Now work can be just as fun as play, thanks to the world’s first QLED Chromebook ever. Feast your eyes as you dive into your favorite past times or present your next big idea with a larger-than-life color display that’s more vibrant than ever before. With the power and speed of next-generation Intel® Core™ processing, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is powered up and ready for everyone, from the early morning tasks-master to the late-night studier. Plus, add in a sleek, compact design, and a battery that works around the clock — it’s simple to see the Galaxy Chromebook 2 has everything you need to stay in the moment, and still stay connected.
Explore your best ideas in true color
Get lost in every image with the world’s first jaw-dropping QLED Galaxy Chromebook 2 that produces 100% volume.¹
Bounce between what you want to do and what you’re supposed to be doing with the high-performance of an Intel® Core™ i3 processor, plus Wi-Fi 6 GIG+.
Smart Amp audio surrounds you in sound up to 178% louder than normal amps, so you can leave the outside world behind.
Sleek design made to stand out
Make the perfect pitch or last-minute paper look effortless with a Galaxy Chromebook 2 engineered to stand out.² With technology as slim, sleek and savvy as this, it’s no wonder they’re staring.³
Stay dialed in on-the-go with a battery that keeps up no matter how many checkmarks your to-do list demands.
Save time and typos with wider keys and a backlit keyboard that's designed to make you more comfortable and productive.
USI Pen Capability
When inspiration strikes, you’re prepared. Add any USI pen to your Galaxy Chromebook 2 and enjoy industry-leading pressure sensitivity whether you’re writing your boss an email or creating boss-level content.
Finally have someone who listens to you, then actually does what you say. With Google Assistant support, you can tell your Galaxy Chromebook 2 to do something simply by talking to it.
¹ QLED screens can produce 100% Color Volume in the DCI-P3 color space, the format for most cinema screens and HDR movies for television.
² Screen cover is designed to emphasize a metallic look and feel, while the keyboard deck focuses on the vivid red color.
³ The color of the mechanical parts may appear differently depending on viewing perspective.
This is only my second time using a Chromebook, which uses ChromeOS, and must start by saying this is not a Chromebook or Chromebox you have used before. Included in the packaging, is the Chromebook a USB C charger and detachable USB C Cord, and the Warranty/Ownership Manuals. I should note that this review covers the use and ownership of the Intel i3 Processor model and not the Celeron based unit.
Unpacking is straightforward, with minimal packaging and the normal amount of peel off plastic. The Chromebook will welcome you with a beautiful red casing, which has a metallic like look and feel, a 13-inch touch capable screen, a built-in webcam, and a well sized backlit keyboard. On the right-hand side, you will find the power button with LED indicator (charging/power indicator) and a USB C port, while on the left-hand side you will find a volume button, a headphone jack, a MicroSD card slot, and another USB C port. I should point out that both ports allow for use with the included USB C charger, so you do not need to guess which port to plug in to. I am not sure if that is a standard feature in USB C compatible laptops but found this to be a small detail which took the anxiety out of charging the device. While this does advertise 128 GB storage, you should remember that approx. 20 GB is used for the OS.
If you have used an Android based phone, you’ll find that most apps are available for use/install on the Google Play store. There was a quick system update after first power up, followed by a setup process with my Google (Gmail) account used for account setup and login. You can add more than one (1) user to the Chromebook, so if you are purchasing this for more than one user, you’re in luck! Apparently, you can have a much quicker setup if you use an Android phone with your Google account. If you’re afraid of space, simply pop in a MicroSD card and format as needed. I installed a 32 GB MicroSD, which was immediately recognized by the device, and was easily able to store apps and files.
With the included Wi-Fi 6 capable hardware, and a compatible router or mesh network system, you’ll see quick speeds, and even quicker in-network speeds. I was impressed by the chromeOS’s ability to add a network mapped drive in Settings to access files on my local network server. This saved me the time of having to figure out a Google Drive connection or use an external thumb drive to facilitate any file access or transfer issues. In network speeds easily exceeded 500 Mbps and higher depending on file size. Internet speeds are also near ISP provided speeds with my mesh network (Wi-Fi 6 capable network), when running speed tests in the browser or using one of the more popular speed apps.
Accessing websites using the included Google Chrome browser delivers the desktop like experience you’re used to seeing on any other laptop or desktop with the app. The browser quickly synced with my saved bookmarks and passwords with my Google account, and all my extensions installed automatically. This allowed me to use the Chromebook immediately after setup and updating. You may need to confirm some settings, but ultimately found this to be painless. Most tasks with Google apps are done within Chrome browser, even when launching the Google Apps shortcuts.
Apps found on the Google Play store install in a similar way, and my only real annoyance is the lack of apps designed for use on a Chromebook, with a much larger desktop space. You will see apps sized the same way as the mobile app, and function essentially the same as any Android app you’re used to. The i3 processor ensures apps and browsing is snappy. I did not find any slow down of the apps being used, or when browsing websites with the chrome browser. Faster Wi-Fi also ensured that any cloud-based documents stored on my network server or on Google Drive were quickly synced, accessed, and updated.
Switching to tablet mode is as easy as flipping the screen around. You can also position the screen to allow for the Chromebook to stand the screen up in landscape or portrait mode. The screen orients itself based on how it is being held or positioned, and the touchscreen is responsive. The keyboard does automatically disable, so you do not need to worry about accidentally tapping a key when holding. If you are using an external keyboard/mouse, those will continue to function normally, with the mouse icon only showing up during mouse movement. Having an iPad Pro, I am already used to a large area screen, but was surprised with the speed on the Chromebook. The tablet use does not feel like an afterthought, and I found myself using the device mostly in tablet mode after about a day.
The QLED screen is vivid and clear and is probably one of the best monitors I have seen attached to a laptop since the IPS display technology launched. While the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 supports and has a native 1920x1080 screen, you will find the size scaled down to allow for larger text. You can easily set the display to the native 1080 HD resolution, and you will notice text scale down because of the larger display area. Watching HD content on my various streaming apps were displayed in full HD with beautiful color. You can tell Samsung spent some time getting the screen right for production and did not lose sight of the 2-in-1 concept with a subpar monitor.
Where this does not shine is the built-in camera. It is less than a megapixel, with pictures and video looking a bit grainy and out of focus. It was the only part of this entire product that fell short of expectations. This is likely due to the smaller bezel space in the design. However, given the advancement in digital camera sensors and millions of mobile devices with cameras, you would think the picture quality would be better. For casual use, this might be OK, but given that I was going to use this for some web calls at work, it felt low quality. Given the increasing reliance on remote work, you may want to invest in an external webcam, or use your phone. I guarantee the picture quality is better.
If you have used Chrome to browse your favorite websites and are used to using the Google suite of apps with Google Drive, you are in for a treat! The Chromebook is fast, allows for some expansion using the MicroSD slot, and is easy to use. If you have never used a Chromebook, get used to a keyboard shortcut for Caps lock, and be blown away with the performance of this little laptop. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy 2 surpassed my expectations and has changed my opinion of ChromeOS for everyday use. Finally, a Chromebook worth owning!
Samsung makes a pretty stylish Chromebook 2 with an eye popping fiesta red color that is bound to get you noticed and express your style. The form and function of this Chromebook makes it compact, but still fairly powerful for easy use and mobility.
This Chromebook 2 offers up a stunning 13.3" QLED display that makes colors and visuals just pop and come alive off the screen. The ability to see over a BILLION colors on this 1920 x 1280p screen is truly impressive. I have a Samsung QLED Q90T TV set and this closely matches the performance of that. Streaming movies and watching entertainment on this screen is truly worth the experience. Add to that the impressive sound that this compact Chromebook can make and you're in for a big experience from a small form factor. The screen is a touch screen for the option of touch or stylus, and it can be flipped into a tablet for versatility. Use it as a standard laptop style Chromebook, or flip it and make it a tablet screen. I don't have this yet, but there is an option to use a stylus with this and enhance your daily usability with this.
Samsung Chromebook 2 offers a Smart Amp for sound and this Chromebook can truly get loud, but still remain crisp and clear. Samsung states that this is 178% louder than normal amps, and listening to music or watching movies truly feels like an surrounding experience. I've really been enjoying my music on YouTube and the sound is better than any of my previous laptops.
Packed away into this Chromebook 2 is the Intel Core i3 10th Gen chip. From my daily usage over the past few days, I'm blown away at how efficient and responsive this chip makes this Chromebook. The performance feels smooth and never feels bogged down. This feels like a fast laptop computer that I would rival against my Intel i7 Windows laptop. This Chromebook is compact enough to be portable and mobile to keep with you on the go. The battery life has also been performing well and lasting all day under normal usage. Surfing on Chrome has been smooth and fast. Watching movies and clips with Disney+ and YouTube have been a fun entertaining experience also. It's a slim profile and thickness to the Chromebook and I would compare it very closely to rival the shape/size of an Apple MacBook Air.
I've really liked the fact that this Chromebook has offered a backlit keyboard and that Samsung didn't skimp on that feature. Backlit keyboards are such an added value and something that I rely on when I work at all hours of the day and night. I have really enjoyed the size of this keyboard as it is using the real estate given wisely and doesn't have a cramped keyboard. Your hands will fit well and glide across to where they need to be on a smaller Chromebook. Also a big plus to have is the Google Assistant to help you in your day to day tasks.
Stylish looks (fiesta red)
QLED screen (1920 x 1280)
Sound quality is crisp and loud (smart amp)
Battery life is long
Perfect for on the go mobility
Slippery feet that don't keep the Chromebook stationary while typing
This laptop is a great option if you're looking for something on the lower end of the price spectrum as it's a Chromebook. Be aware that Chromebooks have their own operating system different from Mac and PC therefore different compatibility features. For example, these aren't Windows compatible, but do include all of Google's similar programs such as docs and sheets included already.
This laptop includes the laptop and charger, which is a USB-C cord with power adapter. There are no regular USB ports. There is a C port on each side of the laptop, one AUX input, and micro SD port. On the left is a volume up/down button and the power button on the right. One thing I do love about this is that it has the USB-C port on both sides so you can charge from either side.
Setup is very easy, especially if you already have an active Google account. Your google email account is what is used for you login information. From the get go, there are the basic apps installed but the Chromebook runs off the Google Play store so there are tons of apps available for download to personalize it as needed.
This laptop is the 2-in-1 style so you can use it as both a laptop or swivel and make it into a tablet. It does not include a stylus but is compatible with wifi styluses. There is also a feature to activate the stylus tool or use your finger to do things such as capture an outline. I personally use the laptop feature more often, but this is great if you're using it for drawing or design with the touch screen.
This laptop features QLED technology and let me say, you can TELL. The screen is extremely bright and crisp. The colors are incredible and it offers some extreme high definition for streaming videos. They've also maximized the screen size as much as possible with little border around for the biggest possible screen. There is a camera in the top for video chatting and pictures as well.
This thing has INCREDIBLE battery life. The box states up to 13 hours of use. I've found I can last two to three days on a single charge with the idle time of it being asleep. This feature is great if you're someone who travels often and needs the most battery life out of your computer or even for students to take to class.
The speed on this computer is phenomenal. Upon opening the screen, it quickly turns on and is ready to go. I use mine on my wifi and the speed of the internet is also very rapid.
Overall, this is a real powerhouse of a laptop that is great if you're looking for the simple Chrome OS. I love that it's connected to my google account so I can quickly access my stuff in my email and Google sheets that I use for work. With a large screen size, it's excellent for multitasking. The 2-in-1 feature gives you the best of both worlds of a laptop and tablet. Furthermore, it's light and slim so it's perfect for those on the go.
I've worked in the IT business since 1993 and built my own PCs since Win 95. At home, we have 2 custom Windows gaming rigs, 2 OEM Windows tower PCs, a Windows AIO set up for quarantine home-schooling, two Windows gaming laptops, a Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Windows tablet, a Microsoft Surface Pro for work, and 4 iPads of varying sizes and generations. Yet in all this time and with all those boxes and wires lying around (and all those that came before), I never had the occasion to try a Chromebook. I've read about all the benefits--ease of use, portability of the computing experience, small form factors, monster battery life, etc. etc.--so I was always curious. And quite frankly, I don't garner as much excitement or satisfaction from troubleshooting Windows issues as I used to (I'm the IT support for my extended family). But with a job change on the horizon, and knowing I'll still want something ultra-portable for work connectivity, I decided to see if a Chromebook could hold its own against the nearly 3 decades of experience I've built around the MS Windows platform (and maybe even give Apple a run for its money). Sooooooo??? Does the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 offer a competent and compelling ultra-portable computing experience in its own right, or one that compares favorably to either Windows or an iPad? I'm happy (and pleasantly surprised) to report that the answer is YES.
Anyone looking at a pricier Chromebook like this one is probably already familiar with Chrome OS, so I won't spend a lot of time reviewing Chrome per se, other than to say that the computing experience seems a pretty intuitive blend of Apple's (or Android's) app-centric user-experience with the familiar trappings of pointing, clicking, mousing, gesturing, and a pretty "Windows-like" desktop and file management UI. As this tablet is clearly designed as a connectivity and media/information access and consumption device (i.e. you won't be doing any hardcore gaming or 3D image rendering here), I found the Chromebook 2 to be an enjoyable, simple, and extremely well-designed piece of hardware that required virtually no instructions or references to pick up and start using with confidence.
But having never used a Chromebook before, I was unprepared for just *how* simple and responsive this kind of appliance can be thanks to its relative simplicity. For example, initial boot-up was less than 4 seconds (even with one of the fastest NVMe 4.0 Gen4 SSDs in my new gaming rig, I've never had Windows start up that fast!) and the UI instantly resumed even before I finished opening the lid--WOW! For grins, I put the Chromebook 2 into developer mode to simulate an OS failure, then used Chrome's restoration utility to format an external SD card for recovery. I hit power, plugged the SD card to the side card reader, and in less than 4 minutes, not only was my entire Chromebook restored, but all the apps I had previously downloaded were reinstalled. Having reset and reinstalled Windows more times than I can possibly count, I can't tell you what a [pleasant] shock it was to finish a complete system restoration in less time than it took me to grab a soda from the fridge.
Still, Samsung can't take all the credit for my positive experience...those props belong Google for taking the Chrome OS MILES beyond what it used to be. So what about the tablet itself...is it worth the bank you're paying for the experience it provides? Honestly, I think it is, and I've got a lot of competition to judge it against just in my own household. Let's start with the basics--the color is definitely an acquired taste (there are a few more orange undertones than I like in my reds), but it's a nice departure from the sea of silver, black and grey that typifies much of the portable computing market. Construction feels solid; it's an ultra-portable, but it's not flimsy or so thin that I'm concerned I'm going to snap it in two tossing into an overnight bag or backpack. And though it's definitely a small 2-in-1, it's actually the largest of the bunch (by only a SLIGHT margin) I have on hand for comparison, which means it was the MOST comfortable for typing/navigating without adding a ton of extra bulk or weight.
Ports and physical controls are definitely serviceable for a unit of this size; there are two USB-C ports, one on each side, a volume rocker, 3.5mm stereo jack, microSD card slot, and a physical power button. It's got a pretty beefy 2.1Ghz i3 CPU and 8GB of RAM, putting performance under the hood on par with competing Windows ultra-portables, and at 128GB, there's ample storage capacity to handle loads of videos, pictures, or apps. There is a VERY tiny webcam lens in the middle of the top bezel with a small blue LED that thoughtfully illuminates when the camera is active. Picture quality is okay and provides for a 0.9 megapixel 16:9 photo image or 720p video...it's fine for Zoom or Teams in a pinch, but that's about all. The bottom features a thin strip of venting holes (though I never noticed the unit heating up in my lap), two smaller vented cutouts for the speakers, and color-coordinated bumpers for setting the Chromebook on flat surfaces without concern for damaging the finish.
To keep the competition/comparison to devices of like-purposes and design (i.e. I didn't bother pulling out my two gaming laptops for comparison), I lined up the Chromebook 2 against a new iPad with a Logitech keyboard case, an MS Surface Pro, and Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S in the photos below. The Chromebook 2 features the roomiest and most solid-feeling keyboard of the bunch; the spacing between the keys made typing faster and more accurate than the relatively cramped keyboard on the iPad, and less error-prone than using the adjoining keys on the Galaxy TabPro S. The keyboard is backlit, but intelligently so--I imagine there are probably controls to personalize lighting I haven't found yet, but the default setting turns up the keyboard back-lighting when ambient lights gets low--nice.
You can see that the tablet portion of the Chromebook 2 is captive to the keyboard so you can't disconnect it to use on its own, but the thickness of the Chromebook 2 matches that of the Galaxy TabPro S and the Surface pro with the keyboard covers attached. However, the Chromebook 2's design allows you to angle the screen any way you'd like without needing a kickstand--it was SO refreshing to browse the Net and compose an e-mail without needing a screen prop or having to reorient myself to the screen rather than the other way around. And of course, you can fold the keyboard completely behind the screen if you want to go full-on tablet mode and operate the Chromebook via touch-screen interface.
Speaking of the screen--this might not be a top-of-the-line OLED display, but Samsung seems to know what it's doing with QLEDs...the display is simply wonderful, easily the brightest and best of the bunch I have for comparison's sake. The colors are richer and the bezel is smaller which made watching videos that much more enjoyable simply because there was more screen real estate to enjoy. Sharp off-angle viewing doesn't seem to suffer much at all which is one of the first things my wife noticed when I started testing it out, i.e. "Hey, that's going to be perfect for watching movies when we travel." The speakers manage to get pretty loud for an ultra-portable; I was able to hear my Netflix streams outside the room without any distortion or loss of clarity.
Next came a test of battery life. I set Netflix to auto-binge and managed just a hair under 8 hours of constant video playback at 3/4 brightness and 50% volume; that's outstanding longevity for active video streaming via WiFi on a screen of this size. I would imagine the Chromebook 2 might actually come close to Samsung's purported 13-hour battery runtime if you varied your usage; a full battery recharge from shutdown took about 2-2.5 hours with the included adapter. WiFi performance was excellent; I have an ASUS AX11000 WiFi 6 router two rooms away and 400Mbps from my ISP; the Chromebook 2 tested at 408Mbps up to three rooms away before throughput started dropping.
As I said up front, this Chromebook 2 ended up being quite a surprise and is seemingly VERY well appointed for the tasks it was designed for. I don't know how well it improves on the previous Galaxy Chromebook, and having no real basis of comparison, I don't really know how well it holds up against other Chromebooks in its class. But as someone intimately familiar with the MS and Apple UIs and ecosystems, I can say with surety that this ultra-portable more than holds its own against the competition. We'll be keeping this one for work when I jettison the Surface Pro--I can't think of a better endorsement than that. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!
I'll go ahead and get this out the way. The naming of this Samsung Galaxy Chromebook "2" is misleading. It's not a second gen of the OG Galaxy Chromebook, it's more in the vain of a FE (Fan Edition) or Lite. It cut back on the top end stuff (4k AMOLED, more powerful processor options, included stylus, fingerprint reader) from the OG and mostly kept the amazing Fiesta Red color. But outside of the misleading naming, it has been an excellent computer to use.
Will do it a little different and list the few negatives I have with the device:
- Name of device is misleading.
- eMMC SSD is slow; NVMe would have made this so much better.
- Keyboard has minimal travel with causes double inputs which really annoys.
- Lack of at least 1 USB port requires having to use adapters.
Now onto the positives:
+ QLED display is very nice, gets plenty bright and dim. Not on OLED/AMOLED level of blacks and saturation, but gets the job done brilliantly.
+ i3/8gb RAM/128 gb SSD handles everything I do with ease; never heard the fans (if it even has any) spool up in my testing.
+ Large, back-lit keys are welcome.
+ Thin, and light design. About the size of a legal notepad in length and width. GET FIESTA RED
+ Speakers are very good, fill the room minimal distortion/loss
+ USI stylus support
+ Avg about 9-10 hours on a single charge with my usage habits.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a great computer, has great features, build quality and value. Lost a star for the annoying keyboard and lack of at least one USB-A port. Just next time, use a better name Samsung. Also, I'd avoid the Intel Celeron/4gb RAM version for $549 if you plan on getting real work done on your Chromebook as you'd be able to find better options.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 has a beautiful design and is built with premium materials. It is very light weight, and ultra thin. I forget I have it in my book bag sometimes. It doesn't weigh much and is very easy to bring along with me everywhere I go. The hinges are very strong and can rotate all the way back so you can use the Chromebook in "tent mode" and tablet mode. The keyboard is pretty quiet and feels nice to type on even though there isn't much travel. My only complaint about the design of the Chromebook is the touchpad and that the speaker grills are on the bottom of it. I wish the touchpad was a little bigger and more responsive and accurate. It isn't terrible, but it could be better. It has two usb-c ports, a headphone jack and a micro SD card slot. I wish it was a full size SD card slot but I'll take the micro SD over not having one at all. You could use it to expand your storage for apps and photos. Samsung's QLED technology is in this screen, and it is beautiful and vibrant. Even at 100% brightness, blacks are very dark and contrast and color saturation is excellent. It makes for a great viewing experience. Viewing angles are very good and the screen does a very good job at handling reflections. It is also touch capable and I believe you can use a universal USI stylus with it. It doesn't come included this time, but you can find one for $50 or less. Samsung has included a pre-amp and premium speakers with this chrome book. I do wish the speakers were on the top or the sides of the machine though because they do muffle a bit when you have it set on your lap or a table. That being said, sound quality of the speakers is still very good. They get loud and have a full and clear sound. I wish they had a little more bass, but they get the job done and I enjoy watching videos and playing games with it. This Chromebook has quickly become my favorite machine for playing Google Stadia and watching Youtube, Netflix and Anime. Samsung claims that you can get upto 13 hours of battery with this Chromebook but I had to plug it to charge it after about 8 hours of heavy use. I prefer to keep the brightness and volume near Max though so your usage will vary. All in All, Samsung has hit a sweet spot with this Chromebook. The intel I3 makes everything boot up quick while sipping power to allow you to work and play all day. Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes. Especially if you can get all your work done in google chrome.
Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 87/100 = Very good quality.
Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 54.0Alex Wawro on March 22, 2021
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A:AnswerI am using this laptop with Zoom and it works well. It has more than enough horsepower to handle video conferencing. But remember it is necessary to have a strong wireless connection for videoconferencing. You can have the most powerful device available, but if your internet signal is weak your Zoom calls will always be substandard.
A:AnswerAs far as I know there is no GPS chip in the machine. There is no cellular on it as well. I have had this computer out in the open numerous times and the only time it is able to find its location is when I connect it too my phone as a hot spot
A:AnswerThis computer does not come with a stylus. You have to use a USI stylus which you have to purchase seperately. There is nowhere on the computer to store the pen. You will have to get yourself a bag to carry it in. Sorry
A:AnswerThis is a chromebook and yes you can watch DVD's, BluRays, and listen to CD's on this. The only problem you are going to have to get a converter from a USB C to USB A then attach any drive you may have except a superdive from Apple.