HP’s Intel-fueled Chromebook 14

Right now, this morning at Intel’s Keynote, we just one-upped what people should expect out of a Chromebook. The Chromebook14 gives you a the ability to get online, get things done….and still leave you with some spending money. Presumably in the Chrome Web Store.

 

So, for all you Google-y pragmatists out there looking for a different way to get through the day, you’ve got some reasons to check this out. First off, this guy’s got an Intel CPU idling under the hood. Hey, we are announcing this during the Intel Developers Forum, after all… Powering this is the Intel Haswell microarchitecture.  

 

Second, one of the mandates was in design: Make something with a bit of style, not a clunky bargain box. It’s a wedge design that tapers down measuring 13.6 by 9.4 by 0.8 inches and weighs 1.847kg (4.07 pounds). In case you weren’t in the crowd this morning to see it firsthand….

 

 

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Third, it trumps lesser-and-smaller Chromebooks thanks to a 14-inch WLED BrightView screen (that has 1366 by 768-pixel resolution). You could always just output your video via the HDMI port. Speaking of which…

 

Fourth, it gives the ports to the people. You’re getting the connectivity you need as well. There are 2 USB 3.0 ports (1 USB 2.0), a memory card slot and optional WWAN connectivity. Onboard memory-wise, you can choose between a 16 or 32GB SSD – more than enough for blasting through the Web and app-grabbing.

 

If that’s not enough room you’re entitled to 100GB of online storage on Google Drive – included in the price – so that you can take all the files you need with you on any device.

 

Here’s the kicker: The whole thing will only run you $299 (starting price). The HP Chromebook14 is expected to be available in the U.S. before the holidays.

 

In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you guys. What are your thoughts on an Intel Haswell processor powering through Chrome OS? Like the idea of a 14-inch screen on such an affordable machine?

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