When it comes to Chromebooks HP has been there from the very beginning. In fact, the first-ever Chromebook I bought in 2011 was made by HP. It’s no surprise that HP sells a lot of Chrome OS computers because they continue to offer us some great devices.
Because of this HP has been the manufacturer that sells more Chromebooks than any other each year. This changed, however, in 2021 when Lenovo ended up shipping more Chromebooks than HP.
In one way this was a complete surprise because Lenovo is a relative newcomer to Chrome OS. At the same time, I can see why Lenovo managed to ship more Chromebooks than any other manufacturer. They’ve quickly entered the market and offered us some great Chromebooks at very competitive prices. The question is, will this continue into 2022?
Lenovo has launched some great Chromebooks
The latter was a brave move by Lenovo because it was the first Chrome OS tablet since the Pixel Slate. Although the pixel slate is a great tablet the operating system simply wasn’t ready for it when launched. This meant manufacturers steered clear of Chrome OS tablets after Google’s attempt with the slate.
This was a real shame because I had great hopes for Chrome OS tablets. Luckily, Lenovo shared this view and launched the Ideapad Duet. If it wasn’t for Lenovo doing this. We may still be in a position today where Chrome OS tablets died when Google announced the end of the Pixel slate.
HP has started making great HP Chromebooks again
When it comes to HP the only real option to choose from was the HP x 360 range. Although these are great Chromebooks, they didn’t really offer much more than this type of laptop. The original HP x 360 was a great laptop, and they did an excellent job with the revamped HP x 360 14c.
HP launching these types of Chromebooks was fine at the time. However, Lenovo clearly showed there were other types of devices the consumer was interested in. Luckily for us, HP, who created the original 2-in-1 Chrome OS device. Decided to go back to the drawing board to offer us something different.
What they came up with was the HP x 2 11 Chromebook. A detachable 2-in-1 to compete directly with the Lenovo Ideapad Duet. In fact, there really isn’t any competition because the HP x2 offers much better specs. It’s great to see HP decided to offer a 2-in-1 offering better specs than the standard budget range.
Will HP take back the number one slot
The question is will Lenovo continue the trend they created in 2021? Will they continue to be the manufacturer who sells more Chromebooks than any other? Perhaps they will. Or we may see HP take back the number one position in 2022.
To get the answer to this question we’ll have to wait until we are in 2023. It’s possible Lenovo will outsell HP again. However, I do believe HP will possibly sell more units in 2022.
What I do know is all this competition is great news for us the consumer. Manufacturers competing with each other to bring out the next best Chromebook can only be seen as good news.
Either way, whoever sells more in 2022. Both manufacturers make great Chromebooks, so I don’t think you’ll go wrong buying a Chrome OS laptop from either of them.