When the HP Chromebook 15 debuted as the first Chromebook with a dedicated number pad last April, the Pentium model with 4 GB of memory was $449. Fast forward to today and you can nab the same 1080p clamshell with a much higher powered Core i5-8250U processor, double the RAM and get a free external DVD drive for just $30 more.
And I should note that my Acer Chromebook Spin 13, which I use daily for heavy duty Linux apps and coding, uses this same Core i5 processor. Although I have 16 GB of memory in that device and the HP has half that, my device flies and costs $999 new.
Here’s a rundown on the HP Chromebook 15 specs for the $479 price tag:
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8250U|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Display||15.6-inch IPS touch panel, 250 nits|
1920 x 1080, 16:9 aspect
|Memory||8 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz|
|Storage||128 GB eMMC, microSD card expansion slot|
|Connectivity||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Input||Backlit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad|
|Ports||2 USB Type-C, 1 USB Type-A, 720p webcam,|
microSD card slot, combo microphone/headphone
|Battery||60Whr, claimed run-time up |
to 13 hours
|Software||Chrome OS automatic update expiration|
date: June 2025
At four pounds, a light Chromebook this is not, although it’s certainly portable in a backpack or messenger bag.
Weight is the tradeoff for a device this large, but it gains you a bigger display, dedicated numeric keypad and larger battery. I doubt most activities will net you the claimed 13 hours of run-time on a single charge, but 9 to 10 daily should be feasible.
Considering a comparably configured Lenovo Chromebook Yoga C630 costs $549 on Amazon right now, this HP Chromebook 15 deal is a good value if you’re in the market for the largest Chromebook you can get and don’t mind the clamshell form factor.