Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 review Less fun for a better price#laptop
Each year we expect technology to be faster and better than in the previous year. Samsung did the opposite. With the Galaxy Chromebook 2., it has a lower resolution, screen its thicker and heavier, and it doesnt come with a built in S Pen slot. It even uses a slower processor. What kind of a sequel is that? Well, the Galaxy Chromebook 2s name may be a misnomer, but the device hits a sweet spot for chromex in terms of price at 550, its a far more palatable price than the 999 dollars of the original Galaxy Chromebook, but has Samsung sacrificed what made this laptop special To get the price down, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook had two unmistakable features: the insane thinness of its profile and the bold red color of the chassis. The color remains, though, theres now a more generic silver option as well. Its size unfortunately has grown. The original was a breathtaking 0.’ inches thick and just 2.29 pounds. Its still one of the lightest laptops you can buy. The sequel is a much more conventional 2.71 pounds and 0.55 inches thick thats, not overly large, by any means, but its now slightly thicker and heavier than the pixelbook go its also in step with the Asus Chromebook flip c436. Another premium Chromebook thats, not to say this is a bad looking laptop in the slightest. The fiesta red color is as fun as ever, and the build quality is exceptional. I missed the CNC cut sidewalls, but its still one of the prettiest Chromebooks you can buy.
That is before I got my fingerprints over the lit its a bit of a fingerprint magnet, but overall I much prefer the sharper angles and edges to the overly round style of the pixelbook go one feature of the design that hasnt changed is the bottom bezel in The past year, though, weve begun to see a shift toward taller screens with Slimmer chins, whether thats 1610 or 3 2 even Chromebooks, like the Acer Chromebook spin 713, have moved to the boxy 3 2 aspect ratio which Ive come to prefer over the squat 16 9.. Either way, the bottom bezel is an eyesore, though its a problem, the pixelbook go in Acer, chromex, spin 713 have as well only the Asus Chromebook. Flip c436 has managed to cut enough fat off the bottom bezel to meet modern laptop standards. Port selection, hasnt changed still limited to just two USBC ports in the micro SD card slot youll also find a power button and volume rocker on the sides. This is, of course, because the Galaxy chromek 2 has a 360 degree hinge the heftier size and lack of a built in stylus limit the usability of the device as a tablet, but thats unlikely the reason youre buying a chromic anyway. The color of the keycaps is the most notable change to the keyboard theyre now black, which is a bit more conventional and also a bit more boring its still a delightful keyboard to type on, though so long as you can get familiar with the low travel.
The keys are clicky while remaining quiet, and I found myself happily typing along in just a few minutes. At my normal speed, the touchpad isnt as nice of an experience, its spacious but the surface isnt as smooth as Id like, which leads to awkward clicks and drags and finger skips. The original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook had an OLED 4K screen, thats, practically unheard of for a Chromebook as gorgeous as it was. Its impact on battery life didnt feel worth the extra pixels. The 1080pq LED screen Samsung has gone with. Here is a much better choice: Samsungs patented qled screen Tech has produced great results in laptops like the galaxy book Flex, its not as bright as a MacBook Pro or Surface Pro 7, but the Galaxy Chromebook 2s 13.3 inch screen makes up for it in colors images And videos are colorful, but without ever appearing over saturated you can thank the quantum.tech for that kind of color reproduction, which is rare to find outside of 4K panels. All of that would make for a great multimedia experience. That is if these speakers sounded better theyre, pointed down instead of up at your face with the grills flat against the bottom of the chassis most downward, pointing speakers are least built into the raised edges to bounce sound off tables and desks. But these are flat which causes them to be both muffled and too quiet. If you have them on a pillow or soft surface, they can become nearly silent.
The purpose I assume is to have them pointed at you when in tent mode, but that doesnt feel like a worthwhile trade off. The sound of the speakers would be decent if they hadnt been located, where they are. What a shame the pixelbook go is still. The unabashed winner in audio measuring performance on a Chromebook is tricky. Any Intel core or AMD ryzen processor is going to make a laptop like this fly, that held with the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, which had the Intel Core, i3, 10, 110u processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 128 gigabytes SSD. This is the more expensive configuration which costs 699 dollars. The starting Sauron power configuration is not the one you want, especially since it comes with only 64 gigabytes of MC storage. You cant configure the pixelbook go quite the same, but aside from Storage, the pixelbook go is 50 cheaper, Ill call it a wash in value both use a dual core processor: a pixelbook go with the 8th gen core M3 and the Galaxy Chromebook 2, with the 10th Gen core I3: neither are the newest chips that can show up in a Chromebook Intel announced 11th gen processors for Chromebooks at CES that feature the improved 10 nanometers architecture and Intel Iris shed integrated graphics when they eventually make it into the first chromics. You can expect a more meaningful jump in gaming performance and creative tasks. The measly Intel, UHD integrated Graphics here are barely enough to play some of the more intense 3D Android games like Asphalt, 9 Legends like working with dozens of tabs open at once, not a problem, but despite only having two cores and four threats: the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 feels Snappy and responsive.
It was neck and neck with the Asus Chromebook flip C 436 in video Lupo was an hour behind in web browsing still. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 will last you through the majority of a workday and ultimately thatll be enough for most people, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 isnt. A better laptop than its predecessor, however, it is a better Chromebook. It fits the mold of what people are looking for in a Chromebook and is finally affordable enough to recommend but missing. Some of the distinctive features of the original, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 ends up much less interesting than it once was. However, the qled screen is a standout. The performance is great and its an undeniably attractive design Googles pixelbook go is the main alternative to the Galaxy Chromebook. 2., it has longer battery life, a 1080p webcam better speakers and is more portable, its the better option for most people and even costs 50 less when similarly configured the Asus chromic flipsy 436 starts at 523 dollars. Meanwhile, and comes with a larger 14 inch screen, smaller bezels and better Port selection. These days, you can expect a Chromebook to last a few more years than a Mac or Windows laptop the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 comes with a standard one year warranty.