Are You Satisfied with HP Chromebook 11?
Because I am not. The problem: Excellence outshines competing Chromebooks but performance undermines core benefits. What I really like about Chromebook 11, I really do. The keyboard and the screen are best of class, even better than laptops costing hundreds of dollars more. But the ARM processor and limited memory (2GB, cough, cough) just can't meet my needs -- something I would say about the Samsung Series 300, which uses the same processor and packs same amount of RAM.
As called out in my original review (http://betanews.com/2013/10/09/google-hp-chromebook-11-first-impressions-review/
), screen viewing angles are excellent and brightness better than most every other Chromebook currently available. I personally find most Chromebook screens to be too dim -- can we dispatch with 200-nit, please?
Last night, I spent some time looking around my local Best Buy, where the Google booth had four Chromebooks on display -- the Acer C720, HP 11-inch and 14-inch models, and the Toshiba 13.3-incher. The dim screens really disappoint alongside the Chromebook 11 for brightness (300-nit) and viewing consistency. To date, the only Chromebooks that deliver consistent color and contrast and are suitable enough for, say, processing photos are the two models of Google design -- Chromebook 11 and Pixel.
I want to get excited about the 13.3-inch Samsung Chromebook 2, because of the faster ARM processor, doubled memory, and higher-resolution screen. But 250-nit puts me off, and brightness isn't the only measure. Color, contrast, and viewing angles do matter. It's any guess what they will be.
If Chromebook 11 had just a little more oomph, it could be my main squeeze. Perhaps I'm too fussy. So I ask: If you own Chromebook 11, are you satisfied with performance? And with other attributes? What do you use the laptop for? #chromebook #hpchromebook11