In 2014 Samsung announced it will no longer sell laptops in Europe. Unfortunately, this also included the Chromebook. If you live in the USA you’ve had access to quite a few Samsung Chromebooks since then. Anyone living in the UK has had to look elsewhere. Not a real issue because there are plenty of decent Chromebooks to choose from. Including the devices in my Top Ten Chromebooks in 2020. If you love Samsung though, then you’ve most likely been disappointed by not having access to them.
The good news is Samsung is now making Chromebooks again in the UK. Knowing this, I’ve been taking a look at the different retailers and I’ve noticed Argos is now selling the Samsung Chromebook 4. Two versions are available one with an 11.6-inch display and the other with a huge 15.6-inch. So are these Chromebooks something to get excited about, and apart from the display, what else do they differ?
The first thing I noticed is how sexy they look. Everyone may have a different opinion on what makes a laptop look good. For me, straight lines and a slab-like look on a laptop looks great. Very similar to the Asus C302, which is one of the reasons I loved owning that Chromebook. They are available in the silver finish look we’ve got used to seeing from manufacturers such as Asus.
SAMSUNG CHROMEBOOK 4
Both of these laptops are aimed at anyone looking to buy a Chromebook on a budget. They both use Intel Celeron processors, which are available in a huge number of budget Chrome OS devices. If you’re looking for a laptop to surf the internet, use social media, stream movies and use productivity apps like a word processor or spreadsheet program. Then a budget Chromebook is ideal. They can easily cope with these sort of tasks without any issues.
When it comes to RAM and storage, again, both of these Chromebooks offer the same. You get 4 GB of RAM, which is fine but only 32 GB of storage. Although Chromebooks are made so you can store most of your files in the cloud. Android Apps are stored locally. The 32 GB of storage will allow you to install some of your favourite apps, but you’ll not have room to install a huge number of apps. Find out more about how much storage you need for your Chromebook.
The 11.6-inch model comes with a Standard Definition resolution of 1,366 by 768. This is just what you would expect from a display of this size in this price range. The 15.6-inch model comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. Again, you would expect to see Full HD used on a display of this size. If the 15.6-inch model came with Standard Definition, it would look pretty poor. The larger model has slimmer bezels, so it does look a lot better than the larger bezels seen on the 11.6-inch version.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD
Well, although I’m happy to see Samsung Chromebooks available in the UK. These Chromebooks are not anything to write home about. As I’ve said, if you just want a laptop for internet surfing then they’ll be fine. However, you need to remember these are laptop only devices, so you cannot use them as a tablet.
Whenever you get a Chromebook that is a laptop only it’s really important to see if it offers a touchscreen display. From What I can see neither of these laptops offers a touchscreen. That is a bit of a letdown for anyone looking to buy a Chromebook to take full advantage of Android Apps. You can still use Android Apps, but they work much better when you can interact with the display.
Now that Samsung is selling Chromebooks again in the UK. Let’s hope we start to see more of them available that offer the functionality to take full advantage of Chrome OS. These particular Chromebooks are not going to allow you to do that. If you want to take a further look. You can find out more about these Chromebooks at Argos.