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HP Chromebook x2

Earlier I had written about how unsuccessful I was trying to load Chrome OS on a PC, still, Chromebook is an idea that continues to intrigue me – the first one I had tried in 2015 and it was a Samsung Chromebook 2. Last week, a friend returned from the USA, and through him, I got a new HP Chromebook x2, the best Chromebook outside Pixel line up.

HP Chromebook x2 - Laptop mode with a keyboard
HP Chromebook x2 – Laptop mode with a keyboard

HP Chromebook x2 is a lightweight and attractive looking laptop that cost US$467 (INR 33,200). With a comfortable (slightly smaller) keyboard it is a convenient machine at a good price. Unlike, other machines in this category of 2-in-1, the tablet weight seems to be well-balanced, and I didn’t feel it will tip when using as a laptop. There are two USB-C ports, out of which one doubles as the charging port, there is a MicroSD card reader and a headphone port.

Removing the keyboard, it becomes a tablet.  The tablet at 12.3 inches tall is a good one.

HP Chromebook x2 - Remove the keyboard and it becomes a tablet
HP Chromebook x2 – Remove the keyboard and it becomes a tablet
The 12.3 inches tablet is beautiful
The 12.3 inches tablet is beautiful

The best part of Chromebook is that it allows running the majority of Android apps in tablet mode. I tried running Microsoft Solitaire and Microsoft Outlook from Google Play store and they run fine.

Installing Microsoft Solitaire from Google Play store
Installing Microsoft Solitaire from Google Play store
Microsoft Solitaire Android app running on HP Chromebook x2
Microsoft Solitaire Android app running on HP Chromebook x2

The Chromebook support enabling of Linux Developer mode. You do it, by going to settings->Linux (Beta), which allows you to run Linux tools, editors and IDEs on the Chromebook. It supports running a Linux BASH shell including the ability to install packages. I was also able to go Visual Code website and then install the .DEB package for VS Code. In short, it converts Chromebook into a more capable machine. 
Linux Developer mode
Linux Developer mode

Visual Studio Code running a Python code on HP Chromebook x2
Visual Studio Code running a Python code on HP Chromebook x2

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