HP Chromebook 12 x360: It works for the entry-level user1 min read . Updated: 13 Feb 2020, 09:04 PM IST
- HP offers a variety of features to make this worth buying
- Google’s operating system feels quite light and the overall user experience is smooth
Google has been trying to push Chrome OS since 2008 and, while it has made inroads overseas, India has been a spectacular failure. However, things have changed here since. India’s internet penetration has improved, as have speeds. For an operating system that focuses on productivity, so has the addressable market. Enter the HP Chromebook 12 x360.
HP offers a variety of features to make this worth buying, but we must begin with Chrome OS. Google’s operating system feels quite light and the overall user experience is as smooth as one would expect from an affordable laptop. That said, it starts slowing down with over 15 open tabs on Chrome , which is a problem.
If you only need a laptop for streaming video, productivity tools such as Google Docs and simple browsing, then the laptop won’t get in your way. The best part is that Chrome OS has a plethora of apps now, thanks to the Google Play Store. We could literally download and use every app we had on our phone, including Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, and Netflix. If you have an Android phone, the laptop will let you access notifications and make calls too.
The real problem is that it has only 64GB storage inside. Despite micro-SD expansion support, it is surprising that HP chose such low storage here. Even if you were to only stream content, a laptop that is supposed to last long should have more on-board storage. We exhausted 6GB of the usable 43.2GB in under a week.
The laptop also supports a stylus, but you’ll need to spend an extra ₹3,999 to buy that. In addition, the screen can be folded completely backwards, giving it a tablet mode. With the compact 12-inch body and light form factor, it is actually somewhat usable in this mode as well.
In sum, HP has really added enough to justify the price tag here. The laptop is worth buying as long as you have internet connectivity most of the time.