HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook Laptop Computer

Heard about the Chromebook? That’s that small devices for users who just wanted to surf the web and enjoy the cloud service offered by Google in its apps. The Chromebook has been known for being petite and catering only these Google-specific apps and features—nothing else. However, Google must have heard some of the needs of the people thus giving the Chromebook name a bigger look, i.e, a bigger display. Here comes the Pavilion 14 Chromebook with the help of HP as the manufacturer.

You heard it right as well, the new Chromebook now gets an ultrabook-size display at 14-inches. This will really help a lot especially those who would want to take a closer look to details rather than on a smaller 11- or 12-inch display. However, the same Chromebook also gets the same low price tag: at $350 (and now you can get it at around $299), you expect that this is the same budget-friendly Chromebook that you can bring along without worrying about theft (at least, jokingly said).

At first glance and with the lid closed, you can hardly identify this book as a Chromebook. The design is actually a mix of Dell and HP, but the major aspects such as the wedge-type edges are that of HP. The color is probably the darkest grey, with fine sand-like texture design to add to the cheap plastic material used overall. Moreover, without the Chrome logo and the word ‘Chrome’ beside it, you can call it technically as a sleekbook as what HP loves to call its series of ultraportable laptops without the weight and thickness. The new HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook deserves that tag, however, and at 0.83inches thick and with a weight of 3.97lbs, it is quite respectable.

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Going around the device, expected for a 14-incher is an abundance of ports, and luckily, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook stands on the average without nothing to really call ‘wow’ about. There’re are three USB 2.0 ports—two on the right side sitting together with a 2-in-1 card reader, a full-sized HDMI port, and full-sized Ethernet port, and one at the left where the big vent is found together with the Kensington lock and the combo audio port. The 14-inch display has nothing special as well, with a native resolution of 1366×768, and that’s that. With the lid now opened, you can check the long horizontal Altec Lansing speaker grille up from the keyboard, and on the bottom comes the trackpad with physical buttons expected for a cheap laptop. The keys on the keyboard is responsive, but can be quite noisy when typing real fast as I do.

Inside the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook comes the dual-core Intel Celeron processor clocked at only 1.1GHz plus 2GB of RAM for a start.  Upon first glance, you’d probably complain, but what do you expect for a laptop that only browses the web and with a price as mentioned long ago? However, I would still like to put my experience that such a processor would still not be enough together with the limited RAM because the Chrome browser itself consumes much memory with each open tab, not to mention the growing number of apps that are at the same time growing more resource-intensive as well. There’s the 16GB of SSD, but that would not be enough for storing media files when you want to go offline.

Other specs you’d love to hear are: Intel HD graphics, up to 4GB RAM upgrade, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 compatibility, and a battery life that maxes out at 4 hours. The Chromebook 14 of HP and Google is a good choice for those who would want an extra device for the good of browsing and some online tasks, but outside these, you’d still prefer some fully-PC-functional devices that do have a price not running that far from that of this model.

HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook Laptop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,000.00

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