Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Review: The Best-Looking Chromebook, Rebooted

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As the name implies, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is Samsung’s follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Chromebook … but contrary to what you’d expect, this is not a sequel in the proper sense. Because as Android Central points out: almost everything on this machine is actually a downgrade from the original. 

Last year’s 4K AMOLED screen takes a step down to a Full-HD QLED; the storage and the camera count are cut in half; the Intel processors drop by a grade at each trim level; and the embedded S Pen and fingerprint sensor are deleted wholesale. While the chassis that carries all this is still available in the signature “Fiesta Red,” it’s also slightly thicker and heavier than the first one. 

In short: this is a midrange reboot of the original, and from one point of view it’s a much more reasonable computer. After all, Chromebooks have built a big part of their success on being the better value, and by eliminating all of the sweeteners from last year’s thousand-dollar model, Samsung has dropped the entry price of the Chromebook 2 to a more palatable $549 … or in the case of my higher-end review unit, a buck short of $700. But in the very competitive thick middle of the ChromeOS market, is that enough of a discount to make the Galaxy Chromebook 2 a contender? Watch Michael Fisher’s review to find out!



MrMobile’s Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Review was produced following eleven days with a Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 review sample on loan from Samsung. Preproduction device running pre-release software. MrMobile does not produce reviews paid for by the subjects of those reviews; Samsung did not pay a fee or otherwise offer compensation in exchange for this coverage, and no company was given a preview of the content or offered copy approval rights concerning same. The lone sponsor of this video is Surfshark.

MrMobile sought comment from Samsung regarding the keyboard and audio issues reported in this video. Samsung agreed to send a replacement review device to help troubleshoot the issue, but the replacement device did not arrive by publication time. Watch for follow-up testing in the comments section and on Twitter at


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The case for expensive Chromebooks [About Chromebooks]:

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Complete Walkthrough [TheUnlockr]:

The world’s second-most popular desktop operating system isn’t macOS anymore [Ars Technica]:



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