HP said on Monday that it is now selling its very first Chrome OS-based laptop, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook. It's the "ideal companion PC for the home," sporting the largest Chromebook screen to date measuring 14-inches diagonally, backed by an Intel Celeron processor and a 16 GB SSD.
"Google's Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base," said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. "With HP's Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop—all backed up by our service and brand."
Starting at $329.99 USD, HP's new Chromebook features Intel's Celeron 847 processor clocked at 1.1 GHz, Intel HD graphics, and 2 GB of DDR3 memory (2 DIMM slots, upgradable to 4 GB). There's also the 16 GB SSD, Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a 4-cell (37WHr) Li-ion battery promising up to 4 hours and 15 minutes on a full charge.
Also on the spec list are three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, an SD card reader, the typical headphone-out/microphone-in combo, a full-size Island-style keyboard, Altec Lansing speakers, and an HP TrueVision HD Webcam with an integrated microphone. The 14-inch HD BrightView screen is LED-backlit and sports a 1366 x 768 resolution.
"With 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years, customers can access their content from any internet-connected device—while at home or on the go," the company said. "Plus, users can visit the Chrome Web Store to customize their HP Chromebook by downloading applications for work or play."
For more information about HP's new Chromebook, head here.
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I may join the chromebook revolution. Still waiting to hear some feedback on these things. Anyone use one yet?Reply
4h 15 min run time??? :OReply
I want a Chromebook with 10h and HD display.
Yeah, I've used one (my friend bought it). It was nice because it had 3G everywhere and the battery life is good, but... that's not much of an improvement if you already have a smartphone.Reply
And it was just too restrictive. You can can only save things in the cloud, and there's a limited selection of apps, limited customization,etc..
I'm just not sure what exactly the target audience is supposed to be. I guess it's people who:
1. Really want to be connected to the internet everywhere they go
2. Really can't live without a keyboard (so no tablet)
3. Only need a computer for basic tasks on the go.
I have no use for it...
godfather666I'm just not sure what exactly the target audience is supposed to be.Primary customers have been schools. Probably useful for charities and the elderly.Reply
There IS local storage on the Chromebook. Not much of a file system, but you can put things into the Downloads directory just fine, as well as use a USB drive. It also has a built in Remote Desktop client.Reply
The Samsung Chromebook for $250 remains the best choice. Great battery life(7+ hours in my experience, depending on screen brightness) and very fast. If you're looking for a nice little netbook for basic tasks, it's easily worth it, especially if you're already tied into Google's ecosystem. Best selling point is the free 100GB of Google Drive storage. If you add up the cost of it, it's worth about $120 over the two years it's good for.
As for using it to be productive, Google Docs covers about 95% of people. There are a few more advanced features that some people need that Office has, but as long as you're not using it for complex accounting or anything, it's great. All I need my computer for is A) Games, and B) Programming. It handles everything else that I use my computer for just fine.
TL;DR: If you mostly use your computer for the web and Office, it's a good choice.
Why Chromebook makers are scared of AMD APUs? They seem like they would be perfect for it.Reply
m32Why Chromebook makers are scared of AMD APUs? They seem like they would be perfect for it.Reply
Because ChromeOS is Linux-based, and AMD has a history of being bad with driver support for Linux.
lol....what a joke....chrome-book is for people that can't afford a real computer....and for making it easier for google to collect datatReply
godfather666 Really can't live without a keyboard (so no tablet)and3. Only need a computer for basic tasks on the go..Reply
It's not very hard to get a mouse/keyboard working with a tablet. Not to mention the Asus brand tablets with their docks.