HP’s newest Chromebooks, the x360 12b and 14b, are the corporate’s first to help the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), the brand new commonplace that lets appropriate styluses work seamlessly throughout a variety of various gadgets. The Chromebooks have been launched as a part of a first wave of USI 1.0 devices, that means they need to be appropriate with any of the USI styluses which were launched, along with HP’s personal $70 stylus due for launch in November.
The launch of the primary USI gadgets has been a very long time coming. The initiative kicked off again in 2015, however it wasn’t till early final 12 months that Google signed on to help the usual. Yesterday, the Universal Standards Initiative introduced that 12 corporations had been releasing their first USI-enabled gadgets, which embrace styluses from Hanvon, Maxeye and Sunwoda, in addition to these Chromebooks from HP. Sadly there’s no point out of a stylus from Wacom, a distinguished stylus producer, however the firm is listed as a member of the USI together with Samsung, maker of the stylus-equipped Note gadgets.
A promotional video launched again in 2017 lists many benefits of USI. Not solely can you use the identical stylus throughout a number of gadgets, a USI stylus may also have the ability to carry your preferences between them, like brush stroke and colour settings. Up to 6 styluses can draw on one show at a time, and communication is two-way, which the USI group claims permits it to supply extra constant efficiency in areas with plenty of radio interference.
Outside of their help for USI 1.0, HP’s Chromebooks are a extra typical funds affair. Both fashions characteristic 360-degree hinges to permit them to flip their shows round and allow you to use them like a pill (which is useful contemplating the stylus help), 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inner storage, and twin core Intel Celeron N4000 1.1GHz processors. The most important distinction between the 2 are their shows. The x360 12b mannequin has a 12-inch 1366 x 912 decision show, and the 14b has a 14-inch 1366 x 768 decision panel.
The HP Chromebook x360 12b begins at $359, whereas the 14-inch x360 14b is $20 extra at $379. Both go on sale within the US later this month.