January 2014 Chromebook Comparison
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ManufacturerGoogleHPHPAcerAcerToshiba[ imaginary ]
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)
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
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
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
Touch ScreenYesNoNoNoYesNoNoThis is still a mostly-useless and bad ergonomic feature and does not need to be included
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
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
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?
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
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
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
RAM4 GB2 GB2 GB4 GB4 GB2 GB4 GB4GB is a minimum, what with all the multiple tabs people run in their browsers
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
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
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
WebcamGoodPoorOkayOkayOkayOkayGood; 1280x720If you want me to use Google Hangouts, you have to give me a webcam that makes me look human
SpeakersExcellentVery GoodGoodPoorPoorUnknownVery GoodSpeakers aren't critical, but they need to be solid and loud, for YouTube videos, Google Hangouts, and so forth
NOTE: Subjective assessments come either from direct contact with a production unit or from various hands-on reviews in the tech press.
Source Blog Post: http://gravitymedium.com/2014/01/24/chromebook-awesome/
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