Last week Acer unveiled the first Chromebook with a number pad on the right side of the keyboard. A few days later HP joined the party by introducing the new HP Chromebook 15.

It’s a 15.6 inch laptop with a full HD display, a metal cover, a metal keyboard deck, and a backlit keyboard. The laptop measures 0.7 inches thick, weighs about 4 pounds, and it includes stereo speakers tuned by B&O, and two USB Type-C ports.

HP says the new Chromebook 15 should be available soon for $449 and up.

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3 replies on “Lilbits 361: Chromebooks with numeric keypads are a thing now”

  1. I’m very happy with my 13.3 inch Asus C300 Chromebook without a Keypad. It’s small and light with a big enough screen, and cost less than half the price of the HP. 15.6 inches is too big for my lap and a weight of 4lbs is too heavy to travel with. If I really wanted a 15 inch laptop, I could get one with Windows for less than $449 and install Linux Mint.

    1. Keypads on laptops are a weird thing. They’re great for data entry, accounting, and certain sorts of gaming. None of those things are a Chromebook strength. I wish big laptops came in number pad and centered (non-number pad) versions, but its almost always either one or the other.

      A 15.6″ laptop can function as a computer with a near-desktop screen that you can still lug around. I treated my old Thinkpad T520 as a desktop I could stash in a drawer when I wasn’t using it.

      This Chromebook has an IPS touchscreen; most new Windows machines at this size that are less expensive don’t have a good screen, and have a mediocre AMD A-series CPU. I’d never pay $450 for this Chromebook (I’d never pay $4.50 for any Chromebook), but I can see why someone else might.

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