Product Review: HP 14-c010us Chromebook

11/4/2013 By: Henry Thiele

The Chromebook has quickly moved into prominent discussions among educators as a flexible Internet-based device in classrooms. Whether you are using the system as a cart or taking advantage of 10-second start-up times or optimizing it as a low-cost 1:1 device for utilizing Google Apps, the Chromebook is now a computer that schools must consider. Over the past year, several manufacturers have come into the marketplace, including Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, and HP. Since Chromebook’s operating system is the same across all of these platforms, we thought it would be interesting to take each model for a test drive and look at what makes them unique. Today we look at the HP 14-c010us Chromebook. Next up - the Samsung 550.
 
HP 14-c010us Chromebook
The HP 14-c010us Chromebook is the best device for a laptop replacement if the goal is to feel as close to a laptop as possible. However, it's too heavy and large for a student 1:1 device. Offering a larger screen than the others, it maintains the 1366 x 768 resolution. The keyboard, mouse, and sound are excellent.
 
 


Key Features
  • Cost: $329.00
  • Battery: External, 4 hours life
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs
  • Weight Comparison to iPad: 2.64
  • Size: 13.66 x 9.37 x 0.83 inches
  • Processor: Intel® Celeron® 847 processor (1.1GHz)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Keyboard: Largest keys and expansive keyboard. Full laptop feel.
  • Touchpad: 3.5" x 2.5"; two button traditional mouse
  • Screen: 14" LED 1366x768 - dim
  • Ports: USB 2.0 (3), HDMI, SD, Ethernet
  • Memory Card: 2 in 1
  • Power Adapter: Full traditional HP
  • Storage: 16GB Flash
  • Durability: Laptop case. Firm screen and backing has limited flexing.
  • Speakers: Excellent sound by Altec Lansing
  • Coolness Factor (Would a kid want to carry this around?): 3
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