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HP 14” Chromebook (Manufacturer Refurbished)
The Chromebook makes inroads on one the great technological innovations of the 21st century: the cloud. Eschewing traditional means of file storage—such as bulky, heavy hard drives—the Chromebook instead backs up all of your documents, photos, music, and movies to the cloud. This allows you to access your files from anywhere, and makes the Chromebook featherlight and easy to carry around.
Stream shows, catch the latest movie trailers, or explore an online video game’s vivid fantasyland in crisp, clear detail. Saturated with about 1 million pixels, the display produces image quality similar to what you’d see on an HDTV. Such sharpness and clarity also make the text on your favorite news and social-media sites clear and easy to read.
Video Chat with Anyone, Anywhere
A built-in webcam can make it feel like people miles away are in the room with you, helping you connect more clearly than with a phone call or email. Collaborate with colleagues in other offices, listen as your niece or nephew rapturously explains their finger painting, or laugh every time your friend’s cat walks across their keyboard.
Speedy Data Transfers with USB 3.0
A USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port transfers files to and from your computer at more than 10 times the speed of USB 2.0, which is especially helpful when you have a gigantic project on a flash drive, or you want to backup all of your files to an external hard drive. If your connected device uses USB 2.0, the port can still move bits and bytes with no sweat at 2.0 speeds, thanks to its backwards compatibility.
Solid-State Drive: Speed and Reliability
The built-in solid-state drive (SSD) performs the same duties of a traditional hard-disk drive, but up to 100 times faster. Unlike hard-disk drives, SSDs don’t rely on moving parts to write, store, and retrieve data; instead, they use flash memory chips that can boot up your computer and launch apps in mere seconds. Without the moving parts, SSDs are also lighter, take up less space within your computer, and are less susceptible to damage and data loss from computer bumps.
- Product number: 14-x010wm (ocean turquoise), 14-x015wm (neon green), or 14-x013dx (black)
- Operating system: Chrome
- Screen: 14” LED display
- Resolution: HD (1366x768)
- Processor: 2.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1
- Graphics processor: NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Optical drive: no
- Memory-card slot: microSD
- Webcam: HP TrueVision HD
- Audio: built-in speakers and microphone
- WiFi: 802.11ac
- Bluetooth: yes
- Ports: 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo jack
- Battery: 3-cell 37WH 2.96Ah lithium-ion polymer
- Weight: 3.4lb.
- Product dimensions: 13.54” (W) x 9.45” (D) x 0.7” (H)
- Condition: manufacturer refurbished
When iconic company HP was born in 1939, it was not in a gleaming laboratory or during a late-night study session at a prestigious university. It was in a 12’x18’ garage that contained only a workbench and a used drill press. University friends Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard sold audio equipment to Disney (which used them during Fantasia production) and became HP soon after. Their humble garage is now marked with a plaque bearing the title “Birthplace of Silicon Valley.”
HP’s innovations laid the groundwork for the Valley’s surge in technological advances. Between the creation of the first handheld computer, which connected to printers and cassette drives, and development of speedier 64-bit processing technology currently used by brands like Apple and Microsoft, HP cemented itself as an architect of current tech trends like the tablet and smartphone. It’s a community-conscious company, too; HP has donated to charity since 1940 and offers free recycling for all electronics, regardless of brand, at Staples.