Awesome Notebook: Samsung Chromebook Pro Review – Through the years, we’ve seen Chrome OS and Android steadily merge, and in fact now the union has culminated using the introduction from the Samsung Chromebook Pro.
Part Chromebook and part Android tablet, the 12. 3-inch Chromebook Pro combines a familiar 360-degree convertible laptop design having a 3:2 screen fitted to slates. What’s more, the Pro also debuts stylus support on the Chrome OS device for the very first time ever.
However, inside an plan to function both an Android tablet and traditional Chromebook, it skews itself just a little too far towards the previous. This results inside a cramped keyboard and battery life that can’t outlast other Chrome OS devices.
Price and availability
Our review configuration comes priced at $549 (about £440, AU$720 ), which is really a smidgen more costly compared to the $499 or £599 (about AU$650 ) Asus Chromebook C302 that just earned our Editor’s Choice award. However, that extra 50 bucks nets you a sharper QHD 2,400 x 1,600 display, as well as the built-in stylus, but half just the maximum amount of storage as within the Asus Chromebook.
The HP Chromebook 13 is probably the most premium and thinnest Chrome OS device we’ve ever reviewed, but it’s the foremost expensive at $599 or £729 (about AU$800 ). By having an 3,200 x 1,800 QHD+ display, It‘s the sharpest screen during this pack, however it lacks touch support that has grown to be standard on Chrome OS machines.
The higher-resolution screen, in fact, also makes an influence on battery life. Sure, running our standard battery test for nearly nine hours straight and putting in seven 5 hours of work will certainly be fine for many – though there are longer lasting Chromebooks available.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302 ran for two hours longer playing a similar movie test, while giving us half-hour even more of regular usage compared to the Samsung hybrid. Still, things could possibly be worse : the HP Chromebook 13 managed to remain on for just eight hours on our standard battery test, because of its ludicrous, 3,200 x 1,800-resolution display.
Do not become a square
Unlike a lot of Samsung’s other laptops, the Pro features a 3:2 display that you‘d more regularly see on tablets. You get a lot more vertical pixels that will make it simpler to view photos in fullscreen and browse webpages with a glance, especially while holding it inside a portrait orientation.
Unfortunately, this squarer aspect ratio doesn’t jive with wide-screen video in 16:9 and 21:9 aspect ratios. TV shows and movies letterbox heavily, leaving you with thick black bars above and below the image.
One other unfortunate side effect from the boxy proportions it it ends up making for any cramped keyboard. Without having the wide form-factor of the 16 : 9 screen, the keyboard has almost no room to stretch out, leading to smaller overall keys, snipped shift keys, and – worst of – a delete key that’s one-fourth of their normal size.