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Google and HP introduced the new Chromebook 11, HP’s first Chrome OS device that runs on an ARM processor from Samsung. For $279, the device offers wide viewing angles, 100 GB of Drive storage and a 60-day trial of Google Play Music All Access.

HP Chromebook 11

Earlier rumors proved to be true as Google and HP introduced the HP Chromebook 11 laptop on Tuesday. The new Chrome OS device is available immediately for $279 directly from Google Play and HP as well as Amazon and Best Buy. The 2.3 pound device is powered by a Samsung Exynos chip; silicon that usually powers smartphones and tablets.

HP Chromebook 11

The device is all plastic on the outside, but with a magnesium frame for rigidity and to keep the weight low. Inside is 2 GB of memory plus 16 GB of flash storage. Additional ports include two micro-USB ports and a Slimport for video out. The 11.6-inch display uses a fairly typical Chromebook resolution of 1366 x 768. The display viewing angles, however, are an impressive 176 degrees. Battery life is expected to be around 6 hours.

Like Google’s own much more expensive Pixel, the new Chromebook 11 has speakers hidden under the keyboard. That may sound bad on paper, but in reality, it works really well on my Pixel. Google continues to offer free storage with this Chromebook: 100 GB of Drive space are included for two years with the purchase of a Chromebook 11. An added bonus of a Google Play Music All Access 60-day free-trial also comes with the newest HP Chromebook.

  1. computersupportrialto Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    laptop to buy

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  2. I have a question about the viewing angle; is the 176-degrees based on your personal observation, or the manufacturer’s specs? The industry standard method of measuring viewing angle is to specify the point at which the display contrast drops below 10:1. That is far below the thousands:1 that are typically cited as the panel’s contrast. In addition, most panels will exhibit notable artifacts far sooner than that 10:1 point, losing color depth at best, and even showing hue shifts in the worst cases.

    It’s great to have hands-on reviews (this was hands-on, and not just written from a spec sheet, right?) but it helps to explain your terms.

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    1. Alfred that’s from the specs; if this was a hands on post, I would have said so and included my own images. ;)

      The panel is IPS if that helps clarify. Having said that, I’m expecting a review unit to arrive tomorrow.

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    2. Don Makoviney Tuesday, October 8, 2013

      If you click through to the article on Google’s product blog, you’ll see it is Manufacturer’s Spec: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-new-hp-chromebook-made-with-google_8.html

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  3. This is the same Exynos5250 as on last year’s Samsung Chromebook, isn’t it. Why no Octa Exynos5420 is what I would ask..

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  4. “Additional ports include two micro-USB ports and a Slimport for video out.”

    I checked the specs and it includes only one micro-USB port for charging and video out via slimport. It also has two USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio in/out.

    http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/hp-chromebook-11/#full-specs-content

    I like your work Kevin, keep writing the good stuff!

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  5. When you post your review please mention how the trackpad compares to a MacBook trackpad. I have tried all of the chromebooks and so far the only thing keeping me away is the trackpads have been pretty poor when compared to a MacBook. I am hopeful that google improved this along with the screen since the pixel has a great trackpad but breaks the bank.

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    expensive laptop.

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