Does size matter? With its new 14-inch Chromebook, HP (NYSE:HPQ) thinks so. However, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook's bigger screen means heavier weight and poorer batter life. Also, it's the same actual resolution as its smaller competitors, so be prepared for blurrier images. But HP's entry into the rapidly-growing Chromebook market is another sign that this is a trend to watch in 2013.
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Eschewing the obvious fenestration pun, Agam Shah says HP is looking beyond Windows:
The Pavilion 14 Chromebook has a 14-inch screen and runs on a dual-core Intel processor. [It's 0.83 inches] thick...weighs [3.96 pounds and has] just over four hours of battery life. ... [It's expected to ship on Monday in the U.S. starting at $329.99.
HP's Chromebook will compete with Lenovo's ThinkPad X131e...at $429, and Acer's C7...at $199. Both...run on Intel processors. [It] will also compete against Samsung's Chromebooks, which start at $249 and run on an ARM Cortex-A15. MORE
Happy Monday, Jon Mundy:
Having been leaked at the end of January, HP has now officially taken the wraps off its new Google OS laptop. ... It's a modestly specced device with a larger-than-normal...14-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution...unique amongst first generation Chromebooks, which tend to come with 12-inch displays.
This increase in size also allows for a greater array of ports, including three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, Ethernet and an SD card slot. ... Powering the laptop is a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor backed by 2GB of RAM...par for the course. MORE
Hallelujah! Frederic Lardinois has seen the light:
...it looks as if the Chrome OS momentum is slowly picking up. ...very large enterprise and education [are] the target market for the Chrome OS ecosystem right now, but [Acer's] $199 C7 Chromebook now accounts for 5-10 percent of its U.S. shipments, [so] it’s clear that some of those devices must have gone to regular users, too.
price obviously makes these Chromebooks attractive laptop alternatives...[but they] don’t actually feel all that cheap compared to the usual Windows laptops. ...thanks to the power of HTML5, there isn’t really all that much you still need a traditional desktop for. MORE
But Jamie Condliffe ain't impressed:
...it's notable for the fact that its screen is much larger. ... Sadly, there's not an awful lot else to set it apart. [But] it might be ideal for older users. ...it'll be no better or worse than most of its competitors in terms of performance [but] the big screen is damaging the...battery life.
Add to that the fact that the Pavillion 14 will cost $330, and [it] doesn't look too promising. MORE
Meanwhile, Adrian Diaconescu has some very mixed feelings:
At that price point you might expect something really special, but in all honesty HP only has two aces up its sleeve: premium design and [a bigger] screen.
Unfortunately, HP’s new guy actually comes with a lower pixel density. ... In terms of design, HP’s upper hand is obvious. [It's] extremely sleek and very elegant...there’s something about polished all-black laptops that makes us go crazy every time we see such a retro-looking stylish fellow. ...it’s not overly bulky, but it looks like it could take a hit or two./> ...
In comparison, the $200 Acer C7 comes with basically the same list of features, save for the SSD that’s replaced with a 320 GB HDD. ... Hmm, what to choose? MORE