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HP makes its debut in the 15-inch Chromebook segment, starts at $449

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HP is no stranger when it comes to the Chromebook market. They have multiple successful Chromebooks under their brand like the 11-inch, 12-inch, and 14-inch model. HP’s 14-inch and 12-inch x2 Chromebooks even came in a 360 form factor which enabled touch and became a great media device. However, the new Chromebook 15 screens work and are devoid of all the fancy features like the 360 hinge and the Active Pen Support.

The New Chromebook 15 starts at $449 and it comes with the classic metal lid and keyboard deck while also being thin and light. This 15-inch model (15.6’ to be exact) comes with a full keyboard with numeric keypad and Full HD (1920 x 1080 ) IPS panel with wide viewing angles which looks absolutely gorgeous, thanks to the minimal bezels. The bezels though not that slim are still way slimmer than the other laptops in this price segment. Above the screen is a wide-angle HD webcam for all your conference needs. The entirety of the keyboard is backlit and the device’s construction is just 17.9 mm thick, making it easier to carry around. The built of the device gives it a much more premium feel.

This Chromebook comes with stereo sound output from the dual speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen. As for the I/O, this device comes with two USB 3.1 Type-C ports capable of 5 Gbps Ethernet as well as display output and one USB 3.1 Type-A port with one Micro SD card reader for your expansion needs.

The base model comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM coupled with an Intel Gold 4417U Processor. You can, however, go for an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 Processor, the exact specification and RAM of which are currently undisclosed. HP has promised over 13 hours of battery life which is impressive at this price and we will have to see if that truly is the case. The base model comes with 64GB of eMMC storage but you can opt for the 128GB eMMC model by paying a higher fortune.

The device, expected to arrive in either blue or silver finishes, has taken us by a surprise. You don’t really see these specs for a Chromebook at such a low price-point. This Chromebook is a viable option for those who are looking for at-par performance but a lower cost if they can switch to an alternative OS like the Chrome OS. Moreover, HP is packing this unit under an impressive 3.99 pounds weight with all the added bonus of the Chrome OS environment packed with the extensiveness of the Google Play Store. Overall, this Chromebook seems extremely promising.

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