It may have taken a few years, but Google's Chromebook is finally taking off as a valid alternative to the traditional Windows laptop and MacBook. That means more OEMs are starting to make them with HP being the latest to join the fray.
HP announced the Pavilion 14 Chromebook this morning as part of its "multiOS approach to offer customers more choices." HP's new Chromebook fits snugly between Samsung's and Acer's offerings with an attractive $329.99 price tag and competitive specs.
"Google's Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base," said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. "With HP's Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop—all backed up by our service and brand."
If you choose to go with the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, you can look forward to the following specs:
Compared to the other Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung, HP's Pavilion 14 is probably the second best available. The downside to that is the increased cost. It's not as ludicrous as Samsung's Chromebook 550, which retails for $450, but $330 may still be a bit too much for those looking for something super cheap like Acer's $199 Chromebook.
Regardless, it's good to see more OEMs experimenting with Google's Chrome OS. That being said, Chromebooks still have yet to break into the mainstream, but that's more the fault of the OS being closely tied to the Internet. As access to broadband becomes more widely available, expect the Chromebook to grow alongside it.