It’s back-to-school for so many (maybe not so eager) students across Canada. Having gone to high school in the 1980’s, I never dreamed that computers would become as advanced as they have. To think that I once used cassettes to save my work and now I can use a portable laptop.
Staples Canada sent me a Samsung Chromebook Laptop to review and I’m thrilled that they did! It was effortless to start-up right out of the box. Once my partner set me up on our home WiFi, it was smooth sailing.
The instructions were easy to follow; a few mere questions to answer, and then I was ready to explore.
The Samsung Chromebook is so lightweight, portable, and extremely fast. It’s the size of a binder and fits in my larger purses easily; in other words it’s thin and light and portable. Personally, I like that the laptop stays cool … don’t you just hate it when tablets/laptops heat up on your lap or hands?
‘Chromebooks are fast to use, and don’t slow down over time. They have built-in security, so you’re protected against viruses and malware. They come with apps for all your everyday needs, and keep your files safely backed up on the cloud. And with free, automatic updates, your Chromebook keeps getting better and better. Automatic updates Chromebooks automatically update themselves: all of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest version of the operating system without having to think about it. Get started without the setup. Chromebooks require almost no setup, so you can go from unboxing to doing in minutes. Unlike other computers, you don’t need to spend hours installing patches and software. Built-in Virus Protection There’s no need to install anti-virus software, as Chromebooks are designed to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses. Access all your favourite apps instantly from the desktop or apps list. You can maximize, minimize, or snap windows to the side with a slide of your finger.’
- 1.17 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 (1MB L2 Cache
- 2GB DDR3 system memory
- 16GB e.MMC iNAND™ Embedded Flash Drive
- Google Chrome
- 11.6″ HD LED screen size
- ARM Mali T604
- Stereo Speakers (1.5 W x 2 )
- Dimensions: 0.69″ H. x 11.40″ W. x 8.21″ D.
- Product Weight: 2.43 lb.
- 1-year manufacturer’s limited warranty (details with product)
While many people might say that you can only use the Chromebook while ‘online’ the reality is that you can explore thousands of apps in the Chrome Web Store, including mail, news, calendar, maps, games and many other tools. There are also offline apps like Gmail that keep you productive even when you’re not connected to the web. Having said this, WiFi spots are commonplace and (certainly) you can always tether to your smart phone. The Cromebook is a perfect on-the-go laptop for anyone.
With back-to-school on everyone’s minds right now, the Chromebook price point is excellent to equip students with what they need to excel. For me (constantly busy mom blogger), the Chromebook is exactly what I need. My Gmail account, my WordPress blog, and all of my Google docs are all linked to Chromebook so truly it seems like it has been a made-to-fit solution for My Bits and Bleeps. Having a Google account allows you to access all Google services on the Web. You don’t have to worry about purchasing, installing and maintaining software because everything you need is always accessible via the web … and no added cost!
I have to mention that I love the full size keyboard; it’s what I prefer since typing old-school is easier for me. Although the Chromebook does not have a touch screen; much to my partner’s chagrin, I feel that it isn’t necessary. The large touchpad is easy to manoeuver; in actuality, it’s the first time that I’ve felt comfortable using one. If you’d prefer, you could always connect a USB or Bluetooth mouse instead of using the touchpad.
Since receiving my Samsung Chromebook Laptop, I haven’t really had the need to use any other device. I love everything about it; my needs are met perfectly.