Chromebooks have been shedding their reputation as cheap, low-power devices for the past few years. While some models certainly qualify, PC makers have also been following Google’s lead by bringing premium Chromebooks to the market.

The latest example? The new HP Chromebook x360 14 features a full HD touchscreen display, up to an Intel Core i5-8250U quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

It goes up for pre-order today for $599 (for a model with a Core i3-8130U dual-core processor), and the Chromebook x360 14 should be available from HP.com and Best Buy starting October 21st.

Chromebooks have become more capable in recent years thanks to the growing number of web apps and the maturation of Chrome OS. It probably helps that Google has added support for running Android apps and Linux desktop apps to recent Chromebooks.

Chromebooks have also become popular options for schools thanks to Google’s security and management features. And since many young people may use a Chromebook in the classroom as their first computer, it makes sense for PC makers to offer higher-powered Chrome OS laptops for folks who want to graduate to the next level but aren’t keen on switching to Windows OS X, or Linux.

In addition to decent specs, the HP Chromebook 360 14 features an anodized aluminum keyboard deck, a backlit keyboard, diamond-cut trim for the touchpad, and Bang & Olufsen tuned stereo speakers.

The laptop features two USB Type-C ports, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a microSD card reader, and a headset jack. There’s support for 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 and the notebook features a front-facing HD webcam with dual array microphones.

It measures 12.8″ x 8.9″ 0.6″ and weighs about 3.7 pounds, and HP says you should get up to 13.5 hours of battery lfie from the laptop’s 60 Wh battery.

Customers who buy the HP Chromebook x360 14 will also get 100GB of Google Cloud storage for free.

HP says the laptop will be available in two color options: “ceramic white” and “mist blue” with a matte finish. Note that the laptop doesn’t actually use ceramic materials. The company just says the white model has a ceramic-like finish.

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3 replies on “HP launches Chromebook x360 14 for $599 and up”

  1. Have to admit that I get pretty riled up seeing Chromebooks constantly come out with deal breakers. I just don’t understand how a 2018 laptop that’s capable of running Android and Linux apps can come out with only 64gbs of storage. From day one, the user is already forced to manage free space.

    They can outfit this thing with an i5 and 8gbs of RAM and… finally even manage a (dongle-free) Type-A but can’t take that final step toward 128gbs? $600 is a lot of money for what’s basically still a Web Browser with hackish (storage sucking) extensions to fulfill end-user app requirements.

    Forcing users to upgrade in a few years because of insanely dirt cheap storage is the kind of blatantly vulgar business practices that have me fed up. They can keep their 100gbs of *time-limited, online* Google Storage! /end rant (for now…:-)

    1. I don’t think 64gb is a deal breaker for a lot of people. It’s not for me anyway. I don’t need or want all the linux apps or all the android apps. Just a select few.
      I disagree about the hacked up browser comment completely.

    2. Most Chromebooks only come with 16gb of storage. There are a few 32gb models that cost double. 64gb would be a nice step up. But yeah, 128gb of storage costs less then $50 these days. Why not put 128gb in all Chromebooks? It couldn’t add THAT much to the price. Is there some kind of conspiracy, like the Rockstar Consortium, suing manufactures who put more than 16gb storage in a Chromebook? Geez, I can get an iPhone with 128gb of storage. Why not a Chromebook?

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