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HP ‘Reinvents’ The Chromebook For Businesses With Docking Station And USB-C

HP is releasing its most advanced Chromebook to date, claiming it has worked closely with Google to develop the HP Chromebook 13, which is called a ‘reinvention’ of the cloud-based laptop intended for both home and office use.

Featuring an all-metal build made of brushed aluminium, the device weighs in at just 1.29kg and is 12.9mm across, and will be the first Chromebook to have a docking station to attach a keyboard, monitor and mouse.

High power

The HP Chromebook 13 is the first Chrome OS unit to be powered by Intel’s ‘Skylake’ 6th generation Core m processor and comes with 32GB of storage and up to 16GB of RAM.

The 13.3-inch display is available with either full HD or a 3200 x 1800 (QHD+) resolution that promises to be ideal for films and videoconferencing, the latter of which is supported with a 720p webcam,

The Chromebook is powered by a 45W battery that HP and Google say will offer 11.5 hours’ battery life whether out and about or in the office and is recharged with a USB-C adaptor. This USB-C port is also the gateway to a range of accessories that HP is offering to turn the Chromebook 13 into a fully-fledged desktop work or entertainment unit.

Chief amongst these is the Elite USB-C Docking Station, which is able to hook the Chromebook 13 up to two displays and a series of peripherals.

There’s no news on a UK release date or price yet, but the Chromebook 13 goes on sale for $499 (£342) in the US from both HP and the Chrome for Work site next month.

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Mike Moore

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

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