HP Chromebook 11 evaluation: Main Prime Day low cost
Once you sit down and take into consideration how you employ your laptop computer, you’d in all probability be stunned at how little you employ precise purposes and the way reliant you might be on the web and on-line providers. The query is, do you really want a full-on Home windows or Mac laptop computer, if all you really want to do is use a browser?
For the those that reply no to that query, Google believes it has the right product: the HP Chromebook 11. Somewhat than working a full Desktop OS, this £229 laptop computer makes use of Chrome OS, which runs all of its purposes by the Chrome internet browser, however provides in some slick offline modes for these occasions you may’t get on-line. It needs to be stated that at this value, it is a very enticing possibility for lots of people.
Low value, typically means corners have been reduce and high quality is missing, however these pitfalls have been averted right here and we now have to say that first impressions are extremely optimistic. We’ve seen low-cost laptops earlier than, however none to fairly have the identical construct high quality as this. Sure, it’s plastic, however the metal-reinforced case signifies that it feels powerful and there’s not one of the creakiness that different low-cost Chromebooks have had. It additionally seems nice, with the white gloss plastic neatly bevelled and curved, making the Chromebook 11 look much more costly than it truly is.
Construct high quality is one factor, however there’s at all times the hazard that corners are reduce inside to economize and to maintain the price down. Luckily, with the Chromebook 11 that isn’t the case, as the proper selections have been made for the proper cause.
So, it’s goodbye to the high-speed Intel Core i5 processor that was used within the high-end Chromebook Pixel, and hey to a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 Twin ARM-based SoC as an alternative. This transfer can be insanity on a Home windows-based laptop computer, however ChromeOS is designed for environment friendly CPUs.
We are able to’t run our typical benchmarks on the OS, however we ran the browser-based SunSpider check. This ran in 716ms, which places the Chromebook 11 at quick Android-tablet speeds. We additionally ran the WebXPRT check, which returned a rating of 324, which once more is similar to quick Android tablets. In different phrases, this laptop computer is greater than quick sufficient for the net purposes it is designed for. There’s no fear about dealing with video, because the Exynos SoC will fortunately deal with HD video. We managed to play each Netflix and Google Play Movie content material with no downside.
Maybe extra importantly, in precise use, the laptop computer is extraordinarily responsive. All of ChromeOS’s animations are dealt with easily and apps begin extraordinarily shortly. Flick open the lid and the laptop computer powers on instantly. On this regard, we’re at Macbook-levels of power-on occasions.
CHROMEBOOK 11 SCREEN
HP has fitted a high-quality 11in IPS display with a decision of 1,366×768. Provided that Chrome OS takes up little or no of the display house with muddle and that there’s a full-screen mode, that is loads of decision. On this display dimension, every thing seems extremely sharp and straightforward to learn.
A shiny coating signifies that reflections could be a little bit of an issue at some brightness ranges, however sat on a prepare subsequent to a window we discovered that setting the display to full brightness successfully countered this downside.
Viewing angles are incredible and you’ll clearly see the display it doesn’t matter what angle you might have it at. The display doesn’t fold again 180-degrees, however you get sufficient of an angle on it that you would be able to see if comfortably whereas the Chromebook 11 is sat in your lap. Colors look nice, too, with loads of vibrancy and element in all of our check photographs.
CHROMEBOOK 11 KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
As there’s no touchscreen, the keyboard and touchpad are the one methods to work together with the laptop computer. Beginning with the keyboard, we now have to say that we’re impressed. It’s edge-to-edge contained in the laptop computer, which signifies that every of the keys is an honest dimension.
Whereas not fairly on the extent of the Macbook Air’s keyboard, we discovered that it was responsive and key journey was good. Suggestions is fairly good, though we discovered that the keys are a bit gentle, so you must ensure you hit them properly. After a couple of minutes of getting used to it, we had been quickly contact typing at full pace.
Structure takes a bit getting used to, as there are some new keys and a few which might be both lacking or in a unique place. For instance, there’s a Search button the place Capslock is historically positioned, whereas there’s no Delete key (as an alternative you may press Alt-Backspace).
Google has added some ChromeOS shortcut keys to the highest of the keyboard the place the Operate keys would usually be. These embrace buttons to go backwards and forwards within the browser, reload a web page, go fullscreen and swap between totally different apps. There are additionally devoted buttons for display brightness, quantity (together with mute) and an influence button.
A touchpad sits simply beneath the keyboard. It’s an honest dimension contemplating the constraints of a laptop computer with an 11in display. It’s clever, too, deactivating whilst you sort, so that you just don’t by accident brush towards it and transfer the mouse cursor; if solely all Home windows laptops can be so good.
It helps some gestures, too. With a two-finger swipe you may go backwards or forwards within the browser, a two-fingered click on is right-click, and it’s also possible to use it to scroll. We turned on the ‘Australian’ scrolling operation, which works precisely like on a Mac and a touchscreen pill: you slide two fingers up on the touchpad to maneuver down the display, and down on the touchpad to maneuver up by a doc. It doesn’t help pinch to zoom, although, which is a little bit of a disgrace.