Samsung’s newest Chrome OS laptop computer, the Galaxy Chromebook 2, is now available for purchase at Best Buy. The Chromebook 2 was first introduced at CES in January and includes a new QLED show, 360-degree hinge, and a hanging crimson paint job. It begins at $549.99 for a Celeron mannequin and goes as much as $699.99 for a Core i3 model, placing it on the larger finish of Chromebooks.
That worth is essentially the most important factor in regards to the Chromebook 2 as a result of it’s significantly lower than the Galaxy Chromebook that debuted a yr in the past. The older Chromebook had an 4K OLED display and got here with a stylus — neither of which you’ll high quality with the brand new mannequin — nevertheless it additionally value just below $1,000 when it got here out. In our evaluation, we discovered regardless of the beautiful display and hanging paint job, the unique Galaxy Chromebook didn’t justify its value, notably due to abysmal battery life.
We’ve but to place the brand new Chromebook 2 by its paces, however we did get to see the machine in person again in January and it definitely looks as if it will likely be competent. The QLED display isn’t fairly as much as the marks of the OLED panel, however you’d be hard-pressed to note with out placing them side-by-side, and the remainder of the Chromebook 2’s match and end are acceptable for the worth Samsung is asking. Importantly, it nonetheless is available in that tremendous crimson shade, as nicely. You would possibly discover the additional weight — the Chromebook 2 is about half a pound heavier — nevertheless it nonetheless falls beneath three kilos whole and needs to be simply transportable.
We may have a full evaluation of the Chromebook 2 within the close to future, however when you don’t wish to wait and seize one your self, you would possibly be capable of discover one in inventory at your native Greatest Purchase proper now. Let’s simply hope Samsung improved the battery life over final time.