Owning a Chromebook with a touchscreen is a great experience. You’re already touching the screen on your smartphone, so having a laptop with that same ability is extra nice. You’ll be able to interact with web pages with ease and also play around with Android apps without using your keyboard. In fact, some of the top-selling Chromebooks have touchscreens.
That’s why in this guide, we’ll be looking at the best touchscreen Chromebooks you can buy in 2022. From HP, to Acer, our list has you covered. As a reminder, you can navigate our guide with the link below to find a specific Chromebook to your liking. We also have all kinds of picks, from budget to high-end to mid-range to tablets and clamshells. Let’s dive in!
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Best overall convertible: HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook
If you’ve been checking into our other Chromebook buying guides, you might have noticed that we suggest the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook a lot. In the case of this guide where we talk about the best touchscreen Chromebooks, it’s hard not to suggest it again. There are a few reasons why. The screen is quite immersive, it supports a stylus, and the overall specs are pretty good. Just keep in mind, though, that this is quite the expensive Chromebook, but hear us out on why we think you should buy it first.
This guide is all about touchscreens, so let’s touch on this first (pun intended!) The touchscreen on this Chromebook is one of the best you can get. This is a fully convertible screen, too so you can use this Chromebook in various modes. A tent mode lets you showcase presentations. Tablet mode lets you fold the screen over to play Android games or scroll through social media. And laptop mode lets you use this as a regular laptop. Regardless of which mode you choose to use this device, you’ll enjoy it, too, as the 13.5-inch touchscreen has super slim bezels, for minimal distraction.
Going back to the display itself, though, there are three options. You can choose from anti-glare WLED (1920 x 1280 resolution), 400 Nits, BrightView LED (2256×1504 resolution), 400 Nits, or BrightView WLED (1920×1280 resolution), and 1000 Nits. All three options are turned to the 3:2 aspect ratio, which is ideal for productivity tasks like web browsing. It’s a taller and wider aspect ratio, which is great for stacking windows side by side.
Other than the display on the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook being amazing, we also want to touch on what’s under the hood. It has the latest Intel 12th generation processors, from the U-series family. Not many Chromebooks have this chipset yet, so it’s a rarity. Other than that, these chips have performance and efficiency cores, for helping you manage heavy-duty tasks on your Chromebook. RAM can be pushed to either 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, and storage goes as high as 512GB. These specs are of Windows-laptop caliber.
And we’re not done yet! The best part of this flagship HP Chromebook is the trackpad. HP is using a haptic trackpad on this model. A haptic trackpad means you can click the surface anywhere to navigate through ChromeOS. You’ll also get feedback for common tasks like dragging windows. Not many Chromebooks have this technology yet, and it’s again something you’d typically only find on Windows laptops.
The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is the best Chromebook you can buy with the latest CPU, an amazing haptic trackpad, and display
Best for business: HP Pro C640 G2 Chromebook Enterprise
Businesses might want touchscreen Chromebooks too. It offers the ability to sign documents, as well as interact with things on the screen. On this front, we’re picking the HP Pro C640 G2 Chromebook Enterprise. As the name suggests, this is a Chromebook that’s designed just for business. It has a great CPU inside, as well as a great display. Here’s the scoop on why we picked it.
First things first, we understand that businesses might be looking to run Windows on a Chromebook. After all, some of the best Windows laptops are touchscreen, too. Well, this is a device that’s certified for that. It can run Parallels Desktop for ChromeOS, which virtualizes Windows 10 or Windows 11. This is thanks to the specs under the hood. It comes with 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processors. Yes, that is a year-old CPU, but we still think it’s good enough to suggest. The CPU is also paired up with 8GB of RAM, as well as a 128GB SSD. All of this together makes this a well-performing system for business tasks like handling heavy spreadsheets or using specialized Android apps. The device is also compatible with Chrome Enterprise Upgrade, which offers IT admins a way to provision and manage this Chromebook.
But going back to the display, it is basic, but it’ll get the job done. This HP Chromebook doesn’t have the typical low-resolution panel. Instead, it has an FHD (1920 x 1080 resolution) display. That means objects on the screen won’t look too big. You’ll have room to multitask and open things side by side. Heck, the display is so good that Steam and Google have certified this device for gaming. That’s quite interesting, isn’t it?
Elsewhere with this device, we like some of the design aspects. It has a wipeable textured keyboard, so you can wipe and clean the keyboard when there’s an accident. There are also a ton of ports, which helps avoid using docking stations. The mix of ports includes 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-C, 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A, a headphone/microphone combo, and HDMI 2.0. Even better? This is one of the thinnest 14-inch Chromebooks, according to HP. It measures in at 0.65 inches thick. The backlit keyboard, and included fast charger are two other items that make this Chromebook top our list.
The HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook Enterprise is great for running Steam games and Windows apps as it’s certified by both Google and Parallels thanks to it’s 11th gen Intel CPU.
Best with LTE: HP x360 13c
As we mentioned at the top of this guide, you’re familiar with using your smartphone’s touchscreen. But what’s the other thing that your smartphone has? It’s LTE and cellular connections. Well, there’s a new and emerging market for LTE Chromebooks, and one of our favorites for this in class is the HP x360 13c Chromebook. Here’s the scoop on why it lands at number three on our list.
Naturally, the first thing that went into us picking this device has a lot to do with LTE. When you buy this model at BestBuy, you can find an LTE option. This option maxes out with 4G LTE speeds, and won’t get you 5G, but we think it’s still good enough for common things like web browsing, or browsing for and installing apps from the Google Play Store. Not everywhere might have 5G coverage anyway, so LTE is still not all that bad.
Next up, is the design of this device. This is yet another Chromebook convertible. Like our top pick, it’s also a premium device, not made of plastic. It’s also super portable at 3 pounds. As another convertible, you can use it in various modes, too, like as a tablet, laptop, or even in tent mode, adding extra value to using that touchscreen. And what about the specs of the screen? Well, again, it’s really great resolution. This Chromebook’s display is rated at FHD, 1920 x 1080 resolution. That means that you’ll be able to enjoy web pages, movies, and so much more. You’ll be able to pick out all the crisp details in what you’re working on, especially since this is an edge-to-edge display, with no ugly side bezels.
Moving along, the other thing that we like about this Chromebook is the CPU. So far we’ve mentioned 12th generation and 11th generation Intel CPUs, but this Chromebook has 10th generation Intel chips. Yes, we know that this is an older CPU, but for the basics, the included Intel Core i5 option is still great. Android apps, opening 10+ tabs in Chrome, it’ll all work fine. That’s backed by the 8GB of RAM, and the 256GB traditional SSD. We really like the 256GB of storage space, too, as it leaves wiggle room for keeping files off the cloud and on your device itself.
Some of the smaller things as to why we like this Chromebook have a lot to do with battery life, ports, and construction. Battery life is rated at 10.25 hours, ports include a microSD card slot and USB-C. As for the construction of the device, it’s all aluminum and feels premium. There’s even a webcam kill switch on the side of the device, along with a volume rocker to control the volume on the fly.
This is an LTE Chromebook with a really fancy design, and a great display
Best for education: Lenovo 300e Chromebook 2nd Gen
Kids in school these days have all the latest touchscreen devices, so for education, a good touchscreen Chromebook will be needed. You don’t want to hand them a non-touch Chromebook and have them mess up the screen thinking that it is touch. There also is the need to consider design elements, too though. A touchscreen Chromebook for school will have to be durable, have a lot of ports, and last really long. For all this, we’ve chosen the Lenovo 300e Chromebook 2nd Gen.
This Chromebook is designed for education users. So, if you’re a parent buying a Chromebook for a kid, or an IT admin or teacher looking into Chromebooks for students, this is a great buy. Accordingly, this Chromebook is built strong. It has reinforced rubber bumpers, reinforced ports and hinges, and mechanically anchored keys. More importantly, Lenovo rates the Chromebook to be drop-resistant up to 29.5 inches, which just so happens to be the height of a school desk. And you know students love keeping water and liquids at their desks, right? Well, the keyboard on this Chromebook is spill-resistant. It won’t be damaged if it comes into contact with liquids.
But going back to the touchscreen aspect, this device has a 1366 x 768 resolution display. The display is supported by a hinge, so students can use it in various modes for different things. Say, a tent mode to watch a video you send them, tablet mode to interact with a webpage, or laptop mode to scroll through documents. There’s no pen support, though, which is expected for this price. Other than that, the mid-tier resolution screen will keep kids at the task at hand. They won’t stray too far and try to multitask. There’s not much room for that on this device.
As for what’s under the hood of this education Chromebook? It’s the AMD A-series processor. That’s paired with 4GB of RAM as well as 32GB of eMMC storage. All of these specs are great for web browsing and education. Lenovo mentions that the device is certified for education apps like Tinkercad, GeoGebra, LucidChart, Jamboard, and WeVideo. Even the ports are great for an education device, as there are USB-C, USB-A, HDMI ports, a headphone jack, and an SD card reader. Students will be able to leave the dongles at home with this device.
The Lenovo 300e Chromebook 2nd Gen is great for use in education thanks to it’s built-tough design
Best 17-inch clamshell: Acer Chromebook 317 Laptop
When you think of touchscreens, you probably think of smaller devices, right? So far we’ve mentioned 11-inch, 13-inch, or 15-inch touchscreen convertible devices, but there are traditional clamshell Chromebooks with bigger touchscreens, too. One of the best examples of that is the Acer Chromebook 317 laptop. Let’s explain why you should consider it, shall we?
First of all, this touchscreen Chromebook has a Full HD touch display. It is rated at 1920 x 1080 resolution. That resolution is really good for a device of this size. You’ll be able to use your finger to drag things along the screen as you see fit and interact with webpages and Android apps and avoid using the mouse. Even better, you can stack your favorite windows side by side and multitask, or run an Android app to the side of a Chrome window. The multitasking possibilities are endless on this device!
Moving along, there’s the keyboard. The keyboard isn’t of the cheap kind. The keyboard is a full-sized keyboard, with a number pad, and it’s backlit. You can type up documents in the dark, or in situations where there’s not enough light. And you can avoid the pain of having to use the Shift key when typing out numbers. All of the keycaps are evenly spaced, too which is perfect for speed typing. It’s not the island-style keyboard on your typical Chromebook.
Moving on beyond that, we want to mention the specs. This Chromebook sits in the middle of the low-end spectrum. It’s about $500, so you won’t get the most power. You’ll be getting the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor paired up with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. For web browsing, multimedia streaming, or using basic Android apps, this will be fine. Even the 64GB of storage is nice, as it’s above the 32GB on low-end Chromebooks.
What else is nice? The ports. Acer has a nice mix here. There’s USB-C, USB-A, and a microSD card with a headphone jack. You’ll still have to grab that dongle to connect to a display due to the lack of HDMI, but generally speaking, there are ports a plenty here.
The Acer Chromebook 317 is a great 17-inch Chromebook
Best tablet: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5
Now we’re at the good part, Chromebook tablets. These devices are all about the touchscreen itself. And one of the best right now is the IdeaPad Duet 5. This Chromebook is highly acclaimed for its OLED display and keyboard, and it’s why we’ve added it to our list here.
Starting with more on the display, instead of using an IPS touchscreen or an LCD touchscreen, this Chromebook has an OLED touchscreen. This type of screen is amazing when it comes to multimedia experiences. It can get crazy bright, and produce really accurate colors. We had this device for review and absolutely loved it. The 16:9 aspect ratio makes movies go full-screen, and the quad-array speakers help make outputted audio sound so immersive. Even looking at webpages will be fun on this device. It can produce darker blacks and cleaner-looking grays. Oh, and yes, this touchscreen tablet does support a pen, too. You won’t get one in the box, but if you can buy one, you’ll be able to draw on the screen to take notes. Or, download many popular drawing apps from the Google Play Store.
And speaking of the Google Play Store, that’s what we think this device is great for. That’s because powering this tablet is the second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor. This isn’t like the typical Intel or AMD chips you’d find in a regular Chromebook since it’s Arm-based. It’s similar to what’s found in most modern Android phones, so there will be no lag with web browsing or other common Android apps. There also won’t be an issue with the battery, either, as Arm-based processors push out amazing battery life. We got to about 10 hours in our tests.
Of course, you’ll want to protect that touchscreen on this tablet, won’t you? Well, the good news is that this Chromebook has a detachable keyboard. When attached and closed, it protects the screen. When attached and when open, it doubles as turning your tablet into a laptop. You can even prop out the stand at the back of the keyboard case and get typing, anywhere you go.
Pushing beyond those positives, we do want you to be aware of some of the limits of this Chromebook. Similar to an iPad, there’s no headphone jack on this device. So that means you’ll have to use a USB-C dongle to listen to music. One of the two USB-C ports will be used up for that dongle if you’re curious.
With a vibrant OLED display, spacious keyboard, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a road warrior of a ChromeOS tablet
Best budget: Asus Flip C214
Who says that a touchscreen Chromebook has to be expensive? You can find plenty for under $300, as we’ve explained before. But getting an extra mention for this dedicated guide is the Asus Flip C214. This Chromebook is designed for kids, but don’t let that fool you. Here’s the scoop on what makes it a great budget Chromebook.
First of all, there’s the CPU inside. You get a lower-end Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMc storage inside. For the sale price of $215 that you’ll find this Chromebook for, it’s hard to complain about this. You’ll get great performance for regular web browsing, as well as running single Android apps. You’ll also get long battery life, as this system is rated to last an entire school day. Go a bit beyond that though, and you might need to recharge on the go.
As for the display, it’s an 11.6-inch display. Again, you can’t expect something bigger for this low price. It’s the basics here, and it’s a super low resolution at 1366 x 768. We still think that watching YouTube and other common tasks, it’ll be fine, but for multitasking or serious work, another suggestion on our list might be better. At least this is a convertible, though, so you can change it into various modes that we’ve mentioned before like tent, stand, tablet, or laptop modes. We think that the smaller display makes this great to use as a tablet anyway since it’s more manageable in terms of size.
The one cool thing about the ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 is that it includes a special world-facing camera. You can use it to take pictures of things like whiteboards or scan notes very quickly. That’s in addition to the front camera on the device which can be used for web calls and video conferencing. We see the world-facing camera mattering more for students, though.
Note that there are some really interesting things about the design of this Chromebook, too. It can be bumped and dropped without damage thanks to the military-grade MIL-STD-810G durability standards. Asus says it can withstand occasional drops of up to 120cm. Beyond that, the hinge and ports are tested to endure stress from everyday use, too.
This Asus Chromebook does the basics for cheap and is great to use as a tablet
Best first-party Google experience: Pixelbook Go
Our last pick on the list is a product that’s dated at this point. However, we still want to suggest it. This was at one time the best Chromebooks money can buy. For some people, it still is, and we think you might want it since it is the flagship Chromebook experience from Google. Oh, and because rumors indicate Google won’t be making any new Chromebooks anytime soon.
Anyway, the Google Pixelbook Go offers decent older specifications. It has older Intel 8th gen M3, Core i5, or Core i7 CPUs. However, you do get up to 256GB of SSD storage and up to 16GB of RAM, which are nice additions to boost your productivity. We want to note The M3 series of Intel chipsets run fanless, which means they also use a lot less power. When paired with the 41.41-watt-hour battery, you’ll get up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. You can give and take a few hours based on how you use it, but I’ve had a Pixelbook Go in the past and easily got 10 hours of battery on one power cycle. ChromeOS is just so optimized for long battery life and efficient performance.
On the display, the base model has a 13.3-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) touchscreen, although there’s a 4K screen option too. The 4K option is more expensive. and we don’t think it’s worth it on a small display. As you can tell from the picks on our list 1920 x 1080 resolution is just fine for the basics and multitasking and web browsing. There’s no pen support, though, which isn’t surprising since this is a clamshell device.
As for the looks of this device, it has a nicely rounded chassis with clean lines and a simple ‘G’ logo in the corner makes. There’s also a textured bottom also provides an easier grip if you want to carry around the Pixelbook Go without a case or sleeve. And when it comes to typing, I’ve used one in the past, and I think the Pixelbook Go keyboard is truly one of the best keyboards on any laptop. It has really quiet keys, soft feedback, and great key travel.
Ports on the Pixelbook Go include two USB-C ports and a headphone jack. With Google focusing on giving this device a thin design, you’ll need to use a dongle with this Chromebook.
The Google Pixelbook Go isn’t going to be the best looking or most powerful Chromebook around, but it’s one that will get you the best ChromeOS experience.
And there you have it. That’s all for the best touchscreen Chromebooks. If you think we missed something, let us know in the comments. Otherwise, you can check out some of our other guides, like the best Chromebooks at Walmart, and the best budget Chromebooks. We have you covered from A to Z when it comes to Chromebooks.