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GOOGLE CHROMEBOOK 11 BY HP

- by Edward Choi

Google Chromebook 11 by HP

Google Chromebook 11 by HP

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After spending one week with the HP Chromebook 11, I have trashed my initial skepticism with its originally announced hardware specifications. In fact, I am now thoroughly impressed.

The biggest initial disappointment was with Chromebook 11's processor. Samsung's Exynos 5 Dual is a capable mobile chip set, but it is about a year old and the retiring Samsung Chromebook uses the same. I was expecting the latest Haswell from Intel. The reversal of my opinion happened after I noticed that the Chromebook's performance did not decrease much even with about 7 tabs open and running an IDE application. As long as users do not over do it, e.g. running multiple videos, the Chromebook should be able to hold up.

Having said that, here are my initial impressions.

Design:
Pro - The design is one of the best from a manufacturer other than Apple. It looks very much like the MacBook Air, and the minimalistic yet functional size, weight, ports, fan-less design, how it balances on my lap when opened, and cool touch body are even superior to the three-times-more-expensive Macs.
Con - The finish attracts fingerprints better than any other laptop I have used.

Screen:
Pro - The 11.6-inch 1366x768 resolution screen quality is pretty darn good for a sub-$300 laptop. 300 nit ratings help.
Con - I am not a fan of the glossy finish. 176 degree viewing angle is fine, but the reflections make it hard to position the screen right for more than one person.

Keyboard and touch pad:
Pro - It is one of the best. Some of HP's past laptops came with slow responding keyboards, but this new Chromebook has one of the best keyboards with great tactile feel. Fast typing is possible with this one. The two-finger operating touch pad works great as well. Windows users may get stumbled with no buttons and not having to double click, but this pad works elegantly and precisely.
Con - Not many complains here, but back-lit function would have made it the perfect keyboard.

Chrome operating system:
Pro - It is efficient. Now that more than sufficient number and variety of "apps" are available, bypassing a Windows laptop is possible for most people. As long as buyers understand that the Chromebook is like a tablet with full keyboard (instead of Windows), most users will do fine. The Doc's integration with Microsoft Office could be slightly better (formatting do not transfer exactly between the two), but Chrome's productivity software works faster and simpler than the Office. Internet browsing is definitely faster than any other laptop. Booting up under 10 seconds is a huge plus.
Con - Chrome needs to let parents set up a "sub account" for their kids. Since you must have a Google account in order to fully utilize the Chromebook, and since kids under 13 cannot legally attain a Google account, having the option of "sub account" with child-safe content blocking, etc. would be a great next step for Chrome OS.

Others:
Speakers - They are hidden under the keyboard, and are adequate for most casual use. Do not expect hi-fi.

Storage - 16GB SSD is fast and large enough for most Chrome OS based files, and free 100GB cloud storage for two years is ok (but what happens after that - pay?). If you are downloading a lot of videos or pictures, get a good size flash drive and save the files there.

Battery life - 6-hours claim is more or less true. The best thing about it is the USB charging system, which works exactly like a mobile phone, so there is no need to carry another car charger. The whole power management system is designed truly like a tablet's on-the-go system.

Google also threw in a 60-day free trial with Google Play Music All Access, but it costs $10 per month after that. 12 free sessions of GoGo Inflight Internet is ok, too, if you plan to fly with it much.

Overall, the HP Chromebook 11 is an outstanding laptop (or a productivity tablet with the best keyboard).

Specifications
CPU
Exynos 5 Dual (5250) Application Processor

Memory
2GB (4x 4Gbit) DDR3 RAM
16GB Solid State Drive
100 GB Google Drive cloud storage, free for two years

Screen
11.6" display with 16:9 aspect ratio (IPS Panel)
1366 x 768
60% Color Gamut
300 nit screen
Wide viewing angle (176 degree)

Battery
Up to 6 hours of active use (30 Wh battery)

Inputs
Chrome keyboard
Fine-tuned, clickable touchpad
VGA Webcam

Ports
2 x USB 2.0
Micro-SIM slot (3G and 4G/LTE model only)
Micro USB for 15.75W charging and SlimPort video out

Design
Magnesium chassis for strength
Available in black or white with a choice of 4 accent colors
Silent, fanless design
No visible screws, vents, or speakers

Size
11.69 x 7.56 x 0.69 in

Weight
2.3lb

Audio
Combined headphone / microphone jack
Digitally-tuned speakers with sound ported up through the keyboard

Network
Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0


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This is a tablet alternative, which I don't have to worry about kids smudging up the screen by touching. As that, this Chromebook is the best productive "tablet" there is, with the awesome look and one of the best keyboard/touchpads in the market, we bring it to all our travels.
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Google and HP finally resolved the "melting charger" issue and they are selling it again at stores! We never had any issues with ours - it did warm up a bit similar to other chargers, but never hot. But I am glad to receive new Chromebook-Pixel looking charger as a replacement.
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