7NEWS reviews the HP Chromebook x2 11. HP provided us with a device for testing purposes, but this did not affect our view of the product.
Our reviews always remain independent of the manufacturer, and the first time they see the review, it is at the same time that you read it.
Keep reading to find out what we think.
How do I get it and what does it cost?
Chromebooks are starting to explode in popularity in Australia and there is no shortage of options to choose from. But HP’s Chromebook x2 11 is one of the more premium-looking Chromebook devices with great-sounding speakers – something that can easily be overlooked.
The HP Chromebook x2 11 is available from JB Hi-Fi for $ 999.
Who is it good for?
As the borders begin to reopen, travel plans are on the cards for most after nearly two years of travel cancellations and chaos. Enter the HP Chromebook x2 11, an ultra-portable device that can be taken anywhere.
And that’s the beauty of HP’s Chromebook. If you are not completely sold on getting an iPad, or already have an Android mobile phone, it is definitely worth looking this way as you get better integration with your phone.
Chromebooks have also become very easy to use and come with access to the Google Play Store – which means you’ll not be missing out on the apps that this thing can run.
How does it work?
The HP Chromebook x2 11 is one of the more expensive Chromebooks on the market right now, but it should not turn you off because it is also one of the more polished Chromebooks available.
The build quality and design is first class and reminds me of Apple’s iPad Pro, and it’s a big compliment. The 11-inch screen is also absolutely stunning with a 2K resolution – a first in this field. Another thing to note is the inclusion of a keyboard, back cover and magnetic smartpen with the device – so you do not have to pay extra money for accessories.
While other reviewers have mentioned that the HP Chromebook x2 11 is “surprisingly thick” for a tablet, I actually do not mind this because it made it easier to hold.
Dual front-facing stereo speakers that have been tuned by sound experts Bang & Olufsen are prominent on the sides of the gadget and sound great for listening to music, watching a movie and making a video chat.
When it comes to the included keyboard, it feels very nice to use. The only thing I want to point out is that at times there is some flex while in use, but it does not affect operation or performance.
In terms of performance, there were no issues I faced. I also have a Lenovo Duet Chromebook at home, and the delays and nicks I sometimes find on that device do not affect HP’s Chromebook.
But after using the Chromebook for over a week, the highlight for me was the battery life. You can easily get through a day without having to recharge, which is nice. And when not in use, the standby time was excellent. Charging the device for 30 minutes will also give you about 50 percent.
Another handy little inclusion, and something that increases the price, is the ability to connect to 4G LTE networks directly from the Chromebook x2 11. While other Chromebooks can already hotspot from your smartphone, it does not depend on your phone being included in HP’s offer. .
What we think
The HP Chromebook x2 11 is a great 2-in-1 Chromebook in many ways.
The inclusion of all accessories in a nice touch, design, build quality, screen and battery life exceeds all expectations. This is an ‘on-the-go’ device and works that way by giving you plenty of power to get through an entire day without having to charge. And it’s amazing.
There may be cheaper options on the market, but this device is well-rounded, a great performer and long-lasting for everyday use. Because of all the extras you also get with this device, it is up there with the best you can get right now.