Google announced the HP Chromebook 11 on Monday and the first set of reviews are now in. Overall, the laptop has gotten some good marks in terms of performance and price. These are the top ten reviews you need to read.
A review unit of the new HP Chromebook 11 just arrived and I can already tell the improved display will make some people happy. To my eyes, the IPS display looks clearer and colors appear more vivid than on my older Chromebooks — save for the Pixel — even though most of them have the same 1366 x 768 resolution. The aspect ratio makes the screen look wider too.
Audio. Wow, Google Music pumping through my Harmon Kardon SoundSticks punches more aerial definition and better soundstage than either Chromebook Pixel or MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Seriously — and that’s without cranking volume way up, which I must do on the Pixel.
In our brief hands-on time, the Chromebook 11′s keyboard offered good travel. In a wise move, Google placed the speakers for the Chromebook 11 underneath the keyboard. Google says it worked with HP to fine tune the speakers, and the result is fairly crisp audio. When we streamed “Roll Away Your Stone” by Mumford & Sons, the audio was loud without being tinny.
The keyboard uses essentially the same layout as that of the Pixel, which means full-sized keys in a straightforward layout. Like other Chromebooks, it lacks the equivalent of the Command or Windows key that you’d find on Mac or PC keyboards, in favor of double-width Ctrl and Alt keys on the left. The Caps Lock key continues to be supplanted by a Search key, but you can re-map it to Caps Lock in the settings if you need to yell on the Internet more often than you need to search for things. The trackpad in this Chromebook is reasonably accurate and responsive, though we’ll have to type on the system for a bit more time before we can say for sure how it handles things like palm rejection.
10. Sarah Tew – CNET
Inside, the Chromebook 11 is running a dual-core Samsung Exynos processor — the same, it seems, as Samsung’s own $249 model. It has 16GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM, and two USB ports. There’s no touch screen, but the 11.6-inch IPS display boasts a decent 1,366×768-pixel resolution, and looks brighter and sharper from various viewing angles than any other budget Chromebook.
Unfortunately, the HP Chromebook 11 loses two niceties found on the earlier Samsung, which remains available for $30 less: there’s no SD card slot and no full-size HDMI port. (The Micro-USB charge port also doubles as an HDMI output, but you’ll need a special cable to connect to a TV or monitor.) Both of those are pretty important and useful ports. But, it’s clear that Google is pushing Chromecast: the Chromebook 11 supports Chromecast, and using it could potentially serve as a wireless alternative to HDMI. But, even with two years of 100GB cloud-based Google Drive storage included, having an extra storage slot via SD card would be helpful. For camera connectivity, you can still connect via USB.
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