Earlier this year, HP unveiled its first Chromebook, becoming the fourth PC manufacturer after Acer, Samsung and Google to do so in the UK. Lenovo already announced a Thinkpad Chromebook, the X131e, but it has yet to be launched in the UK.
The Pavilion has gone on sale on HP’s online store for £249 (you can also purchase it from Currys for the same price). It is powered by an Intel Celeron 847 CPU clocked at 1.1GHz (based on Sandy Bridge, with two cores and 2MB cache) with 4GB of RAM (compared to 2GB for the US version) and a 16GB SSD.
It’s worth noting that the suggested retail price of the device in the US is $330 (which is around £200). Other features include a 14in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, three USB ports, a HDMI one, a SD card reader, a HD webcam, Altec Lansing speakers, and an Ethernet port. Users will also get 100GB of Google Drive storage space for two years, a freebie worth £79
Two other competitors, the Acer C7 and the Samsung Series 3 have slightly different propositions. The former is significantly cheaper at £199.99, is smaller, with half the system memory but also a 320GB hard disk drive. The Samsung one is also cheaper but comes with a Cortex-A15 based dual core Exynos system-on-chip.