How to avoid a poor display when buying a Chromebook

The Chromebooks you get in 2021 are a lot different from what was available when they were first launched in 2011. Back then a lot of Chromebooks had poor displays. Things have moved on a lot since then. Most medium to high spec Chromebooks now come with pretty decent displays. That being said, you can still make a mistake if you’re buying a budget Chromebook. I’m asked a lot about what should I be looking for when buying a Chromebook. You need to look at everything, but I’m absolutely convinced a poor display is what will make you fall out of love with your new laptop very quickly.

I’ve read many comments on retailer websites where people have said they dislike their new laptop. Sometimes they are aware of why they are unhappy with what they’ve bought. Other times, they are not really too sure but they are just unhappy overall.

Whenever I see this it’s usually always because they have bought a budget Chromebook that comes with a poor display. I know for sure the reason why I absolutely love my Pixel Slate is because of the amazing display. It’s so beautiful, I sometimes just find myself staring at the screen. The Pixel Slate is obviously not a budget Chromebook, so you’d expect it to be decent. This does not mean you should accept a poor display when buying a budget Chromebook.


I’ve bought plenty of Chromebooks over the years. A lot of them I buy to check them out and quickly sell them again. When I’m buying a Chromebook for myself. I always check what you’ll be getting when it comes to the display quality. Even my first ever Chromebook, which was the original HP 11 budget Chromebook had an amazing display. My laptop after that was the Toshiba Chromebook 2. It was a cheap laptop but it also had an amazing display. If you’re thinking “oh aren’t you the clever one”. This isn’t my intention in the slightest. I’m just trying to show buying a budget Chromebook does not mean you need to compromise on the display quality.

The thing is I bang on about how important it is to get a decent display a lot. I sometimes think I might go on about it too much. Well, the reason I started Chrome Computing was to try and get people to see the advantages of buying a Chromebook. It’s not too great when I see comments of people buying their first Chrome OS device only to hate it because of the display. Some may do some research on the subject and buy a new model. A lot of people will just give up on Chromebooks assuming they are all equal when it comes to the quality of the display.


If you’ve not got the time to be reading detailed articles about what makes a great display. Then the one thing I would definitely recommend is to buy a Chromebook with an IPS display. Take a look at what Lenovo thinks about IPS panels compared to the older TN variety. All of my Chromebooks I’ve owned had an IPS panel. You just get much better viewing angles and the colour reproduction is much better. The colours and images on the screen are much more vivid than you’d get with a TN panel.

If you’re looking for a Chromebook with a decent display. Then take a look at my Top Ten Chromebooks in 2020. It includes some high-spec and budget range Chromebooks. All of them come with an IPS panel or an equivalent technology, which provides fantastic results. If you’d like to know more have a read of what display to look for when buying a Chromebook.

I’ve mentioned looking for an IPS panel as an absolute minimum. This does not mean there aren’t other display technologies available. In fact, you’ll find display technologies, which offer amazing results such as Super-AMOLED and LTPS. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook uses a Super-AMOLED display and it’s known for offering fantastic images. The Pixel Slate uses another technology, which is LTPS and this also provides fantastic results.

Whatever you take away from reading this. I hope you’ll be more aware of what to look for when buying a Chromebook. By doing some homework before you make a purchase. You’ll end up with a Chromebook that you’ll be happy with for many years to come.