Google Chromebook Review – Conclusion
I was a bit of a doubter coming in to this Google Chromebook review (I just can’t wrap my head around a $249 computer being much good for anything, especially after suffering through Netbooks). But I have to admit that after using one, I see the appeal of Chromebooks … and the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 is a pretty representative of the value the devices offer.
The primary demographic for these things is families, especially those with kids. When you have a home Wi-Fi network, a Chromebook becomes an extremely affordable computer that can handle pretty much any school assignments you throw at it. It also does just fine for watching streaming video. It’s lightweight, compact, has reasonable battery life and a real keyboard — unlike a tablet. It boots quickly and you can set it up with multiple user accounts, making it ideal for sharing.
With the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 priced at $249, that makes it a real value proposition. It’s in the same ballpark as most 7-inch tablets, but includes a keyboard that makes all the difference when trying to get work done — at a fraction of the cost of a Windows or Mac laptop and half the price of a Surface 2 tablet with keyboard cover.
If you’re looking for a gaming rig, high performance laptop, the ability to run Windows (or Office), a high resolution display or full offline functionality, this Google Chromebook review should convince you to stick with a traditional laptop.
Although some users swear by its functionality in a business setting (it does have low cost and easy maintenance going for it), I just don’t see this particular Google Chromebook booting PCs out of the office. But at $249, the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 makes a compelling case as a student computer, an extra home PC or a tablet alternative when typing is a frequent activity.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.