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HP Chromebook 14 G5 (Celeron N3350, 32 GB eMMC, 4 GB RAM, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Alex Alderson), 06/07/2019

An austere Chromebook with great battery life The HP Chromebook 14 G5 runs silently and has excellent battery life. The device has Google Play Store integration too, but how does it shape up against other Chromebooks? Read on to find out in this short review.

Chromebooks are designed to be more user-friendly than their competitors. Open, log in and get started. There is no need to deal with any lengthy setup process like you would when booting a Mac or Windows machine for the first time. Our test device in question, the HP Chromebook 14 G5, also supports the Google Play Store, giving it access to thousands of Android apps. HP has equipped the Chromebook 14 G5 with an Apollo Lake dual-core processor, 4 GB of LPDRR4 RAM and 32 GB of flash storage.

We shall compare the Chromebook 14 G5 against other comparably priced laptops. Our comparison devices will include the Acer Aspire 1, Chuwi LapBook SE, Chuwi HeroBook 14, HP 14, Lenovo V130-14IGM, and the Trekstor Primebook C13.

HP Chromebook 14 G5 (Chromebook 14 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 500, Core: 200-650 MHz
Memory
4096 MB 
, LPDDR4-2400
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.3 x 337 x 226 ( = 0.72 x 13.27 x 8.9 in)
Battery
47.36 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Google Chrome OS
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.54 kg ( = 54.32 oz / 3.4 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

The Chromebook 14 G5 looks unspectacular with its anthracite plastic case. Compounding this is its mostly rough finish, which makes the device look cheap. The top case has a subtle brushed effect though, so at least HP has given some thought to aesthetics somewhere.

Our review unit is well built, with there being no unusual gaps between materials. We can twist the case too easily for our liking though, but we did not expect much better from a plastic chassis. The battery is only removable if you remove the bottom case, it is not modular as ones in some business laptops are.

The Chromebook 14 G5 does not have a maintenance flap either, although few laptops do nowadays. Accessing the internal components requires disassembling the device, which is a rather protracted process. Firstly, you must remove all the screws on the underside of the Chromebook, most of which are hidden beneath rubber feet. Once you have done that you must detach the top case from the rest of the device, for which we would recommend using a flat plastic spudger. Please keep in mind that two ribbon cables connect the top case to the motherboard, which you must take care not to damage.

HP has equipped the Chromebook 14 G5 with an impressive selection of ports. The device has a total of four USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, two of which are Type-A, with the others being Type-C. The latter support DisplayPort and USB Power Delivery (PD), although you need a corresponding adapter to take advantage of the former. There are no other video outputs, but the Type-C ports also support HDMI should your external monitor or TV not have any DisplayPorts. HP has included a microSD card reader too, although the company probably had enough free space to include a full-sized one instead. The ports are well laid out too. They are all nicely spaced out, and cables should not interfere with you using a wired or wireless mouse.

Our review unit has an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 module onboard, which achieves decent Wi-Fi speeds. The Chromebook 14 G5 supports all modern Wi-Fi standards up to IEEE 802.11 ac, while its Wi-Fi module is supported by 2x2 MIMO antennas.

Size Comparison

343 mm / 13.5 inch 247 mm / 9.72 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs336 mm / 13.2 inch 200 mm / 7.87 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 1.6 kg3.42 lbs341 mm / 13.4 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.5 kg3.28 lbs337 mm / 13.3 inch 226 mm / 8.9 inch 18.3 mm / 0.72 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs332 mm / 13.1 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 21.3 mm / 0.839 inch 1.5 kg3.26 lbs318 mm / 12.5 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.4 kg3.16 lbs320 mm / 12.6 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs

Connectivity

Left-hand side: Cable lock slot, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
Left-hand side: Cable lock slot, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
Right-hand side Headphone jack, microSD card reader, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
Right-hand side Headphone jack, microSD card reader, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C

Input Devices

The Chromebook 14 G5 has a six-row chiclet keyboard, which has flat keys that have a roughened finish. The keys in our review unit have short strokes and clear pressure points, although they feel a bit mushy for our tastes. The keyboard deck also gives way noticeably while typing, which feels disconcerting, but not overly so. Disappointingly, our review unit does not have a backlit keyboard. HP reserves this as an optional extra, which feels cheap for a device that costs almost €400 (~$452).

The Chromebook also has a multi-touch trackpad, which measures approximately 11.5 x 6 cm (~4.5 x 2.4 in). The trackpad has a smooth finish, making it easy to perform multi-finger gestures and swiping movements. The integrated mouse buttons have short strokes and clear pressure points, just like the keyboard.

A look at the keyboard and trackpad on the Chromebook 14 G5
A look at the keyboard and trackpad on the Chromebook 14 G5

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

HP has equipped the Chromebook 14 G5 with a matte 14-inch IPS display that operates natively at 1,920x1,080. The panel in our review unit has a decent 1,687:1 contrast ratio thanks to its low 0.15 cd/m² black value, which are both better than the equivalents in all our comparison devices. However, X-Rite i1Pro 2 recorded the display reaching a maximum brightness of only 232 cd/m², which is underwhelmingly dim. The Chromebook 14 G5 has a brighter display than our comparison devices too, but we would expect HP to have equipped the Chromebook with a panel that could reach at least 300 cd/m².

The display also uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate its brightness, which can cause health issues such as eye strain and headaches for some people. The panel in our review unit flickers at 1,000 Hz when set to 90% brightness and below, which is low enough to cause issues for people who are PWM sensitive.

219
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 253 cd/m² Average: 232 cd/m² Minimum: 1.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 253 cd/m²
Contrast: 1687:1 (Black: 0.15 cd/m²)
ΔE Greyscale 3.04 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.21
HP Chromebook 14 G5
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Chuwi HeroBook 14
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo V130-14IGM
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Chuwi LapBook SE
1920x1080, 13.3
Trekstor Primebook C13
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP 14-bp001ng
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Response Times
-8%
23%
-16%
8%
-6%
21%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (23, 21)
35.6 (18, 17.6)
19%
52 (30, 22)
-18%
39.2 (19.2, 20)
11%
39 (19, 20)
11%
43 (23, 20)
2%
40 (20, 20)
9%
Response Time Black / White *
35 (20, 15)
32.8 (13.2, 19.6)
6%
13 (8, 5)
63%
27.7 (14.8, 12.9)
21%
30 (17, 13)
14%
14 (8, 7)
60%
16 (11, 5)
54%
PWM Frequency
1000 (90)
520.8 (100)
-48%
200 (29)
-80%
990 (20)
-1%
200 (90)
-80%
1000 (100)
0%
Screen
-23%
-116%
-73%
-46%
-120%
-83%
Brightness middle
253
213.6
-16%
234
-8%
227
-10%
201
-21%
189
-25%
206
-19%
Brightness
232
197
-15%
216
-7%
210
-9%
207
-11%
190
-18%
187
-19%
Brightness Distribution
87
82
-6%
83
-5%
89
2%
88
1%
88
1%
82
-6%
Black Level *
0.15
0.18
-20%
0.51
-240%
0.44
-193%
0.22
-47%
0.53
-253%
0.34
-127%
Contrast
1687
1187
-30%
459
-73%
516
-69%
914
-46%
357
-79%
606
-64%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.04
4.6
-51%
13.97
-360%
7.9
-160%
7.73
-154%
13.6
-347%
11.11
-265%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2 110%
2.13 103%
2.16 102%
2.46 89%
2.49 88%
2.43 91%
CCT
7015 93%
7481 87%
18080 36%
8879 73%
7864 83%
16588 39%
12726 51%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.78
11.84
6.6
6.6
11.85
10.01
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.89
25.17
12.2
12.39
20.61
16.72
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.2
1.9
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.5
35
61
49
39
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.5
55
93
61
62
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / -18%
-47% / -81%
-45% / -54%
-19% / -28%
-63% / -82%
-31% / -49%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9533 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The Chromebook 14 G5 has an impressively colour accurate display out of the box. All DeltaE deviations are at or better than ideal values. We did not notice a blue tint either.

CalMAN - Greyscale
CalMAN - Greyscale

The device also has stable viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. We noticed no disturbing brightness, colour or image distortions, making the Chromebook 14 G5 readable from practically any angle.

The display is difficult to read outdoors because of its low maximum brightness. The screen looks completely washed out in bright sunlight, despite its matte finish diffusing reflections. In short, the Chromebook 14 G5 is only suitable for being used indoors.

Using the HP Chromebook 14 G5 outside in bright sunlight.
Using the HP Chromebook 14 G5 outside in bright sunlight.

Performance

Our review unit currently retails for €399 (~$451), but we found it online for around €350 (~$395) at the time of writing. Ours is the base model, and HP sells more powerful SKUs for reference.

Processor

HP has equipped our test device with an Intel Celeron N3350 Apollo Lake dual-core processor that has a 1.1 GHz base clock speed. The processor can reach 2.3 GHz on both cores and 2.4 GHz on one core, but does not support Intel Hyper-Threading or Turbo Boost. The Chromebook 14 G5 passively cools the CPU too.

Geekbench 4.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1736 - 21722, n=67)
8849 Points ∼24% +224%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5765 Points ∼16% +111%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
5301 (min: 5290, max: 5301) Points ∼15% +94%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
Intel Atom x5-E8000
2808 Points ∼8% +3%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350
2731 Points ∼8%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (2593 - 2731, n=3)
2657 Points ∼7% -3%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (957 - 5518, n=67)
3494 Points ∼55% +131%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2045 Points ∼32% +35%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
1799 (min: 1795, max: 1802) Points ∼28% +19%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350
1513 Points ∼24%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (1477 - 1529, n=3)
1506 Points ∼24% 0%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
Intel Atom x5-E8000
957 Points ∼15% -37%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
627.6 ms * ∼7%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (255 - 628, n=4)
370 ms * ∼4% +41%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
233 ms * ∼3% +63%
Average of class Office
  (62.5 - 835, n=169)
186 ms * ∼2% +70%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (3108 - 4230, n=6)
3640 ms * ∼6% -14%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
3226 ms * ∼5% -1%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
3201.4 ms * ∼5%
Average of class Office
  (872 - 9672, n=235)
2103 ms * ∼4% +34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Office
  (3727 - 49795, n=227)
22933 Points ∼44% +100%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
11461 Points ∼22%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
11328 Points ∼22% -1%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (8457 - 11461, n=6)
9831 Points ∼19% -14%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Office
  (18.9 - 62.5, n=8)
39.2 runs/min ∼30% +49%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
 
26.3 runs/min ∼20% 0%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
26.27 runs/min ∼20%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Office
  (68 - 233, n=5)
124 Points ∼47% +82%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
84 Points ∼32% +24%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
68 Points ∼26%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
 
68 Points ∼26% 0%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Office
  (36.7 - 268, n=231)
175 Points ∼50% +191%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
106.99 Points ∼30% +78%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
95.2 Points ∼27% +58%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (50.6 - 79.1, n=8)
67.1 Points ∼19% +11%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
60.236 Points ∼17%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450 (Firefox 53.0.3)
52.5 Points ∼15% -13%
Trekstor Primebook C13
Intel Celeron N3350
50.553 Points ∼14% -16%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
44.53 Points ∼13% -26%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
Intel Atom x5-E8000 (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
40.453 Points ∼12% -33%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Our system worked smoothly throughout our tests, with apps and the OS always loading quickly. We experienced no slowdowns or stutters even during heavy multitasking.

HP Chromebook 14 G5
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
 
Average of class Office
 
PCMark for Android
0%
0%
Computer Vision score
3574
3574
0%
3574
0%
Storage score
7138
7138
0%
7138
0%
Work 2.0 performance score
5377
5377
0%
5377
0%
Work performance score
7007
7007
0%
7007
0%

Storage Devices

HP has equipped our review unit with 32 GB of eMMC flash storage. The drive is not replaceable, but you can expand the volume of available space with a microSD card should you need more than 32 GB of storage.

Graphics Card

The Chromebook 14 G5 does not have a dedicated GPU and instead relies on the Intel HD Graphics 500 integrated within its CPU. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and can clock up to 650 MHz when required. The HD Graphics 500 can hardware decode H.264, HEVC/H.265, VP8 and VP9 codecs too, which takes the pressure off the CPU while streaming videos.

3DMark - 1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Average of class Office
  (100 - 252549, n=115)
83068 Points ∼100% +184%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
45008 Points ∼54% +54%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
29246 Points ∼35%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
  (19294 - 29579, n=8)
24491 Points ∼29% -16%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
21128 Points ∼25% -28%
GFXBench
High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Office
  (6.3 - 55.3, n=5)
28.8 fps ∼100% +357%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
6.3 fps ∼22%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
6.3 fps ∼22% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
6.1 fps ∼21% -3%
2560x1440 High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Office
  (3.6 - 33.4, n=5)
17.5 fps ∼100% +386%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
3.7 fps ∼21% +3%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
3.6 fps ∼21%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
3.6 fps ∼21% 0%
Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Office
  (10 - 60, n=5)
37.8 fps ∼100% +278%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
10 fps ∼26%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
10 fps ∼26% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
8.7 fps ∼23% -13%
1920x1080 Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Office
  (9.7 - 87.6, n=5)
45.2 fps ∼100% +366%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
9.8 fps ∼22% +1%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
9.7 fps ∼21%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
9.7 fps ∼21% 0%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Average of class Office
  (8.4 - 63.2, n=23)
29 fps ∼100% +245%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
8.4 fps ∼29%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
8.4 fps ∼29% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
7.5 fps ∼26% -11%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Average of class Office
  (8.8 - 43.5, n=23)
28.4 fps ∼100% +223%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
8.8 fps ∼31%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
8.8 fps ∼31% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
7.9 fps ∼28% -10%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Average of class Office
  (27 - 269, n=45)
93.2 fps ∼100% +122%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
42 fps ∼45%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
42 fps ∼45% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
33.3 fps ∼36% -21%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Average of class Office
  (21 - 126, n=41)
65.4 fps ∼100% +77%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
37 fps ∼57%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
37 fps ∼57% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
24.8 fps ∼38% -33%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Average of class Office
  (11.7 - 121, n=44)
41.6 fps ∼100% +108%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
20 fps ∼48%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
20 fps ∼48% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
18.2 fps ∼44% -9%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Average of class Office
  (14 - 66.7, n=40)
37.9 fps ∼100% +90%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
20 fps ∼53%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
20 fps ∼53% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
10.3 fps ∼27% -48%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Average of class Office
  (12.7 - 89.7, n=25)
37.9 fps ∼100% +153%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
15 fps ∼40%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
15 fps ∼40% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
13.4 fps ∼35% -11%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Average of class Office
  (14.4 - 58.2, n=25)
36.1 fps ∼100% +141%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
15 fps ∼42%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
 
15 fps ∼42% 0%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
7.8 fps ∼22% -48%

Emissions

Fan Noise

The Chromebook 14 G5 passively cools its processor and has no mechanical drives, so it always runs silently. We did not notice any electrical interference such as coil whine either.

Temperature

Our review unit feels cool to the touch when idling, with surface temperatures only reaching a maximum of 26.2 °C (~79 °F) during our tests. Most of the device remains below that temperature under load too, although four areas reached or exceeded 35 °C (~95 °F) when we ran the Google Octane V2 and Jetstream benchmarks. We measured one area reaching a maximum of 48.8 °C (120 °F), which will feel uncomfortably hot if you have the device placed on your lap. The Chromebook 14 G5 does not get dangerously hot, but we would recommend putting it on a desk or a table if you are planning to push it hard.

Max. Load
 24.5 °C
76 F
32.8 °C
91 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 23.8 °C
75 F
31.7 °C
89 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 23.4 °C
74 F
24 °C
75 F
24.9 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 33 °C = 91 F
Average: 27.9 °C = 82 F
48.8 °C
120 F
46 °C
115 F
25.9 °C
79 F
44 °C
111 F
35 °C
95 F
24 °C
75 F
24.9 °C
77 F
24.6 °C
76 F
23.7 °C
75 F
Maximum: 48.8 °C = 120 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  38 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.9 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.8 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 24.9 °C / 76.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.2 °C / 82.8 F (+3.3 °C / 6 F).
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load
Heatmap of the top of the device at idle
Heatmap of the top of the device at idle
Heatmap of the bottom of the device at idle
Heatmap of the bottom of the device at idle

Speakers

The Chromebook 14 G5 has a set of stereo speakers, which HP has placed above the keyboard behind a perforated cover. The speakers in our review unit sound decent for a Chromebook at this price, although they reproduce hardly any bass.

We would recommend using external speakers or headphones, where possible, for a better listening experience. You can connect external audio equipment via Bluetooth or the headphone jack.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.631.432.62533.330.733.3313731.7374031.329.831.35032.13132.16330.528.530.5802726.32710027.224.927.212529.725.429.716036.423.236.420038.222.238.225044.12244.131550.921.450.940062.320.762.350064.219.864.263067.718.867.780065.718.265.710006718.367125064.617.764.6160067.117.467.1200062.317.762.3250064.417.764.4315060.717.860.7400058.718.258.7500061.518.161.5630061.918.361.9800059.418.459.41000059.618.459.6125005718.3571600047.118.447.1SPL75.730.575.7N34.51.334.5median 60.7median 18.4median 60.7Delta8.41.88.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Chromebook 14 G5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Chromebook 14 G5 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67.68 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

Our review unit is an energy efficient Chromebook. The device consumes a minimum of 3.1 W when idling, which occasionally rises to a maximum of 8.7 W, and generally hovers around 6.2 W. We measured the Chromebook 14 G5 reaching a maximum of 16.1 W under sustained load, but it typically consumes 14 W when pushed hard.

HP includes a 45-W charger in the box, which is powerful to keep the Chromebook charged even when it is operating at its limits. The power supply has a USB Type-C connector and will charge the Chromebook 14 G5 from either of its Type-C ports.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.15 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.1 / 6.2 / 8.7 Watt
Load midlight 14 / 16.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

HP has equipped the Chromebook 14 G5 with a 47.36 Wh battery, which is between 15% and 28% larger than the batteries in our comparison devices. Our Wi-Fi battery life test results reflect this superiority, with our review unit lasting 3:37 hours longer than the Chuwi LapBook SE, which finished second in our comparison table. The Chromebook 14 G5’s runtime of 11:01 hours is 62% longer than the class average too.

We conduct our Wi-Fi battery life test by running a script that simulates the load required to render websites, for reference. We also set all devices to their balanced power mode and disable all power saving features. We also adjust display brightness to approximately 150 cd/m². In short, the Chromebook 14 G5 should last at least a full day’s use between charges.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
11h 01min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Chromebook 14 G5
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 47.36 Wh
661 min ∼25%
Chuwi LapBook SE
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 37 Wh
444 min ∼17% -33%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
N5000, UHD Graphics 605, 30 Wh
441 min ∼17% -33%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 964, n=331)
409 min ∼16% -38%
HP 14-bp001ng
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), 41 Wh
399 min ∼15% -40%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
E8000, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 38 Wh
368 min ∼14% -44%
Trekstor Primebook C13
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 40.7 Wh
257 min ∼10% -61%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
N3450, HD Graphics 500, 37 Wh
172 min ∼7% -74%

Pros

+ IPS panel
+ full HD display
+ runs silently
+ excellent battery life
+ USB Type-C
+ DisplayPort and Power Delivery over Type-C
+ ac Wi-Fi

Cons

- dim maximum brightness
- meagre internal storage
- only one year’s warranty

Verdict

The HP Chromebook 14 G5 3GJ73EA laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.
The HP Chromebook 14 G5 3GJ73EA laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.

The HP Chromebook 14 G5 will get the job done if all you need is a laptop for writing documents, emails, or for surfing the web. Its Apollo Lake dual-core processor is powerful enough for simple office and Internet-based applications, but you could step up to a quad-core CPU if you need more processing power. The integrated GPU in either CPU can hardware decode videos, which relieves some pressure from the CPU when you are streaming content from the likes of Amazon, Netflix and YouTube. The Chromebook 14 G5 also passively cools its CPU, which allows it to always run silently.

The HP Chromebook 14 G5 is a no-frills laptop that powers through simple tasks. The ability to install Android apps from the Google Play Store greatly improves its appeal too.

However, it is not all good news. The 32 GB of eMMC flash storage is disappointingly meagre, although you could expand the available space with a microSD card. If you are interested in the Chromebook 14 G5, then we would recommend going for the model with 64 GB of storage instead.

The inclusion of the Google Play Store makes the laptop more of an appealing purchase, as it makes it possible to install countless Android apps. The device supports IEEE 802.11 ac Wi-Fi too for zippy downloads, which HP complements with two antennas for improved signal range. The keyboard and trackpad are decent, although it is a shame to see that backlighting does not come as standard with the former. The 47.46 Wh battery delivers class-leading battery life that will easily get you through a full day’s use, whether that be in the office, at school or in university.

We welcome the inclusion of two USB Type-A and two USB Type-C ports, all of which are USB 3.2 Gen1. The latter both support DisplayPort and USB PD, allowing you to charge the Chromebook 14 G5 from either side, ensuring that charging cables will never get in your way. Overall, the Chromebook 14 G5 3GJ73A is a worthwhile option if you are looking for an inexpensive Chromebook. Its limited warranty coverage, dim display and limited storage space will rightly put some people off though.

HP Chromebook 14 G5 - 06/06/2019 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
38 / 80 → 48%
Weight
69 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
94%
Display
90%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
58 / 92 → 63%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
53%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
71%
82%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2019-06- 7 (Update: 2019-06-13)
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