The Education market for tech and computers especially in secondary schools and colleges across the United States and Europe can be quite lucrative. Thus companies like Apple and Google release low cost devices like the new iPads or Chrome books in order to get students buying them.
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Thus, Two weeks ago, Acer announced the first tablet running Chrome OS. And recently, HP is announced just the second ever. And it is way better. It’s called the Chromebook x2, and it’s very much designed to go after the iPad Pro. It has a 12.3-inch screen while the larger iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch screen, it docks with a keyboard cover, and supports stylus input.
The main advantage of the Chrome book is that you get everything for less money. The Chromebook x2 costs $599 in its base configuration and comes with the keyboard cover and stylus. The iPad starts at $649 for the smaller tablet on its own, and you’ll have to spend $1,067 if you want the 12.9-inch model with a keyboard and pen. And you have to agree that spending over 1000 dollars on a device is quite much for anybody talk less of students.
Specifications wise, the Chrome book does its job. It has a Core m3 processor from Intel’s prior generation of Kaby Lake chips, 4GB of RAM which can go up to 8gb, 32GB of storage, a 2400 x 1600 resolution, stereo speakers, a 5 megapixel front camera, a 13 megapixel rear camera, two USB-C ports, a Micro SD card slot, a headphone jack, and an estimated 10.5 hours of battery life. So all in all, not bad.
While 600 dollars is now in now the region of Low Cost Windows Computers, the HP is still cheaper than the iPad. Arguably even offering more bang for buck. So the choice finally comes down to the age long question. Google or Apple software. Choose your pick.