Best 13 Inch Chromebook 2017 Comparison Shopping Table


 

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“Simplified” by Splitting them into Processor Groups

Updated: June 17


Best 13" Chromebook Comparison Table (2017)

Core Series (i3 & i5 Intel) 13" Chromebooks

Dell Chromebook-7310 13"
7310-RTGY4; Sept15

3.2 lbs, 0.72"
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 12h
1920 x 1080 IPS
i3 5015U 2.1GHz
Toshiba Chromebook-2 13"
CB35-C3350; Sept15

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2.9 lbs, 0.80"
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 9h
1920 x 1080 IPS
i3 5015U 2.1GHz
Samsung Pro Convertible
XE51-0C24-K01US; May17


2.4 lbs, 0.6"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 9h
2400x1600
convertible w/ pen
*CPU: Intel Core m3-6Y30

Haswell/Broadwell Celeron (2955U/3215U Intel Dual Core) 13" Chromebooks

ASUS 12.5" Flip
C302-CA--DHM4; Jan17


2.65 lbs, 0.5"
4 GB / 64 GB
AC / 10h
1920 x 1080
convertible
*CPU: Intel Core m3
Toshiba Chromebook-2 13"
CB35-3300; Sept15

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2.9 lbs, 0.80"
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 9h
1920 x 1080 IPS
3215U Broadwell
Toshiba Chromebook-1 13"
CB35-A3120; Jan14

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3.3 lbs, 0.80"
2 GB / 16 GB
N / 9h
1366 x 768
2955U Haswell

MediaTek Core Pilot ARM (MT8173C Quad; Cortex-A72/A53) 13" Chromebooks

Acer CB R 13 Convertible
CB5-312T-K5X4; Oct16


3.3 lbs, 0.61"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 12h
1920 x 1080
convertible
Samsung Plus Convertible
XE513-3C24-K01US; Jan17


2.4 lbs, 0.6"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 10h
2400x1600
convertible
*CPU: OP1 ARM/Rockchip RK339

Bay-Trail/Braswell Celeron (N2830/40; N3060 Intel Dual Core) 13" Chromebooks

Asus Chromebook 13"
C300MA-DH01;Jun14

3.1 lbs, 0.90"
2 GB / 16 GB
AC / 10h
1366 x 768
N2830/40 BayTraill
Asus Chromebook 13"
C300SA-DS02;Apr16

3.1 lbs, 0.90"
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 10h
1366 x 768
N3060 Braswell
Asus Chromebook 13"
C300MA-EDU;Jun14

3.1 lbs, 0.90"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 10h
1366 x 768
N2830/40 BayTraill

Tegra K1 ARM ( 2.1GHz NVIDIA Quad ARM) 13" Chromebooks

Acer Chromebook 13"
CB5-311-T9Y2.; Aug14

3.3 lbs, 0.71"
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 13h
1366 x 768
Acer Chromebook 13"
CB5-311-T9B0; Sept14


3.3 lbs, 0.71"
2 GB / 16 GB
AC / 11h
1920 x 1080
Acer Chromebook 13"
CB5-311-T1UU; Aug14

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   Cost ~$369
      (Nov 16)

3.3 lbs, 0.71"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 11h
1920 x 1080


Color-Coding of Specs: in Cells of Chromebook Comparison Table Above:

Green – indicates “base” or standard model (ie: standard lower res 1366 x 786 screen) & Black/Grey = Std (lowest) RAM/SSD (ie: 2/16 GB).

Blue – indicates a step up in the RAM or Solid State Drive Memory to the 4 GB or 32 GB range, respectively.

Red – Indicates another step up or a higher resolution 1920 x 1080 display or Touch-Screen Capability.

Note:  I’ve colored coded the model/item number differences for you – to help “cross-check” everything, before you push “buy” (hoping to help prevent any mistakes during your online purchases).  

 Important Disclaimer:  Much time has been taken to organize all this Chromebook Comparison Table information but still please cross-check anything you think is of critical importance before you buy to assure no mistakes are listed here and that our source information was not incorrect.


Why buy a “Medium-Sized”  13 Inch Chromebook? 

“The Mid-Size Compromise”

13 Inch Chromebooks - The Mid Size Option

The “Mid-Size” Option: A 13″ Chromebook (right)– Next to an 11″ Chromebook (on left).

Well, you have to think about this.  

At 13 inches,  you’ll have something of a Mid-Size Laptop – somewhere between a tiny grab and go 11 inch and a huge sit down and work 14-15 inch desktop replacement.

I have a 13 inch Chromebook, and use it occasionally, but I prefer my 11 inch ones for quick email or browsing tasks…. and my Chromeboxes (w/ dual monitors) when I need to spend hours on the computer (ie: developing this website).

Although this is my style, and I have many computers to my name, so can use lots of screen sizes at a whim. 

On the other hand, you may just want one Chromebook in your life, and may just find the 13 inch display to be the ultimate compromise.

Further, unfortunately, my older Toshiba 2 13 inch Chromebook’s display is only of 1366 x 768 resolution; so it seems like it just “blows up” & “de-sharpens” the 1366 x 768 display that I already enjoy on my 11 inch Chromebooks.

 

Example of Data in each Cell of a "Sub-Table" at Chromebook-Review.com Comparison Website

How to Read Spec Data in Shopping Table below

To be fair, though, most of the newer 13 inch Chromebooks now come with a higher resolution native display of 1920 x 1080, and with superior IPS (in plane switching) technology — so I may be negatively biased because mine is older (2014) and inferior to these newer 13 inch beauties.

If you are going to purchase one of these 13 inch devices, then clearly consider going with the higher resolution display, and shy away from the slower/older processors.  I’ve just deleted the very old Exynox processors (ie: on the 2014 Samsung Chromebook 2) from the tables.

You can compare & contrast each 13 inch Chromebook’s “Distinguishing Specs” listed next to each Chromebook’s photo in the 13 inch Comparison Shopping Table (above); 

…and also find more detailed “Spec Info” across all sized Chromebooks on our sites Chromebook Comparison Master Table Page (ie: along the 13.3 inch row).

I believe that with these visual aides, you’ll be able to more easily educate yourself regarding the fine differences among these mid-sized options and find the Best 13 inch Chromebook to fit your individual needs!


Buying Considerations: 

For the 13 inch Chromebooks Shopping Comparison-Table (below) ~

Processors:  

There are many Processor types in the 13 inch Chromebooks Category.

Notice the Color-Coding on the 13 inch Chromebooks Infographic above:  (Fastest Most-Powerful on Right Side). |(Moving to Slower Processors on the Left Side). 

The Fastest Processors (on the Left ) in Magenta/Red can be found (ie: Intel Core i-Series) on the Google Pixel (Core i7 and i5) 13 inch Chromebooks and the Core-i3 Dell and Toshiba Chromebooks.  Naturally, these are the most expensive on the list and for many of us, way more power than we need for our Chromebook tasks.

The Intel Celeron Broadwell 3215U (is very close to an i3 – in speed and power and price).  It is considered the next generation “step-up” from its predecessor the Intel Celeron Haswell 2955U.  

Celeron Haswells are older now, but still to be found on Amazon, and to be honest, really very fast, but without the high price of the Core-is and Broadwells.  They may represent the “sweet spot” in terms of cost/benefit at an “older-model discount-price” – especially if you are just getting in on Chromebooks and don’t want to spend too much for your first device.  This entire website was created with a Celeron Haswell CPU with numerous Tabs open and operations in progress.  I’ve never noticed waiting or slow performance!

The Bay-Trail (and its new and improved cousin, the Braswell Intel Chip) are low-power, but capable, long-lasting road warriors.

The Tegra K1 from Nvida is an ARM (ei: not intel dual core chip), again, made for very low power consumption and getting up to 11-13 hours of use on one charge.  

I’ve recently deleted the Samsung Exynos ARMs based 13 inch Chromebooks from the table.  They are too dated, and no longer made.

Screen Display:

Besides the Processor, the Display is probably the next most important factor in comparing these 13 inch Chromebooks.

Naturally, the higher end IPS 1920 x 1080 pixel (FHD)  displays are going to cost more than the more standard 1366 x 768 (HD) displays. 

I have a Toshiba Chromebook with its more washed out 1366 x 768 non-IPS display.  Believe me, this is fine for emails and checking the news but this is an area to consider stepping up…

If you know you are going to be a “light user” and not spend hours on your Chromebook, then naturally, if the cost is nearly the same, go up to the better specs on the display.  

However, if the cost difference huge, and you are a light user, then save yourself some money and go with the lower 1366 x 768 displays.

Convertibles:

Now you can purchase a 13 inch Chromebook that can flip into Tablet mode with a touch screen.  The Oct 2016 Acer R13 Convertible in the table above is impressive, but you’ll pay a bit more for a lower power CPU.  I’ve purchased an Asus 10 inch Flip Convertible, and am amazed at the dual function, but the tablet mode lags far behind an older model iPad in my opinion.  So, going forward, at least in the near future, I think I am going to stick with chromebooks to be used as laptops/notebooks:  And favor using true dedicated tablets (ie: iPad or Android Tablet or even my phone) when I want tablet surfing.

Other Tips:

Wi-Fi:  Pick the faster AC Wi-Fi devices if the price is nearly the same on the other specs.

Weight and Thickness:   Found within each table cell (the top spec line in each cell – to the right of the photo):–  run about the same (near 3 lbs and under an inch for almost all these 13 inch Chromebooks) but if you have a choice, do check these specs in your comparisons and of course go with the thinnest and lightest if price and other factors are the same.

Memory: Also be sure to check the RAM and SSD solid state drive size (ie: 2-4 GB / 16-32 GB ranges, typically) and again go with the better specs, other things being equal.


I sincerely hope that these Chromebook Comparison Tables help you make the best choice!  Chromebooker.

Links to More “Detailed” Shopping Comparison-Table Pages:

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