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HP Chromebook 14 Review: First AMD Chromebook

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For people with limited budgetthe choice can be HP Chromebook 14 - a budget Chromebook on an AMD processor. Its capacity is enough to view websites, videos on Youtube, as well as work in office applications.

Chromebook is equipped with an APU processor AMD A4-9120C, 4GB of RAM and 32 GB EMMC internal memory, as well as a 14-inch screen. You can buy the device for only 18 thousand rubles, which is an excellent price for such a configuration.

  • Specifications
  • Design and appearance
  • Chromebook display
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Performance
  • Sound and speakers
  • Autonomy
  • Alternatives
  • Should I buy?
  • HP Chromebook 14 Features

    CPU

    AMD A4-9120C APU (basic clock frequency 1.6 GHz, maximum up to 2.4 GHz, 1 MB cache, 2 cores)

    operating system

    Google Chrome OS

    Ram

    4 GB DDR4-1866 SDRAM

    ROM

    32 GB EMMC

    Display

    14-inch HDD SVA eDP and LED backlighting, 220 cd / m², sRGB - 67%, resolution 1366 × 768

    Video card

    AMD Radeon R4

    Ports

    2 × USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (power supply, DisplayPort); 2 × USB 2.0; 1 headphone / microphone jack

    Slot Expansion

    1 multiformat digital media reader, supports SD, SDHC, SDXC

    Audio

    HD audio, two speakers, built-in microphone

    Wi-Fi

    Qualcomm Wireless-AC 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2 × 2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2

    Webcam

    720p HD

    Battery

    HP Long Life Dual Element Lithium Ion Polymer, 47.36 Wh / h

    Warranty

    Annual, limited

    The size

    33.68 × 22.68 × 1.82 cm

    Weight

    1,578 kg

    Price

    $ 289 (18 thousand rubles)

    Design and appearance

    The new HP Chromebook 14 is made of plastic andAvailable in the following body colors: snow white, gray and ink blue. The laptop looks expensive, it will not be a shame to take it with you, for example, in a cafe. Because of the plastic elements, the case sometimes creaks, especially when trying to set the screen to the desired position. Of course, there are stronger competitors on the market, like the Lenovo Yoga C930, but they are also more expensive.

    The thickness of the laptop at its widest point is slightly over18 mm, with a weight of 1.578 kg. The Chromebook looks not thick, but not as thin as the Acer Chromebook 514. The HP Chromebook is very quiet, as it has no fans for cooling. With a load on the processor or graphics card, this laptop has the ability to heat up, but not so much that it is critical.

    For charging and powering, the Chromebook 14 has two USB-C 3.1 ports, two USB-A and a microSD card reader.

    Chromebook display

    HP Chromebook 14 received a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1366 × 768, which is a good idea to see in an inexpensive laptop. But, Acer Chromebook 514 has a Full HD-screen, although it costs more - 32 thousand rubles.

    Great value for performance evaluationScreens have colors, contrast and brightness. According to my impressions, the Chromebook 14 panel does not stand out in any way, remaining average for its price category. It struck me that the video from Netflix looked very good, it indicates a fairly high level of gamma. Here it would be more useful resolution Full HD.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    Hp chromebook 14 laptop has quitegood keyboard, the keys are responsive and pleasantly pressed. However, with a strong impact on them, it feels like the keyboard bends slightly inward. Under normal pressure, the HP Chromebook keyboard behaves quite confidently.

    The touchpad of the touchpad is spacious, large,It has high sensitivity and accuracy. Using it, it is easy to scroll the page of the site, and the touchpad itself is one big button, which eliminates the need to search for the right and left mouse buttons at hand. It's nice to see a high-quality touchpad in such a budget laptop.

    Iron productivity

    HP Chromebook 14 is one of the firstlaptops on Chrome OS with an AMD processor. Inside there is a dual-core AMD A4-9120C chipset, which is able to compete in performance with Intel Pentium processors in the same price category.

    According to my testsperformance, AMD processor can not be compared with an analog from Intel. In Geekbench 4, my Chromebook 14 scored 1151 in a single-core test and 2232 points in a multi-core test. This is comparable to the Acer Chromebook 514 and its Pentium N4200 (1556 and 4837 points), respectively. This AMD processor was also slower than the Intel Celeron 3965Y in the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 (2107 and 3646 points).

    The results of the web test Speedometer 2.0 turned out to be more uniform. HP Chromebook scored 27.9 points compared with the Acer Chromebook 514 and its 24.2 points. This makes the AMD model a little faster, but Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 scored 43.2 points, demonstrating that it is faster in this test too.

    The overlooked HP Chromebook has 4 GB of operational and32 GB of internal memory, which is enough for the operating system Chrome OS. The device copes well with the usual everyday tasks and "Word" applications.

    AMD A4 chip comes with integrated graphicsRadeon R4, which in theory is faster than Intel graphics on the same type of processor. Therefore, the laptop showed high performance in games like Asphalt 8, but it was still a bit slower than an HP Chromebook x2 equipped with Intel HD Graphics 615.

    Sound and speakers

    Budget Chromebook 14 from HP gives decentsound, when you try to unscrew the volume to the full. Distortion was not noticed by me, which is a big plus. However, you should stock up on a pair of headphones if you really want to get the pleasure of listening to your favorite tunes.

    Battery autonomy

    Chromebook 14 from HP got a two-elementLithium-ion polymer battery with a capacity of 47.3 Wh, which is enough for Chrome OS and HD-screen. The Google platform requires less power than, for example, Windows or MacOS.

    But to my regret, the chromebook does not possesslong battery life. Under heavy loads, it will work for 5 hours, which is comparable to the Acer Chromebook 514. In normal Internet surfing, my HP Chromebook 14 lasted just over seven and a half hours, losing to Acer Chromebook 514 with a 4-hour difference. In the looping test, HP Chromebook videos barely reached seven hours, again behind Acer at 11.5 hours and almost 10 hours at HP Chromebook x2.

    Simply put, the Chromebook 14 charge willEnough for school or work, however, I advise you to have on hand a charger with an external energy source if you are going to spend a whole day away from home or office.

    HP Chromebook 14 Alternatives

    The first direct competitor is AcerChromebook 514, which costs a little more than $ 350 ($ 22,000) with Intel Celeron N3350, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal eMMC. It has a slightly better display and longer battery life with an all-aluminum body, which is more reliable.

    You can also increase costs slightly.size, considering the Acer Chromebook Spin 15. For $ 450 (28.5 thousand rubles), we get a Pentium N4200, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of disk space, as well as all the advantages of a 2-in-1 device.

    If your budget is able to cover even morecosts, I advise you to look at the 15-inch laptop Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630. It costs $ 540 (34 thousand rubles) and comes with a quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U 8th generation, which is really very fast on Chrome OS. The device is well assembled and has an attractive FHD-display.

    Total

    HP Chromebook 14 is a chromebook that hasquite good autonomy, has a slightly boring appearance, and shows decent performance for normal tasks. The AMD Radeon R4 graphics card here also allows you to get good graphics properties.

    Although the Chromebook 14 is made of plastic,The device is made with a large margin of reliability and durability. The manufacturer also provides a limited warranty of one year, which is expected in this price category.

    Should I buy?

    Probably not. After spending a little more, you can get a laptop that will be more attractive and with a longer battery life.

    Benefits

    • Reliable build quality.
    • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad.
    • Excellent go game for the Android OS.
    • High performance Chrome OS.

    disadvantages

    • The keyboard flexes.
    • Not the best battery autonomy.
    • The display lacks performance.

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