HP Chromebook 11 announced, features IPS display and Pixel-inspired aesthetics

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    Let’s face it, today’s Chromebooks either offer cheap displays and somewhat boring looks, or they come in at a very high premium, as seen with the Chromebook Pixel.

    What if you want the best of both worlds: a decent display, a great price, and an attractive design? That’s where the HP Chromebook 11 comes in, offering Pixel-inspired aesthetics at a much more pocket-friendly price of just $279.

    The Chromebook 11 might not have the metal chassis or the premium features of the Chromebook Pixel, but it is the first low-cost Chromebook to feature an IPS display. It also has the Pixel’s multicolored light bar on the lid. For those looking for a design that stands out, the Chromebook 11 comes in either black or white plastic with your choice of four different accent colors: blue, red, yellow or green.

    Of course, looks only matter so much if the hardware isn’t up to snuff. While the Chromebook’s specs might not blow anyone away, they are more than enough to provide a solid Chrome OS experience.

    What if you want the best of both worlds: a decent display, a great price, and an attractive design? That’s where the HP Chromebook 11 comes in.

    The Chromebook 11 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM SoC and is accompanied by 2GB RAM. Other specs include a 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, 16GB SSD, dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports and a battery rated for about six hours of life. The Chromebook 11 also supports USB charging via a microUSB port and is just 2.3 pounds.

    As for extra goodies? The HP Chromebook 11 includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, 60-days of free Google Play Music All Access and 12 free GoGo Inflight Internet sessions.

    For those looking to snatch up the new Chromebook, you’ll have the opportunity to do so starting later today through Google Play and select retailers. A 4G variant of the Chromebook 11 will also be making its way to select retailers this week, though the 4G model’s pricing has yet to be revealed.

    Chrome OS might not be mainstream just yet, but Google is clearly aiming to change all that. Not only does the Chromebook 11 look relatively impressive, Intel and Google also have several Haswell-based devices up their sleeves for the near future. Google may also working to attract new users by way of Windows 8, as evidenced by the latest developer version of Chrome for Windows 8. 

    What do you think of Chrome OS and the new Chromebook 11 – impressed or not?

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    • MasterMuffin

      They should have a monthly build of Chromium Os so that everyone could easily try the (almost) Chrome Os at home

      • Dario 753 a.C. .ex androidiani

        i have not uderstood if this OS is free and you can download and install it on all “normal” pc as linux distros…

        • MasterMuffin

          Chromium Os is free (it’s an open source Chrome Os) but you have to build it yourself if you want to install it

          • Dario 753 a.C. .ex androidiani

            Thank you ;)

      • Jrodd

        There is one and it kinda works (But since the guy started working for google he broke it for legal resosons, and it will never get auto uodates)

        If you want to play with chrome os goto:
        http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/
        Keep in mind to update you need to download the new images as released to usb because google and the hexah guy refuse to let you auto update.

        • MasterMuffin

          thanks I knew about hexxeh already. His builds are getting older and older everyday because he doesn’t do them anymore :(

    • Ryan Castle

      If it had a 13 inch 1080p display and an i3, it would be perfect. Even if it costed more.

      • Jack Parker

        Yes but they use phone powered hardware to give decent performance and great battery life :)

    • Ivan Myring

      Any news on the Toshiba haswell chromebook?
      It looked quite nice.

    • Ivan Myring

      Is there a plain black version?

    • Alu Zeros

      Someone let me know the difference between a chrome book and a android tablet (can get a keyboard, wireless hdd)

      • NeedName

        you have a lot more, installable, apps for Android ;)

        chromebooks are for people that live on facebook and the like and do little or nothing else. . .

      • Dario 753 a.C. .ex androidiani

        you have to think chromium OS almost as chrome browser! when you start up your pc you have only it so you can surf the web and use chrome desktop app and all those services as drive, hangouts and the other exstensions… nothing more.
        i think it’s better to buy a pc.

        • Gimpslayer

          The sad thing is I installed android on an old laptop of mine and it has more functionality than any chromebook!

          • Dario 753 a.C. .ex androidiani

            eheeh, i tried to do the same thing, but i didn’t like android on a laptop without touchscreen. anyway android has more functionality of any chromebook for now, and it’s sadly true!
            anyway i prefer a complete OS on a laptop and not “only a browser” called as an operative system.
            if a person doesn’t want to use windows, the better solution is to install a distro linux IMHO, because for now chrome OS has not some important features.
            i hope you’ve understood my bad english ;)

    • V-Phuc

      “The Chromebook 11 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM SoC and is accompanied by 2GB RAM. Other specs include a 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, 16GB SSD, dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports and a battery rated for about six hours of life. The Chromebook 11 also supports USB charging via a microUSB port and is just 2.3 pounds.”

      Some terribly weak specs: only 2GB RAM (barely a tablet?!), weak resolution (again, just comparable with some low-to-mid-end tablets), 16 GB SSD (?)!!! I don’t care if this toy costs only $279. It’s still a waste of my hard-earned money, no? Save up a little more, I’m sure I can get some laptops with much better specs. HP must be joking?!!! Why can we have some mid-level Chromebooks with better specs than what is currently available? Not everyone can afford the Pixel, but no one wants to stoop so low with such HP toys!

    • Aman

      the ad is nice

    • exHpCustomer

      pity its a hp, they make very bad machines.

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