HP’s new Chromebook x2 costs $599.99. The material is aluminum rather than plastic, with the same posh faux-ceramic finish as HP’s Spectre 13. It’s a 2-in-1 the first Chromebook to be a detachable rather than a convertible instead of a conventional clamshell. HP Chromebook x2 is much lighter and handier in tablet mode.
Quite Expensive but Worth the Cost
Featuring a vivacious Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor, the Chromebook x2 has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage expandable via microSD card. The cameras are front- and rear-facing and come in a 12.3-inch high-resolution (2,400 by 1,600) display. It comes standard with the x2 for the keyboard cover and stylus.
The back of the display gets additional durability and scratch resistance from its white ceramic-like finish which is decorated with HP and Chrome logos. Offering 13-megapixel (4,096 by 3,072) resolution by the world-facing camera. Right above sits a 5-megapixel (2,560 by 1,920) webcam for video chats, the thumb-sized black bezels surround the glossy screen. It takes fair images with the featureless Chrome OS camera app for both cameras, finer ones if tweaked with an Android app like the Camera FV-5.
Measuring 0.32 by 11.5 by 8.3 inches, the tablet increase in thickness to 0.59 inch (and in weight to 3.07 pounds) with the keyboard cover. There are two USB Type-C 3.0 ports, as you hold the tablet in landscape position, one on either side, forth with a microSD card slot on the left and a volume rocker on the right. It plugs into either USB Type-C port for the supplied AC adapter. On the top right corner can be found the power button adjacent a headphone jack. There’s a Bluetooth and wireless 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi. There is a loop on the side of the keyboard which holds the stylus pen.
Separating the slate from the imitation leather-textured keyboard cover is a firm tug; they can be reunited by a little wiggling and a push onto the magnetic latch. Similar to other detachable, the HP is a little top-heavy, but the device is much more steady and cozy in a lap compared to tablets that use a kickstand.
This 2-in-1 Deserves Every Penny
It’s impenetrable to look for many faults with the HP Chromebook x2 from its seamless laptop/tablet switch to its seamless access to thousands of Google Play Store apps.