Detachable laptops are the most versatile productivity machines as they combine the comfort of a tablet with the power and the input methods of a PC. Microsoft Surface devices are the most powerful convertible tablets, but their price is very high. If you are looking for an affordable solution, you may like the HP Chromebook x2 which has just been announced. It is not the classic detachable laptop with Windows 10, but it is a 2-in-1 with Chrome OS, a fast and lightweight operating system based on Google Chrome and the recently-added Play Store with Android apps available.
Even though it is an affordable device if we compare it with other laptops and Surface devices, HP Chromebook x2 has a premium and very compact design. It is made of metal, it is scratch-resistant and it has an AED treatment (Anodized Electrodeposition) which creates an effect similar to white ceramic. This laptop weighs only 1440 grams (keyboard included) and it has a total thickness of just 8.2 mm. Even though it is thin and lightweight, this laptop contains a big 48 Wh which, according to the company, can provide up to 10.5 hours of battery life.
According to the U.S. giant, users will need just one hand to connect the device to its detachable keyboard thanks to its high-quality magnetic dock. The display has a size of 12.3 inches with IPS LCD technology, and it shows images at a 2K resolution of 2400 x 1600 pixel (235 ppi of pixel density). It is protected by Gorilla Glass and it supports pen input for handwriting and drawing. Under the hood, it boasts an Intel Core M3-7Y30 CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The company also offers 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years. HP Chromebook x2 will launch in the U.S. market in June with a price of $599.