TribLIVE

| Business


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Google to offer HP Chromebook for $279

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Google is introducing a $279 laptop based on its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in a model that costs about $1,000 more.

Hewlett-Packard Co. is making the new HP Chromebook 11. Although the price is in line with most other Chromebooks using Chrome OS, the new model sports many design features that are usually found on pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.

Unlike Windows and Mac laptops, Chromebooks rely heavily on having a continuous Internet connection to run Gmail, Google Docs and other online services. Many apps don't run directly on the device but over the Internet. The devices also have relatively little storage, as documents, photos and other files are supposed to be stored online instead.

The new laptop has a plastic frame with no sharp edges, corners or screw holes. Speakers are tucked under the keyboard so that sound comes out toward the user, even when the laptop is used on the lap. Devices with speakers on the back or the bottom don't do that.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. 153-year-old Venango well pumps out oil, history
  2. Woman on dating site looks too good to be true: How to vet that pic
  3. Small retailers at intersection of social networks, foot traffic
  4. Business Council for Peace program works to export profits, peace
  5. Highmark and UPMC feud over canceled physician contracts
  6. In ‘StockCity,’ real investing like game
  7. Test-tube tuna may be sea change
  8. Iron ore price decline hurts U.S. Steel’s cost advantage over rivals
  9. Kennametal names replacement for retiring CEO
  10. U.S. Steel reorganizes operating units
  11. Pennsylvania unemployment rate drops to six-year low
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.