HP Chromebook 11 11-1101 Review

HP Chromebook 11 11-1101

HP Chromebook 11 11-1101 Specifications

Display: 11.6″ 1366×768 IPS, 135.1 PPI, 300 cd/m²
Battery: 6 hours
Dimensions: 29.69 x 19.51 x 1.75 cm (11.69 x 7.68 x 0.69 in)
Weight: 1.04 kg (2.29 lb)
CPU: Samsung Exynos 5 Dual 5250ARM Cortex A15 dual core @ 1.7GHz
Storage: 16GB SSD
Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n dual band and Bluetooth 4.0
Connectivity: 0.3MP WebcamMicrophone
3.5mm Headset JackUSB 2.0 x 2

 Summary Review of HP Chromebook 11 11-1101

Finally, a really good Chromebook by HP. The release of the HP Chromebook 11 11-1101 was something that not many folks anticipated, but the thin, hushed layout, along with a low price point along with an adequate battery life was able to get the world’s attention and quickly make this one of the best Chromebook models of 2014.

This Chromebook’s design is entirely distinct compared to the version from this past year of Samsung and Acer. There is two color options,black and white. Should you select white, you additionally have the option to add Google-colored emphases with an all black finish, to the borders of the computer keyboard, while the black variant remains plain. Whether you enjoy the brand new layout or not is up to you, but it does keep the thinness (.69 inches) and is really .1 pounds lighter in relation to the preceding Samsung version. There is additionally a new LED light bar to the back, just like the Pixel. It lights up with the Google colors when it is on. This is a pretty cool feature on the new HP Chromebook 11.

The computer keyboard and touchpad continue to be exceptionally great. It is comfortable to type on, and has a considerably more sturdy feel as a result of a magnesium framework that is new they put in to support the plastic casing. There were some criticisms about the Samsung version from this past year regarding how easy it was to flex it and how flimsy it felt, and it unquestionably enhanced here in the HP version. Additionally, the speakers are below the computer keyboard, similar to how Apple does it. In this way , the loudspeakers don’t get muffled when you put the laptop in your lap. Speaker quality is really good for a sub-$300 notebook, but clearly no the first choice for audiophiles.

Another significant development is the display. Google’s making a huge deal about the brightness of the display, but it really is better than last year’s version. Though it keeps the same 1366×768 resolution (which is good for an 11 inch notebook), the contrast as well as the viewing angles is significantly better. It’s a sleek display so unless you completely loved the matte feel of this past year’s version, then this display is a huge advancement.

The very best hardware advancement is how the  HP Chromebook 11 is charged. It is now charged through a Micro USB cable, a cable that is presently used to charge Android telephones along with the Amazon Kindles. With that said the HP Chromebook 11 does lose the HDMI interface found in the last version, but it is still possible to join it to your TV. You need to purchase a Slimport adapter then connect the HDMI cable to accomplish this.  It is not a huge hassle, but it is still something worth saying.

All these changes have been largely great and welcomed developments to the version of this past year. Regrettably, HP made a decision to not update some of the internal hardware of the Chromebook, therefore it still keeps the 2GB of RAM, the 16GB of flash storage, along with exactly the same ARM based chip found last year’s version.

Battery life stays more or less the same at around 6 hours. Thinking about the lively tempo technology moves at, I think that it is disappointing that Google remains using the processors of last year. One might claim that much processing power isn’t required by Chromebooks, but websites and apps are becoming more advanced and demanding. Note that general performance is good, but not excellent. Opening up lots of tabs will generally work out fine and high-definition video playback is comparatively constant, but the quality suffers, in the case you are watching several  YouTube or other videos.

With regard to the software, Chrome OS is running, and you had be comfortable with the Chromebooks abilities and limits. At its heart, it is just the Chrome web browser, and the Chrome web browser. The benefit of having this kind of straightforward system is speed: it boots up in under ten seconds, and you are immediately on the internet (provided you’ve WiFi).

This Chromebook is undoubtedly an improvement over this past year’s Samsung version, but the dearth of internal changes makes it certainly difficult to advocate in the event you are seeking to update from the Samsung version. For individuals looking into Chromebooks for the very first time, I’d say that this an excellent choice- It has a good price and is nicely designed. This would be a great second computer with the main goal of casual internet browsing.

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