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Check this list before you buy a Chromebook – 17 models to avoid

There are plenty of laptop models to choose from, so it can be challenging to decide which one is right for you. But if you prefer a system that requires minimal maintenance and gets automatic updates, you should consider a Chromebook.

A Chromebook is a catch-all phrase for any laptop, tablet or device that runs on Google’s Chrome operating system. The OS and apps update automatically, protecting the device with Google’s security measures.

There is a catch, though. A Chromebook must be connected to the internet if you want to make the most of the functions, and they have a limited lifespan. Read on to see which models to avoid if you want a future-proof device.

Here’s the backstory

Laptops and tablets are notoriously tricky to upgrade. It might cost more to replace the parts of your old machine than to buy a new one. But with operating systems and apps demanding more power, some Chromebook models can’t keep up with advancing technology.

For every Chromebook, Google has an Auto Update policy through which the device receives automatic updates to both the device and its software.

According to the tech giant, “updates provide the latest features and keep the device secure.” But in the same breath, it warns that “older Chrome devices cannot receive updates indefinitely” when newer OS versions or browser features are released.

If you unknowingly purchase an older Chromebook, it can instantly cause buyer’s remorse. It might be a new gadget for you, but support for it could be ending in a few months or a year. Then, your Chromebook will stop automatically updating, putting your data and information at risk.

What you can do about it

Buy a Chromebook that will last for a few years to ensure you get the most from Google’s OS and apps. “After the Auto Update Expiration date is reached, existing and future policies may not work as intended, and technical support will not be provided,” Google explains.

Here are some of the Chromebook models that are approaching their AUE date soon:

ModelDate
Acer
Chromebook 11 (C771, C771T)Jun 2023
Chromebook 14 for Work (CP5-471)Jun 2023
Chromebook Tab 10 D651NAug 2023
ASUS
Chromebook Flip C302Jun 2023
Chromebook Tablet CT100Aug 2023
Chromebook Flip C101PAAug 2023
Dell
Chromebook 11 (5190)Jun 2024
Chromebook 11 2-in-1 (5190)Jun 2024
Chromebook 13 (3380)Jun 2023
Google
PixelbookJun 2024
Lenovo
Chromebook 13 (3380)Jun 2023
Chromebook 11 (5190)Jun 2024
Chromebook 11 2-in-1 (5190)Jun 2024
Samsung
Chromebook ProJun 2023
Chromebook PlusAug 2023
Chromebook Plus (V2)Jun 2024
Chromebook Plus (LTE)Jun 2024

If you have a Chromebook that isn’t listed above, you can check the Google Approved Chrome Devices list to see when your device will lose support.

The AUE date is available in the Admin console for devices with Chrome Education Upgrade or Chrome Enterprise Upgrade. Here’s how to access that:

  • Sign in to your Google Admin console. NOTE: You must sign in using an administrator account.
  • From the Admin console Home page, go to Devices and click on Chrome devices.
  • Finally, click on the Auto-update expiration column to view the dates.

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