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The best smart doorbells on the market right now

Whether you’re in a house or apartment, making sure your home is safe while you’re away is a key priority. One of the best ways to deter thieves while providing yourself with peace of mind is with a quality smart doorbell like the Nest Hello. We’ve done the research and made a list of the best smart doorbell cameras for any home. See which one works for you.

Best Overall: Nest Hello

I love this smart doorbell. It costs a little more than average, but you get plenty of features that make the price worth it. For one thing, you can set it up to give you alerts whenever it detects motion in specific areas of your yard. What’s more, it has facial recognition abilities, so it can tell you if a particular friend is approaching before they even ring the bell. The camera operates at 1600×1200 with HDR for clear video quality. When the camera senses that it gets dark, it automatically switches to night vision. It’s in grayscale, but it’s clearer than many other cameras on the market.

When I was trying to decide between doorbell cameras for my home, I landed on this one. Unlike some others, it’s always recording. Doorbell cams that only turn on when they detect motion sometimes turn on too late, making it so owners can’t see the faces of those who’ve stolen packages from their porch. With the Nest Hello, I can go through the log and see everything that happened within the past few days. The app even allows me to zoom in for a closer look.

There are a few things that might give people pause when buying this device. For one thing, it requires a hardwired connection. It needs to work with the proper transformer so some folks, especially those in older houses, might need to purchase one of those as well.

Finally, like many other smart doorbells, this one requires a subscription if you want to view recordings, and you’ll need to pay per camera (though you do get the service at a discount if you have multiple cameras). The service is called Nest Aware and you have the option of paying $5 per month for a five-day plan, $10 per month for a 10-day plan, or $30 a month for a 30-day plan. On the plus side, Google announced that it’s will be moving to a whole-house pricing plan in early 2020, to keep the subscriptions more competitive.

Pros:

  • Non-stop recording
  • Great video quality
  • Smart home integration
  • Facial recognition
  • Can set motion zones
  • Zoom ability

Cons:

  • Hardwired connection
  • Subscription costs
  • More expensive than others

Best Overall

Nest Hello

$230 at Best Buy

An excellent doorbell camera

Monitor live feeds at any time and set specific motion zones for camera alerts. It also distinguishes between humans and cars and records 24/7.

Best Budget: Ring Video Doorbell

If you’re looking for a way to monitor your home without spending too much, you should consider the Ring Video Doorbell. It doesn’t have as many features as other smart doorbells, but it does an excellent job with the things it can do. It only uses a 720p camera. but the 180-degree field of view can capture a wider area than some other doorbell cameras. You can also set it to monitor specific areas of your yard. That way, it will only send alerts if it sees people in your yard rather than cars driving past on the street.

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons to get this doorbell is the incredibly easy installation. It comes with all the tools you need to install it, and it’s designed to either function using a battery or by being hardwired to your home. It even has interchangeable faceplates so you can select a design that looks best with your door. When the battery life gets low, it will send you a notification so you can recharge it. It typically takes 10 hours to reach a full charge and should last roughly 12 months.

This little device connects to your Wi-Fi, allowing you to monitor and control it using the Ring app or smart home services like Amazon Alexa or IFTTT. Link it to your accounts, and you can use it to talk with those on your porch via two-way communication, or simply to view motion detection alerts.

The biggest downside to this doorbell is that it only records when it detects motion. Some users complain about how the camera didn’t start recording until after someone had already made off with their packages. As with the other doorbell cameras on this list, you’ll need to pay a subscription to access videos. You can pay $10 per month for a Protect Plus Plan or $3 per month for a Protect Basic Plan.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Can set motion zones
  • Interchangeable faceplates
  • Works with smart home services
  • Alerts you to motion detection
  • 180-degree field of view

Cons:

  • Only 720p video
  • Only records when it detects motion

Best Budget

Ring Video Doorbell

An inexpensive smart doorbell

This is one of the cheapest doorbells you can find. You can either power it with a hardwired connection or rely on the rechargeable battery for power.

Best August Smart Lock Integration: August Doorbell Cam Pro (2nd Gen)

August is best known for its smart locks and keypads, but it also makes video doorbells to complete the whole smart door experience. If you already own an August smart lock, you should consider getting this doorbell. It works as a Wi-Fi bridge for the August Smart Lock Pro, which on its own can only be controlled via Bluetooth. When used together the Doorbell Cam Pro lets you control the Smart Lock Pro from anywhere on your smartphone as long as you have an internet connection.

This doorbell can also be controlled with Amazon Alexa, so you can use an Echo device to interact with it or talk with people on your porch. Something to note is that the square-shaped casing is broader than many other doorbells. You’ll want to make sure you measure out the space of your existing doorbell to make sure it can fit. It does require a wired connection, so it takes more work to install than the battery operated options. The app is well organized and even includes step by step installation instructions to get you started.

This camera has an unusual resolution of 960×1280, which means the camera records vertically with a 120-degree field of view. While this does make it easier to use on a smartphone without turning the screen sideways, it makes it so you see less of your yard. Of course, if you have a long, narrow entryway, this won’t be a problem. Unlike other doorbells that we looked at, you cannot set motion zones. This flaw means you’ll be getting alerts whenever a car drives by instead of just when someone happens to be on your front yard. It comes with a free subscription plan that allows you to see 24 hours-worth of saved recordings. If you want a longer record, you’ll have to pay more. There’s the Premium Plan, which gives 15-days of recordings for $3 a month, or the Premium Plus Plan for 30-days of records at $5 per month.

Pros:

  • Good app design
  • Pairs with August smart lock and keypad
  • Two-way audio

Cons:

  • Vertical 120-degree field of view
  • Requires hardwired installation
  • Wide square design
  • Can’t set motion zones

Best Smart Lock Integration

August Doorbell Cam Pro

$200 at Amazon

Pairs perfectly to August smart locks

This camera doorbell works with August smart locks to help protect you and your home. Use it to monitor your porch more conveniently.

Best for Apartments or Condos: Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring is a home security company owned by Amazon. As such it’s not surprising to learn that Ring devices work super well with the Echo Show and Echo Show 5 to help you monitor your front yard or engage in two-way conversations with those on your porch. If your smart home is already primarily made up of Alexa devices, this is an excellent doorbell for you.

This camera offers better video quality than the original Ring Video Doorbell at an improved 1080p. Something I appreciate is that it’s super easy to install since it can be either battery-powered or hardwired into your home. Since the hardwiring is optional, it’s a great option to use on apartments and condos where permanent changes might not be allowed.

As with other Ring doorbells, this one only starts recording when it detects motion. Just be aware that several users have reported that their doorbell has only started recording once someone has already stolen a package or stolen the doorbell itself. Others have reported that the doorbell helped them see intruders or even scare them off before they did anything. It will just depend on how quickly your doorbell decides to turn on. As with other Ring doorbells, you’ll need to pay a subscription if you want to view recordings.

Pros

  • Battery or hardwired connection
  • Easy installation
  • 1080p video quality
  • Motion detection

Cons

  • Triggered recording
  • Must pay subscription to view recordings

Best for Apartments or Condos

Ring Video Doorbell 2

$139 at Amazon

A sleek doorbell with quality video

It gives you 1080p of video resolution and works with Amazon Alexa. You can choose between a battery or a wired connection for power.

Best Amazon Doorbell: Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Of all of Ring’s video doorbells, I like the shape of this one the most. Since it’s smaller and slimmer than the others, it’s more likely to fit on the door frame or wherever else your current doorbell resides. It’s the most expensive unit on this list, but it also offers some features you won’t find elsewhere. For one thing, it supports both a 5GHz and a 2.4GHz wireless connection, so you’re more likely to get it to work on your Wi-Fi without connectivity issues.

Within the app, you can draw your own motion zones. I love this since it makes it, so you only get notifications if someone is on your property rather than every time a car passes by. The resolution is a beautiful 1080p, which will give you a clearer view of porch guests than many other doorbell cameras do.

This doorbell does require a hardwired connection so you’ll need to do the wiring work to make that possible. Additionally, this Ring doorbell comes with a Pro Power Kit, that must be installed inside your home for the doorbell to work correctly. The thing with this kit is that it needs the right kind of transformer to work correctly, so you might need to go out and purchase a new one. As with other Ring doorbells, you’ll need to pay a subscription to view recordings.

Pros:

  • Detects motion better than other Rings
  • 1080p video resolution
  • Allows for 5GHz connection
  • Can draw your own motion zones

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Requires hardwired connection
  • Pro Power Kit installation required
  • Might need to upgrade transformer

Best Amazon Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

$179 at Amazon $250 at Best Buy

A powerful doorbell that supports 5GHz

This premium Ring doorbell features a sleek design, offers 1080p video quality, and allows you to draw your own motion zones.

Best Peephole Upgrade: Ring Peephole Cam

Sometimes pulling out your phone to check to see who’s on your front porch feels a little slow or even a little silly, especially when you’re standing right behind the door. In these situations, it would be nice to just have something that worked as both a door camera and a peephole. Enter the Ring Peephole Cam. It’s small and installs in place of your existing peephole to give you both an in-person and digital view of porch guests.

You can also set motion zones and make it so that the Ring device only alerts you if it sees movement in specified areas of your yard. One of the reasons this device is so easy to install is because it’s battery-powered. You don’t have to do any wiring to make it function. Now, if you don’t already have a peephole in your door, the installation will be more of a challenge. In that case, you’ll either need to drill a hole into your door or hire someone to do it for you.

As far as doorbells go, this one has a decent camera. It features a 1080p video for a clearer viewing experience. Additionally, the device features both a camera and a microphone. Using the app, you’ll be able to talk with porch guests and hear their responses from anywhere. However, while some other buzzers feature HDR video, that’s not something you’ll find with this unit. Since this is an Amazon product, the camera only works with one smart home service: Amazon Alexa. If you prefer a different smart home assistant, this won’t be the ideal option for you.

Pros:

  • Physical peephole
  • 1080p HD video quality
  • Can set motion zones
  • Battery-powered
  • Two-way communication

Cons:

  • Only works with Alexa
  • Drilling a peephole might be daunting.
  • No HDR video

Best Peephole Upgrade

Ring Peephole Cam

$200 at Amazon

A smart doorbell with a keyhole view

This doorbell is easy to install in doors that already have a peephole. It’s also battery-powered, so you don’t have to worry about wiring anything.

Ding dong

When you’re looking to protect your home and deliveries, a smart doorbell is the way to go. There are several options on the market to choose from. We did the research and collected the best of the best for a variety of uses. When you go to purchase a smart doorbell, you’ll want to consider a few things. Things like whether or not you want a wired connection, what kind of subscription plan you’re willing to pay for, the size of the smart doorbell, and of course the price of the device itself.

We highly recommend the Nest Hello as it records non-stop instead of only recording when it detects motion. It also features 1080p of HDR video quality for a clearer view of guests and trespassers. Best of all, you can set detection zones and make it so the device can tell if a human is approaching rather than a car or animal. It even offers facial recognition to let you know if a friend is approaching your door.

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Rebecca Spear loves keeping up-to-date with the latest and greatest electronics. She is a life-long gamer and a writer who has written hundreds of online articles over the past four years. On any given day you’ll find her drawing with her Wacom tablet, playing video games, or reading a good book.

New U.S. Huawei ban pulled amid Pentagon disagreement

New Huawei bans are in limbo because of disagreement in the Trump administration.

What you need to know

  • The U.S. Commerce Department was set to put new bans on the sale of U.S. technology to Huawei.
  • Pentagon officials reportedly disagreed with the ban, and the Commerce Department has pulled the ruling.
  • A Trump administration Cabinet meeting next week will likely decide the fate of this ban.

Earlier today, we found out that the U.S. Commerce Department had put forth a ruling that would further limit the sale of U.S. technology to Huawei. Now, it turns out, the Commerce Department has pulled the ruling, citing disagreements from within the Pentagon. According to Reuters, Pentagon officials are siding with some U.S. businesses that don’t want the government to regulate the sale of U.S. products to Huawei.

These businesses are pushing back against the measure because, they say, it will encourage Huawei to rely even less on the U.S. than it already does. Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has already stated that the company plans to make more changes to reduce American influence over its supply lines and sales, and it appears that the fears of U.S. businesses follow along this same line of thinking. Essentially, further bans from the U.S. government would only hurt U.S. interests and businesses while affecting Huawei very little.

Given the difference in opinion within the Trump administration on how to handle Huawei, there’s little telling what will happen to this ruling during the scheduled Cabinet meeting next week. As it stands, next week’s meeting is set to cover this very topic and could result in a revised version of the ruling from the U.S. Commerce Department. Many government officials, including prominent Senators and House members, have expressed their displeasure at the lack of control over foreign supply lines, including the inability to properly regulate the sale of U.S. goods to the China.

Huawei is feverishly working to move away from Google’s Android and create its own ecosystem based on the open-source version of Android, including Huawei’s own software traits. Google has important hooks into Android, including search, the Google Play app store and accompanying ecosystem, and several dozen apps that many Android users rely on daily.

So far, we’ve seen Huawei launch their own version of Instant Apps, spend millions of dollars to court developers into porting apps to their app store, and have even made significant headway into their own version of Android, called Harmony OS.

Google is de-cluttering Featured Snippets in search results

Featured Snippets will also count toward the ten results shown on a page.

What you need to know

  • Webpages that Google believes provide the best answer to a question are often highlighted at the top of the page.
  • Google will no longer repeat these “Featured Snippets” down the page.
  • The company is aiming to declutter search results.

If you’ve ever asked Google a question, you may have seen the search engine try and answer it for you by showing you an excerpt from what it believes is the webpage most relevant to your query. For example, while researching a story I was writing about early, I asked Google the following query about the Snapdragon 845:

The above is what the search giant refers to as “Featured Snippets.” And it’s making a slight change to how they’re displayed on the first page of search results. Previously, if you scrolled down the page, the same page that was highlighted in the Featured Snippet would be listed again — often the second or third result on the page — which I’ve always thought was a bit redundant.

It seems Google’s engineers also agree, with the Google Search Liaison Twitter account announcing this week that webpages highlighted this way will no longer be duplicated further down the page. They’ll also count among the ten results Google shows per page.

The account goes on to list further information that may be of interest to SEO specialists in the Twitter thread, which you may read here. For example, this process, termed deduplication by Google, does not occur for videos or for other types of content like Top Stories and seems to focus exclusively on instances where Google is trying to give you a textual answer to your question.

Google’s ads now look more like search results than ever before

Never miss a sale on Amazon!

Best answer: There are a number of price tracking services that you can use to monitor products on Amazon. Our favorite right now is Honey because it’s free, is offered on multiple platforms, and is super easy to use. It’s not the only great price tracker though, so we’ve decided to highlight some other good options as well.

  • Prime time prices: Amazon Prime (From $13/month at Amazon)
  • Sweet savings: Honey (Free at Honey)

Honey is a sweet saver

We like Honey for a variety of reasons, particularly its ease-of-use, ubiquity, and extensive feature set. Here’s a quick rundown of the service’s features.

First and foremost, for these services to really gain traction, it’s important that they offer the customer value (savings) and that they are low cost, or free. Honey is a free-to-use service that claims to save its customers an average of $126 per year, at an average discount of 17.9%. The company also claims that it has over 30,000 participating merchants offering up data on their pricing. Taken as a whole, this is a great value proposition for customers.

Most price trackers can obviously track the price of an item historically and let you know how the current price compares, but Honey has built a series of tools that can help you dig a little deeper. Its Savings Finder tool is an extension that helps instantly find the best coupon codes for whatever you’re shopping for. Honey Gold is a way for customers to earn gift cards while they shop. Honey’s Droplist keeps customers in the loop by emailing them as soon as a better price is available, so they don’t have to constantly monitor the price themselves. Finally, the Amazon Badge browser extension will show you the best price on the Amazon page you’re looking at. Pretty useful stuff!

Honey also has the widest coverage across platforms, at least based on the trackers we’ve looked at, including stand-alone mobile apps on Android and iOS, as well as browser extensions available on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Safari. Basically, anywhere you want to use Honey, it’s available.

It’s not all sweetness though

In late 2019, PayPal scooped up Honey for a cool $4 billion dollars in a major acquisition that signaled just how valuable a service these price trackers really are. According to Wired, during the 2019 holiday shopping season, a large number of Amazon customers who were using Honey reported that they were getting popups in their browser from Amazon that said that Honey was malware and a security risk and advising users to uninstall the browser extension. Some of the capabilities of the Honey extension appeared to be disabled for a brief period of time as well.

Honey and PayPal rejected these claims by Amazon and worked to quickly restore full functionality to the service. Since that time, many Amazon shoppers have reported seeing ads on Amazon encouraging them to use Amazon’s own price tool, the Amazon Assistant.

Though the name sounds like the Google Assistant, it’s not a repackaged version of Alexa; rather, it’s a price comparison tool similar to the others on this list. Is it a coincidence that these ad sightings have increased since the spat between Amazon and PayPal/Honey? It doesn’t seem likely.

You want options? You got options

There are so many good options for keeping track of the best prices available on Amazon that there are too many to list in one place. So we did the next best thing; we’ve listed a handful of the top services that you might also want to take a look at.

Amazon Assistant is Amazon’s own home-grown price tracker, and yes, it’s free. It promises to help shoppers track prices across the web, let you see prices over a 30-day period, compare products within the extension, and get updates on your Amazon orders and shipments. It is available for the Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers (but not Safari).

CamelCamelCamel is another free service that monitors prices on Amazon. It can send you alerts when the price of a product you’re monitoring drops, and you can see historical pricing trends for those products. It works in 10 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. One cool feature that I really like is that you can import your Amazon wishlist and track those specific items. Oh, and CamelCamelCamel also has browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers.

Keepa is a European-based company that works in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. Keepa claims to offer a more premium price-tracking experience, and as such charges for that service (up to 15 Euros per month). But what do you get for that fee? Even richer, deeper data on pricing history, best seller and top-seller lists, and more. There is a free option as well if you want to try out the service first before committing to a subscription. Our colleagues at Windows Central reviewed Keepa during Prime Day 2019, so be sure to check out what they thought about the service.

Wikibuy is an interesting player in this price tracking space. It is a division of Capital One (again we see another major financial player getting into this market) based out of Austin, Texas (yeehaw!). Wikibuy uses its free Chrome extension to present crowdsourced deals and updates. It searches thousands of merchants to make sure you’re getting the best deal, and lets you know instantly when it finds a better one. The company also offers Android and iOS mobile apps.

Shopbrain has offices in North America and Europe, and offers instant price comparisons on over one billion products across sites like Amazon, Best Buy, Wallmart, and many more. It’s free to use and features extensions for Chrome and Safari, and mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Save these sites!

There are a ton of coupon sites and price tracking platforms for you to choose from, and in fact, it feels as if we’ve just scrapped the tip of the iceberg. Our biggest takeaway? Do the research, try these services out, and find a service that makes sense for you and how you shop. Oh, and make sure you’ve signed up for Amazon Prime.

Savings, media, and more

Amazon Prime

From $13 per month at Amazon

The best way to get the most from Amazon

If you buy anything from Amazon, you’d be a fool not to be a Prime member. With free shipping on most of what it sells, free streaming TV and movies, free digital books and magazines, unlimited music streaming and photo storage, it’s guaranteed not to disappoint. And you get access to Black Friday deals!

Meet the next generations of the HP Chromebook 11, 11 x360, and 14

New durability standards, and new colors spice up the latest generation of HP Chromebooks.

The BETT show is underway in London — an education-focused technology conference — and while CES 2020 may have showed us a new generation of luxury Chromebooks, BETT is where more practically-minded Chrome fans can come for shiny new laptops that actually justify their price tags. HP is here to unveil a whole slew of laptops for educators, including not one but four new Chromebooks, and they have this girl quite excited for the future.

Best of all, we don’t have to wait for summer to roll around in order to buy them.

First up, we have two new versions of the HP Chromebook 11: the Intel Celeron-powered HP Chromebook 11 G8 and the AMD A4/A6-powered HP Chromebook 11A G8. Apart from the processor, both models are almost identical: there are touchscreen and non-touch models and there are 8GB memory options for both. The 11A has lower storage options — stay away from that 16GB option, please — and the USB-A ports are 2.0 instead of 3.1, but otherwise just about everything matches.

HP is claiming the HP Chromebook 11 and 11A G8 are the ” world’s thinnest 11″ rugged Chromebooks for education” at 18.8mm thick, but they still fit a 47.36 Wh battery inside, a battery that HP also claims can be 90% recharged in 90 minutes with the 45W USB-C charger it comes with. I’m more excited to see these Chromebooks offered with 8GB of storage and in a snazzy new “Sage Green” that is giving this UNT alum some school spirit.

Category HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE
Processor Intel Celeron N4120
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel Celeron N4020
Intel Celeron N4000
AMD A6-9220C APU
AMD A4-9120C APU
Memory 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
8GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
8GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
Internal storage 16GB
32GB
64GB
16GB
32GB
Expandable storage microSD card slot microSD card slot
Display 11.6″ (1366 x 768) non-touch
11.6″ (1366 x 768) touch screen
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5
Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 2x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1
Audio combo jack
2x USB 3.1 Type-C
2x USB 2.0
Audio combo jack
Battery 47.36 Wh Li-ion polymer
45W USB-C AC adapter
47.36 Wh Li-ion polymer
45W USB-C AC adapter
Durability Anti-pick spill-resistant keyboard
Larger rubber bumpers
Reinforced ports and corners
Anti-pick spill-resistant keyboard
Larger rubber bumpers
Reinforced ports and corners
Dimensions 11.61 x 8.08 x 0.74 in
295 x 205.3 x 18.8 mm
11.61 x 8.08 x 0.74 in; 295 x 205.3 x 18.8 mm
Weight 2.91 lb (1.32 kg) 3.02 lb (1.37 kg)
Colors Sage Green
Chalkboard Gray
Sage Green
Chalkboard Gray
Starting price $259 TBA
Availability Today February

Moving from the clamshell to my favorite 2-in-1 form factor, we have the HP Chromebook 11 x360 G3 EE. This shares a lot in common with the 11 G8 — the processors, the size, the memory and port options — but the touchscreen is standard and there’s a option with a Digitizer for using with a WACOM stylus. That Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen is also scratch-resistant and while the whole exterior has been given a more durable, grippable shell.

This is the model I most want to play with, especially in that luscious Dusk Blue color with 8GB/64GB. We’ve gotten some pretty pink Chromebooks in the last year, but blue and green have been hard colors to find, and I’m happy to see HP giving us those options for its most durable machines. All of the Chromebooks HP is showing off at BETT this year have gone through even more extensive testing that should allow them to survive taller drops, harder yanks, and fidgeting children that apparently like to pluck the keys out of their laptops.

Category HP Chromebook 11 x360 G3 EE
Processor Intel Celeron N4120
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel Celeron N4020
Intel Celeron N4000 | AMD A6-9220C APU
AMD A4-9120C APU
Memory 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
8GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
Internal storage 32GB
64GB
Expandable storage microSD card slot
Display 11.6″ (1366 x 768) IPS touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
11.6″ (1366 x 768) IPS touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 and Digitizer
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5
Ports 2x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1
Audio combo jack
Battery 47.36 Wh Li-ion polymer
45W USB-C AC adapter
Durability Anti-pick spill-resistant keyboard
Larger rubber bumpers
Reinforced ports and corners
Dimensions 12.85 x 8.93 x 0.72 in
326.5 x 227 x 18.3 mm
Weight 3.19 lb (1.45 kg)
Colors Dusk Blue
Chalkboard Gray
Starting price $299
Availability Today

If you prefer your rugged laptops a bit bigger, we have the HP Chromebook 14 G6. This generation shares the same processors and memory options as the 11 G8 and 11 x360 EE G3. It has non-touch and touchscreen options, but I beg of you to get the 1080p model; 1366 x 768 is bearable for 11.6-inch screen but it’s far from ideal when stretched to 14 inches.

In addition to the more robust durability standards for this generation, HP included the option for a Privacy Camera with a physical cover for those who are security-conscious. Another tweak that teachers should like is that this model eschews a second USB-C port in order to have an HDMI port, so if you’re constantly hooking up to the projector to show your slides to the class, you won’t need to go digging for a dongle!

Category HP Chromebook 14 G6 EE
Processor Intel Celeron N4120
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel Celeron N4020
Intel Celeron N4000 | AMD A6-9220C APU
AMD A4-9120C APU
Memory 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
8GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
Internal storage 16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB
Expandable storage Multi-format digital reader
Display 14″ (1366 x 768) non-touch
14″ (1366 x 768) touch screen
14″ (1920 x 1080) non-touch
14″ (1920 x 1080) touch screen
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5
Ports USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1
HDMI 1.4b
Audio combo jack
Battery 47.36 Wh Li-ion polymer
45W USB-C AC adapter
Durability Anti-pick spill-resistant keyboard
Larger rubber bumpers
Reinforced ports and corners
Dimensions 12.85 x 8.93 x 0.72 in; 326.5 x 227 x 18.3 cm
Weight 3.38 lb (1.54 kg)
Colors Chalkboard Gray
Starting price $289
Availability Today

Most of these Chromebooks are available now — and I’m hoping to get some in for review as soon as possible — but the HP Chromebook 11A G8 will be out next month.