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6 of the best digital radios for every listener — 04/30/2020

6 of the best digital radios for every listener

Radio is alive and well, despite what you may have been led to believe. The likes of Amazon Music and Spotify were supposed to bring about a changing of the guard but radio has stubbornly refused to go anywhere, and that’s a good thing.

Millions of people still tune in to their favourite shows every week, despite all of the podcasts and on-demand music on offer. This is due in part to the growing popularity of DAB (digital audio broadcasting) radio, which allows for less interference, more stations, and a stronger signal. Sounds pretty good, right?

Digital signals are generally more reliable than analogue signals, and DAB reception now stretches across almost all of the UK. This means that digital radios should be able to pick up a better quality of sound, with more channels than a traditional radio. More information can also be sent through digital signals, meaning stations can provide details like the name of the song or the artist. With all of this in mind, it’s not surprising that so many listeners are making the switch to digital.

It’s also no surprise that some of the most popular audio brands have released digital radios. Thanks to the increased demand from consumers, you can now find examples of top digital radios from leading names like Roberts, Sharp, and Pure. The best models will offer impressive sound quality, uncomplicated interfaces, durable designs, and premium materials.

You could spend a few hours researching everything on offer to come up with a shortlist of your best options, or you could let someone else do that for you. We have tracked down a selection of the very best digital radios on the market, with something for every listener. All you need to do is pick a favourite.

These are the best digital radios for 2021.

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The Good

Voice-controlled • Alarm clock radio • Wooden cabinet with six position equaliser and separate bass and treble • Stream Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, and Amazon Music

The Bad

Pricey • Cable runs underneath unit

The Bottom Line

The priciest radio on this list is also the most advanced, with a bunch of smart features in a retro vintage design.

Roberts Revival iStream 3

The Roberts Revival iStream 3 utilises Alexa to become a smart music system.

  • Battery recharging:
    Yes
  • Bluetooth:
    Yes
  • Works with Alexa:
    Yes
The Roberts Revival iStream 3 is probably the most advanced radio on this list, and there are absolutely loads of smart features packed into its retro vintage design.
You can use your voice via Alexa devices or your smartphone as a controller with the Undock App, and all the major music streaming services are supported, including Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, and Spotify. 
All of this wouldn’t mean much if the sound quality wasn’t good, but you shouldn’t have any concerns here. It’s equipped with a six position equaliser and separate bass and treble. This creates a richer audio experience for your home.

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The Good

Handy USB port • Ultra-wide full range 10 watt speaker • Engineered in the UK • Three-year VQ warranty

The Bad

Controls can be a little fiddly • No preset buttons

The Bottom Line

The VQ Monty offers great sound and build quality at an affordable price.

VQ Monty

The VQ Monty is designed and engineered with premium materials, including real wood.

  • Battery recharging:
    No
  • Bluetooth:
    Yes
  • Works with Alexa:
    No
The VQ Monty is a stylish radio that features a modern design and premium materials. You can even find models printed with a Cath Kidston design, which is nice.
You can listen to your favourite music, playlists, and podcasts from the likes of Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify by connecting to any smart device via Bluetooth. All VQ radios also feature a USB power port, meaning you can charge your phone or tablet at any other time.
The sound quality is strong thanks to the 10 watt speaker output, and you can tailor the audio experience to your specific requirements with the MyEQ function. This features six preset controls with independent bass and treble controls.

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The Good

Retro design • Alarm clock radio • Sleep timer • Auxiliary input socket

The Bad

Would benefit from battery charge pack

The Bottom Line

Stylish digital radio is packed full of useful features to please every type of listener.

Roberts Revival Uno

This retro radio is tough to beat when it comes to style.

  • Battery recharging:
    No
  • Bluetooth:
    No
  • Works with Alexa:
    No
The Roberts Revival Uno is more compact that the standard Revival, so it’s perfect for smaller spaces.
You get the choice of two alarms for weekdays and weekends, making the Revival Uno the ideal bedside radio for those who want to add a bit of style to their bedroom. It’s also pretty portable because it’s both battery and mains powered, so you can take your music with you around the house or into the garden.
The auxiliary input socket means that you can play music from your smartphone or MP3 player. There’s a headphone socket too, so you’ve got options.

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The Good

Compact • Kitchen timer, sleep timer, alarm (radio or tone), and snooze timer • Three-year warranty

The Bad

Battery pack is not included • Display is on the small side

The Bottom Line

Popular radio has a long list of positive reviews due to its impressive sound and stylish design.

Pure Evoke H2

This compact and stylish radio fits comfortably anywhere in your home.

  • Battery recharging:
    Yes (not included)
  • Bluetooth:
    Yes
  • Works with Alexa:
    No
The Pure Evoke range of radios is extremely popular, and the stylish Evoke H2 is one of the best. 
This compact radio uses mains or battery power, and provides up to 30 hours of portable listening with an optional rechargeable battery pack. It would be great if this was included in your purchase, but at least you have the option to accessorise.
It features 20 pre-sets for your favourite stations, an easy-to-read clock, a sleep timer to automatically switch off your radio, and a convenient countdown kitchen timer. There’s also a radio alarm, stereo headphone socket, and an auxiliary input socket which lets you hear your own tunes through the radio.

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The Good

Cheap • Backlit eight character display • Easy to install and operate

The Bad

No sleep timer • No display on standby

The Bottom Line

This cheap and portable radio is suitable for taking anywhere.

Roberts Radio Play10

This compact radio is full of useful features but won’t break the bank.

  • Battery recharging:
    No
  • Bluetooth:
    No
  • Works with Alexa:
    No
The Roberts Radio Play10 is suitable for taking anywhere because it’s battery or mains powered. It’s also super compact and full of useful features.
One of the best of these is the backlit eight character starburst display, making it easier to search and scroll through the menus. This makes new music discovery even easier. 
There’s even a handy socket so you can listen with your own headphones without disturbing or being disturbed by others. 

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The Good

One of your cheaper options • Alarm clock function • Sleep and snooze timer • LED display

The Bad

Mixed reviews

The Bottom Line

Intuitive and attractive radio ticks all the boxes, but does have some mixed reviews.

Sharp DR-450

  • Battery recharging:
    No
  • Bluetooth:
    Yes
  • Works with Alexa:
    No
The Sharp DR-450 radio is available in a range of colours to match your home, and comes with a modern LED display and dimmer function to set it to the perfect brightness for you.
You can to listen to all your favourite radio stations through the 6W speaker, or connect via Bluetooth to wirelessly stream your own music straight from your smart device.
The alarm clock function comes with a sleep and snooze timer and you have the option to set your alarm sound to either the radio or a buzzer noise.
It might be smart to grab a Chromebook for your kid on Prime Day — 04/28/2020

It might be smart to grab a Chromebook for your kid on Prime Day

The assumption that Chromebooks are specifically kids laptops makes sense. They’re typically smaller and more lightweight than traditional laptops, and can hold up well against drops or spills. They usually don’t have fast processors, 4K screens, or many other high-end specs that kids just don’t need, which slashes the price big time.

But there’s a more serious aspect that makes Chromebooks a no-brainer for cautious parents: They’re some of the most secure devices on the market. On top of traditional “stranger danger” worries, parents are likely concerned about their family’s data getting into the wrong hands.

Actually, parent or not, every paranoid internet user should have a Chromebook. Don’t @ us. 

The most obvious reason is that Chromebooks are cloud-based. Almost anything you do is automatically backed up on Google Drive, so you won’t lose all of your files if your Chromebook breaks — or if your kid forgets to save a school paper. Updates are automatic as well.

SEE ALSO: Which tablet to buy for your kid: These are the best right now

Google’s Chrome OS is a hardcore bodyguard in itself. Every web page or Chrome app runs its own sandbox, essentially ensuring that other parts of the computer won’t be compromised even if that page gets hacked or “infected.” However, a Chromebook probably won’t get a virus: Most malware is designed for Windows or Mac and ignore Google’s OS (for now). If something sketchy were to happen, the threat can be wiped out by closing the page or reverting to factory settings. These security features are a huge part of why nearly three out of every five machines in schools use Chrome OS.

Monitoring kids’ usage on the cloud can’t be done with downloadable parental control software. The easiest way to set limits is to take advantage of your router’s parental control features (Google Nest and Eero are great) or invest in a filter for your home network, like Circle with Disney. These let you manage things like screen time and blocked sites on every device connected to your home WiFi. Upon setup, it’s suggested that parents be the first person to create an account. The first account to log in is seen as the “owner” of the Chromebook, and the owner is who gets to control the settings on other accounts.

How to choose the right Chromebook for your kid

Some Chromebooks are lightweight and some are bricks. Younger kids will probably do better with compact laptops with military-grade durability that can handle a drop from the table.

Storage isn’t a huge deal when most everything is stored in the cloud. (Google Drive comes with 15GB for free.) However, if your kid will be downloading something like textbooks, you might consider a Chromebook with more storage or with an SD card slot to expand storage. Most have 32GB, basic models have 16GB, and nicer models stretch to 64GB.

If your kid uses Microsoft Office for school, you’ll need a Chromebook that can run Android apps from the Google Play Store. Most are Android-compatible, but some fumble with non-Chrome apps.

Chromebooks for entertainment versus Chromebooks for actual work

No one is buying a Chromebook to use power-sucking software like Photoshop. That means that Chromebooks don’t need a lot of RAM, which is what determines how many tasks your computer can keep track of at once. But even with the draining apps reserved for MacBooks out of the picture, Chromebooks still aren’t one-size-fits-all when it comes to daily tasks. When is it time to bypass the average Chromebook 4GB RAM for 8GB or 16GB?

Kids using a Chromebook primarily for media consumption — streaming Disney+ or Youtube, playing games, or using light educational programs — could easily scoot by with 4GB, which is more than capable enough to handle anything that’s not super involved when it comes to data or graphics.

Bumping up to a beast like the Google Pixelbook Go or Slate and their 8 or 16GB RAM is the wise move if your kid is regularly using the Chromebook for more than entertainment purposes. We’re talking demanding programs like statistics software or storage of huge textbooks — any heavy-duty stuff outside of the Microsoft Word or Google Docs realm. Bigger workloads require more RAM to allow the computer to operate smoothly and avoid the ominous frozen screen. Such desktop-esque models are also more likely to have juicier displays and processors, more versatile ports and memory card slots, and backlit keyboards.

Here are the best Chromebooks for kids in 2021:

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The Good

Boots up in 10 seconds or less • Super lightweight • Compact keyboard for small hands • Comes with a free one-year trial of Google One • One of the only decent Chromebook tablets on the market

The Bad

Only one port (USB-C) • No headphone jack

The Bottom Line

A surprisingly capable Chromebook for the price that’s safe to carry around.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo’s true detachable Chromebook has impressive specs for its price, and you don’t need to buy a separate keyboard.

  • Battery life:
    10 hours
  • Weight:
    2.03 pounds total (0.99 pounds without keyboard)
  • Display:
    1920 x 1200
  • RAM:
    4GB
  • Storage:
    128GB
If it feels like someone’s always hogging the family desktop, it wouldn’t hurt to grab a laptop specifically for homework time. Enter: the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, a remarkably lightweight 2-in-1 laptop with a solid general-purpose processor, a built-in kickstand, and a compact, detachable keyboard that’s perfect for small hands. (Many laptop-tablet hybrids don’t come with their own keyboards — see: the Microsoft Surface Go and its separate Type Cover — making the Chromebook Duet a stellar value at under $300.) Its 10.1-inch touchscreen display is also compatible with Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) pens for drawing and doodling, but you’ll have to buy one of those separately. 
The really great thing about the Chromebook Duet is that it comes with a free one-year trial of Google One on top of 128GB of internal memory. (That alone is a ton of storage for a Chromebook.) That’ll get you an additional 100GB of cloud storage for assignments, essays, study guides, and notes. 

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The Good

SSD over eMMC storage • Acer VertiView display is super sharp • 3:2 aspect ratio looks stunning

The Bad

No stylus included, but is compatible with some separate pens • Not super lightweight

The Bottom Line

The star model of Acer’s Spin line behaves more like a full-blown laptop and has sweet display specs.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Visual learners and streaming fans will be psyched on the glorious hi-res screen and its unique aspect ratio.

  • Battery life:
    12 hours
  • Weight:
    3.02 pounds
  • Display:
    2256 x 1504
  • RAM:
    8GB
  • Storage:
    128GB
Of the million 2-in-1 iterations with near-indistinguishable differences the Chromebook market has to offer, tech publishers have been able to agree that one beats the rest: Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713. 
This particular Spin model sets itself apart with a rare 3:2 aspect ratio (a small layout change known as a productivity boost) and crisp VertiView display, which makes colors pop and tiny words legible. A laptop over three pounds might be a struggle for some youngsters, but it’s an expected weight jump for 13.5-inch screen.
The of an included stylus is annoying for a price point like this. But it hasn’t been enough to squash the internet’s love for this Chromebook, especially because it is technically compatible with a few USI pens. 

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The Good

Great with Android apps • Terrific battery life • A breeze to carry around • Keys are well-spaced and comfortable • Great choice for internet safety while studying abroad

The Bad

Touchscreen with no 360-degree hinge is odd

The Bottom Line

Google found a way to revamp the Pixelbook by adding a faster processor and *really* satisfying keyboard.

Google Pixelbook Go

Arguably the best bang for your buck on the market, the Pixelbook Go is lightweight and a total powerhouse.

  • Battery life:
    Up to 12 hours
  • Weight:
    2.2 pounds
  • Display:
    1920 x 1080 touchscreen
  • RAM:
    8GB
  • Storage:
    64GB eMMC
The world has its share of Chromebook non-believers. The sluggish plastic ones aren’t changing any minds, but Google’s Pixelbook Go will. Under the hood, features like an 8th gen i5 processor (the same CPU that powers the 2018 MacBook Air) and up to 16 GB of RAM give the Pixelbook Go significantly more oomph than casual Chromebooks.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is the only sensible competition here. But let’s be real: kids (and most adults) don’t need that 4K screen or that much power, especially for Samsung’s $1,000 price tag. The Pixelbook Go is certainly beastly enough for school projects and running multiple energy-sucking apps at once.
Google opted out of the 360-degree hinge, but tech bloggers agree that the traditional notebook design feels sturdier and more professional. The rounded corners and muted colors scream ~maturity.~

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The Good

Frequently on sale for $349.99 • Selfie camera • Built-in battery-free stylus • Two USB ports and a microSD slot • New Intel processor offers speed boost

The Bad

Too expensive when it’s not on sale • Keyboard isn’t backlit • No HDMI

The Bottom Line

It’s compact and comes with a stylus that never needs to charge, so kids are set while traveling.

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

The included battery-free pen will be a game changer for school and creative projects alike.

  • Battery life:
    9.5 hours
  • Weight:
    2.98 pounds
  • Display:
    1920 x 1200
  • RAM:
    4 GB
  • Storage:
    32GB eMMC
Foldable Chromebooks with stylus support are solid outlets for creativity. There’s just something fun about paperless writing or drawing, whether that’s designing in Adobe or highlighting a virtual textbook. Not only does Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2 support styluses — it comes with one that never needs to be charged.
The second generation of Samsung’s budget 2-in-1 Chromebook ain’t no Galaxy Chromebook, but it’s a hell of a value for its price range. A new Intel processor gives it an edge over the original, but it keeps the same aluminum clamshell design and sturdy 360-degree hinges.

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The Good

Spill-resistant keyboard • Sturdy build with rubber bumpers • 2-in-1 touchscreen adds fun flare • Safe and easy to throw in a backpack • Headphone jack

The Bad

Dinky touchpad • Display isn’t FHD

The Bottom Line

Dell’s sturdy 2-in-1 nails the kid-ready checklist with drop and spill resistance.

Dell Chromebook 11 3100

A flippable touchscreen puts a fun, modern touch on Dell’s durable little laptop.

  • Battery life:
    10 hours
  • Weight:
    2.85 pounds
  • Display:
    1366 x 768
  • RAM:
    4 GB
  • Storage:
    32 GB
Handing a device to a kid is like watching a drop or spill flash before your eyes. Designed to withstand the rigors of daily life in the classroom, at home, and in between, this 2-in-1 Dell Chromebook nails the kid-ready trifecta: rugged, affordable, and ready for streaming. Its lack of curb appeal is supplemented with 360-degree hinges to switch to tent mode or table mode — automatically more fun.
At just over 11 inches wide and less than three pounds, the 3100 can be carried safely in little arms or little backpacks. The sturdy chassis is supported by rubber bumpers for absorbing shock and a spill-resistant keyboard that can handle 12 ounces of liquid.

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The Good

Audio is surprisingly clear • Can handle multiple tabs without lagging • Lightweight and grip-able • Supports Android apps • Often on sale for under $200

The Bad

No HDMI, SD card slot, or USB-C • Screen is dim and washed out • Not much storage

The Bottom Line

Web browsing and educational apps are probably the extent here, but battery life makes up for it.

HP Chromebook 11

There’s not much power under the hood, but this little guy will surprise you with how it handles tabs and online games.

  • Battery life:
    Up to 12.5 hours
  • Weight:
    2.3 pounds
  • Display:
    1366 x 768, non-touchscreen
  • RAM:
    4GB
  • Storage:
    16GB eMMC
Kids are expensive even before they ask for a computer. If you’re looking for a decent Chromebook that won’t make you pay extra for specs your kid won’t even notice, the HP Chromebook 11 is a classic choice. 
This fun little laptop packs a punch for its size and price. It boots up quickly, plays audio loudly and clearly, and the keyboard isn’t cramped. Laptop Mag’s reviewer was able to open 16 tabs (including YouTube) before load times started staggering. The biggest advantage to basic devices is that the batteries are troupers. You could probably get away with not charging it for a day or two.
Important ports like HDMI and an SD card slot are lacking on top of the underwhelming processor. The CPU should have enough juice to cast videos to the TV via Chromecast, though.
Why a Chromebook might be the smartest laptop choice for kids —

Why a Chromebook might be the smartest laptop choice for kids

The assumption that Chromebooks are specifically kids laptops makes sense. They’re typically smaller and more lightweight than traditional laptops, and can hold up well against drops or spills. They usually don’t have fast processors, 4K screens, or many other high-end specs that kids just don’t need, which slashes the price big time.

But there’s a more serious aspect that makes Chromebooks a no-brainer for cautious parents: They’re some of the most secure devices on the market. On top of traditional “stranger danger” worries, parents are likely concerned about their family’s data getting into the wrong hands.

Actually, parent or not, every paranoid internet user should have a Chromebook. Don’t @ us. 

The most obvious reason is that Chromebooks are cloud-based. Almost anything you do is automatically backed up on Google Drive, so you won’t lose all of your files if your Chromebook breaks — or if your kid forgets to save a school paper. Updates are automatic as well.

SEE ALSO: Which tablet to buy for your kid: These are the best right now

Google’s Chrome OS is a hardcore bodyguard in itself. Every web page or Chrome app runs its own sandbox, essentially ensuring that other parts of the computer won’t be compromised even if that page gets hacked or “infected.” However, a Chromebook probably won’t get a virus: Most malware is designed for Windows or Mac and ignore Google’s OS (for now). If something sketchy were to happen, the threat can be wiped out by closing the page or reverting to factory settings. These security features are a huge part of why nearly three out of every five machines in schools use Chrome OS.

Monitoring kids’ usage on the cloud can’t be done with downloadable parental control software. The easiest way to set limits is to take advantage of your router’s parental control features (Google Nest and Eero are great) or invest in a filter for your home network, like Circle with Disney. These let you manage things like screen time and blocked sites on every device connected to your home WiFi. Upon setup, it’s suggested that parents be the first person to create an account. The first account to log in is seen as the “owner” of the Chromebook, and the owner is who gets to control the settings on other accounts.

How to choose the right Chromebook for your kid

Some Chromebooks are lightweight and some are bricks. Younger kids will probably do better with compact laptops with military-grade durability that can handle a drop from the table.

Storage isn’t a huge deal when most everything is stored in the cloud. (Google Drive comes with 15GB for free.) However, if your kid will be downloading something like textbooks, you might consider a Chromebook with more storage or with an SD card slot to expand storage. Most have 32GB, basic models have 16GB, and nicer models stretch to 64GB.

If your kid uses Microsoft Office for school, you’ll need a Chromebook that can run Android apps from the Google Play Store. Most are Android-compatible, but some fumble with non-Chrome apps.

Chromebooks for entertainment versus Chromebooks for actual work

No one is buying a Chromebook to use power-sucking software like Photoshop. That means that Chromebooks don’t need a lot of RAM, which is what determines how many tasks your computer can keep track of at once. But even with the draining apps reserved for MacBooks out of the picture, Chromebooks still aren’t one-size-fits-all when it comes to daily tasks. When is it time to bypass the average Chromebook 4GB RAM for 8GB or 16GB?

Kids using a Chromebook primarily for media consumption — streaming Disney+ or Youtube, playing games, or using light educational programs — could easily scoot by with 4GB, which is more than capable enough to handle anything that’s not super involved when it comes to data or graphics.

Bumping up to a beast like the Google Pixelbook Go or Slate and their 8 or 16GB RAM is the wise move if your kid is regularly using the Chromebook for more than entertainment purposes. We’re talking demanding programs like statistics software or storage of huge textbooks — any heavy-duty stuff outside of the Microsoft Word or Google Docs realm. Bigger workloads require more RAM to allow the computer to operate smoothly and avoid the ominous frozen screen. Such desktop-esque models are also more likely to have juicier displays and processors, more versatile ports and memory card slots, and backlit keyboards.

Here are the best Chromebooks for kids in 2021:

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The Good

Boots up in 10 seconds or less • Super lightweight • Compact keyboard for small hands • Comes with a free one-year trial of Google One • One of the only decent Chromebook tablets on the market

The Bad

Only one port (USB-C) • No headphone jack

The Bottom Line

A surprisingly capable Chromebook for the price that’s safe to carry around.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo’s true detachable Chromebook has impressive specs for its price, and you don’t need to buy a separate keyboard.

  • Battery life:
    10 hours
  • Weight:
    2.03 pounds total (0.99 pounds without keyboard)
  • Display:
    1920 x 1200
  • RAM:
    4GB
  • Storage:
    128GB
If it feels like someone’s always hogging the family desktop, it wouldn’t hurt to grab a laptop specifically for homework time. Enter: the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, a remarkably lightweight 2-in-1 laptop with a solid general-purpose processor, a built-in kickstand, and a compact, detachable keyboard that’s perfect for small hands. (Many laptop-tablet hybrids don’t come with their own keyboards — see: the Microsoft Surface Go and its separate Type Cover — making the Chromebook Duet a stellar value at under $300.) Its 10.1-inch touchscreen display is also compatible with Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) pens for drawing and doodling, but you’ll have to buy one of those separately. 
The really great thing about the Chromebook Duet is that it comes with a free one-year trial of Google One on top of 128GB of internal memory. (That alone is a ton of storage for a Chromebook.) That’ll get you an additional 100GB of cloud storage for assignments, essays, study guides, and notes. 

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The Good

SSD over eMMC storage • Acer VertiView display is super sharp • 3:2 aspect ratio looks stunning

The Bad

No stylus included, but is compatible with some separate pens • Not super lightweight

The Bottom Line

The star model of Acer’s Spin line behaves more like a full-blown laptop and has sweet display specs.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Visual learners and streaming fans will be psyched on the glorious hi-res screen and its unique aspect ratio.

  • Battery life:
    12 hours
  • Weight:
    3.02 pounds
  • Display:
    2256 x 1504
  • RAM:
    8GB
  • Storage:
    128GB
Of the million 2-in-1 iterations with near-indistinguishable differences the Chromebook market has to offer, tech publishers have been able to agree that one beats the rest: Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713. 
This particular Spin model sets itself apart with a rare 3:2 aspect ratio (a small layout change known as a productivity boost) and crisp VertiView display, which makes colors pop and tiny words legible. A laptop over three pounds might be a struggle for some youngsters, but it’s an expected weight jump for 13.5-inch screen.
The of an included stylus is annoying for a price point like this. But it hasn’t been enough to squash the internet’s love for this Chromebook, especially because it is technically compatible with a few USI pens. 

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The Good

Great with Android apps • Terrific battery life • A breeze to carry around • Keys are well-spaced and comfortable • Great choice for internet safety while studying abroad

The Bad

Touchscreen with no 360-degree hinge is odd

The Bottom Line

Google found a way to revamp the Pixelbook by adding a faster processor and *really* satisfying keyboard.

Google Pixelbook Go

Arguably the best bang for your buck on the market, the Pixelbook Go is lightweight and a total powerhouse.

  • Battery life:
    Up to 12 hours
  • Weight:
    2.2 pounds
  • Display:
    1920 x 1080 touchscreen
  • RAM:
    8GB
  • Storage:
    64GB eMMC
The world has its share of Chromebook non-believers. The sluggish plastic ones aren’t changing any minds, but Google’s Pixelbook Go will. Under the hood, features like an 8th gen i5 processor (the same CPU that powers the 2018 MacBook Air) and up to 16 GB of RAM give the Pixelbook Go significantly more oomph than casual Chromebooks.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is the only sensible competition here. But let’s be real: kids (and most adults) don’t need that 4K screen or that much power, especially for Samsung’s $1,000 price tag. The Pixelbook Go is certainly beastly enough for school projects and running multiple energy-sucking apps at once.
Google opted out of the 360-degree hinge, but tech bloggers agree that the traditional notebook design feels sturdier and more professional. The rounded corners and muted colors scream ~maturity.~

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The Good

Frequently on sale for $349.99 • Selfie camera • Built-in battery-free stylus • Two USB ports and a microSD slot • New Intel processor offers speed boost

The Bad

Too expensive when it’s not on sale • Keyboard isn’t backlit • No HDMI

The Bottom Line

It’s compact and comes with a stylus that never needs to charge, so kids are set while traveling.

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

The included battery-free pen will be a game changer for school and creative projects alike.

  • Battery life:
    9.5 hours
  • Weight:
    2.98 pounds
  • Display:
    1920 x 1200
  • RAM:
    4 GB
  • Storage:
    32GB eMMC
Foldable Chromebooks with stylus support are solid outlets for creativity. There’s just something fun about paperless writing or drawing, whether that’s designing in Adobe or highlighting a virtual textbook. Not only does Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2 support styluses — it comes with one that never needs to be charged.
The second generation of Samsung’s budget 2-in-1 Chromebook ain’t no Galaxy Chromebook, but it’s a hell of a value for its price range. A new Intel processor gives it an edge over the original, but it keeps the same aluminum clamshell design and sturdy 360-degree hinges.

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The Good

Spill-resistant keyboard • Sturdy build with rubber bumpers • 2-in-1 touchscreen adds fun flare • Safe and easy to throw in a backpack • Headphone jack

The Bad

Dinky touchpad • Display isn’t FHD

The Bottom Line

Dell’s sturdy 2-in-1 nails the kid-ready checklist with drop and spill resistance.

Dell Chromebook 11 3100

A flippable touchscreen puts a fun, modern touch on Dell’s durable little laptop.

  • Battery life:
    10 hours
  • Weight:
    2.85 pounds
  • Display:
    1366 x 768
  • RAM:
    4 GB
  • Storage:
    32 GB
Handing a device to a kid is like watching a drop or spill flash before your eyes. Designed to withstand the rigors of daily life in the classroom, at home, and in between, this 2-in-1 Dell Chromebook nails the kid-ready trifecta: rugged, affordable, and ready for streaming. Its lack of curb appeal is supplemented with 360-degree hinges to switch to tent mode or table mode — automatically more fun.
At just over 11 inches wide and less than three pounds, the 3100 can be carried safely in little arms or little backpacks. The sturdy chassis is supported by rubber bumpers for absorbing shock and a spill-resistant keyboard that can handle 12 ounces of liquid.

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The Good

Audio is surprisingly clear • Can handle multiple tabs without lagging • Lightweight and grip-able • Supports Android apps • Often on sale for under $200

The Bad

No HDMI, SD card slot, or USB-C • Screen is dim and washed out • Not much storage

The Bottom Line

Web browsing and educational apps are probably the extent here, but battery life makes up for it.

HP Chromebook 11

There’s not much power under the hood, but this little guy will surprise you with how it handles tabs and online games.

  • Battery life:
    Up to 12.5 hours
  • Weight:
    2.3 pounds
  • Display:
    1366 x 768, non-touchscreen
  • RAM:
    4GB
  • Storage:
    16GB eMMC
Kids are expensive even before they ask for a computer. If you’re looking for a decent Chromebook that won’t make you pay extra for specs your kid won’t even notice, the HP Chromebook 11 is a classic choice. 
This fun little laptop packs a punch for its size and price. It boots up quickly, plays audio loudly and clearly, and the keyboard isn’t cramped. Laptop Mag’s reviewer was able to open 16 tabs (including YouTube) before load times started staggering. The biggest advantage to basic devices is that the batteries are troupers. You could probably get away with not charging it for a day or two.
Important ports like HDMI and an SD card slot are lacking on top of the underwhelming processor. The CPU should have enough juice to cast videos to the TV via Chromecast, though.