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29
Jan

HP’s smartwatch has Swarovski crystals and a see-through screen


The product of HP’s collaboration with American designer Isaac Mizrahi wouldn’t look out of place next to ordinary analog watches designed for women. It looks just like any other Swarovski-encrusted arm candy, which could be good or bad, depending on your preference. Only difference is that its glass is actually a transparent screen that can be activated by a dial. It connects to an iOS 8+ or an Android 4.4+ device via Bluetooth and shows you incoming calls, messages, emails and even the steps you’ve taken, thanks to its built-in pedometer. You can’t, however, use it to send voice messages, listen to music, pay for purchases or monitor your heart rate, among other features more robust smartwatches have.

Its battery can last for years if you just use it as an ordinary watch, but only five days if you use its more high-tech offerings.The “Engineered by HP” device’s watchface measures 42mm and is available in silver or gold-tone stainless steel. Its bands are interchangeable, but each color (black, white, sky blue, baby pink and light gray) will cost you an extra $40. The product itself will set you back $250 — not too bad if you just want a wristwatch with a handful of smart features.

Source: HP

25
Dec

Getting Christmas right was never this hard for my parents


The most my parents generally had to do for a Christmas present was remember to buy batteries. Okay, maybe I’m underselling their role. One year they got me a bike, and somehow kept it hidden from me until the big day. I would’ve been five at the time, and it was worth it, I’m sure. I don’t actually recall my reaction but it was probably joy interrupted by despair at being told I couldn’t ride it indoors. Some 25 years later, and I’ve spent what seems like a lifetime setting up Christmas presents this year.

My nine-year-old is getting his first proper laptop — an HP Stream 11 — and my five-year-old step-son is getting his first ever tablet — an Amazon Fire Kids Edition. The latter was up and running in no time. It came preconfigured with my Amazon account, so all I had to do was tell the tablet the name of the kid that’d be using it, how old he was, and what I wanted him to access, and we were good to go. Result! The laptop, though. The laptop has been an ordeal.

It arrived on Monday morning, and after work I diligently opened it up to login, update and set up all the necessary parental controls. After logging into my Microsoft account, I was quickly prompted to upgrade to Windows 10. “Glad I did this now,” I thought to myself.

Windows 10 took four hours to download. I’m not sure why — a 10GB download typically takes 20 minutes or so on my connection — but I survived. It was almost midnight by the time it had downloaded, but with some emails left to answer, I figured I may as well stay up for the installation. About 15 minutes in an error appeared.

“Windows needs more space,” it screamed.

“Why didn’t you tell me this four and a half hours ago?” I sighed.

Beneath the warning I had two options: use Disk Clean-up to free some space (I checked, it would’ve freed 2.6MB), or insert a USB drive with 10GB of free space. It seems to me that HP and Microsoft should’ve really thought about this beforehand. Either way, I didn’t have a USB drive to hand, so at 00:30, I gave in to the urge to sleep.

The next night, I opened the Steam 11, vitriol freshly spewed, ready to get this thing ready to be wrapped. The upgrade was pretty painless. About an hour later, and I was in Windows 10. On setting up my son’s sub-account, I was presented with an intriguing option.

Checkboxes unchecked, I was ready to install Office. As a subscriber to Office 365 Home, this was going to be simple, right? I was signed into Windows with my Microsoft account, after all, and it has a valid license for Office 365.

I first typed “Office” into search, assuming it would be pre-installed or at least there’d be a quick downloader. Nope. I then clicked the “Get Office” button on the start menu, assuming it would offer me a download. Nope. Instead, I was presented with two options: buy Office, or try Office. Neither was applicable. I headed to the Windows Store and searched for Office. It wasn’t there. There was a link that kicked me into the browser, though.

From the browser, I logged, in, downloaded the installer, and started the setup. Away we go! Some 45 minutes later, I was presented with an error dialog:

Great! Midnight again. Sleep again.

Fast-forward to Christmas Eve, and I diagnosed the issue. It was a simple enough fix — a quick cleanup job, the error caused by leftovers from upgrading the OS. Next, I opened up Word, activated Office, logged out, and into the profile I’d set up for my nine-year-old.

On logging into Word with his profile, I discovered he would have full access to the contents of my OneDrive. I’m not sure that him reading my Engadget articles is the worst thing in the world, but there are also a few legal documents and other correspondences that would be confusing for a kid. This was kind of my fault — apparently I had to invite him to use the account, and then set it up with his email instead of my own.

With that taken care of, all that was left was to leave him a soppy note, log out, and get with the wrapping. All told, the saga spanned four nights and took some eight hours or so.

I think he’s getting a bike next year.

17
Dec

Engadget giveaway: Win a 15.6-inch HP Envy laptop courtesy of AMD!


Tablets and smartphones becoming the norm, so it’s not unusual to find your laptop’s display accruing fingerprints out of habit, even if it’s not a touchscreen. This week, AMD is offering one lucky Engadget reader a chance to get all their devices on the same page with an HP Envy 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop. This Windows machine packs built-in Band & Olufsen speakers, 6GB of memory and 1TB of storage into a 0.93-inch-thick package. To keep everything purring along, there’s an AMD FX-8800P accelerated processor on board, part of the company’s sixth-generation A-Series line that boasts some serious performance. That means enough power to help you can cruise though family get-togethers with a little gaming and as many movies as it takes. All you need to do is head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this AMD-powered HP laptop.

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16
Dec

HP Spectre x2 review: A less expensive Surface rival


We’ve been noticing something the past few months: Every tech company is trying to be more like Microsoft. Which is to say, they’re belatedly copying the Surface Pro, a laptop/tablet mashup that’s already in its fourth generation. There are different examples: the iPad Pro from Apple, Google’s Pixel C, as well as offerings from Lenovo and Dell. But HP’s latest is an especially literal interpretation. The Spectre x2, as it’s called, is a 12-inch Windows tablet with a keyboard cover. Also like the Surface Pro, it sports a kickstand around back and can be used with a pressure-sensitive pen. But, it’s cheaper and the keyboard actually comes in the box (hear that, Microsoft?). On paper, then, it would seem that while the x2 isn’t groundbreaking, it could be worthwhile in its own right. Slideshow-347350

Hardware

Review: HP Spectre X2

It works like a Surface, but it doesn’t look like one. Whereas the Surface Pro is all chamfered edges and unibody metal, the Spectre x2 is marked by rounded corners, exposed screws and some chrome and glass bits. Let’s start our tour on the backside for once, because that’s where most of the action is. The all-important kickstand sits flush with the rear case until you hold down a release lever on the left side. When extended, it looks like an easel, with an open metal frame that stays put on flat surfaces, but isn’t always comfortable to balance on your lap. I also find it’s slightly more cumbersome to pull out than the Surface’s kickstand, though both are a bit awkward in that respect. On the plus side, the kickstand is fully adjustable (also like the Surface Pro), which not all hybrids are.

Also on the rear, you’ll find a black glass strip lining the top edge. That’s where HP places Intel’s 3D RealSense camera setup, which is composed of a main 8-megapixel shooter and stereoscopic 720p cameras for capturing different layers of depth information. As we’ve found in other products using the technology, it can be fun to take photos and then adjust the focus after the fact, as well as apply filters to selective parts of the picture. Unfortunately, while RealSense devices are in theory able to take advantage of the Windows Hello biometric log-in in Windows 10, the fact that these depth-sensing cameras are on the back of the x2 means they won’t be of any use for things like facial or iris recognition when you want to quickly sign in to your machine. Also, it’s a little awkward using a 12-inch, nearly 1.9-pound tablet to frame shots.

Speaking of the sort, the x2 is thin and light in the grand scheme of things — i.e., compared to full-fledged laptops — but it’s not remarkably small either. All told, it comes in at 840 grams (1.85 pounds) and 8mm (0.31 inch) thick. That makes it easy to carry indeed, though the keyboard cover adds quite a bit of weight, bringing the total to 2.68 pounds. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 4 starts at 1.69 pounds, with the optional Type Cover adding just 0.64 pounds. Need some more examples? The tablet portion of the Surface Book weighs 1.6 pounds with a more powerful Core i5 or i7 processor, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at 1.57 pounds and measures 0.27 inch thick, despite having a larger screen than the x2.

If it sounds like I’m splitting hairs, I have a point. One of the main reasons to use Core M, ostensibly, is that you can achieve thinner and lighter designs than you could with a heavier-duty Core i processor. Or, at least, that was the case last year when the first Core M PCs started hitting the market. Now, though, there’s no real benefit, at least in terms of size and weight. As you’ll see, too, Core i systems still have a leg up when it comes to both battery life and raw performance power. That leaves just one reason to get a Core M system, then, and that’s price.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, though, let me finish up my tour of the tablet. The all-important power/lock button sits on the top edge, with separate pin-locked microSD and SIM trays on the right. Also on the right is one of two USB Type-C ports that you can use to charge the device. Google’s latest Pixel Chromebook also had two USB-C charging ports and while it’s not what I’d call a necessity, it’s nice to be able to choose which side you’d like to have the charging cord to come out of, depending on where you’re sitting relative to the nearest outlet. Should you need a full-sized USB Type-A connection, there’s a dongle included in the box, something other hardware makers don’t bother to offer.

On the left edge is the second USB-C socket, along with a two-stage volume rocker, headphone jack and the release lever for the kickstand. Lastly, the tablet features dual Bang & Olufsen speakers, one on the right and left side. (There’s also some B&O branding on both the tablet and keyboard dock, lest you forget who’s responsible for those thumping tunes.)

Display

At the center of everything is the 12-inch IPS display. The resolution is capped at 1,920 x 1,080, which is lower than some competing products, including both the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro. Still, on a screen this small, the difference would be subtle at best, so in the interest of keeping the cost down, this was a fine compromise. Even if the screen angle weren’t adjustable, which thankfully it is, I would have had an easy time making out the screen. As a warning, the glossy panel doesn’t completely repel glare, but color and contrast at least stays mostly consistent as you tilt the screen forward and back.

Lastly, the x2 is compatible with pressure-sensitive Wacom pens — that’s the same technology that the Surface Pro used to have before Microsoft bought Wacom competitor N-Trig. All of which is to say: The x2 will make a good pen tablet for drawing and note-taking, so long as you’re willing to buy your own writing implement. HP sells an active pen on its site for $30, though any Wacom-enabled pen will do.

Keyboard

The Spectre x2 might be slower than the competition, and the battery life might not be as long, and the screen might not be as sharp, but damn if it doesn’t have one of the best keyboards I’ve seen on a device like this. The metal keyboard feels sturdy, for starters, which goes a long way toward making it comfortable to use in the lap. It’s backlit — another plus. And, perhaps most importantly, the keys are generously sized with an impressive 1.5mm of travel, making them uncommonly cushy for a product in this class.

Also, I like how HP gives you a choice of resting the keyboard flat against your desk (or lap), or instead folding up the top to attach to magnets inside the tablet’s lower bezel. This gives the keyboard a lift in the back that for some will translate to a more ergonomically sound experience.

Too bad the touchpad isn’t nearly as refined. To be fair, when it works it works well, with smooth enough scrolling and precise cursor tracking. But it doesn’t always work. I wasn’t always able to get the pointer to go, and I frequently found myself accidentally rearranging pinned browser tabs. Worse, there were times when I swiped my finger across the large touch surface only to find that it wasn’t responding. Usually, a little persistence would do the trick, as would detaching and then reattaching the tablet. But it shouldn’t be that way. Fortunately, I think this is just the sort of problem a firmware update can fix.

Performance and battery life

PCMark7 PCMark8 (Creative Accelerated) 3DMark11 3DMark (Sky Diver) ATTO (top reads/writes)
HP Spectre x2 (1.2GHz Core M7-6Y75, Intel HD 515) 3,395 3,307

E1,884 / P1,148 / X331

2,737 554 MB/s / 281 MB/s
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2.4GHz Core i5-6300U, Intel HD 520) 5,403 3,602

E2,697/ P1,556/ X422

3,614 1.6 GB/s / 529 MB/s
Lenovo Yoga Pro 900 (2.5GHz Core i7-6500U, Intel HD 520) 5,368 3,448

E2,707 / P1,581

3,161 556 MB/s / 511 MB/s
Microsoft Surface Book (2.4GHz Core i5-6300U, Intel HD 520) 5,412 3,610

E2,758 / P1,578 / X429

3,623 1.6 GB/s / 571 MB/s
Microsoft Surface Book (2.6GHz Core i7-6600U, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce graphics) 5,740 3,850

E4,122 / P2,696

6,191 1.55 GB/s / 608 MB/s
HP Spectre x360 (2015, 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD 5500) 4,965 N/A

E1,667 / P932 / X265

N/A 555 MB/s / 270 MB/s
Dell XPS 13 (2015, 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD 5500) 4,900 N/A

E2,114 / P1,199 / X330

N/A 515 MB/s / 455 MB/s

The Spectre x2 comes with your choice of Core M3, M5 or M7 processor. It’s the same idea as Core i3, i5 and i7, except that Intel Core M sacrifices speed for the sake of achieving especially thin and light designs, like the one we have here. The unit I tested was a top-of-the-line configuration, with a dual-core 1.2GHz Core M7-6Y75 processor, Intel HD 515 graphics and 8GB of memory. Even with the best specs offered, benchmark scores still trail new machines with Core i5 chips, including the Surface Pro 4. In particular, you’ll notice a big gap in graphics-focused tests, like 3DMark.

To its credit, the LiteOn solid-state drive delivered max write speeds of 554 MB/s in ATTO’s disk test, which is in line with many other SSDs we’ve tested recently. Even so, though, it takes the Spectre x2 about 15 seconds to boot into the desktop, whereas it might take a faster machine around 10. Also, write speeds topped out at an average 281 MB/s, which trails many of its contemporaries, including the SP4, which gets into the 500-megabyte-per-second territory in write tests.

Battery life

HP Spectre x2 6:43
Surface Book (Core i5, integrated graphics) 13:54 / 3:20 (tablet only)
MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013) 12:51
HP Spectre x360 11:34
Surface Book (Core i7, discrete graphics) 11:31 / 3:02 (tablet only)
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (13-inch, 2015) 11:23
iPad Pro 10:47
Chromebook Pixel (2015) 10:01
Lenovo Yoga Pro 900 9:36
Microsoft Surface 3 9:11
Apple MacBook (2015) 7:47
Dell XPS 13 (2015) 7:36
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 7:15
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 7:08

HP rates the Spectre x2 for 10 hours of battery life. If they say so. Perhaps it’s possible to achieve 10 hours of use if you lower the brightness to a fairly dim setting and use the machine intermittently. For my part, I never came close to reaching that milestone. With an HD video looping and the brightness fixed at 65 percent, the x2 managed six hours and 43 minutes. And it seems we’re not alone: Our friends at Laptop Mag, for instance, got around six and a half hours in what’s arguably a less taxing test.

All told, between the performance and battery life results, I’m convinced there’s not much reason at this point to buy a device with Intel Core M, especially if you have a choice. Yes, it enables super slim designs, but so do the latest “Core i” processors. Core-i chips also offer faster performance, and early reviews suggest that battery life is longer too, especially compared to last year’s Core CPUs. The only benefit to Core M seems to be that those models are slightly cheaper price your typical Core i5 system. But if you intend to own your next computer for several years, that extra $100 or so is well worth it.

Configuration options and the competition

The Spectre x2 starts at $800 with an Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor, Intel HD 515 graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. From there, you can upgrade to a $950 configuration with a Core M5-6Y54 chip and 8GB of memory. That model is customizable, too, allowing you to swap in a Core M7 CPU ($50) and either a 256GB ($150) or 512GB ($450) SSD. Either way, the keyboard comes standard in the box, and the 12-inch screen has a fixed resolution of 1,920 x 1,080.

Or you could not buy an x2 at all. There are plenty of similar-looking tablet hybrids out there, including the one that started the trend: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. If you were to compare the two based on price alone, the SP4 would seem like the worse deal: With a higher starting price of $899, it has the same key specs as the $800 Spectre x2, and doesn’t come with a keyboard in the box (you’ll need to buy that separately for $130). Price aside, though, it’s still the better product. It’s lighter (1.69 pounds, versus 1.85); it’s more comfortable to use in the lap; it offers more powerful spec options; and the battery life is slightly longer, even with a more pixel dense display. Of the two, the Surface Pro 4 is the one I’d sooner recommend to my family and friends.

There are others. Lenovo will soon begin selling the Miix 700, and Dell recently released the XPS 12, a 12-inch Windows tablet with an accompanying keyboard dock. Since I haven’t had a chance to test this one yet, I can’t vouch for the performance, though it’s worth noting that it runs on Core M chips, just like the x2, which means you shouldn’t expect particularly fast performance. I’m also curious to see what effect the 4K screen option has on battery life.

The other thing I can’t account for is ergonomics. We already know that the 12.5-inch tablet has a fixed position inside its dock; that puts it at a disadvantage against the Spectre X2 and SP4, both of which have fully adjustable kickstands. On the other hand, perhaps the lack of a kickstand will make it more comfortable to use in the lap. We’ll see.

And lastly, what kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t compare the Spectre x2 to the iPad Pro? It, too, is a pen-enabled tablet designed to be used as a laptop on occasion, and it starts at a similar price of $799. The performance is fast, the battery life is longer than on the Spectre x2 and the pressure-sensitive Apple Pencil works well. But, iOS 9 isn’t as robust a multitasker as OS X or Windows 10; none of the optional keyboard docks allow you to adjust the screen angle; and the fact that iOS 9 has no mouse support can get tiresome, depending on what you’re doing. It’s a worthy product in some ways, but I only recommend it in its current form to creative pros and early adopters.

Wrap-up

In this increasingly big world of laptop/tablet hybrids, the Spectre x2 isn’t a bad choice, especially at this price. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best. The x2 is not the fastest, the longest-lasting or the most comfortable to use in the lap. It’s screen is not the sharpest. But it’s keyboard is arguably the easiest to type on of any click-in dock I’ve seen, and the audio is surprisingly decent. If money is no object, you will probably be happier with the Surface Pro 4. But, if you were hoping to avoid spending $930 just for the entry-level SP4 and keyboard, the x2 is a fine runner-up.

23
Nov

HP teams up with another giant watchmaker on smart wristwear


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HP isn’t done reviving its smartwatch partnerships just because it’s helping Movado — far from it. The tech pioneer has unveiled a smartwatch deal with Titan, the fifth-largest watchmaker in the world and a powerhouse in its native India. The two aren’t saying much about what their new wearable entails beyond a design that’s “responsive, but not intrusive” (what does that even mean?) and its support for both Android and iOS. However, it’s safe to say that HP is doing most of the heavy lifting. Like with other Engineered by HP smartwatches, it’s supplying the underlying hardware and software while the watch brand focuses mostly on design and manufacturing.

Source: HP

17
Nov

HP taught Movado’s new Bold Motion what it knows


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For a smartwatch to be considered a smartwatch, it has to be smart. Traditional designers and watchmakers have looked to companies familiar with consumer technology to develop their smartwatches for them. Movado, the company that makes high-end watches, has enlisted HP to make a smartwatch with brilliant design and software. This comes more than a year after HP worked with Gilt to produce a Michael Bastian-designed smartwatch.

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Despite not having an interactive display, Movado has key smartwatch features in the Bold Motion:

Infused with Movado’s modern design aesthetic and harnessing HP’s performance technology, Movado BOLD Motion is the BOLD way to stay connected. Movado BOLD Motion notifies users of incoming phone calls and texts, manages time and priorities and monitors daily steps and tracks progress through app-enabled functionality,

The Bold Motion will be sold for $695 in two unisex styles online starting sometime during the holiday season.

Movado: “Always In Motion” Brings Iconic Modern Design To Two Smartwatch Collections In Collaborations With Fullpower / MMT And HP Inc.

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) takes an innovative approach to wearable technology where design is first and foremost. In collaboration with two premier technology leaders, two distinct smartwatch collections were created with iOS and Android compatible apps: MotionX-365 end-to-end solution created by Silicon Valley’s Fullpower Technologies, Inc. for Movado Swiss timepieces, and HP Inc.for Movado’s BOLD collection. Both collections will be available for the upcoming holiday season, and supported with a comprehensive marketing program.

“Movado Group has always been committed to providing our consumers with exceptional innovative design and we are extremely excited to show the world how we have merged modern iconic design with technology,” said Efraim Grinberg, CEO and Chairman, Movado Group. “The partners we collaborated with execute smart technology in a user-friendly way understanding that today’s consumers have differing needs regarding how connected they want to be.” 

Simply intelligent – Movado Motion merges Swiss made elegance into the wearable technology segment for men and women. Powered by MotionX® innovative technology platform, Movado Motion features two striking Swiss made designs: Museum Sport for him and Bellina for her. These iconic Movado watch designs deliver 24/7 MotionX® activity monitoring and offers the following functions: steps activity tracking, sleeptracker®  sleep monitoring, sleep cycle alarms, get-active alerts, dynamic coaching, 2 year battery life and automatic world clock with time/date setting through sync with paired device. There are six timepieces in the collection with an opening price point of $995

Infused with Movado’s modern design aesthetic and harnessing HP’s performance technology, Movado BOLD Motion is the BOLD way to stay connected.  Movado BOLD Motion notifies users of incoming phone calls and texts, manages time and priorities and monitors daily steps and tracks progress through app-enabled functionality, Movado BOLD Motion is offered in two different unisex styles for $695. This illuminating design for the modern world maintains up to a full-week of smart module battery life.

The new Movado Museum Sport and Bellina smartwatches are available on Movado.com starting today and the BOLD smartwatch  will be available on Movado.com in time for the holidays.

A brand long identified with Modernism and closely associated with the performing arts, Movado has achieved a proud 134-year history of design excellence and innovation. Movado has been a major supporter of New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Movado has supported the Miami International Film Festival, Miami City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, EBEL, Concord, Coach, HUGO BOSS, Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, and Scuderia Ferrari brand watches worldwide.

Come comment on this article: HP taught Movado’s new Bold Motion what it knows

16
Nov

HP and Movado bring simplicity to smartwatches


Smartwatches are starting to look like regular watches. Movado, a Swiss watchmaker known for its crisp designs, has partnered with HP Inc. for its Bold Motion smartwatch. It will do all the smartwatch things — alert you to emails, texts, phone calls, meetings and even track your steps — but it won’t look like a shrunken phone screen that’s strapped on your wrist. The smart timepiece retains Movado’s simplicity and tradition with a circular disc that marks 12 on the dial but it comes to life with subtle vibrations and aqua-hued LED clues in sync with notifications on your phone.

20
Oct

New HP Chromebook 14: cheaper, better battery life and different processor


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Chrome OS is known for its light software, snappy performance and simplicity, but we can probably thank the platform’s affordable prices for most of its success. Gone are the days when you had to spend hundreds of dollars just to get a half decent computer. There’s plenty of accessible Chromebooks around, and HP is adding a new one to the list today.

Well, they aren’t exactly making a brand new one; it’s more of a refreshed version of last year’s HP Chromebook 14. But there are enough changes in the new model to make this a newsworthy event.

The refreshed HP Chromebook 14 is improved in a few key ways. Let’s start with the best news: it’s much cheaper at only $249.99 (to start). The base version features a 14-inch 1366×768 display, but you can upgrade to a 1080p screen by paying $30 more (not sure if the higher resolution will affect battery life much).

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HP is promising 9 hours and 15 minutes of battery life. This is definitely an improvement on the last generation Chromebook, which could go for about 8 hours. Also an important change is the switch to an Intel Celeron N2840 processor, instead of last gen’s NVIDIA K1 SoC. Other specs include the usual 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, microSD support and more.

And of course, you get your freebies, which encompass 12 free Gogo in-flight internet passes, 3 free Google Play movie rentals and 90 days of free Google Play Music (assuming you haven’t used your free trial yet).

Interested? Look forward to seeing the new HP Chromebook 14 in store shelves by November 8th, while the $279 iteration is set to hit the USA later this month. We will have to wait and see how well the new processor and improved battery do, but so far this is certainly looking like a good option for those in need of a Chromebook, and the reduced price sure is nice. Are any of you getting one?

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19
Oct

HP refreshes the Chromebook 14 with better battery life and a 1080p display


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HP today announced the next generation of the Chromebook 14, featuring up to 9 hours and 15 minutes of battery life and even offering an option with a 1080p display. The device has even received a price drop from its predecessor, making it more attractive to those that want to take Chrome OS for a spin with little risk or loss.

You can expect to get that aforementioned 9 hours and 15 minutes of battery life on the 1,366 x 768 display, but certainly much less battery life on the 1080p option. HP also seems to have ditched the NVIDIA processor in favor of a Intel Celeron N2840 chipset. Unfortunately, this unit cannot be configured beyond 2GB of RAM.

As per the norm, buying this Chromebook will net you 100GB of free Google Drive space for two years.

The new HP Chromebook 14 will be available in the United States on November 8 for $250 or $280 for the model with the 1080p display. This particular Chromebook will no doubt be a hot seller this Black Friday, especially considering that we haven’t seen a Full HD Chromebook below $300 yet. In contrast, Acer’s Full HD Chromebook 15 starts at $349.

HP also announced the Chromebook 14 G4, which is aimed for education and small business. It’s equipped with enhanced VPN support, Citrix Receiver 1.8 for Chrome OS, 32GB of internal storage, and will come in silver colour exclusively. This unit is expected to drop some time this month.

source: HP

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19
Oct

HP’s refreshed Chromebook 14 gets a price drop and longer battery life


No, they’re not as wacky as that special edition Star Wars laptop, but Chromebooks are still likely to make for popular gifts this holiday season, given that they’re cheap, compact and come in fun colors. Unsurprisingly, then, HP’s just refreshed its 14-inch Chromebook ahead of the Black Friday stampede, cutting the price by $50 and promising longer battery life. In particular, the Chromebook 14 is now rated for nine hours and 15 minutes with a 1,366 x 768 display, up from eight hours in the last-gen version. HP also moved from an NVIDIA chip to an Intel Celeron N2840, which could in theory yield faster performance in some areas, though it’s a shame there doesn’t appear to be an option to configure it with more than 2GB of RAM. There’s also a 1080p screen option; just don’t expect the battery life there to be quite as long.Slideshow-324984

The Chromebook 14 is available here in the States on November 8th, starting at $250, or $280 with a full HD screen. Though Chromebooks tend to be awfully same-y, offering similar specs at a similar price, this might indeed be a good deal: It’s still rare to see a Chrome OS laptop with a Full HD display for less than $300. Particularly given that last year’s model was met with mostly positive reviews, we’ll be curious to see how this one fares with the new processor and longer battery life.

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