Intro to Chromebooks: It might be a stretch to say that they are soon becoming the main computing platform but it is not hard to imagine this happening in the very near future. For starters Chromebooks cost just a fraction of the price of a regular laptop. They can perform all common computing tasks such as editing Microsoft Office documents, surfing the web, checking emails and watching videos. They also have lighting fast boot up times and usually sport ultra light and ultra sleek designs.
What is there not to like? One of the biggest criticisms of the Chromebook is that the Chrome OS relies heavily on having an internet connection. This criticism is slowing loosing its validity, as more and more offline apps make their way to the chrome store.
HP Chromebook 11: Specs
This model comes with a Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid-state SSD hard drive. In terms of connectivity, the laptop comes with 2 USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n wi-fi. The 4G model will be coming to the market soon. Unlike many mainstream laptop models that makes use of heavy, bulky laptop charges, the HP Chromebook 11 charges using a regular micro USB port, the same one used to charge Android phones, tablets, e-book readers and many other gadgets. This allows it to share charges with your other devices, significantly lightening your load when you are on the go. The laptop comes with an 11.6-inch IPS screen that has a 1366 x 769 resolution screen.
Judging by the looks of it, we are betting that the design of the HP Chromebook 11 is going to be one of its biggest selling points. The external casing of it sports of screw-free design, so you are not going to find any screw holes and there are also no air vents. This completely smooth external casing gives it a very futuristic, minimalist look that has a rather premium feel to it. The edges of the laptop are all completely rounded, which feels good in your hands when you are carrying it around. Weighing in at just 2.3 pounds, it is extremely light by any standards.
The bottom of the laptop comes with two long strips of rubberized (we are guessing it is rubber) that not only provides plenty of grip when your are using it on any flat surfaces, but also makes it much easier to hold when you are on the go. The speakers are placed on the bottom of the laptop and it makes such of a chiclet style keyboard that comes complete with a clickable touchpad. It comes in black, white, and the array of Google’s trademark colors: red, yellow, green and blue.
Considering that the HP Chromebook 11 comes with a modest price tag of just $279, the laptop looks and feels much more expensive that it is. The battery on this model can last up to 6 hours on one charge, which would probably amount to 4 hours of moderate to heavy use in reality (we have yet to get this tested). For those who are looking for a simple laptop to perform simple computing tasks, the HP Chromebook 11 might be just the perfect laptop for you.
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