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The HPhường. Chromebase AiO all-in-one computer.

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HP. has just announced three new Chrome OS-focused products: a detachable tablet, a new all-in-one, và a Works With Chromebook-certified monitor. All of them are designed to lớn capitalize on the explosive sầu growth Chrome OS devices have sầu seen over the past year & a half, as many students và families have sầu had to adopt remote schooling. I’ve sầu had a chance lớn try out a pre-production version of the new Chromebase AiO ahead of the announcement, read on for some first impressions.

The Chromebase AiO is the first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with the ability to rotate its screen from landscape lớn portrait. You can switch modes with just a light push on the corner — the content on the screen will automatically rotate to lớn match the new orientation for you.

The Chromebase AiO’s claim khổng lồ fame is the ability khổng lồ rotate its display to lớn portrait orientation. HPhường claims this makes the Chromebase more versatile & easier lớn use for scrolling through long webpages or working with long documents. But in practice, I didn’t find the portrait mode very helpful in my day-to-day work.


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For starters, whenever I rotated the screen from landscape to lớn portrait or vice versa, my window arrangement would get lost, forcing me to remix everything. It might be fine if all you use is a single window, but the 21.5-inch screen is large enough lớn invite you lớn open multiple windows for side-by-side comparisons or just better multitasking. This obviously works best when the screen is in landscape mode, but whenever you switch lớn portrait và baông xã again, you’ll have sầu to lớn rearrange all of your open windows. The 16:9 aspect ratio is fine when the screen is in landscape, but becomes awkwardly tall and long in portrait mode.

Additionally, the built-in webcam is on the long edge of the screen, making it most useful in landscape mode. When the screen is rotated to portrait, the camera is awkwardly off khổng lồ the side. (It’s effectively the opposite of the problem with the webcam placement on the ipad tablet Pro.) A portrait orientation screen can be very useful as a secondary display, but it doesn’t make as much sense to me for a primary one.

The base of the Chromebase AiO is aluminum with light gray fabric & is attractive without being ostentatious.

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Though the marquee feature didn’t win me over, the rest of the Chromebase’s design is quite nice. The base is wrapped in attractive fabric, the dual speakers kiông chồng out a surprising amount of sound and are clear when used for đoạn Clip calls. The general design is modern, yet understated enough lớn fit in most home page decors. This isn’t a bright yellow iMac, which is probably a good thing.

The screen itself is bright enough for indoor use và is fine for typical productivity or school work, even if its 1080p resolution isn’t the most px dense. The touch response is suitable và a nice thing to lớn have sầu if a younger student is using the computer.

The mã sản phẩm I’ve sầu been able khổng lồ try out is the mid-tier version with a 10th Gen bộ vi xử lý Core i3 processor và 4GB of RAM. As this is a pre-production Model, I haven’t done any formal benchmarking, but in general usage the processor is more than up to lớn the task of running Chrome OS at this resolution, even when I have multiple desktops, windows, and tabs going at the same time. (The only real sluggishness I noticed was when I tried lớn play 4K YouTube videos.) The RAM, on the other hand, was an unsurprising bottleneck: I frequently had tabs or windows reload in the background, causing me khổng lồ miss things like email notifications or thua my place in a paused YouTube Clip. Just 4GB of RAM might be passable on a small tablet where you are likely only working with one window at a time, but on a device with a large screen that invites you to multitask, it’s not enough. The top-spec configuration comes with 16GB of RAM, but I’m not sure why HP isn’t offering one with 8GB, which is enough for most people & doesn’t have the limitations of 4GB.

All of the Chromebase’s ports are arranged on the bachồng of the base.
The included wireless mouse và keyboard use AAA batteries & connect over công nghệ Bluetooth không dây.
All of the ports on the Chromebase AiO are neatly arranged in a vertical column on the baông xã of the computer và should be plenty for most people. There are two USB-C ports rated at 10Gbps and two USB-A ports rated at 5Gbps và all of them can be used to charge Smartphone devices. The only inconvenient part of this thiết kế is the 3.5mm tai nghe jaông chồng, which requires reaching around the back of the display lớn use.

The included wireless keyboard và mouse are simple, but mostly fine. They run on AAA batteries & connect via Bluetooth không dây. The keyboard is plasticky, but pleasant enough to lớn type on, while the scroll wheel and buttons on the mouse are stiffer than I’d like. Sadly, there’s no biometric authentication on the Chromebase AiO, requiring me to type in a PIN or password to lớn log in each time.

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HP says the pricing for the Chromebase AiO starts at $599.99, which would be for the Mã Sản Phẩm with the lower-tier Pentium Gold chip and slower eMMC storage. The company didn’t have pricing information for the spec tier I was able to test, but the top-tier Mã Sản Phẩm with 16GB of RAM & 256GB of storage will sell for $770. If you’re willing lớn spend that much, the Chromebase AiO might be an interesting desktop to lớn consider, provided Chrome OS meets all of your computing needs.