Those waiting for the storm to pass before heading out to buy an HP Chromebook 11 might need to get their wallets ready soon. A new version of the Chromebook, complete with a hopefully better charger, is going out to some owners of the previous model, which could mean that the device might reappear on shelves and onlines stores soon.
HP's latest Chrome OS ultraportable became the center of controversy when, barely a month after it became available to the market, the Chromebook was yanked out from all corners of the retail world, from Best Buy to Google's own Play Store shelves. The reason behind this emergency maneuver was faulty chargers that rose to dangerous heat levels, up to 140° F in some tests. Numerous user complaints, as well as an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), forced Google and HP to put sales on hold indefinitely.
That is a bit of shame considering how the Chromebook 11 seems to have quite a following in its very short lifespan. Google and HP pulled out the faulty chargers and sent out replacements but the Chromebook 11 itself remained unavailable for purchase. That situation might end soon as new units seem be going out now. This new HP Chromebook 11 is said to come with a different looking power cord, more similar to that of the Chromebook Pixel.
There is no definite date yet when the new HP Chromebook 11 will be made available for purchase, as Google's page for the product still says that it will be coming soon. It probably isn't too far-fetched to imagine that Google and HP are scampering to get it out the door as soon as possible in time for holiday shopping sprees.