There’s another sale at Best Buy on the HP Chromebook X360 14c bringing the $629 price down to $499 right now. That’s a pretty good deal for a 2-in-1 Chromebook with 10th generation Core i3 processor, 8 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage.
The prior model was quite nice, often discounted to $349 but you’re getting a new chipset on this model along with longer support for Chrome OS automatic updates, through June 2028.
In terms of the HP Chromebook X360 14c, I’d call it squarely in the mid-range Chromebook market: Plenty of performance for everyday basic use and enough to have a good 10 to 15 browser tabs open simultaneously.
You can also throw some full-time Android apps – I run Messages and Spotify pretty much all the time – into the mix. The device should handle light Linux use as well but if you plan to run Linux for hours a day, every day, you’d probably want to invest in something a little better.
Here’s what you get: An 10th-gen Intel Core i3-10110U with a 2.1 GHz base frequency, turbo-boost up to 4.1 GHz; a 14-inch full HD touch display with thin bezels on the sides, 8GB of memory, 64GB of eMMC storage, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. There are a pair of USB Type-C 3.1 SuperSpeed ports and one Type-A, wide-view webcam with privacy shutter, plus a headphone/microphone jack and microSD card reader. HP also packs in a 60.9 wHr battery for all-day use.
Because the chip inside is a U-Series model, it can run longer at full capacity, unlike Y-Series chips found in the Pixel Slate, for example. The one possible downside? U-Series chips require fans to reduce the heat produced during those heavy-duty CPU cycles, so the HP Chromebook X360 does have a fan.
Typically, low-end Chromebooks are in the sub-$200 to $400 price range and come with relatively less capable Pentium processors and 4 GB of RAM. If you can stretch a little further on price, the HP Chromebook X360 14c at $499 is a great buy; you’re going to get better performance and, in most cases, a better and larger screen.