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

1 - What HP Chromebook 11, 14 Deliver Now Before the HP Stream 14
2 - HP's Chromebook Comes in 11- and 14-Inch Models
3 - Display's Resolution Is Solid for Such a Cheap Device
4 - Prices Start at $280, Depending on Customers' Needs
5 - Is Chrome OS the Right Solution for You?
6 - Choose Between Samsung or Intel
7 - The Storage Inside is Standard for Tablets
8 - Google Drive Tries to Make Up for the Storage Oversight
9 - Color Choices Galore, of Course
10 - The Battery Life on Each Device Should Suffice
11 - No Touch-Screen, but Multitouch Gestures are Included
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What HP Chromebook 11, 14 Deliver Now Before the HP Stream 14

by Don Reisinger

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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