Google Debuts the Next Generation Chromebook for $279
Google has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard Co. to release the Chromebook 11, the latest entry in the search giant’s line of low cost, Internet-focused computers. This time around they’ve managed to include several high-end laptop features in the new lightweight machines.
For those who might not be familiar yet, a Chromebook is a smallish looking laptop that runs the Chrome operating system, rather than Windows or Mac. It’s basically a browser only device that needs a continuous Internet connection to be of much use. So far, the line has enjoyed moderate success targeting schoolchildren, business men and women on the go who prefer to eschew the hassle and expense of installed sophisticated software, and about anyone else looking for a solid second laptop.
The new Chromebook by HP weighs in at 2.3 pounds with an 11.6 inch screen. To keep the price low, the new model’s display resolution doesn’t quite match up to the higher end productions and onboard storage has been reduced from 32 gigabytes to 16 gigabytes. You can take one for a test drive beginning Tuesday at retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.
If you’re comfortable with cloud computing, the Chromebook 11 might be a nice addition to your technology collection. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | TGTestLab)