With a sudden need for budget laptops, especially for students due to online schooling, there has been a spike in Chromebook sales. As a student myself, I took a bold move from switching from my previous Windows machine to a new world of Chromebooks. I decided to buy an HP Chromebook 14a and this is my review!
Why did I choose a Chromebook? As a tech-savvy person on a budget, I had the choice between a Chromebook and a very sub-par Windows laptop. I have personally not been a fan of Windows ever since the launch of Windows 8 (this, to an extent, continues to Windows 11) due to its extremely slow boot speeds, loading speeds and a whole lot more.
Chromebooks claimed to boot under 10 seconds, have a fast and snappy operating system, and be completely virus-free! I knew it was a slight risk to switch to a completely new but I decided to go for it anyway. Let’s get into what I think:
Before that, what are the specs of this Chromebook?
Intel Celeron N4020 Processor
4Gb DDR4 RAM
64Gb EMMC Storage
Intel UHD 600 Graphics (Integrated)
Two USB C ports, one USB A port, 3.5mm jack and MicroSD card slot
What do I like about my HP Chromebook?
Believe it or not, there is a lot that I love about this machine!
The most obvious one - it’s cheap! I got the machine for under INR 28,000 and that was a pretty good deal.
It is almost as fast as it claims to be - Boot time after shutdown is under 10 seconds and waking up from sleep is almost instant. Props to Google for actually making this happen with such poor hardware. Files and apps load pretty fast too.
The battery life - spectacular! I was lucky to get 4 hours of battery on my previous Windows laptop but this Chromebook gives me up to 10 hours of battery, which is brilliant.
USB C - I love the fact that I can charge my laptop and my phone using a single Samsung 25W Fast Charger. Also, my entire home office (external monitor, mouse and keyboard) runs off just a single USB C port and I cannot express how helpful this is. More companies have to follow suit and bring USB C to all their devices.
Touchscreen - HP has been able to add a touchscreen to this device at this price range and it’s a great addition to the overall experience.
The Design and Build Quality - Even though this is just a personal preference, I am in love with the design of this device. It’s thin, light and pretty sleek too! As for the build quality, this is about as good as it gets at this price range. Yes, it is made of plastic but it still has a premium feel to it. The keyboard is not the best but it’s decent and the trackpad is pretty good too. The speakers are from Bang & Olufsen and I don’t have any complaints regarding the same.
What do I dislike about my HP Chromebook?
The worst part of this Chromebook is its display. It runs at 1366x768 resolution and that’s okay for 14 inches. However, the colour accuracy of this panel is just terrible. I hate having to double-check a photo on my phone before posting it to the official Silicon Byte social handles. I can’t say I was expecting a whole lot more at this price range but it still is a pretty bad experience.
The lack of apps and games: Chromebooks can only run apps and games from the Google Play Store or the Chrome Web Store and the selection available isn’t great. I can’t fault HP for this point but it is still something to consider if you’re buying a Chromebook.
Another issue I’ve faced is that when CPU usage increases, it tends to affect the performance of my connected Bluetooth headphone/earphone and this happens very often.
Should you buy it?
It depends. For casual web browsing, very light photo/video editing, easy and simple tasks, absolutely! You will love the device. For any advanced work or gaming, don’t buy it.
But from my perspective, this laptop deserves a solid 8.5/10.
To HP, you have impressed Silicon Byte with this device. Expecting to see a whole lot more from you guys soon!
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