A laptop dedicated to multimedia : Chromebook X2 – Intel Core m3-7Y30 from HP

In a few words

Latest release in the range HP, we’ve been running tests onChromebook X2…Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

Chromebook X2 enough for internet use?

Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
That’s the direction taken by HP with this Chromebook X2.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 12.3 inches size. The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Intel Core m3-7Y30. HP basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it Chromebook X2 is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. By offering only 64 Gb, this Chromebook X2 is one of the smallest in its category. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, thanks to an autonomy of 10 hours, you will have enough time to browse the web in Internet browsing mode with active Wifi. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.

The Chromebook X2- the right model for streaming and videos ?

The Chromebook X2 will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12.3, in 1366×768, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.5 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Chromebook X2. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This Chromebook X2, equipped with a processor Intel Core m3-7Y30, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 615 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, HP has made efforts with available 4 ports. It’s better than the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.On thisChromebook X2, HP indicates 10 hours of autonomy, a better performance than the competition. What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!

Is Chromebook X2 planned for travelling ?

One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. With this in mind, we tested the Chromebook X2. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Chromebook X2 of 1.5 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. With a 12.3 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The screen shows an interesting result.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The processor Intel Core m3-7Y30installed on this model makes it possible to save batteries.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Chromebook X2. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 10 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 64 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Equipped with a compact 12.3 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 4 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.

The Chromebook X2- the right model for audio or video editing ?

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Chromebook X2, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by HP, there have been many improvements on the components. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Chrome OS, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core m3-7Y30 of this laptop is within the market average. Having 4 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
The designers of HP have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 64 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. With 10 hours in calculation mode only on battery, you will be able to work in nomadic mode on your audio or video editing. As a reminder, with such a powerful laptop, it’s hard to do much better HP.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, HP made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
It Chromebook X2 is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.

Chromebook X2 for video games?

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of HP in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since HP has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 64 Gb it Chromebook X2is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this Chromebook X2 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With a weight 1.5 Kg and a screen size of 12.3 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
With an autonomy of 10 hours, it’s better than the competition.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. Good for games, but also for many other uses.

The Chromebook X2 for office automation.

Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. Perfectly office oriented, this Chromebook X2 is efficient.
This model is intended for those who want to change their system. HP installed Chrome OS to make it work.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Its weight of 1.5 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
This Chromebook X2 eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 64 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Chromebook X2can be quickly filled.
In short, it Chromebook X2 is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.

Chromebook X2 the right choice for the right use

All in all, this laptop is among the best, whatever you use it for. And it’s all at an affordable price – Chromebook X2 from HP.
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– playing video games
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks