The Chromebook bandwagon gained another rider Monday with Hewlett-Packard 's announcement of its first model in that form factor. The news comes following a report last week by Acer that Chromebooks were accounting for 5 percent to 10 percent of their laptops sold in the U.S. since their models were released in November.
The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, which has been rumored for weeks, features a 14-inch 1366x768 screen. The company said its diagonal measurement is about two inches wider than any other Chromebook on the market.
The Chrome OS from Google relies entirely on cloud -based apps and files, and the HP model includes Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, access to the Chrome Web Store and, for multi-person video chatting, Google+ Hangouts.
The new, 4-pound model has a 1.1-GHz Intel Celeron processor , Intel high-definition graphics, 4 GB memory , a TrueVision HD Webcam, and a 16-GB solid-state drive which assists with fast start-ups. Ports include HDMI, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi , USB 2.0, Ethernet, a combination headphone/microphone jack and a media card reader. The Chromebook also comes with 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years. Battery life is a relatively short 4.25 hours, and the starting price is $330.
Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager for Consumer PCs at HP, said in a statement that the Chrome OS "is showing great appeal to a growing customer base."
Large organizations could find Chromebooks appealing because, as a cloud-based computer, IT departments can centrally manage in the cloud updating and backups, and can more readily maintain security . Additionally, any individual device could be used by any employee, who simply logs in on any machine to get individual files and a personalized desktop.
Chromebooks are also being sold by Samsung, Lenovo and Acer. The entry of HP, the largest computer maker in the world, adds more credibility to this cloud-based approach. (continued...)
Posted: 2013-02-05 @ 1:37am PT
4.25 hours battery life??? Lol.. POS