REVIEWED: Samsung Chromebook

So my new school offers us Chromebooks to use for “educational” purposes, and I’ve had some time to get acclimated to the Chromebook and start tapping out a review for you guys. Over the past couple months I’ve gotten really busy with family and summer school and stuff, so I apologize for not posting anything new lately.

The Samsung Chromebook is a $249 netbook/laptop hybrid manufactured by Samsung and sold by Google. It features an 11.6 inch display, 7 hours of battery life, and 100 GB of Google Drive storage free for 2 years. The Chromebook weighs 2.4 pounds and boots in less than 10 seconds. Impressive stats on the market of netbooks. The Chromebook allows use of SD cards, an HDMI cord, and two USB ports. One of them is marked as “USB SS”….not sure what the difference is.

I’ve been using it mainly for web browsing (Khan Academy), photo editing, and schoolwork through Google Drive. Google Chrome works well, there hasn’t been any glitches, freezes, or crashes. I used the built in editing features accessible through the “Files” app when editing and processing photos. I had my first crash today after 3 weeks of use. You don’t get access to any major features that programs like Intensify and Focus 2 allow, but I’m actually impressed considering the Chrome OS really isn’t meant for heavy image processing. My school allows me 30 GB of storage through my enterprise-level domain name through Google Business….I forget what the official name is. I’ll be updating this review as I have more time to play around with the Chromebook.

Thanks for reading!

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