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HP’s Colourful New Chromebook Priced At $299, Available ‘Soon’

More details on the forthcoming Chromebook from HP has been revealed – including its price.

The folks over at The Verge were lucky enough to get a (rather brief) look at the 14″ wonder and found it to feel solid if plastic-y but not ‘bargain basement’.

But the most noticeable thing about the Chromebook 14 are it’s looks.

Colour is clearly the tech trend of choice in tech products of late – cf: Nokia’s Lumia series, Google’s rainbow of Moto X choices, and even Apple’s newly launched iPhone 5C are all sporting multiple colour personalities. HP, not wanting their new devices to look old-hat, have elected to jump aboard the rainbow bandwagon.

Chromebook 14 - Orange

The HP Chromebook 14 in Orange

The HP Chromebook 14 will be available in a choice of three colours, all of which, as is par-for-the-course in tech, have rather flowery descriptions:

  • Snow White
  • Coral Peach
  • Ocean Turquoise

Specs & Price

All of the new Chromebooks announced at the Intel Developer Forum will sport new Intel Haswell processors. These offer better mobile performance and much longer battery life. The precise clock-speeds for each device, including this C14, are currently unknown.

But we do know a few other bits of information. The C14 will come with:

  • 16GB SSD (+ 100GB Google Drive storage offer)
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB 3.0

HP reps also told The Verge that buyers will get 200MB of free T-Mobile 4G data each month for two years. I’d wager that this will be a US-only offer – so don’t get too excited by this.

Price-wise the C14 won’t cost you an arm and a leg, either. The Chromebook 14 will sell for $299 (US) and is expected to see release near the ‘holiday period’.

Image Credit: The Verge
  • lurp-da-durp

    “HP reps also told The Verge that buyers will get 200MB of free T-Mobile 4G data each month for two years.”

    That sucks. T-Mobile only has 2g in my area, but that should work for email.

  • Hayden Bridges

    What have we learned from webOS about buying electronics from HP?

    • S. Murphy

      What? I love my HP products with the exception of a faulty printer I bought in 2003. I bought the first generation how chromebook and have no regrets. I actually use it more thanks my desktop, its faster than windows after all.

      • Sebastiaan Franken

        It doesn’t take much to be faster than Windows IMO.

    • S. Murphy

      Besides this is a chromebook running the chrome OS not WebOS. I don’t know if you’re aware of this.

      • Hayden Bridges

        No, I know that. I’m talking about HP having a reputation for dropping support for products. I owned a fairly expensive HP laptop a few years ago and it was crap. Besides all this, they have terrible customer service. I have no doubt that ChromeOS will continue to be successful, I’m just saying I will never buy an HP product again.

        • Patrick Cuyegkeng

          The plus side in this case is that HP does not control/own Chrome OS, unlike Web OS. While they can drop support for the C14 tomorrow if they chose to, Google isn’t going to stop supporting Chrome OS because of that decision. Updates will still come from Google, you just lose hardware support from HP. That’s meh to begin with.

          I dislike HP for the whole Web OS debacle, but my TouchPads are still alive and kicking two years later (though they are running Android now).

  • BBCCBB

    Would be awesome if we can install linux distros on this

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      You can; but if you want this you’re not understanding the full potential of ChromeOS. Sorry if I put it bluntly but that’s the case.

      • Santi Achinelli

        True, but some of us tend to roam a bit, and if you don’t get the 3G, you need a chroot or something to house a decent word processor and calendar app.

        • Sebastiaan Franken

          Uhm, Google Docs and Google Calendar work sublimely for me and all the people I’ve come in contact with so far, and you can run them offline on ChromeOS so that’s a moot point for me.

          Besides – we have WiFi almost everywhere where I live.

          • Santi Achinelli

            Offline mode for Docs doesn’t work unless you already have an instance running.
            Until they have some sort of packaged app for ChOS, I’m going to stick to a chroot with Focus Writer.

          • Sebastiaan Franken

            Weird. If I start my chromebook (cold boot) without internet and I login and start a Google Docs instance it works (it says Offline though; which is true).
            Maybe you should enable offline editing through Google Drive if you haven’t done so already

          • Santi Achinelli

            Yup, that was it.

            Should be enabled by default, I reckon.

    • ricegf

      With Crubuntu you can run ChromeOS and Ubuntu simultaneously, since they can use the same kernel. Not for everyone, but certainly reassuring – no limits!

      Now if the just had a deep, rich maroon…

      • moe

        how do you do that?

      • Santi Achinelli

        That would be Crouton, Chrubuntu has to use the modified Chrome OS kernel (to verify boot) BUT it’s only running an Ubuntu session on top of that.

        That said, if it’s only going to have 16gb of onboard storage, Crouton is the way to go. :)

  • Boothy

    Any idea of the RAM in these?

    • Santi Achinelli

      I saw in one of the videos from Engadget that we can expect the HP one to have 2 gb of ram. Reasonable, considering everything else (and the 9.5 hour battery life! :D)

  • Yvan Philogène

    What does it mean “holiday period” in USA? Sorry I’m French and in France, we’re always on holidays :D

    • Ben

      I think it means in time for Christmas

  • Curtis Mitchell

    $300 is a great price and if the specs are comparable or better, I’d be willing to buy it to compliment my current chromebook if nothing else

  • Barr Suul

    these are crap

    • Boothy

      Thanks you for your intelligent and succinct contribution.

  • Yvan Philogène

    Let’s admit it. HP did really well on the design this time.

  • Santi Achinelli

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon: Check Engadget, one of the videos on the convention when they unveiled this has an HP rep say it’s going to have 2gb of RAM as well, so we can add that to the spec list.

  • Patrick Cuyegkeng

    So this loosely confirms that there is a wireless data model, much like in the previous generation with the Pixel (Verizon LTE), and the Samsung Series 3 (Verizon 3G, unlocked world 3G). Would be great if it were all models, but that’s doubtful. Hopefully it isn’t a big dollar premium to step up to the wireless data model.