HP today confirmed that it is jumping on the Chromebook bandwagon. The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook marks the PC maker’s first foray into the Chrome OS-powered machines, and is available today for $330.
That’s more expensive than other Chromebooks like the $199 Acer C7 or the $249 Samsung Chromebook, but HP is hoping that users will fork over a little extra for the 14-inch laptop’s relatively higher specs. It comes with a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB solid state drive, an HD webcam, 100GB of Google Drive storage (free for two years), and HDMI, USB 2.0, and Ethernet ports. That 14-inch display, by the way, is one of the largest on a Chromebook to date, and is set at a resolution of 1,366 x 768.
Those specs are solid…for a Chromebook. But that’s just the thing: Chromebooks have never been designed for any sort of heavy usage, instead aiming for those who just want to do some web browsing and light Web-based productivity work every now and again. There won’t be any video editing on these things, to put it one way. Plus, the Pavilion 14 is notably heavier than its competitors at “just under 4 pounds,” and only has a rated battery life of 4.25 hours.
So at first glance, HP’s decision to release a bigger, bulkier, somewhat beefed up, but still inherently weak, Chromebook is a little curious. The company must be thinking that there’s a middle ground to be had between low-powered Chromebooks and low-powered regular notebooks, but time will tell if the move holds up. If nothing else, the Pavilion 14 does look a little bit sleeker than its counterparts, and the big screen could satisfy some users.
Today’s reveal was hinted at last week when HP leaked the notebook on its website. HP now joins Samsung, Acer and Lenovo as Chromebook manufacturers.