HP Chromebook 11

A Chrome OS laptop with a bundle of great features, marred by a case of performance anxiety

Update: A statement from Google and HP confirms that the Chromebook 11 is currently no longer on sale, due to a small number of reports that the charger is overheating during use. We will keep up with this story as the situation develops.

There's no shortage of Chrome OS devices out there to choose from, and save for the Chromebook Pixel they all pepper the lower end of the market. The Chromebook 11, a smaller (as in 11 inches) ARM-powered follow up to the larger Chromebook 14 from earlier this year, is yet another inexpensive Chromebook from HP and Google that builds on the same strategy as the devices before it.

Put together a small and portable form factor, fill it with inexpensive components and sell it on the cheap — it's a recipe for topping the sales charts for a laptop on Amazon, but is it really a product to get excited about? No matter where you stand on the merits of using a Chrome OS device, there are more than a few things the $279 Chromebook 11 has going for it. Read along after the break and see what HP's latest inexpensive Chromebook is all about.

Inside: Hardware | Display | Keyboard | Daily life | Bottom line

Glossy, creaky plastic

HP Chromebook 11

When you spend $279 for an 11-inch laptop, it's hard to expect too much in the way of materials and build quality. Given the pricing, the HP Chromebook 11 is actually built quite solidly. It seems as though the real shortcuts were taken in the materials themselves — this is a build primarily of very flimsy and creaky plastic. No matter the color choice (we have the black one here, of course) you'll get a very thin glossy plastic around every inch of the Chromebook 11, and while the seams are tight where materials meet, it just doesn't have the rigidity of a more expensive laptop.

HP Chromebook 11 HP Chromebook 11

Going ARM means you won't find a single fan or vent, making the laptop extra sleek

The other part of the equation keeping the cost down on the Chromebook 11 are the internals and ports on offer. We're looking at a Samsung Exynos 5250 dual-core processor, paired up with 2 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM and 16 gigabytes of storage. For ports you have two USB 2.0 for peripherals, a headphone/microphone jack and a Micro USB port that works for charging as well as video out via SlimPort. You'll also find a microphone and VGA webcam up above the screen, and inside you have 802.11a/b/g/n Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0. (Google claims a Verizon LTE-capable version is coming soon, but we haven't heard anything about that just yet.)

Because this is an ARM-powered machine, you'll notice that there are no vents or fans on the entire build, which likely helps a bit with rigidity. Between the lack of fans and inclusion of SSD storage there are no moving parts, meaning it should hold up to bumps a bit more than your average cheap laptop with a spinning HDD.

HP Chromebook 11 HP Chromebook 11

It doesn't feel cheap, but simply made of inexpensive materials

The Chromebook 11 does seem to hold up against external wear pretty well, at least. In a few weeks of using it, we only picked up a single scratch on the lid and no other dents or blemishes. For a laptop that's likely to get tossed around a lot, it's good to know it'll take a bump or two. The hinge and lid seem to hold up as well, and although the screen may not tilt back as far as you'd always want, it doesn't creak and holds in place even when you move about. The size and weight are great as well — at just 2.3 pounds (feels lighter in our hands) with an 11.6-inch display, it's amazingly portable, as it should be.

In the end it doesn't feel as though the Chromebook 11 is ready to fall apart or is poorly made, but rather is constrained so tightly by its price that you don't really have much room for advanced engineering. You're getting a $279 laptop, no doubt about it, but as a second machine meant to be used casually you're not going to be upset with the build quality. 

Display and speakers

HP Chromebook 11

A really nice display with good brightness and colors

HP has loaded up the Chromebook 11 with an 11.6-inch 1366x768 (that's 16:9) IPS display that has a purported 300 nits of brightness, and given the price you're actually getting a really nice screen here. If you're not bothered by the physical size and "short" aspect ratio as a combination (most laptop screens are 16:10 nowadays), you're in for a solid viewing experience on the Chromebook 11. Brightness, viewing angles (HP claims 176 degrees) and colors all seem solid, and considering you won't be doing any kind of serious picture or video editing on it nor will you ask anything more than "how does this web page look?," you're going to get along just fine with this screen.

Like many modern laptops, the HP Chromebook 11 doesn't have dedicated speaker grilles but rather blasts sound up through the slots in the keyboard. Google says the speakers are "digitally tuned," but they're actually just cheap and tinny speakers with no low end — again, just as you'd expect in this price range. They do get quite loud (louder than our MacBook Air) without distorting, and while you won't be blown away they do their job.

Keyboard and touchpad

HP Chromebook 11

Few things are more important on a laptop than the keyboard and touchpad. A bad experience in these two areas can kill the entire feeling of a laptop, and we unfortunately have to say that the results on the HP Chromebook 11 are mixed. Let's kick things off first with the keyboard, which is actually quite good for the size.

The keys are a bit soft but right on par with other recent laptops

The keys themselves are full sized and properly spaced, which can be a concern on some smaller laptops. It takes some getting used to the "Chrome" keyboard layout, which uses the function row for dedicated actions for browsing the web as well as brightness and volume and replaces the caps lock key with a search key. Once you get used to where everything is, you'll have no issue typing on the Chromebook 11 if you've ever spent time on recent laptops with chiclet-style flat keyboard. Key travel is good, the keys are a bit mushy but springy enough and we had no issue jamming out emails, social network posts or full-on articles on Android Central.

HP Chromebook 11 HP Chromebook 11

We mentioned that the combination of keyboard and touchpad give mixed results. The bad side of the pair is the touchpad, which comes up dramatically short of what we want to see on a laptop in 2013. We come back to the shortcomings of building a computer that retails for $279, but even taking this into account the Chromebook 11's touchpad just doesn't offer a very good experience.

Your fingers just don't glide across the touchpad as you expect

This is a modern-style "clickpad" where you press down on the bottom half of the pad for mouse clicks (and hold two fingers down to right click), and while it's decently large for an 11-inch laptop the feel and tracking speed leaves a lot to be desired. Your finger doesn't glide across the surface very well, and even after turning down the touch sensitivity it never felt natural to move the pointer around.

In the end the touchpad is usable, and like with any laptop you get used to it over time, but don't rip open the Chromebook 11's box thinking that you're going to get a great touch experience — you'll need to spend a bit more money for that.

Chrome OS

HP Chromebook 11

Now to the elephant in the room — the Chromebook 11 of course runs Chrome OS as its operating system. If you've only used Chrome the browser and not Chrome OS, you're not far off from the experience here. Using Chrome OS is basically like using the Chrome browser, but with a few differences. First you'll have to get used to Chrome-specific keyboard layout, which in the end makes using a browser-based operating system much simpler to use. Next is navigation — it takes some time to get the rhythm down of managing windows, tabs and apps but there really isn't a steep learning curve here considering how few things the system can do outside of browser windows.

You're basically going to live with Chrome and a handful of extensions

As far as native storage handling and applications go, there really aren't many. You have access to a simple media player, photo editor (basically just crop/rotate/rename) and file system, but you can't do a whole lot with it. You can pull files to/from external storage, but the best way to manage files is through the deep Google Drive integration into the file system. You have a few different apps installed off the bat such as a calculator, offline Google Docs and offline Gmail, but most of the enhanced functionality on Chrome OS will come by way of Chrome extensions.

The best way to know if you can "live" with a Chromebook is to look at what you can do with your Chrome browser and various extensions — if you can get things done with just those tools, you'll be right at home with any Chromebook.

Daily life with the HP Chromebook 11

HP Chromebook 11

But is Chrome OS running on an ARM processor and 2GB of RAM actually a good experience in the end? Unfortunately we have to say that it isn't. Even with a very lightweight OS, the Chromebook 11 struggles to handle anything but the most basic of Internet tasks.

The real hamstring is in the number of tabs you can realistically have open — each tab in chrome is its own process, meaning that anything over two tabs on a dual-core ARM processor is going to tax the system heavily while the tabs "wait in line" to load or respond to your input. Our daily usage of Chrome on other laptops consists of about eight pinned tabs and two to 10 more at any given time throughout the day, and after waiting several minutes for the Chromebook 11 to try and load our default tab setup we quickly realized we would have to scale back our usage.

HP Chromebook 11With five or more tabs open, the Chromebook 11 is sluggish, unresponsive and stuttery in scrolling, typing and interacting with pages. Even Android Central, which isn't the heaviest site out there, chugged along. When you drop things down to just two tabs, with maybe a third open playing Google Play Music, the situation improved dramatically. This laptop is one you throw in your bag when you just need to casually browse a webpage here and there, edit a Google Doc or catch up on Gmail while listening to music or a podcast — ask anything more of it and you can hear the Exynos begging for mercy under the hood.

With sluggish performance coming from an ARM processor you'd expect great battery life as a tradeoff, right? Again we were disappointed in this aspect as well. HP and Google quote the 30Wh battery at six hours of "active usage" on the Chromebook 11, but we found ourselves getting about four hours of mixed usage, five if we took things very lightly. That's just not enough to make the bad performance worth it in our book — we expect at least double that nowadays.

Carrying a single small charger for both your phone and laptop is amazing

The upside of this equation is that the Chromebook 11 charges off of Micro USB — just like your phone or tablet — rather than a traditional laptop power brick and proprietary connector. The included charger is a 5.25V 3A unit that is about twice the size of your average phone charger, but has a healthy-sized cord (about six feet long) and charges the laptop in about two hours. You can charge the Chromebook 11 off of a 2A charger as well, like you may get with some tablets, but you'll probably have to sleep or turn off the laptop to get it to charge at any meaningful rate.

The nicest part of a USB charger is being able to use it for any phone or tablet that supports the port. We could leave the house for a day or weekend with just the Chromebook, a phone and a single charger, and not have to worry about a big tangle of cords or the extra heft of a regular laptop power brick.

The bottom line

HP Chromebook 11

The Chromebook 11 isn't meant to replace your daily computer, nor is it meant to be a picture editing or multimedia powerhouse. This is a $279 laptop that gives you complete access to everything you normally do on the web and every one of Google's services, wrapped up in a durable and light case with a nice screen and keyboard that charges off of a standard Micro USB charger.

As a second (or third) computer for a power user, one to use on a weekend away when you don't want or need to lug around a bigger and more expensive laptop, the HP Chromebook 11 can suit your needs. But whether or not you're going to be happy with the experience is all about keeping your expectations in check — it can be slow, doesn't have fantastic battery life and won't manage as many Chrome tabs as you want. But did we mention it's $279?

HP and Google haven't made a flagship Chromebook here, not even close. But they've made a laptop that will be a very capable choice for a certain type of user that doesn't want to spend a whole lot of money and wants more than just a small tablet in the same price range. It isn't offering enough for us to keep on using it, but we think it may just work for some of you out there.

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The sammy is a great chromebook, but it has the same internals as the HP chromebook. I have suggested to the few that ask me to wait a little longer to see what they put out next.

I wanted to reread it, I guess. I got ahead of myself and did not read thoroughly. Apologies to the author.

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While I understand your sentiment, I have to disagree. Even at sub-$300 prices I would expect it to have a little bit better performance and/or battery life than this. I think the review gave good marks where they felt they were deserved, and bad marks where they felt they were deserved, too.

And just because they game the device bad marks, they never said "you should not buy this product." They just tried to make the user aware of what they were buying so that realistic expectations could be set.

I'm waiting to get my hands on the new Acer C series (the 720, I think?) I read a good writeup at the Verge about it, which specifically mentioned that there were no performance issues as there were with this HP. I've put in some time with the previous iteration of the HP and the trackpad truly was awful, making it almost unbearable to use.

I've been using the 720 for the past couple of weeks and its head and shoulders above the other chromebooks I've tried (pretty much all except the Pixel). The haswell processor is very fast, can handle as many tabs as i can throw at it without a blip and the battery lasts the whole work day. The screen is much better than some reviewers have mentioned and it dumped the previous ridiculously overstuffed keyboard with the standard chromeos layout, just like on the samsung 3. The HP may be more "beautiful" but if you use your chromebook to get anything actually done, the 720 is a really nice machine.

Surprised at the speed comments. My Samsung will handle 8 or 9 tabs of Android Central type sites without slowing down. I prefer the Samsung keyboard, but wish it had microUSB charging.

The Samsung keyboard was great, I could churn out words as fast as on the pixel. I've only had the 11 for 4 days but it is reminiscent of the Samsung keyboard.

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My usual pinned tabs are Tweetdeck, Facebook, Google+, Gmail, Google Voice, Google Calendar, Drive, Feedly and Google Play Music.

Just keeping those pinned tabs up and operational was an issue on the Chromebook 11, even without the additional tabs I usually have open to the right of those. As I said if you drop the tab count down things get a whole lot better, but I just couldn't use the Chromebook 11 the way I do regular Chrome, not even close.

Great review. I appreciate that you specified what tabs you keep open. I don't use many of these, or don't see any great need to keep them open. However, the dip in performance when you get around 5 tabs is significant. The poor battery life and lack of USB 3.0, along with the tabs issue, would probably be a deal breaker for me. A larger internal drive would be nice, but not as critical as better battery life and performance. The Chromebook is a great idea with lots of possibilities, but the compromises made here don't make for a compelling product. I'm curious how the C270 compares to this device.

I won the HP Chromebook in Google's Chromebook promotion contest they had last month. For 279 you can't really complain. I can open up about 5 tabs along with google music before it begins to slow down like Google Drive, Androidcentral, mlssoccer, google music, and another tab. I most use to read sports news, forums, facebook, email, google drive, and youtube so I can chromecast it to the TV. I tried chromecasting the CBS website and the video was lagging on the tv but looked good on the chromebook. There wasn't any problem chromecasting the same website from my mac mini. The mousepad isn't the best especially when clicking it so I just tap it instead of clicking it. To open a new tab I just hold Ctrl and click the mousepad. It's a nice laptop to have in addition to stronger desktop, tablet, and phone.

For what it's worth, CBS lags everywhere. I'm not sure what technology they use, but I found that even on my biggest, baddest Lenovo Core i7 laptop, CBS would stutter all over itself.

I find that video from both Amazon and Netflix runs stutter free on my C11 so long as I'm within decent range of good wifi.

I own the C11 and I took a good look at the C720 too. My take was this. The dimmer screen and the weird feel of the keyboard and trackpad on the C720 would bother me more than the sluggishness of the C11. I also much prefer the C11's size and I *love* that I can leave on a trip with one damned micro-USB charger and an external battery that can even charge my laptop. Now, I understand that's likely not everyone's take, but it was mine.

Bottom line is that if HP came out with a Chromebook 11 Prime that doubled the battery life, kept the micro-USB charger, zipped up the processor and kept the beautiful screen and speakers, I'd easily trade this in. But the C720 isn't quite there as something that I'd immediately ditch the C11 for.

I'm really glad I stayed away from this one and purchased the chromebook 14 instead. Every single fault listed here about the 11 is a place where the 14 excels. The 14 is a better device in every category except for screen quality, but even then, it has a 3" bigger screen, so it wins in that category too. I've always been leery about an arm based laptop, and this articles makes my doubts seem justifiable. If you're going to purchase a chromebook then shell out the extra $100 for the haswell based 14" HP Chromebook 14. It's bigger, better built, and at least 4 times as fast.

I have to say I love our chromebook 11 which we have used to replace an iMac. Yes it slows down if you chuck loads at it but you learn to work with the device. It looks great and is very energy efficient. The screen is better than a macbook air imo. Also if you integrate totally into Google the experience is awesome and synced across devices. Finally, can't recommend g+ photos highly enough. I have my entire 60gb library oganised and indexed in one place that is far easier than iphoto to use and again access from any device. 229 can't go wrong. Sweet

As my aging laptop is starting to die, and I don't do much photo editing anymore, I was toying around with the idea of getting this. I played around with one at Best Buy, but I couldn't tell if the sluggishness was due to the chromebook or the stores weak WiFi. These chromebooks are at a price-point that I might be willing to take a risk on them. I might just play the wait and see game however.

This is why I got the Chromebook 14! Only one Wal-Mart in town had them for sale, and they only had the model with the cellular modem. I'm so glad I got it. I'm a tech/Google junkie, so I had to buy one. It took the battery a few days to "get right", but it finally lasts all freaking day.

Disappointing news I was hoping this device would perform better. Not that I was holding my breath.

I'm currently in the market for several cookbooks 8-10. Right now the Acer 710 had the lead. I'd like to get the 720 but they're not out yet

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I have got one of these and I think the review was a little off. I can run 8 tabs no problem. I think it slows down when the wifi connection is poor. But on a good connection it runs like a dream. It does not feel cheap and the store offers lots of free stuff to get by with. I got sick of waiting for a windows laptop to load just to get on the Web. This was ideal for me and I love it. It just took me a little while to get used to the keyboard layout. I would suggest you go and play with one and see for yourself before you decide. Don't accept Andrews review as the be all and end all. Also don't take my review the same. I love it and I'm glad I got it. Try before you buy. :-)

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I don't get Chrome books with a $230 Nexus 7 2013 (on sale for ~$200). Ok you get a 7" screen, but you also get the full Android experience and a snappy S4 pro processor on a 1920x1200 display. Keyboard? You can get a Bluetooth keyboard case for $20 off eBay. What am I missing?

A fullsize built-in keyboard that touch typists can use effectively and a bigger, brighter screen than the Android tablet comes with. That, and a system that is capable of viewing Amazon Prime videos, something that you can't do without standing on your head with the Nexus.

I have a Nexus 7 2013, an old Kindle Fire, and the Chromebook 11. I find myself using the C11 until the battery dies, then reaching for the Nexus 7 or my Samsung S3 while it charges up again. I haven't had the need for the Fire at all since I bought this.

As I mentioned at the end of the review, a Nexus 7 and a Chromebook 11 are just not at all comparable products.

Even with performance hiccups, the Chromebook 11 is immensely more useful for getting things done than the Nexus 7. We're talking about the difference of having a really good 11.6" display, a true laptop keyboard and a functional trackpad. Beyond just those hardware improvements, you also have a full web browser that works just like it does on the desktop.

A nexus 7 with a keyboard case works for some things, but it comes nowhere near the functionality of a Chromebook when it comes to laptop-style tasks. Different markets entirely.

+1000. Some people don't see these advantages over a tablet, even the available ports and easy file movements between flash drives is another positive. I was looking long and hard at a nexus 7 but knew I would end up getting a keyboard which would be less efficient anyway without a full web browser.

As much as I like Android as a Phone OS, tablets not so much and laptops with Chrome OS is a "hells no" to me.. I get far more done, better capabilities and definitely more value from my almost 3 yr old cheap $300 AMD/Radeon powered Acer Laptop from Staples.

Just found out that Microsoft office web app is free. Would greatly benefit chromebook users in case they don't want to miss out on office.

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I actually ordered one for my son. The first one was stolen/lost by FedEx and HP sent out another one. Maybe I should have waited on this review? My son is in Texas and I am in Illinois so I can't test it.

When I was in best buy a while ago to purchase a Chromebook I looked at a Samsung and the Acer C7. My test was HD YouTube at full screen. The Samsung stuttered and and the C7 didn't. That was my deciding factor. So I guess the ARM processors still aren't ready for prime time. I'm happy with my purchase.

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I really appreciate the pictures too! I couldn't find any good pictures of the black version ANYWHERE! In my opinion it is by far the most attractive color.

May have been said already, but the HP Chromebook 14 (which is not "sponsored" by Google like the 11) is a heck of a machine, I'd highly recommend reviewing that and comparing it to the new Acer Chromebook and the HP Chromebook 11

I have now had my Chromebook 11 for about a month and love it. I don't try to open 9 to 10 tabs, just 5. I wouldn't use Google Music with it, I prefer to use my Nexus 7 or 5 via Chromecast or headphones for that. As far as social networking and news goes, it opens feedly and Tweetdeck just fine in addition to my other 5 tabs, facebook is opened usually after I use Tweetdeck in the same tab. Hangouts also works great with calls and video via the extensions. I didn't expect a really fast experience when I purchased it, but after using it, it has met my expectations and then some. I found the build quality to be excellent, speakers sound great under the keyboard, I use this for using calls with Google Voice and news feeds etc. As far as the battery goes, just like my Nexus devices, they get plugged in more then I would desire them to, but I have found that to be the norm with my usage and I just don't worry about it. I just would not use my Chromebook longer then 3 hours in one setting. So it really boils down to how you use it I guess, everyone is different. The review is good, but if I would of read this before I had purchased my CB 11, I may have not gone this route at the time, but after using it, there are no regrets at all.

I have 2 samsungs at the price they are a bargin...and will continue to use them..

my only issue is that you CAN NOT WATCH a movie or TV shows offline (on a airplane example)

Which is why I feel like bluray or DVD drives are still somewhat necessary on laptops, and I'm a cloud-lover, but sometimes I don't want to worry about WiFi, bad connections, downloading movies onto flash drives, etc. just to watch films, especially during vacations. I get that Chromebooks are inexpensive, secondary devices, though, but even expensive laptops no longer have optical drives and that sucks.

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the built-in media player supports a number of video formats, couldn't you just load an sd card or flash drive(I've even heard external drives) with movies and watch them like that? Easier than carrying a bunch of dvds.

Yes, I do use flash drives, Apple's external/SuperDrive, and now Samsung's Blu-ray external drive to watch movies, but I can't honestly say that it's more convenient than having the optical drive built-in. Admittedly, it's rare, but there are still times when I would prefer having the option to just pop in a disc. For example, at the beginning of each semester and when traveling.

These issues aren't relevant with Chromebooks, but when a $1000+ was spent on a laptop, it's kind of annoying to have to purchase additional external equipment, or find an available desktop in the computer lab just to copy textbook software to a flash drive.

Anyway, I suppose it will no longer be a problem soon, and this is just an annoying period of transitioning away from optical drives.

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Yeah, I mean with laptops their kinda doing what chromebooks already are in terms of having less moving parts, and this trend is going to continue, I did have a laptop with a cd drive but rarely used it. I still purchased a usb disc drive anyway for burning since I didn't want the internal one to go out and have it be an expensive fix. There are less things to worry about that way but as long as connections get faster, then it should be going away hopefully sooner rather than later.

I don't think the performance issues can be blamed on ARM or this particular Exynos SoC.

Cortex A15 is no slouch, it's quicker than any Atom core (and you don't see performance complaints from Atom users these days).

Chrome is a memory hog. Chrome OS is (if I remember correctly) Ubuntu (Debian) based, so with the custom Chrome OS desktop I'd guess it's using about 300MB idle. Load up a bunch of content heavy tabs and you're quickly approaching 2GB. If memory use is high linux will start moving pages to swap. The swap partition is on the incredibly slow eMMC storage.

Maybe the drivers backing Mali T-604 aren't up to scratch, maybe the CPU cores are handling rendering more than Chrome OS x86 with Intel's exceptional open-source linux drivers and x86 Flash?

The relative immaturity of Chrome OS/Linux for ARM is more likely to be the cause of performance issues than the SoC itself.

Windows RT absolutely flies on ARM SoCs. Surface 2 with Tegra 4 is a beast, multitasks flawlessly and offers some serious performance. 380ms SunSpider score is pretty amazing. 380ms for 1.9GHz A15 Tegra running Windows vs. 650ms for 1.7GHz A15 Exynos running Chrome.

Personally, I just really want to see a better Chromebook with ARM. This is my dream Chromebook, would be killer:
- Internally developed at Google and Google branded
- Built to the same level of quality you'd expect from a high-end tablet, sold at the same price point (300 to 400 GBP)
- Exynos 5420
- 13" IPS screen
- 50wh battery for 12+ hours use, weeks of standby.

I'd happily pay 300-400 GBP for that, and I expect many others would too. People will invest in the Chrome ecosystem if they're presented with something better than the alternative )cheap Windows machines(. The device I specced above is realistic at that price point, it would revolutionise notebooks. Windows OEMs can't make that happen, they're tied to Microsoft/Intel roadmaps and rely on the 800+ GBP ultrabook market.

Time to take things seriously, Google

I definitely like the chromebook 11 more than my Samsung. The screen alone is worth it for me.

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I've had the Samsung Chromebook for a few weeks now. (I realize it's not the product being reviewed here, but they have their similarities). It's been simply fantastic. I considered one of the better-performing Haswell-based models, but the lack of a fan and vents is worth the performance hit.

Why not review the new HP 14 Chromebook with 4g T-mobile? Chromebooks in my testing indicate to me that Chrome really operates best with 4 GB. I would not buy with less. If you will have lots of open tabs.

I also found this had the best build outside of Pixel for a Chromebook.

Better than Samsung for sure. HP = Cheaply built but feels nice. Samsung = cheaply built and feels cheap.

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See the grouping of comments further up on this discussion. There's a big difference between what you can do on a tablet and what you can do with a Chromebook. For a lot of cases and people, the Chromebook will be drastically more useful.

I don't see any reason to buy a chromebook for now as tablets can do even more than that in a more smaller package. But still a great review. Hats off to you.


Browser on tablets are very good. For instance take chrome browser. Chrome for tablets is very well optimized and gives all the joy that you could find on a chrome book browser. Yes there are some extra features on the full version but still that's not the point which matters when you are selecting b/w chromebook or a tablet.
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It is not the same experience I could get with a full browser, for instance no flash support. Sure there are ways to make flash work but full websites can still be cluncky by themselves. I can have two full web windows open on a chromebook and be more productive than I ever could on a tablet. I could also manage files more efficiently, especially with all the ports available. Would I have all the android apps? No, but I still get a good browsing experience similar to a desktop so that doesn't matter as much, especially when you need an internet connection for the most used apps anyway. Also, have you used bluetooth keyboards? Not the same experience as these chromebooks with a trackpad at all.

Sounds like a good old netbook... I still have one of them. They were a great trend. It's a shame they didn't last.

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"Most laptop screens are 16:10 nowadays?"

Hmmm want to bet on that? I guess you haven't bought a new laptop for about 6 years or have just used Mac books.

Just a heads up most are in fact the same 1366x768 16:9 pixel ratio of that Chromebook. Which works fine on a 11" screen but has looked totally crap on anything larger. Unfortunately, this has been the mainstream for the past 5 years.

I've had this for about a week now and agree with the evaluation. It was an easy choice for me, since while I spend the day developing at work all day on the computer, when I get home I just want to casually browse the web or write an e-mail or two. All of which I'll just want to do quickly from the couch or at the kitchen island on a bar stool while eating breakfast.

This paired with my current situations quite well. But agreed, the touchpad leaves a desire for something better. To be honest though I don't use the touchpad even on a Mac. All touchpads are irritating to me. I'd rather throw a small bluetooth mouse in a bag that I am carrying around and use that in its place.

No flagship, agreed again. But if you have a situation similar to mine, I haven't been disappointed by the device by any means; and I don't mind agreeing that I did if it had disappointed me. It's one of the first computer that I'll power down each and every time cause I know it is simplistic and quick to shut down / turn on in a matter of a few short seconds.

Good point... I "shut down" my chromebook every night, and it's very nice to know that booting up only takes a few seconds. My (admittedly quite old) laptop takes longer to wake from sleep mode than the Samsung takes to do a complete boot.

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I am waiting on the Acer 720 Chromebook to be released. It's $30 cheaper than the Chromebook 11, yet has a faster processor (Haswell) and double the RAMN (4GB), and better battery life (8 hours).

Sure it does have an inferior screen (LCD vs. an IPS)and is not as trendy/cool looking as the HP but performance matters. I recently read a review on Google+ of the these two chromebooks going head to head and the reviewer actually timed the load times of various popular web pages and the Acer 720 actually loaded most sites in half the time of the Chromebook 11. Think about how much time you would consume sitting around waiting for pages to load using that ARM procerssor. You could get twice the browsing done on the C720.

The Verge also had a great comparison

Why can't Google just figure it out and give the people what they want? They come so close in many of these new Chromebooks, but always end up skimping on something. All I want is a HP Chromebook 11 with Acer C720 innards. Is that too much to ask?

Does anyone know anything about the upcoming Chromebook from Toshiba? I desperately want to move to Chrome OS but the lack of good hardware is making it difficult.

The problem is the HP Chromebook 11 wouldn't look like it does if it had the internals of the C720. If it had those better internals, it'd have fans, vents, a different power connector and ports. It'd probably be heavier, thicker and have a different bottom casing. We're working on getting a C720 review soon, so you can look for that and maybe get a better feel for it.

As for the Toshiba, I don't think anyone has heard much since Google announced that it was coming at some point.