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HP Chromebook 14 (2021) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 01, 2021 at 01:58 pm
HP Chromebook 14 (2021) Picture
7.1
School
3.8
Gaming
5.5
Multimedia
3.4
Workstation
6.0
Business
Size
14"
Operating System
Chrome OS
CPU
Intel Celeron N4000
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 600
RAM
4 GB
Storage
32 GB

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.

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 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.

Pros
  • Compact size makes it easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life for light productivity and video playback.
  • Decent touchpad.
  • Keyboard feels good to type on.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU not powerful enough for heavy workloads.
  • Poor quality webcam.
  • Mediocre port selection.
  • Screen not bright enough for use in well-lit settings.
3.8 Gaming

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.

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

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.

Pros
  • Compact size makes it easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life for light productivity and video playback.
  • Speakers good for spoken content.
Cons
  • Low-resolution display looks washed out and inaccurate.
  • Screen not bright enough for use in well-lit settings.
  • Blacks look gray in dim environments.
  • Poor viewing angles.
3.4 Workstation

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.

Pros
  • Silent under load due to fanless design.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU not powerful enough for heavy workloads.
  • Mediocre 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 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.

Pros
  • Compact size makes it easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life for light productivity and video playback.
  • Decent touchpad.
  • Keyboard feels good to type on.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU not powerful enough for heavy workloads.
  • Poor quality webcam.
  • Mediocre port selection.
  • Screen not bright enough for use in well-lit settings.
  • Can't install x86 applications.
  • 7.1 School
  • 3.8 Gaming
  • 5.5 Multimedia
  • 3.4 Workstation
  • 6.0 Business
  1. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

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).

6.0
Design
Build Quality

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).

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
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)

The HP Chromebook 14a is a compact laptop that fits easily into most bags. The power adapter is also small and lightweight.

3.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
4.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
0
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

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.

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%

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).

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 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.

5.4
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
591 : 1

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.

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, though, 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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The HP Chromebook 14's backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain for some people.

Interface
6.3
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.5
Numpad
No
Backlighting
No
Operating Force
62 gf
Actuation Force
35 gf
Pre-Travel
0.99 mm
Total Travel
1.8 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 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).

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 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).

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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. We expect 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 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.

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

The HP Chromebook 14 doesn't have any extra features like biometric login or pen input support.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

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, 1.1GHz to 2.6GHz)
GPU
  • Intel UHD Graphics 600
Memory
  • 4GB LPDDR4 2400MHz
Storage
  • 32GB eMMC
  • 64GB eMMC
Color
  • Mineral Silver
  • Ceramic White
  • Forest Teal

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.

Compared To Other 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.

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, 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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