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HP Chromebook 11 with SlimPort Technology Review - General Usage

HP Chromebook 11 with SlimPort Technology Review
Trace checks out HP's Chromebook 11, a Google-inspired Chromebook featuring SlimPort tech. It's affordable, but what does that mean for performance? (NYSE:HPQ)
| Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Jan 27, 2014 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: HP

General Usage

 

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And now: the interesting part of the review. Since Chromebook's don't exactly have benchmarking software-and I can't install windows on this system-I can only discuss how the system performed under normal usage scenarios.

 

For a Chromebook, normal usage scenarios include surfing the web, Google Doc creation, and Netflix viewing. So how does it perform? In a few words: Not well. Don't get me wrong, the system is capable of playing Netflix, but it never went to HD.

 

Opening multiple webpages results in lag. Some web pages, such as Facebook, take a good while to load, and render. Opening Google Drive's Slideshow web app takes seconds to load, and it isn't exactly the most responsive Slideshow app I've ever used. But, what did you expect from a system that costs less than $300?

 

The speakers are quite capable, and loud. They are located behind the keyboard, which keeps the sound from being muffled when used on a lap, or other soft surface. It actually creates a great listening experience. Netflix doesn't even need to be played at full volume.

 

To be honest, the webcam isn't very good. When I used it on Google Hangouts, video quality was quite grainy, and low quality. Furthermore, the lack of internal storage, and only having USB 2.0 at your disposal, is not an ideal situation to be in.

 

However, the system does quickly resume from sleep, which makes it an ideal device to have around if you want to quickly get on the Internet. But that's about all you'll be able to do with the device: some light web browsing. Some light document editing is also possible, but it's highly unlikely that this system will replace a Windows-based machine.

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