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The HP Chromebook has a terrific display, great build quality, and snappy performance, but its battery life is relatively low.
twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: December 2013
HP Chrome-book 14 scores high on performance, display

HP Chromebook 14
Price:
Rs 26,990
Specs: 14'' display with 16:9 aspect ratio; 1.85 kg; 21 mm thin; Up to 9.5 hours; New Intel Processor ; 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage2 with 16GB Solid State Drive ; 2x USB3.0, 1x USB2.0; Full size HDMI Port; Bluetooth 4.0 Compatible
-Milky White colour looks good
-Nice keyboard and easy to use trackpad
-USB and full HDMI ports onboard

Today people only compare looks, style and portability in laptops, as configuration is no longer a distinction-they are all the same. Google caught on to this, realising that since most work is done on the browser, a laptop with enough battery back-up with a browser as the operating system could steal the limelight.

The Chromebook's real strength is the Chrome Web browser and your Google account. While it must be connected to the Internet to carry out most functions, you can save music, documents, video and what have you on the local SSD. The HP Chromebook has a terrific display, great build quality, and snappy performance, but its battery life is relatively low. It is easier to use than traditional computers-there's no clutter, no waiting.

It starts up in 7 seconds and automatically stays up-to-date. We could browse through the list of pre-installed apps including Google Drive, Maps, browser, Gmail, YouTube, etc. or download more apps from the Chrome Web Store. We enjoyed watching our favourite videos on YouTube on the 14inch display.

However, the Chromebook comes with limited onboard storage of 16GB. As this machine is meant for working online, there is 100GB of storage on Google Drive free for 2 years. Connectivity options are many-two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 with full HDMI ports.

Bag it or junk it: A neat machine but you get some good Windows laptops.

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