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Chromebooks vie to replace netbooks

Agam Shah | April 22, 2013
The once-hot netbook may have been decimated by the arrival of tablets, but inexpensive, lightweight laptops are showing staying power. The latest iteration in that category is Chromebooks.

The X131e is also available with Windows 8, starting at $499.

HP's Pavilion 14 Chromebook

Hewlett-Packard's long-standing reliance on Windows for laptops was broken when the company introduced the Pavilion 14 Chromebook with Chrome OS earlier this year. The $329.99 laptop has a 14-inch screen and runs a dual-core Intel processor. It weighs 1.8 kilograms and offers just over four hours of battery life. It supports up to 4GB of memory, has 16GB of local storage and USB 2.0 ports. Like Lenovo, HP is targeting the laptop at the education market.

Google's Chromebook Pixel

Google's first laptop offering is the $1299 Chromebook Pixel, which has the most advanced hardware in Chrome OS laptops.

A standout Pixel feature is the 12.85-inch screen that displays images at a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels. That tops Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display, which has a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. It weighs 1.52 kilograms and offers a battery life of around five hours, which may be due to the power-hungry Intel Core i5 processor. While local storage is limited to up to 64GB, laptop buyers get 1TB of Google Cloud online storage.

For the U.S. market, a $1,449 model includes two years of LTE mobile broadband service from Verizon, limited to 100MB per month.

 

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