As it turns out, among all the Chromebook notebooks and Windows 10 hybrid PCs and iPads, the only company that makes any money is Apple. What better way for PC manufacturers to cash in on Apple’s iPad cache than to create a Chromebook tablet with a detachable keyboard.
Yes, PC manufacturers are full of envy. iPad profits envy. Mac profits envy. The only way to counter Apple’s success is to copy what Apple does and that’s the HP Chromebook X2. Except, as a copy cat, about the only thing good is the price– roughly the same as an iPad.
Surely that looks familiar. Think iPad Pro with SmartKeyboard but at half the price tag.
HP’s Chromebook X2 is full of traditional PC specifications. The keyboard is detachable and the display is a touchscreen so somehow or another it is supposed to compete with an iPad. It does have a hinge on the display which makes it easier to view the screen.
Like iPad, Chromebook X2 gets about 10 hours of battery life, but it weights over 1.6-lbs. More than 50-percent heavier than an iPad. Yes, the $329 iPad. Add the detachable keyboard and Chromebook X2 weighs more than 3-lbs. More than a MacBook. It is a powerful beats with a 7th generation Intel Inside and up to 8GB of RAM.
Like the iPad, this wannabe comes with 32GB of SSD storage, but also has a microSD card slot for up to 256GB of slower storage, and 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years. It has speakers, font and rear cameras, real audio jacks, and two USB Type-C connectors. Chromebook X2 comes with a pen for the touchscreen.
At $599 it is designed to compete more as a tablet than a notebook. A new iPad with Pencil and 128GB of storage weighs in at about $475 with a Bluetooth keyboard. From what I can see, HP’s Chromebook X2 is more Chromebook than anything, though it will run many Android applications. The problem I see is the price tag. It’s premium in a sea of $299 touchscreen Chromebooks that do exactly the same thing, sans detachable keyboard.
iPad killer? I don’t think so, Tim.