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Meet the Chromebook 14

Weak screen

Soft silver case

Thin, but hefty

Ports

Chromium

HP's second Chromebook has the same name as the first. However, it does come with a few new specs, including an Intel Haswell processor and a promised 9.5 hours of battery life. One of the laptop's biggest pluses is that it will only set you back $300, but for the price, you'll sacrifice quality.

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$299.99 MSRP

The new Chromebook 14 suffers from a low-resolution 1,024x768-pixel, 14-inch screen that looks dull.

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$299.99 MSRP

The HP Chromebook has a soft matte exterior finish that feels nice, and not as cheap as we expected given the price.

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$299.99 MSRP

Despite its thin profile, the Chromebook 14 is heavy, weighing more than 4 pounds.

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$299.99 MSRP

The left side of the laptop (above) has two USB ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack. There's another USB port, plus an SD card slot and charging port on the right edge.

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$299.99 MSRP

True to its name, the HP Chromebook 14 is running the Google-built Chromium operating system, which has a basic file system but handles almost all tasks in the Google Chrome browser. That's great if you use many Google services, but those seeking a full-featured operating system will want to pass on this machine.

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$299.99 MSRP
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