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HP Chromebook 14 G4 Full HD Chromebook £252 delivered @ technoworld
HP Chromebook 14 G4 Full HD Chromebook £252 delivered @ technoworld

HP Chromebook 14 G4 Full HD Chromebook £252 delivered @ technoworld

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This is a Chromebook with a 14" full HD non-IPS screen. It is the cheapest new Chromebook I can find with a full HD screen. The price was initially £276. This has now dropped to £252 (it was £240 for a bit).

The specification is:

Intel Celeron N2940 (1.83GHz, 2MB), 35.56 cm (14 ") FHD SVA eDP WLED UWVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080), 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3L SDRAM, 32GB eMMC, Intel HD Graphics, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, Chrome OS

A Chromebook is really good for the stuff that you can do in a WWW browser. You get a nice screen and a proper keyboard. It has a low power CPU so the battery life is good, but it has a lightweight operating system which is responsive, even with a slow CP. You might need to choose a printer carefully, as not all will work simply from a Chromebook.

The good bits are that you can turn them on and be ready to type in 10 seconds, and you get none of the maintenance, update and malware hassles from Windows.

PC World has an Acer CB3-431 for £280

pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml which has an aluminium case, and a full HD screen but it doesn't have very wide viewing angles.

Technoworld are an HP Gold partner, based in London. They seem to have a reasonable reputation.

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Edited by: "ahenry" 17th Oct 2016

does this model support android apps?

jamhole

does this model support android apps?



​No not yet but it won't be long

I bought an HP Chromebook 13 from them. They had the price wrong on their web site so they cancelled my order. Hopefully this price it right! I got it sorted out in the end though and their customer service was excellent - quite a rare thing these days.

Would this be good for a student?

plaquey

Would this be good for a student?



Do you have any specific apps you need to run for your course?

I know some people on my course use them and they're happy for web browsing, email, essay writing and simple functions.

They do come a bit unstuck with running MS Office apps though. Google Docs does ok with some files and can export to MS Office compatible formats so you aren't without options but if you're collaborating with others it's not as straightforward as just working on a file in the MS Office environment.

BigYoSpeck

Do you have any specific apps you need to run for your course?I know some … Do you have any specific apps you need to run for your course?I know some people on my course use them and they're happy for web browsing, email, essay writing and simple functions.They do come a bit unstuck with running MS Office apps though. Google Docs does ok with some files and can export to MS Office compatible formats so you aren't without options but if you're collaborating with others it's not as straightforward as just working on a file in the MS Office environment.



If it's just standard MS Word or Excel, you can use the online versions on a Chromebook.

BigYoSpeck

Do you have any specific apps you need to run for your course?I know some … Do you have any specific apps you need to run for your course?I know some people on my course use them and they're happy for web browsing, email, essay writing and simple functions.They do come a bit unstuck with running MS Office apps though. Google Docs does ok with some files and can export to MS Office compatible formats so you aren't without options but if you're collaborating with others it's not as straightforward as just working on a file in the MS Office environment.



​android coming to chromebooks should help.

ms word etc available for android.

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plaquey

Would this be good for a student?



My daughter used a Toshiba Chromebook 2 for sixth form, and by and large, it was great. She would charge it up every so often, turn it on, and start typing. I did no maintenance on it for the year. There were no times when she lost work, after overwriting files while transferring from one computer to a USB key to another. She had wifi access most of the places where she would want to use it. You can also set a document up for offline access.

She had some documents that were distributed as Word files. When you are online, you can view these with the Office online site.

My son bought a £300 Windows laptop last Christmas. That is more flexible, plays games and runs more software. However, he now wants a Chromebook, as there are too many times when it grinds to a halt, spends half an hour on updates, and it takes a couple of minutes from switching it on, to being able to start typing.

I would get another Toshiba, but they don't sell them anymore. This and the Acer are the closest equivalents.

I'd go for the Acer Chromebook over this. HP have a history of seriously poor (or buggy) touchpads. Also the HP starts at 1.71kg which is pretty heavy for a Chromebook.
Edited by: "Picard123" 18th Oct 2016

This looks really interesting. Probably going to be pricey but under 1kg!

facebook.com/and…86/

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Picard123

I'd go for the Acer Chromebook over this. HP have a history of seriously … I'd go for the Acer Chromebook over this. HP have a history of seriously poor (or buggy) touchpads. Also the HP starts at 1.71kg which is pretty heavy for a Chromebook.



I just walked up and down Tottenham Court Road. PC World had a Silver Asus Chromebook 14 on display. The screen isn't too bad, the trackpad was nice and it was in stock, so I bought one. There was a guy from Google there too, getting ready for the Pixel launch. He said that there was a list of the models which will support Android apps linked from a blog. That is here: sites.google.com/a/c…d=1 Both the Acer and the HP are on the list. He said that this would be supported "by March 2017"

The whole 'Android Apps' on ChromeOS is interesting but what Android apps (apart from games) do people think they're going to be using on ChromeOS? The only one I can think of using would be TTS apps (eg. Ivona Voice, @Voice Aloud etc), where the browser equivalent is sadly lacking.

I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 HD. It's kind of taking over as the main workhorse now. Light, slim like a MacBook Air, long battery life and a quick key combination switches it into Ubuntu. Really very good and under £200.

I've no interest in having Android on it.

Edited by: "androoski" 19th Oct 2016

+1 Chromebooks are great.

Picard123

This looks really interesting. Probably going to be pricey but under … This looks really interesting. Probably going to be pricey but under 1kg!https://www.facebook.com/androidauthority/videos/1125882670794786/



​saw this the earlier in the week, looks fantastic!

Muir

If it's just standard MS Word or Excel, you can use the online versions … If it's just standard MS Word or Excel, you can use the online versions on a Chromebook.



​Not quite. The formatting doesn't always hold so if you're handling important documents using the web-based apps isn't the best idea.

price dropped to 240

BigYoSpeck

Do you have any specific apps you need to run for your course?I know some … Do you have any specific apps you need to run for your course?I know some people on my course use them and they're happy for web browsing, email, essay writing and simple functions.They do come a bit unstuck with running MS Office apps though. Google Docs does ok with some files and can export to MS Office compatible formats so you aren't without options but if you're collaborating with others it's not as straightforward as just working on a file in the MS Office environment.



google.co.uk/url…qvg

mdekq007

​ h … ​ http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwix9Jq5tebPAhUCrRoKHRNbDroQFggbMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm.reddit.com%2Fr%2Ftifu%2Fcomments%2F57xwrn%2Ftifu_by_ruining_my_1600_laptop_which_ended_up%2F&usg=AFQjCNEcY9VJ9Li5-IBJVcv4Dm8fWoBcgw&sig2=cxfvZhKiydILpI_tmW-qvg



Why is a medical school asking questions about the colour of an apple?

ahenry

I would get another Toshiba, but they don't sell them anymore. This and … I would get another Toshiba, but they don't sell them anymore. This and the Acer are the closest equivalents.



Anybody know when the new Toshiba Chromebook replacement will turn up?

Is this a deal?

mdekq007

​ h … ​ http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwix9Jq5tebPAhUCrRoKHRNbDroQFggbMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm.reddit.com%2Fr%2Ftifu%2Fcomments%2F57xwrn%2Ftifu_by_ruining_my_1600_laptop_which_ended_up%2F&usg=AFQjCNEcY9VJ9Li5-IBJVcv4Dm8fWoBcgw&sig2=cxfvZhKiydILpI_tmW-qvg



If they're so stupid that they don't even know how to scroll down a page, they don't deserve to be a doctor.

1366 x 768 isn't an unusual resolution for a computer anyway. Universities across the land will have computers at that resolution and so will thousands and thousands of students, as well as the millions of Macbook Air owners out there etc.
Edited by: "Picard123" 19th Oct 2016

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kenhkngai

price dropped to 240



Bother. I didn't mind paying £4 extra for the Acer. I would have gone for the HP for £40 less. Oh well...

The only problem with Chromebooks is printing, you are stuck with cloud print.

ahenry

Bother. I didn't mind paying £4 extra for the Acer. I would have gone for … Bother. I didn't mind paying £4 extra for the Acer. I would have gone for the HP for £40 less. Oh well...



​i was deciding between the two this morning as well.. the hp edged in front because of sd slot. and then i noticed the price change so bought.

Thank you, my daughter just needs it for essay writing for gcses and then A levels.

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DonDraper

Anybody know when the new Toshiba Chromebook replacement will turn up?



I read somewhere that they had decided to move out of the laptop business

ahenry

I read somewhere that they had decided to move out of the laptop business



Looks like you are correct
techradar.com/new…014

Yes it is true that Toshiba are no longer manufacturing chromebooks for the UK market.

BigYoSpeck

Why is a medical school asking questions about the colour of an apple?



Hes giving an analagy to comments recieved after he had put the post up. Did you read the whole thing or skip to the end?

mdekq007

Hes giving an analagy to comments recieved after he had put the post up. … Hes giving an analagy to comments recieved after he had put the post up. Did you read the whole thing or skip to the end?



I did, and I was trying to be humorous.

BigYoSpeck

I did, and I was trying to be humorous.



​Sorry.. I'll continue. Isn't humorous a bone?

Now is the wrong time to buy a Chromebook. The Acer R13 is due out immentley and there are more models from other manufacturers in the pipeline, the forthcoming android media is also a consideration. For a basic cheap Chromebook Amazon has the N22, which is often £99 or £94 with student discount. I would wait currently unless you want a simple basic machine.

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westonborn

Now is the wrong time to buy a Chromebook. The Acer R13 is due out … Now is the wrong time to buy a Chromebook. The Acer R13 is due out immentley and there are more models from other manufacturers in the pipeline, the forthcoming android media is also a consideration. For a basic cheap Chromebook Amazon has the N22, which is often £99 or £94 with student discount. I would wait currently unless you want a simple basic machine.



A £99 chromebook won't have a full HD screen.

On the R13, you get a touch screen, but a Mediatek chipset, which may not be the quickest. omgchrome.com/ace…ok/ says:

This price point would pit it against some (arguably) better Chromebooks … This price point would pit it against some (arguably) better Chromebooks in terms of specs.The Intel-based Acer Chromebook 14 retails at €100 less, with most store offering it at €299.

Fantastic deal, thanks OP

androoski

I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 HD. It's kind of taking over as the main … I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 HD. It's kind of taking over as the main workhorse now. Light, slim like a MacBook Air, long battery life and a quick key combination switches it into Ubuntu. Really very good and under £200. I've no interest in having Android on it.



​i can't find this chromebook anywhere
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