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Touchscreen HP Chromebook 14 G3 Goes on Sale in US for $440

Santa’s Chromebook workshop may have run out of cogs and wires for the high sought after Toshiba Chromebook 2, but it hasn’t been idle: a new touchscreen version of the third-generation HP Chromebook 14 is now available to buy in the US.

HP announced a new wave of 14-inch Chromebooks back in September/October, kitting them out with Nvidia’s (rather poorly received) Tegra K1 processor and adding a raft of fancy color options. At the time of their launch it said buyers could expect a touchscreen model with full-HD display to arrive a few months later.

Here we are ‘a  few months later’ and the company quietly delivered on its word, introducing the HP Chromebook 14-x050nr to its online store.

“Double the Storage”

HP originally told us it would arrive with 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash storage and retail at $429.99. The actual product available to buy today is marginally different.

You still get 4GB RAM for your money, but doubles the storage to 32GB. As a result of the spec bump the model is now $10 more expensive than originally billed and retails at $439.99 in the US.

HP Chromebook 14 G3 (Touch) Specifications:

Inside you’ll find Google’s favourite processor (the Nvidia Tegra K1, announced as a CPU module for Project Ara and powering the Nexus 9 in its 64-bit version. While the K1 is not quite the powerhouse that Nvidia’s carefully orchestrated demonstrations presented it as it is still a capable engine suitable for most folks computing needs.

  • Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU (A15, Quad-core, 2.3GHz)
  • 4GB RAM (soldered) 
  • Nvidia Kepler GPU (192 CUDA cores)
  • 32GB eMMC storage
  • Full HD WLED Backlit Touchscreen @ 1920×1080
  • 8.5 hour battery life
  • 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
  • Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • HD Webcam

For the full spec sheet see this link.

Buy the HP Chromebook 14 G3 Touch

US readers can bag the Chromebook directly from HP today: 

Buy the HP Chromebook 14-x050nr

Don’t need touch? A standard 14-inch model with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage retails for $299.99.

We’ve reached out to HP for more information, including international release plans. Who knows, with it being the season of good will, they may even reply! ;)

  • Winnz

    A bit pricey, compared to other touch screen models such as the n20p. But this does have better specs overall I suppose. Still, the point of a Chromebook is cheap hardware, great quality, for a *low* price.
    $440 is not low..

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      Compared to a $2000+ macbook it is. The point of a Chromebook WAS cheap hardware, now that it’s become more mainstream OEM’s can let go of that a little bit as to offer Chromebooks in every price range. I’d happily pay a little more for better hardware

      • Winnz

        We’re not just alking a little more. these specs aren’t anything new. for 440 dollars you could get much better if you invested the money in a standard windows laptop.

        • Sebastiaan Franken

          Not really. You can barely get a Full-HD touchscreen Windowze laptop for ~440 USD (or at least not here in Europe). If you can get something close it’s going to be horribly slow (Windows on there isn’t helping either) or it’s going to be horribly outdated in the hardware department.

          All proper Windows laptops start at $550

          • Winnz

            Even if that was true it doesn’t negate the fact that this is overpriced.
            the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is a Full HD screen for $300, spec wise it’s not much different. Basically you’re paying $140 extra just for a touch screen and a slimmer design i suppose.

            That is why I say if you’re going to spend that much extra just for a slightly better laptop, you might as well go all the way and get full blown windows.

          • Carl Draper

            Chromebook 2 by Toshiba only has 2GB RAM iirc

          • jake

            not the FullHD model…4GB

          • Colin Scroggins

            I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 with 4GB RAM and a high res display, so that depends on which model you buy.

          • Carl Draper

            yeah I just checked, there’s a 2GB model without FullHD display, which is a little cheaper.

          • Tim Lund

            …go all the way and get full blown windows….

            That is precisely what many Chrome OS device owners do not want. Administration hassles and security issues on Windows PCs are a big reason why Chromebooks and Boxes are gaining in popularity. While I am satisfied with my $200 Acer Chromebook, I would like to have the choice of a model with a higher quality display and more ram/storage, and would pay a premium for those features and still keep the Chrome OS security and ease of administration.

          • Winnz

            You completely missed my point.

          • Tim Lund

            I get the price differential VS the Toshiba, but suggesting “you might as well go all the way and get full blown windows” just is not for me. Sure the HP 14-x050nr is a little expensive, but I am not going to buy a Windows laptop instead just because they are available for the same money. I will pay a premium price for a higher spec Chrome OS machine. I am glad we are starting to see these choices.

        • Zactu

          Nothing new at all. The tech specs are 2 years old, if not more. Chromebooks seem stagnant and devoid of any progress. There is still nothing better than my HP Chromebook 14 on the market. Google needs to do something.

          • Aaron Porter

            I’m glad I stuck with the old HP 14, love the horsepower, but I’m sad there’s no great improvement

      • Vin

        Exactly. Thanks for that. I am happy to pay more for quality functionality. Chromebooks can be so much more than fancy netbooks.

      • FlacVest

        1) If you want to be taken seriously, don’t open your argument with “compared to a 2000$ macbook. C’mon.

        2) People buy chromebooks primarily because they’re cheap. THe second option is that they work while being cheap.

        This laptop is priced too heavily for it to sell well; for the same price you can get a great Windows laptop with an i3 in it that, well, runs Windows.

        For some people, they’ll get this, but largely, people who are spending 400+ will spend their money more wisely. This laptop just took something average and slapped a touch screen and a higher price on it. Not two things that are at the top of buyer’s lists, sadly.

  • gertie

    I just can’t get past this bit….

    WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.

    • Boothy

      It only causes cancer in California, or only California knows about it?
      Either way, thanks for that (I never read the packaging much beyond basic specs)

      • Vin

        Despite the fact that physics is universal, opinions and legislation aren’t. In some states *cough* texas *cough*, f*cking over people for business’s sake is like a national pasttime.

    • Carl Draper

      Then don’t ingest it

  • motang

    Wow that is only slick looking laptop, looks similar to my HP Envy.

  • Brian Alexander

    Is it an IPS screen?

    • heat361

      No I don’t believe it has an IPS screen.

    • Andrew Emerson

      If it had one it would be screaming it from the rooftops on the specs sheets.

  • Andrew Emerson

    The touch screen is going to sink this chromebook with its cost. WE DON’T WANT A TOUCHSCREEN. THAT IS RETARDED.

    • Carl Draper

      Luckily, a non-touch version is available, sadly with only 2GB RAM…

      • FlacVest

        You can get the older version, with a faster chip, with 4gb of RAM. Cheaper too.

    • calden74

      Speak for yourself, now that we can install Android apps in Chrome OS, touchscreens on a ChromeBook are going to become a lot more relevant I for one absolutely love that both of my ChromeBooks have one. I can’t stand it when people think that anything that themsleves don’t use is complete garbage.

  • moe

    Touch screen is not bad, although i hope chromebooks adopt more harddrive like 32 and 64 gb and standardize it. More Android apps are on the way so more hardrive would be needed and no matter what 16 gb is not enough even for a phone anymore.

  • Zactu

    I have HP Chromebook 14 one year old, and HP haven’t improved the specs for a year (no point in touch screen). There has been no progress on Chromebooks from HP (is it pressure from Microsoft? and/or other reasons?). Chromebooks in general haven’t increased their tech specs in any meaningful way, there only has been some price drops. Chromebooks are just not advancing anywhere and that is turn inhibits the advanced of ChromeOS.

    • That’s Intel’s fault. They are behind on the next gen chips and the generation after Broadwell, Skylake, is going to probably be out in time for back to school 2015, as well. There is just a big logjam but it will be sorted out soon.

      • PB Grossman

        I think they are working on getting unlimited Internet data streaming right now for low prices to us.

  • monica Lewinsky

    Is the WLED as good as IPS?

  • andreas.arambasic

    What’s the point of a 4GB RAM CB, including touchscreen and 1920×1080 but using ARM.
    ARM architecture->lags at multitasking.

  • Vin

    I’m not a huge fan of touch screens, but, when making the transition from a tablet or a smartphone, I found that I kept touching my new Chromebook. I got over that in short order and, while I can personally live without touchscreen, there are times when it is more convenient.
    Comments like this are not helpful: “WE DON’T WANT A TOUCHSCREEN. THAT IS RETARDED”
    It isn’t retarded and what is retarded is mental confinement of Chromebooks as being these cheap slightly fancier netbooks. The entire Chromebook ecosystem / experience / whatever you want to call it can evolve greatly and part of that evolution is to making it a more serious machine and that includes touchscreen and more RAM for serious local processing.

    • Andrew Emerson

      The reason chromebooks work is mainly because of the price because there are severe limitations you are willingly taking when you buy a chromebook over a windows laptop or mac. When your chromebook is priced at the 400 dollar range you have effectively priced yourself out of the market. The best selling chromebook right now is the acer c720 that already has serious local processing and good build quality for only $200. The highest I am willing to spend on a chromebook is 299 with everything I want including ips display, 4gb of ram, and 32gb of storage. Touchscreen just adds a hundred dollars to the price for no reason when most people already have a tablet or a smartphone that probably will play those touchbased games better anyways.

      • Vin

        Yes, that is fine – for now and I understand where you are coming from.

        My mindset is the future. The Chromebook philosophy can be extended to serious computing. There are lots of people, like me, who are happy with the idea of Chromebooks, but also want serious number crunching capabilities like doing engineering or graphics. At the same time, we don’t want to have to do the horseshit like virus protection or updates. We – the midrange or hypothetical high-end Chromebook users – are willing to fork over the bigger money for the better machine. Price is not an issue with me; functionality is and I don’t want to be pigeonholed into the Windows ecosystem or Apple ecosystem. Basically, I want a machine designed for enterprise collaboration in mind, but that can also do quality off-line number crunching. Because Chromebooks were designed to be cloud machines, they started off in the right direction for that. The other PCs / Macs have most of their design origins before the Internet went public.

        • And this would be the niche where I fall in.

          • Horux

            Ditto, agreed.

  • Vin

    Just give me a Chromebook Pixel 2. And unify the keystroke sequences and make it easier to insert oddball characters with an extension or app equivalent to charmap.exe.

  • Why can’t these companies include a larger battery to give a usable 10 hours battery backup? HP’s 8 hours are more like 4.5 hours for a pro user.

  • Steve

    Interesting to see these discussions about Pixels and RAM and ‘serious users’ followed by snob comments that discount the value of touch screens. Here is the other side. For millions of low tech users who do not need/want high tech machines or software of which 90% they will never use the market for a simple to use Chromebook is exploding. Not for gaming, not for engineering, not for programming but just for simple day to day tasks. Like reading news feeds, looking at emails, and checking out bank accounts. All of which become faster, easier for tons of people who want to move around a screen fast and use their fingers to quickly expand the screen. The value of Chrome? Simple, fast, easy to use and no need to spend extra $$$’s on features that will never be used from Windows or Apple systems.

  • mike

    This is not the same k1 as in the nexus 9, it’s the k1 that’s in the shield tablet. Blame nVidia for name two different chips k1.

  • Vin

    The New York Times did a piece today on the new Mac Retina 5K, but, in this article, they talk about cars and trucks and Chromebooks…. I agree with Steve Jobs: simple machines are like cars, but there will always be people who need serious work machines – trucks. I believe that Chromebooks can be trucks as he would say.

  • GemMyJane

    Hopefully anyone looking up this model will read the comments here if they are thinking about purchasing. I wouldn’t have paid for this one. I did pay for my G2 one and would do it again. I just wish this one could handle what I did on my G2 Chromebook.

    I’ve had this Chromebook a little over 3 weeks and this review is based on that and my previous Gen 2 Chromebook which had less memory and a smaller harddrive.

    Even with a 4GB version of this model you’ll still run into streaming issues especially on Amazon Prime. So don’t feel bad because even if you had waited and spent more money you’d still be having problems. I think it’s the processor that limits things more then the memory issue. My 2nd Gen Chromebook didn’t have 4GB of memory and still allowed me to do more then this one does and it has an additional 2GB and a bigger HD.

    The sound is so poor on this when it comes to streaming any kind of shows from Amazon Prime or other sites. I was trying to watch an Amazon Prime series the other night on mine and could barely hear the characters talking with the sound turned up all the way. I tried hooking up my Microsoft MD-12 Bluetooth speaker to it which made the sound improve a good bit. Sadly it also made it to where the show couldn’t stream in HD causing consistent buffering. The color is washed out too like on the previous HP 14 Chromebooks but seems worse on this one.

    I got saddled with this 3rd Gen Chromebook (mine is the touchscreen with more memory and ram which also can’t handle much) after HP LOST my beloved 2nd Gen Chromebook supposedly after it arrived at their repair center per FedEx tracking. I am not a happy camper at all that I can’t stream shows on this thing without it causing disruption because that didn’t happen on my old one. The processor in these 3rd Gens suck and are horrid compared to the Intel processors the previous models had. Sad to see this step down in quality not only when it comes to processing and judging from these reviews I’m going to encounter keyboard problems in the near future too. So through no fault of my own I loose my perfectly fine Chromebook after sending it in for a simple keyboard replacement due to a couple keys that worked fine coming off. I guess I should have kept using my old one with a broken key.

    My regular computer is a 17in laptop which is too big to lug around a lot and is bulky to use in bed. I thought I could use this newer Chromebook like I could my older Gen 2 (with T-Mo) model and watch streams of shows and videos on YouTube until getting sleepy. As mentioned above though I was wrong. Now when watching music videos on YouTube I hear the occasional static sound which is a new issue that has cropped up.

    • calden74

      Thats a shame that you found the new HP to be lacking. I haven’t experienced the lag in video streaming that you’ve had. I don’t use Amazon Prime though, I installed an Android app called Kodi(XBMC) which contains repositories for every conceivable media that is out their, including anything that can be found on Amazon Prime. It also allows me to watch TV shows from the US for free, including all of the movie channels like HBO, Cinemax and Showtime, also completely lag free. I think the HP G3 is the best Chromebook after my new Pixel that I’ve owned as of yet and Ive been using them since the CR-48. Just install the Amazon app seperately, it will solve all of your performance issues. Streaming directly from a web site is never an ideal way to watch your media anyway. Speakers, I have never used the internal speakers from any of my devices, I always use my Bose BlueTooth Speaker. If your having issues with yours than just plug it in using the 3.5mm

      • GemMyJane

        Since it has an ARM processor what do you have installed to get those things to run?