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

By Jos · 9 replies
Feb 4, 2013
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  1. 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...

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  2. Matt B

    Matt B TS Rookie

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

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    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.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,321

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

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    HP laptops are the worst built things.. terrable they are...
  6. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +186

    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.
  7. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 124   +35

    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
  8. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 124   +35

    says your chinese noname brand laptop or who?
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,321

    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.
  10. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Ouch AMD has been dropped from the TCP consortium!

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