The display brings an improvement in viewing angles (up to 176 degrees) over the previous Chromebooks, since it features IPS technology enabling that. It’s also quite bright with its 300-nit brightness, but the screen resolution remained the same – 1,366-by-768 pixels. That’s, however, not too bad considering the small 11.6″ diagonal.
Interaction with Chrome is provided via a quite-spacious chiclet-style keyboard and a large trackapd with integrated click buttons. Keyboard backlight and touchscreen functionality are not provided.
For networking, the system uses a built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless module and there’s also Bluetooth for a connection to other devices and peripherals. It’s interesting that the stereo speakers are located underneath the keyboard, with upward sound direction. For external speakers, headphones, and microphones, there’s a combo audio port, while for video chats HP has provided a VGA-quality webcam. VGA means the resolution of captured video is maximally 640×480, down from commonly used 1280×720 on modern laptops.
The HP Chromebook 11-1101us has two USB ports, quite satisfactory for a small-size laptop, but unfortunately there’s no any kind of a media card reader. For charging, the device uses a Micro USB connector, so it is compatible with the majority of Android smartphone chargers. For video output, there’s a SlimPort. It can output videos to TVs and monitors via a SlimPort-to-HDMI/VGA adapter.
The notebook weighs only 2.3 pounds and measures only 0.7″ thick, so it can be a quite handy travel companion, as long as the battery and Internet connectivity allow it. Hardware is encased in a glossy-white plastic chassis, strengthened by a magnesium frame, and with a blue accent color surrounding the keyboard on the 11-1101us. The HP Chromebook 11 will be additionally available with other accent colors, namely red, white, and green, as well as with wholly black chassis.
Besides 100GB Google Drive space, it comes with a 60-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access, normally $9.99 per month, and 12 free sessions of GoGo Inflight Internet. An HP Chromebook 11 version with 4G LTE mobile broadband connectivity is also expected soon.