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Head-To-Head: HP Chromebook 13 Vs. Google Chromebook Pixel

The CRN Test Center takes a look at how HP's newest device stacks up on specs and price with Google's 'premium' Chromebook offering.

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Processor And Battery Life

The biggest spec news for the HP Chromebook 13 is about the processor. The device is the first Chromebook that's using Intel's sixth-generation Core M processor. That'll provide the sort of horsepower for workers that need to use multiple apps and browser windows at once. Along with speed, the Core M processor also promises another essential for the mobile workforce -- long battery life. Up to 11.5 hours on a charge, to be specific. "It's a purpose-built CPU designed for very mobile devices," said Jon Layish, president of Red Barn Technology Group, an Intel partner based in Binghamton, N.Y. The emphasis, he said, is on striking a balance "between mobile performance and energy efficiency."

By contrast, Google's Chromebook Pixel is still more powerful in the processor department, with Intel's top-of-the-line Core i7 processor (a lower-end version, with a Core i5 processor, is no longer available). For those looking to get a Chromebook that'll be used for graphics-intensive applications, the Pixel will be the better bet over the HP Chromebook 13 (the Pixel has also got Intel HD 5500 Graphics vs. the lower-end HD Graphics 515 from Intel in the HP Chromebook 13).

Bottom line: The processor in the HP Chromebook 13 "is in no way a replacement" for the Core i7 of the Chromebook Pixel, Layish said. The battery life of the Pixel is also slightly superior at up to 12 hours on a charge.

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