Hewlett-Packard has entered the chrome OS world with the Pavillon 14
Hewlett-Packard has just launched its first laptop that uses the chrome operating system. It goes for $330. The computer manufacturing company has chosen to move beyond the PC line with Windows OS and embrace Google’s operating system. HP is now following the footsteps of companies like Samsung, Lenovo and Acer.
According to Kevin Frost, HP’s Consumer PC general manager, there is a growing customer base that is showing some interest in chrome operating system. He continued saying that with the Pavillon 14, users can enjoy the Google OS on a full-sized laptop, all backed up by the support team at HP.
The processor that goes with this 14 inch device is a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 with a 2 GB Ram. It includes a flash storage memory of 16 GB. For the screen it is a 1,366×768 pixel. HP said it weighs just under 4 pounds, which is relatively heavy for a chromebook.
When it comes to connectivity, the laptop has an ethernet port, an integrated SD memory card reader and 3 USB 2.0 sockets. You can also connect it to an HDMI port for high resolution. For those who buy it now they get 100 GB of Google Drive space for 2 years.
The chrome operating system runs Web apps. That simply means for a person using the chrome browser to check out Facebook, YouTube, email and even Google Docs will not see a real difference even on Windows or Linux based operating system. That said there are softwares that run on popular operating system that are not found on chrome OS. Softwares like skype or iTune.
Of course HP knows that its Chromebook is not the tool needed to fulfill all computing chores. The company only presents its laptop as the fastest gateway to Google online services like the search, Google drive, the Google+ hangout and gmail. With the chrome browser installed on the laptop one can also have access to all the apps from the chrome store.
The Chrome operating system, just like the one on Apple hardware devices come pre-installed on the laptop. Once the laptop gets connected, Google can update it with bug fixes if the need arises.
This new laptop release has better specifications compared to other previous chromebooks from other companies. With respect to that the price is also much higher. The Samsung Chromebook goes for just $249. One has to admit that the CPU is not as good though and it doesn’t have as much connectivity. You can currently get the HP pavillion 14 Chromebook in the U.S.
Microsoft has not been directly hit by the dalliance of its allies. The company still retains its cloud in the PC market. Dell has a sales partnership with Ubuntu and now HP is also lauching a chromebook. That still does not cause a real problem to Windows OS except that the 3 companies, Dell, HP and Microsoft are now struggling to conquer the smartphone and tablet market.