Samsung Series 3 Chromebox

Overview:

  • Intel Core™ processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 16GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Wifi
  • Google Chrome OS

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Samsung joins the ranks for Asus and HP with a chromebox.  This is a great little machines if you have a monitor from an old computer.

The Intel processor and the 4 GB of RAM make it peppy and with built in wifi it is easy to connect.

The price is on the high side of chromebox’s at $290.  But the quality of Samsung’s product line cannot be denied.

The best thing about the ChromeOS line has to be the Chrome Web Store. There are so many chrome extensions available that are of no cost to the user.  The chrome app experience is so good (they could use a little UI help with the store – but once you get used to it, it works well).  With a traditional desktop and laptops – you must go any buy software…either in a store or go to a site and download it.  This is not how Google’s ChromeOS works.  Its more like the Apple App Store.

If it is in the app store – it is automatically compatible too.  So you don’t have to decide which version is for you.  With a Chromebox, if you want a new functionality, search for it in the Web Store, add it to your browser quickly, and if it doesn’t work right or you just don’t like it, delete it. It’s similar to Android, except even with Android you still have to download the applications onto your phone.

Remember – you can choose to connect this computer to a standard computer display or take it to the living room and connect it to your large screen TV.

samsung-chromebox-03-02Samsung Series 3 Chromebox Reviews:

“For a guy like me, these are dream machines.”

“For the past few months, I’d been looking for a new home computer to replace my aging MacBook Pro. As I began to consider my options and take an inventory of how me and my wife were using our home computer, I began to realize that a Chromebox might be a good option for us.”

“After an evening of unboxing, cording and oohing and aahing, my new desktop Chrome OS computer is up, running and keeping me fully productive.”

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Samsung Chromebook 2

Overview:

  • 11.6″ or 13.3″ display
  • 0.66 inches thin and 2.43 lbs
  • 100 GB of Google Drive free for 2 years
  • Up to 8.5 hours of use
  • Boots up in seconds

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This 11.6″ (the Samsung Chromebook 2 also comes in a 13.3″ model if you are looking for something bigger) Samsung Chromebook 2 is a very nice looking laptop.  With a texture like the Galaxy Note 3, the lid of this laptop makes use of a faux-leather finish with a “stitched” lining, it feels very nice and has a great look. Samsung has really stepped up its game in terms of build quality. While the Chromebook 1 felt squishy and hollow – the Chromebook 2 gives off a great vibe, despite the relatively low price tag (under $300 for the 11″).

The Chromebook 2 is running a 1.6 GHz Exynos CPU.  Powerful enough to run many tabs at once – more like a laptop you’re used to.  Battery life is touted at 7 hours and 50 minutes, which are gained by leveraging a 16 Gig SSD Hard Drive and 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM of battery sipping memory.

The screen is not perfect – you will have to angle it to get the best picture.  The keyboard is similar to what you’ll find on pricier Windows laptops – its the chiclet-style that is popular.  They are spaced well and have a good amount of “push” to them. The sturdy panel underneath holds up well against fast typing.  A single trackpad with no real buttons – but that is also very common with today notebooks and laptops.

samsung-chromebook-2-02Samsung Chromebook 2 Review:

“The Samsung Chromebook 2 seems to have it all: powerful processor, more memory (4GB vs. 2GB on other brands) and new design.”

“The build quality of this machine is fantastic considering it’s price…..and it was evident the minute I opened the box and lifted it out. The solidity of it is just amazing. It feels far more expensive than it really is….okay, I’m impressed with the build.”

 

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Haier Chromebook 11

Overview:

  • Rockchip RK3288 1.8 GHz Processor
  • 2.0 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • 11.6-Inch Screen
  • Chrome, 10.0-hour battery life

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The Haier chromebook is a great chromebook.  But it has been discontinued – they can be picked up used – otherwise, check out our other Chromebook Reviews.

Packing a 10-hour-battery, this chromebook will go all day.  Weighing in at a small 2.4lbs – that is fairly lightweight like most chromebooks…it is automatically kept up to date, with the latest virus protection and includes all the cool Android features like Google’s Voice Search.

The Haier will sync with your phone (Android phones & tablets, everywhere you’re signed in with your Google account) and as all chromebook machines – it will stay as fast as it came from the factory…not like the regular computers you are used to.

The Haier Chromebook 11 boots up within 8 seconds leveraging the quad core Rockchip processor giving you plenty of computing power.  measuring just 17.9 mm (4.9 mm over 1/2″) it will simply slip into your backpack or purse.

If you have a Google account – there is no setup necessary, you just login.  And switching or sharing between users and accounts is easy – share your Chromebook without anyone else messing with your stuff.

Product specifications: Up to 10 hrs battery life, 11.6” HD LED display, Rockchip RK3288, 1.8 GHz quad core, 16 GB eMMC flash, 2 GB DDR3L, dual band Wi-Fi, bluetooth 4.0, multi-gesture touchpad, virus protection built-in, Auto-updates built-in, 2 USB ports, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone jack, micro SD slot.

 

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Toshiba Chromebook 2

Overview:

  • Intel Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen – 1366 x 768
  • Intel HD graphics, 802.11 A/C WiFi
  • Chrome OS, 11-hour battery life

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Officially the Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3330, this is Toshiba’s updated 13.3″ inch Chromebook.

It has a very sleek look – but looks a lot like the first generation model Toshiba had release and has a similar look to the MacBook line.  Don’t get me wrong, the MacBook’s are nicer…but they are also not in the $300 price range.

Compared to Windows laptops it is easily as good or better in fit and finish. The Toshiba Chromebook 2 has refined the power usage on its Chromebook to last up to 11 hours…this is unreal of any machine and is starting to get to tablet levels.

toshiba-chromebook-2-02Reviews:

  • “This is one great computer…My Macbook is dying and I didn’t want another PC since windows 8. This chomebook is fast and I have not found any problems…”
  • “…happy with her Toshiba Chromebook 2, said it felt just like the macbook air 13 she had tried…”
  • “Battery life is amazing (charges fast), screen is ok for this price, boots in 2-3 seconds.”
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Internals include Intel Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz, 2 GBs of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD graphics, 802.11 A/C WiFi, a 16 GB SSD (with 100 GBs of free cloud storage) and a webcam.

 

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 Full-HD

Overview:

  • Intel Celeron Processor N2840
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM memory
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13-inch IPS Screen, Intel HD graphics
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 9-hour battery life

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Brand new and Full HD Screen – the Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 is Toshiba’s newest Chromebook.

Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 line has been nothing less than stunning – and now to hit us with a fantasic screen.  This is basically a light version of the MacBook Air – only $600 cheaper at $360.  The Toshiba Chromebooks book up in seconds and automatically updates itself – ready to go, everytime.

A Full HD 1080p, on a great 13.3″ screen.  If its not big enough – stream the screen to your TV with a Chromecast.  But seeing isn’t everything – the Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340 has sound from Skullcandy.

The battery life is not quite as good at the non-HD version coming in at 9 hours, but the 3 pound weight will have you taking it with you all the time.

Intel Celeron processor, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0 – as well as a USB 3.0 port for charging your smart phone and HDMI port to add multiple monitors.  Also, built-in webcam and an SD Card slot.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 Full-HD Review:

“As someone who writes a lot, the keyboard is a joy to use. The keys have a nice little spring to them, and it feels natural and comfortable. The touchpad is very accurate, and I don’t need or even want to use a separate mouse.”

“Probably the best laptop I’ve ever owned. Great display and sound. It does run on Chrome’s OS so be warned if no prior research was done, that you cannot run any standalone software on this just chrome’s add-ons.”

“Bought this for school. Perfect little device for that reason. All of my papers can be written in Google Docs and access to them is fast with this instant boot device. Fits nicely in my backpack, reducing the weight compared to a laptop.”

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toshiba-chromebook-2-hd-02Positives:

  • It is very fast, and very easy to use. It has a great screen and battery life.
  • The screen on this thing is significantly better than my performance-oriented Thinkpad; it’s sharp, bright, and has good contrast.
  • The screen is bright and crystal clear. The browser is fast.
  • Practical and functional, I recommend it.  Long battery life – but no back-lit keyboard.

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