HP Chromebook 14 review: Big display, bold colors, full keyboard

HP Chromebook 14 review: Big display, bold colors, full keyboard

Summary: HP's latest Intel Haswell Chromebook is available now with free monthly LTE and available in bold colors. It's a rocking Chromebook that enables efficiency with the large display and keyboard.

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  • I tried chrome

    not a single "app" I couldn't live without or run in IE.

    An 8" tablet is a far better choice.
    everss02
    • Unless you don't want an 8" tablet

      In which case you haven't made a credible argument against buying this.

      FYI: There is no single app in existence that people can't live without anymore. There are reasonable substitutes all over the place. Even if you still feel you cannot live without MS Office, you can use the Web version of Office on Chrome.
      Michael Kelly
      • No touch on Chromebook

        If I'm getting a consumption device, no touch is a deal breaker.

        no active stylus support is another deal breaker.
        everss02
        • No Shortwave Radio!!!!! No Manicures!!! Heads Will Roll!!!!!

          Given the millions of devices used for consumption without touch interface and given the even larger number of devices sold without a stylus, I'm guessing no one is drowning their sorrows over the deal they broke.
          DannyO_0x98
          • Absense of short wave radio is definitely a deal breaker

            However, for a plastic laptop, the 4 pound system weight is a significant disadvantage.
            kenosha77a
        • On a laptop?

          I have touch on my desktop and I never, ever use it. I don't have touch on my laptop, and I never, ever miss it. I do have it on my phone and tablets, and it works great for them. But when I dock my Windows tablet to the keyboard (thus converting it into a laptop), I never, ever use touch.
          Michael Kelly
        • Buy one with a touchscreen if that's what you want

          If you read the article, Miller pointed out that the Acer C720P has a touchscreen. There are MANY Windows 8 laptops that don't have touchscreens. That lack nothing to do with the OS.

          An 8" tablet has a lot of uses, but Miller also pointed out that he wrote this article on the Chromebook. I don't think he would have had the patience to do that on an 8" tablet.

          This is all about your use case. If you need a simple device to write articles, surf the web, play with photos and videos, then this can be a compelling device. Many people don't want or need the power or hassles of a full Windows device; this device is perfect for them.
          Keltypack
    • IE

      Did I read IE. People still use that?
      RIM71260
  • At $474

    the HP doesn't make such a good figure over here. It is much more expensive than an equivalently powered netbook running Windows 8... :-S
    wright_is
    • No Windows is a feature not a bug.

      Commenters like this don't get that NOT having Windows is a feature, not a deficiency. No Windows means means for the end user not having to hassle with all the mandatory anti-Virus software (and continual updates) which eats up significant CPU cycles (the corollary being that w/o A/V you get more CPU cycles for your apps - especially critical on a netbook), security holes, and the hassle of Windows administrative headaches such as it performing worse over time.

      Chrome OS simplicity is a virtue. Not having Windows means drastically lower Cost of Ownership and less hassles. That means not having to waste yours or your support friend's time/life futzing with a computer to get it to work, and getting on with your business.

      Most end users can live life on the new paradigm of the cloud. Windows is a legacy app that has been obsoleted by the Future.
      cosmolee501
      • re:

        And yet, the only person who is ever spotted at the Chromebook display in Best Buy always has a Google badge on.
        Sir Name
      • Still

        a Windows laptop with Chrome is still cheaper than Chrome OS and I haven't really noticed it being slowed down by AV software. The "continual" updates, ChromeOS has them as well, like modern Windows that all happens in the background.

        The first the user will usually hear about them is if they never turn off their computer, that Windows will say that it will force a reboot in 2 days...

        Performing worse over time? I haven't noticed that on my machines. OK, my Windows 7 laptop ran a lot faster when I upgraded it to Windows 8, but it hadn't slowed down appreciably from new.

        And my Atom based Windows 8 tablet runs very smoothly, thank you very much. I can also work offline for the times where there are no network connections - about 50% of the time around here.
        wright_is
      • Freedom form Microsoft

        Great point on hassle- free computing. Isn't windows a synonym for headaches?
        RIM71260
  • Nokia Lumia 2520

    Its good to see that the most awaiting tablet from the Nokia is going to release...
    All the specs and features of 2520 are available here :
    abinav.531
  • Isn't that nice...

    more trash for the bin. These crapbooks don't stack up to laptop running any version of Windows. I'd take my old Dell D600 with XP over one of these any day of the week.
    Rob.sharp
    • @Rob.sharp - maybe because you enjoy spending all your free time on

      system software maintenance, and enjoy the warmth, whir of fans and hard disk clatter?
      drwong
    • any version?

      Which of the hundred versions we're forced to buy, update, and constantly upgrade do you like spending hours fixing? Or fixing the software needed to fix the operating system?
      RIM71260
  • HP Chromebook 14 review: Big display, bold colors, full keyboard

    The cons outweigh the pro's. Looking at that pic it doesn't look very well designed. There is a lot of space between the end of the chromebook and the keyboad. That might get a little awkward to type on. For $299 you are getting an internet only device. For the same price you can get a full fledged laptop that will allow you to do things online and offline. The time has not come where everyone is doing everything offline. People say they do but the time will come where they will want more from the chromebook including offline apps. In the end its still a chromebook and that is its drawback.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • and being linux based, will I need to close the telnet port

      and compile everything?
      drwong
      • Yep

        Yep!
        Loverock.Davidson