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It's a budget-friendly laptop with a lot of color

Google has added a new Chromebook to the family: the HP Chromebook 11.

The Hewlett-Packard Chromebook 11 sports a $279 price tag and targets an audience that simply likes to surf in their browser. 

On the design side, the HP Chromebook 11 offers a white plastic case with different-colored accents (which reflect the colors of Chrome's logo). It's also light at just 2.4 pounds, and has a sturdy magnesium frame. 


The new Chromebook also packs an 11.6-inch IPS display, a Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 16GB solid-state drive, two USB 2.0 ports, a VGA Webcam, a SlimPort video out, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and a micro-USB charger to power both the Chromebook and an Android-powered smartphone or tablet.

There's a 4G version of the Chromebook 11 as well, but the price hasn't been announced yet. 


The HP Chromebook 11 is available starting today at Best Buy, Amazon, Google Play and HP in the U.S. and Currys and PC World in the U.K. It will be available in other countries as well around the holiday season. 

Source: Google Official Blog



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RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Motoman on 10/8/2013 12:18:32 PM , Rating: 3
Screw that. For the same price you can get a *real* Windows laptop, with a dual-core processor and an actual hard drive...which then would work wherever you were, with or without an internet connection.

Unless these things can be sold for like $100, there's no possible way to justify their purchase. You give up massive amounts of capability for $0 in savings.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By amanojaku on 10/8/2013 12:44:06 PM , Rating: 3
Except that, for the same price you get a seriously gimped system, no matter what OS it's running. Show me a $300 laptop with a reasonably fast dual-core processor, decent hard drive and nice display. That also weighs 1.5lbs. What's available is actually a Celeron or A4 (running somewhere between 1.0-1.5Ghz), with 2GiB of RAM, a 5400RPM drive or a 16GB SSD, and integrated graphics displaying 1366x768, in a package that weighs 3lbs.

The hardware is better than a tablet on paper, but it's going to be running a desktop OS. Windows will be slow on that, and Linux won't be much better (there's also the dearth of useful Linux desktop applications). If you're looking for productivity, you should be looking at a laptop that's $650 or more; I prefer to start at $800. If you want a multimedia device, a tablet is the way to go.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Motoman on 10/8/2013 12:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
You can keep your argument about whether one should buy a tablet vs. a laptop on the side...you're comparing apples and oranges.

Assuming that one wants a laptop, spending $279 on this thing is a horribly bad, completely indefensible decision vs. spending the same amount of money on a full-featured Windows laptop.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Digimonkey on 10/8/2013 1:31:22 PM , Rating: 2
Form factor wise it's a laptop. Use case wise comparing it to tablets is more fitting. After all the demise of netbooks was due to tablets and this is definitely a netbook.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Motoman on 10/8/2013 3:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
...if what you want is a tablet, buy a tablet. With or without an accessory keyboard.

This thing *is* a laptop. It only makes sense to compare it to other laptops.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By amanojaku on 10/8/2013 3:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's a laptop running an OS that only offers web applications. Please tell me how an HTML 5 application competes with a native application.


By Mint on 10/9/2013 6:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
You're just proving his original point.

A $300 BayTrail laptop can do so much more than this Chromebook, and will be faster than the Exynos 5250 as well. No, they're not available at this moment, but they will be very soon. The $400 T100 convertible is available, though.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Digimonkey on 10/8/2013 5:00:49 PM , Rating: 2
The lines are getting blurred when it comes to form factor alone though. When looking at use case it becomes more apparent that these two compete in many ways.

Chromebook/Tablet similarities:

1.) All day computing.
2.) Light weight.
3.) Good screen. (able to see in the daylight and from multiple angles.)
4.) SSD. (so short boot times/load times.)

Chromebook/Laptop similarities:

1.) Has attached keyboard.


By Digimonkey on 10/8/2013 5:03:59 PM , Rating: 2
I meant to put $300 laptop similarities. Obviously if you spend enough you can get most of whats on that list.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Jeffk464 on 10/8/2013 1:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
indefensible decision vs. spending the same amount of money on a full-featured Windows laptop.


To be honest with you there is nothing I do on my windows laptop that I couldn't do on a chromebook. I'm completely sucked into the google universe for browser, email, office sweet, drive for automatic backup and syncing between devices, and android for my phone. Ironically I don't use google for search.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Motoman on 10/8/2013 3:04:10 PM , Rating: 3
Uh-huh.

And then when you find yourself someplace without an internet connection, what happens?

And you don't see the obvious value in having local storage on a voluminous hard drive?


By Jeffk464 on 10/8/2013 5:23:50 PM , Rating: 1
I find I have very little use for a computer, tablet, smartphone, etc without an internet connection anyways.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By Jeffk464 on 10/8/2013 1:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
there's no possible way to justify their purchase.


Sure there is, safer online banking and investing. Its also the perfect setup for people who are very untech savvy. The flexibility of windows also means its harder to use.


By Jeffk464 on 10/8/2013 1:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
Chromebooks are also great companions to people with windows gaming desktops.


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