Best Chrome OS Tablets

Last Updated on August 9, 2022 by Ernest

Chrome OS is a Gentoo Linux-based software, an operating system developed by Google which is slowly becoming a trend in tablets. Chrome OS comes with an integrated media player and file manager and now comes pre-installed on tablets from Google’s manufacturing partners. 

Every Chrome OS-manufactured tablet has its own different shelf life. The software updates vary from model to model. All the latest models that are produced and manufactured after 2020 are guaranteed to receive updates for a minimum of 8 years. 

Chrome OS is user-friendly, and it is compatible with Android apps which can be downloaded via the Google Play Store. It is also compatible with Microsoft Office. Chrome OS is a fast Operating System that makes multitasking smooth and easy. 

Let’s take a look at the Best Chrome OS Tablets that are currently on the market and that we recommend if you have decided to go with Chrome OS.

1. Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3

If you’re looking for a solid chrome OS tablet that provides you with great quality for your money, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 is not something you’ll wish to miss out on. There are lots of features packed into this tiny little tablet that has earned the top spot in our ranking. Despite its lightweight design that seems to favor portability, Lenovo has not cut any corners in equipping this tablet with top-quality hardware. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 provides you with a high-quality display that can really enhance your user experience while watching YouTube, Netflix or movies etc. This display is one of the best both in terms of resolution and brightness that you can get in this price range.

If we talk about the hardware, Lenovo has provided pretty good components in this Chromebook. Its processor is about 10% better than the one provided in the original Chromebook Duet, which, combined with its RAM and storage, allows you to have a great experience using the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3. There is, however, a catch in this instance. Even though the processor in the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 is quite good, it is still no match for processors included in high-end/premium tablets and laptops. If you put too much load on this tablet, like opening too many tabs on your browser or running heavy apps like Lightroom/Photoshop, it will feel laggy.

Since the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 gets charged via a USB-C cable, having an extra port means that not only you can orient your charger however you like but also use the second port to connect other accessories. Still, the absence of a headphone jack has disappointed many users who want to use inexpensive headphones. Since we’re talking about audio, you should know that the speakers provided are serviceable but not that great, so you might need to use external speakers or get a pair of Bluetooth Headphones. Adding all these factors to the fact that the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 has an amazing battery timing of around 12 hours, makes it a very great Tablet to have.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 Video Review

Specifications:

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:10.9-inch
Resolution:2000×1200 2K
Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
RAM:4GB
Storage:64GB
Camera:Front: 5MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:x2 USB Type-C + Pogo pin
Dimensions:10.16″ x 6.48″ x 0.31″ (258.04mm x 164.55mm x 7.90mm)
Weight:1.14lbs(516g)
Battery Life:Up to 12h

Pros:

  • 12 hours of battery life
  • Sharp, 11” display
  • 2 USB-C ports
  • Detachable keyboard included

Cons:

  • No USI 2.0 Pens available for this tablet
  • Speakers are not that good
  • Lack of a headphone jack

2. Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

new lenovo chromebook duet 5

One of the best-looking 2-in1 tablets, the Lenovo Due 5 is a detachable tablet with superb portability. The design is slick, and you can carry it around anywhere with ease. The Duet 5 has a fabric folio detachable keyboard which you can snap in or snap off according to your needs. It also has stylus support wherein it is compatible with Lenovo’s own Active Pen and also with another high-grade stylus’. 

The display is one of the key strongholds of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5. It has an amazing display that is mesmerizing in itself with a crystal clear viewing experience, and on top of that, you get accurate color vibrancy and true blacks. Overall the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 has one of the best displays of any tabs on the market in this price range.

Coming to the processor, Lenovo Duet 5 has one of the finest and most reliable processors in the current market. The speed is good, and multitasking is made easier by the high-performing CPU. There is no lag when transitioning between apps or when opening heavy apps. It has a smooth touch-screen operation.

Of course, as we are listing Chrome OS tablets, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 has Chromebook OS. With the high-performing processor, you can download all the apps you need or play as many games as you want. You can convert the tab into a laptop for productivity, and the transition will be smooth. All the Google Drive Documents, files, and Chrome preferences are easily and rapidly accessible. 

With the specifications provided to you by Lenovo, it can easily be said that the Duet 5 is one of the best Chromebooks available in the market. Additionally, the Duet 5 has a battery life of 15 hours which is pretty neat, but if you turn the brightness full tilt and watch videos or play games full day; then you get around 8-9 hours of battery–which is still quite great to have on a tablet. 

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 Video Review

Specifications:

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:13.3-inch
Resolution:1920×1080
Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180
RAM:4GB
Storage:256GB
Camera:Front: 5MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:x2 USB Type-C + Pogo pin
Dimensions:0.28″ x 7.35″ x 12.04″ (7.2mm x 186.8mm x 305.9mm)
Weight:1.5lbs(700g)
Battery Life:Up to 15h

Pros:

  • Excellent and snappy keyboard
  • Quality display
  • Quality processor
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • A bit pricey
  • Pen not included 

3. HP Chromebook X2 11

HP Chromebook X2 11 - chrome os tablet

HP finally diving into the Chrome OS market was met with lots of expectations in people’s eyes. Starting with the build and design, the tablet looks absolutely premium as it should be as it is an HP production and also the $600 price. It is a sturdy-looking tablet with an aluminum frame and matte silverback. The stand is strong and reliable. The tab overall feels durable. The detachable keyboard is a bit disappointing as it feels a bit cramped. The USI Pen is included with the device, and it charges via the tablet. 

The HP Chromebook x2 has a high-quality display that provides crisp visuals with a 100% sRGB color gamut. There is a 3:2 aspect ratio which is solid, while the brightness of the Chromebook is excellent. You can view the tablet from any angle, and it won’t make a difference as well. All the vivid colors and deep blacks are excellently displayed. 

The performance of the tablet is pretty average on the whole. It runs the basic apps well, but when it comes to multitasking or transitioning between heavy apps, that’s where the problem lies. Going from portrait to landscape, the tablet definitely feels the lag, and it is infuriatingly slow in comparison to other tabs. If the storage in your Chromebook doesn’t seem to be sufficient, you can opt to increase the storage space for your Chromebook. The RAM included in the Chromebook x2 is indeed more than sufficient, with Android apps opening, functioning, and closing without a hitch.

The HP Chromebook x2 has a good battery life with up to 8 hours of video streaming with brightness at full tilt.

Specifications: 

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:11-inch
Resolution:2160×1440
Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
RAM:Up to 8GB
Storage:Up to 128GB
Camera:Front: 5MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C x2 + WWAN LTE card slot
Dimensions:19.06″ x 12.44″ x 3.27″
Weight:4.22lbs(1.9kg)
Battery Life:Up to 11h

Pros:

  • Battery life
  • Solid display
  • Fast charging
  • Fingerprint reader

Cons:

  • Lackluster processor
  • Cramped keyboard

4. Asus Chromebook CM3

Asus Chromebook CM3

The Asus Chromebook is a good mid-range tablet. It is a very well-designed tablet with a stylish look. The CM3 has an aluminum body with matte back diamond-cut edges, thin and extremely portable. It is stain-resistant as well. The Garaged USI stylus is included with the device and charges itself when parked on the tablet. 

The display of this particular Chromebook comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It also has a 125% sRGB color gamut which displays all the colors effectively, as well as true blacks. The detachable keyboard and stand cover are included with the device and make it a blast to use it. 

The processor installed in the Asus Chromebook CM3 is not high-end but is effective wherein you can run Android apps, do daily tasks, or use the Microsoft Office apps. The processor runs all the basic things smoothly, and at the end of the day, that is what you want. You’ll need to keep in mind to use the Chromebook for less strenuous purposes due to processor limitations.

Battery life is a big selling point of this tablet and for a good reason too, which is also applicable in this case. You can use your Chromebook for almost a whole day on a single charge. 

Specifications:

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:10.5-inch
Resolution:1920×1200
Processor:MediaTek Kompanio 500(8183)
RAM:4GB
Storage:64GB|128GB
Camera:Front: 2MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C + Audio Jack 3.5mm
Dimensions:0.06″ x 6.58″ x 0.31″ (25.54 x 16.72 x 0.79)
Weight:1.12lbs(500g)
Battery Life:Up to 12h

Pros:

  • Stylish design 
  • Long battery life
  • Affordable
  • Solid display

Cons:

  • Mediocre processor
  • Lackluster connectivity

4. Google Pixel Slate 

Google Pixel Slate

Google has updated Chrome OS, adding new capabilities such as intuitive handwriting recognition and UI elements copied from Android. The Pixel Slate has a good screen and good audio. Unfortunately, despite Chrome OS’s progress, certain Android apps really don’t work quite right with it.

The Pixel Slate has a  sharp and stunning display similar to that found on high-end laptops. The screen is framed by a fairly wide and uniform bezel that holds a webcam on top and a set of powerful speakers on the sides. The Gorilla Glass 5 on the display is rounded off into an aluminum shell that makes it easy to hold for long periods of time. The Pixel Slate’s LCD screen is razor-sharp and is really comfortable to use for streaming videos, watching movies, and gaming. The brightness is also good enough for you to enjoy a good read in broad daylight. 

The Pixel Slate keyboard, in particular, is a beautiful encapsulation of the entire device. The device can be held up at any angle by sliding the flap down on a series of magnets. The circular keys on the keyboard, which seem strange at first, work perfectly. They’re also illuminated, have nice key travel, and are rather silent. You won’t have to bother about powering the keyboard because it gets its power from the device. They are connected by copper connection points, which are firmly held in place by magnets. 

The Pixel Slate has both front and back cameras, so you may use it to snap photographs, just like most tablets, but don’t hope for it to beat the phone you use to click pictures. You can also link your Pixel phone to the Pixel tablet to receive or send text messages on both devices. That way, you can now use your Pixel Slate to keep surfing online sites that are open on your Pixel phone.

Specifications:

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:12.3-inch
Resolution:3000×2000 (293ppi)
Processor:8th Gen Intel® Core™ m3, i5 or i7 Processor
RAM:4GB|8GB|16GB
Storage:32GB|64GB|128GB|256GB
Camera:Front: 8MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C x2
Dimensions:7.95″ x 11.45″ x 0.27″ (202.04mm x 290.85mm x 7.0mm)
Weight:1.6lbs (730g)
Battery Life:Up to 10h

Pros:

  • Sharp and vibrant screen
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Quick processing
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Has bugs with Bluetooth
  • Doesn’t support all Android apps
  • Keyboard is bulky

6. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Released in 2020, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a low-cost Chromebook that’s quite a steal for someone who travels a lot and needs something lightweight with a high battery time. Being the first iteration of the Chromebook Duet series by Lenovo, it is undoubtedly inferior to the subsequent variants, but even then, it provides a good bang for your buck. Being around the size and dimensions of a regular journal or notebook, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is very easy to use and easier still to travel with. If you want to work a bit on a document or something while traveling or while lazing around on your couch.

You can easily use this Chromebook to watch movies and YouTube videos while lounging around in your free time, or your kids could use it to attend their online classes, you can use it for video calls, etc.

With such a huge battery time, you don’t need to worry about the battery running out of juice. There are quite a few issues with this variant of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, particularly the keyboard of this Chromebook. The keyboard is so cramped that you’ll get tired of mistakenly pressing keys during your work, especially if you’re writing a document. But the keyboard will do just fine if you’re chatting with friends or using it just for entertainment purposes. Plus, not having a headphone jack and just one USB-C port has certainly left lots of users unsatisfied until they’ve used the newer variants of this happened.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet is also listed as one of the best tablets under $300

Specifications:

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:10.1-inch
Resolution:1920×1200
Processor:MediaTek Helio P60T
RAM:4GB
Storage:64GB
Camera:Front: 2MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C + 5 point pogo pins
Dimensions:9.44″ x 6.29″ x 0.29″ (239.8mm x 159.8mm x 7.35mm)
Weight:0.99lbs (450g)
Battery Life:Up to 10h

Pros:

  • 13 hours of battery life
  • Sharp, 10.1” display
  • Inexpensive 
  • Detachable keyboard is included

Cons:

  • Cramped keyboard.
  • Single USB-C port
  • Lack of a headphone jack

7. Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100

Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100

The Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 is an extremely portable device. It is built to carry around with you as the CT100 is not only lightweight but also has stress-passed stringent durability tests. The tab is scratch-resistant. It also includes a Wacom EMR pen with an in-built pen holder. 

Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 comes with a quality display with a flat front bezel type. The device works well indoors or outdoors, there is no issue with brightness. The tab does offer a vivid viewing experience as it offers great color vibrancy. That way, you don’t have to compromise on the visual experience.

The processor included in the Asus Chromebook CT100 is also quite good. The Asus Chromebook CT100 is equipped with boatloads of features that can be of a huge help for anyone using this Chromebook for their personal or business use. The RAM and storage of this Chromebook will allow you to have a smooth time working on whatever project you might be undertaking.

Specifications:

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:9.7-inch
Resolution:2048×1536
Processor:OP1, Made for Chromebooks, Hexa-core
RAM:4GB
Storage:32GB
Camera:Front: 2MP | Rear: 5MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C + Audio Jack + micro SD slot
Dimensions:9.4″ x 6.77″ x 0.39″ (238.8mm x 172.2mm x 9.98mm)
Weight:1.27lbs(580g)
Battery Life:Up to 9h

Pros:

  • Affordable pricing
  • Good battery life
  • Steady design
  • Built-in pen holder

Cons:

  • Average screen size
  • Lackluster connectivity
  • Okayish processor

Why did we rank Duet 3 above Duet 5?

Even though the Duet 5 boasts really good features, the Duet 3 has it beat in a few aspects that resulted in it getting the top position in our list of Best Chrome OS Tablets in 2022. The Duet 3 has a better display at 2K resolution as compared to the Full HD of the Duet 5. Additionally, the display of the Duet 3 is IPS, while Duet 5 has an OLED display. In terms of processors, Duet 3’s Snapdragon 7c gen 2 is also one of the reasons why we rank it above the Duet 5. Basically, if you want to use your Chromebook as a tablet, the Duet 3 pulls ahead in most departments. 

Video Comparison Between Duet 3 and Duet 5: Which one is better for you?

Can ChromeOS run on Android Tablets?

It’s not possible to run ChromeOS directly on Android tablets. This is because the installation process and files for ChromeOS are not available to the public, and without them, it’s not possible to run ChromeOS on an Android tablet. 

There is, however, a roundabout method that can be used to run ChromeOS on Android tablets. If you install ChromiumOS on your Android tablet, you could get to use ChromeOS on your tablet, but it would be a shot in the dark, and not all ChromeOS apps are guaranteed to work on your Android tablet.

Which is better, ChromeOS or Android?

When comparing the benefits and features of ChromeOS and Android, it must be said that the former takes the cake. Using ChromeOS allows you to get 8 years of software updates and support, which is even more than Apple’s updates for iPads. Additionally, several important accessories are also being produced and marketed as specifically made to be used with Chromebooks, which makes using the ChromeOS quite a better option instead of the Android tablets.

Final Verdict 

Any one of these devices is a great choice if you’re looking for a Chrome OS tablet or 2-in-1 Chromebook laptop. Chrome OS tablets are getting traction, and there’s a whole slew of reasons for that. First of all, they are pretty cheap in comparison with other tablets. Also, they are great for basic tasks such as emails, web browsing, social media, movies, school, and basic work stuff.

Even though all these Chromebooks have their own pros and cons, if we were to recommend one Chromebook, it would have to be the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3. We really liked this Chromebook during our test as it showed some incredible performance, and it’s just a nice experience overall to use it. The display was great, the resolution was great, and the sound was as well, so it makes a great tablet if you’re into Netflix and Youtube and some basic work stuff.

FAQs

What can you not do on Chromebook?

The majority of Chromebooks are low-cost, which means they have limited hardware specifications. This is the primary reason why a Chromebook may be used to play games.  However, hardcore gaming is not among the things that you can do smoothly on a Chromebook.

Another topic to consider is multitasking. Chromebooks will never be able to compete with Windows or iOS. Both OS are built with intensive multitasking in mind, although Chromebook makes it a little more challenging.

You may tweak and customize Windows and Mac systems down to the last pixel.  This, together with the availability of additional third-party apps, allows users to modify the interface’s entire appearance and feel. Unfortunately, ChromeOS is not one of them. Most Chromebooks don’t have this amount of customization, but you can change your desktop’s background.

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