Hewlett Packard launches 14-inch Chromebook in US

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Hewlett Packard has launched its first Chromebook in the US and become the latest big-name manufacturer to get behind Google's platform

Hewlett Packard has launched the Chromebook 14 in the US this week and joined the likes of Acer, Samsung and Lenovo in producing a laptop running Google's browser-based Chrome OS.

While the average Chromebook uses an 11-inch screen, HP has gone for a larger 14-inch display with the Chromebook 14, although the resolution sticks to the regular 1,366 x 768.

The Chromebook 14 runs on a 1.1GHz, Intel Celeron processor with a 16GB SSD for storage and 2GB RAM. Less than thrilling specs then, but since everything about Chrome is cloud-based, all you really need is a decent internet connection. The Chromebook 14 has three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet and an SD Card reader.

The device is on sale in the States for $330 (£210) but HP hasn't yet said when we'll see the Chromebook 14 on this side of the Atlantic.

The American company hasn't had the greatest headlines recently, but it's interesting to see it put some faith in Google's platform. Chromebooks haven't broken into the mainstream yet, but a steady procession appear to be rolling off the production lines. And they're not too bad either - we recently awarded four stars to the Acer C7 Chromebook.

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