Reliable performance in a body that's easy to carry and can hold up to abuse
HP may like to use incredibly disjointed naming schemes, but the HP Chromebook x360 13b shouldn't be ignored just because the name is so bad that you can't tell what it offers over the rest of HP's x360 line. This particular device runs on a MediaTek Kompanio 1380 — perhaps not an SoC you'd expect from MediaTek — yet, I can assure you the chip delivers, making the HP Chromebook x360 13b one of my favorite Chromebooks in my growing stable.
Enjoy this 1080p display and backlit keyboard at a budget price
Chromebooks tend to fall into one of two distinct, easy-to-identify groups: budget and premium. You could arguably make a case for a third group, of more mid-range options, but those two really define the landscape. Budget Chromebooks usually cost less than $400, and are more likely to have plastic casing, lower-res displays with larger bezels, and tend to lack high-end features, like backlit keyboards. With premium Chromebooks, we're looking at stuff like sharper 1080p displays, thinner bezels, and some much more attractive aluminum casing. But what if you could have the best of both worlds: premium looks and features, but with a budget price tag? It turns out you absolutely can, with the HP Chromebook x360 and its current sale price of just $399.
It's fast and touch-friendly, and ready to be yours
In the current Chromebook climate, brands like Acer and Lenovo dominate the conversation, and you might end overlooking options from companies like HP. But that would be a shame, because the company's X360 is a great example of why its ChromeOS laptops are worth your consideration. The 2-in-1 has an Intel Core i3 processor, which should provide more than enough power for most users, it's covered in Gorilla Glass and metal for durability, and it has premium features like a built-in fingerprint reader and Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers. This rig typically sells for $700, but right now you can pick one up for a cool $500.
It'll bend over backwards for you
When it comes to getting a laptop you can use for work, school, or general procrastination online, the best Chromebooks make for ideal choices. You probably know them as machines for web surfing and, if you really need them, Android apps, but they're also dipping their toes as great cloud gaming companions, too. This particular Chromebook model does all of the above and usually retails for $700, but you can get it for a mere $400 on Best Buy right now.
And you won't have to pay extra for the keyboard
Chromebooks are perfect entry-level machines. They're excellent at browsing the web, creating documents, and binge-watching through the latest Netflix original. You don't have to spend a massive amount of cash to get a good experience. Today, you can grab HP's Chromebook x360 for just $429 from Best Buy, $200 off the usual price.
It's the little things
A year ago, I decided to retire my aging 2013 MacBook Air in favor of an HP Chromebook x360. I haven't turned my back on Apple completely and I'm still using a 2019 iMac at my desk, but for my mobile needs (well, more like working-from-the-kitchen-table needs given the pandemic), I've been using my Chromebook. Chrome OS changed quite a bit since I got the machine, and there are a lot of features I genuinely enjoy, but there's still a few little things that itch me enough that make me want to switch back to a MacBook.
There was once a time when Chrome OS was such a lightweight operating system, it didn't take a ton of horsepower to make it fly. However, as Android apps came into the picture, Chromebooks needed better hardware to meet more rigorous demands. Today, many Chromebook OEMs offer devices that can be configured a number of ways to dial in just the performance for your needs. One such device is the HP Chromebook x360 with a 2-in-1 touchscreen that you can grab from Best Buy for as little as 9 (0 off).
If you're looking for a large Chromebook that's still fast enough to get some serious work done, the HP 2-in-1 Chromebook x360 is a great choice. After falling in price to $349 only once this year, it's back again as part of Best Buy's early Black Friday special.
Among a sea of Chromebooks, some stand out more than others. For example, the 14" HP Chromebook x360 with its clean design, good backlit keyboard, and snappy performance. After debuting at $600, its price has dipped a few times but not as low as today's sale. At Best Buy, you can now get one for just $349 ($250 off).
Chromebook deals pop up every so often, but they're usually for lower-end models with mediocre internals. But sometimes, something really good comes around, like this one. Woot is currently offering a refurbished HP Chromebook x360-14 for $389.99, a savings of $210 off the MSRP for a new model.
Black Friday Target ad reveals $80 Google Home, $30 Home Mini with $10 giftcard, $30 Fire 7 tablet, and more
Thanksgiving is coming up this month in the United States, which means retailers are prepping for Black Friday. Just about every major store will have steep discounts on items, but whether they are worth fighting crowds for is another question. Target's ad for Black Friday was recently released, and there are a few noteworthy deals for Google, Amazon, and Samsung products.
Google has promised that all Chromebooks launched from 2017 onwards would support Android apps, but it's taking the company a little while to deliver on that claim. The HP Chromebook X360 11 G1 EE (wow, that's a long name) is one of many Chromebooks released this year, but until now Android app support on it has been limited to the Chrome OS Beta Channel.