HP Chromebook 14 14-x030nr Review

HP Chromebook 14 14-x030nr

HP Chromebook 14 14-x030nr Specifications

Display: 14″ 1366×768, 111.9 PPI, Matte/Anti-Glare finish
Battery: 2960mAh 8 hours
Dimensions: 34.39 x 24 x 1.78 cm (13.54 x 9.45 x 0.7 in)
Weight: 1.54 kg (3.4 lb)
CPU: NVIDIA Tegra K1 CD570M-A1 ARM Cortex A15 quad core @ 2.1GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 16GB SSD
Wireless: 802.11ac dual band and Bluetooth 4.0
Multimedia: 0.9MP Webcam
Ports: 3.5mm Headset Jack
HDMI
USB 2.0 x 2
USB 3.0MicroSD Card reader

HP Chromebook 14 14-x030nr Review

This machine was made for one purpose and that was for fast web browsing. It performs its intended purpose very well, as the first thing you notice is when the lid is opened the computer automatically connects in a matter of seconds. To use the Chromebook the system requires that you create a Google account, if you don’t already have one that is (Gmail, Google Drive, etc). More information about the HP Chromebook 14 14-x030nr.

The Chromebook is unlike any other laptop you are likely familiar with as the computer operates on the Google Chrome web browser platform.
However, DO NOT mistake this machine for a fully functional laptop, especially if you are accustomed to a Microsoft Windows based O/S. Not to say there are folks out there that use this as one, though they would likely agree it takes more effort than most would be willing to contribute to make this Chromebook a true replacement for a traditional laptop. I find myself using my Windows laptop to use the Microsoft Office suite as the Microsoft Office app for Chrome does not do a good job for me especially since I am editing Word docs. File saving is meant to be done in Google Drive which is cloud based storage as you essentially have only “Downloads” as files that are able to be stored on the laptop itself.

In over 1 year I have had no issues with viruses, etc as Chrome seems to be a safer way of browsing that I have experienced and certainly safer than using Internet Explorer.

My Chromebook came with free 4G from T Mobile up to 200mb in a month which at times has been invaluable when our Internet was down.

The Chrome app webstore has been slow to add new apps, though I am considered to be very old school in my computing and have next to no interest in apps unless it would make my life easier rather than pass awkward trappings of my time playing Bejeweled.

Also, I wanted to point out that if I had to predict why you would end up replacing your Chromebook in about a year’s time it would likely be your screen breaking. In particular the screen cable becoming worn from use as I am experiencing this now on my Chromebook. I have found at nearly 14 months of constant daily use (5-10x daily as the whole family uses this Chromebook) the motion of flipping the lid open has left me with only certain functional angles that the screen can be tilted without a distorted picture.

So to sum it up for me 95% of the time this is a great laptop since this percentage is directly proportionate to my need for a quick easy way to connect to the Internet.

 

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