That’s a lot of power for a machine running Chrome OS, which only runs Google Apps, including Chrome for Web browsing. Besides having a Haswell processor, the Chromebook 14 features a 14” WLED BrightView 1366 x 768 resolution display and your choice of a 16 GB or 32 GB SSD for local storage. Of course, given that this machine runs Chrome OS, local storage is largely irrelevant, outside of what’s needed to comfortably run the OS – more important is the free 100 GB of storage on Google Drive, which is good for two years.
The Chromebook 14 is also part of T-Mobile’s 4G Connect program, which provides select notebooks with 200 MB of free 4G data every month for two years. 4G connectivity on the Chromebook 14 is optional, though, so the free 200 MB is only good for the models that come with 4G. On the outside of the machine, there are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, headphone and microphone jacks, and a memory card slot.
The HP Chromebook 14 is certainly one of the most powerful Chromebooks out there, but it still holds to the Chromebook’s most defining trait – very low price. It will sell for $300, and will be available online and in some U.S. stores sometime before the holidays.