The intersection of “premium” and “Chromebook” is a tough road to hoe. The most-prominent of the premium Chromebooks thus far, the 13-inch Google Chromebook Pixel, is a beautiful but limited machine that costs more than $1,000. That’s a lot for a piece of hardware that just runs a web browser.
But HP’s latest entry into the Chromebook market matches the Pixel-level design and quality with an accessible price. The 13.3-inch Chromebook 13 was developed in conjunction with Google, and it starts at $550. That price earns you a 1.5GHz Intel Core M configuration with 4GB RAM, a 1080p display. If you want to trick it all the way out with a 3.1GHz Core M chip, 16GB RAM, a 32GB SSD and a 3200×1800 QHD+ screen, you can do that. It’ll cost you quite a bit more scratch: $1,029.
For anyone who uses a browser and web apps for the majority of their work, that $550 configuration should be plenty. It’s a good-looking machine, but the main draw is its light-and-lean build: At 2.8 pounds and half an inch thick, it has very similar dimensions to the 13-inch MacBook Air. And just like every other laptop that has ever existed, it has the new MacBook beat in terms of ports: Two USB-C, one full-size USB, and a headphone hole. HP and Google are claiming the laptop gets 11 hours of juice per charge.
If you want the lowest-end configuration, it’s available for preorder on the google.com/work/chrome/devices/hp-chromebook-13/”>Google for Work website today.