The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook running on Google’s desktop OS has been revealed along with its price tag. The notebook is the most expensive choice in the current range which comprises of devices from Acer and Samsung.
While the laptops from the latter 2 manufacturers house an 11.6-inch display, the device stands tall with a larger screen size of 14 inches, making it the first of its kind. The screen employed here proffers a BrightView LED-backlit panel and sports an HD resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Resting on the lower half is a full-size island-style keyboard, while the edges play house to various components such as USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ45 and microphone-cum-headphone ports.
There’s also a multi-format card reader fitted within dimensions of 13.66 x 9.37 x 0.83 inches. Coming to the hardware fitted on the inside, the notebook is powered by a dual core Intel Celeron 847 processor which operates at a clock speed of 1.1GHz and tags along HD Graphics. The base system memory configurable here amounts to 2GB and buyers can even opt for up to 4GB of RAM. Application hoarding needs are taken care of by a 16GB SATA SSD and 16GB flash cache.
Where features are concerned, users will have access to various Google services such as Search, Gmail, YouTube, Drive and Hangouts in addition to a wide catalog of apps in the Chrome Web Store. The search giant is also offering 100GB of free cloud storage for a period of 2 years. And to deliver enhanced security, the laptop comes with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) built-in to protect data from unauthorized access.
The Pavilion 14 Chromebook is available for $329.99. Potential buyers can pick up the laptop through the company’s online store in the US. Other devices running Google’s desktop platform can be found on the Play store, Amazon, Newegg and Best Buy.
Quick overview of specifications:
Platform: Google Chrome OS
Display: 14-inch HD BrightView LED-backlit screen
Processor: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 with HD Graphics family
Memory: Up to 4GB DDR3 RAM; 16GB SATA SSD, 16GB flash cache
Connectivity: Intel 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN, USB 2.0, HDMI out
Dimensions: 13.66 x 9.37 x 0.83 inches
Weight: 3.96 pounds
Battery: 4-cell Li-ion with around 4 hours and 15 minutes of usage