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.
Summary: Feb 7 2014 - 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.
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...
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.
Conclusion: If you've been thinking about a Chromebook, HP's Chromebook 11 might be the one that sways you thanks to a slim and stylish design, lots of complimentary extras, and battery life to take you through the day.
Pros: Extremely affordable sub-$300 price. Sleek design and solid construction. Lots of extras, like free Google Drive space, free music, and complimentary in-flight internet. Bright IPS display. Solid battery life. Micro USB charging is an unexpected innovation.
Cons: Minimal port selection, even for a Chromebook. Performance lags slightly behind other models. Chrome OS still has some limitations.
Review: HP’s $279 Chromebook 11 raises an admittedly low bar
13 October 2013
Conclusion: What does it say about the state of the budget PC business when a system that does literally anything competently is worthy of praise? That’s how I’m feeling about the Chromebook 11.
Pros: Great-looking IPS display, Nice build quality for $279, though the lid is a bit too flexible and wobbly for our tastes, Keyboard is well laid out and has decent travel; trackpad is accurate and stays out of your way, Colored accents are a fun touch that other, more reserved Chromebooks don’t offe...
Cons: No SD card slot, So-so battery life, More limited port selection than previous sub-$300 Chromebooks, Performance is better than earlier Atom Chromebooks, but far short of Haswell. Games and scrolling can be stuttery.