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HEXA Chromebook Pi Goes On Arrives on Amazon Canada Priced at $295

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The first Chromebook from Canadian computer company HEXA Electronics has gone on sale priced at $295.

First announced at the Google/Intel press event back in May, the company’s “Chromebook Pi” portable has been available to buy directly for a few months. More recently it was made available to purchase through Amazon.ca.

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The device itself is fairly standard fare and sticks closely to the specifications path carved out by the bigger name OEMs. It uses a regular 11.6-inch display at a resolution of 1366×768 and is powered by an Intel Celeron (Bay Trail) CPU but does come with above average RAM and storage at 4GB and 32GB respectively.

Compared to other Chromebooks, many of which are now touting 14 hour battery lives, the comparatively low offering for the Pi, just 7 hours according to the product listing page, means that the lower price isn’t without compromises.

Specs at a glance:

  • 11.6-inch TN Display (1366×768)
  • Intel Celeron N2830 @ 1.7GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • 2 Cell Battery (7 Hours)
  • USB, HDMI and SD Card Slot
  • 1.2kg weight

Buy It

It’s not the most remarkable or unique Chrome device money can buy right now (something perhaps not best served by the lack of decent promotional photos). But that smaller OEMs like HEXA and CTL are able to get in on the fun underlines just how big and fast growth for Google’s cloud-centric operating system is getting.

Want in? Currently available in Canada only and priced at $295.59, the Pi can be purchased from the maker’s own website or through Amazon (where it currently has $20 off the RRP).

Buy the Chromebook Pi on Amazon Canada

  • Frederic MANSON

    Seems good enough for an Intel based Chromebook. But there still is this damn TN screen… When will they return to an IPS screen like on my HP 11???

    Edit: real bargain for an European fan!! This Chromebook is sold at €198.00, including shipping (yep, Canadian Post Offices are not well… *cough* fast *cough*).

  • JusticeL

    Why can’t we get a really nice screen on a Chromebook?

    • view2share

      I would love to see an LG all-in-one, with that IPS 21.5″ screen. My Toshiba is hooked to a 27″ monitor — looks good. And yes indeed, the Toshiba 13.3″ is not so great monitor wise.

    • Christopher Knapp

      I’m going to venture a guess that they are trying to meet at certain price point, and at $275, it’s pretty tough to get an amazing IPS panel in there.

      Just a hunch …

      I am going to wait for the Chromebooks to start including a decent display before I get one. My HP Chromebox with HP 27″ IPS panel … MMMMMMMMM

  • view2share

    You can get a Toshiba 13.3″ Chromebook for less money than this 11.6, with longer battery life. A Chromebook runs fine with 2GB RAM and 16GB of HD storage works fine — you can add as much as you want between USB plug-ins and online. The Toshiba is an Intel Haswell.

    • mjmoon29

      Keep in mind the Toshiba is $350 CAD, it’s $350 CAD for a 720P (w/32 GB HD), $299 CAD for a C200 at retail stores and this Hexa is $295 CAD. Further, Chromebooks seem to be very limited distribution wise in Canada, no Chromebook 2 yet as best I can tell and the Asus just hit. They are finally starting to clear the flawed (but nice screen HP11) for $280 regular $300.

  • http://vicente-de-pierola.tumblr.com/ Vicente de Piérola

    Horrible design.

  • Joseph Dickson

    Given the name I expected it to be powered by a raspberry pi

    • http://intuslegereweblog.blogspot.com.br/ Rodrigo Pinheiro Das Graças

      As much as I love the Pi, I wouldn’t want a Pi Chromebook.

      • Joseph Dickson

        Nor would I, which is why I skipped reading this story for a few days after it was posted.

  • Christopher Knapp

    Sweet Christ … the entire thing is ruined by the hideous logo. I hate when manufacturers bombard the end user with such eyesores!

  • jsebean

    I wish Chromebook’s could run more native apps. If they could, they would destroy windows no doubt.

  • LiamTHX

    In my opinion, this would be the perfect Chromebook:
    Looks and feels exactly like a CR-48
    Celeron, Core i3 options (Maybe Core i5)
    Higher res IPS 12.1″ screen
    Better touchpad
    Also, it could be a bit lighter than the CR-48.
    Anyone else agree?

    • calden74

      I really liked the look of my CR-48, especially that rubbery feel it had, the looks unfortunaly was the only thing I like about it, well the price too, free. It was the slowest notebook I have had the displeasure ever owning. The Atom CPU’s back then were just horrid, up there with the Transmetta and Pentium IV as the worst CPU’s of all time, in my book. Why Google didn’t go with at least a Celeron is beyond me.

  • Jeff Childs

    Maybe perfect if they can ever actually produce a product. I ordered one from them on Amazon, and was told that shipping would be delayed. After some pretty poor responses from their customer service, I cancelled the order. I see now that Amazon isn’t even offering that product any more, which makes me think they received too many complaints.