HP Chromebook x360 Convertible Makes Leap From Classroom To Living Room

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Earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard launched the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education, which is quite a mouthful to say we might add. The rugged little device was designed to take punishment from unrelenting school children, and HP now feels that the convertible has the chops to make it in the mainstream consumer market.

The device makes the transition with minimal changes, although we're proud to announce that it has a much simpler name this time around: Chromebook x360. Like its education-centric counterpart, the Chromebook x360 is powered by a dual-core Celeron N3350 processor that is paired up with 4GB of RAM. 16GB or 32GB of eMMC storage can installed in the machine, and you'll find a smallish 11.6-inch IPS display covered in Gorilla Glass 3 with a resolution of 1366x768 (powering this display is an Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU).

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Despite its small stature and 2.98-pound weight, HP says that the Chromebook x360 is good for 11 hours and 30 minutes of runtime in mixed usage, which should be more than enough to get you through a day (or two) of light-duty work. And port selection is actually quite plentiful thanks to two USB 3.1 ports and two USB-C ports. There's even a microSD slot if 32GB of storage just won't cut it for you. Wireless communication duties are handled by 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

As its name implies, the Chromebook x360 runs Google's lightweight Chrome OS, which has become incredibly popular with low-cost notebooks and tablets (much to Microsoft's dismay). In addition, the Chromebook x360 also has support for Google Play and Android apps, which opens up an enormous ecosystem if you need a specific app to handle your day-to-day productivity demands.

The HP Chromebook x360 is available today from retailers including Amazon, Costco, Target and Walmart priced from $299.99.