HP unveils Chromebook 11 for £229
By Shona Ghosh
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 at 16:24
Google has added the HP Chromebook 11 to its lineup of budget PCs running Chrome OS, starting at £229 in the UK.
The £229 price tag buys you a Wi-Fi model, and the specs mention 3G and 4G models, but HP hasn't announced pricing or availability for these.
The Chromebook 11 comes with an 11.6in IPS display with 1,366 x 768 resolution. It packs a Samsung Exonys ARM chip and 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and claimed battery life is around six hours.
Unusually for a Chromebook, the device can be charged via its micro-USB port, which could be handy for sharing chargers with other Android smartphones or tablets.
The Chromebook 11 has a 16GB SSD and 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, as with the 14in model. Google's throwing in a a free subscription to its music streaming service on top, though only for 60 days.
There's also a VGA webcam, two USB 2 ports and a micro-SIM slot on the 3G/4G models. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.
The laptop weighs just over 1kg and features what HP describes as a lightweight, sturdy metal chassis, although the casing itself is plastic.
The new PC will be available from Currys, PC World and other retailers by the end of October, HP said.
This is HP's second attempt at a Chromebook laptop, after the firm unveiled its Pavilion 14 Chromebook in February starting at $330 in the US and £250 in the UK. That makes the new model only marginally cheaper, although it's already possible to buy the 14in model for the same price from some UK retailers.
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Chromebook......dead in the water before it even launched.
By everton2004 on 8 Oct 2013
Thought I was disagreeing with Everton 2004. Seemed like a good product - need something for visits away and don't want to lug around a heavy laptop and nice price.
But you can only use MS Office if you use Google docs which for MS Excel is pants so its no good for work.
Agree with Everton why would you bother to buy it
By simontompkins on 8 Oct 2013
It is like a netbook but less capible and more expensive. If Chrome OS can be scrubbed from the SSD it might be worth a look.
By JamesD29 on 8 Oct 2013
I agree. Chromebooks are pants. You'd be stupid to buy one.
By c6ten on 8 Oct 2013
I have the Samsung Chromebook and love it and judging by how often I have to steal it back from my kids so do they.
The Ultrabook bought at the same time used for the same things is now unreliable and frustratingly slow.
By misellers on 9 Oct 2013
... Has just announced a new range of Tablets/laptops yet we get a story about a £229 laptop that'll probably never sell.
@misellers: I'm sorry but if the Ultrabook is no longer reliable then I'd look at the users and what they install first.
By rhythm on 9 Oct 2013
For me, an 11 inch laptop is not going to be used for hard core power computing (not that i would know what that means), but if you need office then you can still use ms 365, no? isn't that the model those who absolutely positively need the full featured office are being pushed to?
I can type, I can browse, I can do most of my home stuff on a cheap machine which should just keep on ticking.
By khellan on 9 Oct 2013
I looked at Chromebooks as a solution for my parents but the lack of any with decent sized (15.6"+) screens means they're back to a Windows laptop.
By Mark_Thompson on 9 Oct 2013
Get the new HP Chromebook 14 with a Haswell processor. It has a 14" screen and a 9.5 hour battery life. It isn't as light or as quiet as this one though.
By spm1234 on 12 Oct 2013
for those unhappy with Google docs, Microsoft of sky drive and web versions of word and excel which can be used on chrome books.
By bikeman01 on 19 Oct 2013
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