5 Best Chromebooks in New Zealand

Are you looking for a budget alternative to the laptop, then Chromebooks are the best option with awesome features and they are able to perform multiple tasks. Some of the performance is like a laptop. 

Chromebooks are the great Google’s innovation that offers a complete and efficient internet experience with the Google Chrome browser. You can run all google apps and services like Google Drive, Gmail and other applications.

 

Benefits of Chromebooks

  • Consuming less Battery and a one-time charge can be enough for 1-3 days (Depending on the type of model).
  • You can install Android apps.
  • Google Chrome operating system is fast and stable.
  • Built-in protections  – low risk of viruses and malware as compared to Laptops. 
  • Store your data in the cloud, which means you never lose your data.
  • Chromebooks update themselves automatically in the background, so you do not need to worry about manual updates. 
  • These devices are lightweight and portable.

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Essential things to check before buying a Chromebook

Display 

The first thing you need to consider when buying a Chromebook is a display.  Most Chromebooks have a  touch display but not the cheaper models. Most of the convertible Chromebooks have touch display functions.

The new Chromebooks supports android apps as well as apps from the Chrome web store and android app do use touch because they are designed for smartphones If you want to use some of your favourite apps in your Chromebook then look for the touch support function. 

The usual screen resolution on a Chromebook is 1080p but a cheap Chromebook may be lower resolution and the very high-end models may be the higher resolution for most mid-size Chromebooks with screens from 13 to 15 inches. 1080p resolution is enough for normal use.

 

Processor 

A low-end processor like an Intel Celeron or a Pentium will be enough if you just browse with a couple of tabs open.  Chromebooks based on Intel Core CPU like the core i3 and i5 will allow for greater multitasking.

The Core i3 and i5  can be a bit more expensive and are equal to a $500-$700 Windows laptop Intel Celeron processor with 2-4 GB of memory which might be enough in everyday use under the Windows 10 laptop but a Chromebook with the same specifications will give you a better experience.  if you’re an extreme multitasker consider buying an intel core chip processor Chromebook.

 

 Local storage

Generally, most of your files and data in a Chromebook are stored in the cloud. so Chromebook includes only small inbuilt storage that’s called eMMC memory usually 32 or 64 GB in which you can store your locally created data and files. look for an SD card slot if you think you want to save more files on the device. You may need more storage when you are not connected to the internet most of the time.

 

Connectivity Ports

If you need to give presentations in your meetings then look for video output ports such as HDMI  ports that match with displays you have to attach with that. Consider a USB Port or two if you want to attach a mouse or other peripheral.

 

 Keyboard

Chromebooks have a special key layout with a few navigation options. But the keyboard is your personal preference as per your usage. whether you’re a social media addict or you just need a machine for checking email.  Google Apps Chromebooks are easy-to-use, convenient to take on the go and inexpensive. 

 

Here we have selected the 5 Best Chromebooks for you in New Zealand.

1. Lenovo IdeaPad 10.1 inch

Lenovo Chromebook

SPECIFICATIONS :      

  • CPU : MTK, CPU: P60T Octa-Core
  • SSD : 128GB eMMc and 4GB RAM
  • Audio : 2 x Dolby Audio™ speakers Smart AMP
  • Rear : 8 MP auto-focus, Front: 2 MP fixed-focus
  • Panel : 10.1″, Screen Type: FHD, Battery: Up to 10 Hours

This small twin in one Lenovo Chromebook can be converted into a tablet as well.  This Lenovo Chromebook has a 10.1-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has a nice bright display. It comes with a detachable keyboard.

It has 10 hours of battery backup in a single charge which means you can do your work whole without needing to put on charge. It has a USB-C port, volume control and power button on the right side.

It has a 2 Megapixel camera that works well for video chat and  8 Megapixel rear camera that takes decent quality photos.

Pros : This small compact size Chromebook is easy to carry anywhere and has enough battery backup for the whole day.

Cons :  The keyboard is tiny. It may be not ideal who wants to do lots of typing work. The touchpad is very small as well. Only one port for charging and headphones.

 

2. HP 14” Intel Celeron

HP Chromebook

SPECIFICATIONS :    

  • CPU : Intel Celeron N4020 
  • Storage : 64GB eMMc Storage and 4GB Ram
  • Display : 14″ HD BV LED with 1080p

This notebook has a sleek white design and enough large display. This HP Chromebook 14 offers the best value of money as compared to other brands.

It has a decent size keyboard for comfortable typing and a nice trackpad, through that you can navigate smoothly. Another thing HP gave in this model in port selection. You get a USB port and 2x USB-C  ports as well.    

Pros : This Model has 14 hours of battery backup,  which is enough for whole day work.  Fast charging through USB-C port.

Cons : Plastic built body, it may be the not durable and white colour which can dirt easily. 

 

3. Lenovo 14″ -S34o

Lenovo Chromebook E300

SPECIFICATIONS :    

  • CPU : Intel Celeron  
  • Storage : 64GB eMMc Storage and 4GB Ram
  • Display : 14 inch with 1080p resolution 

The Lenovo S340 is one of the best Chromebooks which gives all required features in a decent price budget. It has a full-size keyboard with enough spacious trackpad.

It has  2x Ultra Fast USB-C ports and 2x USB ports so you can connect multiple other peripherals at the same time. It also has a Separate audio jack for your headphone

Pros : Lightweight and portable. Enough long battery and even when the battery runs out it can charge quickly. 

Cons : Volume is not loud enough. 

 

4. Acer Chromebook 11.6″

Acer Chromebook

SPECIFICATIONS :    

  • CPU : 1.1GHz Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor N4020 
  • Storage : 32GB eMMc Storage and 4GB RAM
  • Display : 11.6″ HD Multi-Touch IPS Display

This Acer C733T-C9QK Chromebook is a Strongly built body in black and durable Flexi hinges.  It has a nice clear bright display and quick responsive display, It has excellent performance and video quality. It has the ability to charge the battery quickly. 

It has a nice looking keyboard and is very comfortable for long typing. It has 2 ports of USB-C type and 2 ports of USB. it has one audio combo jack for your headphone as well

Pros : Fast charging battery that is enough throughout the day. 

Cons : Unnecessary extra size border around the display. It may not install some of android’s most popular games.

 

5. Acer 11.6″ –  C733-C08J

Acer 11.6" C733 Chrome

SPECIFICATIONS :    

  • 1.1GHz Intel Celeron quad-core N4120 Processor (turbo boosts up to 2.6GHz)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB eMMC Storage

This Acer C733- C08J Chromebook is specially designed for online things. This black colour Chromebook is very compact in size. It is a good option for students and a really good value for money. This Chromebook is very easy to operate and easy to carry. 

It has a matte display and a wide viewing angle and glare. Its display is designed for working both indoors and outdoors.  It has two USB ports, an SD card slot and an audio jack.

Pros : High-resolution screen,  long last battery backup and Value of Money.

Cons : Small size Keyboard, Sound quality is not good on high Volume 

Those all above are the top-rated Chromebooks in New Zealand.  You can buy the best one according to your need, if you have already bought one then you share your experience with us below in the comment section.