HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

Chrome OS computer returns after sales bar

By Tony Smith

Posted in Personal Tech, 24th January 2014 13:42 GMT

HP and Google have returned their long-absent Chromebook 11 to the Play Store. The £229 cloud-centric notebook is in stock and ready to be “dispatched from warehouse in 1 - 2 business days”, the site says.

HP launched the Chromebook 11 back in October 2013, in particular pitching the laptop’s ability to be charged from an AC transformer with USB output - just like you might use for a phone or tablet.

Nice idea, shame about the implementation: a month after the machine was released, a spate of overheating chargers leading to potentially incendiary outcomes prompted HP and Google to withdraw the Chromebook 11 from sale.

They also began a replacement adaptor programme to help keep existing users safe.

And now it’s back - hopefully fire-free - and once more available from the Google Play Store, though as yet not from HP’s UK website - it’s available from HP’s US online outlet - or from previous Chromebook 11 retail partners Currys, PCWorld and Amazon.

In the States, the white laptop can be bought with any of a number of highlight colours. But Brits have to put up with blue.

The 1kg notebook comes with 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two full-sized USB 2.0 ports and a 0.3Mp webcam. Still no sign of 3G or 4G connectivity, mind. Battery life is said to be around six hours. ®

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