HP Chromebook x360 14b-ca0004na Review

The HP Chromebook x360 isn’t a relatively well-known laptop and not something that is purchasable these days. But, if you’re looking for a secondary device with just enough processing power at an affordable price, the x360 may be a great buy.

Because the HP Chromebook x360 14b-ca0004na is an old model, we recommend four newer variants available now on the market: 

  1. Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-3W
  2. Acer Chromebook Spin 514 CP514-1H
  3. Laptop Tablet TECLAST X4 11.6 Inch 2 in 1 Touchscreen
  4. LincPlus P1 13.3″ Laptop with Windows 10 S, Full HD IPS Notebook

Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 605 
  • Display Size: 14″
  • Resolution: 1920×1080

Benefits

  • The laptop comes with a 47 Wh Li-ion battery. 
  • Usually, this battery is barely enough to squeeze a couple of hours of performance. But, in our case, the 47 Wh battery is running some pretty basic hardware. 
  • The specs are so energy efficient that the battery can last around 12 hours on average usage. 
  • This battery time owes a favour to the Pentium N5000 processor. It only needs 6W of energy and is about 60% more energy-efficient than a typical 8th generation Core i5 processor.
  • You’re usually just getting a very basic 720p screen in this budget. But HP has loaded the x360 with a 1920 x 1080 IPS anti-glare touchscreen display. 
  • So, massive points for the x360 in the screen department.

Downsides

  • There’s not nearly enough hard drive space on this laptop. It doesn’t even use a hard drive. 
  • You’re just getting a regular memory card that’s soldered on the motherboard, and its only 64 gigs in size. This is a huge letdown, and you’re definitely going to need external storage to make the laptop usable.
  • The Intel 605 integrated GPU pretty much means that you’re not going to be doing any sort of gaming on this laptop.
  • You’re getting dual Type-C USB 3.1 ports and a single USB 3.1 Type-A port. That’s really good. But what uses is the extremely fast signalling rate when 64 gigs are all the space you have.
  • Doesn’t have a touch screen

Verdict

It has already been established that this laptop is used for only a specific set of people with particular requirements. You’re not getting a lot of hardware to work with, and if you feel that the laptop will be underperforming for your needs, you’re probably right. 

It’s a good machine for the price, but we’d still suggest throwing in a couple of hundred bucks and buying something with at least an SSD and a more powerful processor.

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