HP Pavilion Chromebook Official: $329 for Just 4 Hours of Battery Life

HP has officially entered the Chromebook game with its new Pavilion Chromebook. The company debuted the 14-inch Chrome-powered notebook to little fanfare this morning with specs that match leaked information that hit the Web last week.

The $329 Pavilion Chromebook packs a 1.1-GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid-state drive. Unlike most Chromebooks, which generally sport screens sizes of between 11 to 12 inches, the Pavilion Chromebook comes with a 14-inch 1366 x 768 display. While those specs sound good, the HP Chromebook has one glaring issue that could keep consumers away, it's middling battery life. 

HP estimates users will get just 4 hours and 15 minutes out of the Chromebook's 2,250 mAh battery. That's more than an 1:45 less than the average ultraportable notebook's performance on our LAPTOP Battery Test, which includes continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi with the display set to 40 percent brightness.

By comparison, the $429 11.6-inch Samsung Series 3 Chromebook, which includes a 1.7-GHz Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD, managed an impressive 7:34 on the LAPTOP Battery Test.

With such a poor battery life estimate, the Pavilion Chromebook is already in a significant hole. Still, we'll save our final judgment for our full review.

Daniel P. Howley
LAPTOP Senior Writer
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.