Earlier this week Google unveiled a new Chromebook system from HP, the Chromebook 11, a brand new, low cost device that runs Chrome OS. It’s aim is to bring the Chromebook Pixel inspired design to a more affordable market with an added splash of colour.
Whether you’re a Chromebook fan or not you can’t argue with the affordability of Google’s Chromebook range of hardware. With Chromebooks from reputable hardware manufacturers like HP, Samsung, and Acer, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
This latest iteration of the Chromebook HP have whacked a 11-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display into a body that resembles that of the more extravagant Chromebook Pixel, it comes packed with Samsung’s Exynos 5250 GAIA Application Processor which is accompanied by 2 GB (4x 4 Gbit) DDR3 RAM. In terms of storage HP have gone with a 16GB Solid State hard drive but as with most Chromebooks you’re given a year to play with 100GB of Google Drive storage.
One of the most exciting features about the Chromebook 11 is that you can charge it with a microUSB charger, that’s right, the same one you already use for your Android phone. Google have also added a splash of colour to the device with the laptop being offered in black or white with Chrome-appropriate blue, red, yellow, or green accents.
Finally the price, for £229 you get an awesome bit of hardware as well as all of Google’s services packed in with it, you also get the aforementioned 100GB Google Drive storage as well as a 60 day trial of Google Music All Access. If you’re still not convinced about the Chromebook concept, check out my review of the Samsung Chromebook where I not only discuss the ChromeOS software, but the hardware itself.