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A Closer Look at HP Chromebooks

Chromebooks are personal computers designed to run using the Google Chrome operating system. They differ from traditional computers due to the fact that they are geared towards running web applications, without the clutter of miscellenous software to slow them down. HP Chromebooks were first unveiled in early 2013, but are they worth your attention?

The Battle of the Third Generation

The first two generations of Google's Chromebook were the exclusive domain of Acer and Samsung, with the AC700 and the Series 5XE500C21 both arriving in summer 2011. The arrival of generation three saw two new players enter the fray; Lenovo unveiled it's X131e model, with HP joining the party with it's Chromebook Pavilion.

HP Pavilion Chromebooks come equipped with a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and a 16GB SSD. At a measly 4.5 hours, battery life is amongst the lowest out of all the available models, however, the Pavilion packs 14 inches of screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, giving it the largest display out all third generation models. Other features include a 720p webcam, Wi-Fi connectivity, three USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port and an SD card slot.

How does the Pavilion compare to it's competition? In terms of performance, there's little noticable difference between any of the third generations models, but the tiny battery life and high retail price make the Pavilion an option for HP enthusiasts only.

Despite this disappointing entry, HP's arrival is good news for Chromebook lovers, as it increases Google's chances of competing with heavyweight players such as Microsoft in the OS department.

Size Matters?

While HP Pavilion Chromebooks aren't significantly worse than the other third generation models, they come with one or two drawbacks, with only one redeeming feature - the size of the display. The lower battery life and the extra cost means that the Pavilion misses the sweet spot this time, but the future is looking bright for the Chromebook.

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