For­ever Wired

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

TO­DAY PEO­PLE ONLY com­pare looks, style and porta­bil­ity in lap­tops, as con­fig­u­ra­tion is no longer a dis­tinc­tion – they are all the same. Google caught on to this, re­al­is­ing that since most work is done on the browser, a lap­top with enough bat­tery back-up with a browser as the op­er­at­ing sys­tem could steal the lime­light. The Chrome­book’s real strength is the Chrome Web browser and your Google ac­count. While it must be con­nected to the In­ter­net to carry out most func­tions, you can save mu­sic, doc­u­ments, video and what have you on the lo­cal SSD. The HP Chrome­book has a ter­rific dis­play, great build qual­ity, and snappy per­for­mance, but its bat­tery life is rel­a­tively low. It is eas­ier to use than tra­di­tional com­put­ers -- there’s no clut­ter, no wait­ing. It starts up in 7 sec­onds and au­to­mat­i­cally stays up-to-date. We could browse through the list of pre-in­stalled apps in­clud­ing Google Drive, Maps, browser, Gmail, YouTube, etc. or down­load more apps from the Chrome Web Store. We en­joyed watch­ing our favourite videos on YouTube on the 14inch dis­play. How­ever, the Chrome­book comes with lim­ited on­board stor­age of 16GB. As this ma­chine is meant for work­ing online, there is 100GB of stor­age on Google Drive free for 2 years. Con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions are many – two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 with full HDMI ports.

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