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For quite a while now ChromebookHQ has been convinced that the Chrome OS revolution will take place. From Google’s announcement of the CR-48, the first Chromebook ever built that got a lot of flack for everything about it, all the way through the Samsung 5 550, the Google Pixel and up to the HP Chromebook 11, I’ve been watching. And guess what, I’m still in love.
If the beautifully designed HP Chromebook 11 has done anything to change my love for Chromebooks then it has deepened the belief that Chrome OS is an OS that fills a need and that Chromebooks are the type of laptop computer that families and students happily spend a little money on. The numbers back me up. I called this post a meta review because I wanted to gather all the experts opinions on this new device and see what the views are of pundit filled tech media land. I’ve used the reviews from CNET, The Verge, Engadget, Forbes, PCWorld, PCPRO and Techradar.
But First, We Take A Look
CNET – full review
The HP Chromebook 11 has a sharp design, comfortable keyboard, bright IPS display, and loud speakers; it also works with Chromecast for living-room media sharing.
Nothing much new under the hood: only 16GB of storage, no SD card slot, and it drops the regular HDMI port that the otherwise similar-priced Samsung Chromebook had. No touch screen. Chromebook still not great as offline-ready device.
The Verge – full review
[ChromebookHQ comment] The Chromebook has become, and is for a long time now, the number one selling laptop out there. Both the number one and number two spot on the Amazon bestsellers list are taken up by Chromebooks. And you know what? The number two spot is already taken up by the new HP Chromebook 11 and right now you can only pre-order that one!
The device designed to unseat last year’s Samsung Chromebook at the top of the Amazon best-seller list, is the HP Chromebook 11. This 11.6-inch laptop is priced to move.
[And] if it’s “just a web browser,” it’s a beautiful one. The keyboard is solid, too: clicky and comfortable despite the cheap, plasticky feel of each of its keys.
Cheap, Solid keyboard, Chrome OS is impossibly easy to use
Without a touchscreen, or a better display, or better battery life, the Chromebook 11 doesn’t make a great case against tablets like the Nexus 10 or the iPad. And without more power and better performance, it’s really hard to recommend to anyone as their primary laptop.
Stuttery performance, Build materials can feel cheap, Problematic touchpad
Engadget – full review
A well-built laptop with a bright IPS display and a decent keyboard for under 300 bucks is certainly worthy of a place on your comparison-shopping list. You’ll also be treated to several freebies: a free 100GB of storage on Google Drive for two years, a 60-day trial of Google Play Music All Access and 12 free sessions of Gogo in-flight internet.
Aside from the flaky touchpad, the biggest disadvantages — only 16GB of SSD storage, an operating system largely limited to Google’s own ecosystem — are part of what makes a Chromebook a Chromebook.
Forbes – full review
With an improved screen, a solid feel and a very handy new charging system, this Chromebook has a lot going for it. HP uses a MicroUSB cable to charge, just like all Android phones and most other phones and cables.
Unfortunately there is no SD card reader and the only way to hook it up to an HDMI TV or monitor is with a special cable.
PCWorld – article
The display has 176-degree viewing angles. The Chromebook’s speakers are “finely tuned,” and placed under the keyboard so the sound projects toward the user. In another nice touch, the new Chromebook charges via micro-USB
[ChromebookHQ comment] Google was quick to say that a LTE model is coming soon. They couldn’t yet say anything on they pricing though.
The tech specs are unchanged from last year’s model. There’s also no official word on an availability of an LTE model. We’ll have to see how the new Chromebook 11 performs in the real world, but it’s unlikely to work miracles for under 300 dollars.
PCPRO – full review
This 1.04kg laptop feels impressively tight and well-constructed for a bargain-basement price. The 11.6in IPS display is a huge leap forward. The bright, saturated colours and wide viewing angles are a significant step up from previous cheap-and-cheerful Chromebooks.
[ChromebookHQ comment] All in all PCPRO had a very positive tone in their review. No negatives were mentioned, as I would agree with of course. The only negative they could see is the above mentioned matter of Chrome OS being good enough, or not. And to that I say ‘fair enough’, conclusion is that if you like Chrome OS as much as I do, you’ll love the HP Chromebook 11.
The burning question is whether Chrome OS can hold up its side of the bargain, and we’ll be giving it a thorough workout over the next week or so to find out. Keep an eye out for the full PC Pro verdict.
Techradar – full review
Simply put, this is the best Chromebook to have pitched its pearly-white tent in this price bracket. It looks great. It sports a sharp 11-inch (1366 x 768) display that provides wide viewing angles (176 degrees, to be exact) thanks to the inclusion of an IPS panel, which provides deep blacks and makes colours ‘pop’.
Great screen, Micro-USB charger, Design, Price
It certainly didn’t blow us away[keyboard and trackpad], and it may be the case that we would have to spend longer with the machine before making our mind up proper.
Average battery life, Keyboard, Chrome OS may be too limiting for some
The Meta Conclusion
It is a remarkable laptop, by all accounts. It is clear that in this joint effort by HP and Google they’ve tried to bring the awe inspiring design and experience of the Chromebook Pixel to an inexpensive device. The screen is the best you’ll find for a 11 inch display and even beats those of laptops four times more expensive. The HP Chromebook 11 scores big on its great keyboard, its USB charger, wonderful screen, 100GB free two year Drive space, cheerful design and of course, its ridiculously low price.
If you are looking for a second computer for at home, if you are a student that needs a cheap, good and safe laptop or you like the ultra fast booting Chrome OS experience than this machine is might just be what you are looking for.