HP Chromebase All-in-One 22: Two-minute review
The HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 is helping to bring all-in-one PCs to the mainstream market, and it’s time. Even now, most AIO PCs on the market are expensive and tend to target professionals who need a minimalistic yet powerful solution for their demanding computing workloads.
That’s not to say that there aren’t all-in-one computers on the market that are affordable enough for the general public. But you also have to dig deep to find them, as the iMac (24-inch, 2021) and HP Envy 34 All-in-One tend to outshine them all.
Also, anything under $800/£800 tends to look a little weak, especially when running a full OS like Windows 11.
Here is the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 configuration sent to for review
CPU: Intel Core i3-10110U (2.1GHz up to 4.1GHz, 4MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
HIT: 16GB DDR4-2666MHz
Screen: 21.5″ diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), touch, IPS, BrightView, 250 nits, 72% NTSC
Store: 256GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
ports: 2x SuperSpeed USB Type-C (with Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.2), 2x SuperSpeed USB Type-A, 1x Headphone/Microphone combo
Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX 201 (2×2), Bluetooth 5 combo
Camera: HP True Vision 5 MP Privacy Camera and built-in dual array digital microphones, 1.4 µm camera sensor
Weight: 6.97 kg (15.37 lb) tablet, keyboard and mouse included
Size: 19.98 x 6.87 x 17.89 in. (507.5 x 174.5 x 454.4 mm, WxHxD)
The HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 fixes all of this using similar specs but utilizing the lightweight Chrome OS. Bridging the gap between the popular (and generally affordable) Chromebooks and the minimalist appeal of AIOs, it offers faster performance than its Windows 11 counterparts – not to mention an attractive design – while keeping its price within the reach of most consumers.
Among its many notable features are a 21.5-inch touchscreen with portrait mode, a 2,592×1,944 resolution webcam with impressive noise reduction, a two-step privacy cover, and a pair of speakerphones. 5W with plenty of volume.
There are some compromises here – unsurprisingly considering its price – but there are also some great premium features like its beautiful compact design and its browser multitasking prowess. Finally, users whose daily needs primarily involve browsing, streaming, and emailing now have a realistically budgeted AIO option.
Whether you’re looking for an all-in-one for everyone in your home, your work-from-home setup, or the enrolled member of your family, the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 is a tough competitor to beat.
HP Chromebase All-in-One 22: Pricing and Availability
- Various configurations on offer
- Limited availability in the UK
How economical is the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 exactly? It’s currently available in various configurations in the US, starting at $629 / £629. This base configuration comes with an Intel Pentium 6405U, Intel UHD graphics, and 8GB of memory, as well as a 128GB SSD. While this might seem a little weak, keep in mind that you’re also running a lightweight OS that doesn’t need beefy specs.
If you need something more robust, the most equipped configuration – the same configuration that was submitted to for testing – will give you an Intel Core i3-10110U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and the same onboard graphics for $699. / £699.
Unfortunately, consumers in Australia would have to wait to get their hands on an HP Chromebase as it is currently not available in the region. It is also currently not available in the HP UK store, but you may find some configurations available at some UK online retailers. On the bright side, the HP UK store suggests it will soon be available.
HP Chromebase All-in-One 22: Design and Features
- Beautiful and premium design
- Thoughtful design details
HP spares no effort when it comes to the design of the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22. This should be a space-saving, minimalist, and attractive all-in-one, and it succeeds in this regard with its 21-inch display. .5-inch, compact tapered stand that stores all the innards, ports, and speakers, and beautiful white finish that makes it look more expensive than it is.
The screen size might not be ideal for power users and multitaskers, but it’s certainly enough for this computer’s target market. Plus, its touch capability is wonderfully responsive, something you’d expect from more expensive models.
There’s also a decent selection of ports which is more than enough for the average user. Not that you need peripherals, as it comes with its own Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, both of which do the job.
The keyboard is comfortable to type, despite missing some keys, including media keys (aside from the volume buttons). The mouse could be better – there’s a little more resistance to its buttons than we’d like – but it also does what it’s supposed to do. Users who aren’t too picky about their peripherals will be pleased.
There are thoughtful design features too, some of which even the 24-inch iMac doesn’t have, namely the pivot-capable display that lets you switch from landscape to portrait mode with literally just one finger.
There are no swivel or horizontal adjustments here, but if you need that vertical space to read news articles, work on your book, or help the kids with their essays, you’ll appreciate the fact that portrait mode is available and just a push of a finger away. There’s also some up and down tilt for more comfortable viewing.
Another smart design feature is the webcam privacy shutter, which allows you to block any video feeds and turn off the microphone completely when not in use.
Having this feature prevents hackers and other malicious people on the Internet from using your webcam and microphone to spy on you or worse.
Project: 4.5 / 5
HP Chromebase All-in-One 22: Performance
- Browser performance is ace
- Loud speakers but not the best sound
Here’s how the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 performed in our set of benchmark tests:
Jet 2: 134.5
This proves it in practice as well. In testing, we usually run 20 or more guides at the same time, several of which have Google Docs Editors package pages and online publications open, as well as shopping sites and streaming services, and handle those with no signs of slowing down. This is an all-in-one made for demanding browser and multitasking needs.
Meanwhile, the built-in 5W stereo speakers, which again are housed in the stand, are also good. They’re not as crisp and detailed as the speakers you’d find in more expensive all-in-ones, but they get pretty loud with decent bass response to fill a room…or at least a small to medium-sized one. .
Fair warning, though: pump that volume up to 100%, and they’ll sound like little ice picks are puncturing your eardrums. So it’s best to keep that volume below 90%.
HP Chromebase All-in-One 22: Webcam and Microphone
- Excellent noise reduction
- Crisp and clear microphone
If you plan on using the webcam and microphone for work meetings and video calls with loved ones, you’ll be happy to know you’re getting a decently high resolution of 2592×1944 here. It’s not the most detailed webcam we’ve used and there isn’t much contrast or dynamic range. However, it excels in noise reduction, keeping that luminance and chromatic noise well controlled even in low light.
The mic is great too, although it does come with its own compromise. Your voice will come out crisp and clear, but so will any background noise as there’s no noise rejection – not surprising as this isn’t a premium all-in-one PC.
Should I buy the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22?
Do not buy if…
HP Chromebase All-in-One 22: Bulletin
|Value||All-in-ones tend to be expensive, but this AIO brings that price point back closer to the ground in the Chrome OS format.||4/5|
|Project||It adopted minimalist AIO design and premium feel without increasing the price. Thoughtful design features are also available.||4.5 / 5|
|acting||Excellent browser performance and multitasking allows this Chromebase to stand out despite more powerful rivals. Its built-in speakers are also very loud.||4/5|
|webcam||With a resolution of over 720p and great noise reduction capabilities, your webcam is worthy of praise. Especially with this two-step privacy cover.||4/5|
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