HP Slatebook 14 review:
Pros: Runs Android which is an very reliable and useful os.
Lots of ports
Good battery life compared to windows laptops
Cons: Lags at times
Low quality screen
Touchpad is finicky
I need to start this review by explaining my interest in this device. Since Android came out, I've been very interested in the potential of the os to be used on devices other than phones and tablets. Many companies including Asus and HP had made pseudo android laptops over the years but none of them truly fit my needs in a laptop. Then HP announced this laptop and it seemed as though my wishes had been granted. Were they? Well, sort of.
For starters, the Slatebook 14 is a 14 inch laptop with a 1080P screen, a NVidia Tegra 4 quad core processor clocked at 1.8 ghz, and 2 gigabytes of ram. There is 16 gigabytes of storage inside the US model and 32 in the European version, though this can be expanded with a micro sd card up to 64 gigabytes as far as I know and possibly 128, though I never got a chance to test that. Included ports are a hdmi 1.4 port supporting up to 4K screens (yes, apparently this is possible, though I don't have a 4k monitor to test this), 1 usb 3.0 port, 2 usb 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, and a power port as well as the previously mentioned power port.
In terms of benchmarks the device does very well scoring roughly 37,000 in Antutu. Interestingly, it lists the ram clockspeed as 1866 mhz, which is very fast and above average for laptops, including the Macbook pro which has 1600 mhz ram. In real world usage it doesn't lag a whole lot, although it does occasionally when installing updates to software in the background. This is in part due to my antivirus though, which is AVG and it hogs a lot of ram while scanning software.
The laptop ships with Beats Audio speakers. They are the loudest laptop speakers I've ever used, but they aren't the best quality, though for the price its not bad. It is very bass heavy so if you like listening to Rap or Dubstep it's a great setup.
The laptop is running Android 4.3, and this leads to one main performance issue. The wifi is not great, because when you open the laptop the wifi doesnt always automatically connect. You have to turn wifi off and on sometimes to fix this issue. Other than that, the software isnt bad, and it is compatible with a wide variety of software. Rooting isnt currently possible, but it will be once it gets 4.4, hopefully some time in October. This wifi issue is widespread on 4.3 with many affected devices including the nexus 7.
So, to summarize. The Slatebook 14 isn't a bad laptop. It's also not the worlds greatest. But, for $429, it's a fairly good deal for anyone wanting a laptop, but not wanting to run Windows. It is also the first of it's kind and I sense that there will be many more. Should you buy it? Well, that depends. If you're like me and have always dreamed of having an android laptop, then yes you should. But if you're just looking for a new laptop and you don't care what os you have, then not really.
buy: maybe, depends.
If anyone has any more questions or wants me to cover a detail I may have missed let me know in the comments below.