HP's first Chromebook officially out, priced at $330

By on February 4, 2013, 9:30 AM

HP’s Chromebook plans were first revealed last week through a product sheet on its website, but now the company has made it official. Joining the likes of Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo, HP is embracing Google’s browser-based operating system with its own Pavilion 14 Chromebook.

Unlike the first wave of Chromebooks with 11.6-inch and 12-inch screens, HP’s offering has a 14-inch panel and a correspondingly large laptop frame. Screen resolution remains the same at 1366 x 768, however, and though HP hopes the increased real estate will contribute to improved ease of use there are some downsides to it as well. Specifically, it’s notably bulkier than Samsung’s model at 4 lb rather than 2.5 lb, and the larger display coupled with HP’s use of an Intel x86 chip rather than an ARM chip has taken a toll on battery life -- 4 hours and 15 minutes versus nearly seven hours of uptime with the Samsung Chromebook.

The Pavilion 14 offers a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor and 2GB of RAM with integrated graphics. There’s a tiny 16GB solid-state drive for storage, but you also get 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years (usually an extra $120) and an SD card slot. Connectivity and ports include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, and the usual headphone/microphone combo jack.

The HP Pavilion 14 is available now from the company’s website for $330 -- that’s $80 - $130 more than Samsung and Acer are asking and you’re arguably getting less in return depending on where your priorities are.




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Matt B Matt B said:

I couldn't, in all sanity, ever buy an HP laptop. Horribly designed, bulky and out of touch.

ArthurZ ArthurZ said:

If the battery lifespan issue has not been addressed again then what is the point in having a portable device that does not last a workday? In my experience, no device reporting an X number of uptime hours actually lives to its promise.

ikesmasher said:

At $330 what is any advantage of this over a windows laptop?

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

HP laptops are the worst built things.. terrable they are...

Teko03 said:

At $330 what is any advantage of this over a windows laptop?

I'm wondering the same. As far as I know Chrome OS is extremely limited in what it can do. I don't know how HP can even market this at $330. I just helped my friend buy a Toshiba laptop from Best Buy with an AMD A6 2.7 GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $324 + tax. Now why would I need a Chromebook with a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron, 2GB RAM & a 16GB drive for $330. With an OS watered d own "web OS". I really makes no sense. These things should be starting at $100 and topping out at $200 for a high end model. You can pick up a AMD E-Series or Intel Pentium (both dual core) laptop for $279 these days.

theruck said:

At $330 what is any advantage of this over a windows laptop?

I'm wondering the same. As far as I know Chrome OS is extremely limited in what it can do. I don't know how HP can even market this at $330. I just helped my friend buy a Toshiba laptop from Best Buy with an AMD A6 2.7 GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $324 + tax. Now why would I need a Chromebook with a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron, 2GB RAM & a 16GB drive for $330. With an OS watered d own "web OS". I really makes no sense. These things should be starting at $100 and topping out at $200 for a high end model. You can pick up a AMD E-Series or Intel Pentium (both dual core) laptop for $279 these days.

you would need a chromebook for somebody who does not know what 2 GB RAM is, does not need to sort antivirus for windows system, does not want 3kg+ laptop in a bag or a noisy fan. obviously the build quality of a HP chromebook would be much better than of a 300$ MSI or Asus laptop as well as the battery life would be better.

you just have been educated. you are welcome

theruck said:

HP laptops are the worst built things.. terrable they are...

says your chinese noname brand laptop or who?

ikesmasher said:

you would need a chromebook for somebody who does not know what 2 GB RAM is, does not need to sort antivirus for windows system, does not want 3kg+ laptop in a bag or a noisy fan. obviously the build quality of a HP chromebook would be much better than of a 300$ MSI or Asus laptop as well as the battery life would be better.

you just have been educated. you are welcome

Not really. This uses a x86 CPU, meaning it needs about as much cooling as a laptop running windows XP or windows 8 (or other "lightweight" OS's). I have yet to see any HP notebook with better build quality than MSI or asus. Acer? yea. Dell? maybe. but NOT msi or asus. just me though.

And, for the record, I run virus protection once every two months and have it completely shut off the rest of the time, and I have not had a single virus problem on my PC. and yes, I know what im doing.

ArthurZ ArthurZ said:

I'm wondering the same. As far as I know Chrome OS is extremely limited in what it can do. I don't know how HP can even market this at $330. I just helped my friend buy a Toshiba laptop from Best Buy with an AMD A6 2.7 GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $324 + tax. Now why would I need a Chromebook with a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron, 2GB RAM & a 16GB drive for $330. With an OS watered d own "web OS". I really makes no sense. These things should be starting at $100 and topping out at $200 for a high end model. You can pick up a AMD E-Series or Intel Pentium (both dual core) laptop for $279 these days.

Ouch AMD has been dropped from the TCP consortium!

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