The toughest part of buying a new laptop is to narrow down the options out of tens or even hundreds. If you intend to buy a laptop with a long battery life, Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 are two of the most-recommended units. They both can run on the battery for over 10 hours on the normal use.
One question. Which is the better between the two?
Both Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 are Chrome OS-based laptops. They both offer eMMC as the storage medium. With no moving components like on HDD, eMMC plays enough role in saving battery life. The vast majority of Chromebooks (Chrome OS-based laptops) come with a low storage capacity since they are intended to be a cloud-oriented devices. Both Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 offer only 16GB storage capacity.
Both Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 are powered by the same processor from Intel, Intel Celeron N3060 with the clock speed of 1.6GHz. N3060 itself is a 64-bit dual-core processor introduced by Intel in early 2016. Following is a brief comparison of detailed specs of Both Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11.[table id=15 /]
As you can see from the table above, the specs of Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 are not much different. The two are powered by the same processor. They also come with the same storage capacity and there are many other things in common between them. However, they are different products — from two famous computer manufacturers. Let’s take a deeper investigation to figure what make them different.
In terms of design, both Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 are intended to be a conventional laptop. Which means that you can’t transform them into a tablet like, for instance ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4.
- Samsung Chromebook 3
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Samsung Chromebook 3 comes with a dominant black design. If you love something dark then it’s probably a suited design for you. The material used on Samsung Chromebook 3 is plastic. You will probably love its chassis that has a silky-smooth palm rest. The area around display contains subtle texture to help minimizing reflections from the glossy bezel. Samsung Chromebook 3 has a strong enough hinge. You will be able to tilt the screen to 180 degrees. Unfortunately, there is no flexing around its keyboard.
- HP Chromebook 11
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Unlike Samsung Chromebook 3, HP Chromebook 11 has a touch screen display although you don’t probably need it so much since you can turn it into a tablet mode. Its touch screen display is probably a factor that makes the price of HP Chromebook 11 a bit more expensive than Samsung Chromebook. To be honest, the design of HP Chromebook 11 is a bit more attractive than Samsung Chromebook 3 that looks a bit stiff. Looks minimalist, but the design of HP Chromebook 11 also looks modern with its two-toned color palette and rounded edges.
On the lid side, you will see a sleek matte black, with HP’s silver logo standing out in stark contrast and a Chrome logo in the top-left corner. The bottom of the case has a textured finish, which makes it grippy enough to carry in one hand while it’s closed.
Both Samsung Chromebook 3 vs HP Chromebook 11 are powered by the same processor so overall, there are not much differences in terms of performance. You will probably get a different result when use the different memory version. As you know, Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 is available in two different memory size. Be it Samsung Chromebook 3 or HP Chromebook 11 tend to ideal for light computing tasks like browsing the web and working on documents.
- Samsung Chromebook 3
As said above, the best use Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 is for such tasks as browsing the web and working on documents. With the processor speed of 1.6 GHz which is supported by a 4GB RAM, you won’t meet any serious problem to open up to 10 tabs on Chrome while editing a document on Google Docs. You can also add other task like watching a 1080p video and Samsung Chromebook 3 will still be able to run smoothly without showing serious lag.
The graphic engine of Samsung Chromebook 3, which is powered by Intel HD Graphics 400 is capable of handling some casual web-based and app games like Cut the Rope. In the WebGL Aquarium graphics test, Samsung Chromebook 3 is capable of rendering 2,000 fish in the tank at 23 frames per second. As a comparison, Lenovo Ideapad 100S-14 wavered between 6 and 7 fps.
- HP Chromebook 11
Since the full specs of HP Chromebook 11 is not much different to Samsung Chromebook 3, the performance of HP Chromebook 11 is also not much different. You will also be able to open tens of tabs on Chrome at once while watching some videos on YouTube as well as editing a Google Docs document. You will find that your HP Chromebook 11 will keep running smoothly without showing no serious lag.
When open WebGL Aquarium website to test the graphic, you will see that HP Chromebook 11 displays 50 fish swimming in a tank at between 53 and 57 frames per second. It is not bad at all for a laptop with the specs like HP Chromebook 11.
Both Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 offer a vary of specs. Well, the main component — the processor — remains the same, but they offer a different storage capacity as well as different memory size. As you can see on the full specs earlier above, the units used on this review have the the same processor, memory size as well as storage capacity.
In addition to 16GB storage memory and 4GB memory, Samsung Chromebook 3 also offers a 32GB storage capacity as well as a 2GB RAM. HP Chromebook 11 also offers the same configurations.
Software and warranty
Don’t expect too much apps when you buy a Chromebook device. Unlike Windows-based laptops and Mac, you will only get Google apps like Google Docs and YouTube. Nothing more. If you need to install other apps, you can download them on the Chrome Web Store. For the warranty, Samsung provides a one-year warranty on parts and labor. So do HP. In addition, HP also offers one year of chat support and 90 days of phone support.
Both Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 are great devices with a long battery life. They are ideal for field workers who often work from a place that has no electricity source. They are also great devices if you often work from different locations within a day. If you are a traveler or your job requires you to frequently go travelling by plane — which means you will be spending much time on the airport — Samsung Chromebook 3 and HP Chromebook 11 are great choice thanks to its long battery life.[table id=16 /]
So, which one do you want to buy?