January 2014 Chromebook Comparison
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ManufacturerGoogleHPHPAcerAcerToshiba[ imaginary ]
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ModelChromebook PixelChromebook 11 (F2J07AA#ABA)
Chromebook 14 (F0H05UA#ABA)
C720 (C720-2800)C720P (C720P-2625)CB30Chromebook AwesomeNotes on the Chromebook Awesome vs. Existing Chromebooks (01/2014)
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Retail$1,300$280$350$250$330$280$450A Chromebook has to have a price equal to or lower than an entry-level iPad Air to be considered seriously
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Screen Size / Resolution13" / 2560 x 170011" / 1366 x 76814" / 1366 x 76811" / 1366 x 76811" / 1366 x 76813" / 1366 x 76813" / 1440 x 90011" is too small for a workhorse machine; 13" is big enough to use, but still small enough to transport
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Screen QualityAmazing, IPS High-Resolution, glassExcellent, IPS, glossyOkay, standard LCD, matteBlech, standard LCD, matteBlech, standard LCD, matteOkay, standard LCD, matteExcellent, IPS, glossy or a very clear matteIf you want people to use the Chromebook a lot, you have to give them a screen that won't make them crazy
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Touch ScreenYesNoNoNoYesNoNoThis is still a mostly-useless and bad ergonomic feature and does not need to be included
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KeyboardExcellent, full-sized, great feelOkay, a little small, a little cheapGood, full-sized, solid key movementNot Good, too small, cheap feelingNot Good, too small, cheap feelingUnknown quality, full-sizedExcellent, full-size, solid feelThe keyboard, like the screen, has got to be solid, full-sized, and comfortably clicky
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Touch PadExcellentOkay, but "sticky"OkayNot GoodNot GoodUnknownVery Good, with excellent responsivenessMost touchpads are awful on low-end laptops, but this one needs to be good
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Battery Life5 hours6 hours9.5 hours8.5 hours8.5 hours9 hours8+ hoursAnything less than 8 hours and I'm wondering, "How can Apple give me a full-powered Mac that does more than a Chromebook *and* lasts longer?
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Processor / ArchitectureCore i5 Dual Core 1.8GHz + Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel Sandy BridgeSamsung Exynos 5 Dual / ARMCeleron / Intel HaswellCeleron / Intel HaswellCeleron / Intel HaswellCeleron / Intel HaswellCeleron / Intel HaswellARM processors might be great in newer revisions, but whatever goes in here, it has to run the multimedia web at full speed and with multiple tabs open
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Weight3.4 lb2.3 lb4 lb2.8 lb3 lb3.3 lb3.5 lb or lessIt's a Chromebook, it does so little it has to make up for it in lighter carrying bags
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Size11.7 x 8.9 x 0.6 in11.7 x 7.7 x 0.7 in13.6 x 9.4 x 0.8 in11.3 x 8 x 0.8 in11.3 x 8 x 0.8 inUnknown12.5 x 8.5 x 0.8It needs to be smaller than the old plastic MacBooks
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RAM4 GB2 GB2 GB4 GB4 GB2 GB4 GB4GB is a minimum, what with all the multiple tabs people run in their browsers
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SSD Storage32 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB16GB is fine for the local SSD; anyone that says otherwise doesn't understand the Chromebook value proposition
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Exterior QualitySolid aluminum with minimal visible hardware seams, holes, etc.; very solid feel; excellent design; cool exterior LED effectPlastic, but nice looking, with no visible vents or screw holes; frame flexes a bit too much in spots; fun four-color backlit strip; available in white with choice of 4 color accents or all-blackFairly well done with a slightly curved, slightly rubberized exterior and a relatively thin design; bizarre colors (other than white); biggest issue is the weightCheap and netbooky with various shades of grey, metallic, black around the body; thinner than previous models; seams are a bit sharp and unfinishedCheap and netbooky with various shades of grey, metallic, black around the body; thinner than previous models; seams are a bit sharp and unfinishedFairly well done with a dimpled silver plastic exterior reminiscent of a MacBook Air (but thicker)Well-made plastic shell with metal interior frame; minimum of vents, screw holes, and seams; matte surfaces to resist fingerprintsHP did the right things with the Chromebook 11, as did Google with the Pixel, so that needs to carry forward into this machine, too
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Ports2 x USB 2.0
mini display port
2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC
Power combined with video out, 2 x USB 2.0HDMI port, 16GB of storage, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, an HD webcam, an SD card slotHDMI port, two USB ports (one 3.0), a standard headphone jack and an SD card slotHDMI port, two USB ports (one 3.0), a standard headphone jack and an SD card slot2 x USB 3; HDMI port, standard headphone jack, SD card slot, security slot2 x USB 3; mini HDMI out; headphone jack; SD card slotUSB 3 is the new standard, so it has to have that, but on a Chromebook you don't need more than 2 ports of it; headphones and SD card reader are also de rigeur, although the SD card reader could, in reality, go
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WebcamGoodPoorOkayOkayOkayOkayGood; 1280x720If you want me to use Google Hangouts, you have to give me a webcam that makes me look human
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SpeakersExcellentVery GoodGoodPoorPoorUnknownVery GoodSpeakers aren't critical, but they need to be solid and loud, for YouTube videos, Google Hangouts, and so forth
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Linkhttp://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromebook-pixel/http://www8.hp.com/us/en/ads/chromebooks/overview.htmlhttp://www8.hp.com/us/en/ads/chromebooks/overview.htmlhttp://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.SHEAA.001http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.MJAAA.004http://www.toshiba.com/us/chromebook--
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NOTE: Subjective assessments come either from direct contact with a production unit or from various hands-on reviews in the tech press.
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Source Blog Post: http://gravitymedium.com/2014/01/24/chromebook-awesome/
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