Do you remember the Chromebook Pixel ? Almost two years ago Google introduced its line of computers running Chrome OS initially with a product it go premium, not understanding that the consumer hardly pay US $ 1,299.00 a hardware to run cloud services, as good as the someone be.
Now HP repeated the feat with new version of Chromebook 14, which although not as salty as the Pixel risks also not be so well received.
Looking at the hardware, the new ultrabook with Chrome OS HP is a very good product: it is equipped with the Tegra processor K1 ( showing that Nvidia really want to play in the eleven ), with GPU Kepler’s 192 CUDA cores, 4GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage ( both soldiers to the motherboard, it’s good stress ), Micro-SD card reader, a USB 3.0 port, two 2.0, one P2 output headphone and microphone, HD camera, battery with life of 8 hours and 15 minutes and the feature that draws the most attention: a 14-inch touchscreen display with full HD resolution. Compared to the previous generation, the new Chromebook 14 has more RAM and more disk space beyond the screen.
Of course this comes with a price: the HP set the value of the new Chromebook 14 at $ 439, rather high when compared to competing models, but not so much if we consider the improvements in hardware and especially if placed next to the Pixel: the value is little more than a third of the request that crazy.
Yet it is possible that it does not sell as much as HP would like, but the PC market at least in the United States is very different today than it was two years ago: the Chromebooks managed to obtain 10% market share of PCs in 2013 , fired the alarms in Redmond and are already considered best teaching tools than iPads , although in this case the price factor helps a lot.
The new Chromebook 14 is rather interesting and although I have my doubts that people are willing to pay more than $ 400 on a computer that works almost exclusively in the cloud, at least good and famous software are becoming compatible, which means that Chrome OS can indeed become with time as practical as Windows.