HP launched a 14-inch Chromebook that uses an Nvidia chip back in September, and now it’s following up with an upgraded, higher-priced model, according to OMG Chrome. The HP Chromebook 14 G3 costs $439.99, which is a $130 premium over the earlier version that also runs on Nvidia’s K1 processor. What’s the difference? The new G3 adds touchscreen support on its higher-resolution screen and more memory.
The similar $300 Chromebook model that [company]HP[/company] has sold for the past few months only uses a 1366 x 768 display spread across its 14-inch screen, so the newer G3 should be easier on the eye thanks to 1920 x 1080 resolution. And you can reach out and touch the capacitive touchscreen, although touch isn’t a primary input method for [company]Google[/company]’s Chrome OS platform.
The updated model also includes double the storage and memory of the less expensive one: You’ll get 32 GB of flash memory and 4 GB of RAM. HP says to expect up to eight hours and 15 minutes of use on a single charge from the 37 wHr battery. Like its predecessor, the newer Chromebook has a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI-out interface, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios.
It might sound silly coming from someone who spent $1,449 on an LTE-equipped Google Chromebook Pixel, but I think this new HP Chromebook is a bit overpriced.
The touchscreen doesn’t add a tremendous value to the Chrome OS experience, for example. And there are several less expensive Chromebook options with FullHD screens that offer comparable if not better performance than what a Tegra K1-powered Chromebook provides.
A Toshiba Chromebook 2 with 13-inch 1080p display and 4 GB of memory costs $110 less, for example, although that model has 16 GB of storage, not 32 GB like the new HP.
And Acer’s Chromebook 13, which I reviewed in September, is priced at $379 with the same [company]Nvidia[/company] chip, screen resolution, memory and storage as the HP Chromebook 14. Unless that extra inch of screen size and touch capability is really appealing, the Acer model can save you $60.