The latest Google laptop (HP Chromebook 11) was released with a primary goal of affordability. At only $279 this 11.6″ laptop sports a 1366×768 IPS display (non-touch) and a multi-colored light bar on the lid. It comes in black or white plastic (not metal) with a choice of the 4 Google standard colors as an accent (red, blue, green, yellow). It does have a magnesium frame to help maintain structure. Under the hood is a dual-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB SSD storage. It’s basically a Nexus 10 with a keyboard attached to it. Lol.
It comes bundled with 100 GB of Google Drive storage for 2 years and features dual-band 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and up to 6 hours of battery. It does have a pair of USB 2.0 ports and micro USB port for charging. You could even charge this from another laptop.
Chromebooks benefit from fast start up times (within seconds). Files, emails, photos, bookmarks, and apps are all synchronized online. It is optimized for web apps and other browser based tools. They take no time to setup and run the Chrome operating system which claims to be very safe from malware and viruses. Files are stored in the Google cloud and losing your laptop does not mean lost data.
The Chromebook is trying to occupy the space between tablets and full PC laptops. It is a very inexpensive Internet device to consider. A Google executive recently said that Chromebooks are now used in 22
percent of school districts in the United States.