Formally announced last month, the notebook features the same specifications as the first-gen ‘by Google’ model released last year but trades the crisp IPS display that made that model so appealing for a redesigned casing, largely identical to that offered by the HP Chromebook 14.
With hardware that buckles under the weight of regular web use, it’s not entirely clear who HP is targeting the refreshed model at. Even so, the device has quietly gone on sale in the USA where it has a recommended retail price of $279.99 — making it more expensive than the similarly spec’d Samsung Chromebook from 2012.
Tech e-tailer Provantage is hawking a ‘Snow White’ coloured version at $278 (curiously billed as ‘25% off’ a MSRP of $369), while Amazon US has the same model available to pre-order at $279.99 with an estimated shipping date of June 22.
HP Chromebox In White
If you’re a fan of Chrome OS products made by HP and available on Amazon you’ll be pleased to know that the retailer recently added the white variant of the HP Chromebox to its listings priced at $179.99.