HP is sticking with the Chromebook

Laptops running Google’s Chrome OS haven’t exactly set the computing world on fire, but Hewlett-Packard Co. is sticking with the concept and has released a new model – the HP Chromebook14.

According to HP it’s the first Intel-powered Chromebook, using an Intel Haswell  processor for improved performance. It has a 14” display and is available in in Snow White, Ocean Turquoise and Coral Peach. HP expects it to be in the Canadian market in time for Christmas, starting at $299.99.

“There are customers telling us they are interested in new operating systems and in particular Chromebooks,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice-president and general manager, consumer PCs, services and solutions with HP, in a statement. “We built the HP Chromebook to offer a great experience, choice and affordability, with a design that is truly unique.”

As part of its multi-OS strategy, HP is also offering another Google, OS, Android, on the HP SlateBook x2, the HP Slate7 and HP Slate21 All-in-One devices.

The Chromebook14 has a 14” diagonal high-definition display and boasts a 16GB solid-state drive, with HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and a combination headphone and microphone jack. A 4G model will also be available. Users also get 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years. The OS includes automatic software updates, integrated security and access to the gamily of Google Apps.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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