The 11.6” HP Chromebook 11 G2 recently arrived at Promevo! As with every new device, we were eager to take a look at this new Chromebook and run it through our battery of tests to see how it would perform.

What’s In The Box?

(1) HP Chromebook 11 G2 (1) Power Adapter (1) Setup Instructions (1) User Guide, Warranty, Safety, and Regulatory Information

HP 11 Chromebook G2 full contents of box

HP Chromebox 11 Specifications

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See how the Chromebooks Promevo tested compare at
Straight Out of the Box-Chrome Device Comparison Sheet

Design

HP Chromebook 11 G2

Case. The HP Chromebook 11’s case looks sleek, and preserves the design aesthetic similar to their laptops. The design is sophisticated, with a black matte finish and a chrome HP logo on the lid. The case does not show fingerprints easily. The construction of this device feels sturdy and has some weight to it at 2.95 lbs.

Keyboard. The HP Chromebook 11’s keyboard feels spacious for an 11.6’ device. It has a full sized keyboard with low profile white keys with gray letters. They are nearly silent while typing with a fast response time. Like all Chromebooks, there is no number pad. The keyboard is 10.75” across with the letter and number keys measuring 0.625” x 0.625”, and are not backlit.  Overall, the keyboard is very comfortable to use for an 11.6” Chromebook.

Touchpad. The touchpad on the HP Chromebook 11 is above average in size, measuring 3.875” x 2.1875”. It has multi-touch capability with no visible buttons. The touchpad has a tactile feel with a click that you can both hear and feel when pressing down on it.

HP Chromebook 11 G2

Display. The HP Chromebook 11 has an 11.6″ HD SVA WLED anti-glare flat (1366 x 768). The non-glossy screen choice means it handles glare well. We tested out the screen under glare conditions and found it to be visible even outside in the sunlight. The bezel around the screen is average sized, with the top and bottom measuring .9375” and .875” respectively, and the sides measuring 0.875”.

Speakers. The speakers on the HP Chromebook 11 are located on the bottom of the device, on the front bevel. We turned up the speakers to the maximum to see what they could do, and we found that the HP 11 had good volume and sound quality. Even at a high volume, there was little-to-no distortion present.

Temperature. At the beginning of the test, we took a unit heat reading while the device was idle. The HP Chromebook 11 measured a temperature of 79˚ F. After 1 hour of the WebGL’s Aquarium test, the temperature had risen to 98˚ F in the middle of the keyboard, 104˚ F in the middle of the underside, and 89˚ F in the USB port, because there are no vents. At the end of the test, more than 2 1/2 hours after we started, the unit’s heat reading measured 100˚ F in the middle of the keyboard, 107˚ F in the middle of the underside, and 90˚ F in the USB port.

Battery Life. Battery life is an important aspect to consider when comparing Chromebooks. The test we used for battery life was the WebGL’s Aquarium test. We started the evaluation with a fully charged battery, WiFi on, and using 10 fish in the test. It took 2 hours and 46 minutes to fully drain the battery.

Performance Tests

Boot Up Speed. Chrome OS devices are known for their fast boot up times. We timed 5 boot ups on the HP Chromebook 11 and finished with an average boot time of 9.37 seconds.

  1. 9.25 sec.
  2. 9.10 sec.
  3. 9.52 sec.
  4. 9.48 sec.
  5. 9.50 sec.

Octane. We ran the Octane browser based benchmark tool 5 times, both plugged in and on battery power. Octane is available from the Google Developers website and measures the performance of JavaScript code found in modern web applications. There was no substantial difference between plugged in and battery mode. The device averaged 5,690 plugged in and 5,651 on battery power.

HP Chromebook 11 G2 Octane

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WebGL Aquarium. For the next test we used WebGL’s Aquarium, which measures the frame rate for different amounts of 3D fish that are rendered in the browser. The higher the frame rate, the smoother the motion displayed on the screen.

Aquarium Screenshot 2014-07-07 at 11.45.35 AM

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Google+ Browsing.  We also took a look at  Chrome’s built-in FPS counter to measure frame rate and smoothness when scrolling through a site with dynamically generated content. For our test, we used a Google+ page. The counter was stable as content was loading with little faltering when scrolling down the page, staying between 9-60 fps.

Google+ Screenshot 2014-07-07 at 12.37.01 PM

HD Video Test. To test HD video playback, we used the Nvidia PureVideo HD Test video on YouTube using the “Stats for Nerds” feature, which can be accessed by clicking on the video’s context menu. We played the video on 720p (the highest resolution that can be displayed at 1366 × 768), and video playback was smooth with 47 dropped frames for the entire length of the video.

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Conclusions

We evaluated the HP Chromebook 11 G2’s design, performance, and battery life and discovered the HP Chromebook 11 to be a fast and easy to use 11.6” Chromebook. Additionally, we found that the HP 11 has an average boot up speed of 9.37 seconds and an octane score of about 5,690 plugged in. The HP 11’s design and performance are sure to make it a strong option in the Chromebook marketplace.


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Greg Middendorf

Greg Middendorf

Google Apps Certified Administrator at Promevo
Long time lover of all things tech, a "retired" musician, and a budding wine enthusiast. Enjoys the good life.
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