Businesses looking to deploy Chromebooks now have a tad more choice, all thanks to HP.
HP has taken the shrink-wrap off a pair of new Chromebooks, as well as a Chromebox — remember those? — aimed squarely at enterprise users.
Although regular consumers like you and I aren’t the target market for these, the business-minded models will be available to purchase by anyone via HP and selected resellers when they go on sale later this month (October).
So what do these new corporate Chromebooks offer? Let’s take a look!
HP’s New Business Chromebooks
Well, the HP Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1 — I promise you that my cat didn’t just walk over the keyboard; that is the actual model number — is a 13-inch convertible Chromebook with a choice of Intel Core i3, 15 or i7 processor.
Notably, this model boasts an impressive 16GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage.
Aside from its 14-inch touchscreen and folding abilities this device also boasts a battery life of “up to” 13 hours. This should help it last even the longest work-related flight or train journey.
Additionally, like Samsung’s latest large effort, this model also sports narrow screen bezels for a more high-end look. It also eschews plastic for an aluminium chassis, offers dual speakers with “B&O Audio”, and supports USB-C.
The HP Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5 is touch more modest.
It has a 14-inch screen (either 720p or 1080p resolution) that lacks the flip, folding and touch capabilities of its more nimble sibling.
Designed for “frontline workers”, this version is available with a choice of AMD A4-9120C or AMD A6-9120C processor and 8GB RAM.
|HP Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1||HP Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5|
|Display||14-inch (1920×1080)||14-inch (1366×768; 1920×1080)|
|Processor||Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 (8th Gen)||AMD A4-9120C, AMD A6-9120C|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB||32GB, 64GB|
|USB Ports||2 USB-C, USB 3.1||2 USB Type-C, 2 USB 3.1|
|Weight||3.7 pounds||3.5 pounds|
The HP Chromebox Enterprise G2 rounds out the lineup. This modest mini PC comes with a choice of Intel 7th or 8th gen CPU with up to 16GB of memory and is able to output to two 4K displays at once. It’s designed to be used as a “shared” device or used in digital signage.
HP’s say its new devices offer “advanced security, flexible access, and simplified orchestration of Chrome Enterprise“. While this won’t mean much to regular consumers, for IT departments focused on security and deployment, it’s a really big deal — one that puts Chrome OS toe-to-toe with Microsoft in DaaS (Device as a Service) situations.
No word on pricing yet, but keep an eye on the HP business websites for more details.
- (via: Engadget)