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HP Pavilion 14-c002sa Chromebook a steal at £199

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HP Chrombook and 24in external

From me on Amazon:

Very nice and quiet – 4GB of RAM and good build quality for the price

By SilverWave

I wanted a quiet replacement for an existing PC, so I bought this for £199 and can’t believe how good it is.
I have connected it to my 24in Samsung monitor and it automatically configured its self :-)

Loads of ports so I have connected all my external kit from the old PC:
A Saitek keyboard (USB) Note: Media keys work!
A Logitech mouse (USB).
A Logitech 3.1 sound system (headphone socket).
24in Samsung monitor (HDMI).

Preparation: I enabled Chrome syncing on my main Google account, so when logging on to the Chromebook for the first time, everything came across automatically (Extensions, Passwords, Tabs etc.,).

Network: Has WiFi but also Ethernet which is convenient.
Video: Happy to report that Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube work fine.
Screen: The 14inch screen is quite nice, and can be used at the same time as an external.
Sound: Fine for watching Netflix etc..
Trackpad: Nice and responsive.
Software: Obviously you should know that you are getting Chrome and web apps, that’s fine for me.
Summary: All in all no idea how they produce this for £199.

GeekNote: Long term I’m going to use Crouton to install Xfce which uses the chroot command to run Xfce on top of the Chrome OS, which is already based on Linux. Unlike dual-booting, that means you can switch between Chrome OS and Xfce with a quick keyboard shortcut, no reboots necessary.[ Edit 20.08.13: This works great:) ]

Note about Amazon Title: Processor Type is an Intel Celeron also no DVD-RW.

Note 20.08.13: Also redeemed the Google Drive storage offer of an extra 100GB for 2 years (normally $4.99 a month). After the 2 years your data is still available you just cant add more.

I used the Google Ninja support form, as the File manager Offer button kept saying “Invalid”.

Note: The battery may not last all day as some Chromebooks do, but as I’m using it as a desktop replacement that is not a issue, YMMV.

From HP:

The HP Pavilion Chromebook gives you fast and easy access to the things you love and depend on, from a world of Google apps and services to your photos and social networks. And since it’s the first Chromebook with a 14-inch diagonal design, you get full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility.

  • Google Chrome OS
  • Intel® Celeron® 847
  • 35.5 cm (14″)
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 16 GB SSD

Written by SilverWav

August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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