HP Chromebook 14 (2018) Review – A Lightweight 14 Inch Budget Notebook

If you are in edge to try of Google’s Chrome OS, then I would likely to recommend you of HP Chromebook 14 as the first introduction device. For only 300 dollars, you are going to have a 14 inch HD screen, 4GB RAM, Celeron N3350 processor, 32GB storage, and USB type-C connection. This attractive and appealing machine should provide you a good experience on enjoying your multimedia purposes thanks to its solid audio and support your work with helpful support from Chrome operating system. HP specifically wants to target students and broad users by providing a budget choice and it works. Heard of great reviews for it every years and I have a chance to test by myself.

In comparison with similar devices from Lenovo or ASUS, finding something different is hard because for most all of time everything is similar. The only difference noticeable here is the screen size that slightly bigger and appealing for business usage. Well, I think it’s worth to take look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about here. To make it easier for you to understand, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

The black plastic design from HP really gives a nice impression in my opinion. Plastic material is very common here, but HP adds such a nice finishing touch to add of premium feeling to users. The plastic lid itself is rough enough to handle of pressure and impossible to twist. The build quality is impressive here and likely should handle of heavy usage although the ruggedized design is not introduce here. Moving into the inside, you expect of soft keyboard deck that feels comfortable and nice to put my wrist. Overall, I do not really have anything to complaint about especially seeing the price range.

Weighting for 3.4 pounds the system is measured at 13.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches. The weight is slightly heavier than its competitors, but most of them coming with smaller display like Dell Chromebook. As for connectivity, I see of numerous ports selection. There are two USB 3.0 standard ports and another USB type-C connection. The thunderbolt 3 support is missing, but finding the case is impossible to see on this price range. This could be the main consideration for taking it back home if you prefer for bigger screen and numerous ports.

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Display and Keyboard

HP Chromebook new. 3 The 14 inch and 1366 x 768 panel is used here and the quality itself is mediocore in my opinion. The color accuracy is fairly accurate and looking pretty great for streaming movies. However, the viewing angle is limited only at front viewing. The TN panel is well known for its quality and which is why I always prefer to take of IPS. My biggest complaint is only located on brightness that for some reason is lower than my expectation. 212 nits level is quite hard for outdoor usage and force me for maximizing the brightness level into 100 percent. I just hope this poor brightness should give more screen on time for battery.

As for the keyboard, the typing experience is great even though is not perfect. I manage to type for around 75 to 80 words per minute, but my error rate is higher than 2 percent here. The 1.3 mm travel key is shorter and sometimes gets me press the wrong buttons accidentally. The backlit support is completely missing and means typing in darker environment is hard. I really recommend you on finding another machine if you expect for typing machine.

HP Chromebook 14Main Specs
CPU Intel Celeron N3350 Up To 2.4 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14-inch
OSChrome OS
Memory4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage32GB EMMC

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Performance and Battery

The Chromebook 14 features of Intel Celeron N3350 and 4GB RAM as the main processing power. The CPU sets at 1.10 GHz clock rate and maximum clock at 2.4 GHz. The hardware configuration is so standard, but thankfully Chrome OS is so optimal for low end specification. Running application like Chrome and Android apps feel so smooth and lag is not noticeable on my test in entire week. And for graphic, the Intel HD 500 is introduced and let you to run many games from Android with no issue. I have tested Cut the Rope and few games and the result are satisfying. The Android support is not perfect, but more and more applications coming every day and I am sure you won’t lose selection of software.

The last worth mentioning thing here is the battery life. For most all of time, I manage to reach of 9 to 10 hours in full day usage. The test is included of web browsing, editing document, and streaming movies while connected to WIFI. I think 9 hours is great and likely never force you on bringing the charger around moreover with USB type-C support that allowing you to charge it over battery pack or power bank.

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Final Thought

The Chromebook 14 is a solid buy for general activities like editing document and web browsing. The Celeron N3350 is punchy enough to support those tasks without giving much stress to us. If you are willing to spend more here, then ASUS Chromebook Flip is my recommendation as it brings better display and more portable design. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration you want here. I just hope the information provided is good enough for you. Well, feel free on checking our latest article and leaves any comment for further assistance regarding the article. At last, thank you very for reading the article and see you again next time.




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