HP Chromebook X2 12.3 Inch (Core M3 7Y30, 4GB) Review

When you heard about Chromebook, then the affordable and budget laptop should be in your mind because mainly this system is always dominated by budget devices until now. There are only few manufactures who want to provide the premium model for this system included the Acer which recently released the Acer Spin 3 Chrome with 8th generation CPU. On the other side, HP also does a similar case with their X detachable line up. The HP Chromebook X2 is quite interestingly here because it does not feature of cheap plastic and low end hardware, but featuring a well-built aluminum chassis and Core M3 processor inside.

The specification is pretty special compared to its competitors. Of course, this special treatment also comes with a price on it. The notebook costs nearly 800 dollars and considered as quite expensive for the Chromebook. Well, I see this case as very normal considering we have of quality inside here. Let’s take a look inside, so we can decide if it’s capable or not for satisfying our needs. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

The X2 features a similar design to ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA where both of them coming with convertible design. A big difference here, you cannot detach the screen in C302CA while users could easily detach the screen from the keyboard here. It’s more convenient and considered as pretty neat as we won’t bother to carry something heavy during our travel. HP includes of the type cover keyboard and stylus pen included on the package and won’t need to spend more for getting these things. Some companies like Microsoft usually force you to buy it separately for a good price, but they give it us freely here.

In term of design, there is nothing special about it. The entire chassis is built from aluminum and covered with matte black finishing. The build quality is decent and feels premium in our hands. The 12 inch screen is surrounded by quite thick bezel, but its normal in my opinion here. On the back panel, you should find of 13 MP camera while it leaves of 5 MP front facing camera for doing video call and taking some pictures. The connectivity is also decent here with two USB type-C ports, micro SD slot, and 3.5 mm audio jack. The overall impression is great with much to complaint about it.

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Display and Input

HP Chromebook X2 12.3 Inch 2 The 12 inch screen looks beautiful in 3:2 ratio and accompanied by high accurate colors and brightness. I tried to measure its quality by using the Colorimeter apps and manage to cover of 95 % of SRGB color and having of more than 300 nits of brightness. Thanks to its vivid and dense pixel at 235 ppi, the display looks crisp and beautiful in my opinion. The panel fully supports of touchscreen and features of high sensitivity of pressure. Taking note or drawing are not big problems here. This can be consideration for taking it as the secondary option for your work.

As for the input support, the type cover keyboard is decent although I find it hard to recommend it for long term or professional usage. The reason is because how close the travel distant between keys due of its small screen size. All of keys feature of standard layout with few changes like typical of Chromebook. The keys strokes are great although I find the keys bit mushy for some reasons. I never it as uncomfortable in my experience, but once again it takes time to get used especially when you just move from a bigger laptop.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:57:06

HP Chromebook X2 12.3 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Core M3 7Y30 1.0 GHz
Graphics Intel HD 615 Integrated Card
Display Size12.3 Inch 2400 x 1600
OSChrome OS
Memory 4GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 32GB EMMC (Flash Storage)

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Performance and Battery

Compared to Acer Spin 3 who has similar price point here, then the specification is really left behind here. The X2 only features of Intel Core M3 7Y30, 4GB RAM, and 32GB EMMC while on the other side we are seeing of 8th generation processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB SSD. Although we see a huge gap between this hardware, I still take the performance as decent in my opinion here. Every app included the one from the Android runs fine without any issue. Some games even run better than I thought because Chrome OS is actually specifically made for low end hardware, so no wonder a more powerful hardware will take of advantage here.

I am pretty sure you are not going to find any issue in term of performance here, but what about its battery life? Well, the battery should last for up to 10 hours, but it should be depended on what kind of activities you will pick here. For the test, I played the 1080p movies and it easily lasts for 11 hours in nonstop. Browsing and editing document will show similar result and even better as long as you want to reduce the brightness little bit. Battery is an important factor why most users prefer to have it rather than having of Windows. Just take this point in your mind in case you might change your opinion about it.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:57:06
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Final Thought

The HP Chromebook X2 should take its position as flagship or premium devices thanks to its amazing hardware inside. Unfortunately, I take the hardware itself as nothing special when compared it to its competitors like Acer. Well, the display and design are impressive, but users will expect of more performance here. I wonder if HP is able to reduce its price a little bit and making it easier for us to recommend it. But, the choice is yours so feel free to take any consideration about it. Finding a premium and solid tablet is hard to get on this market and this is probably the only option you have right how. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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