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.
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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