Chrome is surprisingly good as a tablet operating system ... at least it is now, since Google's put so much work into the interface and Android apps can run on the thing. If you're interested in checking it out, HP's new Chromebook x2 11 tablet might be right up your alley. Normally a little pricey at $599, Best Buy is offering it for just $399 today.
School is officially back in session for most students, but if you're missing out on a laptop to call your own, you aren't out of time. HP is still running its Labor Day weekend sale, and among all of its various printers and AIO desktops, you can find a solid Chromebook for $120 off its usual price.
In addition to a new Chrome OS convertible tablet and a plug-and-play monitor, HP is getting freaky by announcing an all-in-one Chrome machine with a rotatable display. The company is hoping to redefine how a family computer serves its users by fueling good performance for basic tasks with a more tactile experience.
Chrome OS has been a home OS to many a convertible laptop — their unibody form factors and 360° hinges appeal to those looking for a keyboard one minute, none the next. HP, though, is pushing into the burgeoning convertible tablet space alongside Lenovo and Asus with the all-new Chromebook x2 11.
Variety's the spice of life (with Old Bay in a close second) but when it comes to Chrome OS devices, how many options do you really have? You've got your pick of laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1s galore — and that's fine for using Chrome when you're on the move, but what about a home office solution that's a little more stationary? Chromeboxes are up to the task, but it's been a while since we looked at an all-in-one Chrome desktop: the fabled Chromebase. Not only does it now sound like we're about to get a new Chromebase in the near future, but one with a few unique tricks.
Chromebooks are perfect entry-level machines. They're excellent at browsing the web, creating documents, and binge-watching through the latest Netflix original. You don't have to spend a massive amount of cash to get a good experience. Today, you can grab HP's Chromebook x360 for just $429 from Best Buy, $200 off the usual price.
Chrome OS devices also run Android, or at least a big enough chunk of Android's base to get apps running alongside Chrome's browser tabs. But you might not have given much thought to exactly what version of Android your Chromebook uses. After all, it's not immediately relevant for most of a Chrome OS device's functions: that's handled by the larger Chrome OS, which is frequently updated by Google along with the browser.
A year ago, I decided to retire my aging 2013 MacBook Air in favor of an HP Chromebook x360. I haven't turned my back on Apple completely and I'm still using a 2019 iMac at my desk, but for my mobile needs (well, more like working-from-the-kitchen-table needs given the pandemic), I've been using my Chromebook. Chrome OS changed quite a bit since I got the machine, and there are a lot of features I genuinely enjoy, but there's still a few little things that itch me enough that make me want to switch back to a MacBook.
Chromebook sales are surging thanks to the global pandemic that has many of us working and studying from home, so it's just fitting that HP has today announced its latest education-focused lineup of Chromebooks, just a few hours after Acer did. The new machines consist of offers for both teachers and students, and the company makes a point that all of them can be easily disinfected with household wipes.