Aside from its AMD chipset with Radeon graphics, the Chromebook 14's other unique feature is a resin finish that's supposed to help the device better resist scratches and bumps . I didn't throw it around to test that claim, but the sandpapery exterior certainly felt hardy when I played with it. The Ink Blue version I saw is quite attractive, though the laptop is also available in gray and white, if you prefer something more conservative. Since it uses a fanless design, HP was able to keep the Chromebook 14's profile to a slim 18.35mm, but the laptop still felt slightly chunky compared to the latest Chromebooks. Those tend to cost slightly more, though.
The new HP Chromebook has 3 display options -- Full HD touch and HD touch or nontouch. The unit we saw was the full HD model, and it was responsive and easy to read. It's not the brightest or most vibrant screen I've seen, even for a Chromebook, but hey, it's only $270. I'm not going to complain.