At this point, there is a small group of individuals who have actually spent some practical time with the new Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2. In fact, there are only 4 totally personal videos about the new Chromebook from Samsung on YouTube at this time. This is obviously due to the scattered, decentralized character of CES 2021, and Samsung has the luxury of a pretty sweet NYC headquarters where they can still showcase their latest technology this year. It seems that only those in the area have been covered to get coverage, so I guess the number of practical videos will not grow much in the next few weeks before Samsung gets review devices in the hands of reviewers like us.
That said, the first few handy videos we have of the device seem pretty free for a Chromebook that has a weird name and just calls back stuff from last year’s extravagant Galaxy Chromebook. As we discussed in the podcast yesterday, Samsung has a chance to refine their expensive Chromebook from last year and make something special if all the pieces match, but we do not know if that is the case until we have one to test.
Fortunately, this group of early videos gives us a little more clarity about the overall feel, look and experience we can expect with the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, and we wanted to share some of these videos with you all while we wait for our own review device. of this interesting Chromebook.
NOTES FROM THE WORLD
- Red color is a standout
- Positioned as a less expensive answer to last year’s Galaxy Chromebook
- The screen looks good
- The hinge is solid without wobbling
- The keyboard is comfortable and quiet
- The speakers are loud even in a room with many conversations
- Battery life will be a big gain if it comes close to the 14 hour requirement
NOTES FROM ENGADGET
- Love the red color
- A less expensive take on the original Galaxy Chromebook
- Praises the addition of several configurations compared to last year’s model
- High hopes for much better battery performance
- The screen is great with vibrant colors
- Overall, the device feels light and thin
- The keyboard is comfortable to type on
NOTES FROM ANDROID AUTHORITY
- Original Galaxy Chromebook was overwhelming and expensive
- This new version has been cut down to get a lower price
- Shares a similar DNA as the original
- Love the color and build quality
- The screen is bright and vibrant
- Display and processor choices should really improve the battery
- Overall, the premium feels even if it is a bit overpriced
NOTES FROM CNET
- Galaxy Chromebook 2 is comparable to Windows laptops for the same price
- Talks a lot about the higher speakers
- Positions this device as a medium-sized Chromebook and a big step up from less expensive devices
- Holds the device at the edge near the trackpad several times, and the Chromebook looks pretty solid
For now, that’s all we can really draw from the videos about the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2. Across the board, it looks like the screen really delivers, the build quality is good, the keyboard is solid, and the color is just as eye-catching compared to last year’s model. There’s an impossible conversation right now about how this Chromebook will impress or disappoint when we get it in the office, but I’m more excited about this now than I was when we first got information about it from Samsung. Did they make the right cuts? Is this a reasonable price for what is offered? Can it overcome the stigma of the specification sheet? We will know soon enough.