There are a lot of reasons for tech-savvy individuals to hate the guts of Chromebooks (for instance, this breed of laptops is essentially useless when not connected to the Internet), but no matter if you’re a fan or hater, you can’t deny the Chrome OS-based machines have come a long way since their mid-2011 introduction.
There’s an entire bevy of new Chromebooks waiting to see daylight, all unveiled a couple of weeks ago and manufactured by big names of the PC industry: HP, Acer, Toshiba. The HP Chromebook 14, following on the footsteps of the Pavilion Chromebook 14, has just been confirmed for a November 3 release in both US and UK for a fairly low price: $299 and £250 respectively.
What do you get for that dough? Quite a lot, actually, although these are obviously not powerhouses. Or a gamer’s wet dream. HP’s 14-incher sports a modest 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution screen, but on the bright side it comes with a dual-core Intel Celeron “Haswell” CPU.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Traditionally, Celeron processors are kind of crappy. But not this one. This thing, clocked at a mere 1.4 GHz, is both fast and frugal, helping the laptop’s battery run for a whopping 9.5 hours on a single charge.
Other features include 2 gigs of RAM, 16 GB of HDD storage (everything’s done through the cloud, so you don’t really need more), USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectivity, as well as an HDMI port and SD card slot.
Oh, and there will also be a 4G LTE-enabled model launched sometime before the holidays, which will cost only $50 more than the standard, Wi-Fi only flavor. Now that’s what I call a solid deal.