It’s natural to want more for less out of a mini-laptop (or any kind of electronic device, for that matter), but if less for less sounds like something you’d be interested in, HP’s new Google OS-powered Chromebook “for everyone” will deliver.
There’s no point in sugarcoating it. The aptly named HP Chromebook 11 has but two aces up its sleeve: affordability, costing $279 in its Wi-Fi only flavor, and portability, rocking an 11-inch screen, 2.3 pounds weight and 0.7-inch thick profile.
Other than that, the spec sheet redefines the term “lackluster”. The IPS panel, though advertised by Google as “extra bright”, is a sub-par 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution unit. Meanwhile, the CPU is an ARM-based Exynos 5250, aka 5 Dual, aka the same exact processor found inside the one year-old Samsung Series 3 Chromebook and Google Nexus 10 tablet.
And not only is the 5 Dual inferior to, say, HP Chromebook 14’s Intel Haswell SoC in terms of raw speed, but it will also probably run through the battery quicker. In six hours, according to Big G’s claims, so more like four or five in real-life use.
What else? Oh, yeah, for some reason HP has been unable to fit full-sized USB ports on the Chromebook 11, opting for micro USB. 2.0, not 3.0. On the bright side, the 2 gigs of RAM, 16 GB SSD and Bluetooth 4.0 don’t sound all that bad, plus a 4G LTE flavor will reportedly land over the next few months or so.
As for the design, it’s a pretty clear-cut love or hate kind of affair, with plastic and aluminum elements blending together to give both the impression of reliability and keep the weight in check and four accent colors seasoning the otherwise bland look of the white and black shells.
Tacky? Maybe a little, though I’m pretty sure some will view the Chromebook 11 as a mini-laptop with charisma and swag. Too bad it’s a measly 20 bucks cheaper than the Chromebook 14, whereas the Asus Transformer Book T100, a machine that’s both zippier and more productive, starts at $350.
Source: Laptop Mag