HP gets out the polish, launches Chromebook

A small leak on HP’s website last week tipped us off that this was coming, and now it’s official. HP has just launched the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, which as the name suggests is a 14-inch Pavilion-badged Chromebook – available today.

At US$330, you’ll get a machine that looks like a Pavilion (and possibly feels like a Pavilion), at only a little more than the lesser (by specification) Samsung and Acer models – as the Pavilion 14 Chromebook features a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 CPU. It’s also sporting 2GB of RAM, a 1366x768 display, which won’t be the sharpest at 14-inches, along with 16GB of inbuilt storage.

If the 16GB storage turns you off, you do get 100GB free Google Drive space for two years. Cloud storage makes a lot of sense on a unit designed to operate in an always-connected world. Unfortunately, with only 4.25 hours battery runtime, you might find that you really do end up always-connected. It’s a problem that many face when using cloud-orientated devices in a world that isn’t quite ready to let all of us unwire, everywhere – but then in an office or a university with campus Wi-Fi, this won't really be an issue.

You can also plug in USB drives, and SD cards to add a little or a lot of extra space. And if you’re into movies or presentations, there’s also HDMI-out.

On an interesting side-note: Now that HP has launched a Chromebook, ASUS and Dell are the only major OEMs that don’t have a Chromebook device. While ASUS Chromebook rumours have been floating around for some time now, but the same can't be said for Dell. Recent Dell-Microsoft rumours may be part of that reason.

Source: Engadget | Image via HP

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I will install it on my Netbook and see what is going on.or preferably Joli OS as a cloud OS.
It is ok to use to do chat, email, light stuff

Too many better choice available for $349/$399 with a good CPU, a real HDD and a complete WinOS.

I don't know what HP was thinking. This is no competition to Samsung $249 or Acer $199!!!

big screen + low resolution = stupid imo. id prefer a smaller, sharper looking display.
the specifications arent very good too. i just cant see there being much of a long lasting market

All of these are just the first steps towards actual cloud computing for the masses. Just consider it all Beta testing and it'll look better to you. We're a few years away for a lot of different reasons we all recognize.

These devices need to be kept at sub-$300 at the high price points, unless it's an all-bells-and-whistles Chromebook.

Quite frankly, I don't get what Chrome OS is supposed to do that Android can't already. Both are free and have very similar performance needs for what Chrome OS users want to do.

*shrug*

Microsoft need to sell Win RT laptop at price $250-$350 and it will kill Chromebook completely

A machine with keyboard just for those people that surf facebook, youtube, twitter 24/7 with little word editing needs

Eins.MY said,
Microsoft need to sell Win RT laptop at price $250-$350 and it will kill Chromebook completely

A machine with keyboard just for those people that surf facebook, youtube, twitter 24/7 with little word editing needs

lol kill chromebook completely? chromebook is a joke that will never sell. ask any person if they would buy a ****ty spec laptop that doesn't run anything but a browser and theyd laugh at you.

vcfan said,

lol kill chromebook completely? chromebook is a joke that will never sell. ask any person if they would buy a ****ty spec laptop that doesn't run anything but a browser and theyd laugh at you.

You obviously missed the point of who would use a Chromosome and how useful they can be. Like my grandma who just needs to check email and do web browsing. Why spend 300+ on a system when a $200 Chrome book will work fine (Lenovo)

techbeck said,

You obviously missed the point of who would use a Chromosome and how useful they can be. Like my grandma who just needs to check email and do web browsing. Why spend 300+ on a system when a $200 Chrome book will work fine (Lenovo)

ok its good for your grandpa, but %99.9 of the world doesn't just check email and browser the web.

Lots of hate and clueless comments, as usual.

Chrome books appeal to a small select group of people. The specs will not be even close to what you will get with a normal system. You do not need much to run web based apps.

do u know about windows? for that price u can get windows 7 or 8 with better spec machine and run chrome browser on it. now whats more appealing ?

benalvino said,
do u know about windows? for that price u can get windows 7 or 8 with better spec machine and run chrome browser on it. now whats more appealing ?

No, I have no idea what Windows is.....

The only thing bad about this machine is the price point IMO and is not crap as you so eloquently put it in the first post to this topic.

I stand by my original comment with saying Chrome books appeal to a select group of people who do not need all the bells and whistles of a full fledged system.

EDIT: battery could/should be better as well....but if the price was better, then that really wouldnt matter.

benalvino said,
do u know about windows? for that price u can get windows 7 or 8 with better spec machine and run chrome browser on it. now whats more appealing ?

You can buy a PC/laptop with good specs, a LCD screen, a keyboard, mouse and speaker for 330$. Where ?

I went on newegg.com and the only under 400$ pc sold there were crappy no brand PC with awful specs (not even good enough to run the less demanding games on the market) and no LCD screen. Everything with a screen and specs good enough to play games at the lowest quality settings was well over 330$.

If you cannot play games or run pro apps on your 400$ PC/laptop and cannot upgrade because of a crappy outdated MB then what is the point ? What is the advantage over a known brand chromebook ? Oh yes Windows i forgot we are on Neowin ... Cause if the only thing i wanted is surf the web i would sure trust a known brand chromebook over a no brand PC made of crappy parts.

You can sure buy a notebook for this price (the less expensive one on newegg is 240$) but they are not really any better. Having used many of them you can't do much more than surf the web with them. Well if you are patient enough and don't mind waiting 1 hour for your pro apps to act upon request you might work with them too ...

Still for now 200$ chromebook and 200$ 7 niches tablet are really good and competitive option to surf the web. This one by HP is too expensive though for what it brings to the table.

I still think though that Google is doing a mistake with ChromeOS. A desktop version of Android on a 200$ "Chromebook" would work better imo.

Edited by LaP, Feb 4 2013, 2:40pm :

LaP said,

You can buy a PC/laptop with good specs, a LCD screen, a keyboard, mouse and speaker for 330$. Where ?

I went on newegg.com and the only under 400$ pc sold there were crappy no brand PC with awful specs (not even good enough to run the less demanding games on the market) and no LCD screen. Everything with a screen and specs good enough to play games at the lowest quality settings was well over 330$.

If you cannot play games or run pro apps on your 400$ PC/laptop and cannot upgrade because of a crappy outdated MB then what is the point ? What is the advantage over a known brand chromebook ? Oh yes Windows i forgot we are on Neowin ... Cause if the only thing i wanted is surf the web i would sure trust a known brand chromebook over a no brand PC made of crappy parts.

You can sure buy a notebook for this price (the less expensive one on newegg is 240$) but they are not really any better. Having used many of them you can't do much more than surf the web with them. Well if you are patient enough and don't mind waiting 1 hour for your pro apps to act upon request you might work with them too ...

Still for now 200$ chromebook and 200$ 7 niches tablet are really good and competitive option to surf the web. This one by HP is too expensive though for what it brings to the table.

look at this guy,all talk no action. you are defending this, but let me ask you,look at these laptops,would you buy this chromebook instead of one of these? OF course you wouldn't. stop being a sheep. these things are pure crap that no sane person will knowingly buy.

for $379 (it was $299 on sale for the past few weeks)

15.6" screen, 8GB ram, 2.7Ghz quadcore,640GB hard drive,AMD Radeon HD 7520G

http://www.bestbuy.ca//en-CA/p...s-8-g6-2228ca/10232139.aspx


by the way, more laptops

$349

AMD A6-3420M / 750GB HDD / 6GB RAM / Windows 7 / 15.6"

http://www.bestbuy.ca//en-CA/p...7-as5560-7476/10191057.aspx

$349

AMD A10-4600M / 1TB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 7 / 15.6"

http://www.bestbuy.ca//en-CA/p...s-7-s855d-00t/10215890.aspx

vcfan said,

look at this guy,all talk no action. you are defending this, but let me ask you,look at these laptops,would you buy this chromebook instead of one of these? OF course you wouldn't. stop being a sheep. these things are pure crap that no sane person will knowingly buy.

I remember people saying the same about netbooks and they did pretty well for a while.

Cannot buy any of those anymore...sold out so you cannot really compare those. And most of those models are old and probably why they are cheaper. The AS5560-7476 was originaly $550.

So if you can get the cheaper full laptop systems, then they would be better than the Chrome book. Problem is, when laptops are discounted like that, they go fast.

I do think HP will/may end up adjusting their price.

vcfan said,

look at this guy,all talk no action. you are defending this, but let me ask you,look at these laptops,would you buy this chromebook instead of one of these? OF course you wouldn't. stop being a sheep. these things are pure crap that no sane person will knowingly buy.

Wow. Thank you for calling me a sheep without knowing me. Why are you so emotional ?

Would i buy a chromebook ? No. Cause i play games and code and i own an over 1 grand PC. Core i5, geForce 670, 120Gb ssd, 240gb ssd, 750GB hdd, 1080p monitor, good expensive antec case, 700w ocz psu and a good quality mb by asus made for overclocker.

But i sure would not buy a notebook or a 400$ pc/laptop either.

I don't care if the laptops you linked was on sale last week. They are sold out now, can't be bought anymore and are probably discontinued. But thank you for linking final clearance sales. I specifically said that hp chromebook is overpriced but the 200$ one by acer is a good option to surf the web. Thank you for ignoring that part of my post.

What would i buy ? I already did. I bought a Nexus 7. I might replace it by a pro Windows 8 tablet if they price is right. But a 200$ "chromebook" running a special deskotp version of Android would sure interest me. I have no interest in ChromeOS. But i'm not the target audience.

Edited by LaP, Feb 4 2013, 3:55pm :

my 2005 hp pav dv6000 went from xp to vista to 7 and now rocking 8... only thing I did was increase ram with vista it has duo core Celeron cpu. you guys don't know what you are saying I run adobe and do heavy work on this. chrome cant even do what android cant. I prefer rhasberry pi or what ever way it is spelt. or just get a cheap laptop put Linux lite on it and surf the web. I will be getting the surface pro this month to replace my old laptop.

benalvino said,
my 2005 hp pav dv6000 went from xp to vista to 7 and now rocking 8... only thing I did was increase ram with vista it has duo core Celeron cpu. you guys don't know what you are saying I run adobe and do heavy work on this. chrome cant even do what android cant. I prefer rhasberry pi or what ever way it is spelt. or just get a cheap laptop put Linux lite on it and surf the web. I will be getting the surface pro this month to replace my old laptop.

You use Adobe and require more of a system to do what you need to do. A Chrome book is basically a web based system designed to work with documents, email, and web browsing. That is pretty much it. And Chrome is NOT supposed to do the same things as Android. It is DIFFERENT. And who knows, Chrome may be updated later to run Android apps. To early to tell.

Please understand what a Chromebook is before telling others they dont know what they are saying.

and windows machine can do documents more than chrome can... heavily relying on internet to use it is another let down. I can get all this things by simply install chrome on windows xp and am good to go. why not get android instead of getting chrome to run android apps

benalvino said,
and windows machine can do documents more than chrome can... heavily relying on internet to use it is another let down. I can get all this things by simply install chrome on windows xp and am good to go. why not get android instead of getting chrome to run android apps

And you can buy a $150 - $200 windows machine, brand new, to do that?

And Android tablets are more expensive when you start adding physical keyboards/docks. And most Android tablets do not have USB connectivity either.

Well you sounded ignorant that's why he called you a sheep. have you used chromebook before? I know its laggy and full of bugs. maybe you should research before you comment. no one cares if you wont buy 400 dollar laptop what I said earlier is about this laptop being expensive and he is pointing out you can get better spec better os laptop for same price. u buy you chrome 200 dollars in other to use it for work you have to add 150 dollar yearly internet cost I might be wrong... correct me if I am.

benalvino said,
u buy you chrome 200 dollars in other to use it for work you have to add 150 dollar yearly internet cost I might be wrong... correct me if I am.

You pretty much need the internet if you by any computer these days. Why by a computer if you are not going to use the internet and be disconnected from the rest of the world. Internet cost is not a deciding factor in buying a Chrome Book and it is silly to think it is.

techbeck said,

You pretty much need the internet if you by any computer these days. Why by a computer if you are not going to use the internet and be disconnected from the rest of the world. Internet cost is not a deciding factor in buying a Chrome Book and it is silly to think it is.


I dont need Otto make websites or edit photos or make documents or listen to music or watch movie or do manythings... Now in africa where internet is problem and very expensive how will U use this chrome to work on documents?

benalvino said,

I dont need Otto make websites or edit photos or make documents or listen to music or watch movie or do manythings... Now in africa where internet is problem and very expensive how will U use this chrome to work on documents?

Ok, I am done. You are obviously missing the point and assuming that everyone needs to, or has a need, for a Chromebook.

Have a good day.

The thing is, Surface RT has sold more than Chromebook has sold - we see it in stats from the web where Chromebook fails to make enough of an impression to actually register. We are told Surface is a failure because it does not run desktop software, and neither does Chromebook. We are told Surface is a failure because Microsoft does not release official sales numbers, and neither does Google. We are told Windows Phone is a failure because of sales and giveaways, which means that they have to give them away and yet Google reduced the price back in 2011 just a couple months after release.

And yet, with all these similarities, Surface is called a dismal failure around here. But don't say anything bad about the sales and actual Chromebook device, because that is spreading hate by clueless commenters.

techbeck said,

I remember people saying the same about netbooks and they did pretty well for a while.

Cannot buy any of those anymore...sold out so you cannot really compare those. And most of those models are old and probably why they are cheaper. The AS5560-7476 was originaly $550.

So if you can get the cheaper full laptop systems, then they would be better than the Chrome book. Problem is, when laptops are discounted like that, they go fast.

I do think HP will/may end up adjusting their price.

laptops are always discontinued. You can always find them My point being if you want a cheap laptop with those specs,you can get them for the price of this chromebook.

vcfan said,

laptops are always discontinued. You can always find them My point being if you want a cheap laptop with those specs,you can get them for the price of this chromebook.

Well, you could of said the same thing about netbooks when they came out....but they did pretty well for their time.

LaP said,

Wow. Thank you for calling me a sheep without knowing me. Why are you so emotional ?

Would i buy a chromebook ? No. Cause i play games and code and i own an over 1 grand PC. Core i5, geForce 670, 120Gb ssd, 240gb ssd, 750GB hdd, 1080p monitor, good expensive antec case, 700w ocz psu and a good quality mb by asus made for overclocker.

But i sure would not buy a notebook or a 400$ pc/laptop either.

I don't care if the laptops you linked was on sale last week. They are sold out now, can't be bought anymore and are probably discontinued. But thank you for linking final clearance sales. I specifically said that hp chromebook is overpriced but the 200$ one by acer is a good option to surf the web. Thank you for ignoring that part of my post.

What would i buy ? I already did. I bought a Nexus 7. I might replace it by a pro Windows 8 tablet if they price is right. But a 200$ "chromebook" running a special deskotp version of Android would sure interest me. I have no interest in ChromeOS. But i'm not the target audience.

you can always find laptops for those prices. it doesn't matter if they are discontinued,they are still a laptop with those specs,and are available for sale at that price. Im saying, if someone wanted a cheap computer,they would go find these instead of buying some POS no spec computer running a ****ty browser that no one willing uses and only get suckered into downloading when downloading adobe flash or some other software.

Okay guys, I'll join the circlejerk.

This laptop is a piece of ****. I hate Google, I hope Bing beats their ass!! HP is a nazi company, don't buy anything from them anymore. Can't even run Crysis LOL.

Google is run by a cyborg Hitler, true story.

But seriously, this is ****. The ****'s out of my a-hole are more useful. Also true story.

sweatshopking said,
to run what? the browser? it's hardly needed on this machine, as it can't do anything.

It does have 2GB of ram though Seem strange as to open enough websites to fill that ram... i wonder what the user experience will be considering that 1.1ghz CPU that it has

I'd almost agree with you thealexweb, except even my machines aren't that low spec'd and I consider myself pretty good at keeping old machines running quite efficiently.

thealexweb said,
The vast majority of PCs sold could be described by your description XD

You might be right but at least with those you don't have to pay after 2 years to store something more than 16gigs worth of data on a cloud service. (Also cloud storage isn't the safest around, they do fail from time to time and it might be the time you actually need your files, not that it doesn't happen with HDDs) Also lets not forget your files are on Google cloud service, wouldn't really surprise me if your picture would end up as an ad on another site later on.

I bought an AMD E series laptop with an 17" screen and 4gigs of ram for about the same price they are asking for this crap. (Was about $20 more I think)

Just 16GB storage?? But 100GB Google Drive storage for only 2 years? It's clearly designed so you have to use Google Drive, then pay for it when the 2 years are up. Infact the whole Chrome OS thing is pretty much made to lock people in to Google services.

**** OS, **** hardware, **** price.

1Pixel said,
Just 16GB storage?? But 100GB Google Drive storage for only 2 years? It's clearly designed so you have to use Google Drive, then pay for it when the 2 years are up. Infact the whole Chrome OS thing is pretty much made to lock people in to Google services.

**** OS, **** hardware, **** price.


Chrome OS is a cloud OS. Meaning everything is stored on the web. Of course the local storage space will be limited if not what is the point of a cloud OS?

tanjiajun_34 said,
Chrome OS is a cloud OS. Meaning everything is stored on the web. Of course the local storage space will be limited if not what is the point of a cloud OS?

Is there even user accessible local storage? Or is their local storage simply html5 support? I quit researching Chromebooks forever ago because you can do everything it can do with the Chrome Browser.

The people who buy Chromebooks are the same people that bought netbooks. Chromebooks are looking increasingly likely to survive in a Niche market that a lot of manufacturers are leaving behind. That is, cheap, no-frills PCs for the limited purposes of web access and basic use.

That said, this model sort of defies the point. Too little battery for such a basic piece of kit.

Majesticmerc said,
The people who buy Chromebooks are the same people that bought netbooks. Chromebooks are looking increasingly likely to survive in a Niche market that a lot of manufacturers are leaving behind. That is, cheap, no-frills PCs for the limited purposes of web access and basic use.

That said, this model sort of defies the point. Too little battery for such a basic piece of kit.

Agreed. Nice to see thought going in comments instead of crap this and crap that. Battery should be better for that price. Should lower the price and if you want a better battery, pay a little extra when buying to get a better battery...just like you do with laptops.

And yet enough people are buying Chromebooks on Amazon to make it the #1 device in the laptop category and #2 device overall for Computers & Accessories, second only to the Galaxy Tab 2.

Denial much

you may as well buy something like this, instead of Windows 8 RT, as it would provide the same features, but at a far cheaper price.

Microsoft have seriously misjudged the marked with its one size fits all operating system.