Samsung Announces the Chromebook Plus V2!
I’m going to be honest, I drooled over the Chromebook Plus the first time around and the Chomebook Plus V2 is looking just as good, if not better in some departments. We’re looking at a 12.2 inch 1920x1080p display, Intel Celeron 3965Y processor which boasts a 1.5ghz dual core processor and an Intel 615 HD integrated graphics. In the realm of storage we have 32gb of storage, a micro sd card slot, and 4gb of ram. In terms of IO Samsung also graced us with 2 USB C ports and a USB A port for your legacy devices. This is a really nice addition if you ask me. Lastly, we get a 1mp webcam, and a 13mp rear facing camera. The stylus has apparently been improved as well which is nice because a stylus on a 2 in 1 can be very helpful.
I’m going to start out with the bad here and then transition to the good. The move to a 1080p display was a poor one in my opinion. The past Chromebook Plus had a 12.3 inch 2400 x 1600 display which would have looked amazing with this enhanced hardware. The move from an ARM based chip to an x86 chip may make the performance of the operating system better. However, this change may also make some Android based applications less compatible. We will have to see how this Chromebook does on x86 coming from Google’s OP1 chip (which we have no idea if there will be an OP2). Having 4gb of ram and 32gb of storage is pretty typical for a Chromebook of this caliber and I really can’t complain. Augmenting with a micro sd card and Google Drive will help those who need more than 32gb.
Adding a USB A port along side the 2 USB C ports is a great addition the Chromebook Plus V2. The more ports the better in my eyes. The 1mp webcam is actually higher than you’ll see on many laptops. However, I don’t see why they put a 13mp rear camera. I assume they’re trying to make taking pictures with your laptop a thing? The most compelling reason to get this device is the updated stylus. Given this is a 2 in 1 with some good hardware means you may be able to take notes on this in class or do some light photo editing using Adobe Lightroom. It would be amazing to see the accuracy of this stylus compared to the old one and how it works with Android apps.
Price and Final Thoughts
I didn’t mention the price yet, and for good reason, I think this is what makes the device a decent deal in a world of cheap Chromebooks. $499 at Best Buy for the Chomrebook Plus V2. If the stylus is better and the display still looks good this might be the Chromebook I’d recommend to people. With the advent of Android Apps on Chrome OS I think we may see higher end Chromebooks become more usable. I want to hear what you think? Do you think this product is a good mid range option or would you go for a cheaper Chromebook or a Pixelbook? Lastly, do you think it’s a good upgrade from the V1? I have to say, the display got me worried but with all the upgrades done if it’s a good panel. I think I can overlook the drop in resolution and change in aspect ration. Not to mention Samsung’s great build quality in past years. I think this laptop will be able to take a beating and still look good.