HP adds Chromebook 14 laptop with HD touchscreen, better specs

You'll pay $140 more for a 1080p display and twice the RAM and storage of the company's recent $299.99 configuration.


Chromebooks were originally designed to be as affordable as possible (Google's own Chromebook Pixel being a very notable exception), as the Chrome OS they were running didn't require much in the way of specs. But there's been a slow creep towards more powerful (and more expensive) versions, including HP's most recent Chromebook 14.

At $299.99, the recent refresh was priced higher than the typical Chromebook, thanks to its larger screen and Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Now the company has finally released its promised touchscreen version of the Chromebook 14, which bumps the price up even more.

In addition to its touchscreen capabilities, the display features 1,920x1,080 resolution, or full 1080p HD. But the 14-x050nr isn't just about a prettier screen. It also features some improved specs, specifically twice the RAM (4GB versus 2GB) and solid-state storage (32GB versus 16GB) than the $299.99 configuration.

One thing you don't get with the pricier Chromebook 14 is a choice of colors, as there's only a single version available. (While the non-HD version of the notebook also came in neon green, it's currently out of stock on HP's website.) And how much pricier is it? You can order the 14-x050nr for $439.99, or $140 more than the base configuration. Is it worth spending that much on a Chromebook? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

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