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article imageHP's newest laptop is a premium Chromebook with a 4K display

By James Walker     Apr 29, 2016 in Technology
HP has launched a new Chromebook, the 13-inch Chromebook 13. The laptop is one of few to be billed as a premium Chromebook, starting at $500 and including an all-metal chassis and high-end features. HP said it is "built for performance" on the go.
The Chromebook 13 was announced today, coming almost exactly a month after Acer unveiled its own take on the "premium Chromebook" category. HP aims to attract cloud-based mobile workers to Chrome OS with an eye-catching design and all-day battery life.
The laptop can last up to 11.5 hours on a charge, enough for the average user to easily survive a day at work. There's a backlit keyboard for comfortable typing in dim locations and a pair of USB Type-C ports. A traditional USB port is also included for backwards compatibility with older devices.
The HP Chromebook 13
The HP Chromebook 13
HP
The chassis is built of brushed anodized aluminium, creating a silver finish that would easily blend into an office environment. HP said the Chromebook 13 "is not your kids' Chromebook," emphasising that the laptop targets a market that isn't Chrome OS' typical audience.
The range starts at $499, giving you a Full HD 1920x1080 version of the 13.3-inch display and 4GB of RAM. The most popular model will probably be the $599 version with the 3200x1800 4K display but options are available up to $1029.
The HP Chromebook 13
The HP Chromebook 13
HP
Processors come from Intel's Skylake range of sixth-generation chips. At the entry level, you'll get a basic Pentium. More capable Core m3, m5 and m7 processors become available as you progress to higher models, alongside additional storage and memory configurations. HP said the diversity of models available is designed to allow you to find a balance of features to suit the demands of your work.
The Chromebook 13 will be available with an optional USB Type-C docking station. The dock can connect the laptop to up to two full HD displays, a wired network over Ethernet and additional USB devices. The hub can also be used as a charging station for smartphones and tablets.
The HP Chromebook 13
The HP Chromebook 13
HP
Premium Chromebooks are still a rare thing and HP isn't going to be selling huge numbers of the Chromebook 13. Creating a product such as this indicates trust in Chrome OS' value to business customers though, a strength that is yet to be widely recognised.
The operating system's dependence on the cloud makes it unsuitable for many people. For others, it can turn out to be the perfect choice, letting you store files online, run web-based apps and easily connect with other devices and people using Google's built-in productivity suite. With two high-end Chromebooks launched in as many months, Chrome OS looks to be establishing itself as a productivity platform more strongly than has been observed before.
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