Samsung Chromebook 2 13-inch

Forget Samsung's previous Chromebook efforts, this is how it should've been doing things all along

Following nearly a month delay, we finally have our hands on the brand new 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2. Samsung is going for a premium look and price (at least among Chromebooks) with this model, packing a new Exynos 5 Octa ARM processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 1920 x 1080 display along with a Chromebook industry-topping $399 price tag.

With a new range of inexpensive, powerful and (most importantly) fanless Intel-based Chromebooks on the horizon from a variety of competing manufacturers, Samsung has its work cut out for it with this new pair of ARM-based Chromebooks that still have to shake the stigma of poor performance and battery life.

This Samsung Chromebook 2 is a brand new device, not to be compared with its first couple of rounds of ARM Chromebooks. It's sleek, powerful, well-built and has a beautiful display. Only time will tell how the ARM processor holds up with performance and battery life, but our first impressions are pretty strong. Read along and see our first look at the Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch).

Hardware and design

Samsung Chromebook 2 13-inch

The Chromebook 2 matches the current styling of Samsung's other laptops, with an understated and simple look punctuated by a sweeping curve that goes along the sides of the base. It's notably thinner than my Acer C720, but considering its 13-inch screen you shouldn't be surprised that things are flattened out a bit inside. This 13-inch model comes in a subtle "Luminous Titan" color that's really a semi-gloss grey all around, along with a black keyboard and a bit of shiny chrome trim around the large trackpad (more on this below). The one place where the Chromebook 2 stands out from Samsung's other laptops is the faux leather lid (complete with fake stitching), something cribbed from the Galaxy Note 3 and its recent lineup of tablets.

Around the edges you'll find a normal set of ports. The left edge holds the power plug — a standard single laptop prong — along with a USB 2.0 port, full-sized HDMI out and a MicroSDcard that's annoyingly hidden behind a removable flap. The right edge is mirrored with a lock slot, a USB 3.0 port and a headphone/mic jack. You'll also notice a distinct lack of fans around the body as its ARM processor doesn't require them.

I could personally go for a lid without the leather, but it actually is far less gaudy in person than you would expect. The added bonus is a bit of extra grip when opening and closing the lid, and it should be a bit less susceptible to piling up fingerprints like a normal hard plastic lid would. The design is very sleek and sophisticated overall, and although you can clearly see the MacBook design creeping in (as is the case with so many laptops nowadays), I don't think anyone will have a problem showing off the Chromebook 2. The one downside to be found here is the overall heft of the laptop — even without fans or a bevy of ports, the Chromebook 2 comes in at 3.10 lbs. That's more than the all-metal MacBook Air and considerably more than your average 11-inch Chromebook.

Display, keyboard and trackpad

Samsung Chromebook 2 13-inch

The big thing the 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 has going for it is the 13-inch display and associated size increase of the keyboard, trackpad and battery. With a vast majority of Chromebooks hitting the 11-inch form factor, having the larger display makes the Chromebook 2 feel a bit more like a "real" laptop and not an auxiliary device. On the display front it lets Samsung go up to a 1920 x 1080 LED panel with 250 nits of brightness, and underneath the hood it has a 35Wh battery that promises 8.5 hours of battery life.

This is a pretty wonderful-looking display. While it may not be quite as bright as others (the HP Chromebook 11 sports 300 nits of brightness), the pixel density, colors and viewing angles (at least side-to-side) are quite fantastic. It's taking some getting used to the smaller interface elements on this pixel-dense screen, but I'm already liking the additional room I have to work with when using multiple windows. Unfortunately there's no native way to scale the interface to be larger other than selecting a lower resolution in the settings (which looks quite awful, honestly). Interestingly there's an option to set the resolution to 2160 x 1215, which makes the interface even smaller, but will be nice for the super pixel density buffs out there.

Typing this whole post on the Chromebook 2 has been a breeze. The keyboard is large and has a standard Chrome OS layout, and the keys themselves are just slightly textured. They're just a little softer than I'd like, but nothing I can't get used to over time. The trackpad is huge — precisely the same size as a 13-inch MacBook, in fact — and is a clickpad-style with no distinct buttons. The chrome surrounding the trackpad is a big ugly, but doesn't change usability — after I warmed up with it I can say it's a step in the right direction, but isn't ready to dethrone the best glass trackpads out there. Scrolling is still a tad odd, and I find my fingers getting hung up on it. I'll need more time to get acquainted with this one.

A quick note on the speakers — they're actually quite loud, sound good and don't distort even at very high volumes. You can see the pair of speakers underneath the front of the laptop, and they actually have a bit of room to breathe as they're right next to the rubber feet that keep the laptop lifted off of the table its sitting on.

First performance impressions

Samsung Chromebook 2 13-inch

The one big question I had waiting for the Chromebook 2 to arrive was performance, as I didn't have the best experience ever with the HP Chromebook 11 or original Samsung Series 5 ARM-powered Chromebooks. When it announced the Chromebook 2 Samsung claimed a 125 percent boost in performance over the previous model, and in my short time using the Chromebook 2 I feel like they undersold the performance difference. The laptop is super quick to boot up and log in, tabs load and perform quickly and there's absolutely no lag moving between windows and multitasking. I do notice the same slow tab loading when opening Chrome with a handful of pinned tabs all at once, but nowhere near the issues of previous ARM Chromebooks.

It'll take more time to see how the Exynos 5 Octa (5800) holds up over time, however. Performance seems roughly comparable to the Intel Celeron (Haswell) Acer C720 I have now, but that's about to be a generation old with Intel announcing new fanless Chromebooks that are quickly arriving this summer. Battery life was also a weak point with the older ARM Chromebooks, so we'll have to see how Samsung's claims of 8.5 hours of battery hold up on the Chromebook 2. Again with this industry-topping $399 price, it may not be enough for the Chromebook 2 to just be "adequate" in terms of performance and battery.

Right now you can color us impressed with the huge leap in materials, build, performance and display on the Chromebook 2 from Samsung's earlier offerings. We're not ready to go all-in on loving this thing until we properly put it through its paces, but we like the first impressions that we're getting from the start.


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Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch) hands-on and first impressions


I really think the metal cover of the first version looked so much nicer. I suppose faux leather is cheap like plastic to make though.

I like the 1080p resolution. I'd not get any device like this with less than 1080p especially when my phone apparently needs to be 1080p.
Edit - I just read the chromebook 1 is plastic. Not sure which is worse now, lol... I suppose faux leather has a nicer feel than faux metal...

The faux metal previous model was extremely creaky and hollow feeling as well. This is a HUGE step in the right direction in terms of feel and build.

Thanks, lol. After reading this first impression and the comment about the plastic I had to search for myself. I had no idea the lid on the previous one was plastic...

Cheap plastic at that. I had one and it worked nice enough but was CHEAP. My HP is much better. I'm still waiting on the Yoga Pad version.

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I just can't bring myself to call it faux leather as I think that does it way too much justice.

The fake leather effect is just tacky and horrible. The only thing worse is the moulded fake stitching effect that really drags the look to the gutter.

It still boggles my mind that someone at samsung comes up with these ideas and someone else signs off on them. That means several people think that it's a good idea. #confusing

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Have you guys actually used a device with it yet? It's actually great. I'll take function over form any day... but I'm guessing you guys are in the crowd that likes to have a One M8 that has every corner chewed up to the point that it cuts you when you touch it, because you drop it 10x a day...

I like form and function. I have an m8, had an m7, both are in great shape, because I'm careful with my stuff (knocks wood).

That said I have nothing against plastic either, and I understand that this looks better than it sounds, But faux leather stitching? It's an idea that needs to be executed perfectly just to not be terrible.

I'm probably going to pick one of these up as soon as it's available at best buy. And when I do I may appreciate the texture. But no matter what, I'm sure as shit not going to get defensive about fake leather stitching.

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Yeah, of course form AND function are great, but I prefer function OVER form. I think the One line takes form over function... especially since it's sans removable battery, and massively harder to hold on to than even the gigantic Note.

And all that said, in my opinion, i think that the look on it is actually pretty nice. when people see my phone, and get over the initial shock that it's larger than a TV, the next thing they mention is about how much they like the back. havent had one criticism on that aspect of it to anyone who's picked it up and played with it yet, for what it's worth...

Think it'll take a bit longer than 4 months for the price to be cut 50% considering it still is bouncing in and out of availability right now.

The chromebooks which were released last fall (HP 11 and 14, Acer C720, and the more recent Toshiba model) have maintained their original sales price. The sole exception is the C720P, but I think that is more a reflection of the lack of utility of a touch screen on both a laptop and within ChromeOS specifically

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I have the C720 touchscreen variant, and I haven't once used the touch interface. It's actually annoying, because I'll occasionally scroll up/down or click a link when all I meant to do was brush away a piece of dust on the screen. I really like the computer, but I honestly have no idea what kind of use case there is for a touchscreen on a laptop that isn't tablet-convertible.

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I have the Sony Vaio Pro 13. You have no idea how many times people have touched my screen and said, "Ooh is that a touch screen?" And frankly, that's kind of annoying. Even my computer science professor touched my screen. You'd think that people know not to touch lcd panels when pointing at stuff.

Sometimes I use the touchscreen to scroll down when I'm holding it on the sides, but I rarely use it.

I have the exact opposite problem. So many times I swipe my fingers on my work laptop trying to scroll the page.

i do the pointing and touching thing. i don't mind it when i do it to my own stuff, but i get that others might. so i always apologize. it is like the lcd reaches out and pulls my hand towards it.

Hey Andrew - when you do your review, if there's a way you can touch on the limitations of the ARM ChromeOS and how that's changed from the earlier Sammy Chromebook? I got rid of my Chromebook just under a year ago because I was so frustrated with the restrictions on the ARM based books. I remember the Chromecast had issues, as well as Chrome Remote Desktop, just thinking back to it. I just wonder if those things will change or if there will always be a separation between the ARM and the x86 books.

I don't think the frustrations you've experience are due to ARM specifically as a platform as much as their poor performance. Things like Chromecasting and Chrome Remote Desktop are very CPU-intensive tasks, and the older ARM chips just couldn't keep up. I, too, know the failures of using a Chromebook with a drastically underpowered CPU (having tested the earlier HP and Samsung models), and I know your frustration.

This new one has vastly better performance than older ARM chips. I can't say for sure that all of the other performance issues have been alleviated, but you can be sure I'll be doing a lot of testing versus other Intel-based Chromebooks to see how they stack up.

Are you sure its an IPS panel? Can you link to where you see that its an IPS panel and not the popularly known TN panel type?

Sorry, little mix-up of my acronyms and I've fixed the post. Samsung lists this as an LED (aka LCD) display, not mentioning IPS. Samsung makes no list of it being a TN panel, and I have a hard time believing it is considering the viewing angles and quality.

Mine should be arriving tomorrow. I'm looking forward to putting it through the paces. I like my C720 a lot, but since it's quickly becoming my primary laptop, the high-res screen is going to be great for media consumption. Enjoy the slightly-used C720, Mom!

Samsung confirmed on a series of podcasts the exact details of the display, and that it is a TN panel. I have mine coming tomorrow, so will hit up the forums with more details and personal thoughts.

I am not sure of the exact episode as there we a few, but this is episode 1 of the series Samsung did about the new line of Chromebooks.

Could very well be. I'm going off the spec sheet, where it makes no mention of IPS or TN. They call it "LED HD."

I don't really care what technology its using, I care about how it looks, and this screen looks really really good.

I just got mine today, and am very impressed. It can do everything very well, including tabcast and send YouTube, Netflix and Google Play Music to my Chromecast. Multiple tabs/apps running perform well. Occasionally there is a slowdown, but only when really pushing it or tabcasting.

The display is very good. The only negative is the vertical viewing angles. You have to keep it at the right angle for the best possible quality, but the horizontal angles seem to hold up better. Not a big deal or concern for myself, but others will criticize the device for it. I think Samsung picked stronger horizontal for video sharing purposes. They also knew you could adjust the vertical angle of the display very easily. The other negative would be 1080p is super sharp, but very small on this display. Hopefully an OS update will optimize the 1080p resolution. Videos and picture look incredible, but if you have poor vision or intend to sit back form the screen, text can be on the small side. The HiDPI settings in chrome://flags makes things too big as it was meant for a Chromebook Pixel like resolution.

Speakers are MUCH better than you would expect. They fire down and out, being position on the bottom near the sides of the device.

Can you comment on Chrome Remote Desktop performance? I have an original Chromebook and I feel like it struggles to keep up. Not sure if the new processor will be able to handle it or if I should get one with an intel processor. Also, I have it hooked to a 1080p monitor, so that could be part of the issue.

I kind of want this even though I already have a C720 and should be getting a Macbook in the next month or so. I just really like Chrome OS.

Sounds like Samsung did a great job with this. I'd like to sell my current Chromebook and use the money towards this new version, but... dat faux leather.

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I actually like the look of the faux leather on my Note 3. But, of course, what we do and don't like is very subjective. I would recommend trying to find a way to see one in person, even if that just means going to your local cell phone store and looking at a Note 3, to get an idea of how it looks and feels. I wouldn't write this thing off *just* for the faux leather until you've seen it in person.

Yeah. I'm not saying you will like it but the phrase "faux-leather plastic" doesn't do it justice. It really does feel and look good in person. Give it a try, you might be surprised.

It feels great and doesn't pick up fingerprints. Yay! It is not a cheap rip off. I have a feeling this Luminous Titan color is the perfect choice for this type of material. Definitely doesn't look cheap.

I am putting my 13" through it's paces, just got it delivered today and have been playing with it for a few hours. It is snappy, the screen looks good, it seems well built and the faux leather is not near as bad as it looks in the pictures. It's barely noticeable on the 13", not sure about the black or white. Happy I waited.

Chromebook industry topping price tag? Wasn't the Chromebook pixel like $1200? Correct me if I'm wrong...
But anyway, this looks great. Still a very reasonable price I think and supposedly better performance with a better display and better build quality...I like this Samsung product so far!
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The Pixel is an obvious exception that really nobody has bought and isn't meant to be a mainstream product in any way. Aside from the Pixel, Every other Chromebook has been under this $399 price.

Oh alright. Makes sense. You said this is how Samsung should have been doing things and then I read the rest. I thought yup, that pretty much sums it up! I'm digging it. And the price tag.
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My 13.3 CB2 arrived yesterday, and like the writrer I am also extremely pleased with it so far (I was also shocked because before I got the shipping confirmation on Tuesday, Amazon had last said to expect shipment on June 13th, so YAY for that).

The only thing I wish was different was an IPS panel put in place of the TN panel Samsung wound up using...totally agree viewing angles are good side-to-side, too much movement up or down gives you the TN-effect that most of us have come to expect from this type of display technology. Other than that (and since I'm not going over speedbumps in my desk chair this isn't really too big of a deal) the thing is awesome. Super quick, fairly nice dsiplay overall (caveats aside, and the higher resolution definitely makes a difference), takes advantage of my AC1900 router, great keyboard and trackpad.

The Drive deal with Chromebooks brings my total storage there up to 175GB, and after popping in my 64GB microsd card there is no shortage of storage for this thing, local or in the cloud.

All in all, I am more than satisfied with the beginning of my Chrome and Chromebook 2 experience!!!

(ps if you guys use a Chromebook and haven't tried out Sunrise Calendar, you need to go do that ASAP)

I agree with this comment. Very happy. This is the closest to a Chromebook Pixel I have owned. (I have had an original Samsung Chromebook (returned), a Chromebook Pixel (sold), and an HP Chromebook 11 with LTE (returned). I also played with the Toshiba Chromebook 13 and planned to buy that if I wasn't so happy with this Samsung. To those worried about the price, wait for the Asus C200 (11") or C300 (13") coming soon for $249. I am an ARM guy and a pixel snob so I am glad I went with the 1080p Samsung Chromebook 2.

Light users? Students? People who are in a budget? Heavily invested in Google's ecosystem?

My device went through hell to post this message.

I use one 90% of the time. It does almost everything I need - web browsing obviously, photo editing, document drafting, hangouts. I have to drop onto a PC to make my documents 100% Office compatible, and to access my company intranet since they have Citrix set up to use an .exe plugin (although HTML5 is possible, they just don't do it)

I do a lot of training involving Chromebooks. Many people don't "get" them, until I ask them to think how many times they start their PC up just to use a web browser, and the penny drops.....

indeed. and for those that do not need them for work related tasks, it will literally work perfectly for 99% of their pc needs. if i did not require photoshop for designing/printing my labels and letterheads... i would never use the windows platform at all.
my brother, who is accustom to higher end stuff, always comments on how great my chromebook is. his only complaint is that the body and screen are not 'nice' enough for his tastes.

I get the feeling that you haven't given one a try for an extended period of time. The Chromebook is an excellent choice as a second computer or someone who is a light user on a budget.

i don't think budget is even a factor. it is a sensible device for a fantastic price. the problem is justifying the $400 price tag of this one. as that price starts to bring in windows laptops that can do more, just as fast, with negligible sacrifice in screen and experience. you just have to haul around a bulky, and heavy, clunker of a device with you.

"you just have to haul around a bulky, and heavy, clunker of a device with you."

I'd say that's also a sacrifice, and not worth it when talking about this price point.

Yeah, it feels dense, but in reality so does the MacBook Air and the Chromebook Pixel. The Toshiba Chromebook 13 (similar specs except for screen resolution and RAM) is similarly weighted.

Exactly my reason for not purchasing one.

While all those extra pixels are tempting, they aren't worth an extra $100+ or the drop in performance with it's ARM processor. I'd be fine with even a Toshiba Chromebook, considering the cheap $270 price tag.

I took a risk and bought a Chromebook over a windows laptop late last year even though I didn't really know anyone personally who used one. I've never looked back. I rarely use my PC anymore, and even when I do it is often through chrome remote desktop. I also don't pick up my tablet much anymore unless I'm reading a book.

Yet another IT support guy in denial over being made largely obsolete, like the farriers in the early 20th century.

Automobiles are still pointless! I don't know anyone who actually uses these.

It just looks out of place on the otherwise flat and sleek design overall.

I don't mind the hard plastic rim, but maybe it should be a duller/brushed plastic look.

I think the silver trim might be a way to distinguish a bit from the Mac Air. Like you said it's the exact size as Air, or whatever the precise comparison was. There is a lot of suing going on for some silly reasons by everyone. The trim distinguishes that little bit. That being said, I'd prefer if it wasn't there.

Definitely a nice looking, well-built Chromebook. As much as I wish my current Samsung model (previous version) had a 1080p screen, in my opinion it was the extremely low price point that was the real seller. While I wouldn't consider $400 to be unreasonable, it's still almost double what I paid a year ago for a machine that basically does the exact same thing.

Agreed its a tough sell at $399, but with the higher-res (and larger) screen and larger keyboard/touchpad, its at least differentiated a bit from the other 11-inch models. The 11-inch Chromebook 2 is a bit of a tougher sell when the 11-inch competition can be had for $200-$250.

That is true, I wasn't even taking into consideration the screen/device size. Still, I feel like the big draw to Chromebooks are their ability to do 95% of what a full laptop can do for ~15% of the price (of my laptop at least). If manufacturers are going to start incrementally bumping the price up with each new model, they risk pricing themselves out of the market against low-end laptops that can accomplish those remaining 5% of tasks.

I don't think Intel's Medfield processors will do much to bolster performance, I bet they will be a step backwards in performance compared to celeron haswell (is c270). The benefit to Medfield is supposed to be battery life an fanless designs... Which arm already has. But it will be interesting to see how they compare.
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Without Tablet convertible touch screen, I just don't see why these are better than a proper laptop. What an I missing?

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Well, for one thing, my refurbished C720 cost $149. Also, it is very light and boots up right away. Too, there are many pc things becoming available like Office 365 via One Drive.
Not too long ago, I felt that they were pointless. Then, I tried one and am a convert; fantastic machine.
For me, this device's price point is off putting. For instance, my "real" laptop, a refurbished Thinkpad X220 cost less than $300 (I realize it's not apples to apples comparing it to a refurb, but these options are available). Hopefully, other manufacturers will offer lower priced but similar spec'd chromebooks.

Oh, and I like the faux leather. On my Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014, it looks good and provides an alternative to the slippery and glossy look and feel.

Where did you find an X220 for $300? I've been pricing them for awhile but have never found one close to that price, even a refurb.

On ebay for $305. That was Oct 25, 2013. Actually, mine was lightly used with a 3 year warranty. It is a nice laptop. The keyboard is fantastic.

Since it was 7 months ago, I assume you can find refurbs or used for even less?

Cheap laptops offer poor performance for what they try to do. I see a lot of the low end laptops in my job and in most cases a Chromebook would have offered the customer a better experience. Plus they are a liability. With a cheap Chromebook I can thrash it and if it breaks I can just buy another, login and away I go.

Put it another way, I'd rather buy a new motorbike for $4000 than a new car for the same amount.

You really can't think of these as being better or worse than a laptop with Windows or MacOS. I own a chromebook (Acer C720) and it's purpose is not to replace my windows laptop. Instead I use it where I might other wise use a tablet - to browse the web and be mobile. I can't live without some of the applications that live only on my laptop. But I don't need that functionality all the time. For the most part, when I need to pull up a website or a recipe in the kitchen or something else web based, I use my chromebook.

It's super light. It's super cheap. It browses the web much better than a tablet or my phone. And it allows me to touchtype. And it's battery easily lasts longer than I need. It fits a mobility niche in my computing lifestyle. My laptop has been relegated to sitting on my desk. I still use it regularly. But my chromebook has become my goto simple interface for getting on the web. I find myself going nowhere without both my phone and my chromebook. When I'm away from home, I simply use mobile hotspot on my phone to get on the web.

If you're thinking about this as a replacement for a laptop, you're thinking about it wrong. It's an additional device that allows me to reserve my laptop use for what it's good for, and not have to use it for simple web browsing. The chromebook does that. I love mine. I'm never really without it.

I can't stand Windows updates, quirks, and worrying about drivers, etc. Windows laptops at these price points can be a let down in both hardware, software and drivers. This Samsung Chromebook 2 is closer to MacBook Air quality, with true ease of ownership and use.

Isn't it just part of the Haswell refresh?

I'm wondering how long until we will see Broadwell Chromebooks if intel expects it to be ready for consumers by the holidays.

I'm sure they be "next gen" Intel Chromebooks in time for the holidays. There will be a ton of cheap Windows 8.1 with Bing tablets and PCs at the low end to compete with.

I use the first ARM Samsung Chromebook for school and watching youtube/netflix a lot. How is as a media device with the better display?
I think battery life and how the old Chromebook struggles with lots of tabs open was the most disappointing thing about it, but it still became my main laptop.

Are the new intel chromebooks going to be based and Broadwell? My biggest hope is that Samsung's move for a 13" 1080p Chromebook will make other manufacturers consider making similar devices. Even if intel based Chromebooks are more powerful that screen difference is very big considering what most Chromebooks are used for.

Anybody who pays more than $200 for a Chromebook is riding the short bus.

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I currently use my C720 as a daily driver when I am on the road and I am very pleased with it. I was trying to find the 4GB model, but it was sold out everywhere, but honestly, 2GB thus far has been just fine. I typically have 10-15 tabs open at an given time, with Youtube and Spotify running as well, with no issues. I also use it do to quick edits with Pixlr, and it performs well. Battery life is great. Build quality could be better, but what do you expect for a $200 chromebook. Screen is so-so, but we cant have it all!

Andrew, please cast tabs with video that does not have a chromecast button and report on whether or not the audio syncs. also please drag 480, 720, and 1080 vids to the address bar and cast them for audio sync and missing frames. by the time you are done with that... you will have heated up the thing enough to add six months to a year of degradation. and we will know if it is going to hold up. if you want to cover up the grills to make it heat up a bit more it would be greatly appreciated.
in all seriousness... i think this should be done for just about everything. it is a review unit after all. so why not put it through some serious work so we all know how it will perform in a year or two.

I'm not going to heat stress test this thing. I'm going to use it like a normal person would, and put it through its paces and then report on what I find. Of course I'll try tab casting and everything else I'd normally do, but I'm not going to go out of my way to break it -— that's not the point of a review.

Also, there are no grilles to cover up — this is fanless.

the only reason i asked was because the last samsung arm chromebook had a noticeable performance drop after a bit of use. you could play with one at a store and say, "hmm, this thing isn't that bad." but then a friend brings one over to your house that has been used as a daily driver for six months and you absolutely do not come to that conclusion.
looking forward to your review.

Missing frames and lack of audio sync were only present for the first 3-7 seconds of tabcasting. No noticeable heat to be concerned about. It was the only time I felt warmth at all. But warmth is what I would call it. There are no grills that I can see.

The 13" screen is tempting, but the non-intel processor is an issue for me. It's probably not an issue for most others. I've installed crouton on my Acer C720 and then within crouton I have wine installed. This enables me to install a few low demand windows applications.For me there are two things I get out of this.

1) Access to skype
2) Access to the bovada poker client

Both of which require the intel cpu to function.

Crouton + Wine doesn't change the function of my device - it's still basically a frontend to the internet. But they allow me to expand the list of internet apps I can use, some of which require custom applications that don't run in a browser.

So no sammy for me. Happy w/my C720 until something comes along with a bigger screen and bigger battery and low cost.

Does anyone know if this is currently carried at any brick and mortars like Best Buy?

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It looks like it. I was just on the BBY website and it is listed, so I would make the assumption that, yes, you could go to your local BestBuy and just buy one.

A bit of a non sequitur, but what would you think about an AMOLED laptop? I know the degradation of the sub pixels could be a bit of a problem down the road, but to get 3-4 years out of it would be pretty neat. I've fallen head over heels for AMOLED technology, I plan on buying the 8.4 Samsung S line when it is released.

Man I need one of these. But being a broke jobless stay at home dad doesnt help lol

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Can someone tell what Chrome OS and Chrome books have to do with Android?

Personally I couldn't care less about Chrome OS, lets stick to the Android talk

It is a great companion device. Chrome is key to both platforms. In the future, they will become closer together. I love my Android phone and don't feel Windows, and Windows RT especially, have proper Chrome support. I didn't want to spend $1000 on an Air. This is a great laptop for me. I will use it when my Android screen isn't enough, or is sitting on the charger. I think we will see more apps work well together on Chrome/Chrome OS and Android.

It is of a very high build quality. Second best screen on the market. One of the best keyboards and trackpads on a Chromebook. To me, it is worth $400.