hp chromebook x360 14 Review : Convertible For Office and Multimedia | Tech Reviews
The HP Chromebook x360 14 currently costs 401 euros (426.02 USD)*. There is no technical innovation for this, but solid technology for working and for media consumption. *at the time of research for this article.
Chromebooks are a niche in this country and in many cases still have a bad reputation. Weak and outdated hardware, poor workmanship, few functions. The devices had a good reputation, but a lot has happened here. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to design.
So if you are looking for a notebook that you can work productively with for a day and that is well suited for a series evening on the couch, then you should take a closer look at Chromebooks.
|Display||35 cm (14″), 1920 x 1080 pixels, anti-glare IPS touchscreen, 250 nits, 45% NTSC color space coverage|
|Processor||Intel® Pentium® Silver N5030 Processor, 4x 1.10 GHz, Turboboost up to 3.1 GHz, 4 MB Cache|
|Chart||Intel UHD Graphics 605|
|RAM||4 GB LPDDR4 2400 MHz (soldered, not expandable)|
|Hard disk||128 GB eMMC|
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac
|Connections||2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps, USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort™ 1.2)
1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
1 x headphone / microphone combo jack (3.5 mm )
|Updates||Until June 2024|
Li-Ion polymer battery, 2-cell, 47 Wh, Up to 12 hours and 15 minutes runtime, 45W charger
|Input devices||Non-backlit keyboard
Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support
|Dimensions||32.55 x 21.96 x 1.82 cm|
Design & Processing
HP has given the Chromebook x360 14 an unexcited look. Practical and minimalist is the best way to go. There are hardly any decorative elements, which I personally like very much. The different shades of gray blend in well with most environments. The visual highlight is the glossy display hinges, which reliably hold the screen in the desired position. If you like opening your notebook with just one finger, there’s one disappointment: you can’t.
The display frames are a bit too wide for a modern design, but we can live with that. The 720p webcam is housed in the upper frame. Like all webcams, this is more of a decorative nature. In good light, it produces sufficiently good images for video chats. If the light gets worse, its performance adapts to the light. But this is something that unfortunately no notebook manufacturer has been able to get a grip on.
As with all 14″ notebooks, the HP Chromebook does not have a dedicated number block. The keyboard sits in a small indentation so that it doesn’t rest on the surface when the convertible is used with the display turned upside down. There are four small spacers next to the keyboard to ensure you don’t scratch your desk when the Chromebook is used upside down. However, they do not interfere with normal notebook use.
The keys have a short drop, are smooth-running and offer a soft typing experience. Longer texts can be written reasonably on it.
The touchpad is generously sized and placed in the middle. It reacts precisely to your inputs, but is a bit sluggish for my personal taste. For this price range, that’s perfectly fine.
A word about the workmanship and the materials used. Of course, at this price you have to do without things like aluminum. HP uses matt plastic for the body, but it is robust and difficult to bend. A big advantage of the material: It is absolutely insensitive to fingerprints. There is nothing wrong with the processing. All parts are flush and there are no burrs or sharp edges.
Versatile connection selection
At first glance, there are not many ports: there are two USB-C 3.2 Gen1 and one USB-A 3.2 Gen1. There is also a 3.5mm jack on the left. The power button is also on the left, and there are two volume buttons on the right.
The USB ports transfer data with a maximum of 5 GBit/s and the USB-C ports also offer DisplayPort 1.2. So you can easily operate an external display over it. The Chromebook can be charged via both USB-C ports. That’s always welcome.
Overall, the ports of the Chromebook x360 14 are a good choice for everyday use. Personally, I only miss a card reader. But if you don’t edit as many photos as I do, you can do without it.
According to HP, the display offers you a maximum brightness of 250 nits. That’s enough for interiors without any problems. It can also be used outdoors as long as you make sure that there is no direct sunlight. On the other hand, the display does not compete. It’s a matte touch display, so you won’t have a problem with annoying reflections.
It measures 14″ diagonally and this, in combination with the Full HD resolution, ensures that content is displayed sharply and crisply. Since it is an IPS panel, the viewing angles are also nice and wide, which is beneficial for comfortable movie watching. You don’t have to worry about color shifts even when viewing from the side.
The display of the Chromebook x360 14 is well suited for series evenings on the couch. Image and video editing, on the other hand, are not the strengths of the HP Chromebook. According to HP, the display supports 45% of the NTSC color space. The AdobeRGB color space should be in the same range, the sRGB color space at around 60%. I can’t measure it, but in our database of display values, these are the average values. Occasional image editing isn’t a problem, but anything beyond simple one-click tweaking should be done on an external display rather than on the Chromebook.
The HP Chromebook x360 14 is powered by an Intel Pentium Silver 5030. The CPU was introduced in 2019 and offers you four cores. You get along well with it in everyday life. The CPU is supported by four GB of RAM, which unfortunately cannot be expanded.
Switching between apps is smooth, and more complex things in Google Sheets run smoothly in most cases. Image editing apps like Snapseed also perform well. Video editing isn’t really fun, but it’s also reasonably possible. But the HP Chromebook x360 14 is not primarily made for that.
In games, it delivers a mixed picture. The performance in games like Asphalt 9 or PUBG Mobile is quite decent in medium and low details. Unpleasant stuttering occurs on high details, especially in games like Asphalt, which spoils the fun.
With Chrome OS you get an operating system that is strongly based on Android. You can therefore also use the Google Play Store for the apps, but some apps are not adapted for use on Chrome OS and are therefore not available. If you’re new to Chrome OS, I recommend our guide to getting started with Chrome OS .
Essentially, Chrome OS is designed to store data online, making it available anywhere in your Google Account. In normal working environments in Germany, this should no longer be a problem. When traveling, you can use offline mode to store music and data on Chromebook.
Like most Chromebooks, the HP convertible does not have a fan. It is passively cooled and is therefore absolutely silent. Perfect for working in quiet places like libraries.
HP specifies the battery life as up to 12 hours and 15 minutes. As always, such manufacturer information should be viewed with a great deal of skepticism, because it can only rarely be reproduced in everyday life. At full brightness, the battery discharges at a little less than 10% per hour in office use. Makes a running time of almost ten hours. That’s less than the promised 12 hours, but still more than enough to last a day in the office or at university without an outlet. By the way, when gaming, the battery lost up to 24% per hour. But you only gamble without a connected power supply in very few situations anyway.
The two loudspeakers are located next to the keyboard. As with all convertibles, there are also different sound patterns here – depending on the position used.
Overall, the sound is bright. Naturally, basses are hardly pronounced in such a small device and are often lost in music in view of the mids and trebles. At high volume, the highs also tend to get jangly. However, half the volume is sufficient in most cases.
Due to the bright sound, the convertible is not well suited for all styles of music. Bass-heavy music is no fun. We recommend connecting an external speaker via Bluetooth. In contrast, the bright sound is not disturbing in films. Voices come across clearly and are easy to distinguish from one another.
If you use the HP convertible with the display turned upside down, the two speakers fire directly onto your shelf. The sound is noticeably quieter and also duller. You will get the best results for movies in tent mode. The speakers emit their sound backwards, but this also creates a mini stage for the sound.
Upgrade: Unfortunately not included
Unfortunately, this Chromebook cannot be upgraded. HP is not friendly here and hides the screws under the glued feet. You only get them with effort and at the price of their destruction.
Conclusion HP Chromebook x360 14a-ca0140ng: Inexpensive multimedia convertible
The Chromebook x360 14 is a small all-rounder for office and multimedia. Even simple image editing or video editing is possible with the device, but the limits are tight.
For currently 401 euros* you get a well-rounded package. There’s plenty of room for your apps and data, and the port selection gives you plenty of options to accommodate a monitor or docking station for more ports.
The HP Chromebook x360 14’s small form factor and light weight also make it ideal for taking anywhere. It really fits in every backpack.