The chromebook still feels like a promising and cheap alternative if you’re searching for a laptop that makes the best out of Google’s online services and gives you a nice mixture of looks, power and portability, so it’s no wonder that HP goes sky blue with the new Chromebook 14.
Although it seems like the main design features were inspired by the EliteBook Folio 1020 G1, which takes pride in its slim and sleek lines, the new Hewlett-Packard 14-inch device chose a more delicate color theme for the chassis: the white lid is complemented by a soft blue body — probably a keen indication of its cloud-based functionality.
But you shouldn’t be tricked by the pastel exterior, because the Chromebook 14 is not as calm on the interior: a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor paired with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM will run Chrome OS for a little over 9 hours, as HP assures us. The 14-inch IPS display isn’t nearly enough for landscape photographers that want to impress their peers on the go, but it does offer a decent resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. In terms of connectivity, you get a microSD slot, one very fast USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI connection for a supplementary video output, and a headphone jack.
All of the above fit in a notebook that only measures 17.8mm in width and weighs 3.94 pounds. Besides, much of its ‘size’ extends in the cloud — Google will offer users 100GB of free Drive storage for two years, three free Google Play movie rentals, 12 Gogo in-air Internet passes for U.S. domestic flights and a 90 day access to Google Play music services, also free of charge.
For those of you that need more computing power, HP also offers a G4 version with a full HD display, 32GB of onboard storage and a Turbo Silver paint job for the chassis. The G4 model is also certified for Citrix Receiver 1.8 for Chrome, a security protocol that enables advanced protection when accessing remote desktops and applications.
Chromebook 14 will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 8 with a starting price of $250, targeting mostly educational and small business segments, as PCWorld reported. The G4 version will cost you a bit more — $279, to be precise –, although it will launch ahead of its cheaper alternative.
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