HP Pavilion 14-inch Chromebook lands in the UK, but it's no Pixel rival

HP Pavilion 14-inch Chromebook lands in the UK, but it's no Pixel rival

Summary: HP has released its 14-inch Pavilion Chromebook in the UK, but with a spec list that focuses on the bottom line rather than performance, it's pitched as a rival to Samsung and Acer's offerings rather than Google's own premium Pixel.


HP has announced that its Pavilion 14-inch Chromebook is now available to buy in the UK — the PC maker's first Google Chrome OS-based device to be launched in the country.

The PC maker said the device offers a 35 percent larger screen size than most other Chromebooks on the market and hopes it will appeal to buyers on the strength of the HP brand.

Image: HP

Key specs of the device include a 14-inch (1366 x 768 pixels) 200-nit display, 16GB SSD storage and a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor. It also has 4GB of RAM, HP TrueVision HD Webcam and numerous ports, including an HDMI port, a combined headphone/mic socket, an Ethernet port and three USB 2.0 slots.

In addition to the onboard storage, buyers will also get 100GB of Google Drive storage space for free for two years.

Unlike many other Chromebooks on sale from competing manufacturers, the Pavilion Chromebook packs significant bulk and weight, primarily as a result of the larger than average display.

The overall dimensions of the device are 347mm x 238mm x 21mm and it weighs 1.8kg. To put that in perspective, the high-end Google Chromebook Pixel (which costs in excess of £1000) weights 1.52kg and is just 16.2mm thick.

However, unlike the Pixel, the HP Pavilion pricing starts from just £249 putting it in more direct competition with rivals such as Samsung's Series 3 Chromebook (£299) and the Acer C7 Chromebook (£199).

The device went on sale in the US at the beginning of February.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility, United Kingdom

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  • not sure about this

    I think if I got a CB I'd want wither a Pixel (if I won the lottery) or something more portable. This HP seems to fill an awkward space. I guess I just don't see the value in stretching 1366 x 768 out to 14 inches these days.
  • It's true that...

    ... chrome os relies on Internet. That's the foundation of the system and what brings all its interesting aspects and limitations.

    It is absolutely possible to develop full offline native apps for Chrome OS. The File Manager for example is an example. The whole Chrome development platform is going in that direction: offline first, content security policy,...

    It just takes time to carefully build a platform for the long term.