Why the HP Chromebook 13 Is Worth a Closer Look by Business Users

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-04-29
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why the HP Chromebook 13 Is Worth a Closer Look by Business Users

    There are many reasons why business users should check out HP's Chromebook 13, including its durable, all-metal finish and high-end processing power.
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    Chromebook 13 Can Survive Some Dings
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    Chromebook 13 Can Survive Some Dings

    The Chromebook 13's brushed anodized aluminum design makes it much more durable than plastic machines, as it can survive short falls. Along with its half-inch thickness, it has the kind of design that should catch the eye enterprise buyers.
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    The 13-Inch Display Is Appealing
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    The 13-Inch Display Is Appealing

    The Chromebook 13's 13.3-inch display, which comes with a resolution of 3,200-by-1,800, should be attractive to business users. In total, the quad-HD display has nearly 6 million pixels, delivering what HP says is "razor-sharp text and photos." At that resolution, the company might be right. Image 2: Please use this image:
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    Looking for Outstanding Battery Life
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    Looking for Outstanding Battery Life

    Battery life is critical to enterprise users, so it's no surprise that HP has highlighted the feature in its Chromebook 13. The company says that the Chromebook 13 will deliver up to 11.5 hours of battery life. That said, HP added that "the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage."
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    Some Surprises for the Price
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    Some Surprises for the Price

    Most affordable notebooks don't have backlit keyboards. That's not the case with the HP Chromebook 13. The device comes with a full backlit keyboard. In addition, users will find USB-C ports, along with support for microSD. The USB-C port will deliver fast-charging capability, according to HP.
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    Intel Delivers Power to Users
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    Intel Delivers Power to Users

    HP was quick to boast that the Chromebook 13 is the first to come with Intel's sixth-generation Intel Core M processor. While HP's site doesn't currently give clock speeds, the company did say the device will be available with up to 16GB of onboard RAM.
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    It Ships With Critical Secure Connectivity Features

    To appeal to enterprise users, a Chromebook must work with the systems and applications companies already have. The Chromebook 13 is both VDI- and VPN-ready, and it works with everything from Citrix Receiver to VMWare Connector. In addition, the Chromebook 13 is compatible with CiscoAnyConnect and SonicWall Mobile Connect VPN clients.
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    Let's Take a Look at Security Features

    The Chromebook 13 derives much of its security from Chrome OS. According to HP, the device will ship with Chrome OS' automatic updates and antivirus protection, as well as sandboxing and verified boot, which ensures malware isn't installed on the device before files are accessible on boot-up. IT professionals can manage a fleet of Chromebooks (including the Chromebook 13) with Chrome Management Console.
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    Bring On the Google Apps for Work
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    Bring On the Google Apps for Work

    Google Apps for Work comes bundled with the Chromebook 13. With the feature, users will be able to collaborate with others on the domain across PCs, phones and tablets. Google Apps for Work is essentially a full productivity suite that includes Gmail, Hangouts, Google Drive and moreā€”and it'll work well on the Chromebook 13.
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    The USB-C Docking Station Will Come in Handy
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    The USB-C Docking Station Will Come in Handy

    Thanks to the USB-C ports in the HP Chromebook 13, users should get some extra functionality out of the device. HP's Elite USB-C docking station connects to the computer via the USB-C port and allows users to connect all kinds of other products, including displays and external hard drives. The Chromebook 13 supports up to two full-HD displays via the $149 docking station.
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    A Nicely Affordable Device
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    A Nicely Affordable Device

    The Chromebook 13, like most other Chrome OS-based devices, will be affordable at launch. The device will start $499 for the base configuration and then go up from there. HP says pricing will top out at $1,029 for the top-of-the-line model featuring the best Core M processor and 16GB of RAM. HP says it expects to start shipping the Chromebook in May.
 

In yet another move to attract enterprise customers to its Chrome OS platform, Google on April 28 announced that it has partnered with HP on the Chromebook 13. The HP Chromebook 13, like many of the recent Chrome OS-based devices, is specifically designed with corporate customers in mind. The device comes with a durable, all-metal finish, high-end processing power courtesy of Intel and support for accessories that HP says will provide "pumped-up productivity." The Chromebook 13 is also affordable, and since it's designed for enterprise customers, it comes with the tools and security features IT professionals expect to get for their money. Of course, Chrome OS is no threat to Windows in the enterprise just yet, but the Chromebook 13 is an attractive device that could coax more enterprise IT professionals into taking a closer look at Google's cloud OS. This slide show examines the Chromebook 13 and discusses why companies seeking alternatives to traditional Windows-based notebooks should check out HP's latest Chrome OS notebook model.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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