It had an incredibly sharp and vivid 4k screen a great keyboard and a thin light well designed body. It was almost everything you could want from a laptop but it’s one thousand dollar price and embarrassing battery life made it a non starter. Wisely. Samsung went back to the drawing board for the sequel. This year’s galaxy chromebook 2 looks very similar to the original, but under the hood there are some significant changes. The good news is that they’re all smart changes that make the galaxy chromebook 2, both cheaper and better than its predecessor, Music. At first glance, the galaxy chromebook 2 looks near identical to last year’s model, but the galaxy chromebook 2 is bigger. This year, 13.9 millimeters thick and 2.7 pounds that’s still pretty compact, but the old galaxy chromebook was only 9.9 millimeters thick and 2.2 pounds. This is the first compromise you’ll notice, but it’s still a well made laptop that’s easy to carry around all day before powering it up. I took note of a few other things missing: there’s, no camera on the keyboard deck like last year. So if you flip the laptop around into tablet mode, you won’t be able to take pictures. Not a big loss. Same goes for the lack of a built in stylus it’s, just not something i find that useful on a chromebook, but if you do miss it, the galaxy chromebook 2 works with any universal stylus initiative. Pen. Finally, there’s no fingerprint sensor on the keyboard like there was in the original that’s.
The first thing i really missed here is using the fingerprint to log in is way easier than using a password. Fortunately, you can also set up a six digit pin to log in or use an android phone to unlock the laptop. When i powered the laptop up, i briefly forgot: it. Didn’T have a 4k screen, because the 1080p qled touchscreen looks outstanding. Colors are bright and saturated without being exaggerated and viewing angles are solid, it’s, also a very bright screen which helped a lot when working on a sunny morning. Yes, the resolution is lower, but the quality of the screen makes up for it and given what a huge drain a 4k screen is on a laptop’s battery. This is a trade off that almost every run will be in favor of the display still has minimal bezels, at least on three sides. The chin below the screen remains in iso, and i really wish the display stretched more vertically i’ve said many times. I prefer a 16 by 10 or taller aspect ratio on a laptop, but the vast majority of chromebooks are still stuck with 16×9 i’m used to it, but i still sigh a little and missed the 2017 pixelbooks 3×2 display. I believe samsung is using the same keyboard and trackpad here, as it did on the original galaxy chromebook, which i don’t have a problem with the keyboard isn’t the best it’s a little shallow, like apple’s, old, butterfly keyboards, but it’s a lot softer type on than those And i got used to it pretty quickly.
I wish the whole keyboard has shifted up a bit higher on the deck to make room for a larger trackpad, but it’s still a good, if not exceptional experience. As for the speakers, samsung says using a technology called smart amp to crank them up to 178 louder than standard laptops without experiencing distortion. I don’t know what they’re measuring off, but they are impressively loud and pretty clear, even though they’re positioned on the underside of the laptop and thus firing directly into your lap or a desk. Rounding things out are two usb c ports, one on each side: a micro sd card slot, a headphone jack, a volume rocker and a power button. Those side button buttons are meant to be used when the laptop is in tablet mode. But, given that the galaxy chromebook weighs almost 3 pounds, i never used it as a tablet. The galaxy chromebook 2 that i tested cost 699 and came with a 10th generation: dual core intel: core i3 processor, 120 gigabytes of storage and 8 gigabytes of ram last year’s model had a core i5 processor. So this is another place where samsung cut a corner. To save some money, i think this was a wise one as a core i3 was plenty of power for my workflow to be fair, my needs aren’t terribly processor. Intensive most days i have a couple chrome windows going with 10 15 tabs in each plus web apps. For hangouts slack trello tweetdeck keep and youtube music.
I also run a handful of android apps, including telegram facebook manager, spotify and adobe lightroom, though most of those things aren’t running at all times, the galaxy chromebook 2 handled all these tasks without slowing down the biggest question. I had going into this review was whether samsung improved the galaxy chromebook 2’s battery life i’m. Happy to say the answer is a resounding yes, but unfortunately it’s, not all good news in our video playback test, where we loop a 1080p video continuously until the battery dies. The galaxy chromebook 2 lasted an impressive 11 hours and 49 minutes that’s, not quite the 13 hours samsung promises, but given that last year’s model only lasted 5 hours and 11 minutes it’s a huge improvement, real world performance was unfortunately a little mixed. I got between 6 and 7 hours of life before i had to reach for the charger that’s again way better than last year’s model, but not exceptional, something as simple as a 20 minute. Video call really hurt the battery, but that speaks more to how power hungry google meat is than any serious deficiency with the galaxy chromebook 2.. Overall, i still wish the battery life on this laptop regularly exceeded 8 hours without having to baby it samsung’s galaxy chromebook 2 is much easier to recommend than the original. The company made smart choices about what to prioritize with this model, making it a computer that should satisfy a much wider swath of potential customers.
I definitely wish the battery lasted an hour or two longer that’s.