Monday, February 4th 2013

HP Unveils Pavilion 14 Chromebook

HP today announced its first Chromebook, widening the company's extensive PC and workstation portfolio and expanding its multiOS approach to offer customers more choices.

The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook boasts a display that's approximately 2 inches wider (diagonally) than any other Chromebook in the market today. It provides a fast and easy gateway to a seamless Google experience with popular products like Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps in the Chrome Web Store. A 14-inch diagonal design provides an ideal balance of mobility and comfort, while the HP BrightView display lets users see and surf easily.


The HP Pavilion Chromebook joins HP's PC portfolio as an ideal companion PC for the home.

"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."

Instant access to digital life
With the HP Pavilion Chromebook, customers can effortlessly and quickly access Google applications, social networks, websites and other content such as photos and documents. Constant automatic updates to applications and the Chrome OS mean that software and security is effortlessly kept up to date.

Powered by an Intel Celeron processor and Intel high-definition (HD) graphics, the HP Pavilion Chromebook includes a 16 GB solid-state drive for fast start-up times. Extra hardware security via the built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) protects against unauthorized access to sensitive data and credentials so customers can feel confident that personal data is protected. The HP Pavilion Chromebook weighs just under 4 pounds.

A full array of ports including HDMI, USB 2.0 and Ethernet jack, and a combination headphone and microphone jack allow for fast and easy connections to displays and other devices.

The HP Pavilion Chromebook features an HP Imprint design in sparkling black, up to 4 GB of memory and a removable battery. An HP TrueVision HD Webcam offers superb viewing experience, even in low lighting conditions.

With 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years, customers can access their content from any internet-connected device -- while at home or on the go. Plus, users can visit the Chrome Web Store to customize their HP Chromebook by downloading applications for work or play.

Pricing and availability
The Chromebook is available in the United States with a starting price of $329.99 at HPDirect.com.

Additional information about the HP Chromebook is available at www.hp.com/go/chromebook.
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10 Comments on HP Unveils Pavilion 14 Chromebook

#1
lemonadesoda
You know something, all of a sudden I find Chromebook/ChromeOS all that more attractive. Why? Because W8 is now trying to "be" app-centric and is imitating iOS and ChromeOS. So "by default" and on boot, there isnt anything to differentiate it. In fact, iOS and ChromeOS are better. It is no longer the "enthusiast power OS" without hacking but the "girl touch icon" OS for noobies.

Until W8 I would never have considered ChromeOS. It was just too handicapped. But now that trophy goes to W8.

(Yes, I do have a W8 installation, and yes I have installed classic-shell to get it back to normal and yes once that is done and you ignore app-tiles-boot screen, it is OK. But that is not straightforward and takes time... not something for the average user)

The 14" HP chromebook looks nice and is a good price. But they are competing with tablets. They are tablet-with-keyboard... and as such... they really should stick within the boundaries of tablet portability. 14" is OK, but it looks a bit fat and heavy. Therefore giving ChromeOS a bad name. They should have a de-minimus profile requirement... along the lines of ultrabook.
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TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: lemonadesoda
You know something, all of a sudden I find Chromebook/ChromeOS all that more attractive. Why? Because W8 is now trying to "be" app-centric and is imitating iOS and ChromeOS. So "by default" and on boot, there isnt anything to differentiate it. In fact, iOS and ChromeOS are better. It is no longer the "enthusiast power OS" without hacking but the "girl touch icon" OS for noobies.

Until W8 I would never have considered ChromeOS. It was just too handicapped. But now that trophy goes to W8.

(Yes, I do have a W8 installation, and yes I have installed classic-shell to get it back to normal and yes once that is done and you ignore app-tiles-boot screen, it is OK. But that is not straightforward and takes time... not something for the average user)

The 14" HP chromebook looks nice and is a good price. But they are competing with tablets. They are tablet-with-keyboard... and as such... they really should stick within the boundaries of tablet portability. 14" is OK, but it looks a bit fat and heavy. Therefore giving ChromeOS a bad name. They should have a de-minimus profile requirement... along the lines of ultrabook.
And gaming?.......that's what I thought.
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#3
Dos101
by: TheMailMan78
And gaming?.......that's what I thought.
That and I could never justify buying a laptop that is only running browser.
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#4
Widjaja
I'll put smudges and fingerprints all over it in a day.
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#5
lemonadesoda
by: TheMailMan78
And gaming?.......that's what I thought.
I'm on a different planet. Could you translate that please?
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#6
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: lemonadesoda
I'm on a different planet. Could you translate that please?
Chrome OS and iOS cannot game. If you are using a windows platform to just check your mail then you are a retard anyway. (Not you personally). Windows 8 is for everything iOS and Chrome can do PLUS game and run high end software (Maya and Adobe etc.). Not for Facebook and Angry Birds.
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#7
lemonadesoda
$300 overgrown netbook is not for gaming. Doesnt matter if ChromeOS, iOS or Windows. Anyone buying a $300 machine to run Maya, Adobe, DX11, and with just 1366 x 768 and 16GB HDD/SSD is a moron.

Let's not confuse cheapo-books with high end desktop replacements.
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TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: lemonadesoda
$300 overgrown netbook is not for gaming. Doesnt matter if ChromeOS, iOS or Windows. Anyone buying a $300 machine to run Maya, Adobe, DX11, is a moron.

Let's not confuse cheapo-books with high end desktop replacements.
$300 Windows dollar machine can run Illustrator and InDesign all day without any issues. Hell even Photoshop if you are not working with RAW files or compressed .tifs all that much. Even then it wouldn't be a big deal. My wifes 2 year old laptop can run most games today with the exception of things like BF3 and it was only $400 TWO YEARS AGO.
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#9
lemonadesoda
Anyone putting $1000's of software on $300 of hardware has got the balance wrong. I know such people. They are ready to handicap themselves or others for the opportunity to save threepence. These people are usually called accountants who control the budget spend and the poor employees are left to work on s1ht. I'm glad to hear you haven't got time for such nonsense.
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#10
mediasorcerer
This has to be a joke, why pay 300$+ for a retarded internet only notebook that is entirely limited to a browser and basically a few google apps, than pay 400$ for a reasonably powered laptop, biggest waste of time and money, not to mention a whole host of issues with privacy, usability and limited functionality?[have fun when the internet/cloud goes down lofl and everything you do on it is privvy of google]:laugh:

First it's the cloud, then tablets, then win 8 fisher price moron os, now this crap?
I see a pattern emerging in the computing world, and it's not to our benefit in the long run.:mad:

But by all means, jump on the bandwagon, who wants to be intelligent and think for themselves or "god forbid", want privacy anyway?
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