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14/11/2013 04:54 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 18:56 GMT

HP Google Chromebook 11 Sales 'Paused' After Overheating Charger Reports

We reviewed the HP/Google Chromebook 11 recently and loved it. It's a very cheap, very well-made and attractive little device - and if you're okay with limiting yourself to the web capabilities of Chrome OS it's a great choice for a second computer.

Except, there might be a bit of a flaw.

The Chromebook 11 is the first laptop to charge via a Micro USB port alone - there's no powerbrick, it charges like a smartphone. But unfortunately HP has been forced to "pause" sales after reports that some of the chargers were getting dangerously hot.

An HP spokesperson said:

Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to over-heating during use.

We are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the appropriate corrective action, and will provide additional information and instructions as soon as we can.

Fortunately it appears as though the problem is restricted to the chargers themselves, and not the laptop - meaning you can just switch to another charger and potentially all will be well. It's also unclear whether UK machines are affected, since they use different chargers to the US model - though as of press time it had been removed from the UK Google Play store.

We still recommend the machine, but if you're considering getting one you should definitely wait until this is resolved...

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