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Is this $279 Chrome OS laptop really for everyone?

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HP's latest offering is one of the best Chromebooks we've seen, combining a great design, a comfortable keyboard and reliable performance for $279.

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7.4
15 reviews
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    7.0
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    8.1
  • Battery life
    6.4
  • Display
    7.9
  • Durability
    7.6
  • Expandability
    6.1
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    9.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
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9.2
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    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    9.5
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Display
    9.5
  • Durability
    9.3
  • Expandability
    5.3
  • Noise
    10
  • Portability (size / weight)
    10
7.0
Engadget Oct 9, 2013

If you can move past the inherent limitations of a Chromebook, you have a great value on your hands. A well-built laptop with a bright IPS display and a decent keyboard for $279 is certainly worthy of a place on your comparison-shopping list.

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9.0
PC Mag Mar 7, 2014

The HP Chromebook 11 (Verizon LTE) builds upon a slim and stylish design with a mobile internet connection that frees the Chromebook from the limitations of Wi-Fi.

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8.0
Computerworld Oct 11, 2013

HP's Chromebook 11 is an excellent entry-level laptop for users who want to embrace Google's Chrome OS platform -- either as a full-time computing solution or as a supplementary system for around-the-house and travel-oriented use.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 14, 2013

If you've been thinking about a Chromebook, HP's Chromebook 11 might be the one that sways you thanks to a slim and stylish design, lots of complimentary extras, and battery life to take you through the day.

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8.0
AnandTech Oct 15, 2013

HP got the mix nearly perfect with the Chromebook 11, with a faster CPU this wouldn’t just be a great machine for light use but likely the perfect entry-level notebook.

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8.0
Gizmodo Oct 19, 2013

The HP CB11 is a solid low-end option. It's also a nice option for folks who like the idea of a tablet but can't bare the thought of a keyboardless second screen.

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7.0
CNET Oct 10, 2013

A fresh look and comfortable feel make HP’s 11-inch budget Chromebook an appealing bet, especially for households that need a cheap no-frills Web-surfing Google Netbook. If you’re not thinking about productivity, though, you’re better off with a tablet.

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7.0
Ars Technica Oct 13, 2013

Hopefully one day soon we’ll be able to get a cheap Chromebook that’s reasonably fast and reasonably well-built, not just one or the other.

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7.0
TechCrunch Oct 16, 2013

With its smooth, unmarked white plastic lid, you could mistake it for the white polycarbonate MacBook’s younger brother – but HP’s cute little Chrome OS notebook doesn’t quite fill those mighty big boots.

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6.0
PC World Oct 11, 2013

It advances Google's Chrome OS platform not with what it does, but how it does it. It exudes style and even a bit of unapologetic Chromebook pride.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 11, 2013

The HP Chromebook 11 delivers a vibrant display and sleek design for less than $300, but you'll sacrifice some battery life and performance.

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6.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 17, 2013

The Chromebook 11 looks good, but poor performance and cheaper yet more advanced alternatives have us struggling to recommend this over other products on the market. The Chromebook is getting better, but it's still a long way from being a worthwhile investment as far as we're concerned.

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9.0
TechRadar Nov 1, 2013

It's a quarter of the price of even the cheapest 11-inch MacBook Air and it's far more than a quarter as lovely. If Chrome OS could work for you, buy this laptop.

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8.0
Stuff Oct 11, 2013

Chrome OS still has limits, but the great screen and eye-catching design help make this the best Chromebook yet.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 8, 2013

Google said the HP Chromebook Pro 11 was inspired by the Pixel, but don't expect that notebook's pixel density here. The 11.6-inch IPS panel sports a 1,366 x 768 resolution-- but colors look bright and viewing angles are impressive.

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Ars Technica Oct 8, 2013

HP's Chromebook 11, at least at first glance, addresses many of the problems that come with laptops in that price range. It won't convince you that ChromeOS is worthwhile if you already know that it won't do what you need, but it's an ideal successor to last year's low-cost Chromebooks.

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CNET Oct 8, 2013

The whole affair feels like a older white or black plastic MacBook in miniature. It's definitely nice to hold and certainly eye-catching, but its plastic construction is more Netbook than rugged laptop. The large clickable trackpad feels comfortable, but the raised keyboard isn't backlit.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 8, 2013

Overall, the HP Chromebook 11 looks like a sexy and solid option for the price–if you’re willing to live with Chrome OS’ limitations. But it will have some competition from the Windows side of the house. Right now you can get a touchscreen Asus laptop for just $329 in the Q200.

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ZDNet Oct 17, 2013

You charge up the Chromebook 11 with a microUSB charger so I can use that same charger to top off my Android and Windows Phone devices. Honestly, the ability to charge up a "laptop" device via standard microUSB is quite compelling to me as a person who tries to travel as light as possible.

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Liliputing Oct 9, 2013

At first glance, the HP Chromebook 11 has the makings of a decent portable notebook. It’s thin, light, and has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display with good viewing angles.

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TechRadar Oct 9, 2013

Overall, we really took to the Chromebook 11, which could well prove to be the first Chromebook that tempts us away from our catwalk dwelling ultrabooks to try something a bit different, honest and (whisper it) maybe even a bit sexy.

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The Verge Oct 8, 2013

The Chromebook 11 is plastic, but Google says that it has a magnesium frame, which makes it stronger and more rigid. The laptop is strikingly light when you pick it up — it's weighs only 2.3 pounds — but it still feels solid and well built for the most part, with only a few creaks here and...

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Stuff Oct 9, 2013

With a nice colour scheme, some clever design touches and the same charger as your phone (probably), this could well be the Chromebook that brings Chromebooks into the mainstream.

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9.0
idiotsavant0728 idiotsavant0728

Before you read deeply into my review, I feel it appropriate to mention that I am a fan of Google and, each year, I develop this sort of symbiotic relationship with the company’s products. I am a teacher by profession, so I am innately attracted to anything as collaboration-friendly as Google’s...

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9.0
JoeSaidSo JoeSaidSo

Perfect size/weight. I'm finally able to carry a computer with me to work every day without killing my back. It's great as a second computer, but definitely not enough power to use as a main machine - it slows down when more than a couple of tabs are active. The whole melting charger situation is...

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10
MikeNM MikeNM

ChromeOS definitely has its limitations, but it also has its advantages. I can count on opening up my Chromebook and having it ready to go... It boots up in seconds, and as soon as it has booted up, it's ready to run at full speed (no lag while it updates this and that). HP got the form factor...

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