It’s been over a year since Samsung released its glossy red Galaxy Chromebook 2. His next hit on this device is now available for purchase, and it’s something, well, a little different.
The new Galaxy Chromebook 2, as far as I can tell, isn’t as red as its predecessor. (It’s pretty black and white.) But it has a 360-degree hinge and is more affordable with a starting price of $429.99, perhaps making it a more…convenient purchase on multiple fronts .
What’s most interesting here is the display. Not only does this Chromebook come in a 16:10 aspect ratio (a good aspect ratio — thumbs up), but it also comes with a 2560 x 1600 display. It’s sure to be one of the highest resolution displays you can buy. get it at a price of $430.
It’s still a bit of a small screen at just 12.4in – smaller than its predecessor, which was a 13.3in. But the aspect ratio and resolution mean it should be able to display more than other screens of this size. The extra vertical space will allow for more scrolling and multitasking space than on a typical inexpensive Chromebook, while the resolution allows for clearer text and images. Students with visual impairments or learning disabilities, in particular, can benefit from larger, clearer text. A screen like this is therefore a way for schools to invest in accessibility.
In terms of specs, the Chromebook 2360 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage along with a 45.5Wh battery. (You should definitely buy the extra storage, which is only $20 more.) All of this is powered by an Intel Celeron N4500 – “Celeron” would be a very off-putting word to read in a Windows laptop article, but Chrome OS generally runs much better on weaker processors than Windows.
For ports, you have two USB-C, one USB 3.2 Type-A, microSD slot, combo audio jack, nano security slot, and optional nano SIM slot. The more expensive Galaxy Chromebook 2 doesn’t even have that USB-A, so it’s a win for the 360 in my book.
It quite clearly appears to be a “Galaxy Chromebook 2” in name only. It doesn’t look much like its predecessor. But it looks a bit nicer than the typical (ugly and old) devices that occupy school laptop carts, and will almost certainly provide a better viewing experience (an area schools should invest in). Durability, of course, is an important part of any student laptop, and while we can’t tell from the images, previous Galaxy Chromebooks have been built quite well.
Between the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 and Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop SE, this is shaping up to be a year where PC makers best known for their high-end devices are stepping into the education space. This creates exciting options for schools as laptops become more central to the classroom experience. Perhaps the era of the stereotypical, ugly, slow school laptop cart is coming to an end – but that will depend on how many schools actually choose to buy these fancy screen units.