Although I usually scan weekly to get discounts on high-end Chromebooks, since I tend to use them, this week focuses on the low-end. Best Buy is selling the HP Chromebook 14 with AMD processor for $ 199, which is a $ 70 savings on the entry-level model price of $ 269.
Note that the online weekly ad is necessary to add the HP Chromebook 14 to my cart before displaying the price.
My practical look at the HP Chromebook 14 at CES in January suggests that the plastic chassis device provides approximately the performance of an Intel Celeron Chromebook. Do you expect high performance at a low price to be the best way to set your expectations?
Here is a summary of the specifications of the HP Chromebook 14:
- AMD 2.2 GHz dual-core A4-9120C with Radeon R4 graphics (without fan)
- 4 GB of memory
- 32 GB or eMMC storage
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
- Front HD webcam
- 180 degree hinge
- Trackpad multi-gestures, without keyboard backlighting
- microSD card reader
- Dual speakers tuned by B & O
- 2 USB Type-C 3.1 ports, 2 USB Type-A ports
- Expected battery life around 9 hours.
- A weight of 3.4 pounds.
- Support for Android applications in the Google Play Store
I suspect that the AMD CPU and the GPU have returned little by little thanks to the slow memory modules: the 4 GB or DDR4 RAM functions at a relatively slow 1.6 MHz. However, the choice of backlit keyboard and 720p panel helps keep the price down, making this an affordable Chrome OS laptop.
I say it's worth seeing as a secondary device for those who already have a decent laptop or a Chromebook. I'm considering it as our shared "family room" Chromebook since we all tend to surf the web or check email in front of the television during commercials.
The HP Chromebook 14 could also be a good starting laptop for younger people: it is surely capable of what children could do for school or online entertainment and, if it breaks for some reason, you will not feel that a great investment went overboard.