After dropping the ARM processor on the Chromebook 11 and updating it with a Bay Trail processor, HP has done the opposite thing on their Chromebook 14. The new version of Chromebook 14 announced yesterday comes with the new Nvidia Tegra K1 processor that we saw on the new Acer Chromebook.
The announcement came at a time everyone is going crazy about new Android phones and watches being announced throughout this week.
Unlike the Acer Chromebook, HP Chromebook 14 does not have an HD screen option. The screen is, yes 14 inches with the usual 1366×768 resolution (hence the name Chromebook 14, I guess).
The device is fan-less, thanks to the ARM chip inside. From the looks of it, the design also has been updated a little. It now looks like a hybrid of the HP design and the original Chromebook 11 design that they did with Google.
The new Chromebook will be available in two body colours, Twinkle Black and Snow White, with a choice of accent colors like Smoke Silver, Sorbet Orange, Ocean Turquoise and Neon Green. (Sounds similar?)
There are those usual Chromebook specs as well, the 16GB SSD, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and 2 Years of 100 GB Google Drive space etc.
The device comes with two RAM options, 2GB and 4GB. Battery life is estimated at 9.5 hours and the price starts at $299.99. A 3G model is also in the works.
For those who want a 14″ Chromebook, this is one of the few options available. The Nvidia chip sounds promising, but the initial reviews of the Acer Chromebook with the same chip has raised some questions about the performance. I would suggest you go through those reviews before making a decision on this one.
Hands On Video
The hands on video we have here demos a Chromebook 14 with touchscreen, full HD screen (not IPS)
PS: Again, I would love to see the original Chromebook 11 (that design!) with this K1 processor and a good price. Just saying.
Source: HP Product Page.