My Chromebook arrived last week and I’ve been longing to own one, when Samsung announced pre-orders for a full HD, solid state drive and leather finishing Chromebook I had to have one. For those that don’t know what a Chromebook is, it’s a laptop that operates on Google’s operating system, Chromium.
The Chromebook is both slim and lightweight which were to main reasons why I purchased one. It’s 1.6 centimeters wide and weighs about 1.5 kilograms. Something I love about the Chromebook I purchased is the fact that it’s fanless, so you never need to worry about getting proper air circulation or over-heating.
The mousepad is huge, something a lot of Windows laptops lack. I can conveniently scroll through pages. It works similarly to a Macbook mousepad where the difference is only the bottom half of the mousepad is clickable, although you won’t feel that. Clicking with two fingers is considered a right-click and so on and so forth.
When I ordered the Chromebook I thought it came with real leather, then I read online it’s fake leather so I thought they might have meant there was an automated stitching process or something but that was far from the truth. There’s no leather involved, it’s all plastic but looks like leather. Which is something I hate about Samsung, they brag about premium finishing on their products while providing cheap and sometimes fake material.
The biggest difference you will notice on the keyboard is the CAPS lock key has been replaced with a search key. The search key lets you search the web, apps, extensions and pretty much everything else. To enable/disable CAPS lock you type (alt + search key).
You pretty much get a laptop that only has a browser in it (Google Chrome). Except you can do a lot with it, you won’t get Photoshop but there are decent web-based editing apps. Many services you’re use to using like Skype aren’t there, instead you are kind of forced to use Google’s alternative like Hangouts in this situation.
The Chromebook comes with a USB 3.0 port and an SD Card slot. You can attach a hard drive and copy/paste stuff. You can watch most videos (supported file extensions: 3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav). Plus you get a free 2 year 200 GB storage on Google Drive.
I’ll talk more about the operating system Chromium on the full review which I’ll post later, there’s a bunch of things I don’t like about it but I can’t complain because it only costs KD 100, which is a tiny fraction of what I paid to get a MacBook Retina, and it too had a lot I didn’t like.