Today’s Classrooms, office conference rooms, business meeting rooms, and all the places are filled with technology making sharing experience easy, more interactive, and engaging.
All thanks to the ingenious multimedia-based chatters where you can just simply share your computer screen on a huge space and descriptively say it all to your audience.
However, more than half of the appreciation in this regard should go to Chromebooks too for being highly mobile yet full-fledged computers; and for allowing for all up-to-date tech integrations in our lives for quite no cost of any type compared to conventional laptops.
Chromebooks, for their cinch portability, have made carrying laptops side-by-side 24/7 easier for students and businesspersons. And they are ubiquitously loved by almost every professional for their ease-of-use, web-based OS, snappiness, superb batteries, and whatnot.
Nevertheless, most of the students and entrepreneurs are now showing a sharp rebuke to this market just because there are very less Chromebooks with HDMI ports hitting the store shelves now.
Students and businessmen usually need a lot of connects/disconnects to projectors, TVs, etc., for their hectic schedules of class presentations, pitch decks, and more. And most projecting devices still mostly only support HDMI. Thus, the need for an HDMI port on their laptops is quite obvious.
So that reprove is pretty fair, I know. Although, if you too are shying away to get a Chromebook for your studies/business-related/or any casual entertainment-related streaming needs for this sole “no-HDMI” reason, fret not and keep reading this.
Below is a list of 6 currently top-selling Chromebook laptops with HDMI ports in the market found after hours of hectic research. So if you really seem interested, just explore this list and I’m sure you’ll grab the perfect guy for your needs.
#1. Lenovo Chromebook C330 Convertible Laptop
One of the top-selling Chrome-OS running hybrid machines from Lenovo’s budget offers in the line since 2018, Chromebook C330 has all the right reasons to top my list.
Coming at under $200, CB C330 packs a serious punch of specs and versatility housed in an eye-pleasing through-and-through plastic hood bearing a cool off-white hue.
The footprint may seem to be, but it’s in no way a deal-breaker; I was quite surprised to see such a seemingly cheap-looking chassis having no flex whatsoever at any point. Plus, the single-hinge-reliant upper flip, the display, also had no issues staying firm across all the three modes i.e. laptop, tent, and tablet.
Having said that, the 360-foldable hinge is quite slick too, though with enough resistance, so that a little push can initiate the swing and you enjoy each fold solidly to the fullest.
The biggest highlight of this laptop, as I see, is the 11.6” vividly colorful touch-enabled IPS panel – it’s nothing cheap like a TN panel or so that you may rather expect on such a steal offer.
Though this screen opts for (not Full HD, unfortunately) HD as its native resolution, its 250-nit brightness still passes the average Chromebook-brightness scale making it enough readable outdoors and everywhere.
Besides delivering sharp contrasts, bright whites, and vivid colors through 75% clasp on the sRGB gamut, the screen has an excellent touch response too. It quite accurately registers all your taps and gestures and you’d very rarely find yourself having to try multiple touches for the intended response.
Performance-wise, the laptop seems not so good, apparently, with its entry-level hardware comprising 4GB RAM, 64GB flash SSD, and a MediaTek mobile processor resulting in a pretty low score on the Geekbench 4 benchmark.
However, the MT8173C ARM-architected SoC (System on Chip) CPU here with 4 total cores, is still a great punch having a max clocking power of up to 2.1 GHz. Two of these four cores are on Cortex-A72 architecture, whereas the other two are Cortex-A53 operating at 2.1 and 1.7 GHz, respectively.
So for the asking price, the processor here is about-phenomenal and C330 still makes it to a fairly acceptable multitasking prowess – more thanks to the brisk web-based Chrome OS (with a galore of added features) as well.
On some general performance-benchmark tests like CrXPRT, WebXPRT, Boot, and Battery Time Test, etc., Lenovo’s CB C330 almost leapfrogged all the charts by significance or at least equaled most of its adversary counterparts of the same class.
Coming to the real deal, you get a full-fledged HDMI port on CB C330 which is quite a surprising feature for such a cheap laptop to hold.
More about the I/O base here is that you get 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and 1x Type-C (for charging) port and a microSD reader as well.
Well, I feel the keyboard on C330 is also one of its biggest highlights not making it for any lousy typing experience at all. The keys did feel a bit shallow to me with the not-so-good 1.2mm key travel, though, the traditional Chromebook-patterned black keyboard sitting in a blizzard white deck feels quite royal.
The only biggest disappointment I felt was, “not the 0.9MP HD webcam as that’s still acceptably good”, the poor audio with almost no bass; and the down-firing speakers make it even worse.
- 11.6” HD (1366 x 768px), Touch-enabled, IPS panel
- MediaTek MT8173C Quad-Core ARM SoC
- Integrated PowerVR GX6250 Graphics
- 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB eMMC
- 10hr avg. battery stand on mix usage
- All-plastic at 2.64 lbs
- Quite upper-mainstream SoC and good storage
- Great IPS panel with excellent touch response
- 360-foldable hybrid design
- Excellent battery
- Lavish I/O base for the bucks
- Superbly low price
- Heavy screen bezels
- Subpar sound quality
#2. Acer Chromebook 15 HD Laptop with HDMI Port
Acer isn’t as such at its usual glory as far as its Chromebook 15 is concerned because this laptop, I feel, is lacking a lot of things compared to Lenovo CB C330 above for an almost identical (even a bit high) price tag.
Nevertheless, what seemed to be the biggest disappointment with the previous laptop, is perhaps the first noteworthy highlight of Acer Chromebook 15 – the deck-mounted, front-firing speakers.
This way placement of speakers results in enough sounds to fill a full room. Plus, the grills add much to the already-stylish being of this rather partying gimmick too.
So if you are fond of listening to music a lot and all the time, the two sound grills on both sides of the keyboard throwing out greatly emancipated sounds would quickly make it all to your heartfelt satisfaction.
For the performance specs, I didn’t really understand why Acer kept CB 15 so underwhelmed as though tagged at over $200, this laptop is punched with an entry-level Intel Celeron CPU combined with, as you may expect, 4GB of RAM only.
But that’s still OK until you see something absolutely unimpressive – the onboard storage on this laptop. It’s just and only 16GB flash eMMC – like what? Is Acer pranking us?
That is all absolutely more-than-mediocre for any sort of computing; however, I guess all the investment that should ideally go under the hood is going above it.
Acer Chromebook 15 bears a trendy aluminum-brushed metal finish on its upper clamshell with nicely milled edges and the same solid metal going into its main deck as well. The underside of the deck, though, feels like some chintzy plastic, I’m not sure if it’s entirely plastic or part-metallic.
Whatever be said, the laptop still does feel a little too straightforward among so many novel designs all over the place.
The news is not good from Acer CB 15’s display department as well. Though the panel is quite spacious here measuring at 15.6”, it has the same mediocre HD resolution with not enough sharp colors and contrast and no touch support either; it’s surely not 2-in-1 or 360-foldable.
Anyways, compared to the previous releases, I felt a lot of improvements in the keyboard here. It had no flimsiness as one may expect and the keys are quite well-placed to not get wrongly pressed or snagged in any way. The touchpad on this CB 15 is although also not so roomy, it’s acceptable, if not awesome.
Unlike Lenovo CB C330, you don’t get USB-C favor on this Chromebook, but two conventional USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1x HDMI port, and a microSD slot. Besides, there’s, of course, an audio jack and an add-in security lock slot on the right side of the deck.
Finally, as is always the first expectation from a Chromebook, the battery is splendid here too with a superb one-charge stand of 8-10hr on average use.
- Dual-Core Intel Celeron N3060 CPU with 2.48 GHz burst frequency
- 15.6” LED-backlit HD Panel
- Integrated Intel HD 400 Graphics
- 4GB RAM and 16GB eMMC SSD
- 3-cell and 8+ hour avg. battery
- ~ 4 lbs
- Sturdy metallic casing
- Big panel
- Great speakers and sound
- Fine battery
- All Chrome OS features including 100GB additional cloud storage for 2 years
- Less onboard storage
- Mediocre non-touch display
#3. Samsung 11.6” Lightweight Chromebook
You may have known Samsung only for its great smartphones till now but let me tell you, the company has enough share of offers in the PC market as well. Take this Chromebook as an example.
With a firm hope that you’ve read the whole previous (Acer CB 15’s) review and you have most of the specs of that laptop fresh yet in your mind, I’ll start reviewing this one from its under-the-shell specs.
So the performance here is brought to you by, again, the exactly similar combo of hardware like that in Acer Chromebook 15.
The power-efficient 14nm-tailored Intel Celeron N3060 2-cored processor serves as the spearhead component on Samsung Chromebook too.
Though the CPU has a meager base speed of just 1.6 GHz, it can soar up to a clocking power of 2.48 GHz. This is, although, quite enough to boss most of your mid-range processing requirements, you still need some push from the onboard RAM and SSD as well if you’ve to do a lot of multitasking or your system shows dull altogether.
But like Acer CB 15, that’s where this machine also lacks with only 4GB of RAM aboard and the same almost-nothing 16GB of flash SSD.
Nonetheless, I’m still impressed with how this Chromebook still caught up with most of my demands – all thanks to the faster DDR4 memory here and the snappy web-based OS with a galore of exciting perks.
I would quickly access all my study material in Google Docs and sheets, run multiple tabs at once, play movies, and try some trifling Chromebook games as well. All this and I never as such found this pretty halt or gasp for breath.
Besides, I had no issues connecting the laptop to the projector(s) in college and bringing off my class presentations like a breeze courtesy of the distinct HDMI port on this laptop.
The 11.6” display on Samsung Chromebook also opts for the lowest-common denominator as its native resolution. This non-touch HD panel has no such other big highlight too except that it’s fairly non-reflective so that you can comfortably gaze at it in sunny outdoors as well.
But I didn’t like the extra-heavy bezels all around this small 11.6” panel as they make the already-mediocre visuals appear even insipid and boring.
One thing that I really loved about this laptop is its keyboard deck with the keyboard laid out quite extensively on it leaving no empty blacks on any side. The buttons are not as shallow as you’d expect with a nice key travel and the button-less touchpad underneath has an excellent touch response as well.
- Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core CPU with Intel HD 400 integrated Graphics
- 11.6” LED-backlit HD panel
- 4GB DDR4 RAM and 16GB flash SSD
- 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI port, and an SD card reader
- 8 – 10hr battery on mix usage
- All-plastic build at 2.64 pounds
- Great entry-level CPU for the price
- Sensitively-responsive touchpad
- Fairly lightweight – for students especially
- Dull non-touchscreen with poor viewing angles
- Less storage
#4. Flagship Acer R13 Chromebook with HDMI Port
Acer R13 Chromebook, as long as you don’t need a lot of hardware power like that for gaming, high-end coding, or other professional deciphering-class computations, is a great choice for all the right reasons.
For me, first on that mighty list of reasons comes its 13.3” touch-enabled screen that boasts a standard Full HD as its native resolution instead of the trivial and dull HDs of the previous three.
So, you’ve finally got to see some crisp visuals after a long wait of half the reviews on the list!
But wait… only doling out Full HD resolution doesn’t mean this screen will get some mighty high marks from a strict critic like me.
After doing some crackerjack tests to check colors, brightness, and contrast performance of display in detail, I found the tints and hues showing up quite mediocre; brightness rather stingy, and contrast also not so plumb.
Figuratively speaking, the cone on this panel covers only around 64% of the sRGB gamut and doles out approx. 250-nit brightness – leaping the average Chromebook brightness standard just by hair’s breadth.
So yea, the display is Full HD with quite a good color and contrast accuracy and enough brightness to be readable outdoors as well; however, it’s not the greatest out there with its thick all-around bezels probably being the biggest reason for that.
Anyways, the same sundry-type feelings are also associated with R13’s build quality. The all-aluminum premium fit and finish of the laptop is undoubtedly so aesthetically appealing, but this all-metal footprint (weighing almost 3.3 lbs) isn’t still at the best of sturdiness.
It has a lot of flex at the lid, the main deck, and almost everywhere. Though that’s not as noticeable of the flimsiness, it still feels lousy for a chassis as seemingly top-notch and premium as this.
However, that’s the least of the case with that 360-rotatable hinge. It’s quite slick so that the slightest push can act out the flip, yet so stable that the display will stand without much noticeable flex across all the modes i.e. laptop, tent, tablet.
A quick peek under the hood shows that Acer Chromebook R13 is almost a Xerox copy of Lenovo CB C330 (first on my list) except for the storage aboard. Its core architecture also comprises the MT8173C quad-core mobile processor and 4GB RAM pre-installed.
Though the storage here is half of that in Lenovo C330 – just 32GB eMMC.
So as regards how good or bad Acer R13’s performance is, I’d recommend going back and reading the “performance section” of Lenovo C330’s review (para 8 onwards). It’s all exactly the same except for the storage, of course.
Rest, the keyboard is nicely laid out and the touchpad is much sensitive as well. And the laptop supports USB-C charging so it’s decked with a USB 3.1 Type-C, a USB-A, an HDMI port, and more.
- 13.3” FHD (1920 x 1080px), Multi-touch-enabled, Wide viewing IPS panel
- MediaTek MT8173C Quad-Core SoC ARM
- 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB flash SSD
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4
- 3-cell 4670mAh battery – approx. 12hr life
- 0.6” thick all-aluminum build at 3.28 lbs
- Splendid screen with great touch response
- BETA support for Android apps
- Unbelievable battery stand
- Power and charging LED indicator lights
- Slick and premium metallic being
- Bit heavy – feels unwieldy to be held in one hand in tablet mode
- Hardware could get better
#5. 2021 Latest Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook
Marching to the end, I’ve got one more Lenovo Chromebook with HDMI port and a lot of good specs for quite a reasonable price on my list.
Flex 3 brings nothing as such new or unique to the table; it’s rather a repetition of the specs of Lenovo Chromebook C330 (the 1st review) and Acer Chromebook R13 (the 4th on the list).
This laptop houses the performance prowess of the same MediaTek MT8173C ARM-architected SoC quad-core multi-processor operating at 1.3 GHz base and showing a burst clocking power of up to 2.16 GHz.
One couple of these 4 cores, as already described in C330’s review, has Cortex-A72, whereas the other has the Cortex-A53 architecture perfectly put up in a big-LITTLE heterogeneous configuration.
Apart from this, the memory and storage options here aboard are, as you rightly expected, the same – 4GB DDR4 and 32GB flash eMMC.
However, I found the RAM here to be built on the updated DDR4 technology compared to older LPDDR3 on C330, so the better bandwidth and improved architecture make multitasking comparatively excellent here.
More than half of the credit for the fluent on-the-go performance of this laptop goes to the light, fast, and radical web-based Chrome OS as that makes cinch to grasp all your day-to-day tasks that a Chromebook is usually meant for.
Looks-wise, again, this laptop is almost a duplicate of the “Lenovo CB C330” concerning its purely minimalistic all-plastic chassis. Though instead of the blizzard-white-hue on C330, you’ll get to see platinum-gray all around here.
This straightforward single hinge here is also 360-degree rotatable making Flex 3 a completely hybrid 2-in-1 laptop. Plus, there’s a very minute amount of flex felt to me in the upper lid when you shift to laptop mode and put a tap or two on the touchscreen. But that seems to be just a bit of vibration for a few seconds only and nothing as serious as a deal-breaker.
I see no difference whatsoever in the display department as well among these two Lenovo laptops. Like C330, Flex 3 also greets you with a heavy-edged 11.6” IPS panel boasting 10-point multi-touch support.
That native resolution of HD, that perfectly-centered webcam on the upper bezel, and the same thick bezels on all four sides – the sameness goes on.
The keyboard, I see, on Flex 3 also sits quite extensively on the deck leaving no thick blank grays on any side. And the touchpad is quite horizontally stretched as well ensuring more room for extended hovers.
All the other things including the selection of I/O ports, battery stand, wireless standards, and even weight, everything is quite identical to that previous Lenovo on the list.
- MediaTek MT8173C Quad-Core SoC ARM CPU
- 11.6” HD, 10-point multi-touch, IPS panel
- Integrated PowerVR GX6250 Graphics
- 4GB DDR4 RAM and 32GB eMMC
- 10hr avg. battery stand on mix usage
- 1x USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1, 1x Type-C, 1x HDMI port, 1x mircroSD slot, and a lock slot
- Improved high-bandwidth RAM
- Good multi-processor for the price
- Awesome battery
- 360-degree-foldable, lively, and responsive touchscreen
- Flat audio
#6. Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Laptop with HDMI Port
Spin 713 Chromebook is by far the best Chrome-OS-running hybrid machine by Acer, or possibly by any brand, I’ve ever come across with 10th Gen powers and unbelievable versatility from every aspect.
Built to give you some serious goosebumps, this pretty welcomes you with a stunningly silky edge-to-edge touch display that measures 13.5 inches diagonally with really narrow blacks all around.
The screen is just really great here boasting a completely unorthodox 2K (i.e. 2256 x 1504) display resolution and a rather excellent pixel-per-inch score of above 200. So you’re sure gonna see some high-quality crisp and lucid visuals – I vouch.
The brushed-aluminum steel-gray metallic hood of the laptop is punched with some extraordinary powers, at least for a Chromebook, at its inside as this beauty beast comes packed with 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U CPU.
Outshining a lot of i7 chips, this latest i5 chip has a base speed of 1.6 GHz which doesn’t seem to be any big deal until one gets to know its crazy burst power – it’s over 4 GHz.
With the powerful 4-Cored and 14nm-architected power-and-energy-efficient processor, you get a mighty combo of memory and storage aboard. The 8GB of DDR4 RAM herein is quite a big boy ensuring almost double the multitasking prowess of a conventional Chromebook.
Besides, the 128GB of PCIe SSD onboard is also quite some change from the usual “flash eMMCs” on Chromebooks all around.
Of special note is the multifunctional Stylus Pen that this pretty comes packed with.
It’s a 3-in-1 gizmo with a rubber-end at one end whereby you can draw, doodle, and work on the beautiful touchscreen of the laptop in tablet or tent mode; however, the Stylus finishes at a black-ink ballpoint nib on the other end making sure you’ve no issues taking notes in your diary as well.
But the 3rd function of it is the most impressive of all: the cap of this Stylus Pen is a 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive in itself.
So if you ever happen to have to urgently act out some important data transfers at any place, your Spin 713’s Stylus’s Cap can do that for you by taking in and storing all that data just like any other flash device used for the purpose.
I loved how innovative the Spin 713’s build is with a twin-functioned couple of hinges. They are 360-foldable but in addition, offer a bit of upward tilt to the keyboard as well when you shift to the laptop mode making it for a cinch and comfortable typing experience.
The chiclet-arrayed backlit keyboard on the sandblasted deck of this laptop is yet another spotlight with a perfectly-sized-and-centered trackpad underneath it.
But I’m literally blown away by how elite Spin 713’s selection of I/O ports is including 2x multifunctional USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C ports, 1x USB Type-A, 1x HDMI, and more. Besides, the Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 combo makes the laptop’s wireless connectivity too seriously lethal.
- 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U Quad-Core CPU
- 13.5” Nano-edged, CineCrystal, IPS Touchscreen with 2K resolution
- Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
- 8GB DDR4 RAM and 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- 3-cell Li-Ion battery with over 10hr avg. stand
- Forged aluminum – at 3 lbs
- Exceptionally high-end hardware
- Top-notch, crisp, and superbly touch-responsive panel
- 3-in-1 multifunctional Stylus Pen included
- Innovative keyboard-tilting 360-rotatable hinges
- Two USB-Cs and separate HDMI
- Military standard premium build
- Bit expensive
An HDMI port may seemingly be a rather old-fashioned feature on a laptop and can be easily overlooked – a lot of credit in this regard to the multifaceted USB Type-Cs incorporation on modern machines far and wide.
But there’s still a very high demand for a distinct and definite HDMI port to be installed on Chromebooks by those, particularly students, who have a lot to do with projectors, TVs, consoles, and other streaming devices supporting only an HDMI connection.
Students, and other professionals too, favor Chromebooks because they find them easily affordable yet full-fledged laptops with quite unmatched levity as well. But because most of them often need to do presentations in college, do lighter entertainment-related streaming, or related things, the non-availability of HDMI on their machine becomes a deal-breaker.
But not anymore now. This article addresses this big issue by offering the top 6 Chromebooks with HDMI ports available in the market. Check them out and get the one you deem the best fit for your needs. However, if you ask me to suggest you some, I think you should definitely check out Lenovo CB C330, Acer Chromebook R13, and Acer Spin 713 Chromebook. I love all these for their perfect hit between the price and performance. And I’m sure your ideal pick is also going to be one of these three.