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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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$300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By amanojaku on 10/8/2013 11:44:10 AM , Rating: 4
For that kind of money, I would just buy a tablet. The screen would be an inch shorter, but the device would be lighter, can support a detachable keyboard or dock (for an extra $100), and more importantly, gives me offline capability. I know Chromebook companies aren't ripping people off; the margins on these things are razor-thin. It's the concept that's flawed.




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.


RE: $300 just to surf the web? No thanks.
By sdsdv10 on 10/8/2013 12:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
Hummmmm.....

Story on $300 laptop... comment section says buy a $300 tablet.

Sorry on $300 tablet.... comment section says buy a $300 tablet.

I'm confused.... :P


By sdsdv10 on 10/8/2013 12:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, no wonder I'm confused. Reading comprehension error. Does not compute...

last line should say:
Sorry on $300 tablet.... comment section says buy a $300 laptop.


By SAN-Man on 10/11/2013 10:21:49 AM , Rating: 2
I am in agreement.

Heck, my netbook from 2010 does this fine. Why buy a new one? I mean, that's what these are - netbooks.


IPS display?
By bond007taz on 10/8/2013 12:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
I am sold if this has an IPS display!!!!!!




RE: IPS display?
By superstition on 10/8/2013 1:57:20 PM , Rating: 2
Because it's more important to have an IPS display than it is to have a reasonable amount of RAM.


RE: IPS display?
By lelias2k on 10/8/2013 2:41:31 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need more than 2GB of RAM on a Chromebook to surf the web.


RE: IPS display?
By superstition on 10/8/2013 10:54:46 PM , Rating: 1
640k is enough for anyone.


Android?
By synapse46 on 10/8/2013 1:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
Why not include Android with this? Then the buyer would have access to the play store and additional apps, correct?




RE: Android?
By Jeffk464 on 10/8/2013 1:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
I would love to be able to run my android apps on my laptop. I think Chrome OS would really take off if they did this, but then comes hacks and viruses of course.


RE: Android?
By ven1ger on 10/8/2013 4:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
If this could run Android apps, this would be perfect for my 9 year old daughter.


beat that
By Hector2 on 10/8/2013 12:55:21 PM , Rating: 3
I bought a brand new 15.4" Win8 2.4GHz Pentium dual core full feature Lenovo laptop on sale last year for $270. It's great & I'm real happy with it. Internet-only Chromebook prices need to beat that




Netbook 1.1
By SpartanJet on 10/8/2013 11:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
Soon to be discounted at your local Costco.




Linux?
By solarrocker on 10/8/2013 12:00:22 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure if possible, but should be able to install Ubuntu or Debian on it easily enough through bootable USB stick. It comes with a tiny 16GB SSD but Linux can be installed with a small footprint. I know of for instance EasyPeasy, which is a very small install (Be it outdated).

Would work great then as a do all cheap laptop in a nice magnesium frame.




IPS display?
By beefalo16 on 10/8/2013 12:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
Does it really have an IPS display? That would definitely make it competitive with tablets.




By FoRealz on 10/8/2013 2:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
That bright white is hideous...




Not bad..unfortunately it is HP
By DrApop on 10/8/2013 5:27:12 PM , Rating: 2
While it is web only....well not really as there are a couple of offline apps that have come out and more on the way.

But does it meet the performance/software level of a win machine...not so much.

But for the typical homeowner who isn't an ubergeek like many here (including myself to some extend) and who have a life offline and use a computer to check email, load up pics from their point and shoot cam, put up short family vaca movies to youtube, do some letter/blog writing, a home budget via spreadsheet or app, play music via pandora/slacker/etc, and do skype or hangouts - it will work perfectly fine.

One nice thing it will not do is when you first buy it, it will load the OS in 10 second and 6 months down the line it will still likely load the OS in 10 sec. Whereas, a win machine will load in 30 sec when you first buy at and then at six month it will bog down so much it will take 2+ minutes to load up the OS. Yeah, yeah...the average person doesn't take the time to clean and tune and maintain their machine because they don't have to do it to their TV, their stereo, their DVR, their smartphone.....they don't want to spend the time to clean their machine delete all their cookies and lose their input passwords in the process.

It works for the "average" homeowner whose life is offline.

Although to be honest, my last HP was in 2004....never again. I'll buy anything else other than HP.

I own the Samsung chromebook....I also own a Kindle, Kindle eReader, Linux box, a netbook, an old AMD Barton that I haven't turned on in 2 years, and an AMD 8350 with 16 meg ram, 2-1TB hard disks, water cooling and dual monitor setup.

And I do find a chromebook useful.




Why not a OLPC?
By unimatrix725 on 10/9/2013 8:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hell I can get one from walmart for 129$ and it is rather comparable, with a plus being the touch screen?




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