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Chrome OS often gets maligned as a platform that you can't do "real work" on, and in some cases, that's true. But sometimes, you don't need a computer that does absolutely everything, and that's why I decided to give switching to Chrome OS on my laptop a try. While I've retained my iMac as a proper workstation, my aging MacBook Air was due for an upgrade, and the opportunity to switch platforms presented itself. Could a simpler, cheaper Chromebook replace my MacBook for working on the go? While I found that the answer was decidedly "no" in some situations—and that simply adapting to Chrome OS and its limitations was a huge adjustment—I do think Chrome now has a place in my workflow, albeit one that is rather hit or miss.
In an ever-expanding lineup of Chromebooks, a few devices have managed to stand out and gain some recognition for their quality design and responsive performance. HP's x360 is one such device, and after initially debuting near the $600 mark, its price has periodically dipped down into more affordable territory. Today only, you can grab a refurbished x360 from Woot for only $279 — which is $70 lower than the already compelling discount pricing we covered last Black Friday.
Apple might be upset (and maybe a little envious) when it comes to Google's massive success in education, with over 30 million Chromebooks in the classroom to date. Today HP is revealing four more models for its educational lineup in sizes from 11 to 14 inches, sporting student-resistant designs, the same deep G Suite for Education integration, and prices that all start under $300.
If you're looking for a large Chromebook that's still fast enough to get some serious work done, the HP 2-in-1 Chromebook x360 is a great choice. After falling in price to $349 only once this year, it's back again as part of Best Buy's early Black Friday special.
Among a sea of Chromebooks, some stand out more than others. For example, the 14" HP Chromebook x360 with its clean design, good backlit keyboard, and snappy performance. After debuting at $600, its price has dipped a few times but not as low as today's sale. At Best Buy, you can now get one for just $349 ($250 off).
The Universal Stylus Initiative emerged in 2018 to help manufacturers come up with a standard for cross-device stylus support when developing stylus hardware, resulting in a "one stylus to rule the screens" philosophy. Today, HP is ready to show its dedication to this initiative by introducing its first series of USI-compatible Chromebooks, the x360 12b and x360 14b.
If you're looking for a large Chromebook that's still fast enough to get serious work done, the HP 2-in-1 Chromebook x360 is a good option. It dropped to $400 at Best Buy ($200 off the usual cost) back in April, and now it has returned to that price.
For those of you looking for a 2-in-1 tablet with Google software, HP's Chromebook x2 is practically perfect. With its included and stylusdetachable keyboard, it represents pretty good value at its $599 MSRP. Best Buy, however, is currently offering the Chromebook x2 for just $349, equating to a discount of a whopping $250. This is a pretty crazy deal.
Premium Chromebooks are a niche product category; most Chromebooks in any price range can do pretty much all the same things. The difference comes in how well a particular device handles those tasks — and while HP's Chromebook x360 14 G1 is unlikely to convert anyone already against high-end Chrome OS devices on principle, it's an extremely competent laptop that's worth a look for anybody interested in a quality Chrome machine.
Chrome OS devices come in all shapes and sizes, and HP has entered the growing very-large segment with the announcement of its new Chromebook 15. The 15.6-inch behemoth has enough real estate to accommodate a number pad in its keyboard, and it starts at $449.