HP has just launched its first Chrome OS-based device called the Pavilion 14 around a week after an allegedly leaked spec sheet surfaced.
The device will have to compete against other similar Chrome OS devices that are out in the market, such as the Samsung Chromebook and the Acer C7.
The Pavilion 14, as its name indicates, features a 14-inch display, which may serve as one of its selling points over the other Chromebooks that have 11.6 and 12.1-inch screens. Said display, has a rather unimpressive resolution of only 1,366 x 768 pixels.
At its price of $329.99, the Pavilion 14 is also more expensive than both the Samsung Chromebook and the Acer C7.
Consumers who prefer a sleek, elegant design, however, with lots of shiny surfaces, will not be disappointed with HP’s offering. Nonetheless, it is bulkier than the Samsung Chromebook, weighing at 4 lbs, versus the Chromebook’s 2.5 lbs. Of course, the extra heft may allow the Pavilion 14 to become more durable than Samsung’s offering.
Despite the extra weight, its battery, which is swappable, by the way, only promises 4.25 hours, as opposed to the 6.5 hours of usage time for the Chromebook.
Underneath, the HP device is powered by a an Intel Celeron processor, integrated Intel graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage capacity. Because it is a Chrome OS device, it also relies a lot on Google’s cloud services. Google has thrown in a free 100GB of storage space on Google Drive for two years.
There are also several ports, including a combine audio/microphone jack, HDMI, USB 2.0, and Ethernet. Also onboard are an HP Truevision HD webcam, support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, a card reader, and Altec Lansing speakers.
All in all, the modest specs and relatively expensive price probably do not make the Pavilion 14 an attention-grabber. But who knows? For a time, it seemed that not too many were interested with Google-powered Chromebooks, as well.
The HP Pavilion 14 is available on the company’s online store.