Unveiled Monday, the HP Pavillion Chromebook is the company’s first offering to the world of Google OS laptops. At 14-inches, it is at least two inches wider (diagonally) than all of its competition. Specs-wise, it’s geared towards average users and at $329.99 MSRP, scoring one most likely won’t break the bank.
Out of the box, HP Pavillion Chromebook users will enjoy all the robust and celebrated features of ‘the big G,’ web-based and otherwise; directly integrated with Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+, to name a few.
“Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” said Kevin Frost, VP and GM, Consumer PCS, Printing and Personal Systems at 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.”
The system runs on a dual-core Intel Celeron processor and 2 GB of dedicated RAM, powering a Intel high-definition graphics card. It features 16GB of flash memory for storage, Wi-Fi and a 720p video camera. Three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI and an SD card slot are located on the sides of the keyboard, alone with the usual microphone/headphone and Ethernet jacks.
The Chromebook also features extra hardware security with its built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM,) providing an additional layer of protection against unauthorized access to personal data and credentials.
Although the HP Chromebook specs are right on, it does fall short in one crucial department: battery life. Powering the larger screen perhaps, users will only see about four hours and change of continuous use. Not the most convenient for those who depend on using their computer while being out-of-reach of a power outlet.
Alas, at just under four pounds, its a full-sized, full-featured laptop that lacks the expected bulk. For consumers on the go, especially those that are already Google+ users, the HP Chromebook should definitely get some attention. The price and it’s capabilities should outshine any shortcomings the laptop may have.