As expected, HP has introduced its first Chromebook. The HP Pavilion 14 is a laptop with a 14 inch display, an Intel Celeron processor, and Google’s Chrome OS operating system.
It’s now available from HP for $329.99.
Under the hood, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is a lot like other models we’ve seen from Acer and Samsung recently. It sports a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, (which is upgradeable to 4GB), and a 16GB solid state drive.
It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, and Bluetooth and the laptop has a 37Whr battery for up to 4 hours and 15 minutes of run time.
Around the sides of the laptop you’ll find 3 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, Ethernet jack, flash card reader, and headset jack.
The biggest thing setting the HP Pavilion 14 from other Chromebooks is the big screen. The laptop has a 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, while most Chromebooks have 12 inch or smaller screens.
It’s also a bit heavier than some Chromebooks, weighing in at nearly 4 pounds and measuring 13.7″ x 9.4″ x 0.8″.
Still, if you’re looking for a Chromebook with a larger display, the HP Pavilion 14 is pretty much the only game in town. If you’re just looking for a cheap Chrome OS laptop, the $200 Acer C7 Chromebook has the same processor, similar battery life, and even the same screen resolution (on a smaller, 11.6 inch display), for practically half the price.