Samsung Chromebook Plus Review
My Experience With the Samsung Chromebook Plus
Table of Contents
- Why Did I Want a Chromebook?
- Have You Used a Chromebook Before?
- Why Did I Want a Samsung Chromebook Plus?
- The Samsung Chromebook Plus Is Fast
- About Google Services
- About Chrome Web Applications
- Android Applications the Samsung Chromebook Plus
- Can You Play Video Games on the Samsung Chromebook Plus?
- How Much Space Does the Computer Have?
- I like the Small Form Factor
- I like Bigger Keyboards
- Chromebooks Have Weird Hotkeys and Keyboard Shortcuts
- About USB Type C
- What I Think About the Included Stylus
- The Computer Is Easy to Scratch
- Final Thoughts on The Samsung Chromebook Plus
Why Did I Want a Chromebook?
I needed a cheap and lightweight computer to bring to college. I wanted a fast computer to browse the web and edit documents.
I also considered playing a few offline games on the Chromebook. There are some web browser and Google app games I play often.
Have You Used a Chromebook Before?
Why Did I Want a Samsung Chromebook Plus?
I Saw Good Reviews
Overall, the main reason I choose this computer was cost and good reviews. The fact that the Samsung Chromebook Plus also runs Android applications was something I considered.
I Choose to Get the Cheaper Model
While I could have paid more money to get the slightly faster Samsung Chromebook Pro, the only difference I saw was the speed of the CPU (processor), and it cost $100 more. I decided that the increase in price was not worth paying for and opted for the Plus model.
I Considered More Expensive Chromebooks
I considered some more expensive Chromebooks as well. I would love to buy and own a Google Pixelbook, but the price range is way too high for me right now.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus Is Fast
The computer boosts fast. It only takes seconds to turn on.
Google Chrome Runs Well
Google Chrome runs well, as long you don't put a lot of strain on it by running many tabs and windows at once.
About Google Services
Google Services Work Great on Chromebooks
Chrome OS is an operating system based on the Google Chrome web browser. If you already use Google Chrome as your main web browser not much will change. You can keep using the same bookmarks, theme, and extensions you currently use.
I Love Things by Google
I use many Google services in my life, and they run great on this computer. I like services from Google, so I use them often. Everything syncs well, and most of the Google apps work great offline as well.
The Google Services I Use
- Google DOCs to write and edit files.
- Google Drive to save and backup files.
- Google Search.
- Google Sheets to many spreadsheets when I need to.
- I use Google Calendar to remember future dates.
- I use Google Keep to make notes and track activities.
- I use Google Maps when I need to get somewhere.
- I use Google Play, Play, Movies, and Play Books.
- I use multiple Gmail accounts as my main email provider.
- I use the Android operating system on my smartphone.
- The Google Chrome web browser.
About Chrome Web Applications
I Use Some Web Applications
I use some Google Web Applications on my Chromebook. I use a few specific applications over websites. They are sometimes great alternatives to using websites.
The Google Web Applications I Use
For example, I am using the Google Keep web application. I also use the Pocket web application to read saved articles.
Android Applications on the Samsung Chromebook Plus
Few Android Applications Worked
Some Android applications work or run, but fewer will be 100% compatible. I don't know about other Chromebooks but on my Samsung Chromebook Plus only a few of the applications I already used on my Android phone worked.
I Had Many Issues with Playing Android Games
Many of the games I wanted to try on my Chromebook would not run or had display issues. I also had issues where I could not sign into Facebook to access the progress I already made in some games.
Android Apps Are Displayed Differently
Also, applications open differently. Some apps are fullscreen, and others stay in a phone shaped window on my screen. This ruins any consistency.
I Am Not Too Disappointed by Not Using Many Android Apps
This is not that big of a letdown as I considered using Android applications to be a bonus feature.
Don't Get This Chromebook for Android Apps
My advice. Don't buy a Chromebook if you want to play or use a specific Android application. Do some research online and see if it works first.
Can You Play Video Games on the Samsung Chromebook Plus?
Some Games Will Work
Some web browser games, Chrome app games, and Android games will work, but that is it. So, if you can have some fun with these types of games then no problem.
A Windows Computer Is Better for Gaming
If you want more to play more games than that you would be better off getting a somewhat decent Windows desktop or laptop.
How Much Space Does the Computer Have?
Built in Storage
The computer has a built-in memory card with 32GB of storage space. This is about the same as having a tiny SSD hard drive. I have found I have more than enough room to install the applications I need. I am not also using much space with the pictures and documents I use.
You Can Use Micro SD Cards
You can use a micro SD card if you want extra space. I do not feel like I need one though.
I Store Many Things Online on the Cloud
I mostly use my Chromebook online so having a small amount of storage space is not too bad.
Small Form Factor
I like how small the computer is. It is very light and so much lighter compared to the first laptop computers I have owned. The computer is easy to carry around and hold on to. I tend to leave the computer in the default configuration, but you can use in tablet mode by adjusting the keyboard.
I like Bigger Keyboards
While a smaller form factor is great, I also miss typing on a full-sized keyboard with a numpad. I also miss having a good mechanical keyboard. The tiny stub keys this Chromebook has doesn't feel the same.
Chromebooks Have Weird Hotkeys and Keyboard Shortcuts
Different Key Combinations
I am used to the keyboard hotkeys and shortcuts Windows and Linux has. So, when I switched over to Chromebooks and I had to learn new ones I was somewhat annoyed.
For one some keys I am normally used to are missing such as DEL, HOME, etc. To compensate you must press new key combinations to do the same things.
Chromebook Specific Keys
I am also still getting used to using the Chromebook specific keys on the keyboard.
About USB Type C
USB Type C Ports Are Hard to Use
This computer only has USB Type C ports. This would be great if more things supported this format, but I needed an adaptor to keep on using some of the things I already owned.
You Will Need USB Adaptors
Chances are you will need an USB adaptor of some sorts. If you have many traditional USB devices having an adaptor is a must.
The Chromebook Uses a USB Port to Charge
The computer uses a USB port to charge as well. While charging this limit you to just one open USB port.
What I Think About the Included Stylus
The Stylus Works Great
The Stylus works great for selecting and tapping things on the screen. I suppose if you interested in drawing it would be good there.
The Stylus Was Easy to Break
I broke the stylus that came with my Chromebook. It ended up stuck in my computer. I had to unscrew the back of the computer to remove it Thankfully I was able to glue the pen back together, and it still works.
The Computer Is Easy to Scratch
It turns out you shouldn't put this Chromebook in a bag with other things. There are scratches on the bottom of the computer, and I damaged the paint on the top. It still runs great, but the computer most certainly looks used though.
My Final Thoughts on the Samsung Chromebook Plus
The Samsung Chromebook Plus Is Good for Some Things
This computer functions how I need it to. It does not do everything I want, but for practical and business purposes it is good. If you love to use Google services, this an amazing device to have.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus Is Bad for Playing Video Games
If you want something that can play games and still edit documents, you most likely will want a Windows machine.
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