What you must know
- HP has unveiled the newest additions to its Chromebook portfolio: the HP Chromebase 21.5-inch All-in-One and the HP Chromebook x2 11.
- The x2 11 is a Chrome OS pill with a 400-nit, 2K touchscreen, a fingerprint sensor within the energy button, and 11 hours of battery life because of the Snapdragon 7c.
- The brand new Chromebase can rotate 90 levels for use in vertical mode, sports activities two USB-C and USB-A ports within the base alongside B&O audio system, and is powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i3.
- Launching alongside these two merchandise is a Works With Chromebook-certified USB-C monitor to double your screens and your enjoyable.
Two new Chrome OS units be a part of the ever-growing HP lineup at the moment. Whereas they’ve very totally different functions and skills, each are designed round device-sharing with the household and the ever-flexible workflows we have been adapting to over the past 18 months of chaos and madness. I am excited for each of those units for broadly totally different causes — I brazenly cheered after I noticed the HP Chromebase in our briefing — and I am assured a minimum of one in every of these will probably be making its method into many houses over the approaching months. Meet the HP Chromebook x2 11 and the HP Chromebase 21.5-inch.
Wait, what’s a Chromebase? You would be forgiven for considering that Chrome OS solely comes on Chromebooks; there nonetheless aren’t many good Chromeboxes, the Chromebit has come and gone, and the one current Chromebases — that is the identify for Chrome OS all-in-one computer systems — have all been designed and offered on to companies. Nevertheless, HP is ending that streak at the moment with the brand new HP Chromebase 21.5-inch All-in-One, a family-oriented desktop pc with a big, rotating touchscreen for tapping by means of video games or recipes, both a Pentium or 11th Gen Intel Core i3 for powering by means of homework or work-work, and built-in audio system within the base so you may jam to some lo-fi whereas your type by means of a mountain of emails.
VPN Offers: Lifetime license for $16, month-to-month plans at $1 & extra
This Chromebase may work very effectively for somebody wanting a low-maintenance household pc or a hard-to-break pc for an ageing grandparent who will recognize the big display screen when having video calls with the grandkids. At first look, the $600 beginning value might sound excessive, however between the touchscreen, the rotating show, and getting Chrome OS upgrades till a minimum of June 2029, that value appears greater than affordable.
Barely much less affordable is the $600 start line for the HP Chromebook x2 11, particularly when in comparison with the $250 Lenovo Chromebook Duet and the $389 ASUS Chromebook Removable CM3. Nevertheless, there’s extra right here than meets the attention. Whereas I will be the primary to confess I am disillusioned to see the Snapdragon 7c inside this 11-inch pill, contemplating that is aimed extra at content material consumption and informal computing, the processor ought to do effective. That 11-inch display screen is usable outdoors because of its 400-nit brightness, and the 2K decision means movies, webcomics, and every other content material ought to look crisp, clear, and fully stunning.
As a result of that is an 11-inch pill fairly than 10-10.5 tablets we have seen up to now, the removable keyboard for the x2 11 options the conventional, full-size key structure fairly than the extra cramped keyboards just like the Duet and CM3. This will probably be a gamechanger for individuals who cherished the concept of the Chrome pill expertise however could not stand the cramped keyboards they got here with. Rounding out the premium construct of this premium-priced pill is a clear aluminum unibody design with two USB-C ports (fairly than simply the one on the Duet) and a fingerprint sensor within the energy button. The removable keyboard and kickstand will are available in two colours: a stunning Night time Teal and Shade Grey. The unique Chromebook X2 spent fairly some time on our Greatest Chromebooks roundup, and I am fairly to see if its successor of reclaiming its spot.
Each merchandise go on sale this month at Greatest Purchase — and naturally HP’s web site — at a beginning value of $600. HP will supply an HP Chromebook X2 bundle with a USI stylus later this fall, which is able to magnetically maintain to the x2 and cost wirelessly. Within the meantime, there are nice USI sytluses to make use of already.