HP Unveils Pavilion 14, Its First Chromebook
HP has launched the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, which it’s calling “the first full-size 14-inch Chromebook.”
Having been leaked at the end of January, HP has now officially taken the wraps off its new Google OS laptop.
[quote]”Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. “With HP’s Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop — all backed up by our service and brand.[/quote]
The HP Pavilion 14 itself only has a 16 GB solid-state drive, whose whole purpose is to hold the Chrome operating system and ensure fast boot-up and run times.
Everything else, including the programs and data storage, is done in the Cloud. That is to say, on Google’s servers, over the web.
HP Pavilion 14 has a 14-inch panel, which is about 2 inches wider (diagonally) than the few other Chromebooks on the market.
An Intel Celeron CPU with Intel HD integrated graphics runs the whole device, while security is ensured by constant OS updates and a built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
Other specs include HDMI, USB 2.0, Ethernet and a mixed headphone/microphone jack.
The Chromebook will be available in the United States at a starting price of $329.99. Indian pricing will be updated soon.
With the launch of the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, the company joins the likes of Samsung, Lenovo and Acer in providing a lightweight alternative to the divisive Windows 8 OS.