HP ELITE C1030 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW
It all starts with a quality build. The HP Elite C1030 is all-aluminum, firm, and very-well constructed. All around, this is an example of A+ build quality in a Chromebook.
THIN & LIGHT
The Elite C1030 comes in at around 2.8 lbs. and only 15mm thick, giving it a frame that feels comfortable to use while still being compact enough to fit in any bag or carrying case.
The hinges on this Chromebook are some of the best I've used. At nearly every angle there is perfect resistance and smoothness of operation. For a 360° device, that is key to the experience.
The screen comes in at 13.5-inches with a 3:2 aspect ratio (1920x1280) and is by far my favorite layout on a Chromebook. I'd like a higher resolution, but the screen looks great either way.
With tiny bezels all around, the screen plays a huge roll in keeping the overall footprint of this Chromebook nice and small. Oh, and there's USI pen support here as well and an anti-glare option.
It's no exaggeration to say this is pehaps my favorite keyboard in a Chromebook to date. It is an absolute joy to type on and I couldn't ask for better in a keyframe.
WHY SILVER KEYS?
As great as the keyboard is, there's still the issue with sunlight, backlight and seeing key symbols. It is fixable with tweaks, but it's annoying to have to adjust it all day long.
Just like the keyboard, this trackpad is absolutely class-leading. It's large, smooth as butter, and has a great click mechanism. It is the best I've ever used in a Chromebook.
ALL THE I/O
As we'd expect from a high-end Chromebook, this device has all the connection you'll need. With 2 USB Type C ports, a USB Type A port, microSD card slot and headphone/mic jack, it's all here.
Perks are part of a premium Chromebook. This device comes with a few, like a fingerprint scanner, camera privacy toggle, keyboard backlight keys, and a screenshot key.
This Chromebook comes in a consumer-facing model and an enterprise version that can be configured up to a Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of NVMe SSD storage.
WHAT'S THE PRICE?
$999 for the consumer model with a Core i3, 8GB RAM and 128GB of NVMe storage. The enterprise model just goes up from there once you keep adding in the extras.
$999 is expensive, but you're paying for all the finer things and perks that make for a great experience. Do those things matter to you? If so, you might really love this Chromebook