Samsung has come out with a refreshed version of its Chromebook 2. Is this the best Chromebook you can buy at its $250 price?
Samsung's first Chromebook 2 came out in April, and at first glance, this newest version looks almost just like it. It's got the same faux-leather look. The only difference you'll notice at first is its silver lid.
But under the hood, there's a big difference. The Chromebook 2 now sports a 2.58GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor rather than the Samsung Exynos processor that powered the previous iteration of it. So it now promises up to 9 hours of battery life, and potentially more power as well.
It's got an 11.6-inch, 1366x768-pixel display, 1MB of Level 2 cache and 2GB of DDR3L RAM. It's fanless, and so whisper-quiet. There's 16GB of system storage, stereo speakers, and a 720p webcam. As for connectivity, it sports 802.11ac WiFi, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a micro SD slot, and a headphone jack.
Look closely and you'll find a few nice touches as well, including electrostatic shock protection for its USB ports, designed to make them stand up longer. Along those lines, there's a new, sturdier chassis as well. And the keyboard, unlike that of many Chromebooks, is actually comfortable.
So is this the best value in a Chromebook for $250? If not, it's pretty close. Chromebooks these days tend to go for $300 or more, and for $250, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is a solid value.