Review round up: HP Chromebook 14

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Its “eye-popping” colours are the first thing Engadget mentions in its hands on review of the new HP Chromebook 14. Citing the aesthetical merits (particularly the colour) of a new gadget first and foremost makes one suspiciously dubious about the inner-capabilities of a product’s guts. However, as these “eye-popping” colours include Ocean Turquoise, Coral Peach and Snow White, perhaps we’re being a little cynical.

Despite being described by Engadget as having a “toy-like” exterior, given the storm of attention the Chromebook 14 has ignited, it seems unlikely that its appearance is the only aspect that is worth mentioning.

Being powered by an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture, the Chromebook 14 offers super-fast internet speeds giving users the ability to tackle multiple tasks while on the go – apparently. What’s more with optional 4G, enhanced connectivity is also achievable.

One common theme the hands on reviewers of the online techno press distinguish as an HP Chromebook 14 asset is the device’s larger than average keys. After all, claim Pocket-lint, “size makes for a decent typing experience.”

Talking about size, owning a 14-inch screen, the Chromebook 14 is large for Chromebook standards. Of course large typically denotes heaviness, although weighing 1.8kgs and being 21mm thick when in closed position, the Chromebook 14 doesn’t seem to be particularly fat and overweight though definitely not slender and lightweight. While Pocket-lint is quick to criticise the HP Chromebook 14 for having a large screen that fails to deliver a resolution beyond its smaller rivals, Broadway World commends it large display as “providing the immersive web experience and superb visual enjoyment that customer’s desire.”

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Chromebook 14 comes in a variety of colours

It has to be said that speed and fluidity are components modern portable computer consumers crave. Due to the high demand for fluidness and fastness, the HP Chromebook 14’s automatic software updates that help maintain fluidity is a component of the product that has been widely picked up on.

Having easy access to content while on the go is another popular requirement of modern computing. With 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years, plus users being able to visit the Chrome Web Store in order to customise their Chromebook 14 by installing apps, this device certainly appears to be content accessible-friendly.

As Pocket-lint summarises, the HP Chromebook 14 isn’t a revelation, although its glossy plastic finish in “eye-popping” colours has certainly sparked interest and discussion.

The pricing and timing of its launch is one aspect of the Chromebook 14 that has remains comparatively low-key on the reviews and is a characteristic that more than warrants remark – Starting at £249.00 and being expected to be available in at the HP UK store and at select retailers in the UK in November, this exceptionally colourful and “Toys R Us” resonant gadget is likely to be a popular gift this Christmas.

 

Chromebook Pixel Review Roundup: Google Goes Premium

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Slowly but surely, Google’s Chrome OS is gaining ground. Chromebooks – cheap, lightweight laptops featuring nothing but the Chrome Web browser – are beginning to sell in significant numbers, and within the last 12 months we’ve seen new models from HP, Lenovo, Acer and Samsung.

The Pixel is Google’s attempt to make its own flagship model (like the phone/tablet Nexus lines) – it is far more powerful, and far more expensive, than any Chromebook to date. The laptop boasts a stellar 2,560 x 1,700 display that supports touch; it’s powered by an i5 processor and includes 4GB of RAM; and you get 1TB of Google Drive storage for free for three years to augment the 32GB of local storage.

Despite these impressive statistics, the Pixel still runs Google Chrome OS and nothing more, just like the Chromebooks that cost a fraction of its price. Should you be spending over £1,000 on a Web-only laptop? We’ve rounded up some of the best first-look reviews appearing online.

The Telegraph: “It’s not the computer for right now. It’s the computer for what’s next.”

I really, really wanted to love it. But even London can’t quite offer the ubiquitous connectivity it needs, and Google’s apps don’t fill in the gaps where they need to at this price. You can do more in the cloud and via the Chrome Web Store than you think, but you can’t yet do everything.

Gizmodo: “It does what it was designed to do really, really well.”

The OS itself may be seen as restrictive — standalone programs are a no go — but for those of us that use our laptops primarily as online terminals rather than traditional desktops, these limitations are hardly noticeable.

The Verge: “You had best be as dedicated to cloud computing as Google is before you lay your money down.”

Google’s all-new Chromebook Pixel isn’t something we entirely expected, but it was something that Google absolutely needed to do: try to create a top-tier laptop that could conceivably become somebody’s main machine. We can’t say that Chrome OS is totally ready for that challenge yet, but the Pixel itself feels as premium as any laptop on the market today. It’s a solid, rectangular machine in a gunmetal gray metal shell, with an even thickness from the back to the front of the device.

Engadget: “The machine’s real star is its 12-inch, 3:2 display.”

Still, everything we did was comfortable, eye-catching and rather quick, thanks, no doubt, to the Pixel’s Intel Core-i5 processer. First impressions? Very solid, and possibly the finest Chromebook yet.

T3: “Gone is the budget laptop to be replaced by a power-lappy with a premium feel.”

One of the main changes to the Chromebook is that it’s now fully touchscreen. Whether you’re browsing the web or flicking through your pics you have full control through the screen. We imagine that it will take a while to get used to and we didn’t find ourselves naturally using it during our quick test but a long term test could prove otherwise.