headphone and microphone combo jack. There’s still no HDMI, so you’ll need a dongle if you want to connect to a higher-resolution screen.

We typically like to mention the webcam on Chromebooks, too. And in this case, it’s the very basic 720p. Again, for this price, it’s hard to complain. You can use one of the USB Type-A ports to connect a better webcam if you please.

    The HP Chromebook 11a-na0060nr is a no-nonsense Chromebook built for those with budgets coming in at just $300

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As you can tell, just like Windows, Google’s Chrome OS is quite a versatile operating system. It can run on all types of hardware from HP. All of the Chromebooks on this list are excellent options, depending on your particular needs or desires.

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