HP’s Chromebook 14 is one of the first Google laptops to feature AMD processors. While the A4 chip in question isn’t exactly Ryzen-class, it’s a step up from the low-end, no-name processors that crowd the Chromebook space. It also features a welcome boost from Radeon graphics. These AMD APUs help bring some much-needed performance competition to the category.
Announced at CES in Las Vegas and due to ship in January with a starting price of $269, HP said to expect performance at about the level of Intel’s Celeron processors—at very affordable prices. (Note: An AMD A6 version of the Chromebook 14 was also announced, but it won’t be available in the United States at launch, and its future availability here is not certain, an HP spokesperson confirmed.)
HP Chromebook 14 specs, features and price
Here are the specs we know, all for AMD A4 versions at this point:
CPU: AMD dual-core A4-9120 APU
RAM: 4GB DDR4-1866 SDRAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon R4 Graphics
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Connectivity: Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Type C, two USB 2.0 Type A, headphone/microphone jack, microSD slot
Wireless: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174A-5 802.11a/b/g/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.2 combo (MU-MIMO support)
Dimensions: 13.27 x 8.92 x 0.72 inches
Weight: 3.4 pounds
Battery life: Up to 9 hours and 15 minutes in mixed use, per HP (display brightness set to 150 nits)
The prices differ around the display. The starting $269 model has an HD (1366×768) WLED. Move up to $299, and you get either an HD display with touch, or a Full HD (1920×1080) WLED with IPS technology.
All versions will come in Chalkboard Gray or Snow White. The two $299 versions will also come in Ink Blue.
Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.