Cloud-based Infrastructure-HP Chromebook 14
The HP Chromebook 14 is HP’s second attempt at making a laptop. The Google browser-based operating system runs the HP Chromebook 14. It is a 14 inch laptop and is far more pleasing on the eye. Engineered with a Haswell-based Intel processor, it runs faster than first generation Chromebooks. It also has all the added battery boosting benefits. The HP Chromebook 14 provides strong audio and great performance for multitasking. The HP Chromebook 14 specs are given below:
The white plastic lid of the HP Chomebook 14 gives off a slight glimmer at certain angles. The rest of the body including sides, bezel, deck and bottom are a tight teal giving the laptop a Crest toothpaste aesthetic. The deck has a neat pattern matrix.
The HP Chromebooks’ solid feel suggests a reliable build quality. Its soft keyboard deck feels comfortable against the wrists. However, if you are looking for a more premium design then you should check out the Dell Chromebook 13 which features a sturdy magnesium-alloy design and a soft-touch carbon-fiber finish.
The HP Chromebook 14 weighs 3.48pounds and is heavier than 13 inch Toshiba Chromebook 2 and the Dell Chromebook 13. Measuring 0.7 inches thin, the thickness of the HP Chromebook is about as thick as of the Dell 0.72 inches and the Toshiba 0.76 inches
The 1080p screen of the HP Chromebook 14 may be sharp, but it is on the dim side. It emits about 212 nits only which is lower than the Dell 270 nits and the Toshiba 378 nits. Its viewing angles are not great as its color darkened at 35 degrees to the right or left.
The HP Chromebook 14 can produce about 65 percent of the sRGB spectrum which is less than the Dell Chromebook 13 (96 percent) and the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (110 percent). The panel of the HP Chromebook 14 fares better in the Delta-E accuracy, with 0.5 it beats the Dell (1.4) and the Toshiba (0.9).
Ports and Webcam:
On the left side of the HP Chromebook 14, there is a security lock slot, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a microSD reader and a headphone jack. On the right side, there is a pair of USB 2.0 ports.
The HP Chromebook 14 features a 0.9 megapixel webcam that shoot accurate but is a bit noisy at selfies.
Screen and Sound quality:
The Chromebook 14 comes with a 14 inch LED backlit 1,366×768 HD display. The display matches the screen resolution on 11 inch Acer Chromebook C720 and 13 inch Toshiba Chromebook. But that means we have got another Chromebook that doesn’t serve up on par display. On a 14 inch screen, it is not great really but it is a little acceptable on a 11 inch display.
It is also a TN display, renowned for glare and poor viewing angles and unfortunately the Chromebook 14 suffers from both. You will find yourself tilting angle of the screen at times in order to reduce reflection.
The display seems a little washed out and it lacks punchy colors and vibrancy to make this Chromebook a great place to watch video. Putting the Chromebook 14 side-by-side with the HP Pavilion, you will find some noticeable improvements for sharpness and color accuracy. Chromebook display is the most disappointing aspect especially when tablet screens are getting a lot better.
Fortunately, the HP doesn’t do a bad job on speakers as compared to Toshiba Chromebook. There is no Beats Audio like some other of the brand’s laptops but you will notice just the subtle hint of bass to give the reasonably well-defined and loud sound a little bump. Its forward facing speakers ensure you feel full brunt of your audio as well. If you will go for a 60-day trial to Google Play Music to good use, the speakers will definitely not disappoint you.
It falls in line with other second generation Chromebooks by featuring a Haswell based Intel Celeron 2955U CPU that clocks at 1.4GHz to give power to the streamlined operating system to keep things running smoothly. To cover multitasking, there is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage for files backed up by 100GB free Google Drive cloud storage free for over two years.
The HP Chromebook 14 excels at boot-up times. It is largely a slick experience when you are on the desktop and also it manages well under multitasking or multitabbing. If you are being very picky, you can hear the faint humming sound of the fan when things get more demanding. It is not loud but enough to be heard by some.
Google’s clutter-free Chrome operating system balances out performance issues, if any. The browser-based operating system is simple to use and plain. All applications are tucked away in app launcher located at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Keyboard and Trackpad:
Now we get reduced size of the keyboard layout compared to the Pavilion and keys now has a slightly textured finish that improves travel and make it more comfortable to type. As for trackpad, the dimple design and two click buttons are replaced with a smooth chrome colored flat surface. It supports gestures for pinching and zooming.
- 3G support
- Comfortable keyboard
- Great performance
- Slightly heavy
- Low default brightness setting
- Average screen quality
The HP Chromebook 14 is not the best Chromebook out there but is also not the worst. For performance, it is on par with most 11 inch and 13 inch models. The screen is below par and can be leveled at all other Chromebooks. Hp Chromebook 14 comes with enough improvements on its predecessor, manages to produce a bigger battery life and also has more attractive design. The 3G support via HP Data Pass adds mobility even if it is a bit heavy to carry around.
The HP Chromebook 14 is a big improvement on HP’s first Chromebook offering and added 3G support makes it an affordable option to take it out. This is a great feature but its screen and so-so touchpad doesn’t enamour all.
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