Samsung’s latest Chrome OS laptop, the Galaxy Chromebook 2, is now available for purchase at Best Buy. The Chromebook 2 was first announced at CES in January and features a new QLED display, 360-degree hinge, and a striking red paint job. It starts at $ 549.99 for a Celeron model and goes up to $ 699.99 for a Core i3 version, putting it on the higher end of Chromebooks.
That price tag is the most significant about the Chromebook 2 because it’s considerably less than the Galaxy Chromebook that debuted a year ago. The older Chromebook had a 4K OLED screen and came with a stylus, neither of which will agree with the new model, but it was also costing just under $ 1,000 when it came out. In our review, we found that despite the beautiful display and striking paint job, the original Galaxy Chromebook did not justify its cost, particularly thanks to the lousy battery life.
We have yet to put the new Chromebook 2 to the test, but we got to see the machine in person in January and it certainly looks like it will be proficient. The QLED display doesn’t live up to the OLED panel markings, but it would be hard to tell without putting them side by side, and the rest of the Chromebook 2’s fit and finish are appropriate for the price. Samsung asks. Importantly, it also comes in that amazing red color. You might notice the added weight (the Chromebook 2 is about a half pound heavier), but it’s still less than three pounds total and should be easily portable.
We’ll have a full review of the Chromebook 2 in the near future, but if you don’t want to wait and buy one yourself, you might be able to find one in stock at your local Best Buy right now. Hopefully Samsung has improved battery life over last time.