Note­wor­thy com­par­isons

Toss­ing up be­tween a Win­dows note­book or a Chrome­book? Alex Kid­man and Rod Ch­ester scan the op­tions

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$ 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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$ 649

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


$ 399

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 my­

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