When the first Chromebooks had been launched in 2011, they had been aimed at the decrease finish of the market and carried matching worth tags. Soon after Google began its Pixel laptop computer in 2013 and proved that it was attainable to deal with the premium section, different makers of PCs adopted on with new superior Chromebooks that had been costlier. Ultimately, Chromebooks considerably moved away from being solely within the low finish of the market, and in the direction of a broader market overlaying some worth ranges. With the flat finish market diminished by not forgotten, HP has introduced that it may take one other shot at this section with its new Chromebook 14.
Because of the identify suggests, the HP Chromebook 14 incorporates a 14-inch SVA show panel with a 1366×768 decision and anti-glare coating. The notebook is available in a high-quality-wanting chassis with a textured end and a 1.8 cm (0.92-inch) z-top, although HP hasn’t specified what sort of materials it’s made from. Given the thickness, it’s cheap to guess that some plastic was used (I’d assume polycarbonate).
Shifting on to the center of the system. The HP Chromebook 14 is predicated on AMD’s A4-9120C processor, a comparatively unknown SoC that includes two Excavator cores operating at 1.8 GHz and the GCN 1.2-based mostly Radeon R4 iGPU with 128 SPs working at 720 MHz (extra details about the SoC is offered in Ian’s AMD at CES 2019 coverage). Being fabbed on a 28 nm course of and a low-finish chip general, this SoC is sufficient to that AMD and HP can nonetheless flip a revenue even with the low-finish pricing of the system. All advised, don’t anticipate an excessive amount of from this APU (and subsequently the Chromebook 14 as an entire): it might probably deal with productiveness apps, VP9/H.264/H.265 decode, play some video games. However, that’s about it.