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

October 8, 2013
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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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