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HP Chromebook 11a review in five points: Affordable price makes it a good option

Ketan Pratap

HP Chromebook 11a review in five points: Affordable price makes it a good option

Chromebook 11a is the latest laptop option from HP, which comes with an aggressive price tag. It offers a package that should appeal to parents looking for a cheaper laptop option for online classes for their kids during the pandemic phase. We liked a few things about the HP Chromebook 11a and some we didn’t like that we talked in detail about everything in our review. But this is also a long read. So, suppose you want some key takeaways around Chromebook 11a. In that case, it comes with a minimalist design, feels solid for everyday use, a display with touchscreen support, and a battery that impresses.

There are a few things that could have made the HP Chromebook 11a an even better package. Here’s a quick recap of the HP Chromebook 11a review in five points that will be handy for you if you are short on time.

Point 1: The HP Chromebook 11a comes with a basic design that may or may not be liked by many. We liked the keyboard on the Chromebook 11a because it had a full-size keyboard. However, some people may not like it as it doesn’t include a flashy keyboard or a very bright screen or a build that sports aluminium. What it brings at this price is a good enough package that feels solid and should get you through light multitasking. At 1.07 kilograms, the Chromebook 11a feels portable enough and lightweight to use on your lap. The Indigo Blue colour looks different from the rest of the crowd, and the Chromebook branding on the lid makes it evident that this isn’t a Windows-powered machine. The thick bezels around the display also kind of hint that this is an affordable laptop. In our opinion, the design is functional and suitable for light multitasking.

Point 2: The Chromebook 11a comes with an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768 pixels) LED display with around 74 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The best part about the display is it supports touch, which makes it handy. At times, it feels like an extension of your Android device. However, the display isn’t on the brighter side, and that means while watching high-resolution images or videos, you may feel disappointed. Considering the Chromebook 11a is being targeted at school kids, the display shouldn’t be a problem for the target consumers. In our opinion, the 11.6-inch display does a good job, and we don’t expect a laptop at that price to offer a full-HD display.

Point 3: Powered by a MediaTek MT8183 octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Chromebook 11a feels apt for browsing, light multitasking, binge-watching, and even listening to music. It can handle multiple Chrome tabs, and you can switch between various apps. However, where the Chromebook 11a starts to stutter is when you have multiple apps open in the background. The Chromebook 11a is best suited for schoolgoing kids who do not need to run heavy graphics apps and do a lot of multitasking. The laptop ships with dual speakers that are loud for single person use. Being a Chromebook machine, the HP Chromebook 11a comes with built-in Google Assistant and other Google suite of apps.

Point 4: The battery department is one that impressed us and kept us glued to the Chromebook 11a. It ships with a 37WHr battery with fast charging support. It lasted for roughly 8 hours on battery during the review, which was impressive for a Chromebook at this price point.

HP Chromebook 11a review in five points: Affordable price makes it a good option

Point 5: Overall, the HP Chromebook 11a is an ideal laptop for kids attending online classes during the pandemic-hit year. Apart from attending online courses, the Chromebook 11a can be a perfect machine for collaborative work thanks to the inbuilt apps like Google Docs that lets multiple people work on the same document. If you’re someone who wants to buy an affordable laptop for your kid to attend online classes and there are no other requirements like such, then the HP Chromebook 11a may be a great option. However, if you think that this can act as your secondary laptop for some professional work, you should look for something else.

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