The iPad is quite popular in the education sector because of its portability, and the fact that it is an Apple product. What is even more popular is Google’s range of Chromebooks, and that is primarily because it comes with the entire range of GSuite Apps that makes education life very easy.
In that respect, Acer just launched a Chromebook which was to compete with the newly launched ‘affordable’ iPad. But now it looks like Google wants to take the competition to the next level. The iPad Pro could be considered as a big rival to today’s emerging laptops and PCs. This is mostly due to the fact that the iPad Pro’s A10 Fusion chipset is faster than even some of the Intel processors.
So now HP has come up with the Chromebook X2, which has the iPad Pro in its crosshairs. On the first glance, looking at the laptop you wouldn’t guess it by the branding, but this the Chromebook X2 happens to be the world’s first detachable Chrome OS device. As a matter of fact, unlike many of the current detachable two-in-one laptops that are in the market, the X2’s backlit keyboard dock does not require a kickstand.
Another big advantage of the Chromebook X2 is that the hinges can be modified so that you can dock the tablet with the hinges backwards. This makes the laptop fold back to effectively make it a convertible, quite like the Microsoft’s Surface Book.
As is quite common with 2-in1 tablets, the Chromebook X2 has a stylus (of the ASE variety) in the box. The good thing is that HP isn’t selling it as an add-on so one can make out that people are going to be using the pen input on this device. The Chromebook has a 12.3-inch display and the tablet, the keyboard dock and the stylus in it have an asking price of $599. In comparison, the iPad Pro has been offered for a price of $650.
When we come to performance, things are quite evenly balanced. Under the hood, the base model has a fixed 4GB of RAM alongside a very capable dual-core Core m3 (7Y30) processor which can have turbo speeds of up to 2.6GHz. This is the same processor used in the base model 2017 Surface Pro, and it’s pretty powerful.
When it comes to 2-in-1 PCs, we have to take into consideration the amount of battery life the device can provide. The 48Wh battery inside the Chromebook X2 gives the device around 10.5 hours of juice usage according to HP, which can be considered as a believable spec for a Chromebook. You can also portably charge your laptop, as it will charge via a 45W USB-C adapter that can charge your phone as well. All in all, it looks like HP has come up with a winner against Apple’s iPad Pro.