For tech enthusiasts, Chromebooks can be an acquired taste. Advanced users don’t need a stripped-down operating system, and the low computing power generally disqualifies Chromebooks from being a serious, primary PC. But Chromebooks can often find a welcome spot in an enthusiast’s home as a secondary or (after the phone) tertiary device. And when that Chromebook comes in a detachable form factor with a screen that’s slightly larger than most competitors, it fits that role well.
The HP Chromebook x2 two-in-one makes a play for this space with an 11-inch display that offers more screen area than rivals like the 10.1-inch Lenovo Chromebook Duet, the 10.5-inch Microsoft Surface Go 3, or even similarly priced iPads. HP’s portable, bendable (and did we mention blue?) Chromebook is ripe for travel and less intensive tasks.
|Specs at a glance: HP Chromebook x2|
|Screen||11-inch 2160×1440 IPS touchscreen|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Compute Platform|
|RAM||4GB LPDDR4x-2133||8GB LPDDR4x-2133|
|Storage||64GB eMMC||128GB eMMC||64GB eMMC|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 618 (integrated)|
|Networking||Qualcomm Atheros 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5|
|Ports||2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), 1x microSD card reader|
|Size||9.9×7×0.3 inches (252.5×176.8×7.6 mm)|
|Weight||With keyboard and kickstand: 1.2 lb; Tablet only: 1 lb|
|Other perks||HP Rechargeable USI Pen||4G LTE||HP Rechargeable USI Pen|
Despite an MSRP of $600-$680, depending on the configuration, I’ve seen the HP Chromebook x2 at more appropriate sale prices of $370, $400, or $480. Considering its level of power, its touchpad that demands a hard surface, and a keyboard cover that feels like a temporary solution, you’ll want to wait for that discount.
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