HP’s New Chromebook 11 Revealed At $279, Charges Via Micro-USB
Google announced its latest Chromebook Tuesday, revealing the $279 HP Chromebook 11. It’s on sale now, and comes in white with Google-style color splashes. It looks a lot like Apple’s Macbook Air design, but is powered by Google’s own internet-centric Chrome OS.
If you live in a browser all day (preferably Google’s Chrome browser), this might be your next purchase.
The laptop weighs in at a light 2.4 pounds, and can be charged with a simple, regular old micro-USB cable. You know, the kind you have 12 of in your junk drawer, or at least one that came with your Android phone. The included battery is said to get six hours on it, which isn’t bad, though not quite as good as the Macbook Air’s all day battery.
There’s an 11.6-inch IPS display, which is fantastic for such an inexpensive device, and a durable magnesium frame underneath the shell. The processor is a Samsung Exynos 5250, which is powerful enough for an internet-box, but not much more.
Of course Chrome OS shines most when you’re a huge Google services user, letting you sync bookmarks and maps to and from your mobile phone, and having instant access to contacts and emails wherever you go, provided you have internet connectivity.
The device is available now at retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Google Play, and even HP’s own online store. If you’re one of those early adopter types, this seems like a fairly low-risk purchase at $279, but maybe that’s me with my tech blinders on.