Best TouchScreen Chromebook 2017 Comparison Table


Best Touchscreen Chromebooks of 2016

Best Touch Screen Chromebooks of 2017

Updated: June 2017


Best Touch Screen Chromebook Comparison Table (2017)

10-11" Touch Screen Chromebooks

Asus Flip 10.1" (Convertible)
C100PADS03; Jan17

RockChip RK3288
2.0 lbs, 0.6"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 8h
1200 x 800
Tablet Mode
Acer R11 (Convertible)
CB5132T-C1LK; Aug16

Brawswell N3150
2.8 lbs, 0.76"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC /10h
1366 x 768 IPS
Tablet mode!
Acer C720P (touch)
C720P-2600; May14

Haswell 2955U
2.9 lbs, 0.75"
2-4 GB / 16 GB
N / 7.5h
1366 x 768
CTL J5X (Convertible)
NBCJ5X; Sept16

Braswell N3060
3.3 lbs, 0.88"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 10h
1366 x 768 IPS
Tablet mode!
Lenovo 11E (Convertible)
ThinkPad Yoga; Mar16

Braswell N3150
3.3 lbs, 0.9"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 6h
1366 x 768 IPS
Tablet mode!
Dell Chromebook 11 (touch)
Item# 463-5183; Feb15

Bay Trail N2840
2.9 lbs, 0.83"
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 9 hrs
1366 x 768
180° hinge

13-14" Touch Screen Chromebooks

Samsung 12.5" Plus (Convertible)
XE513-3C24-K01US; Jan17


OP1 ARM~Rockchip RK339
2.4 lbs, 0.6"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 10h
2400x1600
Tablet mode!
ASUS 12.5" Flip (Convertible)
C302-CA--DHM4; Jan17


Intel Core m3
2.65 lbs, 0.5"
4 GB / 64 GB
AC / 10h
1920 x 1080
Tablet mode!
Acer CB R13 (Convertible)
CB5-312T-K5X4; Oct16


MediaTek MT8173C ARM
3.3 lbs, 0.61"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 12h
1920 x 1080
Tablet mode!
Samsung 12.5" Pro (Convertible)
XE51-0C24-K01US; May17


Intel Core m3
2.4 lbs, 0.6"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 8h
2400x1600
Tablet mode/Pen!
Google Pixel LS 2015 (touch)
Core i7-5500U 2.4Ghz; Mar15

Core i7-5500U
3.3 lbs, 0.6"
16 GB / 64 GB
AC / 12h
2560 x 1700 IPS
Google Pixel 2013 (touch)
Core i5-3427U 1.8 Ghz; Mar13

Core i5-3427U
3.4 lbs, 0.6"
4 GB / 32 GB
N / 5h
2560 x 1700 IPS

22-24" Chromebase Touch Screen AIO Desktop

Acer ChromeBase 21.5" (touch)
DC221HQ-wmicz; Jun15

2.1 GHz Tegra K1 Nvida ARM
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / BT / Stereo 3W
USB-K/Mouse / HD webcam
1920x1080 (Non-IPS); 21.5"
20.9 x 1.8 x 14'; 7.5 lbs
Acer ChromeBase 24" (touch)
Model CA24-CT; May16

1.7 GHz Celeron 3215U
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 4 mics
USB-K/Mouse / HD webcam
1920x1080 IPS; 23.8"
22.9 x 1.4 x 15.8"; 17.6 lbs

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 from low-end specs.  For example, the RAM or Solid State Drive Memory increased to 4/32 GB.

Red – Indicates another step up, for example, higher resolution 1920 x 1080 display, IPS, Touch-Screen Capability, outstanding RAM/SSD specs, etc.

Orange – Indicates other interesting features that in which you may be interested.


Multi-Touch

Touch Screen Chromebooks in 2017 all use the latest technology — 10-point touch capability.  

This is as opposed to just Single or 2-point touch capability.

Single touch allows for a single finger or Pen to input events onto the screen.

Even with Single Touch Screens, there are different levels of pointing accuracy and palm rejection capabilities that are found across these types of devices. Some of these single touch devices can also detect a second touch event as a “gesture” and interpret that as a command from the user.  

A two point touch capable display will actually detect and recognize two separate touch events simultaneously, so that the user can do things like draw two parallel lines on the screen with two different fingers at the same time.

Screens with 10-point multi-touch touch technology have become the new standard.  

They can simultaneously detect up to 10 touch points and  allow you to use all 10 fingers, at one time, on the screen.  

The reviews of all these Chromebook Touch Models (HP, Lenovo, Acer) have been overall very positive when you simply read about many user experiences on their respective Amazon pages.

However, I have noticed that after the initial introduction of many of these Chromebooks, over the last year or so, that as time goes on the prices seemed to have climbed.  

I think the lower introductory prices (ie: on Amazon) were a way to get people interested, and then the sellers found that the demand was greater than anticipated, and hence, the price creep over time.

Further, one has to ask themselves, “would I ever use it” — when considering a touch screen.

For example, I’m at my desk typing this post, using a Chromebox with dual monitors.  

I believe that I am more productive using my keyboard and mouse for this task, than trying to tap on the screen for use a pen, in place of my mouse. 

I certainly would not consider using a screen based keyboard.  This scenario of favoring a mouse/real keyboard is also typical of my office “day-work” too.  

I’ve had various touch screen laptops in the past and hardly used them day in or out.  I’m just much more productive in my specific tasks with the old fashioned keyboard and mouse setup.  

Even before I used the Chromebox so heavily, when I used one of my Chromebook via HDMI cable, to use it with a larger monitor, I still wouldn’t have used the touch-screen for that set up either.

However, some users may need a touch-screen more than I do.  

For example, students, who take digital notes for class, or designers who draw sketches, or those using map software (ie: looking for a house on google maps or zillow), or just flipping through web pages or ebooks online, all may favor the touch screen capability — especially typically using a Chromebook on their lap (without a desk).

For those who benefit from touch screen intensive tasks, and would use this feature heavily, it may be best to get a touch enabled Chromebook that flips all the way into tablet mode.  

Unfortunately, at this time, you can not detach the screen to make a thin tablet, with any of the current touch screen Chromebook models — so you are stuck with a “thick” tablet (because the keyboard is under the screen) for the time being.

If you are a heavy tablet user, you’ll have to ask yourself if it would be better to just by a tablet for tablet based tasks….

….(ie: an android or ipad); AND a Chromebook (ie: lower cost non-touch model) for tasks that are best done with a fixed keyboard and mouse or track-pad.

 

Update from 4/17:  I’ve been playing with the 10 inch Asus Flip Convertible.  I was hoping to convince my wife to give up her iPad.  However, even though the Asus Flip can be used as a tablet, it doesn’t compare to an iPad.  Yes, it works overall, but seems “bulky” and “poorly responsive” — maybe partly due to the slower Rockchip CPU, but I suspect the whole chromebook tablet software just needs to mature over time.  Even browsing webpages can be a pain because your finger doesn’t register when you try to click on something or even close a browser tab.

I think these convertibles are ok for small tasks or occasional use, but if you really love sitting back in an easy chair and flipping pages or browsing on an iPad, I would stick with that, or consider a dedicated android based tablet, or just use your cell phone.  Hey, this is my opinion, I’m sure others may disagree; but I wanted to get it out there for what is is worth.

Anyway, I hope some of these considerations help you in your decision as to if a Touch Screen Chromebooks would fit your specific needs best for the extra cost.  

Good luck in your search.  Chromebooker.  


For those of you looking to easily compare and contrast the wide array of various-sized Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, Chromebits, Chromebook Touch Screen / Tablet Devices and All-in-one Chromebase devices…..in one comprehensive chart plotting device size/type vs processor type….

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