Colorful gadgets are mostly a ploy, I’m told. Best Buy shoppers may be drawn in by a purple camera or a shimmering orange laptop, but they leave the store with something in black. I’ve heard the same thing from a number of manufacturers across plenty of product categories. And looking around my apartment, I’m as guilty as anyone.

But the HP Chromebook 14 doesn’t come in black, so I was left with no choice but to buy the gadget that first caught my eye — a big, gaudy, matte pink notebook. It’s the biggest, loudest Chromebook yet, and at $299 it’s a remarkably affordable device for what it offers: a big 14-inch screen, a brand-new Intel processor, and all the ports and options you might not expect from a Chromebook.

Chrome OS is having a moment. Manufacturers around the world are starting to make Chromebooks, and many have promised to bring them out of the bargain basement. A Chromebook could soon become a truly viable notebook, and not just a living room companion or your family’s fourth laptop. On paper, the HP Chromebook 14 is the best attempt yet — not to mention the most colorful.

I bought a pink laptop. It’s part computer, part decoration. Part the future?