Samsung Introduces Super-Cheap Chromebook 2
Chromebooks are gaining popularity among PC users. They offer good usability and portability to a user who mostly uses PC or laptop to browse the web. You can do everything on a Chromebook that you normally do in your browser. Acer, HP, and Samsung have been manufacturing Chromebooks for quite a time now, and it is believed that Chromebook market will soon become a major one.
Samsung recently introduced “Chromebook 2” that is priced aggressively low, to stand out of the crowd. It starts at $249 and will go on sale on October 20.
Samsung has made some changes in the latest model of Chromebook. Original Chromebook was powered by Samsung’s own Exynos processor, which is meant to power smartphones and tablets. This time Samsung has used Intel processor in Chromebook 2, which means that it is able to perform more tasks than its predecessor because it is theoretically as much powerful as laptops. However, it has its limitations (offline apps).
Acer’s 11-inch Chromebook CB3-111-C8UB and Toshiba’s new Chromebook 2 also run the same Intel Celeron processor. However, Acer Chromebook 13 is powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.
As for the display, it has an 11-inch screen that supports up to 1366 x 768 resolution. But the screen doesn’t perform so good in bright outdoor environment. It has 16GB of storage space, and 2GB of RAM.
One of the best features in Chromebook 2 is its battery life. Practically, it runs from eight to nine hours on a single charge, despite of the Intel processor. Acer Chromebook 13 compromised on the processor by adding a mobile chip (Tegra K1) to enhance battery life. But Samsung’s latest Chromebook provides the same battery time on an Intel processor.
The design is brilliant. It features a metal frame, and you can grab it by its end without worrying about breaking it. However, the keyboard is a bit shallow. It doesn’t provide as good typing experience as laptops but isn’t too bad either.
Chromebooks are still a step behind laptops because they do not support as much functions as laptops. Google has added support for offline apps, which means you can use those apps without being connected to the Internet, but the number of such apps is not enough.
Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is overall the best Chromebook considering its price. You can get cheaper versions from Acer and other vendors as well, but they are not as powerful as Samsung’s. Chromebook 2 is a light-weight, battery-efficient, nicely designed Chromebook that you can get for $249.