The Acer R13 is a big screen.

5 Chromebooks with the biggest screens reviewed for 2017

If you’re in the market for a big screen Chromebook, I’ll make your buying decision fast and easy.

 

Why?

 

Because there are only two (yes, 2) Chromebooks on the market that have decently big screens. So, narrowing down your decision isn’t only an option, it’s required.

The majority of Chromebooks have an 11-12’’ screen, and the Chromebooks with the biggest screens have 14’’ and 15’’ displays. There are also a few 13’’ ones as well, but you came here for the absolute, no-doubting, biggest screen specifically and no other, right?

So, I’ll go over the two biggest ones, then I’ll cover the best 13’’ Chromebooks after that since there are a few of them and the screen only get smaller. All reviews are based on personal experiences, and reviews from the ‘net if I’ve never got around to playing with that specific laptop.

 

Okay, so let’s get started. These are the Chromebooks with the biggest screens.

 

Big Screen #1: Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571-C09S)

Acer 15 Chromebook has a big screen.
The Acer 15 has the biggest screen on the market.

The biggest screen on the market is the Acer 15. It has a giant 15.6’’ screen, which is just about the size you need for an entertainment laptop. The display is full IPS and also full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.

IPS display technology means vivid colors and viewing at multiple angles and quality video, text, and pictures.

It features an Intel Celeron CPU clocked at 1.5GHz with your choice of either 2GB RAM/16GB SSD or 4GB RAM/32GB SSD. This is a decent setup of power under the hood and will allow you to power through your work and games. It’s enough for getting stuff done, multitasking, and storing your files if you download a lot of stuff from the Internet.

It also has Intel HD graphics to process HD videos, images, and even some gaming.

With a giant screen like this, it weighs about 4.8 pounds, which is considered pretty heavy for a Chromebook. It’s not the best in portability, but if you want a large screen, you have to make some sacrifices. It’s still a laptop so you can definitely carry it around. I suggest using a sleeve or laptop bag.

 

Pros:

  • Largest screen Chromebook on the market
  • Optional upgradability
  • Full HD and IPS screen
  • Plenty of RAM for multitasking and storage for saving stuff
  • Cheap and affordable

Cons:

  • Heaviness reduces portability
  • CPU is only two cores

Overall thoughts: It’s the biggest screen you can get. It’s heavy, but the screen is full HD and amazing. You get clear video and picture, and you can play games without squinting your eyes due to small text. The CPU is only two cores, but it’s good enough for my purposes when I used it.

I just watched some Hulu, YouTube videos, and played some basic Chrome games when I first started playing around with it. It handled all of it without a hiccup and I continue to use this just for entertainment. It’s actually kind of too big for doing any productive work for me, so I leave that to my Acer 11.

Check out the biggest Chromebook ever on amazon.

 

Big Screen #2: Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C5FM)

Acer 14 Chromebook shows off its gorgeous big screen.
The Acer 14 has a big screen and is fully-loaded with power and performance.

The second largest screen is also by Acer, and it’s the Acer 14.

This laptop has a 14’’ screen with a full HD IPS display.

You get 1920 x 1080 pixels, so it matches that of the Acer 15. But, it probably looks better on this model because the screen is smaller. If you don’t really get how pixels and resolution works, you may want to first read through this brief overview.

It sports an Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad Core CPU with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD storage. The CPU also has Turbo Boost up to 2.24GHz. It’s power when you need it for those who are less familiar with computer lingo.

It has Intel HD graphics just like the Acer 15, so you can process video, images, and play games without much lag. It can easily be used as an entertainment laptop with the large screen and base setup. It’s enough power to get you through most things you can throw at it. If you’re planning to just watch videos, movies, and stuff like that it’s overkill in power. It can handle it.

If you want to play some games, it can handle light or moderate games in the Chrome Web Store games as well. It’s also strong enough to play Minecraft if you can get it working.

It weighs in at just 3.4 pounds, which is about 29% lighter than the Acer 15. Giving up just 1.6’’ of diagonal screen space will take off 1.4 pounds of weight. This gives you the extra portability if you need it and you want a big screen as well. It’s perfect for those who need to be mobile but don’t want a Chromebook with a tiny screen.

Something unique about the Acer 14 is the body. It’s a full aluminum chassis so it looks shiny and expensive. It feels cool to the touch and I felt somewhat more “sophisticated” carrying this around in public.

 

Pros:

  • Powerful CPU with four cores
  • Multitasking power with 4GB of RAM
  • HD and IPS display for sharp images, videos, and games
  • Stylish aluminum finish
  • Looks expensive, but it’s not

Cons:

  • Nitpicky, but the webcam really sticks out amongst the silver body

 

Overall thoughts: If you want a Chromebook with a big screen, but don’t’ want a heavy laptop, this is your best bet. It’s powerful with a gorgeous display and silver finish. I’d personally go for this over the Acer 15 since I move around a lot. But if I didn’t, I’d go for the other Acer.

I still use this one more than the Acer 15 since I just find the extra 1.4 pounds shaved off to be more convenient. After all, I don’t like carrying a rectangular object from A to B by hand constantly. The laptop sleeve I got for it works, but I keep feeling like it’s going to fall out of it, so I hold it with extra caution…which is why my arms get tired. Probably.

Overall, it’s a good buy for those who want a Chromebook with a big screen, but don’t want the biggest screen.

Get more details about the Acer 14 on amazon.

 

Other Chromebooks to consider

Those are the only laptops with a large screen, now we’ll cover some smaller screens that are mentionable due to their popularity and positive reviews. The following models are smaller than the above but are still good choices. If you’re interested, go on and read ahead. I’ll cover three more laptops.

 

Medium Screen #1: ASUS Chromebook 13.3’’ (C300SA)

The ASUS 13.3 is a good budget laptop.
The ASUS 13.3” is a medium-sized Chromebook with a decent screen and cheap price.

The ASUS 13.3’’ features a decent performance package for an affordable price. Obviously, the screen won’t be as big as the previous models, but if you want a medium-sized screen with a good setup, the ASUS is a good choice.

It has a 1366 x 768-pixel display on a 13.3-inch screen, which isn’t considered full HD, but it’s still sharp enough to play videos and games without any blurring or quality issues.

Intel HD graphics is also included for light gaming.

It features an efficient Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Dual Core CPU and 4GB of RAM with 16GB of storage. The CPU is decent, it’s not too fast nor too slow and it’s built to save power.

The ASUS 13.3’’ weighs just 3.1 pounds, which is much lighter than the previous big screen Chromebooks. It’s easy to carry around, offers enough power for most tasks, and has a large screen.

 

Pros:

  • Cheap and affordable Chromebook
  • Efficient CPU
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have the biggest screen
  • Doesn’t have full HD display

 

Overall thoughts: If you want a pretty big screen, this is a good choice. It’ll give you the power to do most tasks and the screen isn’t that bad. Even though it’s not fully HD it’s still good enough for movies, games, and entertainment.

The lightweight build and portability of it make it easy to carry around, which is what a laptop is supposed to be.

This is perfect for someone who doesn’t need a huge screen but wants a dependable and reliable Chromebook. It’s one of the best in its class.

Check out the ASUS on amazon.

 

Medium Screen #2: Toshiba 13.3’’ (CB35-B3340)

The Toshiba Chromebook is a light laptop.
The Toshiba 13.3 features a full HD screen with a lightweight build.

The Toshiba 13.3’’ is one of the best mid-range Chromebooks you can buy. Backed by over a thousand reviews online, this laptop is the real deal.

It has a 13.3’’ IPS screen capped at 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is better than the ASUS above. You get full HD picture quality on a decently-sized screen for videos, pictures, and games.

With an Intel Celeron 2.16GHz CPU and 4GB of RAM, you can do most of the tasks you need to do. Everything from productive work to entertainment, you should be able to handle on this laptop. If you try to push anything too demanding, it’ll stutter, but that’s the case with Chromebooks in general. They’re not made for extreme performance. At least, not yet.

You get 16GB of storage as well, which is the standard for Chromebooks.

What I like about the Toshiba is that it has a compact design. It’s sleek and lightweight and has a silver finish for that stylish design.

 

Pros:

  • Powerful CPU
  • Sleek design
  • Full HD resolution

Cons:

  • Only 16GB of space

 

Overall thoughts: The Toshiba CB34-B3340 is a good Chromebook for those who want a full HD experience with a medium-sized screen. It has all the power you need for your everyday tasks, and enough to offer some extra performance with the Celeron CPU. You can play games and watch HD movies without a hiccup. This is one I haven’t personally used, but based on the reviews, you can bet it’s one of the best 13’’ Chromebooks.

See the reviews for yourself on amazon.

 

Medium Screen #3: Acer R13 Convertible (CB5-312T-K5X4)

The Acer R13 is a big screen.
The R13 features a gorgeous, big screen with touchscreen input.

The Acer R13 Chromebook is a convertible laptop and is the bigger version of the R11. It features a full 360-degree body that can transform into 4 different modes- tablet, laptop, tent, and immersive.

The screen is simply gorgeous. It’s a multi-touch screen that sports a 1920 x 1080 pixels, so you get a full HD picture. At 13.3 inches, it offers a very crisp and clear viewing experience.

It also has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD storage. The CPU isn’t Intel nor ARM. It’s a MediaTek CPU.

This CPU is new to Chromebooks and is widely used in smartphones. It has a graphics coprocessor akin to Intel’s HD graphics. From my experience, it works just as well and you don’t notice any difference other than heat. It seems to run much hotter compared to typical Intel-based Chromebooks when you’re running multiple apps at the same time.

I tried doing the basics on it- surfing the web, browsing YouTube, watching some movies, and even editing some images. It works and is amazingly snappy. It can also play medium to light games without any issue.

It has a silver finish like a few of the other models on this list, and it weighs 3.3 pounds. I found that it was easy enough to carry around, but I couldn’t help worrying about dropping it. Since this isn’t exactly a cheap Chromebook, I didn’t want to damage it (even with a sleeve.)

But the best part is the screen. It’s just amazing and sharp for the size, but it’s too bad that it’s only a 13.3’’ laptop. When I tried to watch some Hulu episodes in full screen with the laptop in immersive mode, I positioned it about 3 feet away. I wished the screen was bigger, but you can’t have it all. For what it is, the screen is simply awesome.

 

Pros:

  • Crisp, sharp screen
  • Full HD resolution
  • 32GB of storage

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Screen could be larger
  • MediaTek chip still has me doubting if I’m getting the best performance out of it

 

Overall thoughts: The Acer R13 isn’t a budget laptop, but it offers some luxuries that others don’t. The screen is the best part about it, hands down. It has a nice HD display that’s very sensitive and accurate to the touch.

It’s powerful enough to run all of the tasks I threw at it and can run them all simultaneously. The 4GB of RAM is enough to multitask easily, and the 32GB of storage is nice too.

My only gripe is again, the screen size and the CPU. Both could be improved, but don’t take away too much from the experience. The CPU seems to work just fine other than running hot, and the screen only gets in the way if you’re used to a bigger screen on your devices.

I’d suggest this for the enthusiast. It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking to get an awesome experience, go for it.

Get more details about the R13 on amazon.

Did you find the one?

Well, there it is. We’ve gone over and reviewed the Chromebooks with the biggest screens, and also offered some alternatives with medium screens, depending on ath you’re looking for. If you know of any other models that should be on this list, let me know in the comments.

This should’ve made your purchasing decision easier. If it has helped, you, consider telling another person about it.

May the big screen be with you.

 

About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (platy@platypusplatypus.com).

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