The chromebook market has always been driven by education. Google especially targets students with simple and cheap computers. With this Chromebook x360 14-da0001nf, HP is looking to offer a little more and delivers a computer with an Intel Core i5 processor and a finish that is more neat than that of other models equipped with Chrome OS. This move upmarket is also accompanied by a rise in prices, since this model is around 600 €, about twice the price of a basic chromebook with an Intel Core M. It is thus placed in competition Mid-range Windows PCs like the Dell Inspiron 14 3480 .
This HP logic follows that of Google, which has been seeking for some time to offer with Chrome OS more than a backup OS.
Visually, this notebook is very wise, reusing the codes of the brand, such as its specific hinge or the rounded shapes of the keyboard part. To distinguish itself, it sports a hood of different colors (here in white) to make a difference with HP PCs under Windows. The chassis is made of brushed aluminum, which gives it a small air of high-end.
Special feature of the design of this chromebook: its white cover.
The Chromebook X360 is, as the name suggests, a convertible computer. It is therefore possible to switch the screen – obviously tactile – behind the keyboard to use as a tablet. A consistent choice, since Chrome OS runs apps from the Play Store for smartphones and tablets.
The Chromebook x360 can replace an Android tablet
The keyboard of this chromebook is of quality. It offers a nice strike thanks to a well present and balanced resistance. It should be noted that the keyboard (backlit, a single level of intensity) does not offer a numeric keypad, but a well-dimensioned input key, which is significant. The trackpad is also very nice to use. It should be noted that its use on Chrome OS differs from that of Windows; for example, the two-finger scrolling is inverted, which can confuse the user accustomed to the Microsoft OS – and who will have to do it since it is impossible to change this setting.
The keyboard is successful
Connector side, the chromebook HP is complete. It has two USB Type-C 3.1 ports that can be used for charging the laptop, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD player and a mini-jack port.
Note that you can not open the Chromebook x360 to access the components. It must be kept in mind that the purchased version will be final; you will not be able to expand the storage space or add RAM.
When used, the Chromebook x360 handles the heat extremely well. During our protocol dedicated to chromebooks (benchmark 3DMark loop for one hour), it is mounted at 40 ° C only. A temperature expected and appreciable for a computer that will remain fresh in all circumstances. This computer also has the merit of being silent, since the noise measured is 37 dB (A), which is an inaudible breath under normal conditions of use.
The Chromebook x360 14-da0001nf features a 14-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The facade screen ratio is in line with that of mid-range laptops (between 75 and 80%) since it was measured by us at 78%. The screen is obviously touch and can rotate around the keyboard.
Measurements in the lab revealed mixed results. The contrast was measured at 1,300: 1, which allows him to correctly display deep blacks. The temperature is perfectly calibrated (6 635 K) and very close to the 6 500 K of the video standard. The screen does not draw red or blue. Small disappointment on the side of respect for the colors displayed: the average Delta E is here 6.4, which is a bit high. We see that it is the blues, greens and violets that are not the most faithful, which can be particularly disturbing in photographic use, for example.
écran.pngFrom left to right, gamma curve, temperature and delta E
The maximum brightness has been measured by us at 259 cd / m², which is just right, and even a bit fair for outdoor work, the glossy screen is particularly sensitive to glare.
The remanence (14 ms) is for its part in the average of the current ultraportables (which is 15 ms).
The Chromebook x360 14-da0001nf is equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor (4 cores, 8 threads, 1.6 GHz base frequency and 3.4 GHz turbo frequency) supported by 8 GB of RAM. The storage is entrusted to a 64 GB eMMC SSD.
Comparing the performance of the Chromebook x360 with a Windows 10 computer is not very easy and irrelevant, as Chrome OS is a fundamentally different OS, both in terms of usage and its structure. In use, the product was however very fluid to use – the opposite would have been surprising – with a full load of a web page (on Chrome) measured at one second, a start in 8 seconds and an instant standby output.