Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 (Celeron 3965Y, 4GB) Laptop Review

The Chromebook Plus becomes easily as everyone’s most favorite Chromebook released in 2017 thanks to its high end hardware and relatively cheap price point. Not all of manufactures want to make this kind of system because many of them are end up in failure, but for some reasons Samsung manages to get pretty great consumers to try and use of their lines up last year. At the end of 2018, they finally release the upgrade model for it with newer hardware, but coming with several downgrades. They make some adjustment in hardware in good and bad way in order to maintain the same price level. The system costs for just under 500 dollars and now widely available in many only stores.

Talking about its hardware, you can expect of a better performance here because they include a much faster and more dependable processor although it’s not coming from the Core I series. In other case, they slightly reduce the screen resolution this time for some reasons. I guess they do it intentionally for saving more battery life, but I really have to make some proper tests for it. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

Samsung does not take many changes in term of design and end up of carrying similar thing, but giving some improvements. The entire chassis is still built from aluminum alloy and it feels pretty weight like being typical of alloy material. This material is similarly used in LG Gram and this is the main reason why its weight could be very light. Similar like last year, the simplistic design approach is back again and coming without any overboard design and some bad textures. The simplistic design gives it an impressive vibe and giving me a solid feel at the same time.

The rest of thing feels similar, I just notice the dimension and the thickness are slightly smaller, but it should be harder to notice except when you both of them compared side by side. As for the connectivity, it’s remaining of having dual USB type-C ports and fully supported of 4K resolution input and fast charging support. The additional of standard USB port is also considered as good selling point here because you won’t bother to use of external adapter for just connecting your smartphone. I have seen so many good things here and you might have a similar opinion about it.

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Multimedia and Work Features

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2 The display is probably considered as the biggest selling point for the last year model, but this time they make some adjustment to its quality. The 12.3 inch panel no longer features of 2400 x 1600 resolution and now being dropped to only 1920 x 1080 resolution. In good way, the lesser resolution you have the better battery you are going to have. Unfortunately, you also will miss of its high density LCD as the result although I am pretty sure some people won’t be bother about it. The 3 : 2 ratio is gone and swapped with standard 16 : 10 ratio. The high resolution panel is gone, so it’s just wasted of time of putting of 3 : 2 ratio anymore.

As for supporting your work and productivity, the Plus V2 features of a Chiclet style keyboard with standard layout of Chromebook. If you just are moving from Windows, then you should notice some keys are gone and swapped with similar of them. I also notice it for the first time I am using of Chrome, but get used in relatively short time. The keys here feel pretty comfortable and the travel distant is great despite of its small size chassis. Sadly, the backlit support is still nowhere to be found and might trouble you for typing in low light condition.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:12:32

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2Main Specs
CPU Intel Celeron Dual Cores 3965Y 1.5 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size12.2 Inch FHD IPS
OSChrome OS
Memory 4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 32GB EMMC

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Performance and Battery

The big improvement seen in hardware sector as they put of much powerful hardware in comparison to last year hardware. The 2017 model itself was equipped with only ARM OP1 processor which considered as powerful enough, but keeps in mind the X86 processor will offer of more performance. This time, Samsung is moving forward by adding of Intel Celeron 3965Y processor. This processor features of dual core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz. It’s sadly of dual core processor, but you will see that it produces of more performance than the OP1 ARM processor. I notice of the UI and the apps run smoother as the result.

In term of battery life, I don’t find any significant improvement and somehow lasts shorter than I expect. Yeah, the low resolution display produces less power, but keeps in mind the X86 processor produces of higher power consumption than the ARM chipset. This is makes the battery life runs shorter than everyone can expect. I always get of moderately 8 to 9 hours of battery in real life usage. I set the brightness into the 40 % and running of Chrome and browsing through the internet for nonstop. The result might be varied depending on what kind of your activities.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:12:32
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Final Thought

The Chromebook Plus V2 featuring of some good and bad improvements in 2018, but I still see of almost everything as relatively good here. The decision of removing the high resolution panel might be considered as bad, but they replace it by adding of more powerful processor here. Overall, you would still get a similar Chromebook with improvement in hardware configuration. If you have the previous model, then it’s hard for to recommend the newer model this time. The new comer might be interested here and tasting of how Chrome OS is running. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaves some comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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