Advantages of microUSB charging port on a Chromebook: charging it with another Chromebook

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The HP Chromebook 11 surprised us with one of the most innovative features any laptop could come with – microUSB charging. Forget about all those silly proprietary chargers that cost a fortune. Most of us have a smartphone, so that means most of us will always have a charger for this laptop around. What other possibilities does this feature open, though?

Googler Fran├žois Beaufort has tried plugging the Chromebook to his Pixel’s USB port and it seems to work! Yes, guys. You can charge your HP Chromebook 11 with another Chromebook. IT would probably take forever, as computer USB ports don’t charge very quickly. In fact, this is a bit of an issue Beaufort ran into.

This is actually a pretty cool feature, the computer let’s you know when the microUSB charger is not giving the laptop juice fast enough. Upon plugging the HP Chromebook 11 to the Pixel, Fran├žois Beaufort got a message saying the computer might not charge while in use. And to consider using the official charger.

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It’s always nice to know a charger is not doing it’s job. One can then change strategies and charge the device another way. Many times I have tried to charge devices only to find out the USB port was only enough to give me 1% of juice. Let’s hope more Chromebooks get a microUSB charging port. I am liking the way this is going!



  • Probably one of the coolest features we’ve seen from a laptop. Using a standard cable for your phone, bluetooth speaker, Google Glass, laptop, ____, is like the most convenient thing ever.

  • Adam Greenblum

    Google faced a lot of skepticism when they first released the Chromebook, and I give them credit for sticking with it. As Google and its hardware partners continue to improve the Chromebook, more consumers and even organizations will begin to view it as a viable computing option.

    But what about Chromebook users that need to access Windows applications like Microsoft office? They can try products like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP solution that enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Servers and/or VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications or desktops in a browser tab.

    There’s nothing to install on the Chromebook, so AccessNow is easy to deploy and manage.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:
    http://www.ericom.com/demo_AccessNow.asp?URL_ID=708

    Please note that I work for Ericom