HP launches Chromebook with 14-in screen

HP’s launched its first Chromebook, the Pavilion 14: more expensive than the competition, at $330, but with a larger screen.

Based on  a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, it has 2GB of RAM with integrated graphics, and a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 screen. That’s two inches bigger than models from Samsung and Acer, for example – but also a bigger price than their $250 and $199 respectively.

It also has just 16GB of flash storage, though there’s 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years too.

Connectivity options include HDMI, three USB 2.0 sockets and an Ethernet jack, along with a combination headphone and microphone jacks. A removable battery is claimed to have a four-and-a-quarter-hour life, and the machine weighs four pounds.

“Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” says Kevin Frost, HP’s vice president and general manager for consumer PCs, printing and personal systems.

“With HP’s Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop — all backed up by our service and brand.”

The company, wisely, isn’t trying to pitch the machine as a replacement for a PC but, instead, as a companion device for the home. It’s focused on Google online services such as Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat, as well as access to apps in the Chrome Web Store.

It’s available from HP, here.