Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Review: CLEARLY a Sequel…
. I mean it was hard not to award the first galaxy chromebook as the best of ces for its sleek design, powerful internals s, pen, support and a 4k oled display that was gorgeous, but it wasn’t perfect. It obviously didn’t come cheap. The battery life was sort of a problem which only made the choice for chrome os to be kind of a deal. Breaker it’s always been a topic of debate if buying an expensive chromebook is worth the money and probably the main reason why i drifted more to the galaxy book flex, which was almost the same machine. You could say, but then running windows to use an analogy. An expensive chromebook is like trying to sell a variant of the macbook pro, but then running ipad os, but at the same time trying to price it like if it were running mac os and fine before you cringe. I agree that chrome os is superior to what apple launches in its tablet, but have you ever really wondered just how much more superior i mean guys even google decided to tone down this approach. It’S been almost four years since the pixel book three years since the pixel slate disaster and the pixelbook go from two years ago became far less expensive. I seriously don’t blame samsung for switching its approach for 2021, all while at the same time keeping some of the elements that made the first generation so hot i’m heimer rivera with pocket.
Now – and this is our review of the galaxy chromebook 2. – all right. So why the whole butt runs, chrome, os or the analogy that i used earlier. I think the best way to understand why the chromebook 2 is not better than the first starts, with understanding who a chromebook is really for. Since google is a web company and our lives have pretty much evolved to mostly be connected, it makes a lot of sense for the needs of many to be centered on just a couple of things. That can pretty much all be done in the browser that allows for a more nimble operating system that does not carry any baggage, which in turns allows for less specifications and a more affordable price tag. Now, let’s be honest, the reason why chromebooks are more popular in places like schools or for the average consumer is not because they’re better than a windows pc or a macbook it’s, actually because they’re dramatically cheaper for as much as google tried to go premium. The software just didn’t really match the hardware like it does on competing operating systems that we have today that’s exactly the best way to describe what the galaxy chromebook 2 is all about the price and the offering now adapt more to reality, but it also solves another Major pain point in the process i mean i know, chromebooks are cheap, but if we’re honest, most of them are also ugly or really skimped down on essentials that some might be willing to pay a bit more, for which is the niche that i feel that this Laptop is trying to fill unless you compare it to its predecessor.
The galaxy chromebook 2 is probably one of the most premium feeling and looking chromebooks in the market today in this price range. The sexy fiesta red in this chassis is a lot more eye, catchy than say the pixelbook go. It borrows from my favorite laptop design from last year, which was actually its predecessor but it’s, not exactly the same body. It is the same aluminum finish, but this one is slightly thicker and heavier still. It keeps one of my favorite design elements which is to have its backlit keyboard, lowered a bit more to provide just enough palm rest, but then not too much and also in offering a fairly large trackpad in the process, along with a decent amount of ports with Usbc on each side and even microsd expansion up to two terabytes now you might need to actually use that more than you actually were expecting. If this is going to be your only computer, i mean specifications. Won’T drive you crazy. The more affordable model starts with an intel, celeron 4 gigs of ram and 64 gigs of storage, which i’m hoping is somehow better than how those numbers made the pixel slate cough with anything. My review unit is based on the core i3, with double the ram and the storage, which might be a better investment in the long run, and other standard specifications include wi, fi, 6 and bluetooth 4, as well. Now, aside from the outer shell, another thing that separates this chromebook from the rest is its display.
Samsung’S qled technology makes a return on this 13.3 inch panel with a lot of punch in color and contrast. I do wish it went above 1080p, but you – and i know that anything with that has an extra digit in the price tag now push the hinge further and another reason this is better than the pixelbook go is that the panel is touch sensitive, so you can Set it as a tent to consume content or even a tablet, if that’s your jam, doing this automatically switches the software to being gesture based, which is also welcome by the way. Sadly, there is no s pen included in the box, but pretty much any usi. Stylus works with it, though i wouldn’t recommend you cheap out too much on that, as the experience will vary depending on the quality of the pen. Now, samsung also makes a lot of high claims for the speakers which are beyond okay to almost what i’d call good, but nothing amazing, given the placement – and this is galaxy – s21 ultra versus galaxy – note: 20., all right after typing half the script on it with things That i like, let me switch over to the things that aren’t necessarily bad or, as i’d like to say, where i’m mixed with this machine. The first is actually the keyboard. It is a joy to type on probably the best one that samsung has ever put on a laptop but make sure you watch michael fisher’s review his unit actually got replaced due to keyboard repetitions.
I can’t say my computer has had the same aggressive problems that his has, but yeah it’s happened a couple of times and mostly running android applications and yes, that’s actually leading me to the second reason: why i’m mixed, i think, chrome os, has matured a lot from The last time that i used it, i love the ability to now switch to more than one desktop for multitasking, plus the tablet. Gestures and let’s, be real chrome as a browser is pretty powerful and convenient. If you can live with chrome alone, you’ll be fine, but my problem continues to stand on the shoulders of android applications. The ui elements and the navigation is not always consistent. The size of text or the presentation of features is also not consistent, and i think they do affect essentials. Like battery life, i mean it does charge pretty fast with the bundled 45 watt charger, but the battery drop depends on what you do so don’t expect. The 13 hours promised michael had a better experience with his unit, but i couldn’t get past five to six hours of use, which i think might have a lot to do with how much i use android applications for slack, microsoft, onenote and others. I think it’s, probably the reason why the fans on my unit kick in pretty often, but that actually leads me to my other problem guys. This is the same version of microsoft, excel and word on your android phone, so don’t be fooled to think that it competes with a windows, machine or heck, even the version on ipad os and see.
This is my biggest problem that if you want the full pc experience, you depend on a browser version of the service to exist because in everything else, you’re using a phone’s application with phone limitations. Last but not least, i’m not going to call this a problem, but i was already pretty excited with how samsung has evolved its ecosystem to talk to each other like having the galaxy book flex charge your devices on the trackpad or support features like samsung notes. To sync, with your phone as it stands, since uh samsung’s galaxy store is not on this computer you’re limited to samsung, smart things on the google play store and that’s it. It almost feels like a step back when compared to everything samsung offers to its windows, computers. I really don’t understand why more applications from samsung are not in the play store. To conclude, what can i say, the samsung galaxy, chromebook 2 is probably the best chromebook you can buy for its price range. It’S got an amazing build a really good display, and i do have to say that, even with its basic specifications, the core i3 performs really well. My problem with this computer is really chrome os and it might have to do with the fact that i’m biased towards getting a more powerful operating system for this kind of money, because yeah at this price, you can find some fairly decent windows machines that’ll, be able To do more heck, even last year’s galaxy chromebook is available with better everything for a hundred bucks more than the higher end variant that i just reviewed on this version too, i mean, if you’re in the market, for a chromebook, meaning you know your usage fits into The mold then sure the galaxy chromebook 2 is a pretty neat little package, it’s.
What i call a more logical, high end chromebook. If there is such a thing, let me know what you think about the samsung galaxy chromebook 2 in the comments down below and while you’re at it follow us on social media and subscribe to our channel for more videos like this one. You can also follow me on my personal handles to see me pick red over any color any day. Please give this video a thumbs up if you liked what you saw i’m hamilah thanks.