It just takes a few minutes with the HP Chromebook 14 to understand that the most acceptable Chromebooks aren’t the flimsy laptop substitutes that many people believe them to be. Although Apple and Windows devices have come to lead the market, this newest form of portable has a position in the global market, and HP’s offering adds to that.
The HP Chromebook 14 has enough features and performance to entice you to switch. If all you need is a device that will allow you to browse the web, perform basic productivity activities, send emails, and stream programs, this is the device for you. Its stunning 14-inch display, excellent trackpad, and excellent keyboard round out the package nicely.
You’ll have to go elsewhere if you want to perform some serious gaming or need to conduct intensive graphics-related tasks like video editing. When I press on the keyboard hard enough, it flexes a little, but it’s not mushy at all in typical use. The trackpad is just as good. It’s large and open, with lots of areas to move around and mouse. You don’t have to look for the left- and right-click buttons since the whole touchpad is a button.
|Product Dimensions||12.82 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches|
|Standing screen display size||14 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 Pixels|
|Processor||1.1 GHz celeron_n4000|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel UHD Graphics 600|
|RAM||4 GB DDR4|
|Hard Drive Interface||Solid State|
|Hard Drive||32 GB embedded multimedia card|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3L SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||2400 MHz|
|Flash Memory Size||4GB|
|Wireless Type||Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life||12 hours|
|Operating System||Chrome OS|
|Item Weight||3.24 pounds|
|Power Source||Battery Powered (1 Lithium ion batteries required)|
- It has an excellent keyboard feel;
- Simplistic and light design;
- The battery lasts all day and has a long standby time;
- It’s perfect for casual computing;
- Expansion of MicroSD storage;
- Available Google Play Store Service.
- A subpar performance;
- Battery life is average;
- There is no backlighting on the keyboard;
- There isn’t a separate video-out port;
- Expansion options are limited.
On two levels, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook must be examined. First, as a Chromebook in a world dominated by Windows and OS X laptops; and second, in comparison to the tiny number of other Chromebooks on the market, the most of which compete on price and simplicity of use, leaving little room for error when it comes to correctly balancing cost and functionality.
Chrome OS is a better platform than it appears on paper. After many days of using the Pavilion 14 as my primary PC, I discovered that Chrome OS met around 80% of my demands in a pretty straightforward manner.
It’s the other 80% when the system doesn’t behave as a Windows user would expect. That’s the hard part. It’s rarely mentioned explicitly, but a Chromebook, like a tablet or a netbook, is best used as a secondary, part-time computer. The Pavilion 14 is sandwiched between two Chromebooks that are either less expensive or have more and better capabilities