Friday, June 6, 2014

Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 inch Reaction & Review

I don't usually put technical issues in this blog, but this time a device appeared that actually helps in managing this blog and providing an easy way to keep my research and writing handy.

A Samsung Chromebook 2 with the 13.3 inch screen arrived yesterday. I had been researching Chromebooks for the past couple of years and had been holding off purchasing one until the new series arrived on the market.

Right out of the box I was impressed with the quality. It is made of plastic, but it feels good in the hand, solid, and weighs very little (3.06 lbs). Plug it in immediately, then turn it on. It will find your wireless network and then will load the latest version of Chrome to get you started. There is nothing tricky about the setup - just answer the questions.

With 4GB of RAM, the machine is quick and responsive with the only delays I have noticed being due to the internet.  As with all Chromebooks, once you log in with your Google account, it sets up exactly like you have it on your desktop Chrome browser complete with Web Apps and Chrome extensions. The Chromebook adds a few more apps, some of which are free or low cost offers.

This machine comes with an amazing screen. Advertised as a 1920 x 1080 HD screen, it actually has a 2150 x 1215 resolution available. While that is is entirely too tiny for the 13.3 inch screen, since the Chromebook has an HDMI port, that resolution becomes handy for hooking up to an external monitor.  In 1920x1080 resolution, the typeface is amazingly clear and easy to read.

Be sure to ask for the additional 100 GB of Google Drive space. You get that free for two years and will be handy.

In short, this is a nice machine that will be useful for years to come.