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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium Chromebook

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    DaveW
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    My experience with Chromebooks over the last few years has been limited, but informative. I never really cared for how cheap the devices felt, or how limited the Chrome OS felt. The Chromebooks were often underpowered, necessitated by their low price points, and felt like an unnecessary compromise to a cheap Windows based laptop. You could reasonably get a better experience on a mid-range Android phone in some cases, albeit on a small screen. In comes the HP x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook. It is a premium 14” Chromebook that slots into a higher price point than Chromebooks of old, but more accessible than the new ultra-premium Chromebooks like the Pixelbook. Specs CPU – Intel (8th Gen) i3-8130U Dual Core 2.20 GHz processor w/ integrated Intel 620 graphics Memory – 8GB DDR4-2666 Screen – 14” 1920 x 1080p HD IPS Storage – 64GB Flash memory – microSD card port available for additional 512GB expansion Ports – 2X USB C / 1X USB 3.0 / microSD Slot / TRRS 3.5mm Jack (headphone and mic support) Audio – Bang & Olufsen PLAY dual speakers Webcam – 720P with dual microphone Dimensions – 12.81 x 8.93 x 0.63”; 3.7lb Design The design of the x360 Convertible is exceedingly nice. I was impressed when I first pulled it out of the box, and it had some weight to it. It didn’t feel cheap at all. The white outer shell looks fantastic, and its sleek profile reminds me more of a Surface Book or Mac Book than a Chromebook. Bravo HP. The Ceramic White outer shell doesn’t appear especially prone to getting dirty or smudging, which I was worried about. Once you open it up you are greeted by an interior finished in what HP calls Cloud Blue. Its not really blue, but more of gray blue. Nonetheless it looks very sleek and has a great feel to it. Again, no sign of it feeling like a low-cost Chromebook. The interior is made of soft touch plastic that has a very light texture to it – almost like a sandblasted metal. This surface completely resists smudges and fingerprints, which is great since this is where your hand will be going all the time. The conversion from laptop to tablet is seamless. The hinge provides the right amount of resistance to allow the main body and screen to be used at any number of angles and configurations. The keyboard and trackpad are disabled early enough in the transition to keep errant clicks and button pushes from happening. In tablet mode, the thickness of the machine increases to 0.74” at it thickest points (furthest from the hinges). Like most 2-in-1’s figuring out how you want to hold it in tablet mode take a few minutes to get use to. You are either clicking the trackpad, covering the speakers a bit, or pressing keys. This is inherent to every convertible I have used, so it just takes a few minutes to get comfortable with how you want to hold it. The ports are pretty well laid out on the body. I like that the 2 USB C ports are on either side so you can use whichever side is most convenient to you when charging. My only nag with the overall design is in the microSD slot. I added an expansion card, and it bugs me that the card sticks out from the edge like it does. It breaks up the nice clean edge of the body and makes it easy to accidently eject. I would have liked to see it concealed with a cover. Regardless that is a small ding. Performance The dual core i3 is a pretty light weight, efficient processor. It will get bogged down if you throw too much at it, but it was plenty snappy with just a handful of active apps. For Chrome OS you don’t need a ton of computational horsepower to have a fast machine, so the dual core seems to be plenty. The 8GB of RAM is what is more important, and that’s what keeps the x360 feeling quick. Most Chromebooks around this price point only carry 4 GB of memory, so the x360 has a leg up here. Display The 14” 1920 X 1080p FHD IPS touchscreen display looks great. It has a high gloss finish like you would expect in today’s touchscreens. The only Chromebooks with higher resolution have a smaller screen (12.3”) and cost considerably more (MSRP of $1K+). So for this Chromebook the 14” 1080p touchscreen is all you can reasonably ask for. The screen clarity, and sharpness were pleasing to the eye, and the colors had a good amount of pop to them. I watched a lot of Netflix on this, and I was very pleased with the image reproduction. The multipoint touchscreen is very responsive, and easy to use. I found it to be accurate when registering my inputs. It also didn’t get overwhelmed by my kids playing fruit ninja, and swiping at it like crazed 4 & 5 year-olds are want to do. Overall, the screen is great, although it does pick up every finger print due to the gloss finish. Keyboard and Trackpad The keyboard is a ten-keyless design (no number pad) with body color match keys. The keys have a white backlight that comes in handy for typing in the dark. The keys have a relatively short throw with a full travel length of 0.04” and low to mid force requirement. The key actuation is soft and muted with the actuation point right at the top of the key travel. I found the key throw length to be a little too shallow for my tastes, and it slightly impacting my typing. I typically type on a mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown switches, so swapping over to a laptop keyboard is always an adjustment. In this case I never got fully comfortable with the keyboard, though others that I let try it had no issues adjusting. The trackpad is a delight to use. It is also body color matched with a satin surface texture. I usually dislike most trackpads, but this was truly nice to use. The multipoint touch was accurate, and the trackpad was responsive. I had no issues navigating around, and if something did get tricky I was able to fall back to the display touchscreen. Battery Life The advertised battery life is 14hrs. In my use I found that an hour of Netflix drained about 10% with the screen on full brightness. So 10hrs of streaming video at max brightness is pretty good in my opinion. Slide that brightness down, and I could easily get a couple more hours. Standby power usage was excellent. A full day of of no use in standby only dropped the battery a percent or 2. I didn't time it exactly but from 2% battery to full charge was done in under 2 hours. Thats's plenty quick enough for me. Sound The sound from the B&O PLAY dual speakers is quite good for a laptop. There is no bass or real low end, which I expected. The mids and highs were bright and clear, and the speakers had enough sound to fill a room. In tablet mode I expected the speakers to get muffled when placed on my lap but were oddly unaffected. Overall HP and B&O did a good job on the speakers. Webcam I have used HP webcams in the past, and they had generally been kind of bad. A $20 Logitech webcam was better than the old ones. I used the webcam during several Skype calls, and found that the camera in the x360 to be pretty good. The people I was calling told me my picture was perfectly clear. The only time I ran into problems was with low light. The camera sensor isn’t large enough to get a good picture in low light. You really need a well-lit room. The dual mics also, weren’t the best. The other people on the call said it sounded tinny, but clear. They remarked that my normal camera had a far grainier picture but had much better sound. My old camera is a Logitech TV Cam (720p with dual mics) from 8 years ago. Overall, I am impressed with the x360 convertible. It is a huge leap in quality over Chromebooks of the past. HP really knocked the design out and made a premium feeling laptop. The machine feels quick and responsive and pleasing to use. I never felt frustrated with its performance or its feature set. This is the first Chromebook I have picked up that feels like a reasonable alternative to a Windows based machine. If have used to the Android Ecosystem you will already be familiar with how the Chrome OS works. Sure it lacks some of the programs, robustness, and support that Windows offers. For web browsing, word processing, app based games, etc Chrome OS is perfectly capable of meeting your needs. In short, if you are in the market for a quick premium feeling laptop you might want to check this one out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    Johnnyboy84
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    I have had the pleasure of using this HP Chromebook over the weekend and so far it has been a great experience. I am thoroughly pleased with this particular model that HP has released. Now lets breakdown why you should consider getting this particular model if you are looking to buy a Chromebook. I have been using CB for around two years and it has gotten better overtime and now that it offers Android support CB sales have taken off and now it seems everyone is making a CB. I have used a few different CB from different manufacturers my top two being HP & Samsung. But I find myself leaning a lot more in favor of HP they really have been making some nice CB like the previous CB that is detachable. I prefer this 2 in 1 design because it is practical for my use. Now this model has a Full HD screen in a 16:9 ratio which is great in comparison to some of the 3:2 ratio screens it is just better in my opinion. The 14 inch screen is plenty bright and is the ideal size for any use whether for media or word processing purposes. The panel is touchscreen so that is a definite plus. The keyboard is a full sized keyboard and it is back lit. I love the feel of the keys they have a nice feel to them and have great travel and don't feel spongy nor do they stick. It makes for a great typing experience and I did not miss any keys which is good for those who value accuracy. The track pad is responsive and accurate clicks and touch register as it should so there are no complaints there. The CB is very aesthetically pleasing with the two tone design. It is made of what seems to be a plastic and aluminum. And if I am not mistaken it may have some sort of coating that helps it resist fingerprints to a certain extent, I really do like that it is not a finger print magnet because I am very particular on that it truly bugs me when a fine crafted product is a finger print magnet and I am constantly having to wipe it clean. The speakers are not under the device and I also appreciate that. It is located above the keyboard and are B&O I like the quality of the speakers they provide value to the device in my opinion it serves to remind the consumer that this is not a budget CB but a premium model. The speakers re plenty loud and have decent bass it isn't studio quality but great for the device and its intended use. So that is another plus in my book. Now lets talk components and IO. This CB has an Intel Core i3 under the hood that is very fast dual core that has a base speed of 2.2 GHz and can run at a max of 4GHz now for a CB that is impressive. I have not been able to slow it down yet I have opened 25 chrome tabs and it does not even finch like my previous CB with a paltry 4GB of RAM. There are plenty of ports a full sized USB port and two USB C type and that is plenty for most users. a Micro SD slot is great for memory expansion. I am not sure what the limit is but I will eventually get a large capacity card. My only gripe with this is that it is 64GB and that space will fill up fast now that Google Play apps are now for the most part compatible. Play apps compatibility that is up to each app developer but with each passing day more apps are compatible with CB. Battery life now it is a day and night difference from my previous CB and I am really impressed. I have only charged this device once and that was on Friday. It has been on standby since and I have used it for a total of roughly eight hours and I still have 37% battery life left and according to the OS it has approximately 4 & 1/2 hours of battery left. I could not get anywhere near that kind of battery life with my old Samsung CB. :::Pros::: - Back lit keyboard - Large 16:9 display (FHD but can view 1440p content) - Superb battery life - Upgrade able storage (with the use of a micro sd card) - Nice two tone design that feels premium - Small design & lightweight for its size (less than 4lbs) - Special coating that resists fingerprints - B&O speakers (good amount of bass for this device) :::Cons::: - 64GB of storage I am really happy with this Chromebook it is nearly perfect. It looks great feels great in the hands, performs well and does everything I need and want it to do. Chromebooks are giving PC & Macs a run for their money. I really do find myself using Chrome OS more often due to how simple it is. TL;DR HP has made a great Chromebook that is good for almost anything you want it to do you can get work done in Microsoft Office, watch Youtube, Netflix, read and write emails and still have plenty of battery life left at the end of the day. This CB is fast and can keep up with the user and is well worth the asking price. My only complaint is that it only has 64GB of built in storage. You can purchase a large Micro SD card to remedy that but I would have at least preferred 128 GB of on board storage. Pick this up you will fall in love with it like I did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A PERFECT Student Laptop! Heck For Anyone Really.

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    Wraith
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    I have been using Chromebooks since the originals came out in 2011. I used them personally and my students used them as their school computers (I'm a High School teacher). I have always been on the fence about them. They are great for research and collaboration, but early on the lack of anything really beyond the suite of Google programs kind of boxed them in. They also tended to be wildly underpowered to do much of any multi-tasking (heck, some were even brought to their knees by multi-tabbing in Chrome). I've been really excited to see the push towards more powerful Chromebooks with better processors, screens, build-quality, and software. Google's Pixelbook was and is a phenomenal machine but was priced a bit too high. Other companies like HP have done an outstanding job of dialing back the price but still maintaining a phenomenal quality level. While this x360 only has a Core i3, that is like an i7 for a Windows box. That and the 8gb of DDR4 RAM, make this thing a beast when it comes to general everyday work and some fun video watching as well. The keyboard is great, with a really nice feel while typing. I have a little two-line blurb that I always use to test out whether or not I like a keyboard and depending on how many typos I make, I can usually get a good feel if I will like it in the long run. Only had one typo on this keyboard which is outstanding because I type incredibly fast and one or two typos happens on the best keyboards! The trackpad is spacious and responsive, though I still hate trackpads and I have a bluetooth mouse that I use with this and it works great. As for software, now that Chrome has MS Office apps and other non-Google offerings, this is an incredibly versatile computer. While the Google suite is great for collaboration, Microsoft has also made great strides in boosting the ability to collaborate through Office and I much prefer my students to do presentations and such in PowerPoint than in Slides. I think MS Office is much more versatile (though the Google apps are getting better), and I think MS Office skills are an important skill for students to learn. Students nowadays may be incredibly skilled in social media but you would be surprised at how lacking they are in actually using many mainstream programs. I absolutely blow their minds when I show them how Word can do a bibliography for them. The number of ports is great with a USB-C port on either side that can also be used as the power port. This is actually one of my favorite things about the move to USB-C is that more and more manufacturers make it easy to have the power cord go to either side. I wouldn't buy a computer in the past that had the power plug on the right since it typically interfered with my mouse usage. I know lefties that don't like it on the right since they often have notebooks or other things on that side of the computer. I'm a lefty too but I don't write anymore (my handwriting is atrocious and I have since learned just to type things up really, really fast). The HP x360 also has a USB-A plug which makes it easy to use thumb-drives and other peripherals. Also included in a micro-SD slot which makes storage a non issue for this computer. While it has 64gb of eMMC storage, I have all my files either in the cloud or on my SD card (typically both). 128gb micro-SD cards are incredibly cheap nowadays and so storage is virtually unlimited for this thing. I have only two complaints for this as a student laptop: 1 - It is a lot heavier than the basic Chromebooks. Not ridiculously so, but when you are already lugging a ton of books, every little bit counts. That being said, it is because this thing is built so well that it is as hefty as it is. I would much rather it be built well and weigh more than it be made of plastic and break easily. If this computer is mostly going to stay stationary on a desk, this becomes a non-issue as well. 2 - The lid of this thing is white and beautiful with a really nice texture to it. It is also going to get dirty beyond belief. I haven't gotten it dirty yet, so I don't know how easy it will be to clean and I don't feel like testing it out just to see. I would have been happy with the Cloud Blue all over, though the white lid and cloud blue deck is really nice. If you have a student that needs a great computer that is going to be able to handle pretty much anything you throw at it (short of games of course), this is an outstanding choice. If you are just a casual computer user and just want a nice laptop with a really good keyboard that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, the HP x360 is a great choice. Kuddos to HP for making a Chromebook that I can unequivocally endorse for my students.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HP Has Won Me Over With This Computer!

    Posted
    TimothyTrimble
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    Having been a big user of MacBook laptops and iPads in the past, I had always considered the Chromebook to be a watered down, low-end laptop, targeted toward students and very low budget minimalists. With the acquisition of the HP 2-in-1 Chromebook, all of my previous misconceptions have been totally shattered. This Chromebook is a serious device for getting work done while also providing quality entertainment. As a writer, for the past two years, my go-to device has been a 5th generation iPad Pro (12.9") with an added Logitech keyboard case. It gave me the portability I needed for being able to write and work remotely from just about anywhere. Unfortunately, this comes at a high price of almost $1300 new (Device, screen protector, keyboard case, and Apple Pencil.) The price of the CB is less than half of what I spent and it accomplishes just as much! Likes - Setup and Configuration: This was crazy easy. All I had to do was add my wi-fi password, log into Google, and it was ready for use. - Software Apps: I installed a lot of applications for supporting work, writing, community work, and entertainment. Over 30 applications and I still had plenty of room on the 64 GB eMMC Flash Memory. - Video Playback: Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube ran smoothly with no lag. - Linux Installation: Yes, the Chrome OS for this device included the ability to install Linux from the Setup menus. The install was quick and it provides co-existence with the Chrome OS. - Seriously Sturdy: The chassis is a solid brushed metal base. the hinges for the screen are metal, and the back of the screen is a solid metal/ceramic (I'm not sure which). Nothing feels cheap on this device. - Screen Resolution: The 14" 1920 x 1080 HD screen is absolutely beautiful. - Touch screen/Tablet Mode: The glass covered screen is smooth to the touch and responds nicely. Flipping of the screen completely to the back switches to tablet mode and the auto-sense for screen rotation worked wonderfully. - Multitasking: Another big win is the strength of the 8th Generation Intel Core i3 processor and the 8 GB of memory for handling whatever I could throw at it. I wrote this review in OneNote while watching a Dave Matthews concert on YouTube, with Facebook and Instagram running. - Battery Life: I love that I can start writing during my commute to work, have this running on my desk as a secondary computer all day, back to writing on the way home, and still have enough power to plow through an evening of emails and gaming. - Gaming: I’m not a hard core gamer, but I do like to wile away some time with Minecraft. Game play is smooth, the graphics are beautiful, and there was no lag at all. - Google Play: The Google Play store has matured since the last time I walked its isles. A full range of business, productivity, artistic, games, and entertainment applications are available. Many are free and even the serious ones are low cost. Dislikes - My Applications: I’m really having to dig deep to find anything that I dislike about this device. At no fault of HP or Google, my favorite writing application, Scrivener, was not available for Chrome OS. That being said, there is a linux version in beta that I might be able to coerce. - Linux: While I’m pretty geeky, I don’t have a lot of experience with linux. Selecting and installing linux from Settings was easy. However, after getting the linux terminal I wanted to select a shell UI. Thus far, I’ve been unable to find any additional documentation from HP or in general, on how to do that. Summary Overall, I am VERY impressed with this HP Chromebook x360, almost to the point of using it to replace my iPad Pro 12”. I highly recommend this device to any student, writer, creative, and even business professionals who are looking to be more proficient at a very reasonable cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Chromebook with some room to grow

    Posted
    Crasher
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    HP offers a Chromebook that puts out a sleek design with a reversible screen allowing it to turn in to a full screen tablet. As far as Chromebooks go this is definitely one of the better, smoother, and more efficient Chromebooks i have seen. Don't know what a Chromebook what is? Or maybe wondering if the price is worth the buy? Hopefully this review will help with your decision making. Out the box you are going to recieve the main unit and power adapater. Charging is done through a USB-C port and you will also find another USB 3.1 port and micro sd slot. This Chromebook is very thin, almost paper thin and weighs almost next to nothing. The unit itself is so thin that my fingers struggled every time to open the unit. Before i go further i want to talk briefly about what exactly a Chromebook is and how it differs from a conventional laptop for those that are new to Chromebooks. The best way to describe what a Chromebook is to basically think of them as a really large Android tablet with a keyboard. There is no windows operating system but works off the latest Android software however you will be using Google Chrome as your web browser. On the key board you will find no F keys but instead you will have keys that control volume, dim features, window/ tab displays and a screen lock key. Don't expect to find Microsoft office in here because you won't seeing as how these are two different companies. You have the Google Play store so you can download just about whatever you need. Bottom line, just think of this as a tablet more or less. Now while it functions like a tablet there is much to be had with this device. The keyboard keys are lit up pretty nice so you are able to make them out at night. And the battery life is phenomenal. I want to say i got about 18 hours of actual run time and about 3 solid days of light use. When i say light use i mean closing the screen (which puts the unit in to sleep mode) rather than actually turning the unit off. The screen display is also very beautiful and has very rich colors. The audio isn't two bad with two speakers directly beneath the screen. Now this unit is a convertible meaning you can flip the screen completely back turning it in to a tablet. This is a nice feature and while in this mode the keyboard is disabled and the screen will function like a tablet bringing touchscreen to life. One thing i was hoping to be able to do was draw on the screen to add notes or highlights. As far as i could tell that function was not there. I tried looking all over my settings page and even HP's website but could not find an option to allow this. Since i could not find a way to write on my tablet it became really disappointing because i was hoping i could put together presentations with notes drawn directly on my screen from certain sites i wished to talk about. Now there is wireless connectivity to wifi and built in bluetooth capability. You also have a 3.5 mm jack to hook headphones. One of the nice features of the unit was googles pre-installed templates that were very similar to Microsoft word. You are given a list of templates to help aid in building a resume, business proposal, liability documents, contractor contracts and much more. Whats nice about this is that unlike Microsoft these are free templates that require no subscription fee. With the fact that you can print wireless having these templates installed means this unit now becomes more versatile being able to be used for work, school, or fun activities. The 8 GB of storage means that you shouldn't have any problem browsing and multi tasking. As a matter of fact i was streaming Spotify while putting together a business proposal and searching the web. While having multiple windows open, web browsing was very smooth and never felt sluggish. Your only given 64 GB of flash memory but remember this is more like a tablet so don't worry about running out because that's what the micro sd slot is for. Upgrade your memory any time with as much as you like whenever you like. If your thinking you can't use this for work or school due to its operating system think again. With pre-built templates and the Google play store at your disposal there is nothing that you should not be able to accomplish. Although i did not try to see if i could put together a power point presentation i'm pretty sure there is an app in the play store that would assist in that area. The nice thing about having a Chromebook is it acts similar to apple products but for android lovers. What do i mean by that? I mean that if you are an android user then you most likely have an android phone. And if you have an android phone than that means you have an android Google account. The two can be linked up together to share information. For example when you first power up this Chromebook it is going to ask if you have an existing account. If you do simply log in and you will be given the option to transfer over your browsing history, photos, videos and any other data you may like. This means that if your on your phone and you visit a certain website then get on your Chromebook and want to go back to that site, well the site will be on your Chromebook as well. Same goes for pictures. Whatever pictures you take on your phone will be transferred over to your Chromebook. Now keep in mind due to personal security it will not do this automatically but will have to be set up to be done. Here's my final verdict. While this is pretty much a over-sized tablet that does not mean this item is useless. The fact that you are given pre-built templates and you have the Google Playstore with you means that you should be able to accomplish any task. The point that there is no stylus or ability to draw on the screen ( at least not one that i could find) is kind of disappointing and the reason i did not give it 5 stars. The ability to link your accounts together and the power given to make everything run very smooth gives this Chromebook a PC laptop feel. If you are not an android user then i would advise against getting this product however if you are an android user then i would say this is a pretty solid buy that will keep up with your every day task. From putting together term papers to business proposals whatever your task is this Chromebook can handle it. Then on your down time you have the Google Playstore to download some games to help you relax. For me i think this is a good buy that should please just about any android user out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Chromebook for Everybody!

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    Titan5178
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    In their infancy, Chromebooks were synonymous with the term “netbooks”. Small, inexpensive laptops that could not do much more than browse the web or check email. Since then, Google’s Chrome has risen in popularity to become the world’s most popular browser. Chrome now has its own ecosytem with both free and paid extensions. The web in general has matured so that most tasks can now be completed in a browser without the need to install an application on your desktop. And just within the past few years, the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS has greatly increased its overall usability. Today, a Chromebook will likely meet most people’s needs as a general purpose computing device. But unless you are looking for a basic Chromebook, you might quickly realize that there are not that many options. There are still plenty of inexpensive models but most are lackluster with low resolution screens, only 4GB of RAM, less than 64GB of storage, and a weak processor. Then there’s Google’s own flagship Pixelbook, a fast, lightweight machine with 8GB of RAM and a speedy processor, but it’s priced out of most people’s budget for a Chromebook. So HP has put together the Chromebook x360 14”, a premium mid-range Chrome OS device but boasting some impressive specs: 14” 1920x1080 IPS LED w/ multitouch Intel Core i3-8130U Integrated Intel Graphics 8GB of RAM 64GB Flash Storage B&O Play Speakers Full-size backlit keyboard Multitouch Trackpad The device itself is well made, and of premium quality, unlike most of the bare-bones Chromebooks you’ll find. The screen is bright, vibrant, and touch enabled. The speakers, like many of HP’s laptops are B&O PLAY and sound just like I have come to expect from HP/B&O. The combination of the 16:9 screen and speakers make this a great device for binging Netflix, and the 360 degree rotation means you can effectively turn it into a 14” tablet at any time. Although a heavy tablet, as at 3.7 pounds it clocks in as one of the heavier Chromebooks. One of my favorite features of this laptop is that it charges via USB-C. It has two USB-C ports on either side of the laptop and can charge from either. Despite supporting USB-C charging, some previous HP laptops I’ve owned were unable to be charged by anything other than the USB-C adapter it came with so I’m glad this model does not have that limitation. I like the convenience of not having to carry a proprietary charger. Battery life seems to be excellent, but the battery life remaining indicator can be wildy inaccurate, so pay it little attention. I’ve seen it say 2 hours remaining at one point only to then say 7 hours remaining a few minutes later. I haven’t actually clocked it or did extensive testing but I’d say I’m definely seeing longer than 10 hours, and maybe close to the near 14 hours that HP claims. The power you get in this device is more than plenty. With a Core i3 and 8GB of RAM this thing is actually on par with Google’s Pixelbook but at nearly half the price. In all the time I have been using it has not slowed down or crashed in any way. Android apps are one of the most exciting things about newer Chromebooks. Not all of them are available to install, but I’ve had great success in playing some games, and using apps such as Microsoft Word. At this point, Android on Chrome OS is still early so not everything works. Classics like Sonic the Hedgehog and NBA Jam played perfectly. One of the most demanding games Asphalt 9 Legends played beautifully, but I did not have any luck with PUBG Mobile for example. One of the only downsides is that it only has 64GB of storage so if you do plan on using it for downloaded movies or a lot of Android apps you might need to add a microSD card. Pros: Packs more than enough power for a Chrome or Android device Long battery life USB-C 3.1 Charging (on either side of laptop) 1 USB-A port microSD storage options Headphone jack Cons: A little Heavy Only 64Gb of Storage Overall, if you are looking for a premium Chromebook experience without breaking the bank this laptop is one of the better if not the best one to get. It would be hard not to recommend the simplicity and security of Chrome OS alongside a well designed machine such as this one. And did I mention that it’s fast!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A premium Chromebook at a very reasonable price

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    ChromebookGuy
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    I read a lot of product reviews, and I was amazed to find the large number of very detailed, excellent reviews for this Chromebook. Well done, folks! Given that, it's pointless for me to repeat what's already in the other reviews. I'll just add some miscellaneous points: I'm a long-time Chrome OS user, back to its introduction. I currently own two Chromebooks, including this new purchase, two Chromeboxes, and a Chomebit (stick). My previous CB was a large, 15.6" display Acer CB 15, with a rarely-seen at this price point, Core i5 processor. I've been looking for a replacement with the same or better specs that didn't cost $1000+. For years, the CB market was dominated by lower-powered, inexpensive machines, which originally targeted the education market. Each new generation brought more products with inadequately powered Atom/Celeron/Pentium SOCs, which kept the price and performance modest. Initially, consumers didn't seem to understand the benefits of the platform, and focused only on comparing them to Windows PCs, complaining that they were underpowered. It's important to understand that Intel charges far less for the Celeron/Pentium SOCs that it does for the Core family, making products based on the higher-performance SOCs significantly more expensive to build. Thankfully, growing market familiarization of Chrome OS, and widespread deployment to schools, has greatly increased consumer awareness and diminished scorn from the techie crowd. All this has lead to manufacturers finally being able to produce and successfully sell machines built with more premium (expensive) components, including higher-performance Intel Core SOCs, and premium displays, keyboards and case materials. The HP Chromebook 14 is a fantastic entry into the premium market space, with design and construction normally found in more expensive Windows or Macbook machines, or the high-end Google Pixelbook products. Just a few comments on other reviews: --The entire shell, including the keyboard/trackpad assembly, is metal, not plastic. This contributes to weight, but improves durability and attractiveness, enabling HP to apply an advanced ceramic coating that wouldn't be possible over plastic. You can see this in the shiny beveled line around the trackpad. It also improves thermal management, dissipating heat better than plastic, with no need for a fan. --The keyboard is a much higher quality construction than the awful membrane keyboards used in, for example, the Acer products. I tend to wear the lettering off of the Acer keyboards in just a few months, whereas this keyboard's keys have etched lettering which won't rub off. The key action and backlighting are also first-class. --There is no need to buy an expensive, active/powered stylus or pen. Any inexpensive, generic stylus sold for smartphone and tablet use will work. --I was pleased to see that few people complained about the 64GB of storage. Finally, more people understand the Chrome OS paradigm - store everything in the cloud, where it is automatically backed up. If you lose your CB, you can sign into a new one and be right back where you were, in less than 10 minutes. Compare that to a half-day or longer of agony, setting up a new Windows machine, trying to restore files, install software, patch everything, wait for endless Windows updates to install, etc. If you need more local storage, simply pop in a micro SD card. --Speaking of storage size, it should be mentioned that this machine is sealed up "tight as a drum" -- it is not intended to be opened up for adding more RAM or flash storage. ---My only gripe is one that applies to most "thin and light" laptops: it would be nice if there were more USB ports. I always lose two of them to a Logitech Unifying receiver and a FIDO U2F security key. Now, a third is used up with the power cord. leaving none available. If you have more gizmos to attach, a USB-C hub is a must. I would not hesitate to recommend this Chromebook to anyone who can afford the price for a very satisfying and higher-performance device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Chromebook With A Future!

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    rtbestbuy
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    I've been using the HP Chromebook x360 Convertible 14 for about 2 weeks. As a longtime Windows and Linux user, I was always somewhat skeptical of Chromebooks. They were small, cheap tablets with keyboards, useful for limited web browsing, playing some simple games, and that was about it. Boy, has that changed! Right out of the box, I was impressed with the solid construction. Very thin chassis, solid hinges, metal top and bottom, very durable. HP obviously carried over a lot of their midrange laptop experience into this Chromebook. There are two usb-c ports, either can be used for charging, and a usb-a port which is really nice for legacy device connections without an adapter. Buttons for up-down volume control, a headset jack, and slot for a micro sd card round out the external connections. Powered it up, it came up very quickly (more on this later) with a absolutely gorgeous screen. The keyboard uses full size, backlit keys, really nice. Logged into my Google account and I was off and running. One really nice thing, there were absolutely no crapware or trial packages preloaded on the Chromebook. No waiting for updates or unistalling all the junk you don't want. Once up and running, I started loading apps from the Google play store and the Chrome store. Lots of office, utility, and entertainment apps later, I still have plenty of disk left and I'm doing 95% of what I do on a Windows machine. ChromeOS is very fast to power up and down and especially fast on this device. Open the lid and (literally) 10 seconds later you're logging in. Close the lid, it goes to sleep. Open it again and you're right where you left off. Flip the screen all the way around and you have a 14 inch Android(ish) tablet. In 'laptop' mode you can have multiple windows open scattered all over the screen. I scaled the display back from the default so that it looks like a 1920x1080 display. With a 14 inch screen the fonts are small, but quite usable, even with my old eyes. The combination of an eighth gen Intel I3 and 8 gig of ram made this thing feel like a Windows machine running on an I7. I had about 20 Chrome tabs open, Caret (great Notepad++ clone!), Outlook, and Word all open and not a hiccup. And even a Linux virtual machine running! The builtin camera and microphones worked well for video chatting. Netflix looked great, we tented the Chromebook and used the builtin speakers. Just for grins, I bluetoothed a wireless speaker and used that for the audio playback. I only used it a little in tablet mode as I almost always found it easier to type on the keyboard and the touchscreen worked equally well in either mode. In tablet mode, it follows the Android paradigm where everything is full screen, which is fine on a phone, but is kinda wasted on a 14 inch tablet. The negatives are pretty minor. I would have liked to see a larger local disk, maybe 128Gig. Google gives new Chromebook purchasers 100Gig of storage free for 2 years, and adding a 128 or 256 gig microsd card to store music and videos is always a possibility. The only other negative was the lack of a pen. I really hope they add that as an option, it would have made the tablet mode much more agreeable. Summary: After two weeks, I'm sold. At about 3.5 lbs, it's very carryable, the 14 inch screen is really the perfect size, and the keyboard is great. I never ran into a situation where I couldn't use the Chromebook to do what I wanted to do. Battery life is stellar, I would go two days (about 12 hrs of use) before charging and never shut down, just put it to sleep in between use. Most notably, I never had a crash or hang in the entire two weeks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet Chromebook, very portable.

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    jago
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    The HP x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook looks great in my opinion. I like the white top contrasted by the cloud blue bottom part. The nice big 14” touchscreen is bright and has a pretty good viewing angle as well. The screen is responsive while in tablet mode as well as in laptop or tent mode. The Intel Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM has been able to handle everything that I have thrown at it so far. It does have the Intel UHD Graphics 620 built onto the processor that shares the 8GB of RAM and it handles video playback pretty good and the few games I tried also played well. I don’t think it can really handle graphic intensive games though. The speakers are positioned right above the keyboard and they are provided by Bang & Olufsen Audio, very impressed with the sound, and they don’t sound too bad in tent mode when they are pointing away from you either. The built-in HD webcam and dual microphones worked well as I video chatted with my family and friends. They were impressed with the quality and sound. The backlit keyboard is one of my favorite aspects of this device. Typing feels natural and smooth as you press the keys with your fingers. I had no issues with typing at all and in dimly lit situations, being backlit really helps. The portability of this device is just about perfect as well. It measures 0.6” thin and weighs 3.7 lbs. Very portable and the screen is big enough to actually do some work on. Battery life has been really good as well. I haven’t been able to get the advertised 14 hours out of it, but I have been getting around 9-10 on average which would get most people through the day. I am very impressed that a USB type A port was included along with two type C ports. End of the day, this would be a great laptop for work, but I do find it to be limiting due to the Chrome OS. For example, if you need full versions of Microsoft Excel, you can’t get a real version that supports Macros (as far as I know) with Chrome OS. There are probably other shortcomings with Microsoft office products that exist, but I only tried to use Excel. I am sure the more I use Chrome OS I can learn to work around these issues. I did have this lock up on me while watching videos using chrome and I had to power it down by holding the power button.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Premium Chromebook

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    MadSquabbles
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    This chromebook has just about everything you can ask in a higher end chromebook with just two negatives for me. On the the pros. The HP x360 chromebook has all the speed you'll need from a chromebook with enough memory to handle most of what you can throw at it and with Linux support there's quite a bit you can toss its way. Battery life is phenomenal. I've surfed the web for hours, played one game (30min of evoland), watched an old school Shaw Brother's Kung Fu movies and it still had 56% left. This is over two days of use. Based on my usage I could go a week without having to charge. Sleep used about .5% per hour, while not great, better than the other chromebooks I have. Google devices seem to be terrible with standby drain. I've had over 30 chrome tabs open without any stuttering or lag (this can vary depending on the sites). 8GB of RAM is a blessing for us tab heavy web surfers. I haven't yet found anything to tax the processor, but the again this is a media consumption too rather than a work laptop for me. The process is actively cooled so be careful about blocking the air ports on the bottom and back. The fan has only been audible during boot up in a totally quite room so it's not distracting. That said, the x360 does get a bit warm on the bottom. The speakers get pretty loud but, like most laptops, lack the deep end lows. The soundstage it projects seem pretty wide and full, just don't expect to feel it in your chest. Being a 2-in-1 comes in handy at times, but the weight and size just make it a bit difficult to use as a tablet. 16:9 at a size bigger than 11" seems to not fit a tablet well. Unless you have freakishly big hands the keyboard has be used on handed while you use the other hand for typing. IMO 3:4 or 2:3 ratio would have been better for tablet use. The cons are two - one being a feature that it never claims to have and that it would have been nice to have included pen support, even if the pen had to be an optional purchase. You really can't ding them for that since it's advertised as not having pen support. The other con is the screen, not the resolution as 1080p is fine for a small screen unless you use it 5" from your face, but the color. Mine is extremely warm and over-saturated. It's especially noticeable in the yellows that tend to look more orange. If there were a way to recalibrate the screen this wouldn't be an issue, but chrome os lacks any controls to tweak color. The screen also doesn't very bright. Probably 90% of my use will be indoors where it wont' be a factor, but outside it may become an issue if I decide to take it out while BBQing. It's been overcast the last few days so sunny day testing hasn't been done. Overall this is one dang fine Chromebook and #1 in the performance category but #2 overall in the chromebooks I've owned. If I actually had to do work on a Chromebook the x360 would be top on the list for the task.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1st Experience with a Chromebook and love it!

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    Nate34
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    This is my first experience with the Chrome OS and a Chromebook and its great. I love the simplicity of it. Im very experienced with Android and love that as well. So this was no stretch to learn and enjoy. In the box you get the laptop and the power adapter. Everything is well protected and simple which makes for a simple unboxing. The Chromebook itself has a very nice build and look to it. I usually prefer my devices pretty bland (black, grey, etc.) but I really like the look here. The 2 color tones really go great together. Its also very lightweight at only over 3 lbs and just over 1/2” thin. And it has a nice solid build that looks very premium. Initial set up is pretty straight forward and simple like the rest of the experience. Specs wise you get: * 1920x1080p 14” IPS LED Screen Multitouch Screen * 8th gen Intel 2.2ghz processor * 64gb flash memory * 8gb Ram * Intel 620 graphics * 3 USB ports (2 3.1, 1 3.0) * Built in Webcam * Backlit keyboard * 3 cell 14 hour battery The 1080p touchscreen is excellent. Very responsive and accurate. It has excellent colors, with crisp graphics, colors, and is an overall great screen. Watching Netflix, Youtube, or any other media is very nice. Performance from the 8th gen Intel i3-8130U processor is excellent. No issues at all with crashing, errors, or delays at all. The ability to run several things at once without having to worry that it will start to slow down is great here. Boots up very fast and love that it has the automatic updates as well. The keyboard is easy to type on with a great feel. Its backlit which makes typing in the dark a breeze. No stickiness, or binding at all. The feedback and feel is perfect for fast typing with very few errors. (Depending on skill of course). The B&O speakers are surprisingly good as well. Clear highs, midsl and vocals, with lots of kick for small laptop speakers. Can be turned up pretty loud as well with very little distortion at all. Didnt expect that from laptop speakers. Very clear with nice bass. Not going to impress bassheads of course, that would require an external BT speaker. The battery life has also surprised me. HP isnt exaggerating the 14 hour claim. It easily hits that if not more of course depending on your individual usage. Im a pretty heavy media consumer, and after many hours of Youtube and other general use I still have plenty of battery life. So for the average user that needs a few hours a day you could easily go almost a full week without worrying about where to plug in. Heavier users might need to plug in daily. But considering other laptops that give you 3-5 hours this is still superb battery life. To sum it up Id say this is an great overall Chromebook. And has won me over. Ive been a diehard Windows user for over a decade, and really never even considered anything else. But Googles system has won me over. Not giving up my main laptop just yet. My main laptop is connected to my Samsung TV as a monitor. So its nice to have another one to use so I dont have to always have to disconnect everything from my main one to get portabiltity. Just grab my Chromebook and get to it. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

    Posted
    Mandi
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was looking for something to replace my slow, huge Dell 15.6 inch laptop. I had considered a chromebook since I wanted something faster to handle mobile work tasks that didn't require a lot of power. I went into Best Buy after doing a little research online and played around with the models in store, and this HP seemed to check most of the boxes I was looking for (moderate price, moderate screen size, decent storage capacity for a chromebook, touch screen/tablet function, USB and SD ports..). The guy in-store suggested I check out a little HP Stream Windows laptop, but after a minute I recognized the same slow response and lag that I had come to expect from my Dell Windows laptop. The screen size is just right; not too small to strain the eyes, but not so large that it discourages mobility and ease of use. Excellent touch screen functionality and the ability to completely reverse the computer for use as a full tablet. Since this was my first foray into ChromeOS, it did take some getting used to the interface and functionality, especially some of the touchpad gestures. I'm still trying to get used to using shortcuts to replace things like the delete/end/home keys but there is a handy guide readily available in settings and accessible by shortcut. I'm still not sure how I feel overall about ChromeOS - I think I like it, but the learning curve is noticeable. I like the ports that are available, a USB-C port on either side (the charger is USB-C so this allows you to charge from whichever side is most convenient at the time), USB-A port, SD card slot, and headphone jack. I don't use my computers as display monitors for video or connect to other displays so I don't care that there's no HDMI port, but this may matter to some. I like the external appearance, the top is a clean matte white that is reminiscent of apple products. The important thing to keep in mind when deciding if a chromebook like this will work for you is what you use your laptop for, and what types of programs you need to run. All of my work and school programs are web-based, so chromebooks can handle that. If you need to download hard copies to run off your device offline, chromebooks may not be a great choice since they lack significant storage capacity. My favorite thing about this Chromebook is it's snappy response. When you open the computer up, it goes from off to fully ready in about 5 seconds. I love that! Also, it shuts down quickly and recovers from sleep mode rapidly. After using it for about 4 weeks I have yet to notice any lag, freezing, or other annoyances commonly found in Windows PCs from time to time. I'm happy with the decision I've made and the device meets all of my expectations. Side note - I bought this computer at full price - $599.99. The next week, it was on sale for $449.99. I went back to Best Buy and they refunded $160 (difference plus tax) to my card immediately - I handed them the receipt and the transaction took less than a minute. I really appreciated the ease of that situation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is how a Chromebook should perform and look!

    Posted
    atechnicnate
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is my third Chromebook and 4th or 5th small laptop so I've had the pleasure of owning several over the years. This time, as I was shopping, I first bought the 14" HP Touchscreen Model: 14-CA061DX for $259. It was an awesome deal and that laptop works extremely well for the price but there are major differences that make more expensive Chromebooks worth the money. The performance difference that you would see with this model vs. a cheaper model is one the less expensive ones you click something and it lags behind for just a little bit and then responds. Sometimes you click to close things and it takes just a second or so. Webpages load a bit more slowly and the screen isn't anywhere near as clear or responsive. With this model you get an amazing processor the Intel core i3 which offers much better speed than the models with an Intel Celeron. Also, this comes with 8GB of RAM which is the memory it's going to use for things as you're working on them. Basically that means you can work on more things at once with a good response. The biggest downside to it is the 64Gb disk so you won't be storing very much locally and you will want to use Google Docs/cloud save etc. The screen on this is crisp, extremely responsive and the case, oh my, that metallic feeling case in white and the trackpad is top notch. This is essentially a little sibling to Google's Pixelbook ($999) and it performs flawlessly. The 2 in 1 feature is something I didn't think mattered that much until I realized you can stand it up in a V shape and it will stand on its own. While in the tablet mode if you need to type it brings up an on screen keyboard, just like a tablet, automatically. The touch screen is extremely responsive and the clarity on the LED 1080 HD screen is amazing. So, if you can justify the extra expense then I'd buy this model over the cheaper ones for sure. However, if you just need something to browse and don't mind if it's not super responsive then a less expensive model is still very easy to use and will work great for browsing and watching shows etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands down, the fastest affordable Chromebook out

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    Raction
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was looking for a replacement for my 2013 Chromebook Pixel CB001 LTE (which had reached end of life support). I wanted to avoid any Celeron Processor equipped models, as my Pixel had a Core i5 and had very nice overall performance (other than it atrocious battery life).I initially purchased an Asus Chromebook Flip C302A Core m5 and was a bit disappointed with both the performance and battery life (thought it offers premium design). Underwhelmed by the Flip (primarily the Octane Benchmark aspect of it's performance), I started looking around again. Our local Best Buy has a nice selection of Chromebooks (from the PIxelbook down to the lowliest Samsung). I basically went to the store display and ran Octane on all of the non-Celeron equipped models (other than the Pixelbook, which was unavailable as a display unit). Going around the table, they had a similar 2-in-1 Dell unit (Core i3) but it would not hit the 32,000 mark that this HP could. This HP Core i3 beat them all out - it consistently hitting the 32,000+ mark on Octane (my purchased unit has reached 33k+ in guest mode). In comparison, the Core m5 Flip could only hit 24,000 consistently (which I know isn't too shabby, but I wanted premium performance). That, along with the online reviews that praised the HP battery life, pushed me over the edge and I purchased. The $499 sale was an amazing price for this unit. I couldn't be happier. I think the 14" screen size is a sweet spot for touchscreen Chromebooks. 1080p is fine for my use as well. This and the Flip were my first Chromebooks that I purchased that supports Android Apps. That was NOT a selling point for me (and after owning, still wouldn't be). I think right now that this Android/Chrome OS dual setup is very similar to what Microsoft tried to do with Windows 8/10 with the Microsoft Store Apps vs. Traditional Windows Programs. It feels so disjointed to me. If you like that aspect, from the best that I can tell, the HP handles the Play Store/Android App function quite well. Does the premium performance come with premium build quality and design? I would say not exactly. I think it would have fared better if HP would have went with with an all-aluminum design, but the build is sturdy, back-lit keyboard and track-pad are both terrific, and port layout and B&O Audio are very good. All in all - I am in Chromebook heaven!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good & fast computing value !

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    Graygeek
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    I got my 1st (Toshiba) Chromebook over 3 years ago, and I've loved it as my only laptop/traveling computer since. So much faster, more convenient and more secure than a Windows laptop that sold for under $300 back in 2015. That unit is still going strong, and my adult daughter has taken it over as a replacement for her now-dead laptop. I am now three weeks into owning the HP X360 14 I got at BestBuy and I love it. I was looking for 8gb of RAM as I frequently have many browser tabs, email app, image editing app, and audio streaming all open at once, running on two monitors. The HP x360 handles multiple Android apps running, Linux apps, and Chrome OS apps / browser extensions. I have yet to max it out. Setup was a breeze, especially because I already had a Chromebook. After entering my WiFi credentials, I logged into my Google account and all of my apps and most settings were restored to the new Chromebook within 3 minutes. All I had to do was to complete logins for apps (like email) that required passwords, and I was in business. After installation of all my apps, and downloading email from three accounts, I have 43 Gb of free internal memory left. And the ability to add up to 256Gb more with an external micro SD card. The HP x360 14 is equipped with two USB-C ports usable for charging, and multiple external devices. Yes - a $20 dongle is required to give me an HDMI port (for extended monitor) and extra USB-A port for external connections, but it works perfectly. No trouble having three Chrome windows each with 30+ tabs open on two monitors while streaming audio, and two videos within three different tabs. This unit wasn't even breathing hard. There is a cooling fan for the CPU, but it rarely comes on, and it's very quiet when it does. Battery life is excellent (over 12 hours of continuous screen-on), the build quality of this unit is excellent, as is the backlit keyboard. The trackpad works beautifully. The only weak points are the quality of the speakers and the default color calibration of the monitor (I haven't worked to calibrate it yet). It doesn't come with a stylus for freehand drawing, but it works fine with 3rd party stylus products. I don't do much drawing so not a big issue for me. BestBuy has had this Chromebook on sale for under $500, and at that price point, it is a (very) fast and capable (and good looking IMHO) device that handles all of the ever-growing capability of Chrome OS. The 14 inch form factor is great for travel - big enough for ease of use, small enough to use in an airplane or a small restaurant table. HP has hit the sweet-spot with the specs of this unit for the price, even in a comparatively crowded field of new Chromebooks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Fast Laptop

    Posted
    AlanD963
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    In the past, I always thought of a Chromebook as being a ‘low rent’ laptop. Maybe something you give to the kids as a first computer. Well, this HP blows that thought away. The old Chromebook we have around the house has a Celeron processor, 4 GB memory, 16 GB flash memory and weighs about 5 pounds. THIS one has an 8th generation core i3 processor, 8 GB of system memory, a huge 64 GB of flash memory and weighs just 3.7 pounds. The screen is an HD 16x9 ratio, perfect for movie watching. The bootup time is faster than my old Chromebook and infinitely faster than my Windows machines. Basically, you just open the cover and you’re there within seconds. You can see icons for the Chrome browser, your Gmail, documents you’ve been working on, YouTube and the Google Play store to get new, mostly free apps for whatever you’d like to do with your new computer. Just browse and download. If you’re new to Chromebooks, you’ll find all kinds of fun and useful apps available to you there. The keyboard is backlit too, which I have hardly ever seen on Chromebooks. What I love about this particular Chromebook, which you also don’t find on most of them is the 2 in 1 feature. Just swivel the lid all the way around and you have a tablet. A keyboard on the screen automatically appears when you need to input information. As far as its Wi-Fi speed I have 1 Gig. Comcast Internet speed and it connects to my network with a higher rate than any other laptop in the house. I easily get a wireless download transfer rate averaging 500 Mb. compared with about 375-400 Mb with my Windows laptops. So, no worries about your Internet connection to watch Netflix or YouTube videos on this device. The speakers are on top right below the screen instead of underneath which never made any sense to me. The sound is loud for good clarity watching a movie for example, it does lack a little bass for music. listening however. I’ve never seen a laptop with a battery life like this one. HP’s specifications say it has a 14-hour battery life. All I know is I’ve been using this machine on and off for about a week, just closing the lid when not in use without signing out and turning the power off and I haven’t had to recharge it yet. Overall unless you strictly need genuine Windows apps for your computing, I’d head over to Best Buy and test drive this thing. You might become an HP Chromebook fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Chromebook envy

    Posted
    Justjohnne
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    For not being a Chromebook fan this unit has won me over. I never liked them regardless of the brand because the build always seemed disappointing no matter the performance. This is reminiscent of a HP Spectre in terms of build/design. The specs you can look up, suffice it to say the hardware is all you need for the applications. I was multitasking, writing and watching Netflix while I wrote this and never lagged on me. I loaded it up with a lot of trivial apps that would run in the background as well. Despite what I have read I find no shortage of apps for Chromebook’s in general. I synced my account and loaded Microsoft Office and put it to a test. I like the layout, usb and usbc ports on both sides given the blue tooth capability many units are not including both or many of either. The keyboard is crisp and functional having a standard layout less the numerical pad. The screen is large enough to watch movies and see detail, nice resolution. The speakers are on the top, really not any studio type quality but will due in the absence of quality headphones unless the audio track makes the movie. There is a slot to expand the memory via SD card if needed. If you are storing things on local memory you are missing the boat and intent of units with limited storage. It is as travel friendly as any other 14” laptop/tablet out there. I sat it on top of my new HP Spectre convertible for a comparison. You can use this in traditional lap top mode or the hinges allow tablet mode. Because I can access all my other docs and what not through Google and MS One Drive this is absolutely a solid short-term replacement for my laptop. Not having all the bells and whistles (stylus, resolution etc..) of the more expensive units would still prevent it being a true replacement for me. I am thumbs up and would recommend this unit for what it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Chromebook

    Posted
    MollyS
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    Many other reviews already outline the specs of this machine, so I am not going to waste time on that. I absolutely love this computer now that I have it. The display is beautiful, the battery life is excellent (10-14 hours depending on what you are doing), and I can have 10+ tabs/apps open with little to no lag. There is a fan because the Core i3 processor will get hot but it is super quiet when it kicks on. ChromeOS is dead simple to set up, and I was up and running in less than 3 minutes after I took it out of the box. Once you have your Google account added, it takes 7 seconds for the computer to go from completely powered off to the login screen. Just incredible! I feel that 64 GB of memory is plenty, since there is a MicroSD slot if you want to add more, and your Google Drive will be linked once you login as well. I have 1 TB of storage on my Google Drive, so I have no concerns about storage. Because of the Core i3 processor + 8 GB RAM, this is a machine I know I can keep for hopefully 4-5 years before replacing. Currently, Google will be updating ChromeOS on this specific machine until June 2024. Additionally, the 14" display size is fantastic because this laptop remains portable while still having a nice screen. This machine feels luxurious/premium. It is made out of metal and ceramic and the keyboard feels so nice to type on. It is also backlit which is a nice detail. The touchscreen is responsive, but as a personal preference I really prefer using keyboards and touchpads for input, not touch screen. The touchpad is fantastic on this device as well! There is no active stylus available for this model. I paid $499 on sale for this, but I think it's worth the $599 sticker price, and it feels like a computer that someone would pay far more than $599 for. HP knocked it out of the park with this one. Buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend