HP announces sleek and colorful Chromebook 11
The HP Chomebook 11 is Google's latest swing at the affordable laptop market
Rumors of a new 11-inch Chromebook have been building for months now, and the device has finally broken cover with HP announcing the Chromebook 11 today. The notebook has the same 11.6-in screen size as the popular Samsung model, but includes a number of new features such as micro-USB charging and a sleek new design.
The new device, which runs Google's Chrome OS platform, features a Samsung Exynos 5250 GAIA APU, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB SSD storage, backed up by 100 GB of cloud storage for 2 years. The device's display comes in at 1,366 x 768 with a 300 nit brightness and 176º viewing angles. There's also dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 on board, though just two USB 2.0 ports for connectivity.
The stated battery-life is slightly shorter than the Samsung Chromebook, coming in at 6 hours rather than the older model's 6.5 hours. At 18mm (0.71 inches) and 1.04 kg (2.3 lbs), the device is also just a touch thicker and heavier than its counterpart, though the difference is practically negligible. The laptop's digitally-tuned speakers have been placed beneath the keyboard and the device charges via micro-USB, meaning you'll be able to use the same charger as your Android smartphone and tablet.
One of the biggest changes from older models is the design. With a magnesium chassis and no visible screws, vents or speakers, the device is noticeably sleeker than other Chromebooks in this price range. The laptop comes in white with blue, green, yellow or red decals, or in an all black model. The new look is crisper than older Chromebooks, but might not suit everyone's tastes.
The HP Chromebook 11 is available today for US$279.
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No built in 4G? No sale.
A notebook built around an online app based operating system that is only online via wifi, USB ethernet dongle (if you can get drivers to work), USB 4G modem (if you can get drivers to work), 4G mobile router or tethering (carry extra stuff around just to connect) offers only a part-time solution. Might as well stick with a wifi only tablet and have a greater choice of apps and more flexibility (IOS or Android).
I think it is a great device for those who just go online. I think it is a good price. With so many places having wifi available, having a built cellular modem does not seem necessary. If one could make ones cellular phone a 'wifi hotspot', one could tether it to it without having to pay more for the builtin cellular modem. I think having blue tooth connectivity is a plus.
I do think it needs more USB ports.
Built in cellular data is on the way.
since I got my Samsung Chromebook last year, I just kick myself for have waited so long!, 99.999% of the time I don't need my Desktop when I'm mobile?, so why would I spend $ and carry such an anchor around with me!, I had a $3K i7 Laptop that I know use as a secondary home computer, because of everything I do when I'm mobile, I have yet to need what the $3K i7 Laptop at home was purchased for when I'm mobile and about!!, and even if I do need the home Desktop or $3K i7 Laptop I can just turn them on remotely and network them to my Chromebook as I did last week!, it was a no fuss setup!, it's one of the reasons why so many people have Tablets nowadays!, because to look at email or view a Web Site you don't need $3K i7 Laptop!!, even with my Nikon SLR camera, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and Chromebook, all my needs are fully met for any editing or upload/download of pictures I may have taken!, I had a young man tell me he would not get it because he could not play games on it as he could with his laptop, so I asked what game he had, I looked to see if game or similar was available, then downloaded from App store and PRESTO!!, I was playing same network game he was playing!!, with a smaller screen of course! and a thicker wallet $$!! because of it!, I don't play games so for me it's not a big deal, but the young man was interested that I just closed the lid and picked up my Chromebook to sit outside when he had to bring all the ac adapters, bags and stuff, it was just silly for me! it defeats the whole purpose of mobile computing!
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