Google and HP team up

Google, in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard, is introducing a laptop that runs on its Chrome operating system for $279 USD (335 NZ).

The new HP Chromebook 11 will use design features normally reserved for higher end laptops at over $1000.

The device is aimed at people who use continuous internet to access Gmail, Google docs and other online services.

Measuring 11.6 inches diagonally and weighing 1.04 kgs, the Chromebook 11 is sleek, with the speakers tucked under the keyboard, so the sound comes directly to the user.

Other features include a webcam, wifi and Bluetooth.

But, the cleverest part of the design is that it uses a Micro USB charger common with Smartphones and mobile devices.

So when you’re on the go, no more lugging around bulky chargers.

“When you’re travelling, you don’t need to throw an extra charger into your bag,”wrote Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google in a blog entry.

In keeping the price low a few trade-offs have been made. It doesn’t have a touch screen, and the resolution at 1366 x 768 pixel is not as sharp as Pixel’s.

The frame is plastic rather than metal, and there is only 16 gigabyte storage, the idea being that users will store pictures, documents etc online.

The Chromebook 11 goes on sale in the US on October 20th at Google’s online Play store and other selected retailers, including Amazon, with Google stating it will be available to other countries, including New Zealand over the holiday shopping period.