Samsung’s New Chromebook Is Dirt Cheap But Doesn’t Feel Like It

Chromebooks have been getting a lot of attention from PC makers in the past few years, and for good reason.

Chromebooks run on Chrome, Google’s desktop operating system. It’s also Google’s web browser. The Chrome operating system is all web-based, which means it has some drawbacks compared to the Mac and Windows operating systems. (We’ll get into that in a bit.)

Chromebooks are much cheaper, lighter, and more portable than most Windows or Mac laptops you’ll find on the market. And if you use your laptop only for browsing the web, Chromebooks are extremely simple to use, not to mention that they require much less maintenance than your average computer.

Samsung hopes to stand out from the dozens of other PC companies putting out Chromebooks with its aggressively priced Chromebook 2, which starts at $249. It’s up for preorder on Friday, and officially goes on sale on Oct. 20.

The Basics

The main difference between Samsung’s new Chromebook and its predecessor is that it has an Intel chip inside. Samsung’s other Chromebooks come with its Exynos processors.

This essentially means that Samsung’s newer Chromebook runs on a processor that’s meant to power laptops, while the previous models are powered by a chip that’s meant for smartphones and tablets. So, this Chromebook should theoretically be able to handle more tasks without getting overwhelmed.

It’s worth noting that most competing Chromebooks run on a similar Intel Celeron processor, such as Acer’s 11-inch Chromebook CB3-111-C8UB and Toshiba’s new Chromebook 2.

Other key specs in Samsung’s new Chromebook include an 11.6-inch, 1,366-by-768 resolution display, 16GB of storage space, and 2GB of RAM. Since it’s a Chromebook, you also get 100GB of Google Drive storage free.

How It Looks And Feels

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Since many Chromebooks are extremely affordable ($200 to $400, unless you’re talking about the Chromebook Pixel), manufacturers sometimes compromise on build quality. Even a Chromebook that works well may feel somewhat cheap or susceptible to damage. Samsung’s new Chromebook doesn’t fall into that category.

The Chromebook 2 is reinforced with metal frame, which means you can even grab it by its screen with one hand without worrying about breaking it. I felt completely comfortable throwing this thing in my bag during my commute, and it’s certainly light enough to carry around with ease. Even the keyboard deck feels sturdy, which can be hard to find — For more information read the original article here.    

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