The HP Chromebook 14 (2021) is a budget laptop that runs on Chrome OS. It has a light and compact design that makes it easy to carry around, and its battery lasts over sixteen hours of light productivity. However, it doesn't feel particularly well-built, so you have to be careful with it. The touchpad is fairly large and responsive, and the keyboard feels good to type on. Unfortunately, the TN panel on our unit looks washed out and doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare, and while the speakers sound good, they don't get very loud. It's only available with a low-power Intel Celeron CPU and integrated graphics, which means it can handle light tasks like web browsing and video playback, but not heavy workloads like AAA gaming or video editing. Lastly, you can't install any x86 applications due to Chrome OS' limitations.
Our HP Chromebook 14 has an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 400 integrated GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 720p TN display. The CPU, GPU, and memory aren't configurable. There are three display options; we recommend getting the model with a 1080p IPS screen. If you need more storage space, there's a model with 64GB, which will allow you to install more apps and store files locally.
The HP Chromebook 14 is decent for school use. It's a compact laptop that's easy to carry around, and it 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. Our unit has a low-resolution TN panel, but you can get a model with a 1080p IPS display, which will look much sharper. Unfortunately, glare is a problem in well-lit environments because the screen doesn't get very bright. The Intel Celeron 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.
The HP Chromebook 14 is bad for gaming. Its Intel Celeron CPU and integrated graphics are only capable of handling light games from the Google Play Store, and you can't install any DirectX games because it runs on Chrome OS. Additionally, 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.
The HP Chromebook 14 is sub-par for media consumption. Our unit has a low-resolution TN panel that looks washed out. You can get a model with a 1080p IPS display, but it'll likely 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.
The HP Chromebook 14 is bad for use as a workstation. It's only available with a low-power Intel Celeron processor and integrated graphics, so it isn't powerful enough to handle demanding workloads like video editing or 3D design. It also runs on Chrome OS, which means you can't install any x86 applications. It's hard to access the internals, and you can't upgrade the memory or storage drive.
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 heavy workloads, and its 4GB of memory makes it hard to multitask. You can't install any x86 applications because it runs on Chrome OS.
The HP Chromebook 14a has an unremarkable design. It looks well-assembled overall, though the plastic chassis feels rather cheap. The bezels are thin on the sides but thicker at the top and bottom. On the bright side, it has up-firing speakers on either side of the keyboard. If you prefer a 2-in-1 convertible laptop that you can use as a tablet, check out the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021).
The HP Chromebook 14's build quality feels 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).
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.
The HP Chromebook 14a is a compact laptop that fits easily into most bags. The power adapter is also small and lightweight.
The HP Chromebook 14'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. You can replace the SoC, but it needs to be the same model. Opening the laptop and making changes to the hardware may void the manufacturer's warranty.
There are three display options for the HP Chromebook 14. The TN panel on our unit has a low resolution, so it doesn't look particularly sharp. There's another TN panel option that supports touch input, but it has the same resolution. If you want the sharpest screen, we recommend going with the 1080p IPS display. 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).
All the display options are limited to a 60Hz refresh rate with no VRR support. The TN panel on our unit has a very slow response time, as we can see a good amount of ghosting in the motion blur photo, so it's not the best for viewing fast-moving content or gaming. We expect the other panels to perform similarly.
As expected for a TN panel, the contrast ratio is sub-par, making blacks appear gray in dark settings. The 1080p IPS panel will likely perform better, but not by much. Chromebooks have a built-in Content Aware Brightness Control feature, a type of adaptive brightness, but it doesn't seem to affect the checkerboard pattern we use for testing. The contrast ratio can vary between individual units.
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, though, making it ideal for dark room viewing as it causes less eye strain.
The HP Chromebook 14's 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.
The TN panel on our HP Chromebook 14 has awful black uniformity. 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 angles. Black uniformity can vary between units.
The HP Chromebook 14 has sub-par viewing angles. 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.
The vertical viewing angles are bad, mainly due to the TN panel's chroma inversion. The image looks very inaccurate if you're viewing even slightly from above or below, which limits the angle at which you can tilt the screen. If you want better vertical viewing angles, we recommend getting the model with the 1080p IPS panel.
The HP Chromebook 14 has awful color accuracy out of the box. 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. Color accuracy can vary between units.
The HP Chromebook 14a 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. We don't recommend using this display for any color-critical work. All three display options are advertised to have 45% NTSC coverage.
The HP Chromebook 14's backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain for some people.
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.
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.
The speakers are good. They sound fairly neutral despite having almost no bass, but they don't get very loud.
The HP Chromebook 14 has a poor webcam. The video quality is bad because the image is overexposed, lacks fine details, and the colors look unnatural. The microphone sounds quiet, with a noticeable amount of static in the background. If you're looking for a similarly priced Chromebook and want a webcam that produces a more true-to-life image, check out the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) or the Samsung Chromebook 4 (2019).
The HP Chromebook 14's 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).
The HP Chromebook 14's wireless adapter is a Realtek RTL8822CE.
Our HP Chromebook 14 has an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, a low-power two-core, two-thread CPU first released in 2017. It's the only CPU available for this model. There are other Chromebook 14s with different CPU configurations, but we consider them separate models because they differ in design and port selection. The Celeron N4000 is fine for general web browsing and video playback. It can likely handle most games from the Google Play Store; however, it isn't powerful enough for demanding tasks like video editing.
The HP Chromebook 14 is only available with Intel UHD Graphics 600, an integrated GPU designed for light tasks. It can handle most games from the Google Play Store except for the most graphically demanding ones. It isn't powerful enough for heavy tasks like 3D modeling or video editing.
You can only get the HP Chromebook 14 with 4GB of RAM. It's enough for light tasks on Chrome OS, but you'll see some slowdowns or stutters if you have many browser tabs open simultaneously.
The 32GB of storage in our HP Chromebook 14 is the base configuration. The operating system takes up more than a third of it, leaving you very little space to install apps or save files locally. However, you can get a model with 64GB, and there's also a MicroSD card slot to further expand the storage.
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. We can't run the GPU compute test on our version of Geekbench 5 because it doesn't support the proper graphics API; however, we expect that it'll perform just as poorly since it only has integrated graphics.
Cinebench R23 doesn't work on Chrome OS.
The HP Chromebook 14 isn't designed for 3D rendering. It took the Intel Celeron N4000 CPU nearly an hour to render the bmw27 scene. We ran the CPU render test using the Linux version of Blender since there isn't a version for Chrome OS. We can't run the GPU render test because the Linux version of Blender doesn't support the proper API, though we don't expect the integrated graphics to perform any better.
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.
The HP Chromebook 14's 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 storage option is also an eMMC drive, which we expect will perform similarly.
The HP Chromebook has exceptional battery life, lasting longer than the advertised 13.5 hours in our web browsing test. It doesn't last as long for video playback, but it's still more than enough to get you through a couple of movies and TV shows. Unfortunately, the battery drains very quickly if you perform any CPU or GPU-intensive tasks like gaming. Battery varies greatly depending on your usage.
Borderlands 3 doesn't run on Chrome OS.
Civilization VI doesn't run on Chrome OS.
CS:GO doesn't run on Chrome OS.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider doesn't run on Chrome OS.
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.
We can't test the performance over time because UNIGINE Heaven and Cinebench R23 aren't compatible with Chrome OS. We expect some performance loss as it's typical for a fanless device.
The HP Chromebook 14 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.
We tested the HP Chromebook 14 (model 14a-na0021nr) equipped with an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 600, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. The CPU, GPU, and memory aren't configurable, but there are three display options and colors, as well as a larger 64GB storage. You can see the various configurations in the table below.
Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration that we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar HP Chromebook 14 that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.
You can see our unit's label here.
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.
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, feels better built, and its webcam and microphone are superior. You can also equip it with up to 6GB of RAM, as opposed to 4GB on the HP. 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 significantly longer battery life.
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.
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 even 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, with a backlit keyboard and a better-quality webcam and microphone. On the other hand, the HP has far better battery life, a more varied port selection, and a much better touchpad.