Tossing up between a Windows notebook or a Chromebook? Alex Kidman and Rod Chester scan the options
CHROMEBOOK 11 HP
$ 399 Chromebooks are low- cost notebooks, so it’s surprising to find one that’s had a lot of thought put into its design.
HP’s Chromebook 11 is a vision in white plastic with a blue trim. It has an 11- inch screen, so while the display isn’t the highest resolution you don’t notice it. Battery life and carrying weight is good.
As with everything Chrome, it works best when you’ve got a decent internet connection. The keyboard isn’t spectacular, but for the price, it’s quite responsive.
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PAVILION X360 HP
The big hook for this mid- priced laptop is its frame flips a full 360 degrees around its keyboard, so you can use it as a laptop or tablet. It is noticeably hampered by a low- powered processor and a mediocre battery. That’s somewhat excused by the price, but not entirely. Visit hp.com.au
Toshiba’s Chromebook is bigger than HP’s, with a 13.3- inch screen providing more keyboard space. It runs on an Intel Celeron 2955U chip and has a webcam, two USB 3.0 and one HDMI port. It has only 16GB of storage, which doesn’t seem much, but that’s the point of a Chromebook, proponents say. It comes with 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Visit mytoshiba.com.au