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You've got to hand it to Google — they just won't give up on the Chromebook dream. The company's latest hardware partner is none other than HP, who has helped reduce the cost of the internet-connected laptop to a mere $279.
The Google Chrome Blog announced Tuesday a new partnership with HP for the HP Chromebook 11, the search giant's latest attempt to entice notebook users into a low-cost option for their computing needs.
Priced at only $279, Google claims the Chromebook 11 has been "crafted with the same obsessive attention to detail as the Chromebook Pixel," with a "sleek, distinctive, and super-simple look."
Weighing just over two pounds, the HP Chromebook 11 is powered by the same micro-USB charger Android device owners use for their smartphone or tablet, which is one less item frequent travelers need to pack.
HP has managed all of this on top of a display with 176-degree viewing angles, sturdy construction, and speakers built under the keyboard for optimal listening.
Last but not least, Google is tossing in a few goodies of its own, with 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage free for the first two years as well as a 60-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access.
Will it be enough to entice notebook shoppers away from the latest MacBook or Windows 8 offerings? Time will tell.
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