Are Chromebooks more than a fad?
It may have taken some time for consumers to warm up to the idea of Chromebooks , basic laptops that serve as physical gateways to the cloud, but now that they have, demand doesn't appear to be waning. To wit, the best selling laptop on Amazon is still a Samsung Chromebook with a 4/5 star rating from 3,259 user reviews. In addition, new models keep coming out, such as the one announced today.
The newest model is the HP Chromebook 11 for $279. Google's pitching this thing as a "Chromebook for everyone," part of which entails allowing the customer to choose between several color accents. There's an all-black version, otherwise the Chromebook 11 is white with choice between blue, green, yellow, or red accents.
As for the specs, the Chromebook 11 boasts an 11.6-inch IPS display with a 1366x768 resolution, Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB solid state drive, VGA webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, microSIM slot, micro USB for 15.75W charging and SlimPort video outupt, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and various other tidbits.
Google's bundling in 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years, a 60-day trial of Google Play Music All Access ($9.99 pricing thereafter), and 12 free sessions of GoGo Inflight Internet.
The real highlight, however, might be the display. It uses a high-quality IPS panel (like the Chromebook Pixel, but with a lower resolution) with 60 percent color gamut, 300 nit brightness, and a wide viewing angle (176 degrees). It also shares the Pixel's light bar on the lid.
The HP Chromebook 11 is available now .