Xolo Chromebook review: Handy device for enterprises

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Google Chrome OS has been developed on the Chrome browser which has grow to be massively common and profitable. Google, which has additionally made the OS able to operating Android apps and games, just lately launched three Chromebooks (laptops that run on the Chrome OS) made by three totally different producers in India focused at totally different segments of shoppers with engaging price tags. Right here’s a peek beneath the hood of Xolo Chromebook, priced at Rs.12,999.

Design and dimensions: The Xolo variant has a compact design, straightforward to grip and carry because it has rounded edges and the highest panel has been cleverly merged with the again cowl panel. The Chromebook has no removable battery. The camera is positioned on the prime finish of the lid. The keyboard is regular wanting as in any 11-inch laptop computer with a trackpad to aide the mouse actions. The device measures 11.4″ x 8.1″ x 0.71″ and has a weight of 1.15 kg. The destructive level is the situation of the audio system on the backside panel, which drowns out the sound, though the sound high quality is sort of loud.

Show, Hardware and Performance: The Chromebook comes with an 11.6″ (diagonal) display which places out 200 nit of brightness which is greater than sufficient in all mild circumstances. A Rockchip 3288 mixed with 2GB of RAM varieties the core of the device together with graphics help from the ARM Mali 760 quad core GPU. This mix has been good for most medium vary laptops that focus on multitasking. The Rockchip is extra of a new entrant in comparison with Qualcomm or the Mediatek processors. It may possibly ship speeds as much as 1.8 GHz. The GPU additionally helps 4K x 2K decision.

Ports and Battery: The device has a 16GB internal eMMC storage card unit and a microSD slot. Information can be uploaded to Google Drive from the device or another cloud. There are two commonplace USB 2.0 ports however truthfully 3.0 would have been higher. There's a headphone/mic combo port which could appear not very utility-strategy based mostly on the first go. However the device has a constructed-in microphone that may help calls on Hangouts or Skype. The camera helps a 720P HD decision. On the connectivity front, a normal wi-fi 802.11ac is accessible for Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth 4.0 module can also be current. The Xolo variant has a battery lifetime of 8 to 10 hours.

Working System, Consumer Interface and apps: The OS feels extra like a Chrome browser taking up a laptop computer however the UI appears easy sufficient and straightforward to study. The boot time is as little as 12 seconds. In the course of the first boot, the device asks for an web connection. This feature doesn’t appear so dangerous as a result of all smartphones at present include Wi-Fi hotspot or tethering features. On the second booting, the OS asks the password of the Google ID to which the device is synced.  As quickly because the consumer logs on, he has the selection to entry all of Google’s features and in addition to install new apps from the Chrome Net Retailer, synonymous to the Play Retailer for Android. Google has cleverly added VLC Participant and different utility softwares to its app retailer and it additionally permits set up of chosen apps which are obtainable on the Android platform. The offline feature of Youtube continues to be unavailable although.

Security: The Chrome browser is prone to loads of malwares however Google touts that it'll not be the case with the OS. To struggle malwares of any variety, the OS guarantees automated updates inside a interval of six weeks to share the newest and most safe version of the OS. It additionally has a feature referred to as ‘sandboxing’ which ensures that every net web page and application runs in a restricted surroundings. So if the Chromebook is directed to an contaminated web page, it will possibly’t have an effect on the opposite tabs or apps on the pc, or anything on the machine, primarily containing the menace. So as to add to the defences is the ‘verified boot’ feature which comes into play in a case when the malware manages to flee the sandbox.

Each time the Chromebook begins up, it does a self examine referred to as verified boot. If it detects any corrupted, it'll restore itself, taking the Chromebook again to an working system that’s nearly as good as new. The device additionally provides knowledge encryption together with a restoration module which will help the consumer revert a recognized good OS version.

Verdict: The device is best suited for organisations and establishments that gives staff, scholar with units. The Chromebook comes with a administration management suite that may monitor, safe and management each programme operating on the device. The suite comes with a license payment which is levied on every further device. Taking a look at it from an Enterprise viewpoint, the device gives a number of capabilities and an honest price proposition.

Anirban Ghoshal writes for IANS

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