Xolo Chromebook Review
Chromebooks are modest gadgets that do most of what a computer can do, with more ease and expertise than Android tablets can provide, but less overall flexibility. Google’s Chrome OS clearly rides profoundly on the company’s own Web services and software, and in fact accepts that you are online all the time. There’s no need, in the company’s view, for local storage when you can have everything online, backed up automatically and accessible from anywhere. It’s a nice concept but has proven difficult to employ.
Not only is the set-up for always-on data deeply lacking in India, but Chromebooks have cost far too much to defend not simply getting a regular laptop or even a tablet instead. That might be set to transformation now that Xolo has launched its take on the idea, bringing the cost down to a previously unseen level.
If you are edgy around computers, or only want to get a few things done with nominal fuss, a Chrome OS device might actually be of enormous help. Xolo might have a huge prospect on its hands.
Look and feel
The Xolo Chromebook looks like an inexpensive laptop, but is different because of its coarse matte grey plastic body and bright Chrome logo in one corner. The device is attractive, but comes across as more down-to-earth than anything else. It has some nice shape and is lean that makes the frame fit well in the curve of your fingers when carrying it with one hand.
The frame material will remind you of the slightly ruggedized laptops designed especially for students, which makes a lot of sense considering this product’s likely use cases. When open, however, there’s glossy patterned plastic surrounding the keyboard. You will find that this surface will attract lot of smudges.
Specifications and software
Expect modest components here, even by Android tablet standards. The processor is a Rockchip RK3288 with four ARM Cortex-A17 cores running at up to 1.88GHz and an integrated Mali-T624 GPU. The RK3288 supports up to 4K video output and HD video decoding in most popular formats. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot if you need more. Additionally, buyers will get 100GB of Google Drive space free for two years.
The 11.6-inch, 1366×768-pixel screen is perfect for this budget laptop, though the 1-megapixel webcam is feeble for a device that’s meant to be used online all the time. There’s also Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0. Xolo claims that the 4,200mAH battery will last for up to 10 hours, though doesn’t specify under what conditions.
Performance and usability
The Xolo Chromebook cannot really be associated to budget laptops. You have to think of it as a physical Web browser rather than a laptop in the old-fashioned sense. If you spend most of your day working in Chrome anyway, you will find that you not much to lose. Multiple user profiles can be set up, each with its own Google account, and there’s also a guest mode if you like.
Apps are pretty powerful – and now quite a few Android apps can run on Chrome OS too. The platform could become even more versatile in the future, but right now you might get a little frustrated when it comes to multitasking, managing files, playing any media that is not streamed online, and generally getting work done outside of cloud services.
Former Chromebooks have not performed well in India because of connectivity and cost, and while set-up is a huge problem that requires multiple parties to get on the same page and will take time to progress, Xolo appears to have done a great job of addressing the latter topic.
If you are at easy with exactly what this gadget is and isn’t, and what it can and cannot do, it could prove to be a very sensible asset.
Picture courtesy- fonearena.com
by techtalks @TechTalks August 31, 2015 5:50 AM UTC