This week, HP introduced a brand new 14-inch machine working Google’s Chrome OS: the HP Chromebook x360 14. That is to not be confused with the 14-inch HP Pavilion x360 that runs Home windows or final 12 months’s HP Chromebook x360 11.

HP says that is its thinnest Chromebook ever, at simply 16mm. The entry-level configuration ships geared up with an eighth-generation Core i3 CPU, however a Core i5 choice may even be out there. As for graphics, the x360 14 has Intel’s UHD Graphics 620. Different specs embrace a 1080p show, 8GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM, and 64GB of storage. When it comes to connectivity, it in fact has 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, plus Bluetooth four.2. Ports embrace two USB-C and two USB-A, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. HP guarantees as much as 13.5 hours of battery life. There’s additionally a backlit keyboard and an HD webcam with a microphone. The machine measures 12.81 x eight.93 x zero.63 inches.

Like lots of laptops at this worth level, the x360 14 is a convertible—attention-grabbing, on condition that Google’s personal flagship new Chrome OS machine introduced at nearly the identical time is a pill.

HP goes for that “premium” vibe with this one, speaking up the supplies in its press releasing and pricing it beginning at $600. That is proper on the worth level that Ars’ personal Peter Vibrant opined makes Chromebooks an actual risk to Microsoft. As college students who have been launched to Chromebooks in class develop up, they may discover themselves in possession of the funds to buy one thing a bit nicer than the as-cheap-as-possible machines they utilized in lecture rooms earlier than—and if firms like HP present, then they could be inclined to remain in that ecosystem as an alternative of switching to Home windows.

HP has been a dependable supply of engaging Chromebooks recently; Ars was impressed by Chromebook x2. The x2 made the prospect of Chrome OS as a major platform for getting work accomplished appear viable our reviewer. Should you’re not feeling that machine’s removable strategy and like a convertible, the x360 seems to be like a strong entry in a crowded class on this worth vary. It is actually extra sensible for extra customers than the education-oriented 11-inch machine that HP shipped final 12 months.

Preorders have already began each from HP’s retailer and from Greatest Purchase. The machine will ship on October 18.

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