1Why the HP Chromebook 13 Is Worth a Closer Look by Business Users
2Chromebook 13 Can Survive Some Dings
3The 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:
4Looking for Outstanding Battery Life
5Some Surprises for the Price
6Intel Delivers Power to Users
7It 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.
8Let’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.
9Bring 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 more—and it’ll work well on the Chromebook 13.
10The 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.
11A 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.