Buyer's Guide

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Choosing a Chromebook can be confusing. There are dozens of models, and a variety of configuration options for most of them.

GalliumOS is supported on most Chromebook models (see Hardware Compatibility), but we've prepared this guide to help you choose the model that best fits your needs. Here are a few of our favorites, along with the specs that make them interesting.


Model HWID CPU Core Configurations (Display, CPU, RAM, Disk) Upgradable? Notes
Chromebook 15
CB5-571 / C910
YUNA Broadwell

15.6" 1366x768, Celeron 3205U, 2GB, 16GB
15.6" 1920x1080, Celeron 3205U, 2/4GB, 16/32GB
15.6" 1920x1080, Core i3 5005U, 4GB, 32GB
15.6" 1920x1080, Core i5 5200U, 4GB, 32GB

✓ SSD (42mm M.2)

Chromebook 13
LULU Broadwell

13.3" 1920x1080, Celeron 3205U/3215U, 4GB, 32GB
13.3" 1920x1080, Core i3 5005U, 4/8GB, 16/32GB
13.3" 1920x1080, Core i5 5300U, 8GB, 32GB

✓ SSD (42mm M.2)

Chromebook 2
GANDOF Broadwell

13.3" 1920x1080 Intel Celeron 3215U
13.3" 1920x1080 Intel Core i3 5015U

✓ SSD (42mm M.2)

Many manufacturers also sell refurbished models at significant discounts from MSRP. These should be as good as new, but generally have a much shorter 30-day warranty (typical retail warranty is 1-year).

Storage Upgrades

Replacement SSDs

Many (not all) models have removable, upgradable SSDs.

Low-profile USB drives

These drives are very fast, very small (almost unnoticeable), and can be left installed permanently. They can get fairly warm on continuous access (due to speed and small size), but this is considered normal.

Fast SD cards

SD cards are generally not as fast as USB devices. On some models, a fully-inserted SD card still extends outside the body of the machine, which is inconvenient (and fragile) and not preferred for "permanent" installation. Check to see if this applies to your model before making a decision.


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