If you’re in the market for a mid-range Chromebook and have around $450 to spend, you’ve got an interesting choice to make this week. Based on discounts at Best Buy, both the HP Chromebook X360 14 and Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 are sharing the same $449 price tag.
These 2-in-1 Chromebooks are extremely similar when it comes to the configuration, features, and size. It’s probably easier to point out what’s actually different about them but in case folks want the full picture, here are the specs with differences in bold.
|HP Chromebook X360 14||Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14|
|Intel Core i3-8130U processor||Intel Core i3-8130U processor|
|Intel UHD Graphics 620||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|8 GB of memory||4 GB of memory|
|64 GB of eMMC storage, microSD card slot||128 GB of eMMC storage, microSD card slot|
|14-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen||14-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen with EMR pen support|
|Backlit keyboard||Backlit keyboard|
|802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2||802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports: 2 USB Type C, 1 USB Type-A||Ports: 2 USB Type C, 1 USB Type-A|
|HD webcam||HD webcam|
|60 WHr battery||56 WHr battery|
|12.81 x 8.93 x 0.63 inches||13 x 9.06 x 0.66 inches|
|3.7 pounds||3.99 pounds|
As I said, these two devices are extremely similar.
They should generally perform the same with Chrome OS, although the extra memory on the HP will help that device. I’d also expect the HP to eke out a little more battery life over the Dell as well. But…. if you want 128 GB of local storage and/or a digital stylus, the Dell will better suit your needs.
Either way, it’s nice to have a choice at the same price point for two very capable 2-in-1 Chromebooks, which should last all this week.