In case you missed it, Google and Samsung have teamed up to release the latest version of the Chrome OS-based Chromebook; powered by a fanless dual-core A15 ARM processor and featuring an 11.6-inch display, this “browser in a box” might be all the laptop some people need.
As we mentioned in our review of the first generation Samsung Google Chromebook, a Chromebooks is essentially a “browser in a box” that makes full use of the Google search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. Google calls the Chromebook “a hassle-free computer” since updates are handled automatically and there is very little to learn. If you know how to use the Google Chrome browser then it won’t take you long to understand how to use a Chromebook.
All of the basic apps are pre-installed and you can download more apps; many of them available at no cost. The Chromebook starts in seconds thanks to the very light Chrome OS installation and the fast 16GB SSD. Yes, you heard that right. There is only 16GB of built-in storage on this laptop. Most of your files are stored in the cloud on a Google Drive so you only need to store your most important files locally. Of course, this means that you need to have a connection to a wireless network at all times in order to access the files that aren’t stored on your laptop. That said, keeping your files in the cloud instead of on your laptop means that it’s easy to replace a Chromebook if it’s stolen and you can just login to your Google account and change your password if you’re concerned about security after losing a Chromebook.
You can pre-order the new Chromebook at Amazon now and it comes with 100GB of free storage for two years via Google Drive. It will also soon be available via major retailers like Best Buy in time for the holidays.
- Display: 11.6-inch glossy LED-backlit display, 1366×768 resolution, 200nit brightness
- Processor: Samsung Exynos 5250 (dual-core A15 ARM)
- Memory: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB SSD
- Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, combo headphone/mic jack, SD memory slot, HDMI out
- Speakers: two 1.5W speakers
- Keyboard: Full-size Chrome keyboard
- Wireless: 802.11 abg/n 2×2, Bluetooth 3.0 Compatible
- Weight: 2.43 lbs (1.1.kg)
- Less than 0.8 inches thick (17.5 mm)
- Battery Life: over 6.5 hours
- MSRP: $249 USD (Wi-Fi only), $329 USD (Wi-Fi + 3G)