) or H-P recently unveiled the first HP Chromebook14, driven by
an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture. The
new offering will provide faster web access and is equipped with
a large display and optional 4G for enhanced connectivity.
The device will enhance the web experience and provide
high-quality visuals. It is available in Coral Peach, Snow White
and Ocean Turquoise. Chromebooks are
) way of entering the very low end of the tablet/notebook market
and HP's product adds variety and functionality to some older
The new Chromebook features a 14-inch diagonal high-definition
(HD) screen, 16GB solid-state drive, 100 GB of free storage on
Google Drive with HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports that can easily
and quickly connect to displays and other devices. It also
provides access to the entire range of Google Chrome apps such as
Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts. Moreover,
Chromebook14 featured with 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847processor,
paired with 2GB of RAM is slightly faster than the Samsung Series
3, but falls a bit behind the Acer C7.
Chromebook14 is equipped with a removable 37Wh, 4-Cell
lithium-ion battery that lasts for approximately 3 hours 36
minutes. Though the battery life is longer than the life of the
first Acer C7, it lags the long lasting battery life of Samsung
Series 3 and Acer C710-2055 which a demerit for the newly
Priced at $329, the HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 might not sound the
cheapest option among other Chrome devices. Nonetheless, it is a
better buy as one needs to shell out a lot more for most budget
laptops coupled with the fact that it offers the smoothest
transition to Chrome from Windows.
Founded in 1939, H-P is a leading global provider of computing
products, technologies, software, solutions and services to
individual consumers, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)
and large enterprises, including those in the public and
H-P has been trying hard to shift its focus from its PC-centric
business to the high-margin server, storage and cloud computing
space. The back-to-back launches of a new BPO (business process
outsourcing) solution, a host of desktop printers, two media
players and the Moonshot server in the past few months indicates
that H-P's plans are well on track.
However, increasing competition from companies like Dell Inc,
International Business Machines Corp.
) coupled with continuing macroeconomic challenges and tepid IT
spending will pose challenges, going forward.
Currently, H-P has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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