When it comes to premium Chromebooks you can’t get a much better-looking than the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. It’s an absolutely stunning looking laptop and everyone will be envious of you in your local coffee shop. If you live in the UK there is some bad news, as this Chromebook is only available in the USA. When it was first announced there was so much news about this laptop. Mainly because of how it looked, the fact it had the Samsung Galaxy name, and last but not least; it offers amazing performance.
There was some controversy around the laptop. This was due to the battery life. Chrome OS laptops are well known for having great battery life. News around the internet that the Galaxy Chromebook had poor battery life was an issue for both Samsung and Google. The reason the battery life was a problem was due to the amazing display. Samsung has worked to try and fix this to some extent, but this laptop has failed to get away from this issue.
All that to one side. This is still an excellent laptop. Perhaps not ideal if you’re looking for a laptop to take out of the home on a daily basis. For that, you should consider a laptop that offers a better battery life. However, if you’re looking for a laptop to use in the home. Then the battery issue isn’t so bad. Also, let’s make no mistake about it. This is one of the best Chromebook laptops you can own.
Model No: XE930QCA-K01US
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Build Quality
This is what makes this laptop stand out from the crowd. We are talking amazing build quality with a very unusual fiesta red chassis. If you wanted to make a laptop stand out, then choosing a totally different colour is the way to do it. It’s not just about the colour. The body uses the very best premium quality materials, and it simply oozes class. If the red chassis is too much for you. Then you don’t need to worry because you can also get it in a very stylish grey, which still looks amazing to look at.
It’s such a slim Chromebook and Samsung has done a great job in offering a laptop that is better than all the competition. Apart from the battery issues. This is a great laptop to use on the move. This is thanks to the super-slim chassis and it weighs in at just 2.29lbs. The Stylus that comes as standard offers the same great design, and is perfect for any budding artists out there.
It’s a Hybrid Chromebook, which means the lid rotates 360 degrees. This means you can use this as either a laptop or a tablet. Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of Hybrid laptops because they look odd in tablet mode. However, because the Samsung is so slim and compact. It looks great in both tablet and laptop mode. It also boasts a fingerprint scanner, which makes it much quicker to log in without having to enter your password each time.
Samsung Galaxy performance
This is the first Chromebook that Samsung has made where they’ve used their Galaxy name. This means they had to offer something amazing other than offering a great looking laptop. Well, they’ve definitely done that when it comes to performance. This Chrome OS laptop offers the type of specs, which means you can do anything Chrome OS is capable of. It comes with a tenth-generation quad-core Intel i5 processor. A base speed of 1.6 GHz and a turbo speed of 4.20 GHz means this laptop can process data at amazingly fast speeds.
To help with the performance it also comes with 8 GB of RAM. Chrome OS is an extremely lightweight operating system and performs perfectly well with 4 GB. The 8 GB of RAM used here means you’ll get excellent performance. The last thing you need is a super-powerful processor that is let down by not having enough RAM. If you are looking for a laptop just to surf the web, then this laptop may be more than you need. However, if you like owning the very best, then why not.
Where this laptop will perform well is with Android and Linux Apps. Also, when it comes to playing great games on a Chromebook. You need to use a streaming service such as Nvidia GeForce now or Stadia. In the future thanks to Steam and their Linux App, which is not yet available. You will be able to play games locally on your Chromebook. To do this you’ll need a powerful laptop, and this is where the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook will come into play.
|Samsung Galaxy Chromebook||Intel i5-10210U|
1.6 GHz / Turbo 4.20 GHz
Samsung Galaxy Storage
Samsung hasn’t cut any corners with this laptop. Even the storage offers the best SSD type compared to the cheaper eMMC. A lot of cheaper Chromebooks use eMMC, which is perfectly fine. The difference between the two is when it comes to transferring large data files. SSD offers a more reliable and much faster transfer than eMMC. Again, this will come in really handy when it comes to playing games locally.
When it comes to the amount of storage. The whopping 256 GB available is more than enough for Chrome OS. That may not sound like a lot compared to a Windows computer. However, the Chromebook is a cloud computer, so you save most of your files in the cloud. You only need your local storage for Android and Linux Apps.
When Steam for Linux becomes available you’ll be happy with the 256 GB available here. It will mean you can install a few of your favourite Steam games without worrying about running out of space.
|Samsung Galaxy||256 GB (SSD)|
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook display
One of the most amazing features of this Chromebook is the display. We are talking about the best display you’ll find on any Chrome OS laptop. Sure, it’s the reason why the battery life is a bit of an issue. That being said, if you want the very best display quality then this is the laptop for you. Personally speaking, I love a fantastic display, which is why I also love the Pixel slate.
The first thing that makes the display stand out is the resolution used. We’re not talking about Full HD, which is perfectly fine on a laptop. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook uses a 4K resolution of 3,840 by 2,160. This means you’ll be getting the crispest stunning looking images from the display. Perfect for playing games.
That isn’t it though. It would not be a premium Samsung laptop if it didn’t boast an amazing Super-AMOLED display. One of the best panels you’ll find on a laptop, which means you get the best viewing angles and the most vivid beautiful colours. There is no denying it. This is one fantastically amazing display. It’s a 13.3-inch display and comes with touchscreen capability making it perfect for all Android Apps.
|Display Size||Resolution||Panel Type||Touchscreen|
|13.3-inch||3,840 x 2,160 (4K)||Super AMOLED||Yes|
When it comes to connectivity this laptop offers two USB Type C ports. This means if you have older peripherals that use USB Type-A. You’ll either have to upgrade those or buy an adapter from USB A to C to use them on this laptop. When you’re spending this type of money on a laptop. It’s most likely other peripherals you use come with the latest ports, so I don’t think it’s a major issue that no Type-A ports are available. Also, a Type-A port is larger than Type C, so it would have meant having to offer a thicker chassis.
It comes with a Micro SD card, so you can add further storage at a later date. This is nice to see because this is something missing on the Google Pixelbook Go. The mic/headphone jack also means you can use wired headphones. If you prefer wireless headphones then you’re covered thanks to Bluetooth capability.
|Micro SD slot||yes|
Is this Chromebook right for you?
There is no denying it this is an expensive Chromebook. However, there is also no denying that it is without question the sexiest Chromebook to date. It’s not just the looks, as this laptop will perform extremely well. If you can cope with the fact the battery life isn’t great, and you like to own the very best in tech. Then this is the laptop for you.
On the other hand, if you’re not too bothered about how a laptop looks. Then you may want to consider other Chrome OS laptops that are available. If you’re interested. Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook on the Best Buy website. You can also find other great Chromebooks here.
Where to buy
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is not available in the UK. A list of retailers in the USA who sell this Chromebook are listed below:
- View Samsung Galaxy Chromebook at Amazon
- View Samsung Galaxy Chromebook at BestBuy
- View Samsung Galaxy Chromebook at Walmart