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  • - Hey everybody, I'm back, and this is Processor,

  • and I have discovered the best Chrome tablet

  • that I have ever used.

  • It has amazing hardware.

  • It runs on an ARM processor,

  • so it has pretty good battery life.

  • It supports LTE, natively, on the device.

  • It actually works in tablet mode instead of the janky fiasco

  • that you usually get on Chrome OS.

  • If web apps don't cover all of your needs,

  • you can also use an,

  • you could also Windows Apps because, yeah,

  • the best Chromebook I've ever used

  • actually isn't a Chromebook,

  • and I'm not actually using Chrome.

  • It's this thing,

  • the Surface Pro X using the new Edge browser.

  • So here's a question.

  • Dieter, are you feeling okay?

  • (funky music)

  • Look, let's get this out of the way right at the top.

  • It's super important that you understand

  • that I am not telling you to buy this computer.

  • I am definitely not doing that because as specced,

  • this costs more than seventeen hundred dollars,

  • and even though there are some discounts on it right now,

  • whatever.

  • It's too expensive.

  • Plus, you know, I've already reviewed this computer

  • and I decided that the app problem is really serious.

  • It uses an ARM chip,

  • which means that there some app compatibility hassles.

  • So, why I am I looking at this again?

  • Well, there's now an official version of the Edge browser,

  • and more specifically, there's an official beta

  • of the Edge browser that uses ARM code directly

  • and of course it has the Chromium engine.

  • See, the ARM chip on this hardware

  • means that a lot of Windows apps run in emulation,

  • which kind of kills the battery life

  • and it slows down the apps,

  • and some apps don't even work at all, like Lightroom.

  • But, now there's a good Chromium-based web browser

  • that runs native ARM code,

  • and so what if I just used this thing to run web apps,

  • and what if instead of struggling with all of the hassles

  • that come from all that Windows emulation stuff,

  • I just treated this thing like a Chromebook

  • and only ran Windows apps when I really needed them?

  • Well, I'll tell you what if.

  • I did it and I think I learned some stuff along the way.

  • So the main thing is that this thing runs Chrome,

  • I mean, sorry, it runs the Edge beta browser

  • really, really well.

  • I regularly have 20 plus tabs open,

  • and it's really not breaking a sweat.

  • I especially love how easy the Edge browser makes it

  • to create apps out of webpages.

  • If you have a PWA like Twitter,

  • there's just a little button right in the URL bar

  • that you can click,

  • and other pages you wanna make an app,

  • there's no weird thing to find.

  • There's literally an option in the menu

  • that says, make this an app,

  • and you just click it and bang,

  • it shows up in your taskbar.

  • Also, the Edge browser supports Chrome extensions,

  • so all of the stuff that I'm used to using on Chrome

  • works before,

  • and you can grab those Chrome extensions

  • directly from the Chrome store.

  • So I went and I grabbed this extension called Chrometana,

  • which automatically redirects all Bing searches

  • to Google searches,

  • which means that you can actually use the Windows key

  • to search Google without having to deal

  • with installing a bunch of extra crap

  • on your Windows computer like you did before.

  • Last and maybe most importantly,

  • because this Edge beta is running on ARM code,

  • it just natively works, it feels faster

  • and I think I'm getting way better battery life.

  • Like, on the average, it was, like, two hours more

  • than I was before,

  • which is about where I expected battery life

  • for this computer to be in the first place.

  • Okay, so how does all that compare to a Chromebook?

  • In fact, let's compare it to

  • a really high end Chromebook, like my Pixelbook here.

  • Well, instead of the kinda janky Android apps

  • that you use in a pinch,

  • you just get really good Windows apps.

  • Like the Spotify app here actually works,

  • and like the play pause/button actually works.

  • It unlocks with my face,

  • so I don't have to punch in a passcode

  • or use a fingerprint sensor or whatever.

  • And it doesn't suck as a tablet.

  • Microsoft is really good at managing Windows.

  • You can put stuff in split screen,

  • you can move stuff around.

  • When you go to the overview screen,

  • everything flies around exactly where you expect it to be.

  • It also, unlike the upcoming Galaxy Chromebook,

  • has a three by two screen.

  • Stylus input is way better

  • 'cause Microsoft has been doing stylus input for way longer

  • than Chrome OS has.

  • And, it also has better privacy defaults than Chrome does.

  • It's got a pretty good reader mode

  • that hasn't come to Chrome yet,

  • and Windows also has this Your Phone app,

  • which means that this computer works better

  • with Android phones than a Chrome OS computer does.

  • If there's one major downside to using

  • a Windows computer basically as a Chrome OS computer,

  • it's that getting setup on a Windows computer

  • still takes forever.

  • And you gotta wait for Chrometana to tell you

  • that she's setting things up, and blah blah blah blah blah,

  • whereas on a Chrome OS computer,

  • you basically can get logged in and doing your stuff

  • within a couple of minutes.

  • Okay, so this is a lot of praise for this computer

  • as a Chromebook,

  • so once again, I really feel like I need to emphasize

  • that you should not buy this computer.

  • It is too expensive and too limited for what it does.

  • But, I do think we can learn from this experience

  • of using it as a Chromebook, together.

  • Microsoft is no longer trying to take over the world

  • with Windows anymore.

  • They're making their software for Android

  • and they're making the Edge browser for Mac, and whatever.

  • Basically, Windows now is a platform

  • that wants to run as many apps,

  • as many kind of apps, as it possibly can,

  • and the benefit for Microsoft is that

  • while you're doing that it might convince you

  • to sign up for some Microsoft stuff,

  • like OneDrive or whatever.

  • So, you know, touchscreen apps?

  • Cool.

  • Web apps?

  • You bet.

  • Legacy Windows apps?

  • Sure, they'll run on ARM.

  • It might be a little bit messy sometimes,

  • but it basically works.

  • And if ARM processors really do start taking over

  • Windows laptops and Windows tablets,

  • it could show that there is a middle ground

  • between the slow, frustrating ARM Windows computers

  • that we've tried before,

  • and the very fast, very elegant

  • but very, very locked down iPad Pro.

  • This is not that.

  • Not yet.

  • I mean, it still doesn't run Lightroom.

  • But it proves that it's possible

  • and that honestly, it might not be as hard as we thought.

  • Hey everybody, thanks so much for watching.

  • Now, there is one Chromebook that I'm really interested in

  • coming up.

  • It's the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook,

  • and even though it doesn't have a three by two screen,

  • which is the best aspect ratio, yes it is,

  • it's worth checking out.

  • We've got a hands on of it.

- Hey everybody, I'm back, and this is Processor,

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