Chromebooks are getting a ton of attention these days, and for good reason too. People don’t want to use computers. They want to use Facebook, they want to use Gmail, they want to use Twitter. No one likes managing software updates, antivirus updates, or any of the other myriad forms of bullshit that we in the technology industry have been dealing with for over two decades. All these impediments to enjoying the internet are why smartphones, tablets, and now Chromebooks are getting so much press.
One of the newest Chromebooks on the market is the HP Chromebook 11. As the name implies, it has an 11 inch screen. Under the hood you’ll find the same Exynos processor found in Samsung’s year old Chromebook, which might sound terrible, but at least HP used a far superior screen. Plus, the Chromebook 11 charges via USB, which is something you can’t say about other laptops on the market.
Last night, HP announced an LTE enabled version of the Chromebook 11. It’ll cost you an extra $100, so we’re talking $379, but there’s are two huge catches. It only supports Verizon’s network and it only supports LTE. If you’re not on Verizon, nor want to be on Verizon, you obviously don’t want this thing. And if you actually like Verizon, but happen to live in a part of the country where you don’t have access to their LTE network, then sorry, you can’t use this thing on the road.
Fortunately, Verizon’s LTE footprint is massive. Shame their service is so expensive.