There are really good Chromebooks out there if you know where to look, and HP has mode some made very solid — if very cheap — options. Sadly the company's plastic clamshell Chromebooks still felt low budget in the face of quality devices like the Asus Chromebook Flip. But a new HP Chromebook shrugs off the failures of the past and looks towards a hopefully higher quality future.
At Google’s NYC offices this morning, HP and Google gave us a good look at the new Chromebook 13.
The simply named Chromebook packs hardware that’s far from plain. In fact, the specs are almost comparable to Google’s own shiny and luxe Pixel lineup. The Chromebook 13 has an all-metal design, a high-resolution display (3200 x 1800), 16GB of memory, and Intel’s sixth-generation Core M processors (that’s Skylake for those not in the know). Thanks to the Core M, this beast is also fanless, which helps since the thing is only about 13-millimetres thick. That’s thinner than Apple’s tiny MacBook.
You can’t see the backlit keyboard and B&O speakers, but they’re there.
Unlike the MacBook (and the Pixel) the HP Chromebook 13 won’t actually annihilate your disposable income. It’s $500 (around £343 converted but UK pricing availability TBC, perhaps £400). That’s fantastically priced when you consider all the hardware this guy is rocking — all that power to run a souped-up version of a PC browser.
An interesting note is that HP has also made a dock you can purchase that will allow you to power dual hi-def displays and attach a litany of peripherals. A dock usually isn’t usually necessary when using a Chromebook but would be fantastic if said Chromebook ran Android apps in the future, as rumoured earlier this week.
Finally, HP makes a Chromebook worth primary laptop consideration. Stay tuned for a review.