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Sophomore Laura Althaus holds her school laptop. (Photo: Zaid Ali)
It’s been three months since Bellaire High School students received their new school-issued laptops. Now that enough time has passed, students can properly evaluate the laptop's performance.
The new laptops were advertised as being more efficient because of their small size and the fact that they would be able to fit in a sleeve which could be put in your backpack. The old laptop cases were big and bulky, and tiresome to carry around all day.
But Chloe Turner, a junior, disagrees with this. “When I got the laptops... I thought they would have a smaller case, but in reality, it was the same size as the old one, but just thinner. The new laptop cases also do not have places to put your chargers like the old one did, so I tend to lose my charger.”
Now to talk about the actual computer itself. The new computer is a HP ProBook x360 11.This laptop is unique because of the fact that it is touchscreen and it’s really flexible. It can be in a tablet mode, tent-mode or stand-up mode. And with all this, it’s still only 3.19 pounds.
“I’m impressed with this laptop,” junior Ryan Thompson explained, “because I can touch the screen, which makes it easier to do my school work. Also whenever I don’t want to type, I can use it as a tablet. It is pretty cool and convenient.”
On the other hand, there are some problems with the laptop that are apparent. First the shine of the laptop is poor; you can’t see the screen that well under normal, outside light conditions. Also, the mousepad is very hard to control and can oftentimes be frustrating if the laptop may zoom in instead of click on a website, for example.
And because the laptop is small, the text would on the computer would obviously be hard to see. This is a problem for students now, as more and more classrooms are integrating technology in their classrooms.