Chrome OS’s ease of use is attracting an increasing number of luxury users, and HP is welcoming them with the HP Chromebook x360 14 — the company’s first Chromebook to support an 8th Gen Core i7 processor.
We anticipate a January release and a starting price in the mid-$500 range, but this is subject to change.
HP Chromebook x360 14: Price and Specifications
|HP Chromebook x360 14|
|Display||14-inch, 1920 x 1080|
|CPU||Intel Pentium 4415U, Core i3-8130U, Core i5-8350U, Core i7-8650U|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 610 (Pentium), Intel UHD Graphics 620 (i3 and above)|
|Storage||Up to 64GB eMMC|
|Ports||Two USB 3.1 Type-C, one USB 3.1, and a 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Size||12.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches|
The HP Chromebook x360 14 is configurable with a maximum Intel Core i7-8650U processor, an Intel UHD 620 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage. 64GB is hardly a premium amount of storage, but HP includes a two-year subscription to a 100GB Google Drive (a $40 value).
In addition to its robust specifications, this 2-in-1 Chromebook has a lightweight aluminum chassis that measures 12.8 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches and weighs 3.7 pounds, making it portable and easier to convert into tablet mode. It has two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, one USB 3.1 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card slot.
Despite its lightweight stature, the HP Chromebook x360 14’s aluminum chassis is also MIL-STD-810G tested, which means it can handle itself in a fight with the floor, among other things (more details to come) (more details to come).
Its 14-inch, 1080p display averaged 220 nits of brightness and covered 67% of the sRGB spectrum in HP’s tests, which is comparable to the average Chromebook, but the bezels are thinner. The HP Chromebook x360 14 has an attractive, backlit island-style keyboard, but I found it to be shallower than I would have liked.
Above the keyboard, this Chromebook features a pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers, adding to its opulence. However, HP does not include a Bang & Olufsen audio app, so you will have to settle for the one available in the Google Play Store.
The Chromebook x360 14’s battery life is rated by HP to last up to 13 hours, which would be quite impressive if it lasted that long.
Once the HP Chromebook x360 14 passes through our lab, we’ll have more information, but 2019 appears to be the year of the premium Chromebook.