HP’s latest Chromebook is a small laptop designed for use in classrooms. The HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE has a spill-resistant keyboard, rubber edges that help it survive 2.3 foot drop tests, and a 180-degree hinge that lets you fold the laptop flat and pore over the screen with a colleague.
According to HP, the Chrome OS laptop should also get up to 9.5 hours of battery life, helping it last for an entire school day.
The HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE should be available this month for $199 and up.
Now that we’ve got the good stuff out of the way, let’s take a look at the specs.
The notebook features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processor, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 4G LTE.
There’s an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and an SDXC card reader and the notebook has an HD webcam. The HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE measures 11.8″ x 8.1″ x 0.8″ and weighs just over 2.7 pounds.
An entry-level model has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 36 Whr battery. HP will also offer models with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage, but the company says the 4GB models will get about an hour less battery life.
While the notebook doesn’t have the latest processor, the Celeron Bay Trail chip offers decent performance in Chromebooks, and so far I’ve been kind of underwhelmed with entry-level Intel Braswell chips based on newer architecture.