Hewlett Packard's First Chromebook- HP Pavilion 14
Let’s get it straight. Chromebooks aren’t that popular with the public yet but yes it’s getting to that point soon!
What’s the reason behind its unpopularity? Firstly, you NEED to have an internet connection. Let’s assume you already have it. Secondly, you must have a Google account. Again assuming that you have one as it takes less than a second to create one. So where’s the disadvantage here? Chromebook runs only on the Chrome operating system which means you are pretty much stuck with only online tools, mostly Google products.
If you are an online freak and have 24 hours internet connection and do not need to work with any offline tools, Chromebook is the device that you need!
Might sound demotivating if you are really looking forward to get one but according to the charts, sales have picked up! New companies are taking the initiative of expanding their line up by unveiling new chromebooks. Just last month, Lenovo entered the market with the ThinkPad X131e and now, Hewlett Packard (HP) has unveiled their version, the Pavilion.
HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is the elder brother of all the chromebooks available in terms of display size as it has a 14-inch HD panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The HP Pavilion does not have a powerful processor as it isn’t required for the level of work that you would be doing in a Chromebook. Armed with Intel Celeron processor with a speed of 1.1 GHz, similar to Acer C7 Chromebook, a 2GB DDR3 of RAM which can be upgradable to 4GB and hard disk with 16 GB of space, the price of this chromebook is pretty much higher compared to the other competitors.
The Pavilion further consists of 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, a headphone-out/microphone-in combo, Altec Lansing Speakers and a HP TrueVision HD Webcam.
Out of all the Chromebooks available, the Acer C7 seemed to be the most popular one due to its $199 price tag.
So where does the Pavilion stand over the C7?
It weighs .96 LBs more than the C7 (3 lbs), boots up in less than 10 seconds and has 25 minutes more battery power than the C7 according to the tech specs provided in the Chrome blog page. With a larger screen and keyboard and a slightly improved specs than the $199 Acer C7, HP has put a $329 price tag on this device.
If you really crave for a Chromebook and want to have a larger one, there’s only this device in the market but do keep this mind, you will be paying $130 more just to get a few updated features.
Would you prefer buying a tablet with $329 instead or go for this Chromebook?
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