HP Chromebook 13 G1

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  • Intel’s Core m Skylake
  • All Metal Design
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 13.3-inch QHD+ display
  • 32 GB eMMC Storage
  • 11.5 hours battery life

If you are looking for a sleeper – fast, game-changing, all metal Chromebook – the brand new HP Chromebook 13 G1 may be the right notebook computer for you.  This is for people who like Chrome OS and really want to buy a Pixel – but would prefer to spend half the cost.  This is a full metal, high resolution Chromebook – starting at $359.

With a lightweight battery – it still packs a punch and gives 11.5 hours of use.  The battery life, combine with the power may be the best thing about this chromebook.

Google Octane: 24,500

Gorgeous HD Display

Based on what model you choose – HP has packed this Chromebook with a QHD+ Panel – that is 5.76 million pixels or 3200 x 1800 pixels to provide you better pixel density that google pixel for a razor-sharp display.  Early reports say the QHD screen is unbelievable.  The best screen ever seen on a Chromebook – making it better than the Pixel’s wonderful screen.  The only thing missing in terms of screen is a touchscreen and short term plans do not include that option.  Seeing this is aimed at the business user – I’m not sure it will be missed.

Features & Specifications

Brand NameHP
Item model numberG1
Operating systemChrome OS
BatteryLithium-Ion battery with up to 10 hours of battery life
Display size13.3"
Resolution3200 x 1800
Dimensions11.3 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
287 x 194 x 17.9 mm
Weight2.16 lbs
0.98 kg
ColorsDark Blue
ProcessorIntel Core™ m3
Intel HD Graphics 515
32GB SSD storage
Power45W AC adapter
CameraHD webcam
AudioAudio by B&O PLAY
Dual speakers
Built-in microphone
Ports and connectors2 x USB 2.0
1 x Micro HDMI
1x audio combo jack
1 x MicroSD
1 x DC jack
WirelessDual-band Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0

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Other Options

All models have 32GB of eMMC storage, 867Mbps 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.  One bonus feature is a backlit keyboard – the trackpad is multitouch so as a MacBook or late model PC replacement…you will not miss a beat.  Again – early reports have the keyboard a little lacking.  The key stroke is a little shallow – not a game stopper…but not as nice as the display.

Security is done for you with ChromeOs

You can push the easy button when it comes to security and maintenance with the ChromeOS. It has multi-layered security, and will keep everything up to date for you…you do nothing, built in virus protection and encryption. If you need to over see a bunch of chromebooks – use the Chrome Management Console.


More Ports for the Win

HP was listening to users when it added some extra ports – the HP Chromebook 13 G1 has not one, but two USB Type-C ports and one USB Type-A port.  These are located on the left side and gives users the ability to use some of the peripherals without dragging along a docking station.


HP has the power Chromebook user in mind with this offering.  This definitely falls in the power business or pro-consumer lines.  The HP Chromebook 13 G1 will not disappoint and have more people converting to the netbook market sooner than we may have first thought.

This is the type of Chromebook needed to take a bite out of power users of laptops.  This coupled with the news that Google will be letting android apps run on chromebooks is a game changer.

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“On the basis of quality and value, I give this outstanding new 13.3-Inch HP Chromebook 13 G1 notebook computer a five-star rating, along with my highest recommendation.”

“If you are looking to be all ChromeOS all the time – this is Pixel level quality at half price.”

“This all metal powerhouse will have you tattooing ChromeOS on your forehead.”

Rugged Chromebook Sector 5 E1

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Google Octane Score: 7320

This is a small form factor chromebook laptop with all the bells and whistles you’d expect.  Webcam, wifi, bluetooth and all in a rugged package – perfect for the young user or someone who is always on the go and need a laptop that can stand up to day to day use which is not all in the office. The first rugged Chromebook on the market.  This is the tank of Chromebooks.  If you are working outside of an office – then this is a great choice for you.  This is not for taking with you in the pool – but rest assured, this Chromebook is for the on-the-go user.

As stated – you can use Google hangouts with the webcam. And if you need more storage – then add an SD card for more.  And if you want to add a monitor – use the HDMI port.

The processor in this Haier is the same as the processor in the Hisense Chromebook 12 and the Acer c720 – so you will see similar performance.

If you are the kind of geek that needs to have the odd ball stuff – then this is absolutely the chromebook for you.  This is the chromebook for “that guy”.


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Features & Specifications:

Brand NameSector 5
SeriesChromebook E1
Item model numberCB116E1
Operating systemChrome OS
BatteryLithium-Ion battery with up to 10 hours of battery life
Display size11.6"
Resolution1366 x 768
Dimensions11.5 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
292 x 208 x 22.9 mm
Weight3.3 lbs
1.5 kg
16GB SSD storage
CameraHD webcam
AudioTwo stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Ports and connectors2 x USB 2.0
1 x Micro HDMI
1x audio combo jack
1 x MicroSD
1 x DC jack
WirelessDual-band Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0

Sector 5 E1 Chromebook Review:

“My oldest now talks out loud while the computer types up her paper with the included software.”

“he screen is bright and clear, everything simple to use. Setup was painless and fast. I found I can really do everything on it.”

“I have been very pleased with this chromebook. I have an Acer chromebook and an Asus chromebox and the sector 5 chromebook compares favorably.”

Acer Chromebook CB3

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  • Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • 11.6-Inch Screen w/Intel HD Graphics
  • 9-hour battery life

Small but packs a punch.  That is what you get with the 11.6″ Acer Chomebook CB3.  Its small enough to slip into any size bag – yet powerful enough to get the job done, business or pleasure.  The computer uses 802.11ac wireless – so it connects to most any wireless network at work, home or school.    Leveraging Intel HD graphics and a HD webcam – the 3 cell Li-Ion will garner you 9 hours of battery life.

The amazing balance of size and power is unreal.  This little Chromebook packs a punch!

This is a 3rd generation Acer Chromebook – so it is thin.  A nice white color – its a very modern looking machines.  People will not notice this is a chromebook – most will think you are using an MacBook.  This and all chromebooks are not windows computers or Apple. The operating system is Chrome. Its more like the software found on phones than laptops.  This makes the work very well.

Features and Specifications:

Brand NameAcer
Item model numberCB3-131-C3SZ
Operating systemChrome OS
BatteryLithium-Ion battery with up to 10 hours of battery life
Display size11.6"
Resolution1366 x 768
Dimensions8 x 11.5 x 0.73 inches
204 x 294 x 18.6 mm
Weight2.43 lbs
1.10 kg
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® N2840 Dual-Core Processor, 2.16GHz
Memory2 GB of DDR3 RAM
16GB SSD storage
Power45W AC adapter
CameraHD webcam
AudioTwo stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Ports and connectorsUSB 3.0 port
USB 2.0 port
HDMI port
SD card reader
Combo headphone/speaker jack
Wireless802.11ac Wi-Fi with support for a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 and 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready

  • The 2 gig IPS Screen version is worth the extra few dollars.
  • Lightweight at 2.4 pounds and 9 hour battery.
  • This chromebook allows for using an additional screen – HDMI port with HDCP support.
  • Embedded HD webcam allows for app like Skype and Google Handouts.
  • Anti-virus protection is taken care by the Chrome OS.
  • 2 USB ports – 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0
  • With the built in SD card reader (full size SD) you can increase and make portable the storage.  The card does stick out a little when inserted -so there will be a small bump if you leave it in.

Customer Reviews:

“I’m actually loving this little laptop. It’s very solid feeling and looks pretty nice without trying to be a MacBook air. The screen is admittedly not the best in terms of viewing angles but for some people I know that’s actually a feature.”

“I wish I could give it a higher rating than just 5 stars!!! What a great computer. The size is perfect and very light weight.”

“Love my chromebook. its good size screen and light that i just pack it all around with me.”

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Hisense Chromebook C12

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highsense-chromebook-c12 You may not know the Hisense brand – but you will remember the quality and ease of use.  The nice, clean “chicklet” style keyboard makes for a very clean and tidy appearance.

The 1.8 GHz process couple with 2.0 GB DDR3 RAM and a 32 GB hard drive gives more storage than some other Chromebooks.  The compact 11.6″ screen is big enough to get work and fun done, but the overall size is small enough to pack away in a backpack or bag.  The screen is 1366X768 pixels LED HD and WiFi and bluetooth will keep you connected to whatever you need.  The battery is a Lithium ion and should keep this Chromebook going for 8 hours of work or play.  And weighing a light 2.4 pounds – you will hardly notice it is there.

Priced at under $160 – this Chromebook packs a lot of bang for the buck.

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Chromebook Virus Protection

One thing unique to the Chromebook platform is that the tablet has built in antivirus software. Google builds virus protection into the ChromeOS software, which is what the Chromebook uses.  ChromeOS uses multiple layers of security including automatic  system updates – this ensures the anti-virus is always current.  Which means you are always running the newest and most secure version. The best part is ChromeOS manages your updates behind the scenes – so you don’t have to worry about it.

Hisense Chromebook C12 Review:

“Easy to setup – Just Plug in your Chromebook and charge it”

“I love this little thing. Exactly what I needed for surfing and small tasks like google docs.”

“This boots up and shuts down in less than 10 seconds, which is absolutely wonderful for me, as I feel like I’m so often in a hurry or behind anyway.”

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Lenovo IdeaPad N20P


  • Intel Celeron N2830 Dual Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen, Integrated
  • Google Chrome OS, 8-hour battery life


The Lenovo NP20P may be the most unique laptop we have taken a look at. It is a high quality Chromebook which comes in at $300. The unique part is its multi-mode configurations. It allows for both laptop mode and stand mode. It also includes a touch screen HD monitor.

Stand Mode:
Stand mode is where the laptop screen is folded all the way over the standard 90 degree angle and keep rotatin the screen over to a position where the MP20P “stand up” and rests ont eh keyboard, with the keyboard down on the surface.

This allows the laptop to be used convieniently as a webcam calling station, multi-media mode (movies, online tv and youtube) and well as a monitor like setup with an external keyboard and mouse.

Laptop Mode:
This is the standard configuration and works well with a full keyboard which has 10-point multi-touch monitor. It adds a adds the convenience of touchscreen, and designed to be used on the go it is less than 1” thick and weights less than 3 pounds – it can be taken almost anywhere.

Not sure – check out our Best Chromebooks post.