Best 14 Inch Chromebook 2017 Comparison Shopping Table


Updated: June 2017


Finding the Best 14 Inch Chromebook in 2017

“Simplified” by Splitting them into Processor Groups

 


Best 14" Chromebook Comparison Table (2017)

Core-i Series (6100U / 6200U - 2.3 GHz Intel Dual Cores)

Acer i3 Chromebook 14"
CP5-471-35T4; Apr16

3.2 lbs, 0.9"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 10h
1366 x 768 ISP
i3-6100U CPU
Acer i3 Chromebook 14"
CP5-471-35T4; Apr16

3.2 lbs, 0.9"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC / 10h
1920 x 1080 ISP
i3-6100U CPU
Acer i5 Chromebook 14"
CP5-471581N; Apr16

3.2 lbs, 0.9"
8 GB / 32 GB
AC / 10h
1920 x 1080 ISP
i5-6200U CPU

SkyLake/Broadwell/Haswell Celerons (3855U/ 2955U - Intel Dual Cores)

Acer Chromebook 14"
CP5-471; Apr16

3.2 lbs, 0.9"
4 GB / 16 GB
AC / 10h
1366 x 768 ISP
Skylake 3855U
HP Chromebook 14"
BO172GUW41;Oct15

3.4 lbs, 0.7"
4 GB / 16 GB
N / 8.5h
1366 x 768
Haswell 2955U
HP Chromebook 14"
F0-G99 UA#ABA; Oct13

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4.1 lbs, 0.81"
2 GB / 16 GB
N / 8.5h
1366 x 768
Haswell 2955U

Braswell/Bay Trail Celerons (N3060/3160, N2940) - Intel Dual/Quad Core)

Lenovo Chromebook 14"
B06XDF32NJ; Jan17

3.3 lbs, 0.78"
4 GB /16 GB
AC /10h
1366 x 768
CPU: N3060 (1.6)
Acer Chromebook 14"
CB3-431-C5FM Mar16

3.4 lbs, 0.67"
4 GB / 32 GB
AC /12h
1920 x 1080 ISP
CPU: N3160 (1.6)
HP Chromebook 14"
ak050nr; Nov15

3.74 lbs, 0.7"
4 GB /16 GB
AC /8h
1920 x 1080 ISP
Slower Bay Trail:
CPU: N2940 (1.83)

Tegra K1 A15 - ARMs (2.1GHz NVIDIA Quad Core ARM)

HP Chromebook 14"
J9M84UA#ABA;Aug14

4 lbs, 0.70"
2 GB / 16 GB
AC / 8h
1366 x 768
HP Chromebook 14" (G3)
K4K11UT#ABA;Oct14

3.8 lbs, 0.70"
2 GB / 16 GB
AC / 8h
1366 x 768
G3 capable


Color Coding – re: Chromebook Comparison Table Above:

Green – indicates “base” or standard model (ie: standard lower res 1366 x 786 screen and standard lower Ram/SSD Hard Drive of 2 GB/ 16 GB).

Blue – indicates a step up in the Ram or Hard Drive Memory to the 4 GB or 32 GB range, respectively.

Red – Indicates a step up to a higher resolution 1920 x 1080 screen +/- TouchScreen Capability.

Orange – Indicates 4G or 3G Cellular Connection Option.

Note:  I’ve colored coded the model/item number differences for you – to help “cross-check” everything, before you push “buy” (hoping to help prevent any mistakes during your online purchases).  


“The Small Boat”

weight of 14 inch chromebooks is 3-4 lbs

14 inch Chromebooks weigh as much as box of raisins (3.4-4 lbs range)

At 14 inch, you do realize that you are now entering “boat” territory.  

Sure, these are not as big as the “big boat” 15 inch Chromebooks but you are talking about lugging around 3.4 to 4 lbs.

Example of Data in each Cell of a "Sub-Table" at Chromebook-Review.com Comparison Website

How to read the “Spec Data” in a “Sub-Table” Below…

Four pounds is like a 10 cup 2-pack box of raisins – kind of a “brick” that you don’t want to lug everywhere.

Still, it can be moved around the house easy, and the reward is a beautiful large screen, especially if you splurge on one with a 1920 x 1080 IPS resolution.

Morale of the story — keeps coming back to “decide how you will use  your Chromebook the most” and then decide on the right size for your needs!

If you are considering a 14 inch Chromebook, please compare & contrast the Spec Details in the 14 inch Shopping Comparison Table (below);

And consider getting the bigger comparison picture by studying the Spec Details on the Chromebook Comparison Master Table Page (ie: the 14 inch Row compared w/ other sized offerings).


Buying Considerations  

For the Best 14″ Chromebook Shopping Comparison-Table (above) ~

Processors:  

There seems to be four main choices, listed by processor model number & described in detail below:

  • Haswell (2355U Celeron) — A 2013 fairly powerful but older “Standard” (a 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor) still faster than the newer Braswell & Bay Trail Celerons and Tegra K1 ARM by enough that you’ll probably notice the difference.  The extra power requires a fan because it gets hotter, but the fan is very quiet unless you are in a silent space ie: study carrel etc.
  • Braswell (N3160 Celeron) — A 2015 “next gen” Bay Trail type CPU made for long battery life and mobile devices.  However, Octane performance scores show that they are really not much better than their older cousin Bay Trail CPUs.  I’ve combined these two N-series Intel CPUs (Braswell/Bay Trail) in the table above.
  • Bay Trail (N2830 & N2940 Celerons) — An Intel 2014 Addition- using low power to achieve long lasting battery life (ie: N2830 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron Dual Core) unfortunately noticeably slower than the older Haswell Celeron and just a tad slower than the Tegra K1 below.  However, the other Bay Trail Version in the table, (ie: the N2940) & 2015 Bay Trail family successor named the Braswell Celeron (not yet on the 14 inch Chromebooks [as of 3/16], but widespread on the 11 inch, 13 inch and 15 inch Chromebooks) are the same or faster than the Tegra K1 ARM.
  • Tegra K1 ARM (2.1 GHz 4+1 Quad Core Nvidia ARM Cortex-A15 Processor) — Another battery extending processor that made its entrance showing up in some Chromebooks in 2014.  This low power consuming technology also allows it to be fanless (ie: very quiet like the Exynox ARM and Celeron Bay Trail Processors).  Compares pretty closely to the Bay Trail Celeron models, as discussed above.

  Screen Display:

  • IPS display is better than the older TFT displays.  In-Plane-Switching LCDs allows for sharper resolution and better viewing from wider angles.
  • Go with an IPS 1920 x 1080 (1080p) displays if the price is not more than $50 over the non-IPS 1366 x 768 displays.  Since these are large 14 inch Sized Chromebook Displays, you’ll want to be able to create a “near desktop” size screen to get some serious work done.  The higher resolution will allow you to effectively see more on the screen (and you can also use the “CTLT -” command to shrink your pages & fit more in your viewing area).

 Other Differences:

  • Manufacturer:  Watch out HP, Acer has just joined the ranks of 14 inch devices…. HP no longer holds a monopoly here.
  • Cellular Data:  G4 and G3 Capable 14 inch Chromebooks are available in this category — but closely study the terms and area coverage before banking on your ability to skip Wi-Fi and go they way of your cell phone with satellite signal.
  • Battery Life:  The Acer 14 inch is pushing the limit here with 12h times.  The 14 inch HP Chromebooks seem to all list at 8 to 8.5 hrs , I’d assume the Tegra and Bay Trail, or lower res display models may last a bit longer than the more powerful Haswell.
  • AC vs N Wi-Fi:  Go with the latest – AC over N, if all else is equal; although I’ve read with router/cable modem speeds today, it is hard to notice a difference.
  • RAM & SSD:  If you can push the RAM to 4 GB, that could make the machine zip along faster with more multitasking, and likely more important than pushing the solid state drive from 16 up to 32 – as with your google cloud account (+/- peripheral USB Drive or SD Card), you don’t really need to store anything on your chromebook’s SSD.
  • Weight & Thickness:  The 2016-7 Acer 14 is pushing these heavy devices down a bit to the 3.4 lbs range; HP makes several 14 inch-ers which are a bit heavier in the ~ 3.75 – 4.1 lbs range.

Important Disclaimer:  Much time has been taken to organize all this Chromebook Comparison Table information but still please cross-check anything you think is of critical importance before you buy to assure no mistakes are listed here and that our source information was not incorrect.

 

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