Samsung’s newest Chrome OS laptop, the Galaxy Chromebook 2, is Now available at Best Buy. The Chromebook 2 was first introduced at CES in January and features a new QLED display, a 360-degree hinge and a striking red paint job. It starts at $ 549.99 for a Celeron model and goes up to $ 699.99 for a Core i3 version, putting it on the higher end of Chromebooks.
That price is the most important thing about the Chromebook 2 as it is way below the price that the Galaxy Chromebook launched a year ago. The older Chromebook had a 4K OLED screen and pen that you can’t do anything with the new model. However, it also cost just under $ 1,000 when it came out. In our test, we found that the original Galaxy Chromebook, despite the gorgeous screen and eye-catching paint job, didn’t justify its cost, especially thanks to the miserable battery life.
We haven’t put the new Chromebook 2 through its paces yet, but we did it see the machine in person in January and it seems certain that it will be competent. The QLED screen doesn’t quite match the markings on the OLED panel, but you’ll barely notice it without placing them next to each other, and the rest of the Chromebook 2’s fit and finish is reasonable for the price Samsung asks. The important thing is that it is still available in this amazing red color too. You might notice the extra weight – the Chromebook 2 is about half a pound heavier – but it still falls under three pounds overall and should be easily portable.
We’ll be doing a full review of the Chromebook 2 in the near future. However, if you don’t want to wait and get one yourself, you may be able to find one at your local Best Buy. Let’s just hope Samsung has improved battery life from last time.