Summary: I’m never offline anymore. I have Wi-Fi at home and at the office, nearly every hotel or coffee shop on the planet offers connectivity, and for the rare in-between times, my phone serves as a perfectly usable (if slightly awkward) mechanism for getting on the internet. The only time I can’t get online now is underground on the subway — and even that may not be true for long. Meanwhile, my computer is increasingly becoming just a portal to the internet.
Pros: It's so cheap!, Solid keyboard, Chrome OS is impossibly easy to use
Cons: Stuttery performance, Build materials can feel cheap, Problematic touchpad
Conclusion: At $279 MSRP , only so much criticism can be levelled at the HP Chromebook 11. On one hand, it’s a well-built, attractive, seemingly durable device for the price point—but on the other hand, thanks to its simplified operating system and limited functionality (not to mention its low-powered chipset), it’s competing more in the tablet and (now defunct) netbook space than it is in the standard notebook market. It’s that realization which limits the machine’s appeal.
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 bright IPS screen
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
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. And if competition brings machines like the T100T down under $350, we think the Chromebook brigade will have to find a more comfortable home closer to $200 to keep their value propositions vital.
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 than what you'd get from the Acer C720.
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. It boots fast (< 13 seconds even in dev mode), has a great display, comes with dual-band 2-stream 802.11n WiFi, has good sounding speakers, looks stylish, is light and feels well built.
HP and Google have teamed up to supply an attractive little Chromebook, though its performance isn't great and ports are scarce
Good Gear Guide.au
3 weeks ago
Summary: HP's Chromebook 11 is lovely little laptop to consider if all you want to do is get online and you are already an everyday user of Google's online services. It looks good, feels comfortable to use, and boots up in no time. However, its performance can sometimes feel slow, and it's a very glossy product.
Pros: Stylish and well built, Good keyboard, Vibrant screen
Cons: Has few ports, Somewhat sluggish performance, Glossy finish
Excerpt: Google’s Chromebook line is often maligned as inexpensive but underpowered or, in the case of the Pixel , a really nice screen in front of limited functionality and an exorbitant price tag. But by pairing a solid build with a $399 price tag, HP seems to have finally found the right balance of affordability and performance in the new Chromebook 11.