Samsung (SSNLF) had a bit of a hit last year with its Series 3 Chromebook. With momentum building for these inexpensive notebook PC competitors powered by Google’s (GOOG) Chrome operating system, Samsung decided it needed its next Chromebook laptop to stand out a bit more.
The Chromebook 2 was just released in 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch form factors. The naming might be a little confusing — Series 3 is last year (read our review here), Samsung Chromebook 2 is this year — but you won’t mix the two up visually. The new model ditches the appearance of being a cheap Apple (AAPL) MacBook Air knockoff in favor of the faux leather look currently being sported by Samsung’s tablets.
We look at the 11.6-inch version to see if the least expensive new Samsung Chromebook is a worthy upgrade to last year’s model and whether it can stand above an increasingly crowded field of Chromebook laptop competitors.