The newest generation of Google Chromebook laptops have arrived and they’re looking pretty spiffy. For this go-around, we find the HP Chromebook 11 with its 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display. They’ve really streamlined the design as you won’t find any visible screws or vents. Even the digitally-tuned speakers have been hidden underneath the keyboard.
The magnesium chassis comes in white by default with your choice of blue, green, yellow or red decals. Alternatively, you can opt for the all-black version if you’d rather not be so bright and colorful. Under the hood, you’ll find Chrome OS, of course, backed by a Samsung Exynos 5250 GAIA APU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, 100GB Google Drive storage for 2 years, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. Sadly, there is no USB 3.0 here.
One of the more notable plusses, at least in my books, is that the HP Chromebook 11 charges its six-hour battery via a microUSB port, just like you would with your smartphone or tablet. This makes it far more convenient to top up on the go, because it means you don’t have to lug around a separate power brick.
I’m not terribly convinced that I would opt for a Chrome OS Chromebook in place of a sleeker tablet or a more powerful “true” Windows laptop, but if you have $279 burning a hole in your pocket, you can pick up the HP Chromebook 11 starting today.