HP has announced its first Chromebook device to take on the likes of Acer and Samsung, who have been making the Google-OS-powered cloudy notebooks for some time.
The new HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook has been launched in the US, priced at $330, and will hopefully see the light of day over here before too long.
You can pick up a Samsung Chromebook for as little as £229, so hopefully UK pricing will be in line with this, though HP’s effort is likely to weigh in more than this when the usual dollar to pound retail price translation is factored in.
HP’s Chromebook makes its own mark with a 14 inch (diagonal) screen that’s a couple of inches bigger than any other Chromebook. The notebook has an Intel Celeron processor, integrated graphics, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. 100GB of storage space on Google Drive supplements that drive space.
It also has an HDMI port, Ethernet and USB 2.0 port, along with headphone and microphone jacks.
The Chromebook got off to a pretty slow start, but has been gaining some semblance of pace lately, certainly in terms of education and sales to schools – although it is still something of a hard sell to the average computer user, with its cloud computing model.
Still, the lower prices of the current generation products might help to eke out some more market share, and Google certainly isn’t about to give up on its Chromebook range just yet.