While I was unable to successfully ‘go all in’, my family absolutely loves the Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook. It is perfect for writing reports, doing email, Facebooking, and web research; it has been in constant daily use since I got it. Now Google has announced the next version of their budget laptop – the $279 HP Chromebook 11.
Refining the externals and internals while keeping price low, the Chromebook 11 is the next chapter for the hot-selling web-browser OS.
The Chromebook 11 can run for 6.5 hours on a single battery charge. It has a Samsung Exynos processor running at 1.7GHz (same processor as the Samsung Chromebook), 16GB of solid-state drive storage and 2GB of low-power DDR3 RAM. In addition, the Chromebook 11 qualifies for Google’s offer of 100GB of cloud storage for two years at no additional charge. The screen resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels. Other features include a webcam, dual USB 2.0 ports, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
One cool new feature is the micro-USB charging port. This means that if you bring along your HP Chromebook charger on a trip, you can also charge your (non-Apple) smartphone, Kindle, and so on. Google is also making a big deal about the cool plastic body – but I’ll have to see that in person. The Samsung feels very low-end, but early reports say this feels more solid. The same is true with the keyboard and trackpad … we’ll have to wait to see more real-world reports.