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Google Announces New HP Chromebook 11, Priced at $280 in a Variety of Color Accents

HP Chromebook 11

In partnership with HP, Google released a new Chromebook this morning called the Chromebook 11. The laptop is now on sale through Google Play for just $279.99, featuring some good specs and a unique design that many might find quite appealing. It features an 11.6″ IPS display, finely-tuned speakers, is completely noiseless, weighs in at an extra-light 2.3lbs., comes in a variety of colors, and features up to 6 hours of battery life. Not a bad little package. 

The feature that stands out the most to us is that you can power the laptop using a microUSB, the same exact charger you would use for your Android phone or tablet. With that said, it’s the perfect partner for any mobile users that don’t want to carry around any extra chargers or power adapters for their many different devices.

It is available starting today on Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and HP Shopping.

Play Link ($279.99)

Via: Google

Cheers Adam!

  • Bootleg Zani

    Waiting for the Chromebook 14.

  • MikeSaver

    Quite dong

  • Chris

    I just wish it had an SD Card slot. Thinking of getting my wife a laptop or chromebook for christmas, it’s gotta have an sd slot so she can pull her photos from her camera, and she refuses to plug the camera in via usb

  • https://plus.google.com/b/104983600193644243822/104983600193644243822/posts Enrique Labrada

    The colors are tempting me to buy it.

  • Epic Tea

    I need to buy some google stock, they are seriously the company to look out for over the next decade, they may make small moves but sometimes the best way to dominate a market is slow and steady, and under the radar like.

  • Epic Tea

    Google <3…..

  • Johngi

    2 questions.

    1.) Can a chromebook run Excel? Not just spreadsheets but the full version of Excel?
    2.) Can I stream shows from websites ?

    • Droidzilla

      1.) No, but Google Docs will do that so you can still spreadsheet.
      2.) Yes, for the most part.

    • Brandon S.

      I think it runs its own version of xcel from google docs, it can run excel docs but with conversion issues.
      Not sure on the second issue, never really used one. I would assume so.

    • DrummerBill2187

      If you have Microsoft Sky Drive then yes.

  • Shimamasu

    Does anyone have experience with remote desktop app on Chrome? Especially remote into a PC with multiple monitors? The only thing that has held me back on getting one is RDP features. If it works as good as Window’s RDP, I am sold!

    • Kyleinstyle

      I’ve used the app to remote into an xp machine with a single monitor. It worked well but there was a little lag.

      • Shimamasu

        Sounds like it is not there yet… I will wait until it gets better. Thanks!

  • Blue Sun

    Looks like my Anker portable battery is going to be seeing some extra use in the near future. Having universal cabling will save me tons of space when travelling.

  • DreamSTi

    Why cant phones be this cheap?

    • Adrynalyne

      More utility, and the same specs in a smaller package.
      Then there is the ridiculous markup too, which some will try to pass off as the company trying to recoup their losses from RnD.

    • T4rd

      Miniturization raises manufacturing costs significantly.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    ‘finely-tuned speakers, is completely noiseless’…. i thought… broken speakers.

    • T4rd

      It might drive your dogs crazy when you use it.

  • Tony Stark

    Would this be a suitable replacement for a tablet? I really need a tablet/ultrabook that is always on. I hate having to fire up my laptop to do simple tasks.

    • T4rd

      Sounds like you need an SSD in your laptop. Mine boots to desktop in 10 secs or so.

      • Tony Stark

        I’ve thought about it, but it’s an Alienware that I rather not mess with its MBR. Plus, I need a longer battery life.

        • Brandon S.

          Get a laptop with a haswell processor AND a SSD.Good battery life combined with speed.

          • Tony Stark

            But that somewhat defeats the purpose. I don’t want another laptop, I want something that I can leave on my coffee table and use at-will.

        • T4rd

          So is mine (M11X R3). I cloned the original HDD to my SDD, so I still have the recovery partition and all original software. And (most) SSDs give you longer battery life, mine did by a little bit (3-4 hours depending on usage) and now it’s completely quiet too.

          • Tony Stark

            Yeah, but that would only take care of one issue. I still would need to address the fact that the m15 weighs nearly 10 lbs and uses A LOT of battery.

    • Droidzilla

      For most people, yes. The only thing a tablet has on this is portability, but this is darn close.

      • Tony Stark

        This actually looks pretty portable to me. Perhaps something along the lines of a surface with the keyboard? That would be sweet!

        • Droidzilla

          Like I said, pretty darn close. The tablet wins for surfing while sitting on the couch or toilet, but the Chromebook is actually preferable at the coffee-shop, library, kitchen counter, etc. (from my experience).

  • Ryan B

    Can it run Photoshop or Dreamweaver yet?

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      Most of Chromebooks run on ARMs…. I don’t think Adobe has made that work yet but I use this its close enough.

      pixlr.com/editor/

  • John Hillers

    As a die hard Google fan I really want one of these. But as a budget freak I’m not so sure. The main thing I would use a laptop for is to download (legit ;-)) videos to stream with the chromecast. I don’t see how I could do that with a chromebook.
    For all the other rare instances when my wife and I want to do something online and not use our phones this is perfect.

    • SewWhat

      There are Chrome addons for torrent clients now… do a search in the chrome app store.

      Can’t attest to them as I haven’t’ used any one of them but they exist.

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 mrfrodo24

    For those wondering about getting this because of the godly price-point, if you already have a laptop then there’s really no reason to purchase this. If you’re considering replacing your tablet with this, and you already have a laptop, I would not think that’s necessary either.

    TBH, this is a purchase for people who don’t have a laptop yet or whose laptop is outdated and they really only use it for internet and writing documents and such.

    As beautiful as it is, don’t let it suck you in if you already have a laptop. You don’t need it, even though you may want it and it’s a great price :)

    • Droidzilla

      I bought a Samsung Chromebook and a Samsung laptop because I needed something that did Java for school. The Chromebook was $250, has an 11.6″ display, an ARM processor, 16GB SSD and basically no peripherals (DVD drive, etc.). The laptop runs Win8, was $300 (on sale), has a 2.3GHz quad core, 500GB HDD, DVD R/W, 15.6″ screen, dedicated number pad, etc. And you know what? I hate using the laptop and love using the Chromebook. Same company, same browser (I run Chrome in Win8, of course), same WiFi. But the Chromebook dances circles around the laptop in everything but the spec sheet. Lasts longer on battery, more portable, loads faster, scrolls smoother, I don’t have to reload half the freaking time, easy to use (don’t get me started on the Charlie Fox that is Windows 8), secure, updates smoothly/quickly/effortlessly, starts up quickly, shuts down quickly, multiple users is a snap; the list goes on.

      There are a lot of people out there who got a Chromebook out of curiosity and found that it’s become their go-to device for most of the stuff they use a computer for. It’s like when people said tablets were useless but then those who purchased tablets found themselves using them more and more over their dedicated computers.

      • Brandon S.

        I have to agree. I have a Surface RT with a touch keypad, and I hate hauling my laptop out of my backpack constantly; instead I pull out my Surface.
        Instant on, light/mobile, and everything I need.
        So I need both.

      • Epic Tea

        Very well Said, I think you just sold me I love google products, apps, services and android OS, and I hate Windows (Sorry commentor below) I honestly wish I could stop using apple computers.

        I have a macbook pro 2010, but honestly I only use it because I do Graphic Design, Video Editing, and I write and record songs, otherwise everything else I could easily do on a Chromebook, and this macbook is already having issues at 1500 i have to replace the fan an battery, next time I am just buying a regular desktop mac for work and a Chromebook for everything else.

      • umbrellacorp

        lol and upvote for Charlie Fox.

      • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 mrfrodo24

        Damn, that’s a helluva deal on the laptop you got for $300.

        As much as I’d like to try a Chromebook, it just would not make sense. I have a Macbook Pro already, with Win8 on dual boot, and that is everything I need. Plus, I am a computer science major, so I kinda need to have an actual OS to work with.

        Not hating on Chromebooks, they just don’t really fit my needs, so I threw in my 2 cents on the matter :)

        • Droidzilla

          Spec wise it’s pretty darned good compared to the Chromebook, but unless I’m coding Java, burning a CD, or something like I’ll take the Chromebook every single time. For web browsing, spreadsheets, word processing, Wolfram|Alpha, YouTube, etc. the Chromebook is far more responsive and nicer to use. Also more portable, battery lasts longer, and the like.

    • Ian Smith

      thanks for the advice, dad

      • umbrellacorp

        Go to your room, son., You’re grounded.

        PS; we found your report card and the skin rags.

      • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 mrfrodo24

        You’re welcome, smartass

  • MikeCiggy

    At this price point this thing is really tempting. I travel back and fourth to class and the only thing I need there is web and google drive.

    • Droidzilla

      Be warned: Chromebooks don’t do Java. I had to get a Windows laptop to do Java for school (required for many of my classes). If not for that, I would do everything exclusively on my Chromebook.

      • Fervid Vervet

        They do Java if you install Ubuntu on them…

        • Droidzilla

          1. Then it’s no longer a Chromebook.
          2. It’s not Java; it’s Iced Tea (I know; I’m being pedantic).

          • Adrynalyne

            Sun has packages for GNU/Linux :)

            Edit: Sun?

            Lulz, look at me in the past.

            Oracle.

            *cough*

          • sonicyoof

            Still a Chromebook if you use Crouton instead.

          • Fervid Vervet

            1. As soncyoof said — Crouton.

            2. Don’t worry, you’re not being pedantic, just wrong. IcedTea (now more usually called OpenJDK) has been a conformant and certified Java implementation for about five years, and these days OpenJDK is Oracle’s official reference implementation. So unless you’re posting from 2007, fear not: it’s official, gen-yoo-wine Java.

          • Droidzilla

            These are new bits of information to me; time to go Google some stuff. Thanks!

          • Fervid Vervet

            You’re welcome! Can’t blame you for not being up to speed with the ins and outs of JDK trademarks and compliance tests, it’s deathly boring stuff :) . As for Crouton, all credit to sonicyoof, I’d never heard of it before either — up to now I assumed that dual-booting was the best we could do.

      • MikeCiggy

        Good call. No longer buying. I have a perfectly functioning laptop but this things price is awesome. But not if it can’t do Java. Wifi at schools requires Java to log into the security.

  • radiohead14

    this would be the perfect laptop for mommadukes

  • MK17

    Can someone tell me what this does better than a tablet or laptop? I REALLY want to like one, but I never can seem to see the niche that it fills for me. Currently I have a tablet (iPad) and a work laptop and I can’t see this replacing the ipad or at least replacing the ipad with a keyboard.

    PS – I wish I had an Android tablet. The iPad was free.

    • Droidzilla

      Love my Chromebook. It’s cheaper, lighter, and, in many instances, faster than a laptop but easier to use in many situations than a tablet (full keyboard, has it’s own “stand” due to the laptop layout, etc.). If I’m going to type out a paper or do some web browsing where I might want to do a lot of copy/paste or the like, I’ll take the Chromebook over an Android tablet any day of the week.

  • a3uge

    An 11.6″ display called the Chromebook 11…

    Must mean it’s the 11th generation of Chromebook.

    • Ian

      It might be, there have been a lot of OEMs making chromebooks.

      Also, I see what you did there.

    • Bryan

      LOL – I said the exact same thing when I read it.

  • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

    I really need to upgrade my CR-48 :)

    • Droidzilla

      You do. I got the Samsung model a while back and I haven’t touched my Cr48 since; it really is that much better.

      • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

        My wife uses it most of the time and she gets frustrated with it.

        • Droidzilla

          I had the EXACT same issue; my wife couldn’t stand to use the Cr48. She now uses the Samsung Chromebook (the ARM one) all the time; loves it.

  • DJ SPY

    Hmm, might return my Nexus 7 and get this instead.

  • Keyan X

    It also comes with 100gb drive, 12 inflight GoGo passes, AND 2 free months of Play Music All Access

    • callumshell1

      100GB of cloud storage doesn’t count.

      • athorax

        How does that not count?

        • Adrynalyne

          Is it available to store things when wifi is not?

          Then it doesn’t count as a storage drive.

          • athorax

            Keyan X was just listing the things that come with it…. and it does in fact come with 100gb google drive access.

          • Adrynalyne

            Indeed it does. However, he listed it as “drive” which is probably why callumshell1 said what he/she did (and how I read it initially as well).

          • Justin W

            Here, let me capitalize that for you: Drive.

            Completely change the meaning? No. I’m pretty sure everyone except you understood it was Google Drive storage.

          • Adrynalyne

            Calm down before you pop a blood vessel in your head. I don’t even have to leave this discus to show you that someone else did read it that way.

            https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Jf3qf1Yxye4aE_WribbQfeL3nVEUwj8Ftq5qebvEqlo=w690-h197-p-no

            Maybe reread my comment before getting all worked up. Also I see Keyan X edited to read drive store instead of drive now.

          • Justin W

            Just pointing out you took it the wrong way. No need to have a tantrum.

          • Adam Truelove

            Chromebooks are not for when wifi is not available.

          • Adrynalyne

            Google Docs can go offline, so that is not entirely true.

            Or is that not the case for ChromeOS? Can they not go offline?

            Either way, 100gb drive is not the same as 100gb of storage on Google Drive.

            It comes with a 16GB drive and 100GB of Google Drive. I am sure he meant Google Drive, but some read it differently when he said just drive (including myself), which in turn caused the replies.

    • LionStone

      That’s $168.00 worth of day passes for Gogo Wifi , great for someone that travels.

      • Keyan X

        Yea that plus 20$ of Music and 120$ of Drive storage = ~310 just in features

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        Was it worth it?

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  • Pierito

    Aww look how cute it isssss…it thinks its a laptop :)

  • chromebook

    I don’t see a reason to upgrade my Samsung yet

    • bako

      Well only if you want the lower battery life for the more mobile charger.

      I have a Series 3 Samsung

  • JBartcaps

    I think I’m finally going to update my Samsung Series 7 to either this or the 14″ one. I like colors