Portability and flexibility walk hand in glove
The Samsung Chromebook Pro is a two’s in one premium laptop, with the strength of an android and the abilities of a laptop computer system. The machine is flexible and adaptive to whatever the user prefers it to do. It is designed to run apps from the google play store, with motion controls, and a multi-touch compatible display. The sleek metal body Samsung Chromebook Pro is comfortable and a truly portable device which you can carry in a small bag. The Samsung Chromebook pro which features a full-sized keyboard and a trackpad, it’s easy to use anywhere for the fan, socializing or gaming. Samsung Chromebook Pro comes with built-in virus protection which updates automatically.
Samsung Chromebook Pro is equipped with gyroscopes and accelerometers used to drive through courses in Asphalt 8. It’s the first Chromebook with a built-in stylus. The stylus on this machine is very pressure sensitive, in that if you press harder against the screen, the shape of your strokes will not appear as intended. This device is built centrally like a play store.
At A Glance
Full Android app support
Weak audio sound
Cramped keyboard layout
No full USB Type A port
Samsung’s Chromebook Pro is a premium two in one notebook computer system. It’s a product that was conceived through a marriage of convenience between Samsung and Google. The Chromebooks are specifically designed to run apps from the Google Play Store, with motion controls, and a multi-touch compatible display. This in itself does not remove it from being a complete Chromebook. Yes, it is a fully – fledged Chromebook armed to the teeth with an Intel Core M processor, 2,560 x 1,600 panel, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. But at $599, the Chromebook Pro is one of the more expensive Chrome OS options on the market. Which begs one pertinent question is it worth it? Chew on this!
Samsung Chromebook Pro Specifications
Intel Core m3-6Y30 (dual core, 4MB cache, up to 2.2GHz) Processor
Intel HD Graphics 515
4GB LPDDR3 RAM
12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) LED display
32GB eMMC storage capacity
2 x USB-C Gen1, micro SD card slot, and headset jack
802.11ac 2 x 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
720p HD webcam
2.38 pounds (1.08kg)
11.06 x 8.72 x 0.51-0.55 inches (28 x 22.2 x 1.3-1.4cm; W x D x H)
Our review Samsung Chromebook Pro system is priced at $599.
The system Architecture
The system architecture on the Samsung Chromebook Pro is designed with portability in mind. The machines weigh a paltry 2.38 pounds (1.08kgs) which is way lighter than most devices in its category. This is, however, a contrast especially because it’s covered in all-metal body armor. But while it’s light in weight, the machine is excellent in performance, which is what any computer user will be seeking to get in a device of this caliber.
With aluminum hooding in the Chromebook Pro notebook, it makes the machine compact and sturdy. The rounded edges and a softer metal on its superstructure makes for perfect aesthetics for the notebook system. Holding it feels good and also works as its protective armor.
The internals of the Chromebook is constituted as follows: – It has an Intel Core m3 processor with 4GB of LPDDR3 memory and a 32GB eMMC Solid State Disk for storage. A micro SD card slot which has a protective cover next to the Thunderbolt 3 USB- C port and a 3.5mm audio jack are docked on the left of the Chromebook Pro. On the opposite side are another USB Type-C port and a slot for the pen stylus. The USB Type-C ports can charge and also transfer data. On the right side, you get a volume rocker and the power button. Wireless connectivity is handled via 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
The Samsung Chromebook Pro is powered by an Intel Core m3-6Y30, a dual-core chip with a 900MHz base clock, 2.2GHz Turbo Boost, and Hyper-Threading. It’s well-equipped and is a better option for higher-end Chromebook. The Asus C302CA also rocks the same microchip. An ARM-based, hexa-core OP1 CPU powers the Samsung Chromebook Plus, a sibling of the Chrome pro. If you opt for it, then you will save $100.
Like most two in ones, the Chromebook pro does not have many connectivity ports on its superstructure. The only ports on this machine are:- two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports which are located on either side of the device, there is also a micro SD card slot, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. But as more and more companies start cutting down on the number of ports on their systems, the more and more we are seeing the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C elbowing its way as the best top-notch notebook computer.
The keys on the Chromebook Pro have a satisfying and enjoyable feel. They are sturdy, right in size and have a very good smooth key-feel. But even with the above lovely features, the keyboard lucks the necessary backlight. It also feels somewhat a bit cramped regarding layout. This can especially feel so to users who are accustomed to the Windows and Mac notebooks. The backspace key and the Tab are narrow, which makes the keyboard crampier. Another feature that looks small is the Trackpad. But this minor impediment can be cured through the use of an external mouse or even the touch screen, using the stylus. Though it’s serviceable, the trackpad does not have the various multi-touch gestures like the ones on the windows 10 or the macOS Sierra.
The stylus on the Samsung Chromebook Pro is a digitizer stylus. It is housed into the back right corner on the base of the laptop, and to get it out to use it is done by clicking the button on its butt-end which is typically exposed. Once it pops out of its hibernation, a context menu on the screen will show on the screen which will allow the user to choose the different functions on the menu. The stylus also has a laser pointer mode, a magnifying glass and a selection mode for capturing screenshots. It is also armed with standard touch and handwriting modes which turns the screen into a piece of paper.
Samsung Chromebook is equipped with 2,400 x 1,600 display screen, which has high 235 PPI. This compared to other notebooks in this category like the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA which has a 1080p display screen. The Display on the Samsung Chromebook is designed to nearly look square thanks to its unusual 3:2 aspect ratio. This, in turn, makes the system feel more tablet-like because plenty of room is availed to give Android apps acres of room to run in both landscape or portrait mode with ease of comfort.
Though the speakers on the Samsung Chromebook can fill up a small crib, the quality is wanting. And to rub it in, Samsung decided to design the speakers to look downwards which to me does not help in the quality of the sound on the machine, because the sound will be distorted especially when you are using it on the laps. To use the speakers effectively and to get any credible ear interpreting sound from the pair of the shy Samsung Chromebook pro speakers, the volume should be put at medium and the setting set to equalize the sound to cut down on noise, inaudible sound that might seem to be all over the place.
The Samsung Chromebook Pro is installed with a 39-watt battery. This battery can support a Chrome OS laptop. With up to 6 hrs of heavy computing, it’s easily standard to the Chromebook, but compared to other notebooks like the Acer Chromebook 15 and Acer Chromebook R11 which can power up past six and a half towards the seven-hour mark, it merely bites the dust.
This category has different models of Chromebooks. A good example is HP’s Chromebook 13. It has a 3,200×1, 800 panel, its equipped with a backlit keyboard and a Core m5 processor. This notebook does not have a 360-degree hinge. If you own an android, then this machine will be your best friend, because the Android tablet might take on some of the functionalities that could be missing from off it. Another device in this category that can hold a candle to the Samsung Chromebook is the Pixel book. This notebook comes with a similar 2-in-1 form factor and top-notch- design. If you want to spend less on a Chromebook, then you will need to make do with reduced internal power regarding lower-end processor options, a reduced RAM and most likely a 1,336 x 768 panel. If such reductions are made on your specifications, then you will make a bit of saving, but you will surely lose out on some of your essential features like the stylus support and accelerometer.
Warranty on most machine comes with a 12-month warranty. The Samsung Chromebook Pro is not immune to this. But it’s always advisable to check the terms and conditions of warranty because every company has its own set of conditions that they place on their warranty. The terms and conditions applicable are normally printed in tiny fonts, and therefore many customers find it not worth their trouble to read it.
How long will it last?
The longevity of Samsung’s Chromebook Pro is assured since it has some of the most high-end specifications on the market that are guaranteed to be around for years to come. The Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus are built with future upgrading in mind. They are technically readied than any other Chromebook, to receive memory, storage, and new high-end software.
Should you buy it?
Yes. If you are someone who likes high-end Chrome OS, high-resolution display, portability, and Samsung Chromebook Pro advanced features, then why not? But the Chromebook Pro has its flaws, which are just grey areas that can be worked upon. There are other options that will cost you less especially if you are not into gaming or other sophisticated features. All in all, the Chromebook Pro is a good buy and its worth every coin you fork out.