I bought this Chromebook in an effort to substitute my bulky and expensive gaming laptop with a smaller, lighter, and lower cost device to take notes with for college. My plan was to keep my gaming laptop at home while the Chromebook would be used for light work and note taking during lectures. The touchscreen would be good for taking notes in math class where typical keyboard characters would not be enough.
The second I came home with the Chromebook, it felt stifling. The functionality is so limited with chrome OS on that device that it is seriously only good for some note taking. I couldn't even put android apps on it despite my best efforts and researching. I updated the software to its most recent version and still, no luck. It was at this time I began to regret spending the money on it so I took it back and went for a less expensive windows tablet that has so far blown it away in nearly every category.
By no means is this a bad device, again, just limiting. The port selection is mediocre, only possessing a few USB A connectors for connecting to other devices even though it has been well-established USB C is the future. The speed was sub par as well. Google Docs, the hallmark and of a Chromebook's academic functionality, did not at all function smoothly. While typing, the letters were always about five or ten characters behind what I was actually typing. Web performance was low too. Chrome OS did not seem able to read many commonly found file formats online.
The three stars given to this device are well earned though. The speakers are excellent, the build quality is very good, and the screen is highly durable. Typing felt very good on the Chromebook as well. Battery life is far beyond expectation. I easily found myself able to go on for long periods of time without charging.
So, though not a great performer and laden with problems, many will likely be happy with the HP Chromebook 11.6. It is an attractive and well-made device that gets the job done, but just barely.