Chrome OS looks a tempting alternative to many potential customers
Following disappointing sales of its Windows 8 machines, HP is keeping its options open with its first ever Chromebook, the HP Pavilion 14, equipped with a 14 inch screen.
The company had been rumoured to be preparing a laptop based on Google’s Chrome platform following disappointing sales of systems running the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
HP says that the release of the Pavilion 14 will widen its PC portfolio and strengthen its multi-OS strategy and suggests that the Chrome OS platform is gaining popularity with consumers. It will be available in the US for $329.99 (£210),
HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook
“Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. “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.”
At 14 inches, the HP Pavilion 14 is two inches wider than any other Chromebook currently available on the market and is powered by an Intel Celeron processor and Intel high-definition graphics. It boasts 4GB of memory and a 16GB SSD for fast start up times.
Easy access to Google applications, social networks and websites is promised, with documents and photos stored on 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years. Of course, to access these files, users must be connected to the Internet.