HP 14" Dual-Core Chromebooks w/Free 4G

Check out this review over at pcworld

On a personal note, I have had a Chromebook for two weeks now and I really enjoy it. It does almost everything I need and the things I do need I have my laptop for. I do wish Skype worked on it but I hear there is a workaround.

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HP 14" Dual-Core Chromebooks w/Free 4G
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Bought the non-4G one for my mother when it was last offered. She loves it. It is very well designed and solid. Much nicer than I expected. Might have to grab one of these…

my wife and I bought our moms the 16GB versions back in June, and for their purposes (email and browsing, mostly) these Chromebooks have been more than enough.

if you have a T-Mobile account, you can add the SIM card that comes with the Chromebook as an additional line on your account for $10, but you will get credited back $10 on your bill. if you have an unlocked phone, I think you’d be able to use the SIM for unlimited talk and text.

Bought one of these a couple of months ago. Very good browsing experience, one of the best I’ve ever had, smooth and responsive. I think it would be a great choice for someone who doesn’t want to manage a computer with a full OS but just wants to browse, email, make documents, etc. without having to deal with installs, updates, viruses, or backups.

Anybody have the Coral one? Is it closer to a brick red or more of a pink color?

Doesn’t really matter, guys can’t use wussie colors like “turquoise” or “coral”. White is tolerable, but suspicious.

You’re going to have to wait til they come out in black or chrome.

Kinda peach color, but a little brighter.

I was wondering if this Chromebook comes with the free Google online storage?

Getting the Chromebook extras depends upon if the original owner had used it. On mine I was able to claim the extra Google Drive space and later able to claim the updated space too.

I’d recommend these Chromebooks mainly as HP made them more durable than what you’d see on similar PCs in this price point–HP did reuse this design on their HP Stream series. I’d have to note these Chromebooks will mop the HP Stream as you have Haswell Celeron with IGP vs Baytrail Celeron(aka Atom) with Ivy Bridge IGP.

Trackpad is nice/responsive, with 4GB of RAM you won’t have to worry about how many tabs you’ve left open or if you install 3rd party Crouton(Ubuntu for offline apps) there is plenty of headroom to flip back and fourth between ChromeOS & Ubuntu.

With two USB 3.0 ports you could use low-profile flash drives for extra storage space so the SD slot can be used to offload your camera photos to the cloud & physical copy on the flash drives… 16GB Chromebook doesn’t leave much headroom if you install a bunch of off-line Chrome programs or test the waters of Ubuntu.

If you live in a city, T-Mobile 4G is very fast and 200mb while small has been a lifesaver when my internet went out during the last heavy soggy snow/ice storm.

HP made a black version for businesses with optional 4G, since these Intel models are supposed to be discontinued that option is gone. There is an nVidia Tegra K1 model with no T-Mobile 4G internet(HP replaced it with a SD reader & top-end model has FHD screen), the colours are grey/lime green/blue/orange edge with a white top/bottom…

Turquoise is darker than the photo shows…

I wouldn’t recommend a white Chromebook, the soft touch rubber coating absorbs dirt/skin oils and it’ll yellow like the bottom of a 2010 MacBook… after a year I could see a white Chromebook look like an aged Olympic White guitar turning into a creamy noodle soup yellow cringe

Are these touchscreen?

No. Most Chromebooks are not, it would add too much to the cost.

I concur. I love my white Chromebook (picked up from a previous Woot this last summer), but it does show every speck of dirt and oil that ever touches it. My dad bought a blue one, and it hides smudges a lot better.

Has anyone upgraded the SSD on this? The Acer C720 is pretty straight forward and uses an M.2 SATA. Based on comments at Amazon it appears that this same module can be used on the HP-14 chromebook, but it seems like it is located beneath the MB and hard to get to.

Pretty cheap storage $65 for 128 GB


This one is not. There are some Chromebooks that are touch. The Chrome OS is not fully optimized to support touch, so the benefit of a touchscreen is minimal and insignificant at this point.

I picked up a 32GB white Chromebook 14 on a previous Woot. I absolutely love it.

Some facts/tips/clarifications:

-You don’t need to enter any credit card info to activate the free 4G. You get 200mb of free 4G per month, and then your service simply stops until the next cycle. If you hit your 200GB ceiling and want more, T-Mobile allows you to purchase additional bandwidth with no contract.

-Make sure to look through your paperwork, because the T-Mobile SIM card usually does not come pre-installed. You’ll have to insert it yourself.

-The 4G works where there is a T-Mobile signal only. No data roaming. It will drop to 3G if there is no 4G available (again, T-Mobile signal only).

-The Intel Celeron processors in these things are Haswell-based. They are pretty snappy, and I can’t think of a time where I’ve had any load handling issues with mine (and I get really tab-happy when I browse).

-A few Android apps will run natively in ChromeOS.

-Google Drive does a pretty decent job of viewing and editing most regular Microsoft Office documents, but does struggle with macros.

-If you’re getting low on battery and are trying to eek out a bit more life, sign out of your profile and then log back in as a guest. It keeps a lot of background services from running, which extends the battery life.

-Some of these will qualify for the Google extras and some won’t. It all depends on whether or not the previous owner registered the device. There’s no way to tell until you get the unit and try.

-To print you’ll need to set up Google Cloud Print. It works pretty well with most networked printers. For non-network printers, you can go through an existing PC or laptop as a proxy.

-As has been stated in a previous post, the white Chromebooks are dirt and smudge magnets.

-For the security minded, the latest build of ChromeOS supports U2F authentication.

-Chromebooks can connect to VPNs that support IPSec. At last check, there was no support for SSL VPNs.

I’ve been using mine pretty consistently since July. My company is making the move to Google Apps (or Google For Work, as they have rebranded it) next year, so I’ve been trying to exist in the Google ecosystem as a field test to find out where the shortcoming are. If you have a specific question about Chromebooks or how non-Google elements operate inside of a Chrome environment, I can probably give you the answer.

Upgrading the SSD is more work than it’s worth. Not much gets stored locally on a Chromebook, and the added space does not have any impact on the performance of the OS. If you want to locally store a lot of files it’s cheaper and much, much easier to just stick in an SD card.

Others have replied in the negative. If you want a Chromebook touchscreen, both Acer and HP make one.

Family member has a Chromebook and likes the slim form factor with great battery life. But would not buy another because 1) you cannot run Skype (they expect you to use Hangouts, a MUCH smaller population of users) 2) it won’t run web-based Java applications and 3) printing (see a previous post) is a major pain in the butt.