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HP Chromebook 14 (2021) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Review updated Feb 22, 2024 at 03:15 pm
HP Chromebook 14 (2021) Picture
7.1
School
3.7
Gaming
5.5
Multimedia
3.4
Workstation
6.0
Business

The HP Chromebook 14 (2021) is a budget Chrome OS laptop. It's part of the HP 14a-na0000 series of Chromebooks. It's available with Intel Celeron or Pentium Silver CPUs, integrated graphics, 4GB or 8GB of memory, and up to 128GB of eMMC storage. There are also multiple display options; you can choose between a TN 720p panel (with or without support for touch input) and a 1080p IPS panel. It has a 720p webcam, Wi-Fi 5 wireless connectivity, and a 47Wh battery. Ports include one USB-A, two USB-Cs, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

See our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

7.1 School

The HP Chromebook 14 is decent for school use. It's a compact laptop that's easy to carry around and has exceptional battery life. You have to be careful with it, though, because it doesn't feel particularly well-built. The keyboard feels good to type on, and the touchpad is decent. Its TN panel doesn't look particularly sharp, but you can get a model with a higher resolution 1080p IPS display. Unfortunately, glare is a problem in well-lit environments because the screen doesn't get very bright. The CPU and integrated graphics can handle light workloads like web browsing and video playback, but they aren't powerful enough for demanding tasks like 3D design.

Pros
  • Compact size.
  • Long battery life.
  • Decent touchpad.
  • Keyboard feels good to type on.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU not powerful enough for heavy workloads.
  • Poor webcam video quality.
  • Limited port selection.
  • Dim display.
3.7 Gaming

The HP 14 Chromebook is bad for gaming. You can't install any DirectX games on Chrome OS, so you're limited to games from the Google Play Store. Even then, this laptop's low-power CPU and integrated graphics will likely struggle in highly demanding titles. Also, some games might not run properly since they're designed for Android smartphones and tablets, and the screen is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate with no VRR support. On the bright side, it doesn't get overly hot under load, and it's silent due to its fanless design.

Pros
  • Silent under load due to fanless design.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU not powerful enough for heavy workloads.
  • Limited port selection.
  • No user-upgradeable parts.
  • 60Hz display and no VRR.
  • Can't install x86 applications.
5.5 Multimedia

The HP 14 Chromebook is sub-par for media consumption. Its low-resolution TN panel looks washed out due to its narrow color gamut. You can get a model with a sharper 1080p IPS display, but it'll perform similarly. Also, it isn't ideal for dark room viewing due to its low contrast ratio, and it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit settings. The speakers sound relatively balanced despite the lack of bass, but they don't get very loud. It's very portable, though, and the battery lasts long enough to get you through a couple of movies and TV shows.

Pros
  • Compact size.
  • Long battery life.
  • Speakers good for spoken content.
Cons
  • Low-resolution display looks washed out and inaccurate.
  • Dim display.
  • Blacks look gray in dim environments.
  • Poor viewing angles.
3.4 Workstation

The HP 14 Chromebook is bad for use as a workstation. It's only available with low-power CPUs, integrated graphics, and up to 8GB of RAM, so it isn't powerful enough to handle demanding workloads like video editing or 3D design. Also, most professional programs don't run on Chrome OS.

Pros
  • Silent under load due to fanless design.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU not powerful enough for heavy workloads.
  • Limited port selection.
  • No user-upgradeable parts.
  • Slow storage drive.
  • Can't install x86 applications.
6.0 Business

The HP Chromebook 14 is inadequate for business and light productivity. It doesn't feel particularly well-built, but it's very portable, and its battery lasts easily through a typical workday. The keyboard feels good to type on, and the touchpad is decent; however, it has a mediocre port selection and a poor-quality webcam. Unfortunately, the CPU doesn't have enough processing power to handle demanding tasks or heavy multitasking. Also, you can't install any x86 applications on Chrome OS.

Pros
  • Compact size.
  • Long battery life.
  • Decent touchpad.
  • Keyboard feels good to type on.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU not powerful enough for heavy workloads.
  • Poor webcam video quality.
  • Limited port selection.
  • Dim display.
  • Can't install x86 applications.
  • 7.1 School
  • 3.7 Gaming
  • 5.5 Multimedia
  • 3.4 Workstation
  • 6.0 Business
  1. Updated Feb 22, 2024: We've updated the review for clarity and readability.
  2. Updated Jan 23, 2024: Added mention of the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (2023) as an alternative with faster CPUs in the CPU section.
  3. Updated Dec 07, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.2.
  4. Updated Nov 03, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  5. Updated Jun 28, 2023: Added mention of the Acer Chromebook 516 GE as an alternative with a higher refresh rate in the Refresh Rate section.
  6. Updated Jan 17, 2023: We've updated the review with more information about CPU, memory, and storage configuration options.
  7. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP Chromebook 14 (model 14a-na0021nr) with an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 600, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. The display, CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; you can see the various configurations in the table below. This review applies to all variants in the HP 14a-na0000 series of Chromebooks.

Screen

  • 14" TN 1366 x 768 60Hz 220 cd/m²
  • 14" TN 1366 x 768 60Hz 220 cd/m² touchscreen‎
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 250 cd/m²
CPU
  • Intel Celeron N4000 (2 cores/2 threads, up to 2.6GHz)
  • Intel Celeron N4020 (2 cores/2 threads, up to 2.8GHz)
  • Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 2.7GHz)
  • Intel Pentium Silver N5030 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 3.1GHz)
GPU
  • Intel UHD Graphics 600 (Celeron models, integrated)
  • Intel UHD Graphics 605 (Pentium Silver models, integrated)
Memory
  • 4GB LPDDR4 2400MHz
  • 8GB LPDDR4 2400MHz (Pentium Silver models only)
Storage
  • 32GB eMMC
  • 64GB eMMC
  • 128GB eMMC
Color
  • Mineral Silver
  • Ceramic White
  • Forest Teal

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The HP Chromebook 14 is a decent Chrome OS laptop with a comfortable keyboard and long battery life. However, there are better options in its price range, especially when it comes to build quality.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best Chromebooks, the best laptops for college, and the best budget laptops.

Acer Chromebook 315 (2020)

The Acer Chromebook 315 (2020) and the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) are both Chromebooks with power-efficient Intel Celeron CPUs. However, the Acer is better for productivity tasks and multimedia viewing because it has a larger, much more color-accurate 15-inch display that gives more room to multitask. It also has a better selection of ports and a far better webcam and microphone. On the other hand, the HP is a much more portable device, with a longer-lasting battery for web browsing and much better-sounding speakers.

HP Chromebook x360 12 (2021)

The HP Chromebook 14 (2021) and the HP Chromebook x360 12 (2021) are both Chrome OS laptops, but the x360 is a 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge, whereas the Chromebook 14 has a traditional clamshell hinge. The Chromebook 14 is better for school use, with well-spaced keyboard keys that don't cause fatigue when typing, a larger, better-tracking touchpad, and a significantly longer-lasting battery. On the other hand, the x360 is better for watching media, as its IPS screen looks much better overall, and its speakers get much louder. Also, it's more portable, and it has a better webcam and microphone.

Samsung Chromebook 4 (2019)

The Samsung Chromebook 4 (2019) and the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) are both Chrome OS devices, but the Samsung is an 11-inch ultraportable, whereas the HP is a compact 14-inch laptop. The Samsung is more portable and feels better built, and its webcam and microphone are superior. On the other hand, the HP's keyboard feels much better to type on, its speakers are better, and it has a better selection of ports. It also has a significantly longer battery life.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) is better than the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) for most uses. The Lenovo has a sturdier build, a brighter display, and a better 1080p webcam. It also has a wider port selection, a faster Wi-Fi 6E wireless adapter, and better CPU performance. However, the HP has a slightly better keyboard and touchpad, and its battery lasts almost three hours longer.

ASUS Chromebook Plus CX34 (2023)

The ASUS Chromebook Plus CX34 (2023) and the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) are both 14-inch laptops with many similarities. The ASUS is slightly better, as it has a sturdier build, a better webcam, and a wider port selection. Also, it's configurable with newer, faster Intel 12th Gen CPUs that can handle more demanding workloads and provide a smoother experience. However, the HP has a significantly longer battery life, lasting over twice as long as the ASUS when performing light productivity tasks.

Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (2023)

The Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (2023) is better than the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) for most uses. The Acer has a sturdier build and a much better webcam, and it's available with significantly faster Intel Core CPUs to provide a smoother and snappier desktop experience. On the other hand, the HP is more portable since it's a smaller 14-inch device, and its battery lasts over 16 hours of light use, which is almost twice as long as the Acer's.

Microsoft Surface Go 2 (2020)

The Microsoft Surface Go 2 (2020) is an ultraportable 2-in-1 Windows device with a detachable keyboard, whereas the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) is a Chrome OS laptop with a larger screen. The Surface is better for multimedia viewing, as its display has a better resolution, gets brighter, and has a larger gamut with far more accurate colors. Also, it's more portable, feels better built, and has a backlit keyboard and a better-quality webcam and microphone. On the other hand, the HP has a far better battery life, a more varied port selection, and a much better touchpad.

Google Pixelbook Go (2019)

The Google Pixelbook Go (2019) and the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) are both Chromebooks designed for light productivity tasks and media consumption. The Pixelbook Go is better for the most part. It has a sharper and brighter display, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and a significantly better webcam. Also, it's available with more powerful CPUs and can handle heavier workloads. The Chromebook 14's battery lasts longer for light productivity, but the Pixelbook Go lasts longer for video playback.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021)

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021) and the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) are both budget laptops that run on Chrome OS, with the most notable difference being that the Acer is a 2-in-1 convertible, meaning you can flip the screen around to use as a tablet. Although the HP has a larger screen, it doesn't look as good as the Acer's because it has an extremely cool color temperature that gives the image a bluish tint. In terms of processing power, the HP has better single-threaded and graphical performance, but the Acer performs better in multi-threaded workloads. Battery life is about the same for both laptops if you're only doing light productivity tasks like web browsing, though the Acer lasts longer for video playback and gaming.

HP Stream 11 (2021)

The HP Stream 11 (2021) and the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) are laptops with different operating systems; the Stream 11 runs Windows 10S, while the Chromebook 14 runs Chrome OS. You can install third-party applications on the Stream if you take it out of S mode, whereas the Chromebook 14 is limited to web apps, Android apps from the Google Play Store, and Linux apps. The Chromebook 14 has a larger display but the same 720p resolution as the Stream 11, so the image doesn't look as sharp because the pixel density is lower. The Chromebook 14 has a better keyboard and touchpad, and its battery life is significantly longer. Although the Stream 11 uses a newer version of the Celeron CPU in the Chromebook 14, the latter feels faster and more responsive overall because Chrome OS is a lighter operating system with fewer processes running in the background.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020)

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020) and the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) are both Chrome OS devices, but the Acer is a convertible 2-in-1 you can use in tablet mode, whereas the HP is a traditional laptop without a touchscreen. The Acer is better for productivity and multimedia viewing, with a much better webcam and microphone, a more flexible port selection, and a much brighter and more colorful display with a higher resolution. Also, it can be equipped with a much better CPU, more RAM, and faster storage, which will make it extremely fast and powerful. On the other hand, the HP's battery lasts longer, and since its speakers get louder, you can hear audio better in loud environments.

HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021)

The HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021) is a 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge that runs Windows, while the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) is a traditional clamshell laptop that runs Chrome OS. The Chromebook is better suited for school use, as it has a significantly longer-lasting battery, its keyboard doesn't feel tiring to type on even after extended periods, and it's completely silent because it's fanless. On the other hand, the Pavilion is better for most other uses, with a better-built chassis, a sharper display, a much better webcam and microphone, and a much more flexible port selection. You can also get it with fast Intel CPUs, and since it's a Windows device, you can install and run x86 and DirectX applications like the Adobe Suite and many games.

Acer Chromebook 516 GE (2022)

For most uses, the Acer Chromebook 516 GE (2022) is better than the HP Chromebook 14 (2021). The Acer has a sturdier build; a larger, sharper, and brighter 120Hz display; a better keyboard and touchpad; and a better webcam. It also has a wider port selection and is available with significantly faster CPUs. On the other hand, the HP is more portable, and its battery lasts much longer.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The HP Chromebook 14a has an unremarkable design that looks a little cheap. It has a silver-color plastic chassis, white keys, and fairly thin bezels with a thicker bottom chin. It's a fanless device and doesn't have any air vents. It's available in three color schemes: Mineral Silver, Ceramic White, and Forest Teal. If you prefer a 2-in-1 convertible laptop that you can use as a tablet, check out the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021).

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is mediocre. It's entirely plastic, with a lot of flex in the display and keyboard deck. The flex isn't awful but still noticeable. We chipped the edge while accessing the internals, which doesn't speak well for the overall build quality. If you're looking for a similarly priced Chromebook but want something that feels much better built, check out the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (2020).

5.4
Design
Hinge
Range
135°
Stability
Decent
One Finger Lift
No

The hinge is disappointing. It feels okay overall and is decently stable, but there's too much resistance to open the laptop with one finger. Also, the screen shakes a lot when typing and moving the laptop around.

8.7
Design
Portability
Size
14"
Thickness
0.7" (1.7 cm)
Width
12.8" (32.5 cm)
Depth
8.6" (21.8 cm)
Volume
73.5 in³ (1,204.5 cm³)
Weight
3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
Charger Size
6.9 in³ (112.8 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)
3.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
4.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
0
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The HP 14 Chromebook's serviceability is bad. It's hard to access the internals as you need to remove eight screws, six of which are beneath the feet. The feet themselves felt brittle and broke when we removed them, and a few plastic pieces also came off when we removed the panel. The memory and storage are soldered on, so there's no way to upgrade them.

See the maintenance and service guide here.

Design
In The Box

  • HP Chromebook 14 laptop
  • 45W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Pixel Density
112 PPI
Panel Type
TN
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
77%

The HP Chromebook 14 is available with the following displays:

  • 14" TN 1366 x 768 60Hz 220 cd/m²
  • 14" TN 1366 x 768 60Hz 220 cd/m² touchscreen‎
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 250 cd/m²

The TN panels have a low resolution, so they don't look particularly sharp. The 1080p IPS display looks much sharper, with a pixel density of 157 PPI. Its 16:9 aspect ratio is great for media consumption; however, a 16:10 or 3:2 aspect ratio would have been preferable for productivity, as the additional vertical space will allow you to see more information, so you won't have to scroll as much. If you're looking for a portable Chromebook but want a taller 3:2 display for more vertical space, check out the HP Chromebook x360 12 (2021).

5.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

All the display options are limited to a 60Hz refresh rate with no VRR support. The TN panel has a very slow response time, causing noticeable ghosting, so it's not the best for viewing fast-moving content or gaming. The other panels perform similarly. If you want a Chromebook with a higher refresh rate and faster response time, check out the Acer Chromebook 516 GE (2022).

5.4
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
591 : 1

The TN panel's contrast ratio is sub-par, making blacks appear gray in dark settings. The 1080p IPS panel will likely perform better, but not by much.

6.3
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
243 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
12 cd/m²

The screen brightness is mediocre. It's a little better than the advertised 220 cd/m², but still not enough to overcome glare in well-lit or sunny environments. The 1080p screen is advertised to have 250 cd/m² brightness, which is a small difference that's barely noticeable. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, making it ideal for dark room viewing as it causes less eye strain.

7.6
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.04%
Indirect Reflections
4.22%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.82%

The reflection handling is good. The matte coating works well against direct reflections, but it's likely that you'll still have trouble with glare due to the screen's low brightness, especially in sunny environments.

0.2
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
14.378%

The TN panel's black uniformity is awful. The whole screen looks blue instead of black, and there's backlight bleed at the top corners. The bottom also looks much lighter due to the TN panel's bad vertical viewing angle. The IPS panel likely has better uniformity.

5.6
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
24°
Color Washout From Right
25°
Color Shift From Left
33°
Color Shift From Right
34°
Brightness Loss From Left
27°
Brightness Loss From Right
29°
Black Level Raise From Left
26°
Black Level Raise From Right
26°
Gamma Shift From Left
18°
Gamma Shift From Right
19°

The TN panel's horizontal viewing angle is bad. The gamma shifts almost as soon as you move off-center. If you want better viewing angles, it's best to go with the 1080p IPS display instead of the TN panels.

3.1
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
10°
Color Washout From Above
20°
Color Shift From Below
Color Shift From Above
Brightness Loss From Below
26°
Brightness Loss From Above
25°
Black Level Raise From Below
10°
Black Level Raise From Above
Gamma Shift From Below
Gamma Shift From Above

The display's vertical viewing angle is bad, mainly due to the TN panel's chroma inversion. The image looks very inaccurate if you're viewing it even slightly from above or below, which limits the angle at which you can tilt the screen. If you want better vertical viewing angles, it's best to get a model with a 1080p IPS panel.

0.1
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
12.92
Avg. Gamma
2.17
Avg. Color dE
10.77
Avg. Color Temperature
16,279 K

The display's out-of-the-box color accuracy is awful. Most colors and the white balance are inaccurate. This is mainly due to the TN panel's narrow color gamut, as well as an overly cool color temperature making everything look blue. The gamma isn't bad, though some scenes are a little too dark, and very bright scenes are over-brightened.

4.0
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
65.04%
sRGB uv
52.82%
Adobe RGB xy
48.38%
Adobe RGB uv
45.59%
DCI P3 xy
48.11%
DCI P3 uv
42.36%
Rec. 2020 xy
34.51%
Rec. 2020 uv
30.87%

The TN panel has a poor color gamut. It doesn't even have full sRGB coverage, the color space used in most web content. It also has bad coverage of the wider Adobe RGB, DCI P3, and Rec. 2020 color spaces, so it isn't ideal for color-critical work. All three display options are advertised to have 45% NTSC coverage.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%
Interface
6.2
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.5
Numpad
No
Backlighting
No
Operating Force
65 gf
Actuation Force
36 gf
Pre-Travel
1.00 mm
Total Travel
1.51 mm

The HP Chromebook 14a has an okay keyboard. It feels good to type on as the keys are stable and comfortably spaced out, but they have a lot of travel for a laptop keyboard, which some people might not like. Unfortunately, there's no backlighting, so it isn't the best option for use in dark environments.

7.0
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
7.0
Size
12.9 in² (83.5 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is of a decent size and responsive. It tracks well, and gestures work as intended. You can click anywhere on the touchpad, even near the top edge, but you have to press hard to make it work. Clicking and dragging works for the most part, although your finger might hit the edge of the touchpad before getting from one corner of the screen to another.

7.5
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
72 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
4.5 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
0.1
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
320 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
17 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.4 dB

The speakers are good. They sound fairly neutral despite having almost no bass, but they don't get very loud.

4.8
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
4.5
Resolution
720p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
No

The webcam's video quality is bad, as the image lacks fine details and looks overexposed and unnatural. The microphone sounds quiet, with a noticeable amount of static in the background.

Connectivity
6.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
No
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
MicroSD UHS 1
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The port selection is passable. Both USB-C inputs support charging and USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed (up to 5Gbps), but only the port on the right side supports video output to an external display (DisplayPort 1.2 standard). The USB-A port is also USB 3.2 Gen 1 (up to 5Gbps). If you're looking for a Chromebook and want a better port selection, check out the Acer Chromebook 315 (2020).

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth
5.0

The HP 14 Chromebook's wireless adapter is a Realtek RTL8822CE.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Celeron N4000
Core Count
2
Thread Count
2

The HP Chromebook 14 is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Celeron N4000 (2 cores/2 threads, up to 2.6GHz)
  • Intel Celeron N4020 (2 cores/2 threads, up to 2.8GHz)
  • Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 2.7GHz)
  • Intel Pentium Silver N5030 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 3.1GHz)

All of the available CPUs are low-power processors designed for light tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback. If you only use a few applications at once and don't stress the system much, you can likely get by with the dual-core N4000 or N4020; however, if you're a heavy multitasker or just want some processing headroom, then go with one of the quad-core Pentium Silver CPUs. Faster clock speeds usually result in only a small performance boost, so don't worry too much about choosing between the N4000 and N4020 or the N5000 and the N5030. If you want a Chromebook with faster CPU options, check out the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (2023).

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
UHD Graphics 600
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The HP 14 Chromebook is only available with integrated graphics. The Celeron processors have Intel UHD Graphics 600, while the Pentium Silver processors have Intel UHD Graphics 605. Both are integrated GPUs designed for light tasks, like web browsing and video playback. They can handle most games from the Google Play Store except for the most graphically demanding ones. The UHD Graphics 605 is faster than the UHD Graphics 600, but the difference is minimal.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
4 GB
Modules
4 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR4
Speed
2,933 MHz

You can configure this laptop with 4GB or 8GB of memory. However, 8GB is only available on the Pentium Silver models. 4GB is enough to run Chrome OS smoothly, but you'll experience slowdowns quickly if you have multiple applications or Chrome tabs open simultaneously, so it's only suitable if you have an extremely light workload. If you're a heavy multitasker, it's best to get 8GB.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
32 GB
Usable Capacity
20 GB
Drive 1
Kingston TB2932
Drive 1 Type eMMC
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure the laptop with 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage.

Performance
2.6
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
426 points
CPU Multi-Thread
790 points
GPU Compute
N/A

The HP Chromebook 14's Intel Celeron N4000 CPU has a terrible score in the Geekbench 5 benchmarks, performing badly in the single- and multi-threaded tests. This means it can handle light workloads like web browsing and video playback but struggles in demanding tasks like photo and video editing. Although we can't run the GPU compute test on our version of Geekbench 5, the Intel UHD Graphics 600 will likely perform just as poorly.

not tested
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
N/A
Multi-Thread
N/A

Cinebench R23 doesn't work on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
57.1 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The HP 14 Chromebook isn't designed for 3D rendering. The Intel Celeron N4000 CPU is far too slow for any practical purposes. Blender doesn't support rendering using the Intel UHD Graphics 600 and 605.

1.8
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
4,042

The Basemark GPU score is terrible, which is expected for integrated graphics in a low-power CPU. It can likely handle games from the Google Play Store but not graphically intensive AAA titles.

4.2
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
39.5 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
235.2 MB/s
Random Write Speed
2.6 MB/s
Random Read Speed
12.5 MB/s

The eMMC drive has very slow read and write speeds. However, the laptop still feels reasonably fast and responsive because Chrome OS is a light operating system, and most tasks are web-based. The slow drive speeds mainly affect processes like launching or installing a large application and file transfers. The 64GB and 128GB storage options are also eMMC drives and will perform similarly.

9.5
Performance
Battery
Capacity
47 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
16.2 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
9.0 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.7 hrs
Charge Time
2.4 hrs

Models with an FHD display will likely have a shorter battery life.

0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Very Low
N/A

Borderlands 3 doesn't run on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Minimum
N/A
Avg. Turn Time
N/A

Civilization VI doesn't run on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Low
N/A

CS:GO doesn't run on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Lowest
N/A

Shadow of the Tomb Raider doesn't run on Chrome OS.

8.9
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
26 °C (78 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
41 °C (106 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
N/A
Fan Noise Under Load
N/A
Power & Fan Control App
No

The thermal and noise performance is excellent. It gets a little toasty under load, with the hottest spot being around the number 4 on the keyboard, but it isn't uncomfortable. There's no fan, so the laptop is always silent.

not tested
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
N/A
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
N/A
GPU Temp (Heaven)
N/A
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
N/A

We can't test the performance over time because UNIGINE Heaven and Cinebench R23 aren't compatible with Chrome OS. There's likely some performance loss, as it's typical for a fanless device.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Chrome OS
Additional Software
None

The HP 14 Chromebook runs on Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system designed to run web apps, Android apps from the Google Store, and Linux apps. You can't install any x86 applications like the full version of Adobe Premiere or DaVinci Resolve. There aren't any additional software applications other than those that typically come with Chrome OS. If you need a laptop that can run full x86 applications, check out the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 (2020).

Every Chromebook has an 'expiration date' at which it stops receiving software updates, and according to Google's official document, the HP Chromebook 14's end of life is June 2026. Google may extend this date as they have in the past for other Chromebooks; it's best to check their official document for any changes.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
No