Summary: - HP's Chromebook 11 offers a stylish and light design for those that want portability but it sacrifices its performance and features in the process. The ARM base processor is slower than Intel while not providing as long of battery life.
Conclusion: As it is now, the Chromebook 11, in its LTE and non-LTE versions, remains our favorite latest-gen budget Chromebook, a pleasure to look at and type on. Still, if competition brings machines like the T100T down under $350 (and we know other cheap Bay Trail ultralight laptops are coming), we think the...
Pros: LTE lets this Chromebook connect where there's no Wi-Fi, Fine fit and finish, Impressive IPS screen
Cons: No SD card slot or HDMI port, Slightly slower performance than other Chromebooks
Summary: So, at the end of this review, I'm left with mixed feelings. Yes, the Chromebook 11 has beautiful styling (most definitely stolen from the mid-2000s MacBook). However, performance-wise, I'm left wanting.
Excerpt: The Chromebook is a curious beast. The idea of a bare-bones laptop centered around the Google Chrome browser has merit: It could be very efficient at a few key tasks, such as email, web browsing and watching videos.
Summary: All in all, I like what HP did with this 11 inch version of the chromebook. I can work around the few shortcomings of this notebook. Keep the number of running tabs in check to alleviate performance and plan for the low battery life.
Conclusion: The HP Chromebook 11 is a mixed bag, and whether it will work for any given user depends ultimately on what their needs are and where they are willing to sacrifice. If you're a business user, there is little incentive to use the Chromebook 11, in that the performance and battery life are both lower...
Summary: Affordability and style. No one will accuse HP’s latest Chromebook of neglecting its appearance; as far as plastic devices go, it’s an attractive contender. But at just $279, is it even possible to supply the parts necessary for adequate performance?
Pros: Good build quality and impression for a budget machine, Bright IPS screen, Comfortable keyboard, Extremely portable size and weight, Charges using Micro USB (3.0 A), Fast boot and resume times, Completely silent, Great audio for its size, The stylish and solid construction, good keyboard, and bri...
Cons: Nearly all functionality requires an internet connection, Sluggish overall performance due to weak CPU, Tiny (8 GB) local storage, Very warm under load, Chrome OS feels very limited and unfinished, Only apps from the Google Play store are compatible, Faster system performance, cooler operation un...
Conclusion: Were the Chromebook 11 $239 or thereabouts, it would be a shoo-in Editors’ Choice winner. As it is now, it’s a very good specimen of latest-gen Chromebooks, and a pleasure to look at and type on. But it’s currently flying just a bit too close in price to the Microsoft sun.
Summary: Chrome OS still isn’t for everyone, and neither are ARM-based laptops. The HP Chromebook 11 can’t run all the software that you might get with a Windows or Mac laptop. There’s no iTunes, Microsoft Office, or QuickBooks.
Conclusion: A company that can very easily be held as complicit in the mismanagement and decline of the mainstream PC industry, HP did nothing short of a tremendous job with the Chromebook 11. Under Google’s influence, HP has built a near perfect example of what an entry level PC should be.