Is touch worth the cost?

HP adds a 14-inch touchscreen model to its Chromebook lineup

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.

hp chromebook 14 g3

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.

Acer CB 13

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.

5 Responses to “HP adds a 14-inch touchscreen model to its Chromebook lineup”

  1. Your missing the point. This HP is starting life as a Chrome device but will be part of the Microsoft family soon enough. As MS starts rolling out devices to compete with Chrome, this HP will be a perfect target platform with the touch screen and 32GB.

      • Rann Xeroxx

        ??? Microsoft is a successful SaaS provider to the tune of billions with CRM, Office 356, etc. Azure is one of the top cloud platforms available, even iCloud runs on it. Windows is one of the few full OSs that is touch enabled and yet is so light it can run with a little as 1GB of RAM. You can now run a full OS on a 7″ tablet.

        And 2015 looks to be one of the biggest years for MS as they merge WP8 with RT and link all Windows via the same app store with universal app compiling tools. Even Xbox apps will be linked. Bing holds 18%+ search share, the 3rd player is not even in the double digits. And Bing is not just a search engine but a technology that MS is vertically integrating in almost all their tools across all products. Cortina has catapulted to one of the top voice assistance and will be integrated across all MS products; WP, Windows, Xbox, etc.

        So the only dinosaur here seems to be your comment which is stuck in the 1990’s view of what Microsoft is as a technology company.

  2. Mark Webb

    I think the new HP is a bit overpriced. I have the current HP14 and I use that as my day to day laptop and am more than happy with it. I also have a Lenovo N20P with touch screen. Touchscreen does not really add anything to the chromebook experience and frankly the OS is not really designed to take advantage of it. I would far rather have the new HP with a faster processor and perhaps even more RAM. The additional storage is nice but miniature plug USB drives can now be added for just a few dollars that serve just as well.
    The higher res screen and 802.11ac is a great addition however.