HP Chromebook 14, Celeron Haswell processor, 4gb RAM, 16gb SSD, Manufacturer refurb, £119.99 @ Argos Outlet - Ebay
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HP Chromebook 14, Celeron Haswell processor, 4gb RAM, 16gb SSD, Manufacturer refurb, £119.99 @ Argos Outlet - Ebay

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Found 16th May 2015
This snow white chromebook from HP features excellent designs that provide powerful and fast performance. The 14" full HD display makes it easy to see the full picture, for an uncompromised web and entertainment experience.

CPU, Memory and Operating System:
Intel Celeron 2955U dual core processor.
1.4GHz processor speed.
4GB RAM
16GB solid state hard drive.
Google Chrome OS.
Display features:
14 inch screen.
High definition display.
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.
Graphics:
Intel HD Graphics.
Shared graphics card.
Interfaces and connectivity:
SD media card reader.
Secure Digital (SD) compatible.
1 USB 2.0 port.
2 USB 3.0 ports.
1 HDMI port.
Bluetooth.
Wi-Fi enabled.
Multimedia features:
Built-in webcam.
Built-in mic.
Built-in audio sound system.
General features:
Up to 9.5 hours battery life.
Size H2.06, W34.4, D24cm.
Weight 1.9kg.
EAN: 0888182353684.
Catalogue number 198/9072

ANSWERS TO IN THREAD QUESTIONS
* Yes the SSD can be upgraded
* Yes this is the Haswell Intel 2955u it is NOT the latest model which has the Nvidia chipset.

Argos Managers Special is our top grade of refurbishment. These items might have minor cosmetic marks or scratches, but will be of a high standard and are great value for money.
They will have been comprehensively tested and in full working order
The item will have been professionally refurbished
They may have minor cosmetic marks or scratches (these do not hinder the functionality in anyway)
Factory settings will be restored (if applicable)
They will be in original retail or replacement packaging that may have marks, scuffs or stickers on the boxes
They might have non-original accessories
Argos Managers Special products could have been subject to a previous sale, be ex-display and/or non-pristine. They will also be supported by a 12 month warranty. You should expect to see some signs of use, but overall the items are in great condition.

12 Month Product Guarantee
This product is guaranteed against manufacturing defects for a period of 1 year.
This does not cover the product where fault is due to misuse, abuse, use in contravention of the instructions, or where the product has been subject of unauthorised modifications or alterations or has been the subject of commercial use.
In the event of a problem with the product within the guarantee period please contact us.
If you've had the product for up to 1 year, we'll repair the product or, if that's not possible, give you a replacement or, if that's not possible, a refund.
Your statutory rights remain unaffected.
Argos Ltd: Company No 1081551 - Registered address: Avebury, 489-499 Avebury Boulevard, Saxon Gate West, Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 2NW

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152 Comments

Great price for this chomrebook! A bit nippier than some other ones thanks to the 4GB ram

Original Poster

Thanks to Uridium who first posted this product when it was priced at £169.99. It was subsequently dropped to £159.99.

Since then I have been watching it & at 00:29 this morning the price dropped like a stone to £119.99!!!

Needless to say I snapped one up...

In that earlier thread, Uridium posted this link for those who want to install a full OS & not just be limited to Chrome OS
jeanlouisnguyen.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml

I believe you may also be able to overwrite ChromeOS just as you would on any PC by booting from USB and installing Linux.

Just need to enable Dev mode on the chromebook, enable USB and Legacy boot from Chrome shell with 'crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1' and away you go.

ChromeOS allows you to dump a recovery image to USB before you start as well enabling easy reinstall if you want to at a later date.

Crouton is a dual boot option (mentioned in the link above)
ChrUbuntu is a further option - see here...
chromeos-cr48.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml


Edited by: "janner43" 16th May 2015

I got one of these at full price over a year ago and it's going strong. I can safely say this is in an incredible deal for a great machine.

Grabbed one as well, been watching for one with the bigger screen, thanks.

Can Windows be installed on these?

I'm looking to buy one of of these.am i able to watch movies off a usb stick while offline. in thinking of buying one as in fight entertainment for my son. ..

mss25681

I'm looking to buy one of of these.am i able to watch movies off a usb … I'm looking to buy one of of these.am i able to watch movies off a usb stick while offline. in thinking of buying one as in fight entertainment for my son. ..


try again, in English mate

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itsgun4u

Can Windows be installed on these?



It may be technically possible - but it wouldn't be easy & you would need to change out the 16gb SSD for at least a 32 gb one - even then you would find it slow & not very useable.

If you are a Windows fan then you would be better off looking at one of the other plethora of cheap laptops/notebooks there are out there. The HP Stream for example.

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mss25681

I'm looking to buy one of of these.am i able to watch movies off a usb … I'm looking to buy one of of these.am i able to watch movies off a usb stick while offline. in thinking of buying one as in fight entertainment for my son. ..



Yes you can...
chromebookforum.com/for…tml

mss25681

I'm looking to buy one of of these.am i able to watch movies off a usb … I'm looking to buy one of of these.am i able to watch movies off a usb stick while offline. in thinking of buying one as in fight entertainment for my son. ..



This works exactly like any laptop/computer the only difference is that it uses ChromeOS as opposed to Windows or Mac. Most applications installed can be used offline. To view movies, you may need to download an additional application to play them as you would on Windows or Mac. (i.e VLC)

The concept of chromebook is brilliant, a super fast cheap machine for browsing the web.

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Kammyb

try again, in English mate



Jeez, really? Perfectly understandable and probably typing quick on a phone or something. Get a life........

great. thanks guys

Kammyb

try again, in English mate



You need English lessons. Only someone who doesn't understand English would find that hard to understand.

....The 14" full HD display makes it easy to see the full picture,.....



HD not FHD , but nice otherwise
actuallyHD is better as icons are way too small on FHD
heat added

does the girl in the green dress come with it ?

I take it the screen isn't a touchscreen?

OK im probably going to get slated for this but what exactly is a Chromebook and what do people mostly use it for and how does it differ from a laptop?

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topss

I take it the screen isn't a touchscreen?



No, it isn't

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phoenix4102

OK im probably going to get slated for this but what exactly is a … OK im probably going to get slated for this but what exactly is a Chromebook and what do people mostly use it for and how does it differ from a laptop?



A Chromebook is a laptop of a different breed. Instead of Windows or Mac OS, Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud.

blog.laptopmag.com/chr…ice
Edited by: "janner43" 16th May 2015

phoenix4102

OK im probably going to get slated for this but what exactly is a … OK im probably going to get slated for this but what exactly is a Chromebook and what do people mostly use it for and how does it differ from a laptop?



You won't get slated, I'm not really in the know either I'm happy with laptops.

janner43

It may be technically possible - but it wouldn't be easy & you would need … It may be technically possible - but it wouldn't be easy & you would need to change out the 16gb SSD for at least a 32 gb one - even then you would find it slow & not very useable.


You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, it doesn't have an SSD. It has eMMC, which is like an SD card, but soldered on to the motherboard.

A lot of people write things about Chromebooks having SSD when they actually have eMMC. Whilst for a lot of people theidffernce is probably irrelevant it becomes important when people start asking about speed or replacing it.

hartdave

does the girl in the green dress come with it ?



No she only comes with real men.

emmcisnotsameasssd

You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, … You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, it doesn't have an SSD. It has eMMC, which is like an SD card, but soldered on to the motherboard. A lot of people write things about Chromebooks having SSD when they actually have eMMC. Whilst for a lot of people theidffernce is probably irrelevant it becomes important when people start asking about speed or replacing it.



Did you make a new profile so that your name would give even greater strength to your argument?

bargain thanks!

emmcisnotsameasssd

You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, … You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, it doesn't have an SSD. It has eMMC, which is like an SD card, but soldered on to the motherboard. A lot of people write things about Chromebooks having SSD when they actually have eMMC. Whilst for a lot of people theidffernce is probably irrelevant it becomes important when people start asking about speed or replacing it.



Where in the item's description does it state it's one of the newer NVIDIA Tegra K-1 models that has the non-upgradable eMMC? (Like this one Argos are selling) by the looks of the desc it appears to be the pre-Tegra model, which means it has an NGFF 16GB SSD which is upgradable.

Btw I have one of these with Linux in for my daughter with an upgraded SSD to 128gb. Great capable cheap alternative to a windoze/OSX laptop, however if you plan on installing Linux for gaming with an Xbox wireless controller, crouton doesn't allow it. So you'll need to use the chrubuntu method (ie dual boot).

Also worth watching this review comparing this Chromebook to two better model. Interesting that the guy stick with the HP.

Acer C720 i3 vs ASUS vs HP 14 4gb RAM

so can you or cant you replace the ssd in this does someone actually have one and done this

rash

so can you or cant you replace the ssd in this does someone actually have … so can you or cant you replace the ssd in this does someone actually have one and done this



See comment 26. Seems you can, if it's the same model. But not sure how you would know until it's delivered.

Does this have a backlit keyboard ? The lack of one is the most annoying thing about my Samsung chromebook.

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emmcisnotsameasssd

You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, … You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, it doesn't have an SSD. It has eMMC, which is like an SD card, but soldered on to the motherboard. A lot of people write things about Chromebooks having SSD when they actually have eMMC. Whilst for a lot of people theidffernce is probably irrelevant it becomes important when people start asking about speed or replacing it.



You would be correct if it had an eMMC but it has a SSD and I know of two people on this forum who have upgraded it. And there are videos on YouTube and also technical schematics available from the HP website.

So in short, yes it can be upgraded.

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rash

so can you or cant you replace the ssd in this does someone actually have … so can you or cant you replace the ssd in this does someone actually have one and done this



Yes you can - Uridium has done it as well as cliffio76. See my post above this one for more information.

The Google Chrome OS put me off at the moment ....

I try to understand.
What is the advatages of using Google Chrome OS instead of Windows OS if this Notebooks to be used as travel companion when traveling or on the move, is it just because of the battery life ??
Edited by: "pantaiema" 16th May 2015

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emmcisnotsameasssd

You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, … You can't swap the SSD because contrary to what the poster has written, it doesn't have an SSD. It has eMMC, which is like an SD card, but soldered on to the motherboard. A lot of people write things about Chromebooks having SSD when they actually have eMMC. Whilst for a lot of people theidffernce is probably irrelevant it becomes important when people start asking about speed or replacing it.



Wrong wrong wrong....it uses an m.2 42mm SSD. I know it can be replaced as I'm typing this on one of these very machines with a 128gb drive installed that i fitted myself. The Ram is soldered onto the board but not the storage.
I fitted one of these amazon.co.uk/Tra…2mm and now have both ChromeOS and Elementary running from the drive. Not difficult to fit but just needs a little care as it is quite fiddly. Guide here....chromebook-falco.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml

As many have said if you don't need windows these are probably the 2nd best chromebooks out there after Google's own Pixel but that is tres pricey....



Edited by: "Uridium" 16th May 2015

pantaiema

The Google Chrome OS put me off at the moment ....I try to understand. … The Google Chrome OS put me off at the moment ....I try to understand. What is the advatages of using Google Chrome OS instead of Windows OS if this Notebooks to be used as travel companion when traveling or on the move, is it just because of the battery life ??



mostly speed....ChromeOS is very very fast on hardware at this price point....My work laptop is a £1200 HP 840 G1 Ultrabook with i5, 16Gb Ram and SSD and for day to day use i use the chromebook in preference as it is so much faster.

Uridium

Wrong wrong wrong....it uses an m.2 42mm SSD. I know it can be replaced … Wrong wrong wrong....it uses an m.2 42mm SSD. I know it can be replaced as I'm typing this on one of these very machines with a 128gb drive installed that i fitted myself. The Ram is soldered onto the board but not the storage.I fitted one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-SATA3-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B00KLTPUU0/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1431771882&sr=8-5&keywords=m2+42mm and now have both ChromeOS and Elementary running from the drive. Not difficult to fit but just needs a little care as it is quite fiddly. Guide here....http://chromebook-falco.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/here-are-mechanics-of-ngff-ssd-removal.htmlAs many have said if you don't need windows these are probably the 2nd best chromebooks out there after Google's own Pixel but that is tres pricey....



How is the performance please?

I have this and it's great. but to playback mp4/mkv files you need to ensure the audios been encoded with mp3.

Think maybe it's not such an issue with AVI but never tested that out.

You can quite" easily use ffmpeg to copy the existing audio and video tracks and add an mp3 audio track but the command 3/4 lines long. I can post it anyone's interested ;-?

Thinking of getting one as the price is very low... but just thinking if I need one? I have a pc and Samsung note tablet, which I use regularly... if I purchase this there is a chance the pc will get completely redundant (and that was over £600)

twistedfirestarter

How is the performance please?



No better, no worse than it was before. For heavy duty Linux use look elsewhere but for a day to day laptop for surfing/email/video playback with a little linux useage using apps that ChromeOS doesn't have..( i mainly use linux for SMB access to Windows file shares and video streaming with VLC) then it's perfect.
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