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HP - 2-in-1 14" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Core i3 - 8GB Memory - 64GB eMMC Flash Memory - White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 368 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for a chromebook.

    Posted
    Allen808
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    Coming from a advance Windows user, Chrome OS is really limited. But for its sleek and functional design, not to mention battery life, makes this laptop a good on the go device. The quality of this device is perfect, I kind of wish there was a windows version of this very device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast chrome OS, sharp screen , great speakers!

    Posted
    BestbuyGuy210
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    This HP 2 in 1 chrome book while smaller than the traditional 15.6" is very capable. Chrome OS does lack support for mainstream programs but does run way faster than a windows. From the time it takes to boot to web page load times. For most people that's more important. 8gb ram is plenty. And 64gb storage is small but for the apps you will download, it's plenty. Plus you can add storage very easily. Now the main selling points IMO are the design. The white finish just looks so nice and clean. The screen quality is also very clear and sharp. I did run 4K videos through YouTube. And they looked great. Also if you watch a lot of content like I do. You will be very happy with the speakers even though this chromebook is very very thin. Good job on HP for that. It's light weight and minimal bezels. Backlight keys are great as well. Only downside is this model doesn't come with the fingerprint reader but not a big deal for me but I would have loved having it. Great product/value as this is priced fairly for what you get. A quick and solid little machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet Chromebook, very portable.

    Posted
    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    A premium Chromebook at a very reasonable price

    Posted
    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's 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's 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 wouldn't 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

    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'm 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

    Premium Chromebook

    Posted
    MadSquabbles
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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've. 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'ven'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

    Premium Chromebook

    Posted
    DaveW
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    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    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's 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