HP Chromebook 14 hands-on, we check out the colourful late 2013 Intel Haswell model

The HP Chromebook 14 is the latest - and joint-largest - Chromebook to show its face at this year's Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco.

The replacement for the earlier "Pavilion" Chromebook 14, the latest model is available in a number of different colours. Turqoise, pink and white were the three on display that we put eyes over, but there are due to be more options depending on the territory

The latest HP Chromebook has a different feel to its predecessor. It's all matte plastic and the lid has a smooth, almost rubbery feel to it.

READ: HP Pavilion Chromebook review

The keys have a similar matte feel to them, but the size makes for a decent typing experience. The trackpad, too, is a smooth pad - possibly a bit too much so. The crisp, plasticky finish and DayGlo colours certainly make for a newer, younger, funkier angle to the Chromebook market.

The HP Chromebook 14 sports a 14-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution screen. Just like its predecessor the viewing angle isn't particularly great, nor is brightness - but at the $299 price point (£189) that's not a surprise. It's affordable stuff.

The key thing in this HP Chromebook is what's under the hood: the latest Haswell Celeron 2955U processor means batter performance than before and a battery life of over 9 hours per charge. Bonza.

Two USB 3.0 ports - although they don't have the blue interior finish, instead are marked "SS" - cater for the speed, while 16GB on on-board flash memory keeps things fast. As with all Chromebooks the 14-inch HP will come with a two-year 100GB Google Drive cloud storage.

So there we have it: an interesting take on the Chromebook. We are left pondering what the true UK price will be, however.



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