Hello, all! I know I have not had a post in quite some time, I have been busy with school and work. Speaking of school, I wanted to buy myself a small laptop for taking notes and writing my papers. After a good amount of time researching affordable laptops, I came across the Samsung Chromebook 3.
I wanted to do a quick review on it since I am sure a lot of other students are looking for a nice, affordable laptop as well. (And yes, I am writing this review on my laptop!)
I am going to start out with the most important part, the price! I work part-time and go to school part-time so I could not afford anything fancy. $200 was the perfect amount for me. Of course, I did look at other, more expensive laptops (ASUS, why are you so expensive!) but this was right in my price range. The total cost for me at Best Buy came out to $199 without the $30 1-year warranty.
Operating system: Chrome
Processor: Intel® Celeron® Processor N3050
CPU Cache: 2MB L2 Cache
LCD Size: 11.6″
System Memory: 2GB
Storage Capacity: 16GB
The Chromebook 3 also comes with 1 HDMI port, 1 display port, a headphone jack, webcam and microphone, and on a full charge can last up to 11 hours and is ENERGY STAR® Certified.
So now that I have all the specs out of the way, I can get to my actual review. So far, it’s working as expected for a small laptop. Although I have not taken it to class yet for notes, I have done homework and written papers on it, and it does the job pretty well. The overall size is perfect and fits comfortable in my lap (as a laptop should) and it’s lightweight (2.54 lbs) so I can carry it around with ease. With the amount of RAM the Chromebook 3 has (4GB, clocked 1600MHz), opening up apps and web pages does take a bit longer than usual, and it takes a few seconds for the Chromebook 3 to register that I am typing something out. The major downside I see with this laptop is the keyboard. Now, I am spoiled with my mechanical Razer Black Widow keyboard on my gaming PC, so transitioning over from that to a basic laptop keyboard may be my issue. When I type things out, I somehow fail to hit every key and I find myself having to go back and re-spell words. I also have an issue using the shift button to capitalize a letter. When capitalizing, I have to wait for a second to type the following letters or the first two letters will be capitalized. Again, these may be personal issues as I am used to a huge mechanical keyboard and everyday laptop users may not have these problems, but for me, it does get a bit annoying.
As far as searching the internet, it works pretty well. Web pages do take a second to load up at first but I can easily have multiple tabs open for researching, and I can go back and fourth from tabs to writing. If you’re like me and you use Office, it is not supported on this laptop but I use Office online which works perfectly. The Chromebook 3 also uses, you guessed it, Chrome. I am used to Windows 10 on my PC so that is something else I am having to get used to. It’s not bad, but I prefer Windows 10 over Chrome. Again, that’s a personal issue and I am sure not everyone feels this way.
My rating: 3 1/2 Luma Stars
Overall this is a pretty good laptop for any student. It’s lightweight and does what it needs to without anything fancy to get in the way. The reason I gave it a 3 1/2 was for my personal dislikes which were the Chrome OS and keyboard functionality. Other than that its perfect for researching, writing and doing homework.
Do you have the Samsung Chromebook 3? If so, what do you think?
Do you have a different laptop you use for school? Let me know in the comments below!
If you have any other questions about the Chromebook 3 functions, feel free to ask.
Thanks for reading!