HP is getting pretty aggressive with its strategy, filling out its portfolio with as many devices as possible. This is a double-edged sword, however, as we have seen how no distinction between brands and lineups can straight up confuse consumers, many of which don’t have time to look into specs and just go ahead and purchase a laptop.
On the other hand, Chromebooks don’t need a lot of marketing to be successful. Their price does that for them, as well as being backed by the giant that is Google.
Today we are taking a look at HP’s new Chromebook family
The laptops are all pretty similar, but the Chromebook 14 (14b-nb0000) takes the cake when it comes to build quality. It has an aluminum lid and keyboard frame, while the rest is made from plastic. It also borrows some resemblance to the HP Omen lineup, with the keyboard deck being slightly lower than the palm rest, creating a gap when you close down the lid. The rest of the devices are made of plastic, with all of them having a mineral silver color. The two convertible laptops also bring a 360-degree hinge, allowing for a while new range of usability.
|Chromebook 14 (14b-nb0000)||1.50 kg (3.3 lbs)||16.51 mm (0.65″)|
|Chromebook 14 (14a-nd0000)||
1.34 kg (3 lbs)
|17.9 mm (0.70″)|
|Chromebook x360 14 (14a-ca0000)||1.49 kg (3.3 lbs)||18.2 mm (0.72″)|
|Chromebook x360 14 (14a-cb0000)||1.49 kg (3.3 lbs)||18.2 mm (0.72″)|
In terms of display choices, there really aren’t a lot of options. All laptops come with 14-inch displays The Chromebook 14 (14b-nb0000) comes with an IPS display with a 1366 x 768p resolution. The Chromebook 14 (14a-nd0000) expands on that, giving you access to an FHD IPS display. Lastly, the two convertibles share the same screen, which has a 1366 x 768p resolution and uses a TN panel.
Specifications and features
The laptops are powered by either Intel or AMD processors. The Chromebook 14 (14b-nb0000) gets the Tiger Lake-based Core i3-1115G4, which comes with the Iris Xe Graphics G4. This should have enough performance for you to breeze through daily tasks, along with endless entertainment. The Chromebook 14 (14a-nd0000) and the Chromebook x360 14 (14a-cb0000) are powered by the AMD 3015Ce, which uses the older Zen architecture and comes with Vega integrated graphics. Lastly, we have the Chromebook x360 14 (14a-ca0000), which comes with two options: either the Celeron N4020 or the Pentium Silver N5000, which both come with Intel UHD Graphics.
In terms of features, all laptops come with from-firing stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0 support. By far the Chromebook 14 (14b-nb0000) is the most packed of the bunch, coming with a fingerprint reader, a backlit keyboard, HDMI port, and SD card reader.