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HP Chromebook 14: Keyboard, Trackpad and Verdict

Michael Sawh

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HP Chromebook 14: Keyboard and Trackpad

HP has reduced the size of the keyboard layout compared to the Pavilion, so you’ll notice that some keys have been slimmed down like the arrow keys. Apart from that you can expect to find the customary function keys spread across the top and the search button replaced by a Caps Lock button.

Keys now have a slightly textured finish to improve travel and make it a more comfortable place to type. The more spacious palm rest is less cramped to work with than it is on the netbook-like 11-inch Chromebooks although having tried out the 13-inch Toshiba Chromebook, that for us is the most comfortable typing domain.

As for the trackpad, the horrible dimple design and two click buttons are gone, replaced with a smooth chrome coloured flat surface that supports gestures for pinching and zooming. That’s not to say that things have improved greatly. At times, it still feels a struggle to scroll pages and the responsiveness for gestures is not great, either. It’s not the first shoddy trackpad we’ve seen, but it does do a better job than the Pavilion for getting around the Chrome UI.

Should I buy the HP Chromebook 14?

This is not the best Chromebook out there, but that’s not to say it is the worse. For all round performance, it matches most 11-inch and 13-inch models. The below par screen is a criticism that can be levelled at all other Chromebooks, apart from the Chromebook Pixel of course.

It makes enough improvements on its predecessor, like better multitasking (or multitabbing), manages to produce a bigger battery life and has a much more attractive design. Crucially, the 3G support via HP Data Pass gives it added mobility even if it is actually a little heavy to carry around.

For the same £279, you are creeping up a little closer to cheap Windows 8 laptop territory like the Asus Transformer Book T100, although the 10-inch Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrid has the same screen quality and all-day battery life.

There’s very little that compares specs-wise for the price other than rival Chromebooks. But if we had to choose one Chromebook to go for, we’d still opt for the 13-inch Toshiba Chromebook.


The HP Chromebook 14 is a big improvement on the HP’s first Chromebook offering and with the added 3G support makes it an affordable option you can actually take out and about. This is a great feature, but we're less enamoured with the screen and so-so touchpad.

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Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Build Quality 7
  • Design 8
  • Heat & Noise 7
  • Keyboard 7
  • Performance 7
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Touchpad 7
  • Value 8

Dean Stockton

March 9, 2014, 3:15 pm

Never mind 3G the future is 4G this is just a stop gap to make people pay out more in the near future

Gary J

March 24, 2014, 11:40 am

I should hold on for 5G lol


May 14, 2014, 11:07 pm

I just got one of these today refurbished through Walmart for $275. Out of the box the touchpad doesn't work. Either I'm doing something wrong or it came to me broken. Refurbished products usually go through gruelling tests to ensure they work properly. Any help is appreciated.


May 18, 2014, 6:21 pm

I just got a NEW Google Chromebook through my Internet Service Provider earlier last week after my old Windows 7, HP Presario CQ62 finally crapped out on me after years of use. From the beginning the touch pad on this NEW Chromebook hasn't worked properly, making it necessary for me to use an external plug-in mouse just to left click so I can copy & paste links or save images. Also I can't scroll down pages without having to use my plug-in mouse or the up & down arrows on the keyboard as the touch pad doesn't work performing this function either.
My second beef is that I miss my Windows Paint & every alternative Google has to offer basically SUCKS! What use to only take me a few short minutes to accomplish using the Windows Paint feature on my old laptop has been made into an overly complicated pain in the ass with these other crappy apps.
Today's Sunday & so tomorrow during business hours I'll be calling my Internet Service Provider's billing department because for what they're charging me for this piece of crap, I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a piece of crap!


May 30, 2014, 9:56 pm

I got the Chromebook the other day and at first really enjoyed it. Amazing keyboard feels good to type but there came some issues for me at least. I think the Chromebook relies on the internet too much. I mean its great you get 3G but I don't want to spend money on another 3G plan. My phone is already enough. Also its not a Windows computer so it doesn't have Microsoft word on it. Just the stupider version of it. It might not be a big deal, at least I have a version of it right? That's what I thought but then reality sits in. I'm going to high school and your going to be required to TYPE a paper and with the Google Docs it doesn't capitalize words in the beginning of the sentence, after the period starting a new sentence or when you type your first word on the document also the most important one, it doesn't capitalize your I's it comes out as i and you cant change it when you put in the auto correct thing (Preferences) you cant change it, it just goes back the lowercase I. It might not seem bad but think about it. Writing a 7 page essay and being scored on spelling punctuation and capitalization having to capitalize every I, every word at the beginning of a paragraph, of a sentence ect. Its just too much and i'm not spending $499 on Microsoft word. It doesn't have a CD player so I cant watch movies on it or play games that have a CD like the Sims. Cant download Minecraft because they don't support the computer type. Basically cant do anything on it unless go on the internet or get apps that are just faster links to the internet. Also the touch pad thing is a little ehh for me. It works fine but I would like the 2 buttons on the end but its not that big of a deal. My last computer was like a 2006 Toshiba I think, I dont know the exact year we got it but It was well over 8 years ago and Im kind of deciding if i should return it and switch back to the Toshiba because it can do so much more than the Chromebook and its kind of disappointing. As a highschool student and gamer this isnt the laptop for me but I like the design and color of the Coral Pink and keyboard. Now all I'm worried about is that I've already opened it and took all the stickers off it oppss. Hope Wal-Mart is generous and not so picky about their return policy... Rating 2.8/5


July 5, 2014, 1:00 pm

As a college student in my 3rd year the HP Chromebook 14 is, hands down, the best device I have ever used for school. It does everything I need it to do, cheaper, faster, and, for the most part easier. Microsoft Word is over-rated and over-priced. Even on my Dell with Windows 7 I use Apache from Openoffice.org. A suite of free software applications that rival Word and are completely compatible. They're different in many respects, but it's a matter of what you get used to. I use Google Apps more now though because I use it on the Chromebook. I love that I can work on any computer and open my work on any other computer without having to email it to myself over and over depending on where I'm working.

I think you are confusing the Chromebook with a computer and if what you wanted and needed was a computer then you should definitely return the Chromebook (at this point I hope you already have). My Chromebook has zero issues and works exactly as it is supposed to. It's lighter weight than the Dell 8" tablet with keyboard and far more responsive. Not to mention I hated Windows 8. It is also lighter than the Dell Mini 10 I had and the Chromebook is full size.

For internet use, opening pdf files, researching and writing papers, and other basic task the HP Chromebook can't be beat for price, performance, and portability. If you want or need an actual computer or if you want to download software or are into heavy gaming then this is not the one for you.

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