HP Offers New Sky Blue 14-Inch Chromebook
HP Offers New Sky Blue 14-Inch Chromebook.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is launching additional chromebook lineup, offering a slim laptop with the same low-end price range but with added higher-end features and extras.Chrome OS is known for its light software, snappy performance and simplicity, but we can probably thank the platform’s affordable prices for most of its success. The 2015 release isn’t as exciting as the $440 touchscreen model that appeared last December, but these are still some nice, well-priced laptops nonetheless.
Also, it would be available in a silver design called “Turbo Silver.” The HP Chromebook 14 borrows a lot of its looks from the EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 for a much sleeker and thin design. You get a 14-inch 1366-by-768 IPS display, 2GB RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a microSD slot, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI connection, and a headphone jack.
Internally, the 14-inch Chromebook will be powered by a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor and run by Chrome OS, paired with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. The new Chromebook 14 line tones down the accent color spectrum to just a silver and light blue model—last year, HP offered four different colors and the year before that, three.
The base version features a 14-inch 1366×768 display, but you can upgrade to a 1080p screen by paying $30 more (not sure if the higher resolution will affect battery life much). And for those who need a little more resolution in their lives, HP will also roll out a “full HD” 1080p version of the Chromebook 14 starting at $280. The package also comes with 12 free Gogo in-air Internet passes for U.S. domestic flights, three free Google Play movie rentals, and 90 days free of Google Play music.
The story behind the story: New consumer Chromebooks are always nice, but HP is likely far more interested in the education and small to medium business market, where Google-flavored notebooks have a small, but solid foothold. G4 version is also the first Chromebook to be verified for Citrix Receiver 1.8 for Chrome, which adds an extra layer of security when accessing applications and remote desktops. We will have to wait and see how well the new processor and improved battery do, but so far this is certainly looking like a good option for those in need of a Chromebook, and the reduced price sure is nice.
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