As enterprises of all sizes, schools systems, and governments all move toward a cloud-based infrastructure, HP Inc. and Google are looking to reinvent the way businesses approach computing -- by introducing the Chromebook 13.
During an event at Google's headquarters here on April 28, the two companies rolled out the ultra-thin, lightweight laptop, which is expected to be available within the next week with a starting price of $499. The 13.3-inch Chromebook is 12.9mm thick and weighs a mere 2.86 pounds.
With its brushed aluminum surface and backlit keyboard, the Chromebook 13 looks and feels more like a consumer laptop. But it is geared toward enterprise use, and aims to support almost anything an office worker would want to do. It has the ability to plug into multiple screens. (The demo showed one Chromebook supporting two displays.) It also offers support for a number of different security and encryption technologies, VPNs, and virtualization software from VMware, Citrix, and others.