Google’s New HP Chromebook 11 Is Light in Weight, Price

The Chromebook has a new family member and this one is an affordable featherweight PC companion item, just over 2 pounds, that will tempt some takers to leave their heavier clunkers at home and others to reconsider spending a week's salary on higher-priced lightweight rigs. Either way, Google's Tuesday unveiling of the HP Chromebook 11 is a headliner, with numerous plus points for mass-market consumption.

The $279 HP Chromebook 11, available now, runs off a cellphone charger, for one. It uses the same charger as most Android phones. Google's promo page shows the machine sharing the charger with a Nexus 4 phone. With all the bells and whistles of new PCs, consumer chatrooms in various sites often say how bendable screens, personal assistants, and killer camera features are terrific but how about doing something great with power, as in juice, and battery life? The HP Chromebook 11 single-charger feature may be a real deal-maker for consumers who can forget about packing up weight-adding chargers that come with laptops along with chargers for phones. A single Android phone charger is all one needs.

At the unveiling in New York City, Google 's vice president of Product Management for Chromebooks, Caesar Sengupta, spoke about the charger feature but also did not ignore the pricetag. He noted that Google wants this to be the laptop that everyone can buy.

The Chromebook 11, designed and built in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, has an 11.6-inch display at 1366x768 resolution, 2 GB of memory and 16 GB of flash storage. There are two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone jack and the microUSB charging port. The battery provides up to six hours' use.

Google's Goodies

Speakers are directly under the keyboard, a placement designed for better sound projection.

Google is also throwing in extras, which the search giant terms "Goodies," for...

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