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The eas­i­est way to make some­thing sound bor­ing is to call it ‘ed­u­ca­tional’. Take Acer’s Chrome­book Tab 10: it may be the world’s first Chome-pow­ered tablet (see panel op­po­site), but it’s be­ing billed as a tool for stu­dious teens to write their es­says on. Snooze! Fortunately, Google’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem is spread­ing its wings and de­tach­ing it­self from the key­board for a sec­ond time – in a shell that’ll ap­peal to those of us who ditched text­books long ago. The new HP Chrome­book x2 is a more high-end of­fer­ing, with a 12.3in 2400x1600 screen, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, an In­tel Core m3 CPU, 32GB of on-board stor­age and a re­ported 10.5 hours of bat­tery life. State­side, you can pick one up for just short of 600 bucks bun­dled with a sty­lus and key­board cover. That might seem pricey for a Chrome­book, but com­pare it to the 12.9in ipad Pro – you’ll need to shell out over £1000 for Ap­ple’s all-con­quer­ing tablet with a Pen­cil and Smart Key­board – and the Chrome starts to look a lot more shiny. As hot as… a bon­fire of all your old school sports­wear from US$599 /­bookx2

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