Best Chromebooks in Australia (2024): From $499

Tired of the same old Windows and Mac laptops? Maybe it's time to go Chrome.

Best Chromebook
Asus Flip CX5 15.6" FHD Chromebook
Asus Flip CX5 Chromebook
From
$1,228.65
Processor
Intel Core 1135G7
Graphics
Intel Xe
Display
15.6-inch FHD
Best budget Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook
From
$599
Processor
Intel Celeron N4020
Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 6000
Display
14-inch FHD
Best 2-in-1 Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
IdeaPad Duet 5 2-in-1 Chromebook
From
$869
Processor
Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
Graphics
Integrated
Display
13.3-inches, FHD
Best gaming Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 16" 2.5K Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 16" 2.5K Chromebook
From
$899
Processor
Intel Core 1235U
Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Display
16-inch 2.5K
Fergus Halliday
Jan 05, 2024
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Buying a new Windows or MacOS laptop in 2024 isn't just expensive. It can often also mean paying for perks and additional performance you might not necesssary need.

For every creative or coder that makes use of the additional on-the-go grunt afforded by Apple's latest M-series processors, there are dozens of consumers with more everyday needs who don't. If that's you and everything you do on your laptop is contained within a web browser, there's a decent chance you might be able to get away with using a Chromebook instead.

Google's take on operating systems has come a long way over the past decade and the hardware design that the likes of Lenovo and ASUS are throwing at these devices nowadays goes a long way towards making up for the platform's inherent limitations. There are even Chromebooks for gamers nowadays. Of course, if you're in the market for a new Chromebook in Australia, it's hard to know where to start.

To save you some time, here's a quick round-up of the best Chromebooks in Australia.

Compare the best Chromebooks

Category
Product
Price
Availability
Display size
Resolution
Weight
Rating
Icon Star Full  LightBest Chromebook laptop
From
$1228.65
15.6-inchesFHD1.95kg
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Icon Star Full  LightBest cheap Chromebook
From
$599
14-inchesFHD1.12kg
3 out of 5 stars
3
Icon Star Full  LightBest 2-in-1 Chromebook
From
$869
13.3-inchesFHD700g
3 out of 5 stars
3
Icon Star Full  LightBest gaming Chromebook
From
$899
16-inches2.5K1.82kg
3 out of 5 stars
3

Asus Flip CX5 15.6" FHD Chromebook

Best Chromebook laptop

Asus Flip CX5 15.6" FHD Chromebook
Asus Flip CX5 FHD Chromebook
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
5
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
From
$1,228.65
pro Sleek design
pro Gorgeous display
con Expensive for a Chromebook
con A little heavy

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Most Chromebooks try to leverage the fact that Google's operating system can run on pretty much anything by opting for the cheapest hardware and passing the savings on to you. The ASUS CX5 shows what's possible when you go the other direction with that tendency towards affordability.

Under the hood, this laptop comes powered by an Intel Core i5 1135G7 Processor and up to 16GB of RAM. The parts that are here prime the ASUS CX5 to deliver a smoother and snappier ChromeOS experience than much of the its competition. That said, the real selling point here is its integration of many of the quality of life features found in ASUS' Zenbook lineup. You get an Ergo-Lift hinge, you get a 144Hz display, you get a backlit keyboard and a larger trackpad.

Where other Chromebooks opt to give you more less, ASUS are using everything at their disposal. The final result might be a little heaviuer and expensive than some of the other options but if you want a Chromebook that's just that little bit better than all the rest, then you shouldn't look past the ASUS CX5.

Model

Asus Flip CX5 15.6" FHD Chromebook

Processor

Intel Core i5 1135G7 Processor

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe

Memory

Starts at 8GB memory

Display

15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED Touchscreen

Storage

Starts at 128 GB of SSD storage

Ports

2x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4), 1x USB Type-A, combo audio jack, MicroSD slot

Battery

48Whr

Speakers

harman/kardon dual speaker audio

Webcam

720p HD camera

Weight

1.95kg

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The best laptops you can buy in 2023

If you’re looking to buy a new laptop in 2023, these machines represent the cream of the crop.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 3i 14-inch Chromebook

Best cheap Chromebook

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 3i 14-inch Chromebook
Our Rating
3 out of 5 stars
3
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
3
Design
3 out of 5 stars
3
Display
3 out of 5 stars
3
From
$499
pro Extremely cheap
pro ChromeOS is much better than it used to be
con ChromeOS has limits
con Only 64GB storage

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If ditching both Microsoft and Apple is a step you’re willing to take for a better overall experience and a cheaper price, then the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Slim 3i Chromebook might be the best Chromebook you can find for under $500.

Even if it doesn't run on Windows, you can still get a lot of work done on this thing. Like many modern Chromebook, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Slim 3i even supports Android apps, which allows it to do a whole lot more than the Chromebooks that came before it could.

When you're looking at laptops this thrifty, there are always going to be some sacrifices. But as long as you're happy with the ones made here then you'll probably find that the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Slim 3i offers up plenty in exchange.

Model

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 3i

Processor

Intel Celeron N4020

Graphics

Intel UHD Graphics 6000

Memory

Starts at 4GB RAM

Display

14-inch FHD

Storage

Starts at 64 storage

Ports

2x USB-A 3.2, 2x USB-C 3.2, 1x Micro SD, 1x 3.5 mm headphone jack

Speakers

2x down-firing speakers with Dolby Audio

Webcam

720p

Weight

1.12 kg

Dimensions

286.7 x 205.5 x 18.05 mm

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 2-in-1

Best 2-in-1 Chromebook

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 2-in-1
Our Rating
3 out of 5 stars
3
Display
3 out of 5 stars
3
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
3
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$869
pro Flexible design
pro Lightweight form-factor
con Relatively expensive for a Chromebook
con Support for Android apps can be iffy

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If you're after a Chromebook with the portability of an iPad and the versatility of the Surface Pro, Lenovo's IdeaPad Duet 5 is a solid choice.

Chrome OS tends to provide a snappy and smooth user experience on even modest or under powered hardware, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook is a great showcase for what Google’s operating system can do with even a more modest Qualcomm processor.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook isn’t the best 2-in-1 on the market, nor is it the best Chromebook overall. Still, it’s got a cheap price-tag, plenty of bang for buck and a flexible form-factor that lets you make the most of both those strengths.

SpecsLenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
RRPFrom $869
ProcessorSnapdragon 7c Gen 2
GraphicsIntegrated ARM
Memory4GB Soldered LPDDR4-
Display13.3 Inch FHD
StorageUp to 128GB

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 16" Chromebook

Best gaming Chromebook

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 16" 2.5K Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 16" Chromebook
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$899
pro 16-inch screen
pro 512GB of on-board storage
con Limited games to play
con No touch input

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Thanks to the rising popularity of services like Nvidia's GeForce Now, Amazon Luna and Xbox Games Pass cloud streaming, there are now Chromebooks designed for gaming. This Lenovo IdeaPad one is a great example of what this take on the formula can offer.

Lenovo's latest 16-inch IdeaPad gaming chromebook comes kitted out with a big 120Hz screen, a generous amount of on-board storage and an RGB keyboard. You'll even score a free three month subscription to Nvidia's game streaming service when you pick the laptop new instead of secondhand.

Model

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 16" Chromebook

Processor

Starts at 12th Gen Intel Core i5 1235U processor

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

Starts at 8GB RAM

Display

16-iunch 2.5K IPS display, 120Hz

Storage

Starts at 512GB SSD storage

Ports

2 x USB-C, 2 x USB-A, 3.5 mm headphone jack, MicroSD slot

Speakers

4 x 2W speakers with Waves Audio

Webcam

1080p FHD

Weight

1.82kg

Dimensions

 

19.95mm x 356.5mm x 253mm

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How we chose the best Chromebook laptops

When it comes to picking and choosing the best Chromebooks on the market, the easiest place to start is with the similarities that each brand brings to the table. This helps give us a basis for what the "meta" of laptops looks like at any given time.

The next phase in our analysis specifically looks into the details. Where do the different laptop designs brought to market by hardware manufacturers like Lenovo, Dell, HP and ASUS differ, and why? What additions or twists on the formula are novelty versus necessary? How much value do these niche features really provide end consumers?

We then weigh the findings of this process against the price expectations market segment attached to the category involved. While the overall category assumes you're a consumer who isn't looking to cut corners, neither does it act like your budget is unlimited. This helps us determine which Chromebooks are providing the best bang for our buck and value for money.

Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.