Google and HP launched the HP Chromebook 13 last week.
The device is designed with inputs from users on what is necessary for Chromebook in future. It weighs about 2.8 pounds, 13mm thick, has an anodized aluminum chassis. It will be the first Chromebook to operate using Intel’s sixth-generation Core M processors.
The Chromebook 13 is attractive and well made. It is light and thin, and it definitely catch customers eyes when put beside other Chromebooks. Even in a bright room, its display looks great. Its speakers are surprisingly loud. Since this is a 13.3-inch laptop, it has a full-size keyboard
The device has a USB C port, and HP is already offering a USB-C docking station. However, the offer is an option and will cost you US$145.
The docking station allows users to connect the Chromebook 13 to wired networks, full-sized keyboards and dual high-definition displays.
“ These are very significant improvements, but they are yet to address the core problem, that is, the platform is painted as crippled,” said Rob Enderle, chief analyst at the Enderle Group.
“ This is like developing a Smart car, which is seen as crippled, and decorating it with gold in order to ask for a higher price,” he added.
The HP Chromebook 13 comes with 16 GB memory. It has a high-capacity battery (45-watt) and can be used for more than 11 hours.
The device, which targets consumer markets and businesses, boast of a 13-inch QHD+ display with resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.
Its basic configuration consists of an Intel Pentium M processor, 32 GB of flash storage and 4 GB RAM. Customers can choose to have a Core M7, Core M5 or Core M5 processor. Buyers can also opt for 16 GB of RAM.
Using the included adapter, you can fast-charge the device. You can also charge it using other USB-C power adopters or even a phone charger.
Some models have Lucid Sleep that updates emails, notifications and documents when the device is in sleep mode.
Built-in management allows businesses protect and manage several Chromebook 13s over the web by help of Chrome Device Management. In addition, the device has the HP Print for Chrome app that facilitates local printing to local printers and HP network.
The device’s security is provided by use the Chrome OS’s security features
According to Linn Huang, an IDC research director, the device has impressive design at that price, but a wanting OS.
Currently, the whole Chromebook market rests on K-12 education in the US. The lower-end players’ ( Samsung, Acer and ASUS) success in that market attracted other big business players like Lenovo, HP and Dell. Consequently, there was improvement in quality. Dell came up with the 1st business-ready Chromebook.
Companies that have many contract employee who do not require many high-powered access or those with workers that use Google services are likely to buy Chromebooks.
The HP Chromebook 13 is expected to be available this month and will cost approximately $500. Huang has predicted that prices for Chromebook are expected to rise in future.