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HP launches $329 Pavilion 14 Chromebook

HP has launched its first Chromebook to join other major brands (Acer, Samsung, and Lenovo) in supporting Google’s lightweight Linux-based OS.

The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is a 14-inch notebook that is powered by an Intel Celeron Processor 847 clocked at 1.1GHz, 2GB of RAM (supports up to 4GB), and a 16GB SSD.  It also comes with an HDMI output, 3 USB ports, an SD card slot, and built-in webcam for video conferencing.  HP estimates that people can get approximately 4 hours of use off a single charge.

Spec-wise, there’s nothing to rave about when it comes to the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, but powerful hardware is not something that Google and vendors are going after.  Rather, Chromebooks are targeted at budget conscious consumers who want a basic notebook that will allow them to complete daily tasks such as browsing the internet, drawing up documents, and checking emails.

The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is priced moderately at $329, and for most frugal shoppers that’s a nice tag to look at when considering a basic computer.  HP’s Chromebook isn’t the cheapest solution, however, as Chromebooks from Acer can be found at prices that are well below $300 (although the display sizes are smaller).

Chrome OS won’t be stealing any major market shares away from Microsoft’s Windows OS and Apple’s OSX anytime soon.  However, as more and more vendors begin developing Chromebooks, we may see Google carve out for itself a nice following for its Linux-based OS

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