HP has some interesting offerings in its line of Chromebooks. The Chromebook 14, in summary, is an entry-level ultrabook with a decent Full HD 14-inch display with a subpar battery and nice-looking plastic body. Well, that is the brief part; let’s dive in-depth to know more about this device.
One thing you’d notice about the HP Chromebook 14 for the first time is the large bezels surrounding its screen. This laptop has an average thickness of 0.7 inches and weighs about 3.5 pounds.
The HP Chromebook 14’s body is a sleek chassis with an aesthetic finish that is in resonance with HP’s design language. This ultrabook measures 13.54 x 9.45 x 0.7 inches in dimensions and comes with a handful of connectivity ports.
The 1080p display on this device is one of its strong points, as similar devices rarely come with this resolution. However, the display brightness and color reproduction are on the average.
Above the display is a low-res webcam with HP’s TrueVision technology for taking your photos and for face-to-face conversations.
Keyboard and Touchpad
There’s nothing much to be said about the Chromebook 14’s keyboard and touchpad except for the fact that they are both comfortable to use and they look durable. While the keyboard isn’t so big, the touchpad is conversely accurate.
The HP Chromebook 14 performs quite poor here as it provides only about 6 hours of battery time on a full charge. Where other notebooks in the same category offer an average of about 8 hours, the Chromebook 14’s battery is really disappointing.
The Intel N2940 processor clocked at 1.8GHz runs the show on the Chromebook 14. There’s 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage – expandable via a microSD card. While the aged CPU is sufficient for running most tasks, it can only perform as much as its strength can carry.
Since this is a Chromebook, the OS is Google’s web-based Chrome OS with the full gamut of Google’s software applications.
The HP Chromebook 14 does well in terms of audio reproduction as the sound clarity is great.
At the sides of this notebook is one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, a microSD slot, and an HDMI port. The usual Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi are also part of the package.
Pricing for HP Chromebook 14
Pricing for the HP Chromebook 14 starts at about $280 for the Intel N2940 model and $250 for the Intel N2840 model.
Specs at a Glance
|Maximum Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Internal Storage||16GB eMMC|
|CPU||Intel Celeron N2940|
|Operating System||Chrome OS|
|Dimensions||13.54 x 9.45 x 0.7 inches|
If you are looking for a simple, light and sleek laptop that isn’t running either Windows or MacOS, the HP Chromebook 14 would be a modest choice.
While this particular Chromebook doesn’t offer much in terms of performance and battery life, the price salvages it.
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