Hewlett-Packard is the latest company to take on Google's Chrome OS operating system with its new laptop, the HP Pavilion 14. The cloud-based computer, available starting today on the web and in several US retailers, follows the likes of Acer, Lenovo, and Samsung, who have all released their own Chromebook options running Google's OS.
But unlike its other budget-friendly competitors, the HP Pavilion 14 has a full-size 14-inch screen in a large laptop casing. Previous Chromebook models have been limited to an 11.6- or 12-inch display. HP's Chromebook will feel more familiar to users accustomed to a big display, but there is a downside to all that screen space: short battery life. While ultraportable laptops (like the original 11.6-inch Chromebooks) typically have decent battery life (six to seven hours), the HP Pavilion 14 claims to run only up to four hours.
The price ($329), however, is attractive, and for lightweight computer users (web browsing, email, etc.) looking for an affordable laptop solution, the HP Pavilion 14 is a good option. Plus, the laptop has more digital media ports than other Chromebook models. Click on for more tech specs and a 360-degree look at HP's first Chromebook.