HP Pavilion Chromebook Official: $329 for Just 4 Hours of Battery Life

HP has officially entered the Chromebook game with its new Pavilion Chromebook. The company debuted the 14-inch Chrome-powered notebook to little fanfare this morning with specs that match leaked information that hit the Web last week.

The $329 Pavilion Chromebook packs a 1.1-GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid-state drive. Unlike most Chromebooks, which generally sport screens sizes of between 11 to 12 inches, the Pavilion Chromebook comes with a 14-inch 1366 x 768 display. While those specs sound good, the HP Chromebook has one glaring issue that could keep consumers away, it’s middling battery life. 

HP estimates users will get just 4 hours and 15 minutes out of the Chromebook’s 2,250 mAh battery. That’s more than an 1:45 less than the average ultraportable notebook’s performance on our LAPTOP Battery Test, which includes continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi with the display set to 40 percent brightness.

By comparison, the $429 11.6-inch Samsung Series 3 Chromebook, which includes a 1.7-GHz Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD, managed an impressive 7:34 on the LAPTOP Battery Test.

With such a poor battery life estimate, the Pavilion Chromebook is already in a significant hole. Still, we’ll save our final judgment for our full review.

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Daniel P. Howley
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A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. Selden Says:

    The battery can be upgraded with a 6-cell 62 Wh pack. I played around with the new HP Chromebook last weekend, and my initial impression is that the HP has substantially higher build quality than either the Samsung ARM or Acer C7. The screen is much brighter, I liked the keyboard layout, and I still prefer a trackpad with real buttons, so that I can do a right-click without being forced to use 2 fingers. Actually, I’m more bothered that HP chose to cut costs by shipping with only 2gb of RAM instead of 4; fortunately, like the Acer, it has 2 SIMM slots, so it’s not much effort to take it to 4 or 8gb, which makes a huge difference if you keep a lot of tabs/pages open.

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