14-inch HP Chromebook now available, costs $329


— 9:00 AM on February 4, 2013

When HP leaked a data sheet for its own upcoming 14" Chromebook last week, we learned pretty much everything about the machine—except for its price and release date. Well, now we know everything. The HP Pavilion 14-c010us Chromebook has become available from HP's online store, and pricing starts at $329.99.

Clearly, last week's PDF wasn't a clever attempt at subterfuge. All of the information checks out: the Pavilion 14 Chromebook indeed has a 14" 1366x768 display, a 1.1GHz Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of solid-state storage, and a 37-watt-hour battery rated for "up to 4 hours and 15 minutes" of run time. The system's thickness is indeed a slender 0.83", and its weight is, as expected, a not-so-scrawny 3.96 lbs.

Hmm. What else? Well, there are three USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI output, and one 100Mbps Ethernet port along the machine's sides. The Pavilion 14 Chromebook also has Altec Lansing speakers and an "HP TrueVision HD Webcam" with a built-in microphone, which should be great when grandpa or grandma wants to use Skype and realizes that it doesn't run on Chrome OS. Oh, and the palm rest has a glossy finish, too—perfect for smudge and fingerprint aficionados.

Okay, so this isn't such a bad deal for 330 bucks. Chrome OS is sufficiently pared down that it should be a good, low-maintenance option for someone with limited computer literacy, and the system's big display should please folks who'd rather not view photos and videos on a teeny 11.6" screen. That said, I don't expect to see any PC enthusiasts pulling these out of expensive messenger bags.

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