With Google (GOOG) today introducing the Chromebook 11 from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) — here are three things you should know about the new laptop.
3. It offers features used in other devices costing $1,000 more
The 11.6-inch, IPS 1366 x 768-resolution display with a comfortable keyboard looks high-end with a $279 pricetag that is still relatively affordable for consumers.
Although the price is in line with most other Chromebooks using Chrome OS, the new model sports many design features that are usually found on pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel (via the Associated Press). ..This includes the higher resolution display.
2. The downsides remain but other are fixed
The HP Chromebook — like previous versions — leans on a continuous Internet connection to run Gmail, Google Docs, and other online services, and even apps must be accessed via the Internet. There are still storage issues — photos and files have to be stored online.
But because of that, Google is offering 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years from the moment they purchase a new Chromebook.
1. There are new perks included
With a nod to the growing use of smartphones and tablets, the Chromebook 11 makes use of the same microUSB charger that are common in those devices.
Along with the purchase, Google is offering a 60-day free trial to Google Play Music All Access and 12 free sessions of GoGo in-flight Internet.
The Chromebook 11 is available today at Best Buy, Amazon Google Play and HP’s website.