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Samsung Chromebook 2 13-inch

83
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

Chromebooks will never be for everyone, but assuming you're game, the 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 is the one we recommend. Its sharp display, stylish design, long battery life and comfortable keyboard make it worth the premium over competing models.

Pros
  • Stylish design, relatively thin and light
  • Sharp display, especially for this price
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Pricier than other Chromebooks
  • Performance likely weaker than soon-to-be-released Core i3 Chromebooks
  • Lack of a full-sized SD card reader will be a disappointment to some shoppers
  • Viewing angles aren't very good
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
13.322
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
2.119
System RAM
41
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 8.520

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Processor

Processor make
Other
Processor speed
2.1 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Other)
SLI
No
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600) (200-pin SODIMM)

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
13.3 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
2 MB L2 cache
Brightness
250 cd/m²
16 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 8.5 hours

Connections

USB
3 0, 2 0 (1 port(s)) (1 port(s))

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (MicroSD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No