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HP’s New Chromebook Is an iPad Pro Rival (It’s Also Way Cheaper)

It’s also the first Chromebook with a fully detachable keyboard.


The HP Chromebook x2 is the first Chromebook with a fully detachable keyboard. It’s also unique amongst Chromebooks because it’s a pretty serious machine. The Chromebook x2 has a 12.3-inch display (2400 x 1600), an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, two USB-C ports, a headphone jack and a micro-SD card slot. The other thing is the price. The Chromebook x2 starts at $599 and comes bundled with a stylus and a keyboard, while Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is the iOS competitor to the Chromebook x2, starts at $649 and doesn’t come with a stylus or a keyboard. At face value, the Chromebook x2 seems like a significantly better value.

That said, if you already have numerous iOS or MacOS devices, the HP Chromebook x2 is going to feel like an outsider in your device ecosystem. Also, Chrome OS hasn’t been integrated in many tablets — the first Chrome OS tablet was the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, which was announced just a few weeks ago — so we’re not yet sure how it’s going to work. The last caveat is $599 for a Chromebook is on the expensive side, but if you value portability and versatility, the Chromebook x2 seems like it could be a good fit.

The HP Chromebook x2 will be available this June.

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