HP's New Chromebook Looks Slick, Costs A Bit More Than Acer's

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 11, 2013

Yesterday, I covered Acer's new thin and light C720 Chromebook with an 11.6-inch screen that sells for a very reasonable $249.99. It's likely to attract users with its low price point and some incentives from Google, including 100GB of free, cloud storage for two years. However, it's not the only new Chromebook that is likely to draw attention. Google's own Chrome blog is singing the praises of the new HP Chromebook 11 (shown).  Designed and built in partnership with Google, it sells for $279 and has a lot of nice features.

HP's Chromebook 11 is available at Best Buy, Amazon, Google Play and through HP Shopping in the U.S., as well as at Currys, PC World and many other retailers in the U.K. HP says its Chromebook's screen has 176-degree viewing angles, and is powered by a micro-USB charger, which can also be used to power your phone or tablet. The Chromebook has a glossy white case and two USB 2.0 ports. It's worth noting, though, that Acer's new Chromebook has a USB 3.0 port.

The 2.3-pound HP Chromebook has an 11.6-inch screen, the same size as the Acer has. And, it runs an ARM-based dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 chip and has 2GB of RAM.

In all likelihood, some users will pay a slightly higher price for this Chromebook because of its sleek, white look and glossy display. It's still under $300, and low prices are a big part of why, although market research news has been very dreary for PCs and PC equipment makers, Chromebooks have had healthy sales this year. Some hardware manufacturers are saying that they intend to produce more Chromebooks and they are grabbing share in targeted markets such as school systems.