Chromebook Model Comparison

This Chromebook comparison table allows you to compare the current models from different manufacturers based on their hardware specs. It is important to keep in mind that because Chromebooks have most of their processing load and storage handled by cloud servers, traditional hardware specifications are much, much less relevant to performance than on a netbook for example, where these things are dependent on the individual computer.

Wi-Fi-only models listed in the table below have standard wireless internet capability for connecting to a router.

3G models have both Wi-Fi and 3G capability.

Compare Chromebook Specs

Chromebook Processor Memory (RAM) Hard Drive Screen Resolution Graphics Card Battery Ports
Toshiba CB35 Chromebook (Newest Model – Jan 2014) Dual-Core 1.4 GHz Processor 2GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 13.3″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Intel® HD Graphics ~9 Hours HDMI, VGA Multi-Card ReaderBluetooth 4.0, 2 USB 3.0, Audio in/out
Acer C720P Chromebook (Nov 2013) Dual-Core 1.4 GHz Processor 2GB DDR3L RAM 16GB or 32GB SSD* 11.6″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Touchscreen Version Intel® HD Graphics ~8.5 Hours HDMI, VGA Multi-Card ReaderBluetooth 4.0, 1 USB 3.0/1 USB 2.0, Audio in/out
Acer C720P Chromebook (Nov 2013) Dual-Core 1.4 GHz Processor 2GB DDR3L RAM 16GB or 32GB SSD* 11.6″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Intel® HD Graphics ~8.5 Hours HDMI, VGA Multi-Card ReaderBluetooth 4.0, 1 USB 3.0/1 USB 2.0, Audio in/out
HP Pavilion Chromebook 14-c010us Wi-Fi
(Feb 2013)
Dual-Core 1.10 GHz Processor 2GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 14″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Intel® HD Graphics ~4.15 Hours Bluetooth, HDMI, Multi-Card Reader3 USB 2.0, Audio in/out
Acer C7 C710-2847 Chromebook Wi-Fi Dual-Core 1.10 GHz Processor 2GB DDR3 RAM 320GB HD (5400RPM) 11.6″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Intel® HD Graphics ~4 Hours HDMI, VGA Multi-Card Reader3 USB 2.0, Audio in/out
Samsung Chromebook Wi-Fi (Oct 2012) Dual-Core 1.70GHz Processor 2GB DDR3L RAM 16GB SSD* 11.6″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Integrated Graphics ~6 Hours HDMI, Multi-Card Reader2 USB (3.0/2.0), Audio in/out
Samsung Chromebook 3G (Oct 2012) Dual-Core 1.70GHz Processor 2GB DDR3L RAM 16GB SSD* 11.6″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Integrated Graphics ~6 Hours HDMI, Multi-Card Reader2 USB (3.0/2.0), Audio in/out
Samsung Series 5 550 Wi-Fi (June 2012) Intel Dual-Core Celeron 867 Processor 4GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 12.1″ LED 1280 x 800 (HD) Intel® HD Graphics ~6 Hours Digital DisplayPort, Multi-Card Reader, 2 USB, Audio in/out
Samsung Series 5 550 WiFi + 3G (June 2012) Intel Dual-Core Celeron 867 Processor 4GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 12.1″ LED 1280 x 800 (HD) Intel® HD Graphics ~6 Hours Digital DisplayPort, Multi-Card Reader, 2 USB, Audio in/out
Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Intel Atom N570 Processor Dual-Core 1.66GHz 2GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 12.1″ LED 1280 x 800 (HD) Intel GMA 3150 ~8.5 Hours 1 VGA, 2 USB, Combined Audio in/out
Samsung Series 5 3G Intel Atom N570 Processor Dual-Core 1.66GHz 2GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 12.1″ LED 1280 x 800 (HD) Intel GMA 3150 ~8.5 Hours 1 VGA, 2 USB, Combined Audio in/out
Acer AC700 Chromebook Wi-Fi (No longer available) Intel Atom N570 Processor Dual-Core 1.66GHz 2GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 11.6″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Intel GMA 3150 ~6 Hours 1 HDMI, 2 USB, Separate Audio in/out
Acer AC700 Chromebook 3G (No longer available) Intel Atom N570 Processor Dual-Core 1.66GHz 2GB DDR3 RAM 16GB SSD* 11.6″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) Intel GMA 3150 ~6 Hours 1 HDMI, 2 USB, Separate Audio in/out

*SSD = Solid-State Drive
**4-in-1 Multi-Card Reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC)

Which Chromebook Specs are Most Important?

The installed hard drive on both of the current Chromebook models is an incredibly fast-performing 16GB solid-state drive (SSD) that contributes to extremely fast boot times and instant resuming when opening and closing the lid. We must stress that hard drive capacity is not entirely relevant with Chromebooks as apps, documents, music, and other files are generally stored in the cloud rather than on the hard drive itself.

Thus, the specs you’ll want to focus on most to compare Chromebook models include the wireless connectivity (WiFi or 3G + WiFi), screen resolution, how long the battery life lasts, video output options (VGA or HDMI/DisplayPort) if you want to connect it to a monitor or HDTV, and physical factors like weight and screen size.

An additional factor you may want to consider when comparing Chromebooks is appearance; the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is more expensive but has a slightly larger screen and looks a bit sleeker, while the Acer AC700 Chromebook is about half an inch smaller screen-wise and looks more like a traditional laptop, but costs about $50-$100 less. You can click on the Chromebook names in the table above to see the current prices and more detail about each model.

So, Which Is The Best Performing Chromebook?

While choosing the right Chromebook depends on which specs are most important to you (battery life, budget, etc.). However, for the overall best performing Chromebook when it comes to speed, streaming, playing movies, and productivity tasks, we can confidently recommend the new Samsung Series 5 550. This model includes double the RAM of the older Chromebook models, a dual-core Celeron processor, an multi-memory card/SD reader, and digital Displayport technology for full HD 1080p video output.

Above All: Connectivity

No matter how you compare them, both Chromebooks have great performance when playing video and using demanding apps. Currently (we’ll keep you updated if this changes), there is nothing you can do with one that you cannot do with the other, excepting the case of connectivity. 3G + WiFi or Wi-Fi only capability is definitely the most important difference between the models, while, for those who would like to connect a Chromebook to an external monitor, TV, or projector, the video connection options (VGA on the Samsung or HDMI on the Acer) is of importance.

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