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HP's $199 Windows Laptop: Chromebook Killer?
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sonicmetalman
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sonicmetalman,
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8/20/2014 | 9:55:28 AM
Chromebook Killer?
I believe HP missed the mark on this one. Dell already beat them to market with a fully functional laptop in the Inspiron 15. Through Dell this model is $250 but other retailers are selling it at the magic $200 price point. It lacks a DVD drive and RJ45 port but it does have a 500gb drive, 4gb of ram with an N2830 Celeron dual-core processor.

Nice try HP.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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8/20/2014 | 8:54:02 AM
Re: Sounds great, but........
Nice to see a low-budget Windows machine on the horizon. I haven't made the jump to Chromebooks at home (we're all Windows at the office). I would probably pay a little more for a Windows machine rather than a Chromebook, but not everyone would agree with me. As for the memory, 2 GB is fine for Windows 8.1 and most non-gaming and non-graphics design applications.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/20/2014 | 1:41:53 AM
Re: Sounds great, but........
Yeah, and I doubt they ever will. No OS X device has ever approached that low a price. Apple doesn't play in low margin spaces. And even their lone "budget" option, the Mac Mini, is getting pretty long in tooth!
zaious
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zaious,
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8/19/2014 | 11:54:52 PM
Re: Sounds great, but........
It might be another success for MSFT. They should get it right this time. 
In this low price segement, Apple is not playing any desktop game around $200. It is interesting!
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/19/2014 | 6:19:56 PM
Re: Sounds great, but........
A fine point, Chris! Whatever Windows 8's reputation, it's now an OS that lets you get a lot done at a very low price. For $199, I'm sure people who currently don't have computers (like students) will be tempted by the offer.
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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8/19/2014 | 5:55:40 PM
Re: Sounds great, but........
I hope this is an option before I have to buy a kid some kind of device (laptop or tablet) for middle school. Windows 8's reputation? She would be thrilled to have a windows machine. 
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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8/19/2014 | 1:35:04 PM
$199 magic
If HP can get to $199, why can't the Chromebook makers? Hint: They all can, but it's hard for all of them to get around the display costs. $199 is one of the magic price points in consumer electronics, so it will be interesting if $100 could sway people away from a Chromebook and over to the Windows device. That's quite a different OS experience.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/19/2014 | 1:12:41 PM
Re: Sounds great, but........
It's not a lot of storage, but with the free OneDrive offer, the target user group should be able to manage. Microsoft made the OS footprint a lot smaller with Windows 8.1 Update, and many competing devices at this price point also have relatively small SSDs, so I think storage won't be too big an issue. But Windows 8.1's reputation might be a bigger liability, as you suggest.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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8/19/2014 | 1:03:12 PM
Sounds great, but........
If it only came with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.1! And, what about the memory capacity? I love the idea of a flash drive, especially in a mobile device, but is 32 GB enough to for Windows 8.1 and even a modest selection of application programs?
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