Tuesday, 15 October 2013

HP Chromebook 11 review:Top 8 tips you must know

1)  The only time I can’t get online now is underground on the subway — and even that may not be true for long.


2) At $279, this 11.6-inch laptop is priced to move. And if it’s “just a web browser,” it’s a beautiful one.

3) The Chromebook 11’s lid is empty save for the lit-up stripe of Google colors on the top, and the ultra-minimal look is pretty eye-catching.


4) The Chromebook 11’s plastic feels cheap in places, and its construction occasionally appears haphazard. Both colors pick up and prominently display fingerprints, and the body tends to flex and creak if you pick it up in not quite the right place; the lid in particular flexes violently and terrifyingly every time you touch it. It’s not likely to break without some effort, but as long as you have your hands on the palm rests and your fingers on the keyboard, you won’t forget you’re using a $279 laptop.

5)The device’s ports — two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, and a charging port — all sit on the left-side edge, where they’re much easier to find than on the back of last year’s model. There are no unnecessary logos or overwrought design flourishes; the Chromebook 11 reminds me of the original Chromebook, the awesomely barren CR-48.

6)There’s almost no chance you’ll find yourself chargerless and out of luck. It’s a smart, customer-friendly move from Google and HP, and I hope other manufacturers follow suit.


7)The trackpad, on the other hand, is pretty bad. It’s sticky and plastic, and doesn’t allow your finger to glide smoothly at all; my fingers jittered around as I tried to move the cursor, and the screen jittered even worse as I tried to scroll with two fingers or pinch to zoom on the screen. It’s a frustrating change from the smooth, responsive Chromebook Pixel, which got all this right — and had a touchscreen too, just in case. Of course, the Pixel is also six times the price.

8)Making full use of the OS requires some buy-in, especially to Google apps — 100GB of Drive storage and 60 free days of Google Music help with the switch — but with Office 365, with so many great note-taking and to-do list apps, plenty of ways to track time, expenses, and do spreadsheets until you’re blue in the face, there’s not that much you can’tdo with Chrome OS. You’ll just have to switch apps and be okay with lighter, simpler versions.

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