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6 of the best Chromebooks: Comparing Google, HP, Asus, and more

The current laptop market is already overflowing — we're sure you've noticed that if you've done even 30 seconds of research. Unfortunately, laptop is just an umbrella term, and if you thought that was bad, just wait until you attempt to maneuver through the Chromebook market.

SEE ALSO: Best cheap laptops: 10 options for under $500

Since you clicked on this post, you probably already have an idea of what sets Chromebooks apart from traditional laptops. If you don't, here's a little debriefing:

Chromebooks are some of the smallest, most lightweight laptops out there. Most don't exceed 13.3 inches, and most won't go past the $600 mark. These web-centric devices run on Chrome OS rather than Windows or Mac OS, and instead of having mass amounts of internal storage and memory, most everything is kept in the cloud — so no, they're not the same thing as a budget laptop. 

Because adding more built-in storage and memory is what usually jacks up the price of traditional laptops, it's easy to see why Chromebooks are significantly more affordable. Low maintenance is the name of the game here. While some will have pretty powerful processors, most specs aren't able to compete with those of a MacBook or gaming laptop — so if you're a gamer, do hardcore video or photo editing, or are just really passionate about the presence of 4K, you might want to look elsewhere. 

However, if you're anything like me, most of your laptop activities are done online, and scary-sounding numbers that have to do with graphics cards, processors, and solid state drives won't even pertain to you. Plus, being forced to do everything in the cloud lessens your chance of losing everything if your laptop crashes. If you use Google Docs so much that you find yourself dreaming about it or never remember to physically back up your stuff, a Chromebook might be a more natural fit for you over a heavy duty laptop. Oh yeah, and you'll probably save a few bucks, too.

Raise your hand if you are wildly overwhelmed and just want someone else to do the work for you.

We got you. Here are the best Chromebooks out right now: