HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook arrives - at a price

4 Feb 2013
HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

HP enters the Chromebook fray with the Pavilion 14 - but it won't come cheap

HP has launched its first Google Chromebook - the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook.

In a further sign that Google's Chromebook concept is finally gaining momentum, HP joins Samsung and Acer on the roster of top tier Chromebook manufacturers, with Lenovo also expected to join the fray.

HP is, however, bucking the downward price trend. While Samsung's latest Chromebook cost £229 inc VAT and the Acer C7 only £194 inc VAT, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook will cost $330 - which will likely translate to around £300 in the UK (the Acer C7 costs $199 in the US, for comparison).

Despite the price premium, the Pavilion's spec sheet hardly shames its cheaper rivals. The Pavilion 14 offers a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 CPU and 2GB of RAM.

The 14in display has a 1,366 x 768 resolution, the same as its two rivals. And while the Acer C7 Chromebook offers 320GB of hard disk storage, HP is settling for 16GB of solid-state storage, although it is throwing in 100GB of Google Drive storage for the first two years.

The Pavilion punches above its weight for connectivity at least, with an HDMI output, three USB 2 sockets and an SD card reader, as well as an Ethernet socket, which is increasingly vanishing from both Chromebooks and fully fledged laptops.

The HP also has a removable battery, although a stated life of 4hrs 15mins is underwhelming.

There's no word as yet of a UK launch.

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