A recent ad was leaked onto, and then retrieved from, HP’s website. The PDF told of HP joining in on the Chromebook market. This info came out just one week after Lenovo announced that it would be offering its own version designed for use by students and teachers.

Benefits of Chrome OS

Chromebooks are currently becoming quite popular with other manufactures like Acer and Samsung as well. The reason for this popularity is due to the removal of expensive Microsoft containing Windows and Office applications, which requires more storage and slows down booting. Chrome OS is cloud-based operating system that allows users to connect directly to the web for access to applications and software, freeing up the hard-drive and requiring less RAM.

New HP Chromebook Leaked on HP's Site

HP Chromebook Details

Some of the advantages of HP Pavilion’s Chromebook are an 8 second boot up, the maintenance free ability to cloud compute, the care free OS of a Linux based system, and the extra roomy screen.

HP Pavilion Chromebook will run Google’s Chrome Linux based operating system and will also come with a 1.1GHz 847 Intel Celeron processor, an Intel HD GPU, 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM (expandable up to 4GB), and 16GB of SSD storage space. It will also feature a 14 inch HD display it with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which give this a distinct advantage in screen size and resolution over its competition. The 37WHr lithium-ion battery will apparently give you up to 4 hours of usage, which, due to the larger screen size, is less than its competitors. Additionally, the laptop will feature a multi-format digital card reader, three USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port. The Pavilion Chromebook also will have an HD webcam. It is believed to be priced at $329 and will be released on February 17th.

This announcement may be particularly appealing to you if you are computer shopping on a budget or if you have heard the negative buzz and want to avoid Microsoft Windows 8.

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