HP Chromebook X360 12b-ca0002no
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
I find Chromebooks in general rather interesting. My first and so far last Chromebook was a Google Pixel that I got at one of the I/O events back in the day. I have to admit, back then, I could not figure out what I could do with it. I tried to install Linux on its limited hardware, tried using it as a multimedia device, but overall it felt like it was an overpriced device for those purposes, and I ended up selling it.
Having said that, that was a long time ago. Now, I look around and see that almost everything nowadays is either on the cloud or has web applications; so Chromebooks are making more sense. Do they have downsides? Of course. With the HP Chromebook X360 12b, they are also easy to find. For instance, if your browser is Chrome, RAM is an issue, and this model only has 4 GB of it. Since it is a ChromeOS device, hopefully this will not become a huge deal, but expect to have some limitations when running multiple Android apps as well as browser tabs all together.
Now, there is a Pentium processor, which is not known for its performance. Maybe for day-to-day tasks it is fine, but for anything that is going to need power (such as calculations, high graphical UIs, etc.), it will reach its limitations pretty easily.
On the other hand, I have to say, with such hardware, ChromeOS devices and any Unix device will perform better than Windows devices, because they are optimized for their specific environment. This is the case with Chromebooks, too. You need to know what to expect. If you are a project manager who happens to attend meetings and just takes notes and/or use a special app (like Jira, Trello) to keep an eye on things, it can work. Another scenario is that you are a student and need a helper for research and document work. Since it is convertible, it helps in terms of ergonomics as well.
Then again, let’s assume you have demanding needs. Well, let’s not dive into that, because it would not make too much sense. You can regard Chromebooks as Android tablets on Steroids, which basically they are. This is not a bad thing. It is all about setting your expectations right. It is a bit heavier, of course, and bigger than a tablet. At the end of the day, you will end up using a more versatile device.
Would I suggest the HP Chromebook X360 12b-ca0002no? As long as you are aware of your expectations, yes. I mean, it is not that expensive, so it will not cause a big hole in your pocket at the end of the day. Therefore, if you need a convertible device for a specific purpose, then you do not have to think much.
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