In general, the quad-cores Cortex A17 can be somewhat competitive with Intel's budget Celeron N2840, which powers the vast majority of new Chromebook models. In other tests, though, the RK3288 extreme budget roots are apparent.
Overall performance of the Hisense Chromebook isn't bad, especially compared to older ARM-based Chromebooks (Acer's Tegra K1 is not included in that group). Compared to the vast majority of budget Chromebooks, which are Intel Atom/Bay Trail-based, it offers somewhat competitive performance in many areas.
The people's PC
Whatever the Hisense Chromebook's shortcomings, we can't deny the power of the price. It is now possible to buy an adequate computer for $149, a price point many people can afford. What's more, the Chrome ecosystem continues to add promising features, including Android apps to help close the app gap. Microsoft may be trying hard to beat back Chrome, but bargain laptops like the Hisense Chromebook help keep Google ahead of the game.
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