Chromebooks —
laptops
operating on
Google’s
browser-based
Chrome OS
— are typically designed for affordability, making the time period “premium Chromebook” one thing of an oxymoron. Actually, market analysis agency NPD Group defines any Chromebook that is $400 or extra as premium, which is a beginning value thought of “price range” for Home windows laptops and, properly, nonexistent for Macs. 

Samsung
is the chief within the premium Chromebook market, in response to NPD, and its up to date Chromebook Plus it is easy to see why. Although some would possibly balk at paying $500 for a Chromebook, Samsung makes it price your whereas with higher design, construct high quality and options than you’d discover in cheaper choices. (There is no official UK or Australian pricing but, however that value converts to roughly £375 or AU$660.)

The Chromebook Plus V2 is a two-in-one, which suggests you need to use it as a laptop computer or flip the display screen 360 levels and use it as a pill. Or you need to use it in tent mode, which is good for video chats, or set it up like a kiosk for watching films or giving displays. Mainly, it offers you the flexibleness to do extra with this Chromebook than the standard clamshell design. 

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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

Value as reviewed

$500

Show dimension/decision

12.2-inch, 1,920×1,200-pixel touchscreen

Processor

1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3965Y

Reminiscence

4GB

Storage

32GB

Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 615

Networking

Twin-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth four.2

Working System

Chrome OS

The 2-in-one design makes much more sense when you think about the Plus’ help for Android apps by Google Play along with apps from
Chrome
‘s Net Retailer. Meaning if having apps like Microsoft Workplace or AutoDesk’s SketchBook are essential to getting your work finished, you need to use the Android variations on this Chromebook. 

Not all apps are optimized for a much bigger display screen, so if there is a must-have app for you, you would possibly need to verify with the developer first. Additionally, there are apps similar to Fb that you just’re merely higher off utilizing the net interface for than utilizing the Android app model. 

Sufficient efficiency for many duties

Samsung dropped the slower Arm-based processor discovered within the 2017 mannequin for a greater
Intel
Celeron 3965Y CPU. This Celeron remains to be low-end, nevertheless it retains the system feeling snappy with each Android and internet apps. Keep in mind, although, that with 4GB of reminiscence, energy customers who like operating a number of apps and browser home windows with plenty of tabs will gradual it down. 

The brand new processor did not damage battery life in any respect. It really ended up outperforming the 2017 Chromebook Professional we reviewed, operating for 9 hours, 33 minutes on our streaming video check. That is with the 12.2-inch, full HD show set to 50 % of its full 300-nit brightness. 

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Other than the up to date processor, Samsung put an f1.9, 13-megapixel digicam with autofocus above the keyboard along with the 1-megapixel front-facing digicam on the prime of the show. It is an OK digicam — your cellphone’s digicam is most certainly higher — and possibly it is not a function everybody wants, however for college kids who have to make fast movies for a undertaking or professionals who need to snap a quick photograph on a job website, the additional high-resolution digicam will probably be appreciated. 

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