Now work can be just as fun as play, thanks to the world’s first QLED Chromebook ever. Feast your eyes as you dive into your favorite past times or present your next big idea with a larger-than-life color display that’s more vibrant than ever before. With the power and speed of next-generation Intel® Core™ processing, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is powered up and ready for everyone, from the early morning tasks-master to the late-night studier. Plus, add in a sleek, compact design, and a battery that works around the clock — it’s simple to see the Galaxy Chromebook 2 has everything you need to stay in the moment, and still stay connected.
This is only my second time using a Chromebook, which uses ChromeOS, and must start by saying this is not a Chromebook or Chromebox you have used before. Included in the packaging, is the Chromebook a USB C charger and detachable USB C Cord, and the Warranty/Ownership Manuals. I should note that this review covers the use and ownership of the Intel i3 Processor model and not the Celeron based unit.
Unpacking is straightforward, with minimal packaging and the normal amount of peel off plastic. The Chromebook will welcome you with a beautiful red casing, which has a metallic like look and feel, a 13-inch touch capable screen, a built-in webcam, and a well sized backlit keyboard. On the right-hand side, you will find the power button with LED indicator (charging/power indicator) and a USB C port, while on the left-hand side you will find a volume button, a headphone jack, a MicroSD card slot, and another USB C port. I should point out that both ports allow for use with the included USB C charger, so you do not need to guess which port to plug in to. I am not sure if that is a standard feature in USB C compatible laptops but found this to be a small detail which took the anxiety out of charging the device. While this does advertise 128 GB storage, you should remember that approx. 20 GB is used for the OS.
If you have used an Android based phone, you’ll find that most apps are available for use/install on the Google Play store. There was a quick system update after first power up, followed by a setup process with my Google (Gmail) account used for account setup and login. You can add more than one (1) user to the Chromebook, so if you are purchasing this for more than one user, you’re in luck! Apparently, you can have a much quicker setup if you use an Android phone with your Google account. If you’re afraid of space, simply pop in a MicroSD card and format as needed. I installed a 32 GB MicroSD, which was immediately recognized by the device, and was easily able to store apps and files.
With the included Wi-Fi 6 capable hardware, and a compatible router or mesh network system, you’ll see quick speeds, and even quicker in-network speeds. I was impressed by the chromeOS’s ability to add a network mapped drive in Settings to access files on my local network server. This saved me the time of having to figure out a Google Drive connection or use an external thumb drive to facilitate any file access or transfer issues. In network speeds easily exceeded 500 Mbps and higher depending on file size. Internet speeds are also near ISP provided speeds with my mesh network (Wi-Fi 6 capable network), when running speed tests in the browser or using one of the more popular speed apps.
Accessing websites using the included Google Chrome browser delivers the desktop like experience you’re used to seeing on any other laptop or desktop with the app. The browser quickly synced with my saved bookmarks and passwords with my Google account, and all my extensions installed automatically. This allowed me to use the Chromebook immediately after setup and updating. You may need to confirm some settings, but ultimately found this to be painless. Most tasks with Google apps are done within Chrome browser, even when launching the Google Apps shortcuts.
Apps found on the Google Play store install in a similar way, and my only real annoyance is the lack of apps designed for use on a Chromebook, with a much larger desktop space. You will see apps sized the same way as the mobile app, and function essentially the same as any Android app you’re used to. The i3 processor ensures apps and browsing is snappy. I did not find any slow down of the apps being used, or when browsing websites with the chrome browser. Faster Wi-Fi also ensured that any cloud-based documents stored on my network server or on Google Drive were quickly synced, accessed, and updated.
Switching to tablet mode is as easy as flipping the screen around. You can also position the screen to allow for the Chromebook to stand the screen up in landscape or portrait mode. The screen orients itself based on how it is being held or positioned, and the touchscreen is responsive. The keyboard does automatically disable, so you do not need to worry about accidentally tapping a key when holding. If you are using an external keyboard/mouse, those will continue to function normally, with the mouse icon only showing up during mouse movement. Having an iPad Pro, I am already used to a large area screen, but was surprised with the speed on the Chromebook. The tablet use does not feel like an afterthought, and I found myself using the device mostly in tablet mode after about a day.
The QLED screen is vivid and clear and is probably one of the best monitors I have seen attached to a laptop since the IPS display technology launched. While the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 supports and has a native 1920x1080 screen, you will find the size scaled down to allow for larger text. You can easily set the display to the native 1080 HD resolution, and you will notice text scale down because of the larger display area. Watching HD content on my various streaming apps were displayed in full HD with beautiful color. You can tell Samsung spent some time getting the screen right for production and did not lose sight of the 2-in-1 concept with a subpar monitor.
Where this does not shine is the built-in camera. It is less than a megapixel, with pictures and video looking a bit grainy and out of focus. It was the only part of this entire product that fell short of expectations. This is likely due to the smaller bezel space in the design. However, given the advancement in digital camera sensors and millions of mobile devices with cameras, you would think the picture quality would be better. For casual use, this might be OK, but given that I was going to use this for some web calls at work, it felt low quality. Given the increasing reliance on remote work, you may want to invest in an external webcam, or use your phone. I guarantee the picture quality is better.
If you have used Chrome to browse your favorite websites and are used to using the Google suite of apps with Google Drive, you are in for a treat! The Chromebook is fast, allows for some expansion using the MicroSD slot, and is easy to use. If you have never used a Chromebook, get used to a keyboard shortcut for Caps lock, and be blown away with the performance of this little laptop. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy 2 surpassed my expectations and has changed my opinion of ChromeOS for everyday use. Finally, a Chromebook worth owning!Feb 05, 2021 13:26
Samsung makes a pretty stylish Chromebook 2 with an eye popping fiesta red color that is bound to get you noticed and express your style. The form and function of this Chromebook makes it compact, but still fairly powerful for easy use and mobility.
This Chromebook 2 offers up a stunning 13.3" QLED display that makes colors and visuals just pop and come alive off the screen. The ability to see over a BILLION colors on this 1920 x 1280p screen is truly impressive. I have a Samsung QLED Q90T TV set and this closely matches the performance of that. Streaming movies and watching entertainment on this screen is truly worth the experience. Add to that the impressive sound that this compact Chromebook can make and you're in for a big experience from a small form factor. The screen is a touch screen for the option of touch or stylus, and it can be flipped into a tablet for versatility. Use it as a standard laptop style Chromebook, or flip it and make it a tablet screen. I don't have this yet, but there is an option to use a stylus with this and enhance your daily usability with this.
Samsung Chromebook 2 offers a Smart Amp for sound and this Chromebook can truly get loud, but still remain crisp and clear. Samsung states that this is 178% louder than normal amps, and listening to music or watching movies truly feels like an surrounding experience. I've really been enjoying my music on YouTube and the sound is better than any of my previous laptops.
Packed away into this Chromebook 2 is the Intel Core i3 10th Gen chip. From my daily usage over the past few days, I'm blown away at how efficient and responsive this chip makes this Chromebook. The performance feels smooth and never feels bogged down. This feels like a fast laptop computer that I would rival against my Intel i7 Windows laptop. This Chromebook is compact enough to be portable and mobile to keep with you on the go. The battery life has also been performing well and lasting all day under normal usage. Surfing on Chrome has been smooth and fast. Watching movies and clips with Disney+ and YouTube have been a fun entertaining experience also. It's a slim profile and thickness to the Chromebook and I would compare it very closely to rival the shape/size of an Apple MacBook Air.
I've really liked the fact that this Chromebook has offered a backlit keyboard and that Samsung didn't skimp on that feature. Backlit keyboards are such an added value and something that I rely on when I work at all hours of the day and night. I have really enjoyed the size of this keyboard as it is using the real estate given wisely and doesn't have a cramped keyboard. Your hands will fit well and glide across to where they need to be on a smaller Chromebook. Also a big plus to have is the Google Assistant to help you in your day to day tasks.
Stylish looks (fiesta red)
QLED screen (1920 x 1280)
Sound quality is crisp and loud (smart amp)
Battery life is long
Perfect for on the go mobility
Slippery feet that don't keep the Chromebook stationary while typingFeb 01, 2021 21:29
This laptop is a great option if you're looking for something on the lower end of the price spectrum as it's a Chromebook. Be aware that Chromebooks have their own operating system different from Mac and PC therefore different compatibility features. For example, these aren't Windows compatible, but do include all of Google's similar programs such as docs and sheets included already.
This laptop includes the laptop and charger, which is a USB-C cord with power adapter. There are no regular USB ports. There is a C port on each side of the laptop, one AUX input, and micro SD port. On the left is a volume up/down button and the power button on the right. One thing I do love about this is that it has the USB-C port on both sides so you can charge from either side.
Setup is very easy, especially if you already have an active Google account. Your google email account is what is used for you login information. From the get go, there are the basic apps installed but the Chromebook runs off the Google Play store so there are tons of apps available for download to personalize it as needed.
This laptop is the 2-in-1 style so you can use it as both a laptop or swivel and make it into a tablet. It does not include a stylus but is compatible with wifi styluses. There is also a feature to activate the stylus tool or use your finger to do things such as capture an outline. I personally use the laptop feature more often, but this is great if you're using it for drawing or design with the touch screen.
This laptop features QLED technology and let me say, you can TELL. The screen is extremely bright and crisp. The colors are incredible and it offers some extreme high definition for streaming videos. They've also maximized the screen size as much as possible with little border around for the biggest possible screen. There is a camera in the top for video chatting and pictures as well.
This thing has INCREDIBLE battery life. The box states up to 13 hours of use. I've found I can last two to three days on a single charge with the idle time of it being asleep. This feature is great if you're someone who travels often and needs the most battery life out of your computer or even for students to take to class.
The speed on this computer is phenomenal. Upon opening the screen, it quickly turns on and is ready to go. I use mine on my wifi and the speed of the internet is also very rapid.
Overall, this is a real powerhouse of a laptop that is great if you're looking for the simple Chrome OS. I love that it's connected to my google account so I can quickly access my stuff in my email and Google sheets that I use for work. With a large screen size, it's excellent for multitasking. The 2-in-1 feature gives you the best of both worlds of a laptop and tablet. Furthermore, it's light and slim so it's perfect for those on the go.Feb 25, 2021 14:56
I've worked in the IT business since 1993 and built my own PCs since Win 95. At home, we have 2 custom Windows gaming rigs, 2 OEM Windows tower PCs, a Windows AIO set up for quarantine home-schooling, two Windows gaming laptops, a Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Windows tablet, a Microsoft Surface Pro for work, and 4 iPads of varying sizes and generations. Yet in all this time and with all those boxes and wires lying around (and all those that came before), I never had the occasion to try a Chromebook. I've read about all the benefits--ease of use, portability of the computing experience, small form factors, monster battery life, etc. etc.--so I was always curious. And quite frankly, I don't garner as much excitement or satisfaction from troubleshooting Windows issues as I used to (I'm the IT support for my extended family). But with a job change on the horizon, and knowing I'll still want something ultra-portable for work connectivity, I decided to see if a Chromebook could hold its own against the nearly 3 decades of experience I've built around the MS Windows platform (and maybe even give Apple a run for its money). Sooooooo??? Does the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 offer a competent and compelling ultra-portable computing experience in its own right, or one that compares favorably to either Windows or an iPad? I'm happy (and pleasantly surprised) to report that the answer is YES.
Anyone looking at a pricier Chromebook like this one is probably already familiar with Chrome OS, so I won't spend a lot of time reviewing Chrome per se, other than to say that the computing experience seems a pretty intuitive blend of Apple's (or Android's) app-centric user-experience with the familiar trappings of pointing, clicking, mousing, gesturing, and a pretty "Windows-like" desktop and file management UI. As this tablet is clearly designed as a connectivity and media/information access and consumption device (i.e. you won't be doing any hardcore gaming or 3D image rendering here), I found the Chromebook 2 to be an enjoyable, simple, and extremely well-designed piece of hardware that required virtually no instructions or references to pick up and start using with confidence.
But having never used a Chromebook before, I was unprepared for just *how* simple and responsive this kind of appliance can be thanks to its relative simplicity. For example, initial boot-up was less than 4 seconds (even with one of the fastest NVMe 4.0 Gen4 SSDs in my new gaming rig, I've never had Windows start up that fast!) and the UI instantly resumed even before I finished opening the lid--WOW! For grins, I put the Chromebook 2 into developer mode to simulate an OS failure, then used Chrome's restoration utility to format an external SD card for recovery. I hit power, plugged the SD card to the side card reader, and in less than 4 minutes, not only was my entire Chromebook restored, but all the apps I had previously downloaded were reinstalled. Having reset and reinstalled Windows more times than I can possibly count, I can't tell you what a [pleasant] shock it was to finish a complete system restoration in less time than it took me to grab a soda from the fridge.
Still, Samsung can't take all the credit for my positive experience...those props belong Google for taking the Chrome OS MILES beyond what it used to be. So what about the tablet itself...is it worth the bank you're paying for the experience it provides? Honestly, I think it is, and I've got a lot of competition to judge it against just in my own household. Let's start with the basics--the color is definitely an acquired taste (there are a few more orange undertones than I like in my reds), but it's a nice departure from the sea of silver, black and grey that typifies much of the portable computing market. Construction feels solid; it's an ultra-portable, but it's not flimsy or so thin that I'm concerned I'm going to snap it in two tossing into an overnight bag or backpack. And though it's definitely a small 2-in-1, it's actually the largest of the bunch (by only a SLIGHT margin) I have on hand for comparison, which means it was the MOST comfortable for typing/navigating without adding a ton of extra bulk or weight.
Ports and physical controls are definitely serviceable for a unit of this size; there are two USB-C ports, one on each side, a volume rocker, 3.5mm stereo jack, microSD card slot, and a physical power button. It's got a pretty beefy 2.1Ghz i3 CPU and 8GB of RAM, putting performance under the hood on par with competing Windows ultra-portables, and at 128GB, there's ample storage capacity to handle loads of videos, pictures, or apps. There is a VERY tiny webcam lens in the middle of the top bezel with a small blue LED that thoughtfully illuminates when the camera is active. Picture quality is okay and provides for a 0.9 megapixel 16:9 photo image or 720p video...it's fine for Zoom or Teams in a pinch, but that's about all. The bottom features a thin strip of venting holes (though I never noticed the unit heating up in my lap), two smaller vented cutouts for the speakers, and color-coordinated bumpers for setting the Chromebook on flat surfaces without concern for damaging the finish.
To keep the competition/comparison to devices of like-purposes and design (i.e. I didn't bother pulling out my two gaming laptops for comparison), I lined up the Chromebook 2 against a new iPad with a Logitech keyboard case, an MS Surface Pro, and Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S in the photos below. The Chromebook 2 features the roomiest and most solid-feeling keyboard of the bunch; the spacing between the keys made typing faster and more accurate than the relatively cramped keyboard on the iPad, and less error-prone than using the adjoining keys on the Galaxy TabPro S. The keyboard is backlit, but intelligently so--I imagine there are probably controls to personalize lighting I haven't found yet, but the default setting turns up the keyboard back-lighting when ambient lights gets low--nice.
You can see that the tablet portion of the Chromebook 2 is captive to the keyboard so you can't disconnect it to use on its own, but the thickness of the Chromebook 2 matches that of the Galaxy TabPro S and the Surface pro with the keyboard covers attached. However, the Chromebook 2's design allows you to angle the screen any way you'd like without needing a kickstand--it was SO refreshing to browse the Net and compose an e-mail without needing a screen prop or having to reorient myself to the screen rather than the other way around. And of course, you can fold the keyboard completely behind the screen if you want to go full-on tablet mode and operate the Chromebook via touch-screen interface.
Speaking of the screen--this might not be a top-of-the-line OLED display, but Samsung seems to know what it's doing with QLEDs...the display is simply wonderful, easily the brightest and best of the bunch I have for comparison's sake. The colors are richer and the bezel is smaller which made watching videos that much more enjoyable simply because there was more screen real estate to enjoy. Sharp off-angle viewing doesn't seem to suffer much at all which is one of the first things my wife noticed when I started testing it out, i.e. "Hey, that's going to be perfect for watching movies when we travel." The speakers manage to get pretty loud for an ultra-portable; I was able to hear my Netflix streams outside the room without any distortion or loss of clarity.
Next came a test of battery life. I set Netflix to auto-binge and managed just a hair under 8 hours of constant video playback at 3/4 brightness and 50% volume; that's outstanding longevity for active video streaming via WiFi on a screen of this size. I would imagine the Chromebook 2 might actually come close to Samsung's purported 13-hour battery runtime if you varied your usage; a full battery recharge from shutdown took about 2-2.5 hours with the included adapter. WiFi performance was excellent; I have an ASUS AX11000 WiFi 6 router two rooms away and 400Mbps from my ISP; the Chromebook 2 tested at 408Mbps up to three rooms away before throughput started dropping.
As I said up front, this Chromebook 2 ended up being quite a surprise and is seemingly VERY well appointed for the tasks it was designed for. I don't know how well it improves on the previous Galaxy Chromebook, and having no real basis of comparison, I don't really know how well it holds up against other Chromebooks in its class. But as someone intimately familiar with the MS and Apple UIs and ecosystems, I can say with surety that this ultra-portable more than holds its own against the competition. We'll be keeping this one for work when I jettison the Surface Pro--I can't think of a better endorsement than that. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!Jan 31, 2021 11:47
I'll go ahead and get this out the way. The naming of this Samsung Galaxy Chromebook "2" is misleading. It's not a second gen of the OG Galaxy Chromebook, it's more in the vain of a FE (Fan Edition) or Lite. It cut back on the top end stuff (4k AMOLED, more powerful processor options, included stylus, fingerprint reader) from the OG and mostly kept the amazing Fiesta Red color. But outside of the misleading naming, it has been an excellent computer to use.
Will do it a little different and list the few negatives I have with the device:
- Name of device is misleading.
- eMMC SSD is slow; NVMe would have made this so much better.
- Keyboard has minimal travel with causes double inputs which really annoys.
- Lack of at least 1 USB port requires having to use adapters.
Now onto the positives:
+ QLED display is very nice, gets plenty bright and dim. Not on OLED/AMOLED level of blacks and saturation, but gets the job done brilliantly.
+ i3/8gb RAM/128 gb SSD handles everything I do with ease; never heard the fans (if it even has any) spool up in my testing.
+ Large, back-lit keys are welcome.
+ Thin, and light design. About the size of a legal notepad in length and width. GET FIESTA RED
+ Speakers are very good, fill the room minimal distortion/loss
+ USI stylus support
+ Avg about 9-10 hours on a single charge with my usage habits.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a great computer, has great features, build quality and value. Lost a star for the annoying keyboard and lack of at least one USB-A port. Just next time, use a better name Samsung. Also, I'd avoid the Intel Celeron/4gb RAM version for $549 if you plan on getting real work done on your Chromebook as you'd be able to find better options.Feb 02, 2021 20:22
--- SETUP ---
The setup for the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is quick and simple. In the box, you’ll find a USB-C to USB-C cable, a charger, and the Chromebook. Just plug in, and begin using your new Chromebook.
--- FEATURES ---
The key feature of this Chromebook is Samsung’s QLED 1080P screen, ultra slim design, long lasting battery (12 hours), and comfort in use.
--- PERFORMANCE ---
For most of us, computers are a part of our daily lives now. As an educator, I use a computer for longer than 8 hours daily. I immediately tested it with what is most intensive for me: planning. I had charged it the night before and used it for my entire workday without needing to charge it. This included Zoom meetings, training videos, grading, planning, and overall not allowing the screen to go dim or turn off.
Being a Chromebook, this is a perfect machine for people who rely heavily on the Chromebook suite. I now completely rely on Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides more than I do their paid counterpart from Microsoft. This Chromebooks works flawlessly with all of these programs.
The slim design and lightweight heft of this Chromebook makes it very portable. I took advantage of the 2-in-1 design and brought it to bed where I streamed some shows. The sound was more than decent for what I expected a Chromebook to sound like. The QLED screen (Quantum dot LED) makes all the colors in my shows stand out without being overtly bright. The darks are not faded in the shows I watched and I found it an enjoyable experience.
--- EXPECTATIONS ---
The product exceeds my expectations. On the weekends, I spend my time managing my YouTube channel. For this, I use Canva, which is a design website. This is another reason the QLED screen is a great standout feature. Designing thumbnails and social media posts feels just right.
--- VALUE ---
The Samsung Chromebook is a great investment for daily use including both work and play. The long lasting battery, QLED screen, and superb sound will have you going from work to pleasure in seconds.
--- APPROVAL ---
I highly recommend this product for people who use mostly online websites for their work-flow and entertainment. College students, teachers, or just your everyday online shopper will have a wonderful time with this device!Jan 31, 2021 00:46
Hello gorgeous. I’m referring to the fiery red Galaxy Chromebook 2 as well as the WonderWoman movie playing on the colorful screen. My experience with this new Samsung offers you an introduction to the world of Chromebook as well as how easy and functional this particular version is. I’m especially impressed with the high quality visuals, better than average sound, and the very practical usefulness. Samsung made the right choices for my needs.
SETUP: I timed the initial setup, including installing my preferred Apps, connecting everything to my WiFI, enabling my account and loading a few APPs I use most frequently. I’ll take you along as I explore the Samsung.
WHAT: I’m reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 (2021) convertible 2-in-1 with the 13.3” FHD QLED touch screen; with the Intel Core i3-1011U processor; Intel UHD Graphics, 8GB RAM; 128GB of storage, Wi-Fi6; 720P HD camera, backlit keyboard; Ports: 2 USB-C; MicroSD-multimedia card reader; Headphone out/Mic-in Combo.
You can use either the left-side or right-side UBS-C port for power. The headphone jack and volume are also on the left with the microSD slot. That other USB-C, power button and indicator light are on the right. Because this is a convertible design, the keyboard rotates backwards to create a tablet or it easily self-props for watching a program.
OUT-OF-THE-BOX PERFORMANCE I’m plugging in the cord to ensure I have a charged battery and I’m ready to power ON:
00:02:07 to screen on and the login entry. I enter my existing account, and I’m moving on.
00:03:16 to enable google assistant. OK. Not sure why but done.
00:03:31 I’’ve apparently loaded Click&Clean app, but it’s free and it checks for malware. Looks like there is also an Ad blocker, and a screenshot recorder, all free, so OK, but I prefer to select my own stuff.
I’ll switch to the LAUNCHER and there’s my YouTubeTv App. This I will use, so I log-in with my credentials.
00:03:44 I’ve got a list of some of my favored Apps. I’ll try some live news channels which are on my YouTubeTv APP in the foreground while comparing it to my own OLED TV playing in the background. Beautiful picture on both. Really nice blacks and very colorful on both. I’ve never seen such wonderful video performance on a computer screen. The wide angle of high quality viewing is also a surprise.
OK, I’m not through yet. I’ve been enticed by the wonderful screen quality into adding PLEX and VUDU so I can watch my own movies.
00:07:16 It is just over 7 minutes and I’m well past setting up the Samsung’s Galaxy 2, loading my APPs and sampling some video images. I’ve started “Forrest Gump” so I’m gonna be busy for awhile. Nice sound, too. But I’ll plug in some headphones and get comfortable.
This is the Chromebook experience from Samsung. Nicely done. Couldn’t be simpler. No hiccups. No frustrations. No surprises other that how nice it all looks and works. There is never an issue bringing over any type of file, from photos to documents and spreadsheets. So many supporting players have contributed tools, in the form of APPs for most any need you might have.
This new Galaxy 2 fulfills the promise that every Chromebook makes. It is exceptionally portable (under 3lbs), very efficient in its battery demands, offering more than than typical memory and storage internal and from Google Drive, while delivering an immense variety of applications. So what’s special? Samsung really knows how to deliver a striking design, that spectacular screen, a comfortable keyboard, a useful selection of features, and this new configuration adds battery stamina along with extra processing, RAM and storage. I like it.Jan 31, 2021 17:08
i love this a lot thank you for the good work. I would
love to recommend peopleApr 17, 2021 10:28
HP Chromebook: Browse the internet and complete daily computing tasks quickly with this HP Chromebook. An Intel Celeron N3350 processor and 4GB of RAM let you work with multiple windows simultaneously for increased productivity, and 32GB of flash storage offer swift startup times. This HP Chromebook has Intel HD 500 integrated graphics for rendering fine-textured visuals on the 11.6-inch HD display, and the sleek design allows increased portability.
The Chromebook itself has been ok this far. What I am disappointed in is that according to the model 11a-nb0013dx listed here and also on the box the Chromebook comes in, the Google end-of-support date "should be" June of 2028. Even HP has responded in other comments stating that is the case. However, when you actually power on your laptop, you will notice it is an HP Chromebook 11 G6 EE version which will stop receiving updates in June of 2024. So in 2.5 years from now I will need to buy another computer. That being said I did a cost analysis and what the the current $119 sale price of this laptop, it is costing me ~$47 a year. The other laptops that do actually come with updates through 2028 or 2029 were around $500+. So the per year cost is more. I was going to return this HP but decided I will keep it. Just inconvenient that I have to do this again in less than 3 years.Sep 23, 2021 08:32
It’s small, lightweight, works very well, compatible with my phone and tablet. Was very easy to transfer files and connect to all my apps. I just love this chrome book should have bought it sooner.Jul 16, 2021 19:01
I Love this chrome book does everything I need it to do and more.. with HP you cant go wrong.Nov 01, 2021 01:48
Love this laptop,easy to use,never work with chromebook before,very fast,love it!!Jan 01, 2021 22:15
I am so glad to have my lityle Chrome Book..its like having a miniature Mac....but easy for me to use.
I even bought a matching Logitech Mouse
Happy Rosh! ;)Dec 16, 2020 18:00
Picked this up on sale, great deal for $169. Needed it mainly for long Zoom meetings, also use it for some browsing & streaming. Be warned that it does heat up quite a bit after running for awhile, a little uncomfortable on the lap when it does. I solved this issue with a $20 Aluratek cooling pad from Best Buy, I left a review on that as well (BUY IT, works great and runs quiet). Screen quality could be better, need to look at it straight on for best view. But it's a budget Chromebook so I wasn't expecting to be wowed by the screen. As far as the size of the screen, it works fine for me and it makes it quite portable. Very lightweight. When in Zoom and swiping to where I see all the participants on video as well as myself, quality looks pretty good, I sit about 4 feet away generally and microphone seems to pick up my voice just fine. Chrome software and security updates are supported until June 2024, big plus for me. Comes with Google Perks too when you activate it, I got 3 months free of Disney+, Doom & Doom II free and free 30 day premium subscription to Calm app (there are other Perks as well but those are the ones I went with). Speakers ain't too shabby but again it's a budget Chromebook so don't expect to be wowed but they do the job for me. I love having so many ports, I can have my phone plugged into one USB C port while I use the other one to charge it, can access files on a thumb drive using one of the USB 3.0 ports as well as off of a microSD card, have headphones plugged into 3.5mm jack if I'm not using the Bluetooth while also having the cooling pad plugged into the other USB 3.0 port (which actually has a port on the plug so you don't lose access to it). All of this at the same time! Have to use WiFi as there is no ethernet port but haven't had any issues with it disconnecting, I live in a small apartment though so I'm never far from the router so can't speak on it cutting out in room in a house that's a ways away from the router. Trackpad is a little slow but easily fixed that with adjusting the speed in the settings. Overall, a great purchase if you're looking for something simple. Only major con as I mentioned is that it heats up but the cheap cooling pad fixed that. At regular MSRP of $219 some people may be willing to shell out a little more dough for a better model but when it goes on sale again, don't pass up the deal. Highly recommend.Jul 24, 2020 17:19
I recieved a Chromebook that was used! Opened it up which had marks on it and immediately a name popped up with a password slot. I am seriously disappointed with Best Buy. This was supposed to be a birthday gift for my daughter.Sep 16, 2021 08:25
Tom was on time, diligent in training, uploading apps.
We couldn't transfer files from my 2001 mac i book.Aug 13, 2021 16:02
Fast, flexible, and fun, the Chromebook 3-14" brings everyone’s favorite Chromebook features, running on the lightning-fast Chrome OS that boots up in seconds, updates automatically, and is protected by built-in virus protection. Powered by a MediaTek processor and up to 10 hours of battery life, it’ll seamlessly run all of your favorite apps at the same time.
This laptop is amazing to deal for $150 I wouldn't pay full price however I mainly got this to do school work but due to this laptop having google play and a touch screen I can actually use discord and play light games. Light video editing etc. I can actually send text messages from my Chromebook and use Facebook messenger as well. My only complaint is the sound isn't amazing but I can live with that for the price. It's defiantly worth a little extra to pick this up compared to a smaller cheaper Chromebook as you can actually see what you're doing with the larger display lol. It's not the end of the world but it does have Linux for advanced users however it doesn't support x86 applications as it has an arm CPU so you cant install steam etc. Most of the time there's an android app that will do the tho job. Since there is an arm CPU it has better android support than an intel based Chromebook. The battery life is way better than any other laptop I have used due to how power efficient the CPU is. Lenovo has really changed my View on chromebooks.Nov 06, 2021 03:36
As the title suggests, this chrome book is an excellent value when on sale. If you are paying full price ($319 USD) I would consider a different chrome book as there are better options in that price range. I bought this on sale for 189.
This review is for mode 82KN0001US (the touch screen mode). It runs as smooth as butter for your basic internet browsing and movie/Streaming needs. It comes with the mediatek 8183 processor which is what you would want at this price range. Added bonus is the 64gb eMMC vs 32gb which pretty much all other chrome books at this price range with a touch screen have. Also note it’s a 14” screen vs 11” screens at this price point.
Multiple browsing tabs don’t slow this machine down. It’s a matte touch screen so it does well in bright rooms and helps to avoid smudge marks. Even viewing off center (see image) isn’t bad. Sound is great when watching by yourself - would def get drowned out in a classroom like setting with everyone chatting. Touch pad is slightly flimsy and can seem a little inaccurate at times but it’s not a deal breaker. I bought this for my grade school girls to practice their iReady tests / get used to laptops / virtual homework on seesaw / and for other basic computing.
If spread sheets are your thing; I would not rec this as the system does slow down. Even using Google docs for excel; just scrolling down the excel sheet got me frustrated due to the “lag.”
Picture editing beyond cropping / rotating / red eye auto removal would probably be too much for this.
Would I buy this again? Yes for the sale price. Do not buy this if you think it will replace your work desktop or work laptop where you using MS office suite regularly. It’s really a basic machine that does all the basics perfectly.Oct 03, 2021 14:10
Simple to use Chromebook to meet the demands I need out of a computer for school.
Too many reviews complain this isn’t like the laptops they are used to using. For those not familiar with Chromebooks, they are not like a normal laptop, like a Windows computer or MacBook. Think of it more like an Android phone, you download apps to use on it and not programs. It uses Google Drive cloud storage. If you need a Windows laptop get one, however, if you need something that works similar to your phone and not needing to save stuff to the computer itself get a Chromebook.Sep 25, 2021 07:50
I've been using this laptop for a little over a month, and it's totally fine for what it is, which is just basic web browsing and light office work. I've used it for Google Duo calls and it works great for that. The speakers are loud and fairly clear. Apps like Netflix and Hulu run just fine. The web browser part can be a little slow at times, having several tabs open at the same time shows some slowdown but nothing too bad. Overall for the price it's well worth it as a secondary device or for light reading at the coffee shop. Battery life is good, I get several hours of use without even looking at the battery indicator, with full brightness on. Display is great, touchscreen works well and the 1080p resolution is a definite plus over others.Sep 17, 2021 15:24
Bought this for my son to take to school for 3rd grade and it's perfect. Runs everything the school requires and it has a killer battery. This morning, just before going to school, we realized the laptop had not been charged all weekend. Still, the battery was at 96%. No worries about losing power during school. Also, the touchscreen is a real plus! When my son is working on math problems or fill-in-the-blanks, the touch screen option is much easier than tabbing around or finding the right spot with the mouse. An excellent item for value and function.Sep 27, 2021 07:07
So far so good. Built in Google voice assistant.. Long battery life. If it's on sale Get you one!Sep 03, 2021 22:16
After purchasing a Lenovo Chromebook with a shocking amount of problems (YouTube videos wouldn’t play, audio would turn itself up randomly, I couldn’t access the Google Play store, and it was slow as hell), I was hesitant to buy from Lenovo again. I got suckered into buying this one for that sweet, sweet black Friday discount, and I am pleasantly surprised! Maybe it’s because I’ve been stuck with a 3 year old computer for so long, but this Chromebook feels lightning fast. The battery lasts an eternity, the screen is crystal clear, and the whole computer just FEELS nice, smooth, and crisp. Great computer, would recommend!Nov 02, 2021 10:29
This is my 6th Chromebook. I also have a 10" Lenovo with a detachable keyboard. I use the spreadsheet and the word processor extensively for personal reasons. The only program I miss is Photoshop but the free version of Pixlr fills in nicely. I would recommend a Chromebook for probably the majority of computer users who are not professional geeks or need something that allows installed programs.Aug 27, 2021 17:01
Fast, flexible, and fun, the Chromebook 3-11" brings everyone’s favorite Chromebook features, housed in a slim chassis, running on the lightning-fast Chrome OS that boots up in seconds, updates automatically, and is protected by built-in virus protection. Powered by an AMD A6 processor with up to 10 hours of battery life, the IdeaPad 3 Chromebook can seamlessly run all of your favorite apps at the same time
I can't believe how fast this is over my Dell laptop. I love how I can do so much more on this then ever before, in half the time. I am very pleased with my purchase.Dec 14, 2020 11:06
Love my Lenovo. Easy to use and battery holds really good.Jan 08, 2021 17:03
First off, Best Buy is horrible at packing things up. Mine arrived with barely any tape left holding it closed. Tape that was the extremely cheap paper kind. It also was only padded on ONE side. Luckily, the tiny laptop arrived undamaged. Regardless, this sort of thing is unacceptable.
As for the Chromebook, it's ok. Don't expect to do much more than you can on a mid range budget phone, because that's basically what a Chromebook is. Just a phone made to look like a laptop.
It does what I need to do. I bought it for storing text/pdf/etc files for work and using the internet.
The amount of storage is awful on these, and mostly ALL Chromebooks. Luckily you can extend the storage via an SD card or USB drive. Just make sure either is formatted to ExFat or Fat32 otherwise it can't read it.
The screen is less than mediocre, but again, gets the job done for what I need it for.
The wifi card is really bad. It drops signal easily if you stray even a reasonable amount away from your router.
Nothing is upgradeable. You're stuck with the soldered RAM and flash memory it comes with.
Also, Google like forcing people to keep buying more and more, so all Chromebooks have an end date attached as to when they'll stop giving them updates. You can still use it of course, but it'll never be up to date again.
Lastly, mine came with Windows Vista on it, which isn't even possible. I was going to send it back but I easily removed it.Sep 13, 2021 03:23
We purchased this for our cousin who was in need of a new daily-driver. She reported that the laptop was everything she needs.
Since she is in a tough spot the laptop has been able to meet her ‘every-need.’ She can watch Netflix, browse the web for jobs, check her email, and take it with her on-the-go, of course in case she needs to go from one place to the next.
She brought it during our Thanksgiving gathering and she used it to pull up pictures she had in her Google Photos and we reminisced about the past. She easily connected the laptop to our Smart TV which I thought was neat. I know laptops have a sort of capability to do that, but the idea a small, low-power entry-level processing laptop streaming directly to the TV was what ‘Wowed’ me.Nov 29, 2020 08:04
Picked this up during the Black Friday price and it was also an open box so that just added to more savings. This little computer does circles around my 4th gen i5. Setup was painless and connected seamlessly to my WiFi. I have access to productivity apps compatible with office apps thanks to google docs and sheets. Video playback from YouTube is pleasantly enjoyable as well. I didn’t want to be confined to the 11” screen so this little device will output to a bigger screen with a usb c to usb c / hdmi, display port or vga adapter. Amazon or Monoprice is good for this cable. The AMD A6 processor is powerful enough for some casual gaming / emulation. The Google Play Store allows you to download some A+ games and emulators too (Dolphin). I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an alternative to a traditional pc and also any hobbyists who would like to experience chrome os too.Oct 30, 2021 06:16
Decent little chromebook. The processor is a bit speedier than other chromebooks in this inexpensive price range; trackpad worked well, screen is not great, the 2 USB-A and 2 USB-C ports were appreciated so I could hook up an external microphone and USB-C to HDMI converter to display on a TV for zoom conferences. THE ZOOM APP FOR CHROME OS IS BAD. Features that are found on Zoom iOS and Win OS are missing - the main one being the ability to share audio when sharing a video. There is no "share audio" box when you share your screen. The only way that the folks on the zoom meeting will hear the audio is for it to play through the chromebook speakers and the microphone picks it up from there. The video sound stinks and if there is other noise in the room, it stinks even more. This was a deal breaker for me and I will be returning this Chromebook and purchasing a laptop.Nov 10, 2021 06:32
This computer is AMAZING. I love it. Only have it for a few days now, and it's so fast, and the battery is good. Highly recommend it. I know its Chromebook, but its very good. Although, I don't know how to set up my Microsoft word system into it. Typing this review on my my Chromebook now! The only thing that sucks is that you can't put you're apps on the wallpaper if that makes sense. Maybe you can I just don't know how too. Anyways, have a nice day!Sep 04, 2021 12:25
This was a Christmas present for my 21 year old daughter whose prior computer had had it The Chromebook OS works perfectly for her needs and maximizes the available 4gb memory for everyday use - media. a little educaion, communication, more. it is very good overall. Lenovo is a quality brand with IBM lineage. A great reasonable laptop.Jan 23, 2021 10:34
Fast, flexible, and fun, the Chromebook 3-14" brings everyone’s favorite Chromebook features, running on the lightning-fast Chrome OS that boots up in seconds, updates automatically, and is protected by built-in virus protection. Powered by a MediaTek processor and up to 10 hours of battery life, it’ll seamlessly run all of your favorite apps at the same time.
Very very happy with this Lenovo Chromebook laptop. It is m first non Windows laptop and I could not be more happy with how fast it boots up, turns off, ease of adding/removing apps, simplicity of its Settings, great battery life, FHD display. We don't need a backlit keyboard or incredible speakers, so for well under $200, I'm not sure what laptop can do what this one can. I wish I needed another one, cuz I'd buy again in a heartbeat.Oct 23, 2021 11:54
Very easy to use and sasy to setup. Would recommendSep 13, 2021 16:02
I use mine to keep my company on the night shift, does me well.Oct 30, 2021 01:28
I am mostly happy with my new Lenovo chromebook. It was easy to set up and it found both my printers with no problems! I was also pleased to see that the AUE (Auto Update Expiration) date is September 2028..so 7 years for this one compared to 5 years on my previous chromebook. The price was good, it charges quickly and has great battery life so far. It is pretty easy to use for my needs which are mostly email and internet searches and connecting to my Xfinity stream and a little work in Google docs. I did not give a 5 rating because I have had a few times where the screen has locked on me and I also have worked to try and adjust the clarity and color. My senior citizen eyes sometimes have difficulty with print being not as dark and clear as I need, expecially when print is in colors other than black.Oct 15, 2021 16:31
I didn't use the device myself but my friend whom I bought it for uses it for his business and it has helped him keep up with inventory, following up on emails, chatting with his wife in Egypt, he was very thankful since no one really gets presents after what? 18? For a Chromebook, this is a beast. I should've bought two because of the 64Gb space (it's a Chromebook)Jul 30, 2021 18:32
My 7 yo Dell laptop finally died and I needed a quick replacement that wasn't expensive. I never had a chromebook before and was a little skeptical. This one was on sale and had good reviews and I decided to take the plunge and buy it until I had the funds for a nice laptop. I'm so happy I did!! I ordered online and had it delivered and up and running in less than 24 hrs.! It's lightweight, very easy to use, and great for every day basic use like email and web surfing. It's fast and the battery life is great!! If you don't need all the bells and whistles and extra programs, this one is a great buy for every day use.Oct 08, 2021 12:50
This is the perfect Chrome Book if you don't need a whole lot of bells and whistles. Great for travel and for internet browsing. Would I recommend this for casual use? Yep. It is versatile and the reason I got it is because it is very light weight...perfect to throw in an overnight bag.Aug 06, 2021 18:12
Good for simple tasks like surfing, email etc. You will need to download a third-party email app for anything but Gmail. The quality of the monitor is not great but what would you expect for this price. The camera seems decent and he really can’t beat it for the money. My 85-year-old mother-in-law has no problem running this machineSep 24, 2021 15:58
The HP Chromebook 11a laptop lets you keep up from anywhere with a compact size, long battery life, the familiarity of Chrome OS and all your favorite Android apps.
Work great just like I pictured it would, can’t always go off the reviews! :)Aug 29, 2021 15:07
Great service in store and especially the geek squad. Very professional installation and very knowledgeableSep 17, 2021 19:47
I love the size of this chromebook, it’s perfect my granddaughter. Now I’m going to purchase one for my grandson.Sep 13, 2021 12:18
While this Chromebook is brighter and faster than my previous 11" HP, I only give it 3 stars because HP dropped the HDMI connection, the charging port and eliminated the additional usb for usbc, With HDMI you could connect to a monitor and use the charging port for power. With usbc it's either or. You can add an adapter to usbc for HDMI to add a monitor, but you can't charge at the same time since the usbc port is in use. Also with only one usb port available, you can't have a mouse connected and a memory stick, plus charge at the same time. Would have gladly paid a few more $ for the convenience of the old setup. Change is not necessarily better just more profitable.Jul 11, 2021 09:39
Travel size made perfect just for you works perfect best thing I could have bought my wife she fell in love with itAug 27, 2021 15:45
I bought this for a cheap laptop when traveling and for that it is just fine. My one big regret is I wish I had bought a bigger screen this one is very hard to read at times and if you increase the font then you can not get the entire document/article. Extremely easy set up, even for a non tech person such as myself. Another draw back for me is you can not put short cuts on the desk top. Your favorites are put in a file and the more you add the more screen space you loose.Aug 14, 2021 01:09
Good for what it is. I home school my 9 & 10 yr old it’s perfect for themSep 13, 2021 12:22
My computer is a godsend and I have a great time playing my g8,talking to family and friends and keeping up with what's going on in their livesMay 07, 2021 15:48
Lenovo C340-15 Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook: The Chromebook C340 brings you everyone's favorite Chromebook features in a slim 2-in-1 chassis, running on the lightning fast Chrome OS. It boots up in seconds, updates automatically, and is protected by built-in virus protection.
I have been eyeing this laptop for months and finally decided to purchase it while on sale, along with the 2 years Geek Squad Protection - AWESOME!
The Lenovo Chromebook has amazing sound, graphics, and picture. It’s so sleek. It’s perfect for personal use and user-friendly. I highly recommend it and arrived with zero damage. I love it!
Honestly, I love Chromebooks because you don’t need to purchase additional items like virus protection or Microsoft and sign in to your Outlook to use the applications.
I also own a Samsung Chromebook, which I’ve owned for 4 years and still working, but wanted to upgrade.Jul 09, 2021 23:50
Love this computer only downside was sometimes the backspace would not work but everything else is great!Jul 11, 2021 13:12
I seriously regret buying this device.
The laptop started flickering just after 19 days of purchase and became unusable. BestBuy didn't refund/replace the device as it just passed 15 days timeline.
I sent the laptop to Lenovo for repair, and it took me 4 weeks until I receive it back today. But the back of the laptop was cracked/broken when I opened the box.
This is so frustrating.
I don't recommend this laptop.Feb 17, 2021 21:58
Initial reaction was, plain boring packaging. Once I opened the flap, it got pretty. The beautiful aluminum edge shines like a diamond in a goats behind. Pulled it out of the box and it felt great in the hand. Open the lid and bam, big beautiful screen. This product feels like a more expensive lap top. The screen flips back smooth and doesn't feel like you have to worry about the hinge becoming a sloppy mess any time soon. You must connect the charger before it will come on. I put mine on the charger while I ate dinner. Came back to a full charge. Boot up was super fast. Coming from a PC and the fact windows takes a couple moons to boot, this seemed like a lightning bolt. Set up was amazingly beautiful and quick. Just sign into your Google account. Screen looks terrific, impressed because of the price. Web pages load super fast on my WiFi. Everything seemed to just flow smoothly and quick enough for our needs. If you are in the market, pick this one up quick, considering I picked it up for $100 off, this seems like a steal.Jul 09, 2020 06:05
Got this hidden gem on clearance for $299.
Weight is just right.
Hooked up a 14-in-1 type c hub to it and I'm feeding 2 tv's currently being used as additional displays. Works flawlessly.
Touch screen is very responsive. No issues.
Battery life is great!
I've got like 40 tabs open, no problem!Aug 27, 2021 16:40
This is my first Chromebook (I'm a PC girl), so it definitely takes getting used to.
There are handful of minor things I'm not crazy about that I've had to Google to get the answers to, such as the lack of a normal "caps lock" button & the Chromebook's way of improvising, (combining 2 buttons), and the trouble of getting Microsoft Word to work properly at first (Need to download and sign-in to Onedrive first). Other little things are so incredibly minor that I don't even know what they are anymore, to be honest, insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
I don't know all the ins and outs of computers, so I am just representing general people there. I need just enough to get by, a simple laptop with a touchscreen purely for portability's sake to work on documents and search the web. That's literally it. I don't need to do fancy projects on this thing, don't even know of it's full capability yet (if I need it for more than my basic needs), but I'd imagine it'll serve me just fine.
Anyway, this regular person is pleased with the purchase for my extremely general needs.Aug 14, 2020 00:43
Hi, I’m disappointed in the Lenovo chrome book... or should I say I’m disappointed in the salesman!!!
I told him exactly what I
needed, and he pushed me towards this. I would’ve been better off with a cheaper, do it all computer. This doesn’t have a USB port so I cannot hook it up to the TV. And it does not support in line casino gaming sites!!!
I wanted to return it in exchange for something else with USB and gaming site support,
But was told I only had 15 days to do so!!!
Well, I didn’t know this until after 15 days. He had assured me that it was capable of the few things I told him I needed it for. I’m retired, stay at home mom & wanted to do: gambling, banking, be able to type & print a letter, and hook up to a TV for bigger picture. This only does 2 out of my 4 needs!Mar 18, 2021 19:13
Still deciding how much I like it but so far it is less of a pain then what I was use to for so so many years... It takes time getting use to it, I'm 63 and used microsoft and in-house work programs for so so many years... Twice it has gone nuts on me whipped out all my changes and additions, lets just say this old Lady did a bit of cursing at it. All the little changes to make it the way I want it does not seem to be on the chromebook BUT for the most part it is faster, smoother and less frustrating then microsoft could be almost monthly. Thank goodness for finding easy help in searches. This is my first Lenovo product let alone first chromebook so as I said at the beginning I am still deciding as I work around any issues. If I can find a way to get the calendar and weather to show let alone put my photo folders on the desktop let alone move the toolbar to the top I will be much happier LOL... All in all I do have to say as far as a chromebook goes I am glad I chose this one!!! Imagine NOT having to sit for so long waiting on the latest up date like monthly to get done WOW that is a big plus for this old Lady. Ask me again in a couple months if this birthday gift to myself was worth it...Jul 17, 2021 08:25
ASUS C423NA Chromebook: Stay productive and entertained with this ASUS 14.0-inch Chromebook notebook
Got this mainly for the purpose of size upgrade from my two 11-some inch Samsung Chromebooks. It doesn't disappoint so far. It feels lighter and looks more premium than the aforementioned devices and is kinda thin for such a wide device. Performance is what you'd expect from an entry-level Chromebook meaning it's capable enough without overheating, stuttering or slowing down to handle multiple tabs and apps open WHILE running music on YouTube or watching on any of the streaming platforms AND also while running your company's remote work software/website during any of the above activities. Extending screen to my Sony PS 3D Monitor is also smooth-sailing atm using a simple USB-C to HDMI dongle. Keyboard and track pad could be better material-wise as both components don't feel very good to touch at first. This thing straightens flat on its hinge which is cool to see but almost useless to have.
Screen image quality is not something to be excited about but the size is what's important to me. However, images look less washed out with more contrast compared to the old Chromebooks mentioned above so I guess that's a plus. Surprisingly, sound quality through the speakers is pretty good..but not quite to the level of my Macbook Pro for obvious reasons.
Setup is a breeze thanks to Chrome OS and there isn't any built-in bloatware. It did crash and recovered quickly ay least once during after setup, something I've never seen happen on my two aforementioned devices before. Will keep an eye out on that.
Overall, I would recommend this for those looking for capable entry-level Chromebooks.Oct 11, 2020 10:45
It is good for my son online class. The chromebook was fast and it is users friendly gadget.Nov 06, 2020 16:11
Very good for my needs, though I feel that the processor is slightly slower than I expected. That reduces one star on the rating. I was pleased to find that it starts up quickly and helps me check my emails, get onto conference calls fast and access Google docs easily. My desktop used to take forever to start and get ready to do any useful work.Nov 08, 2021 12:30
Love his laptop/chrome book easy to set up easy to use.Nov 06, 2020 16:35
Everything I needed and wanted, besides No touchscreen, No added mouse, And/Or No protector sleeve or carry case.. but either way, i am very happy with this laptop and proud that I chose it when i was comparing laptops, right before i went into the store.. AND it was the Last One In Stock and the store was about to close in less than 15 minutes. I was surprised the sales staff took their time with me and didn't rush me out or try selling me something more expensive.Mar 19, 2021 15:57
Purchased for my son's homeschooling. Simple to use and has a nice bright screen. My only complaint is wifi reception, router is 20 feet away and it has medium signal strength. But that seems to be common for chromebooks, others I have used in this room are the same. My PC has perfect reception I n from a longer distance so its not the environment.Dec 25, 2020 16:03
Its not windows but it does ok for online use. It took me a while to figure out how to find stuff on it . I had to google them but it loaded all my apps and sync to my phone.Nov 05, 2021 19:12
This notebook is really for basic stuff. With all nice look and feel, it doesn't work best if you are planing to run multiple windows a the same time. I have another acer notebook which is bit smaller than this but still boot up fairely quickly.
Reason for 4 star: This is perfect for travel and as a back up work computer. I like a portability of this.Mar 26, 2021 17:19
Samsung Chromebook: Power through resource-intensive applications with this mercury gray Samsung Galaxy Chromebook laptop computer. The 13.3-inch UHD AMOLED delivers crisp, clear visuals, while the Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM provide powerful performance and smooth multitasking. This Bluetooth-enabled Samsung Galaxy Chromebook laptop computer boasts a 256GB SSD that combines ample storage and rapid boots.
When Samsung throws the “Galaxy” name on a product, you can bet your behind that it’s going to be premium. And this is what we have here, a premium Chromebook with an exceptional design to stand out from the other offerings. It just looks amazing and oozes premium. And that battery life! Oh wait...
An Achilles’ heel is known as a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can lead to downfall. The battery life on this unit is surprisingly short, and I fear this will be the main factor on whether or not someone decides on this Chromebook. It’s tough considering all the wonderful things this Chromebook has to offer. For this price, you would HOPE that it would go the 8+ hours that is advertised on the Samsung website. When 100% charged, ChromeOS is reporting a 5 hour 55 minute battery life remaining; this is with brightness set at 30%, Wifi on, Bluetooth off and me typing this review on Chrome browser. If you’re looking to power through an entire day with this, it probably won’t happen and you’ll have to juice up in between. Speaking of juicing up, it took a little over 2 hours to get a full charge.
There is a whole lot to love about this Chromebook. The machining is top notch and it just feels premium in your hands. It is so thin and light. The 4K AMOLED touchscreen is such a viewing pleasure at 70%+ brightness and touch inputs (fingers or stylus) are registered without a hitch. The keyboard is remarkably easy to use. The hinges are surprisingly sturdy and hold the display at your desired viewing angle/tilt. Although there aren’t any fans for cooling, I really like that I can set this thing down most anywhere without worrying about airflow. It does get a little hot at the passive vents, but it doesn’t bother me really. Even the stereo speakers surprised me with how loud they can get. The front facing and keyboard cameras are so-so; it’s hard to not be critical of them when your cell phone takes far more superior photos. As far as performance, it is ahead of its class. Running many Chrome tabs didn’t degrade the performance of the hardware. Bravo to Samsung for designing such a beautiful Galaxy product.
So as a consumer, you’re faced with a decision based on your current needs; do you absolutely require 8-12 hours of battery life between charges?? If so, this probably isn’t the Chromebook for you. Or maybe you’re at your home/office, with an available wall socket?? Maybe you’re going to keep it plugged in full time?? It’s what works best for your situation and your wallet.
My opinion? At this price point, it had better be running 8+ hours between charges. Sadly, it doesn’t. I think there are a lot more choices at this price point, with longer run times, possibly on another OS. It’s truly a shame because I really, really, really love this thing.
Maybe the Galaxy Chromebook’s design will make up for it’s shorter battery life for those who are still on the fence. It’s a fantastic build of a machine, and I’ll probably use it regularly. For that reason, I'll give it a slight edge of a recommendation. Just know what you’re getting yourself into.
Very attractive design
Premium, premium, premium quality
4K AMOLED Display
Ultra thin and light
10th Gen Intel i5
Keyboard is actually easy to use considering its shallow design
4K touchscreen display
Can fold into tablet/stand, but honestly I wouldn’t use it in tent form
Battery life is no good, and can be a deal breaker
The front(1MP) and keyboard(8MP) cameras leave a lot to be desiredApr 11, 2020 13:57
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is probably the best Chromebook you will find in the world (in terms of specs), but after having used it for a while, I have to ask… does it NEED to be?
The Galaxy Chromebook is a beautiful machine. Mine is a metallic red aluminum body that is solidly built, yet weighs less than 2 ½ pounds, and is less than half an inch thick. It has a 13.3” 4K AMOLED screen that has been rated as one of (or the) best laptop screens out there at this time. For such a thin and light machine, it offers two USB-C ports for peripherals or charging, a micro SD slot for storage expansion, and even a stylus that slides into the body that allows you to write or draw on screen, take screen shots, and more. The keyboard is very thin but does offer some tactile feedback when using, and the large trackpad is solid and responsive. With a 10th generation i5 processor, 8 gigs of RAM, and a 256 gig solid drive, you’re not going to want for power – you don’t really NEED that much for Chrome OS to be honest, but it’s there. There is no optical drive (it’s simply too thin to include one). Speakers are above average – I’d heard better but these are far from bad, and most will not see a need to add auxiliary speakers when using the Chromebook for normal activities.
I’m finding the Galaxy Chromebook to be speedy and nice to work on overall, but once again, this is a Chromebook. People who use Chromebooks tend to use them for a specific list of things. Watching content, taking notes, basic office apps, and some Android apps. The AMOLED screen is super detailed, bright, and colorful, but do you REALLY need 4K on a 13.3” screen? Yes, it looks great, but it DESTROYS the battery life. I have to wonder given the quality of the panel, if Samsung could have toned this down to a 2K screen, or maybe even a high quality AMOLED 1080p screen? It would still look fantastic, and add a lot of time to the battery, which by the way, at best, lasted me around 4 ½ hours max when using the settings at what I consider normal. Yeah – the battery life as others have said, is really bad, and that wonderful screen is to blame. The charging brick is quite large, but you can expect to have to carry it around with you as you’ll need it.
A fingerprint reader at the upper-right of the keyboard offers log-in options, and along with a very sub-standard 1 megapixel web cam on the screen, there is also an 8 megapixel camera on the body itself at the upper-left end of the keyboard. While the quality of that camera is much better than the web cam (which is dark, grainy, and just UGH), you will only use the secondary camera when folding the screen back into “tent” mode and holding up the Chromebook in front of you. Samsung thinks perhaps student might use this feature to take pics of class boards, etc., but in all honesty, those students will be using their cell phones for that. So in my opinion, that secondary camera is an unneeded feature that just adds to the price.
So, my verdict? It’s beautiful, nice to use, and yes, probably the best Chromebook (in many but not all ways) on the market. But… it’s far too expensive, and is fluffed with features that I think most people don’t really need, that just inflate the price too much. My suggestion to Samsung would be this: Ditch the 4K display for a 1080p AMOLED or at most, a 2K version, to improve battery life. Improve the quality of the standard web cam (a lot) and do away with the secondary camera on the keyboard area. Then drop the price by about $300.00. My opinion and rating, would be much higher then. As it stands now, I feel many Chrome OS users can find machines for half this price that will do everything they want and make them happy.Apr 11, 2020 21:39
I will preface this review with the fact that this is my first chrome book. My ecosystem is google but i have never owned a chromebook up until now. I will also mention this review is not about the OS (Chrome OS) but about the device itself.
Samsung hit the mark with the style and design of this chromebook. They packed so much into such a small package. I really have been putting this chromebook to the test. When I say “the test '' keep in mind that I am new to what I can and can't do with a chromebook but I am doing my best to make it my daily personal driver. So far, it has been quite useful. The size and portability as well as form factor (tablet mode) has made this a very versatile machine for me.
-The ultra thin, premium aluminum design makes this chromebook light and portable. I pick it up and take it pretty much everywhere I go. Not to mention it's absolutely gorgeous.
-The screen is absolutely amazing. It is crisp, clear, 4k and absolutely stunning. I frequently watch movies and youtube clips on it and really enjoy the beauty of the screen. I believe this is one of the best features of this chromebook.
-The pen is a great addition to this chromebook. I use it to doodle and draw when I get bored and I have come up with some very interesting drawings. It is a very versatile pen and has allowed me to create some pretty cool drawings.
-This chromebook is lightning fast. I really appreciate a fast system that I can grab, open, and be immediately able to do what I need to do. I know this chromebook is expensive at the current price point, but I also know that systems these days are demanding and need the specifications if you want FAST, IMMEDIATE results.
-The keyboard and trackpad are both amazing. I have no issues typing on the keyboard or using the trackpad, although I did have to invert the scrolling to be comfortable, but the feedback, spacing, and response of the trackpad are on point. The keyboard is said to be backlit, but I have yet to see it light up. Although I don't think I have really used this in complete darkness.
-The fingerprint reader is a wonderful addition to this laptop. Makes security and logging in easy and simple. It's also in a pretty convenient place at the top right corner of the keyboard.
-USB type C is also a wonderful addition. I have a Pixel phone so i typically always have a type c cable around. Type C is actually a very sought after feature on systems these days so Samsung definitely deserves kudos for providing 2 type c ports on this unit.
-The sub-par battery life with this chromebook is no secret. That being said, there are premium specs with an amazing screen included in this chromebook. I feel like with that, you can't expect the most amazing battery life. I don't deduct much for the battery life because it charges rather quickly and like i said i always have a type c cable around somewhere. I also think that with the screen, performance and small form factor, you would expect a sacrifice in battery life.
-The bottom of the screen has approximately a half inch black space which i don't understand. The screen is not that big to begin with, why would it not be edge to edge? It seems like a waste of half an inch of screen across the bottom.
-The charger is quite large. I did not expect it to be as large as it is but it is very large and not very long. I would have expected a longer cable with such a large charger.
-I feel like the price point is a bit high for this chromebook given the fact that it runs ChromeOS which isn’t very hardware demanding. I think Samsung added some features to try to meet the price point, like the two webcams. I also think the hardware may be a bit overkill for the OS. That being said, I don't know if ChromeOS has anything upcoming that would be more demanding from a hardware perspective.
I would recommend this chromebook to users who desire a high quality, high performance experience specifically with a chromebook.Apr 13, 2020 20:27
I have had this chromebook for about a week. It is simple and energy efficient. Thin and lightweight. The best laptop I have had in my lifetime. Very thin makes it easy to do school work anywhere. The sound is very clear to understand class lectures and would be good for those that enjoy music or a YouTuber. I'm a big fan of samsung. The computer can smart connect if you have a Samsung smartphone. This helps a lot.May 01, 2020 15:23
From the moment you open the box, this Galaxy Chromebook just strikes you as one of the most beautiful laptop devices outside of the realm of some Apple devices.
Aside from its beauty and striking metallic red color, this device is extremely thin measuring only 0.39" and super light weight at only 2.29lbs. The workmanship is unbelievable as well, perfectly honed aluminum chassis, very pleasant keyboard to type on, even though it's very flat and not that much key travel, but there is no room for that in such a thin package. The touchpad works great, is smooth and has a good click to it if you decide "touch or tap-clicking" is not for you. Also built-in to the keyboard, right above the backspace key is a very user friendly fingerprint reader that works quite well, I registered multiple fingers so I can also use it form different angles. On the upper left-side of the keyboard there is a camera built-in as well, that allows you to take photos or videos when the Chromebook is in 360 tablet mode.
Moving up to the main feature - the beautiful 13.3" 4K AMOLED display which is just a marvel to look at, in any lighting conditions. The colors are vivid, the brightness and contrast are amazing and the touchscreen functionality works as well as any high-end smart phone or tablet, whether you're in laptop mode or tablet mode. The screen is super thin and sturdy with the same polished aluminum sides as the base unit. The screen also works really well with the included stylus, which is another nice-touch that only other high-end laptops or Galaxy Note smart phones come with.
In terms of performance, given the specs that rival full-fledged laptops, this Chromebook can run anything you throw at it. I've had at least a dozen Chrome tabs open, while watching a show on Netflix and it could easily run twice as much. It does get a bit warm when you put it through its paces, but not even closely as hot as a Core i7 4K laptop I use on a daily basis. Speaking of watching shows and videos, the sound is plenty loud, clear and well defined, firing out both sides thru the stereo speakers built-in to the palm rest base.
Even though I've only used it for about a week, this has become my favorite device, and will definitely be the device I take on travel. I was able to install many of the popular streaming apps from the Google Play store, such as Netflix, Prime Videos, Photos, Music, HBO, Showtime, ATT WatchTV, Tablo, just to name a few.
Now, there seems to be a lot people complaining about battery life. Personally, I was quite impressed by it. It fully charged in just over an hour, while I was using it. I've used it on and off for a couple of days at the default 50% screen brightness on a single charge, granted I have it setup to go to sleep when not in-use. It does preserve battery life quite well while in sleep-mode. I would say I got about 6.5 hours worth of actual use, out of which about 2 hours were watching Netflix and Prime videos, the rest were web browsing. I bet if you crank up the brightness all the way and watch a long movie with the sound all the way up, you'll get less than 4-hours of battery time, but that would be true for any other device out there, and nothing out there is as stunning and as thin as this Galaxy Chromebook is, so just plug it back in to recharge and enjoy!
As for Cons, other than shorter than expected battery life (by some), the cameras are subpar, especially if you're used to cameras found in smart phones. As far as I can tell, Samsung doesn't even list the specs of the cameras. Also, the price is quite high for a Chromebook, but you definitely get what you pay for, considering the beautiful aluminum super light/thin packaging and stunning 4K AMOLED display.Apr 17, 2020 19:50
This is my first Chromebook so I decided to dive in to the deep end and the Galaxy Chromebook is everything I could ever need as far as it specs, durability, and touchscreen and stylus functions. Still adjusting to using apps as it seems some some aren't able to work outside of a base portrait display or function better just in a browser. Hopefully we'll see some updates that will improve UI on Chromebooks.
I've definitely been enjoying the ability to completely flip the screen to take advantage of that 4K display for movies. As of yet, I haven't tried any heavy gaming on steam, but things through the app store have worked well. Looking forward to testing it out with my new 4K monitor.
This 4K display is absolutely beautiful but a charge guzzler for sure. The brighter the display, the faster the battery dies with a pretty large difference in life expectancy. Through general use (internet browsing, streaming video, playing music, light gaming, etc.) You can get anything from 3.5 to 8 hours just off of display brightness. Maybe a tough ask for a student with no access to outlets, but if you do, the charging speed is excellent though the cable itself is only about 5 ft. (Sit next to the outlets people.)
Look into a strong hub based on your port needs. The two type-c ports, a microSD slot and a headphone jack alone will only get you so far depending on your needs. Dual side speakers function better than expected.
Overall it fits my needs for general work use, media consumption, and light gaming. I wouldn't be surprised if photo editing, and stadia functions worked extremely well but be aware that the device can get fairly warm. Tis a spicy boy under heavy use but does find a magical way to cool itself without fans.
If you have the cash and are looking strong everyday cruiser this could be a great option for you. Just keep in mind your needs. Thanks!Oct 03, 2020 08:25
I used this device primarily for work at home/on the go purposes and it has really helped with my workflow. After a small learning curve it has at times almost been an extension of myself. I never really have to stop and wonder how to do things. This device doesn't get in the way of what I need to do. In fact I'm using the device to write this review.
Boot up/start time is fast. From off to work ready in mere seconds. This is by far the fastest of all my electronic devices to boot up (smart TVs and phones included). I was able to turn it on and be on a Hangouts video meeting in less than 10 seconds. Even faster if you unlock it with the fingerprint sensor rather than your password. Keep in mind that I didn't download an extensive amount of Apps from the Google Play Store, everything I needed was already on the device.
Everything ran smooth and quick with no lag. I frequently do work on other Apps while on video conference calls and everything was responsive. Sometimes it depends on how optimized a certain App is for a particular device but everything I tried ran smooth. I let my young nephew render and edit small animated clips using GoAnimate on this device and he didn't run into any issues.
Ergonomics are fine. The metallic finish is nice but I was concerned it would be a bit too slippery while on the go but that wasn't the case. I was able to hold it just fine in any configuration with a normal grip. The keyboard is responsive and doesn't inhibit my natural typing form. It's very light to compared to my work issued Chromebook, very easy to pack and unpack while on the go.
The screen is sharp and my 4k streams were clean. There isn't any noticeable glare in any lighting condition and the same goes for the brightness. Touchscreen detection was spot on and fast. I didn't have to wait for my touches to register when working at at my normal work rate.
My only issue is that the cameras on this device could be better. the camera doesn't capture things well in indoor light. video looks a bit too dark if your area isn't lit too well. Bright office lights and outside video comes in clear but at home without some natural light coming in, my video was the darkest one in the meeting. It not a deal breaker but seeing as everything else on this device works very well I was left a bit disappointed with the picture quality.
Battery life was fine. I entered about an hour long video meeting while running other things in the background and it went from 100% to 64% at about mid brightness. Pretty good for a 4k screen. It charges fast with the included charger. I never leave it over night. About roughly 1-2 hours for me to get back up to 100%
I was left with a very good impression. It's very easy to use in any mode. Not only does it's light weight make it easy to take and use anywhere, tablet mode makes it easy to use while I'm walking as well. The only thing that I had was the camera quality but it was usable. Overall this device is intuitive and helped my work flow very much.Apr 17, 2020 15:43
I really love this device. Even though the first one I got was defective I got a replacement & so far so good. I love the pen that comes with it & all the extra things I can do the storage space is just right for me & the movies play in top quality. The backlit keyboard comes in very handy. I purchased a very good investment!!Apr 04, 2021 12:44
ASUS CX22NA Chromebook: Stay productive and entertained with this ASUS 11.6-inch Chromebook notebook. The 4GB memory ensure fast startups, while the Intel Celeron processor and 32GB eMMC Flash Memory offer smooth performance. This ASUS 11.6-inch Chromebook notebook has an LED-backlit HD display that provides an engaging viewing experience and is easily visible in dark environments.
After using it a few months I can review appropriately. Fast and powerful little unit. Takes getting used to 2 things... 1) moving the screen up and down with 2 fingers and 2) No DELETE key. I switch back and forth between systems so I now find myself trying to move the screen with 2 fingers on my bigger notebook computer. Overall it meets my needsOct 29, 2021 16:17
I was in need of a laptop or a tablet/ipad to go on a business trip, I needed it to access my accounts and respond to customers and businesses while I was out of town on business.
I did some searching and this was a perfect tool for traveling, it was easy to carry and tuck away safely, it is small and light, the quality of the videos were lacking a bit but that's okay, whatever video I used was minimal and didn't need super HD or anything, it worked out really well for me.Oct 22, 2021 15:59
Great for a starter. I use mine in the garage. Runs 50'' TV just fine as well as surfing the web. Post a pic laterJul 22, 2021 16:29
A great chromebook to do the basic operations you need of a laptop, for instance, learning online.Jul 02, 2021 15:36
ok unit takes a little while to power up, But works very wellJul 24, 2021 13:26
Nicer Chromebook / slowed slightly after only 3 weeks so that’s a little discouraging and it has issues incorporating google photos and forcing you to use drive . Want to change default but not easy to figure out and it will not connect to a Bluetooth or WiFi signal from an iPhoneAug 28, 2021 11:49
I bought this chromebook for a family member with limited computer skills. He had no trouble using it after the initial set up. So far, we have experienced no buffering issues on the videos. The fast start up is consistent with chromebooks. The picture clarity and sound are good quality. It is a keeper!Nov 08, 2021 17:12
It is a great starter laptop with a great size and great featuresNov 05, 2021 15:43