What HP Chromebook 11, 14 Deliver Now Before the HP Stream 14

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-08-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hewlett-Packard Chromebook 11 is one of the more prominent Chromebooks on the market right now. In fact, lately when people surf to Google's Chromebook site, they'll find that it's the device Google features first on the page and the one that arguably comes with the best features for the price. The Chromebook 11, in other words, is one of models that showcase just how important Chromebooks have become to the market these days. Recently reports surfaced suggesting that Microsoft wants to slow Chromebooks' sales growth. The company is reportedly working with HP to deliver a new Chromebook alternative running Windows 8.1 that could be known as the Stream 14. That product, according to reports, will be designed to be both lightweight and simple to try to compete in the same market sector as Chromebooks. Despite these plans, the focus today should be on the HP Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 as well as the features that set these devices apart from the crowd. eWEEK examines what people should know about HP's Chromebooks and what they should think about before making a decision to buy any lightweight computer.

 
 
 
  • What HP Chromebook 11, 14 Deliver Now Before the HP Stream 14

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - What HP Chromebook 11, 14 Deliver Now Before the HP Stream 14
  • HP's Chromebook Comes in 11- and 14-Inch Models

    While the main focus of this slide show is the Chromebook 11, an 11-inch model of the device, HP is also selling a 14-inch version. That's important for many customers who want a larger screen but the same experience they'd find in the smaller device. Both products are nicely mobile and run the same OS. There are some differences, however, in their internal components.
    2 - HP's Chromebook Comes in 11- and 14-Inch Models
  • Display's Resolution Is Solid for Such a Cheap Device

    The Chromebook 11 from HP comes with a respectable display resolution: 1,366 by 768. While that means users won't find 1080p resolution for full-HD video, it does indicate that they will get HD playback, albeit at a lower level. Still, for such a cheap device, getting an HD screen isn't so bad.
    3 - Display's Resolution Is Solid for Such a Cheap Device
  • Prices Start at $280, Depending on Customers' Needs

    The Chromebook 11 starts at $280, which makes it more than $200 cheaper than the low-end iPad. Even the 14-inch model starts at $299, making it notably cheaper than anything else customers will find in the marketplace for tablets. A key aspect of the Chromebook's sales pitch is its affordability. It's nice to see HP sticking to that with its Chromebooks.
    4 - Prices Start at $280, Depending on Customers' Needs
  • Is Chrome OS the Right Solution for You?

    Ultimately, customers will need to decide whether Chrome OS is right for them. Chrome OS is Google's answer to Windows and runs in the cloud. Customers will find full access to Google's increasingly popular cloud-based services (including Gmail and Google Docs). One thing to note: Because Chrome OS is a cloud-based operating system, one might think it doesn't work offline. However, Google has built in full offline capability, making the HP Chromebook 11 just as useful at Starbucks as on a plane.
    5 - Is Chrome OS the Right Solution for You?
  • Choose Between Samsung or Intel

    The 11-inch HP Chromebook comes with Samsung's Exynos 5250 CPU, sporting a 1.7GHz dual-core clock speed. Interestingly, the 14-inch model comes with Intel's Haswell processor. While both are fine in their own right, Intel's is technically a bit more capable for higher-end use. Still, with Chromebooks that require very little high-power applications for use, having the better processor might not be so desirable.
    6 - Choose Between Samsung or Intel
  • The Storage Inside is Standard for Tablets

    One of the disappointing qualities in the Chromebook 11 is its storage. The device comes with up to 16GB of on-board storage, putting it on pace with lower-end tablets and not lightweight notebooks that have storage that can exceed 100GB. The 14-inch version has up to 32GB of on-board storage.
    7 - The Storage Inside is Standard for Tablets
  • Google Drive Tries to Make Up for the Storage Oversight

    So, how does HP try to make up for the storage shortage? Look no further than Google Drive. HP's Chromebooks come with 100GB of Google Drive storage. For Google Drive users, that's a good thing. For those who aren't so fond of Google's cloud-based storage service, it's a red flag.
    8 - Google Drive Tries to Make Up for the Storage Oversight
  • Color Choices Galore, of Course

    If there's anything we should know about the mobile space, it's that colors—and lots of them—are really important to companies. That's why it's no surprise the Chromebook 11 comes in both "Ocean Turquoise" and "Snow White." In addition to those colors, the Chromebook 14 is available in "Peach Coral."
    9 - Color Choices Galore, of Course
  • The Battery Life on Each Device Should Suffice

    Chromebooks are designed to be mobile and brought with the owner on the road. HP, therefore, has made it clear that its Chromebooks can last quite long on a single charge. The 11-inch model clocks in at 6.5 hours of battery life on a single charge while the 14-inch model has a 9.5-hour charge. What makes the difference? The 11-inch model comes with a three-cell 30Whr battery, while the 14-inch version has a four-cell, 50Whr design.
    10 - The Battery Life on Each Device Should Suffice
  • No Touch-Screen, but Multitouch Gestures are Included

    While the HP Chromebooks don't come with touch-screens, they do offer multitouch gestures through their touch-pads. HP calls the touch-pads an "Imagepad" that lets users do everything, from pinch-to-zoom to swipe, to handle tasks on the computer. It's a feature that's similar to the multitouch gestures built into Apple's MacBook line.
    11 - No Touch-Screen, but Multitouch Gestures are Included
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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