HP has updated its Chromebook laptop, bringing out what it’s touting as its first Chromebook running on an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture.

Available in white, turquoise, or peach, the HP Chromebook is like other Chromebooks as it runs the Google Inc. Chrome operating system (OS). So while it doesn’t run more traditional operating systems we’ve seen like Windows, Mac, or Linux, it instantly loads Google Chrome and has apps like Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and Google+ Hangouts available on-screen.

The HP Chromebook comes in white, peach, and turquoise.
The HP Chromebook comes in white, peach, and turquoise.

It also allows customers to jump right into the Internet, without having to first go through their OS, although the Chromebook does have regular software updates to keep Web site browsing up to speed.

Measuring in with a 14-inch, high-definition display, HP touts it as having vivid colours on-screen and a 16 gigabyte (GB) solid-state drive. It also has HDMI, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 ports along its sides, and a combination headphone and microphone jack. The HP Chromebook also comes with an add-on option for 4G wireless connectivity.

The HP Chromebook is one of a few laptops from HP that offer Google as part of its multiple OS strategy. Other offerings include the HP SlateBook x2, the HP Slate, and the HP Slate All-in-One.

While there’s been no word as of yet on Canadian pricing, U.S. customers can expect to pay about a starting price of about $300. But like our neighbours south of the border, Canadians will be able to pick up an HP Chromebook at www.shopping.hp.com before the holidays roll around at the end of the year.

HP’s version of the Chromebook joins a slate of other Chromebook offerings out there, all using the Google Chrome browser and eschewing an OS in favour of storing user data in the cloud. Other Chromebooks include offerings from Samsung Electronics Corp., and Acer Inc.

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  • gisabun

    Total waste. Chromebooks are running Linux. Very few consumers know Linux. If there are problems after the warranty, they have a problem. They book directly to the desktop. One piece of malware and there are problems. Finally, unless you have Internet access there is very little you can run locally.

  • Putting colours in it is nice. And I think HP Chromebooks provides great performance, they have high specifications and definitely can perform well in multitasking. But because of its OS, most of its application will be needing internet.

  • Jody Cloutier

    You can’t compare Chrome OS to a traditional OS like Linux, Windows or OSX, It’s more like iOS or WindowsRT. Sure it is Linux, but a very locked down streamlined version. You don’t need to know how to run Linux, to use a Chromebook all you need to know is how to use the web browser Chrome. If you live and breathe in the Google echo system and don’t need anything else from the other players then the Chromebook is for you.