HP on Monday quietly added a 14-inch touchscreen Chromebook to its lineup, sitting right alongside the company’s existing 11-inch model. For what a Chromebook is capable of doing, an 11-inch model sounds like the better option because of its portability. But the 14-inch version comes with specs that just might convince you to make the jump to the larger screen. You’ll get NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a ton of ports, including one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI, headphone jack and microSD card reader.
In addition, the 14-inch model sports a 1920 x 1080 display, so content should look nice and crisp. HP promises the Chromebook should get users more than 8 hours of battery life, though that’ll obviously vary depending on your usage. Write a few papers, browse a few websites, and the 14-inch model should get you through a day or more no problem; but watch movies, play games, and your battery will be zapped at a quicker rate.
The Chromebook market is still evolving and growing, so it’s definitely a commitment if you use one as your only machine. It’ll cost you a pretty penny, at $439. For that price, you’ll be able to find some good Windows 8.1 machines, so it’s just a matter of your preference. You can pick up HP’s new 14-inch Chromebook now.