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HP's Android notebook gets a price increase at launch

The SlateBook 14 notebook was first leaked back in April, and HP officially announced the notebook in early June. What makes the device somewhat intriguing isn’t the fact that it uses a Google-based operating system, but that it uses Android (which is usually seen on smartphones and tablets) instead of Chrome OS.
According to PC World, HP said that it went in this direction because its customers said they wanted Android-based notebook computers. We can’t fault HP for answering the calls of its customers, but we doubt that they’ll like the fact that the price for the SlateBook 14 has increased by $30 since it was first announced. 

HP Slatebook 14 
When first announced on June 1, HP said that the SlateBook 14 would have an MSRP of $399. Now that it’s available, the price has crept up to $429.
With that said, the 3.71-pound SlateBook 14 features a 14” 1080p display, NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 3.0 support. Battery life for the notebook is rated at 9 hours.
The SlateBook 14 is available now from HP’s online store.

Sources: PC World, HP

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RE: Not that great a deal
By EasyC on 8/4/2014 12:30:22 PM , Rating: 2
Except if you work in a thin client environment where the client is only responsible for connecting to the real environment. That makes this relatively nice to have a useful screen in a small/cheap form.

RE: Not that great a deal
By amanojaku on 8/4/2014 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 5
This isn't cheap. It's $430, and for that money FIT is right - get a freakin' laptop (4GiB, dual-core 2GHz, less than 3lbs, 500GB HDD starting at $250 ). You'll get better hardware and a wider selection of software. The only advantage this device has is the 1080p screen. Hell, this device isn't even a competent "thin" client: it's nearly 4lbs!!!

RE: Not that great a deal
By EasyC on 8/4/2014 2:18:00 PM , Rating: 2
The 1080p screen IS the reason to get it. 1366x768 just isn't enough to be productive. I'd rather spend my time working, than scrolling.

RE: Not that great a deal
By nikon133 on 8/4/2014 4:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
For thin client? Maybe... presuming that Android can do RDS or whatever standard is required from terminal server.

But for stand alone? In my work environment, availability of MS Office beats down to dust all other advantages, 1080p screen included. At present, there's just no way around it.

RE: Not that great a deal
By ritualm on 8/4/2014 6:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
Except if you work in a thin client environment where the client is only responsible for connecting to the real environment.

Except that such a setup means the client is merely the frontend, while the company has servers somewhere in the building to handle all the heavy lifting. This Slatebook bypasses internal client-server architectures completely and uses external resources (Google's cloud service) instead, unless the company's IT department roots and flashes its ROM to have one that makes actual use of its own internal resources.

I'd rather use iPads, Nexus 7, and W8.1 tablets for "thin-client" work, thanks.

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