Google had announced its 2nd device for Chrome operating system named- HP Chromebook 11. It is smaller than its elder brother Chromebook 14 and looks like Acer C7 Chromebook and Samsung Chromebook Series 3. It comes with an affordable price of $279 with amazing features. The Chromebook 11 is available in different colors. You can select the best according to your taste. Let’s have a close look over pros and cons of the device.
- Almost zero set up required to use it properly because the software gets updated automatically and the security of device is inbuilt. You do not require any extra software for it.
- It is available at reasonable price and does not slow down like other devices as the time passes.
- Chromebook is designed to work online and therefore all your data is saved in Google Drive, so that in case you lose your data, you can recover it easily through the drive.
- Micro USB charging is a brand new feature.
- IPS display looks amazing.
- You are restricted to Google only. You can only use Google web browser, Google hangouts perform video chat, Google Docs act as Word Processor, and Picasa will be your image editor and viewer.
- The applications like Photoshop, Office, and Skype are not present in this OS.
- The 3rd party applications are limited and can be downloaded only if available in Chrome Web Store.
- You must be connected online to access these applications whenever required.
- The hard disk is absent because Google Drive space of 16GB is provided as an alternative.
- There is no SD card slot, so you can’t connect one.
- Ports are minimal, there could have been more.
- Average battery life
Now let us discuss about the specifications and other features of Chromebook 11. It is a slim device which is 0.7 inch thick and weighs just 2.3 pounds. The device is equipped with ARM processor that makes its battery to use for more than 6 hours. But this is not the thing to boast about it. Chromebook 11 is the first device to offer USB that is, you can easily charge this device using the charger of your android smart phone. It has got 11.6 inch display. You must not confuse with the device to be touch screen as no such feature is found in the device. HP guarantees that it offers a viewing angle of 176 degrees to the viewers. The touchpad of Chromebook 11 is supporting the web- centric gesture control. It has also got 2 digitally tuned speakers having good audio output.
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The IPS panel display of Chromebook 11 has got aspect ratio of 16:9 with a powerful resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. Other features and specs of the device includes 60 percent color gamut, wider viewing angles, 300 nit screen, Exynos 5250 GAIA application processor, 30Wh battery that can be used for more than 6 hours, 16 GB solid state drive, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, Dual band Wi-Fi, slim port video out, 2 micro USB slots, VGA webcam, and a chrome keyboard.
Verdict: Chromebook 11 is a stylish and sleek device with vibrant display and does not cost you much (just $279), but there are some battery and performance issues which could be annoying. And remember, it comes with a cloud storage OS, so offline storage is very limited in it. Other products like Acer C7 Chromebook and Samsung Chromebook Series 3 laptops are in its competition. You must read about their review too and buy the best product for yourself.
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