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HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook launched

HP has launched the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, which it’s calling “the first full-size 14-inch Chromebook.”

Having been leaked at the end of January, HP has now officially taken the wraps off its new Google OS laptop.

With the launch of the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, the company joins the likes of Samsung, Lenovo and Acer in providing a lightweight alternative to the divisive Windows 8 OS.

It’s a modestly specced device with a larger-than-normal (for a Chrome OS device) display.

HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook Specs
As hinted at above – and in the device’s name – The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook sports a 14-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. This marks it out as unique amongst first generation Chromebooks, which tend to come with 12-inch displays.

Indeed, the frame and keyboard appear to match the Pavilion 14’s large screen, giving it more of a traditional laptop feel than its netbook-size rivals. This increase in size also allows for a greater array of ports, including three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, Ethernet and an SD card slot.

You will probably need to make use of the latter too, as the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook only has a diddy 16GB solid state hard drive – though of course you also get 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage, which is free for two years.

Powering the laptop is a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor backed by 2GB of RAM, which is about par for the course for current Chromebooks.

The laptop runs on Google’s Chrome OS, which is an extremely lightweight, web-focused operating system aimed specifically at boosting basic productivity for the ultra-portable netbook format.

The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is on sale now in the US for $329.99. There’s no word yet on a European release, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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