5 Best Chromebooks for Minecraft (Buyer’s Guide) – 2018

5 Best Chromebooks for Minecraft (Buyer’s Guide) – 2018

So, you’re looking for the best Chromebooks for Minecraft just so you can get your game on.

Well, you’ll be glad to know I’ve written a very detailed overview of some of the best Chromebooks you can buy just for playing the game.

If Minecraft is your game, the models on this list won’t disappoint. Check ’em out!

Get your block on and let’s roll.

 

What Chromebooks can run Minecraft?

I’ve selected them based many different factors like online reviews, input from friends, and my own personal experience with them.

All of these laptops will run the game smoothly with decent framerates (at least 30 FPS) and are completely compatible with the game (though installing Minecraft depends on many other factors).

Either way, you’re here to see some of the best of the best laptops for Minecraft.

So let’s get started already.

 

How exactly do you play Minecraft?

You should probably check out this tutorial.

 

The best Chromebooks for Minecraft reviewed

And without further ado, here’s the list.

Keep in mind that this list covers a range of different models for a range of different people. Some are fully-loaded with all the features you could possibly want. Others are basic and simple for those who want something affordable.

If you have any questions about them or have a few suggestions of your own, leave a comment!

 

1. Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C5FM)

The Acer 14 is a good Chromebook for playing Minecraft.
The Acer 14 runs Minecraft smoothly with decent render distance.

First up we have probably the best all-around Chromebook for Minecraft.

It’s the Acer Chromebook 14, which features pretty much everything you need in order to run and play the game smoothly- as in 30-40 FPS or more depending on your settings and mods.

 

A powerful Quad-Core CPU

For starters, it’s powered by an Intel Celeron N3160 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.24GHz.

This is pretty much more than you’ll need to run the game without any major framerate drops or lag issues. Minecraft is a RAM-intensive game more so than a processor-based game.

Not that the CPU isn’t important, but the N3160 Celeron in this Chromebook is enough to handle standard gameplay (default settings and render distance).

It’s a Quad-Core CPU, which is double the number of cores in previous-gen models. Dual-Core CPUs were common in many older Chromebook models.

Now, having four cores is standard. Chromebooks have come a long way in terms of performance under the hood.

It’s also useful outside of Minecraft as well.

Having a fast Quad-Core CPU allows you to launch apps with lightning speed and less wait time.

Whether you’re launching Netflix, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, or even Chrome to look up some Minecraft guides, the CPU will be fast and snappy for a more pleasing experience.

If you’re not sure what this means, it basically means you’re getting double the cores, which means a lot more processing power for loading up the game quickly, rendering chunks without lag, and loading into worlds faster without a hitch.

 

Turbo Boost to load chunks, worlds, and environments faster

And with the Turbo Boost technology, your laptop will kick in with some extra processing power when you need it.

When it doesn’t, it basically processes at a lower speed so you can save battery power and produce less heat.

This is useful for Minecraft because when you’re staying in a single, large chunk, there’s no need to ramp up the processing power and waste your Chromebook’s battery.

Intel Turbo Boost technology is always working in the background- no matter if you’re playing Minecraft or just browsing Facebook. It’s there for efficiency.

The majority of Chromebooks with Intel CPUs have Turbo Boost.

 

4GB of RAM

The Acer 14 also has a nice 4GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM, which is a nice capacity to run Minecraft with moderate-to-high settings.

Let’s be honest: 4GB of RAM isn’t that impressive and won’t be able to handle the most demanding settings.

You won’t be able to play with 16 render distance with fancy graphics and all particle effects at a steady 30 FPS without any performance dips. 4GB of RAM will do nicely for medium settings (and some higher settings), but it’s not even close to enough RAM to run the game on max.

The RAM is important (and probably the most important) factor in running the game without lag. Rendering the chunks and loading them in requires both plenty of RAM and a powerful CPU. With 4GB of RAM, you’ll be able to play the game smoothly and it should do just fine for the majority of gamers.

 

Full HD 14” display

It’s also got a generous 14’’ full HD screen at 1920 x 1080 pixels. It uses IPS technology which means the visuals and colors look fabulous on it.

You can read more about IPS, TN, and VA panels in Chromebooks. A lot of the cheaper Chromebooks have 11.6’’ screens, which make playing Minecraft pretty annoying sometimes (especially at lower resolutions).

The extra screen space in the 14’’ screen is a world of difference. When you’re playing a game, you can really appreciate the increase in size. It’s like night and day.

You can see more of the map, crafting and reading text is easier, and it really helps with building stuff as you can see what you’re doing without having to constantly flick the mouse around to look around you.

I use an Acer 11.6’’ most of the time and going to 14’’ to play Minecraft and other games have spoiled me. I can’t even go back to 11.6’’ for basic tasks like typing a document or writing articles (like this one).

 

Aluminum chassis

Another nice little feature about the Acer 14 is the aluminum chassis.

This thing looks way more expensive than it actually costs. With a full-metal frame, you’ll turn heads carrying this thing around. It’s also slightly more durable and keeps cool to the touch longer than a plastic Chromebook does

It also comes with 32GB eMMC of storage space, which is plenty of space for storing mods, worlds, and even other games like Roblox, World of Warcraft, and even Steam.

Having all this extra space eliminates the need to get an external hard drive that users of older, 16GB storage space Chromebooks would understand.

(Do you own a 16GB Chromebook and need more space? Check out these Chromebook-compatible external hard drives.)

 

12-hour battery

Lastly, the Acer 14 has a whopping 12-hour battery runtime.

Obviously, it won’t run a full 12 hours if you’re playing Minecraft the whole time. When they test these things, they base it on “average” usage rather than playing a game the whole time.

You’ll probably be able to get about 3-4 hours of constant playtime, but even that is good enough. If you’re playing at school, work, or out in public, you can really squeeze out some serious game time even with just 3 hours.

If you’re at home, it doesn’t matter. Just plug it in (or bring your charger with you if you’re always on-the-go).

The battery is also useful if you’re planning to use your Chromebook for multiple tasks alongside playing Minecraft. If you need to do homework, classwork, research, essays, reports, documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, or even just watch funny cat videos, the battery runtime will really help out.

You can play Minecraft here, do some work there, and chat on social media here and there and still manage to get plenty of hours from a single charge. It’s also good for road trips or times where you know you’ll be bored or waiting. My favorite time to use it is at the airport.

It’s also equipped with all the modern connectivity you could want- Bluetooth 4.2, an HD webcam with wide angle lens, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out port (so you can play Minecraft on your TV or monitor), and 802.11AC WiFi with MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz for extra speed).

 

Perfect all-around Chromebook for Minecraft

Overall, the Acer 14 Chromebook is one of the best Chromebooks for Minecraft on the market.

It has plenty of power, RAM, and storage space for running and playing the game smoothly.

It also has a nice screen size so you don’t have to constantly look at your screen close-up just to read small text or look around to build stuff or explore stuff. And it’s got a big battery to last you all day.

Check out the Chromebook 14 by Acer on Amazon.

 

2. Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571-C09S)

Best Chromebooks for playing Minecraft.
The Acer 15 is one of the biggest Chromebooks ever.

Next up, we have the Acer Chromebook 15.

I know, it’s another Acer.

But Acer typically has some of the best and most affordable Chromebooks you can buy. And if you’re planning on buying a Chromebook just for playing Minecraft, Acer is one of the best options out there.

 

A giant screen

This model is a beast. Literally.

It’s one of the Chromebooks with the biggest screens on the market. As the name implies, it has a huge 15.6’’ screen. This is the absolute largest screen I’ve had the opportunity to mess around with so far. And Minecraft looks absolutely amazing on it.

The display is FHD at 1920 x 1080 pixels, so you get that nice and crisp image. It’s also IPS so the colors are accurate and vivid when you’re exploring the world.

Add some realism texture packs and the game looks stunning! Grab “Realistic Adventure” or “Fusion 1.11” or “Moderna HD”  and you’re good to go.

With a 15.6’’ screen, you get to see the game in the best detail possible because you can see more of the world, your surroundings, environments, and it makes everything a lot easier.

Crafting, building, and even exploring are all enhanced just by adding a few inches of screen space. The only catch is that it’s a tad bit heavier and bulkier, which we’ll talk about in a bit.

(Like big screens? Check out some of the Chromebooks with the biggest screens on the planet!)

 

Decent specs

Aside from the giant screen, the Acer 15 features pretty much the same spec sheet as the Acer 14.

It comes loaded with an Intel Celeron 3205U CPU running at 1.5GHz and 4GB of DDR3L SDRAM. The RAM capacity is good enough for running the game smoothly.

However, it does only have a Dual-Core processor which means it’s only utilizing two cores rather than 4 cores like the Acer 14. This does have a small performance impact overall.

It’ll basically run a bit slower in terms of everything- loading chunks, launching the game, and loading in to the world. This also affects everything else you plan to do on your laptop outside of Minecraft, but depending on the tasks, it may not be noticeable.

Smaller tasks like browsing the web, using Chrome Web Store apps, or simply getting some work done will barely make a difference whether you have two or four cores. It’s intensive applications like games where the number of cores matter.

 

Plenty of storage

It’s also got a 32GB SSD for storage, which is plenty of space to save all your words, mods, and files.

You can also use it for whatever else you need to download and save onto your Chromebook (like Minecraft wallpapers). You can also opt for a 16GB version and save some cash if you don’t need all that storage or plan to use external storage.

Like the other models on this list (and all Intel-based Chromebooks), it’s powered by Intel HD Graphics to render images, videos, and games. This is enough for Minecraft.

 

Modest battery runtime

The battery runtime is significantly less than the Acer 14.

It’s rated at 9-hours of runtime a single charge (versus the 12 hours of the Acer 14). This is expected though- a bigger screen requires more power to run. But even at 9 hours, it’s still plenty to fulfill a nice session of building an automated obsidian farm, fighting off Creepers and Zombies, and even collagen a few Ender Eyes from Endermen.

 

Modern connectivity and a huge footprint

It’s also got plenty of connectivity- a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI out, SD card reader, and 802.11AC WiFi with MIMO tech.

The size of the Acer 15 is huge. It weighs about 4.85 pounds and measures 15.1 x 9.7 x 1’’ all around. This, again, is due to the large screen. You have to sacrifice lugging around a huge laptop, but then again you get a nice and big screen to play on. Depending on your lifestyle, this may or may not affect you.

If you plan to leave this at home most of the day, the weight and dimensions shouldn’t bother you. Or if you plan to carry this around all day, you may want to get a lightweight Chromebook instead. It all depends on you!

 

Perfect for those who want to whole Minecraft experience

Overall, it’s really up to you.

Do you want to sacrifice a few inches of screen space for slightly better performance? Or would you rather have a more immersive experience at the cost of some frames and loading times (though performance does affect immersion)?

You also have to consider other factors like the weight, footprint, dimensions, and battery runtime. All these depend on you and your purpose for getting a Chromebook. So sit down and think it over.

Check out the monstrous Acer 15 on Amazon.

 

3. ASUS Chromebook Flip 2 (C302)

ASUS Flip 2 is a good Chromebook for Minecraft.
The ASUS Flip 2 is one of the most powerful Chromebooks to date.

ASUS has always been a quality Chromebook brand.

They created the original Chromebook Flip, which even today is still sought after and considered legendary for its time. The C302 is the successor to the Flip so some call it the Flip 2.

 

Fully-convertible

It’s a fully-convertible Chromebook meaning that the screen can flip over itself in a full 360-degree rotation.

This means you can convert it into four different modes depending on what you’re using it for.

You can swap the Chromebook into the following modes:

  • Laptop mode
  • Tent mode
  • Immersive mode
  • Tablet mode

Each mode changes the experience and is best suited for a different purpose.

Laptop mode is laptop mode. You’ll be playing Minecraft in this mode (unless you’re feeling risky). Tent mode is good for YouTube videos, shows, and movies. Immersive mode is the same as tent mode, but there’s no keyboard in the way- just the screen. And tablet mode is tablet mode. You can use the Chromebook like a tablet.

Chrome OS will automatically adjust and switch itself around to orient the mode you have the device in just like how a smartphone changes orientation depending on the position it’s in.

 

A gorgeous display

The 12.5’’ screen is FHD with a Wide View panel.

It’s full-HD at 1920 x 1080 resolution. It’s also got anti-glare technology so using it outside or under a bright light indoors.

There’s even a light sensor that reduces reflections and glare because it automatically adjusts the display’s brightness depending on the environment. If it’s dark, it lowers the brightness. If it’s bright, it raises it. It’s just like one on a typical smartphone. But for a laptop to have that is pretty awesome.

And the best part? It’s a touchscreen that works with both your fingers (or a stylus pen). This means you can play Minecraft in tablet mode using your fingers, or even in laptop mode provided that you can play it properly!

But this applies to everything outside of Minecraft also. You can browse the web, play games, and use apps all with your fingers.

 

Powerful processor

It’s powered by an Intel Core m3 CPU, which is fast and snappy for playing Minecraft.

It’s a two-core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz which makes it one of the fastest processors on this list (and on the Chromebook market). Even with only two cores, the architecture is a lot more efficient and much faster than Intel Celeron CPUs.

If you want more power, it also offers as Core m5 variant at a higher price point. It offers even more power for speedier load times and fluid gameplay.

The C302 also has 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a huge 64GB SSD for storage. This is enough to store everything you could ever want with Minecraft. You can save thousands of mods, worlds, texture packs, and pretty much everything else and still have room for non-Minecraft data (like your homework).

That’s a huge hard drive and makes this one of the Chromebooks with the most storage you can buy right now.

 

10-hour battery and a lightweight build

The battery is rated at 10 hours on a single charge.

Compared to the other Chromebooks out there, it’s pretty much above average. It’s enough to last you a whole day out away from any power source and get your game on- and then some.

The ASUS C302 weighs just 2.65 pounds and measures 8.3 x 12 x 0.5 inches. The profile is ultra-thin with only half-an-inch of the laptop. That makes this very lightweight Chromebook that you can carry with you nearly everywhere. Just get a nice little case or sleeve to protect and you’re all set.

The screen is layered with Corning Gorilla Glass to protect from scratches, dust, and even greasy and nasty fingers! It’s very easy to clean off any residues with Gorilla Glass.

(Want to protect your Chromebook? Check out the best Chromebook cases and sleeves to defend it from scratches, water, and the elements.)

 

Fancy perks

It’s also got a few perks that make it look extra expensive so you’ll feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

For instance, it’s covered in aluminum just like Acer 14. This adds a nice sophisticated touch to it and feels extra fancy.

It also has USB 3.1 Type-C ports so you can do pretty much everything in one USB port like charging your phone, transferring data, and even streaming videos.

The keyboard is a full-size chiclet layout with 1.4mm of key travel and minimal key float. Typing on the C302 feels like you’re using a keyboard matched directly for your fingers. It’s really a piece of work and makes gaming even more pleasant.

It also has a nice and spacious touchpad with palm rejection technology so you don’t accidentally swipe your cursor off the screen and miss your arrow shot at a Skeleton far in the distance. It can differentiate between your palm and actual fingertip.

 

Perfect for the Chromebook enthusiast

Overall, the ASUS C302 is one of the best Chromebooks for playing Minecraft.

It’s got a powerful processor, plenty of storage space, and a very nice display. You’ll be able to run the game smoothly on a gorgeous razor-sharp screen.

Check out the ASUS Flip C302 on Amazon.

 

4. Lenovo Chromebook N23

Lenovo N23 is a cheap Chromebooks for games.
The Lenovo N23 is a cheap and affordable Chromebook.

The Lenovo N23 is an affordable and cheap Chromebook that can run Minecraft modestly.

 

A tiny, but portable screen

It features an 11.6’’ HD screen with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution.

It’s not full HD, but still considered to be widescreen HD at 720P. It has LED backlighting to get that matte-like picture.

Personally, I’m not a fan of this because the colors aren’t as vivid, but some people prefer it because it puts less strain on the eyes. If you plan to play for long periods of time, this may be worth it.

 

Pretty basic CPU

It’s powered by an Intel Celeron Dual-Core N3060 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz with 4GB of RAM.

This is a pretty modest setup and will be able to run basic Minecraft. You may get some minor performance issues, but you can easily adjust the graphics settings to compromise it.

While the CPU isn’t too powerful, it keeps the overall cost of the system low and makes it more affordable for people who don’t have a ton of cash to spend on a Chromebook just for playing Minecraft.

 

Pretty basic storage

It’s also got a standard 16GB of SSD for storing your stuff.

This may or may not be suitable for everyone depending on what you do with your Chromebook. If you save a lot of stuff from the Internet or you have a lot of files that you hoard, you may better off using an external hard drive or SD card to save your stuff.

It’s equipped with two basic USB 3.0 ports so you can connect with modern devices along with SD card support and built-in media reader.

It also has HDMI output so you can connect it to your TV or external monitor and play Minecraft on a bigger screen from your Chromebook. It also has Bluetooth 4.1 interface for connecting to speakers or your smartphone.

 

Pretty cheap battery

The battery is also rated to last a full 7 hours.

This is about average for a Chromebook and will still let you get your game session on (and be able to get some work done!).

Although the screen is smaller, it’s not always a bad thing. If you plan to carry this thing around with you everywhere you go to get your Minecraft fix, it’ll be beneficial and you’ll appreciate the lightweight and smaller size of the Chromebook.

If you plan to use it for school or work and need to carry it back and forth on a daily basis, it’ll be a lot less work on your arms to get a Chromebook that’s light and thin rather than a giant 15.6’’ Acer. It all depends on what you plan to do with it- so plan accordingly!

 

Pretty bulky for the size

It measures just 3.1 pounds and has dimensions of 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches.

Although this doesn’t have the slim design of the ASUS C302, it’s still easier to lug around.

It doesn’t have the same material and compact design of the more expensive options, so that’s why the weight and measurements aren’t too impressive.

 

But also pretty cheap

The Lenovo N23 Chromebook is a cheap Chromebook that works pretty well with Minecraft.

It won’t push the game at max render distance, but it’ll do fine at lower settings.

If you plan to get a laptop just for playing the game, you should definitely consider the N23. It’s super cheap, super affordable, and plays the game moderately well. What else could you want?

Check out the Lenovo N23 on Amazon.

 

5. Acer Chromebook R11 Convertible (CB5-132T-C1LK)

The Acer R11 is a good Chromebook for playing games.
The Acer R11 is a convertible Chromebook with full touchscreen support.

Next, we have the Acer R11 convertible Chromebook.

This is a good alternative to the ASUS Flip 2 (C302).

 

Convertible Chromebook with 10-finger touchscreen

It’s a fully-convertible 360-degree Chromebook with a 10-finger multi-touch touchscreen.

This means you can touch it with multiple fingers and it’ll register all of them.

The display is an 11.6’’ HD widescreen LED-backlit screen with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. It’s HD, but not full HD. It’ll play games and videos in 720P quality. But hey, it keeps the price low enough so it’s affordable!

My buddy has one of these and he plays Minecraft with his fingers. Although I prefer a keyboard and mouse combo and don’t know how anyone can play that game with their fingers, he has no complaints using the touchscreen.

The screen itself is very sharp and colorful. The game is very crisp and looks better than my Windows desktop version- albeit the monitor isn’t that good.

 

Ready for Minecraft

It’s powered by an Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz.

This means if you need some extra processing power (loading chunks, loading entities, fighting mobs), your CPU will automatically increase the core clock rate and speed itself up so your game will have minimal lag!

This also applies to everything you do outside of Minecraft as well. And like the other models on this list, it’s powered by Intel HD Graphics (do I even need to say that anymore?).

It’s also got 4GB of DDR3L RAM and a nice 32GB SSD. This is plenty of power for running the game on medium to medium-high settings. You could probably even use a nice render distance with all particle effects and fancy graphics without too much lag. He says he nearly maxes it and it runs at a buttery-smooth 32 FPS on average.

 

All-day battery

The battery is advertised to run a full 10 hours on a single charge.

This is enough to last you through a pretty good and lengthy gaming session (and maybe even get some work done on the side).

 

Light and pretty small footprint

It measures 8.0 x 11.6 x 0.8 inches and weighs just 2.76 pounds.

For a convertible Chromebook, this is a pretty small footprint.

As for connectivity, it’s got a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, SD card reader, and 802.11AC WiFi with MIMO technology for faster and stable connections to the Internet!

 

Good for an all-around Chromebook with a touchscreen

Overall, I’d recommend this Chromebook to anyone who wants to have a good time playing the game plus do other things as well.

Homework, school work, productivity work, and everything else is enhanced when you have a convertible screen that can be adjusted to your liking.

Remember, you can not only play Minecraft, Chrome Web Store games, and Play Store games, but you can also do stuff like watch movies, view images, browse the web, watch shows, and even study for class (maybe) in four different positions with the convertible display.

And it works with your fingers. That’s plenty of possibilities for not too much of a price.

Check out the Acer R11 on Amazon.

 

6. Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-131-C3SZ)

Acer 11 Chromebook is the best for Minecraft.
The Acer 11 is a proven and very popular Chromebook that can play Minecraft (provided you install it right!).

Last on the list is my first and favorite Chromebook- the Acer CB3-131-C3SZ

It’s the most popular Chromebook of all time and is backed by over 1.5K reviews on Amazon at the time of this writing.

 

A tiny screen- but it works

It features an 11.6’’ screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. I know.

Earlier I mentioned that I can’t stand an 11.6’’ screen.

The thing is, I used to play Minecraft on this Chromebook.

But since then I’ve upgraded to a 15.6’’ Acer. But this thing will always be a special little device to me so I have to give it some praise. It was awesome at the time.

The display is an HD ComfyView Widescreen IPS LED-backlit screen. The IPS tech comes in handy and makes the colors vivid in the game. All the grass blocks, trees, ocean biomes, forest biomes, and even snow biomes look amazing.

I believe the screen is also anti-glare because it’s coated with a matte finish rather than a glossy finish. It’s a very nice screen for an 11.6’’.

 

A pretty powerful processor

The processor is an Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core clocked at 2.16GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.58GHz.

Even with just two cores, it’s blazing fast. You won’t notice any lag using this Chromebook until you launch multiple apps at the same time (like three or four simultaneously).

Within Minecraft, I can get a stable 36 FPS with medium settings and medium-high render distance.

It also features Intel HD Graphics like all the other laptops in this buyer’s guide to render the game.

 

Basic RAM and storage

It’s got 2GB of DDR3L SDRAM and 16GB of SSD storage.

This is enough to play the game without much lag. It only lags when you’re moving quickly (like on a boat or mount) or when there are a lot of enemies on screen (Skeleton swarm!).

Other than that, the game runs smoothly and is comparable to my Windows desktop (which is a dedicated gaming computer).

I can’t tell any difference in performance other than the refresh rate and load times when crafting or exploring a single chunk. Loading new chunks does drop the FPS by about 6-9 frames, but it quickly picks back up so you barely notice it. It’s just a minor annoyance.

 

Good connectivity to all your devices and a decent battery

It’s also loaded with modern connectivity for all your stuff. It comes equipped with an SD card reader, Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI out port, an HD webcam, and an 802.11AC Wi-Fi with MIMO technology.

The battery is advertised to run a full 9 hours, and I surpass that every time. When I don’t play games or watch videos, I turn the brightness down and just type documents or browse the web. I can easily get about 10 hours of runtime on a single charge by being conservative.

Of course, not everyone is going to use their Chromebook so conservatively. If you play Minecraft on a full charge, it’ll last you about 3 hours with nonstop play. This is good enough for a lengthy gaming session and enough for you to take a break (and then jump right back in).

 

Small footprint

It weighs just 2.43 pounds so it’s about a pound lighter than the Lenovo N23.

It measures 11.57 x 8.03 x 0.73 inches. It’s actually pretty light to carry around and the size is very compact.

 

It’s cheap, affordable, and runs Minecraft

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who plans to bring their Chromebook with them for school, work, or whatever else and wants to get a session of Minecraft going.

Check out the popular Acer 11 on Amazon.

 

What do you need to look for when choosing a Chromebook for Minecraft?

It mainly depends on the GPU, CPU, and RAM.

The models in this list go over the important parts of a laptop that are useful in running Minecraft.

The CPU must be built by Intel, as Linux is required to install the game. Linux is only accessible with an Intel-based chipset.

The RAM should be 4GB or higher, but 2GB is also playable. However, if you want to up the graphics settings, you should go for at least 4GB of RAM. 2GB can play the game on low to medium settings only.

 

Intel HD Graphics is enough to run Minecraft

Lastly, Chromebooks don’t have dedicated graphics cards (in case you didn’t know).

As you probably know, having a dedicated graphics card would help out with rendering the game in pretty much every way possible.

But as you also probably know, Chromebooks don’t have dedicated video cards. The Intel-based Chromebooks (which is what you need to play Minecraft) all use Intel HD Graphics, which is basically integrated graphics.

 

Why is the GPU important?

For those who don’t know, integrated graphics use system resources in order to render games, which takes a toll on your computer’s performance.

That’s why dedicated graphics cards are ideal- they are dedicated to rendering games without affecting your system’s resources.

Chromebooks don’t have dedicated video cards so the best we can get is Intel HD Graphics. This is enough to run and play Minecraft smoothly, so it’s really nothing to worry about.

But you need to get at least a decent CPU and enough RAM to “make up” for the lack of a graphics card.

 

You should be able to play it pretty smoothly

If you’re looking to max out all the settings and want a Chromebook that can handle it, there are only a few models that can possibly handle it.

And they’re pretty expensive.

I’m talking about the Samsung Pro and the Chromebook Pixel. These bad boys are the premium offerings and have the most powerful specs in the world of Chromebooks. If there’s any Chromebook that can run Minecraft on high, it’s these two baddies.

Nonetheless, the models on this list can run the games smoothly at 30 FPS or higher. It should be good enough for the majority of owners who just want to play some Minecraft on their new laptop.

 

Did you find the perfect Chromebook?

Well, there you have it.

A list of the best Chromebooks for playing Minecraft, based on my own experience and dozens of review around the web (and a few friends’ inputs as well).

Usually, the newer the Chromebook, the more capable it is. The newest models have all the latest technology and are typically much more powerful than the previous generations. They advance just like smartphones- like crazy!

(You may want to check out this list of Chromebooks that have just released.)

If you have any questions or another awesome Chromebook to suggest, let me know in the comments section below!

And if this list has helped you out in your quest to purchasing the best Chromebook, let me know as well =]! It’s greatly appreciated!

Consider telling a friend as well and take down the Ender Dragon together- on your Chromebooks!

Thanks for reading.

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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15 Comments on "5 Best Chromebooks for Minecraft (Buyer’s Guide) – 2018"

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Chris
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Is the lenovo 22 touch compatible for minecraft??

Michael
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Have you confirmed that Minecraft Pocket Edition is available for each of those Chromebooks on the Google Play Store? I have a Chromebook Asus Flip C213SA and spec wise its wicked! But the Google Play Store won’t let me see or download Minecraft Pocket Edition. I have yet to find out a reason.