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HP's first Chromebook goes on sale for £249

£800 cheaper than Google's Chromebook Pixel
Wed Apr 24 2013, 12:40
HP enters Chromebook market with Pavilion 14

HARDWARE DESIGNER HP announced on Wednesday that its debut Chromebook has gone on sale, priced at £249.

HP's announced its first Chromebook, the HP Pavilion 14, in February, as the firm looked for alternatives to Microsoft's struggling Windows 8 operating system. This isn't the first time that HP has chosen Google over Microsoft, having recently launched the Android powered HP Slate 7 device.

The device is all about the display, according to HP, as the screen on the Pavilion 14 is 35 percent larger than those on most other Chromebooks available. It measures 14in, and features 1,366x768 resolution, whiile HP said it onboard Brightview technology promises great viewing angles and vivid colours.

HP's Pavilion 14 Chromebook will ship with an Intel Celeron chip clocked at 1.1GHz and 2GB of RAM, although HP boasts that this can be modified by the user. Weighing 1.8kg, the device also features a 16GB solid-state disk (SSD) drive, HDMI, USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports and 100GB of free Google Cloud storage.

That's thanks to the device's Chrome operating system, which according to HP, "provides a fast and easy gateway to a seamless Google experience." In other words, it's a device aimed at those heavily reliant on Google's services, such as Gmail, Drive and Apps.

The downside of this is that the Pavilion 14 will need an internet connection at all times to be useful, not great for those with flaky WiFi.

"Google's Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base," said Louis Perrin, director of Consumer Products in the Printing and Personal Systems division of HP EMEA. "With HP's Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop-all backed up by our service and brand."

The HP Pavilion 14 is available now from HP's online shop and Currys/PC World for £249 - around £800 cheaper than Google's Chromebook Pixel. µ


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