About two weeks ago, I purchased a Samsung Chromebook 2 and I must say I am very impressed. The hardware itself is very sleek, about half an inch when closed and total weight of 2 pounds. It’s not quite a Macbook Air, but I think its actually more durable. The lid has a fuax leather stitched on to it and the device itself is just very sturdy.
In terms of usability, its FAST. REALLY FAST. The solid state hard-drive and minimalistic Chrome OS just blaze through together. The hardware comes with either 2GB RAM and a Celeron Processor or 4GB RAM and Exynos 5 processor models. It’s not meant for heavy duty gaming or photo editing, but it handles websites and web apps just fine. I got through 20 hours of tax returns on Intuit Tax Online through it this weekend just fine.
Additionally, there is no set up time required. You just login with your google credentials and your good to go. There’s also no waiting or boot up time ever, close the lid and it sleeps, open it back up and your ready to go in seconds. It’s also super quiet and cool. No annoying fan noises while working.
Overall, I still need my ThinkPad for the major processing, but the Chromebook is a great nice to quickly pull up sites or look up info on the go or from the couch.