Samsung’s follow-up to the original Galaxy Chromebook wasn’t quite what we hoped for, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a device worth your attention. We freely assumed that the $ 699 price tag ($ 549 for the Celeron model) would lead to tradeoffs compared to the original $ 1,000 Galaxy. While Samsung has successfully addressed the battery issues plaguing the OG Galaxy Chromebook, the second iteration feels like it has taken too many steps in the wrong direction to wear Samsung’s flagship coat. That said, it still offers a host of high-end features and 10th gen internals capable of satisfying the need for a high-end device that isn’t too expensive.
Our final verdict is that the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a great device. It’s just not the true successor to the throne of Samsung’s Chromebook, and it should be priced slightly below its normal MSRP. Thankfully, the premium 2-in-1 has seen significant discounts since its initial release, and it’s back on sale at Best Buy and Samsung proper. Which one you buy really depends on your needs, budget, and specific consumer profile. Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through this last part.
My choice, if you ask, is the Core i3 version of the Galaxy Chromebook 2. Don’t get me wrong. The Celeron in the cheaper model is no slouch, but it only comes with 4GB of RAM, which is unacceptable in a flagship device that costs over $ 500. However, casual users will find that the base version of Celeron is powerful enough for tasks like web browsing, social media, and even cloud gaming on platforms like Stadia. If it’s you, so much the better. You can go for the cheaper model and no one will know the difference except you because on the outside these devices are identical.
For the most demanding users who need a little more power, the Core i3 comes with 8 GB of RAM and doubles the storage to 128 GB. Lucky for you, this model is also on sale. You can pick one of the Best Buy models and save $ 100, but before you get your wallet you might want to consider buying from Samsung. If you are eligible for the Samsung Discounts program for teachers, students, veterans, and other eligible consumers, you can purchase the Core i3 version for $ 560 after verifying your eligibility. The Celeron model will only cost you $ 383. If you have a trade-in device, the prices drop even more. On top of that, you can get an additional 6% refund when you activate your Rakuten account while shopping on Samsung.com. If you don’t have a free Rakuten account, sign up here and you’ll get an additional bonus of up to $ 40 when you make your first qualifying purchase.