HP clearly is continuing to support Chrome OS in a big way. After announcing two new Chromebooks, the company has announced the 2nd generation of their Chromebox, the HP Chromebox G2. With the option to power this new Chromebox with up to the latest 8th generation Intel i7 processor, this will be a powerful option for those looking for a workstation or at home Chrome device. It will be available this Spring.
Keeping with the small form factor, the new HP Chromebox G2 will measure 5.87 x 5.87 x 1.57 inches and weigh 1.48 lbs. That is pretty consistent with the first generation HP Chromebox. What changes though are the internals. The base model will be powered by the Intel Celeron 3865U processor but there is an i5-7300U and i7-8650U option available. The Celeron option will have the Intel HD Graphics 610 integration graphics option while the Core i models will have the UHD Graphics 620. Also, you will be able to have up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage built into the device.
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With CES 2018 next week, we are already starting to see some pre-show announcements. HP jumped on that bandwagon today by announcing updated version of their HP Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14.
The HP Chromebook 11 G6 is black with orange trim, sports a 180° hinge and is powered by the 7th generation Celeron N processors. It will come standard with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The updated HP Chromebook 14 G5 will have a slightly better processor option, can be configured up to 8GB of RAM and has 64GB of storage.
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The number of services that have come to Google Assistant has grown exponentially in 2017 but really over the course of the last few months. Dozens of new services have come to the digital assistant and one of the newest is HP.
When you link your Google Cloud Print enabled HP printer to Google Assistant, you will be able to have it print things for you without having to touch your phone or PC. Admittedly, the service is somewhat limited now but you get a great idea of what can be done in the future.
First, you have to have an HP printer that works with Google Cloud Print natively. The vast majority of their printers that have WiFi functionality do but double-check yours. I have an OfficeJet Pro 8650 and it works with no problem. Next, you will need to setup Google Assistant to link with your HP Printer.
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Today’s Deal over at Amazon is a great one for those of you who are looking for a solid performing 11″ Chromebook. The HP Chromebook 11 G4 is down to $174.89 at Amazon and that is for the 4GB of RAM model with 16GB of storage. I reviewed this Chromebook back in February and it remains my day-to-day Chromebook. I have to say it is one of the best 11″ Chromebooks I have had the privileged to test and review. It’s performance is solid, the keyboard is smooth and responsive, as is the trackpad. I found the display to be very good for an 11″ device while the battery life, for some, will be lacking. All that said though, with a price of $200 for the 4GB, 16GB of storage model on Amazon, it is hard to beat. I have no hesitation in recommending it for the vast majority of readers.
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HP, like many other traditional PC manufactures, is getting serious about Chrome OS. The company has announced the new Chromebook 11 G5, an 11.6″ Chromebook that will start at just $189 when it is released to partners this month and retailers in October. The new Chromebook 11 will be available with an optional touch screen display which, given that upcoming release of Android apps on Chrome OS, is something those of you in the market for a Chromebook should seriously consider. It will be powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 and likely will have configurable memory and storage options once it does hit the HP store. Equally, it was have an impressive 12.5 hours of battery life.
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