Best Samsung Chromebooks you can buy in 2022

Best Samsung Chromebooks you can buy in 2022

Samsung might be known for their televisions and smartphones, but did you know they also make some of the best Chromebooks? The company is actually the number four Chromebook vendor, right in line with giants like HP and Lenovo or Dell. Similar to their Windows laptops, their Chromebook lineup is quite extensive, too, with a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s why Samsung is worth looking at if you’re looking for the best Chromebooks to buy in 2022.

From ultra-premium Chromebooks with amazing displays to much cheaper devices or even LTE-enabled laptops, Samsung has everything you might need. We’ve collected some of the best Samsung Chromebooks in this guide. We’ve also categorized the devices for your convenience, and you can navigate using the links below.

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Best overall: Galaxy Chromebook 2

Chromebook 2 with Netflix open on table

At the top of our list is the very best Samsung Chromebook you can buy for your money right now. It’s the Galaxy Chromebook 2. This Chromebook comes in an eye-popping color and has an amazing display. Other than that, it is fully convertible so you can use it in different ways. Even the processing power in this Chromebook is amazing, too. Here’s a little more on why we like it so much.

First up, is the display. Like what you might see on Samsung’s newest TVs, Samsung is using a QLED panel on this Chromebook. That panel is sized at 13.3 inches and comes in with FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution. QLED technology is better than standard LCD and IPS since it has a special type of backlighting. This Chromebook uses separate backlights and it allows for higher contrast levels, deeper blacks, and much more vibrant colors. This basically means that if you opt to use this Chromebook in the various modes (tent, stand, laptop, or tablet,) the stuff you see on your screen will feel so much more immersive. It’s the ideal Chromebook for streaming Netflix or watching movies and YouTube. Just note, though, that while this Chromebook is touch, but it doesn’t come with an SPen. You’ll need to buy one seperatley if you want to draw on the screen or annotate web pages.

Other than the display, we really do like the performance of this Chromebook. It comes with options for either an Intel Celeron 5205U processor or the Intel Core i3-10110U processor. RAM can also be pushed to as high as 8GB, and 4GB is stock. As for storage, it’s 64GB or 128GB on the higher-end model. Regardless of which model you choose, everyday tasks should run very smoothly. ChromeOS is a very optimized operating system.

We do also like the overall thinness of this Chromebook. It’s a premium device, and very lightweight and ultra-thin. You can slide it into your bag and take it anywhere you want to go. The hinges on the device are also very strong and can stand up over time. Other than that, the keyboard is durable as well. It is the island-style where it is in the middle, but the keycaps are evenly spaced with plenty of key travel. The keyboard is even backlit, too so you can work in the dark. Other than that, the speakers are special Samsung offers Smart Amp technology, so your audio can sound crisp and clear.

There’s just one thing that turns us off about this device, though, and it is the ports. There are only two USB Type-C ports. If you want to connect to a display, you’ll have to buy a dongle for it.

    With the Galaxy Chromebook 2, Samsung removed a few premium features but also drastically reduced the price. As the first Chromebook with a QLED display, this machine still packs plenty of power and style for most users.

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Best specs: Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook in Fiesta Red

One of the best Samsung Chromebooks in terms of specs is the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. It was originally priced at well over $1,000, but you can regularly find it for less than that now and should consider buying it for the 10th generation Intel processors, as well as the display.

The first reason to buy this? It’s the display. While the follow-up, the Galaxy Chromebook 2, has a QLED display, this one is OLED. And it’s also 4K resolution. This display has the same color gamuts and immersive feeling as the one you’ll find on the Galaxy Chromebook 2, but it’s much higher resolution, at 4K. This means you’ll have a lot more room to multitask. The other difference? This older Galaxy Chromebook comes with a garaged SPen, so you won’t have to buy one separately for taking notes, inking, or drawing on the screen. Do keep in mind though that battery life won’t be the best on this Chromebook because of the 4K panel, the newer model will be much more power efficient.

Even the CPU in the original Galaxy Chromebook isn’t all too bad. While the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a newer model, this original model still packs the most impressive list of specs for power users. It’s the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor and an option for the Core i7, too. Again, these specs are great for running any Android app you can think of, or even opening as many Chrome tabs as you please. The newer Galaxy Chromebook maxes out at a Core i3 option.

Looking at other things on this device, this Galaxy Chromebook is quite a thin and compact device for an all metal-design. Samsung rates at 9.9 mm in thickness, which is less than a smartphone in a case, apparently. And since it’s a convertible, you can use the device in various ways, either tent, tablet, stand, or laptop. And in using it as a laptop, you’ll get some really smooth-feeling keycaps on the keyboard, as well as backlit keys.

Much like the newer Galaxy Chromebook 2, there are two downfalls we want to mention. While you’ll get microSD card expansion, there are only two USB-C ports on board. For such a thin design, you won’t find USB-A ports. You can’t blame Samsung for that. The other thing? It’s the webcam. It’s a 720p webcam, which was good for when this device was released, but just doesn’t cut it on a premium device in 2022 anymore.

    Samsung's original Galaxy Chromebook is still their most high-end offering. This is absolutely the Samsung Chromebook to get if you're looking for a 4K display, an S-Pen out of the box, and the beefiest processor options.

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Best education: Samsung Chromebook 3

If you’re looking for a Chromebook for education, then the Samsung Chromebook 3 is our pick. This is a classic Chromebook from Samsung, and it’s quite affordable, usually coming at under $300 at retailers like Amazon. It’s also durable, portable, and has features that students, parents, or educators typically look for in a traditional ChromeOS device. Let’s dive a bit deeper as to why.

In education, you’ll need a super durable device that’s also quite slim. That’s exactly what the Samsung Chromebook 3 is. This Chromebook measures 0.7 inches in thickness and weighs just 2.6 pounds. Other than that, its footprint is 11.37 inches, which is smaller than a piece of legal paper. This makes it super compact for travel to and from class. More importantly, though, is that The Chromebook 3 has a water-resistant keyboard, so it can withstand accidents. The all-plastic chassis also can take a beating, and withstand drops, making it perfect for the classroom.

Looking at the other specs on this Chromebook, the battery life is rated at 11 hours. This means students can get through a full day of schoolwork without worrying about recharging. This power efficiency is mainly thanks to the choice of CPU, too. Samsung includes a single option for the Intel Celeron Processor N3060. This is a much lower-powered chip than the Core series that you’d find on higher-end devices. It’s great for keeping students focused, as students won’t be able to stray too far and play Android games or open more than 6 or so tabs in Chrome. Combines with the 4GB of RAM, and the 16GB or 32GB of storage, there’s not much room for distraction here. Students will only have space for important files, and everything else will have to be saved on the cloud.

Another reason this Chromebook has enough power to last all day is the display. The display on this unit comes in with a resolution of 1366 x 768. It’s a non-touch display, too, so students won’t be spreading germs or creating issues with the display by putting their fingers on the panel. A lower resolution screen might not be that good for multitasking, but it’ll keep students focused on a single webpage or file at a time. There’s also an anti-reflective coating which helps make the display feel more immersive.

Finally, there are ports. We want to mention these, as a student will typically want to connect USB drives or a display to their Chromebook when at home with it, or when on the go on the school bus. There’s a nice mix here, including HDMI, USBA A 3.0, USB A 2.0, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. HDMI is the most important, as it means you won’t need a dongle to hook up to a display. Even the lack of USB-C is a plus in this case, as most USB drives are still using the USB-A standard.

    The Samsung Chromebook 3 has everything a parent, teacher, or student might need for an education Chromebook

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Best budget: Galaxy Chromebook Go

Not everyone has over $500 to spend on a Chromebook, and in this case, that’s why Samsung has the Galaxy Chromebook Go. This is a budget-friendly Chromebook. It is built strong and has a really great display as well as keyboard. All of this comes at a price of just $300.

For this price, we really do like the performance of this system. It’s hard to complain about the included processor. The Intel Celeron N4500 CPU is great for everyday tasks. It is one of the newer Celeron processors from Intel with a turbo boost of 2.80 GHz. That means you’ll be able to open a lot of tabs in Chrome and multitask, or even try your luck at running Android apps. Other than that, this Chromebook comes with 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. You might have to keep more of your files in the cloud as a result of that storage, but generally speaking, the optional micoSD card slot will mean you can also add more storage if you see fit. Oh, and speaking of the cloud, this Chromebook is ready for Wi-Fi 6, which is a surprise for this low price. Typically, this is only found on higher-end Chromebooks, which take advantage of faster Wi-Fi speeds.

Much like our previous pick above, this Chromebook also has really long battery life due to the choice of the CPU. It’s rated at up to 12 hours, and you can recharge with USB-C on the go when you need to. The lower-resolution 14-inch screen, which hits about 200 nits of brightness, helps with that, It’s rated at 1366 x 768 resolution, which might seem low. However, the bigger 14-inch screen gives you a little bit of wiggle room for some side-by-side multitasking.

And at the top of that display? It’s a 720p webcam. This used to be the standard for Chromebooks, so we can’t complain too much. For a budget device, you should look decent enough on web calls, but we still suggest purchasing a webcam, if you plan to use this at your desk at home.

Generally speaking, as a 14-inch Chromebook, this is also quite the compact device. It measures 12 x 8.28 x 0.63 inches and weighs in at 3.20 pounds. Combine that with the previously mentioned USB-C charging, and you can easily slide this into a backpack and travel with it on the go. The all-plastic design (and plastic spill-resistant keyboard) helps keep things lightweight when compared to more premium aluminum Chromebooks.

We do always like to highlight the ports on Chromebooks, and here, there are plenty. There are 2 USB Type-C, a traditional USB Type-A 3.2 port, and a MicroSD card slot and headphone jack. We really do like it when we see USB-A on Chromebooks, as not everyone is ready for USB-C just yet, especially when dealing with file transfers and USB drives.

    For under $500, the Galaxy Chromebook Go is the perfect budget Chromebook

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Best mid-range: Galaxy Chromebook 2 360

We usually like to offer a lot of buying options when it comes to Chromebooks and one of those options that are not priced high, or low, is the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360. It’s what we call a mid-range Chromebook. This Chromebook from Samsung is priced at $449 and has a lot of great features from the display, the premium-feeling design, and even the CPU power. This is why this Chromebook hit number 4 on our list.

Looking at the overall design, you should be happy to know that this isn’t a plastic Chromebook. The frame of the device is made of a shock-resistant aluminum alloy so that it can stand up against drops. To be more specific, it has been tested according to MIL-STD-810H and withstands a 4-foot drop onto wood, and can also resist up to 40G of shock. This means that you can buy this and not worry about it breaking down over time and take it anywhere you go without worry.

Other than that design, we really do love the screen, too. While the QLED display on the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is the best, the specs on this display are impressive, too. It’s a 12.4-inch display, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. That’s known as WQXGA, and means you’ll have a ton of room to open all of your favorite apps, drag them along the screen, and more. Your movies and other multimedia will look great, too, as this is a 2-in-1. You can fold the screen over, prop it in your lap or on a desk, and feel immersed in your content. Just note there is no pen support, that’s reserved for premium devices.

Moving along, we also love the CPU option. As you can tell, a lot of Chromebooks in this price range come with the Intel Celeron processor. This one is no different, as it has the Intel Celeron N4500. Again, it’s a decent entry-level CPU great for basic web browsing, and light multitasking. While you might think it’s bad when put up against an Intel Core processor, we would not worry. ChromeOS is heavily optimized for this kind of CPU. Pair it up with the 4GB RAM, and the 128GB of storage, and this is a great system for web browsing, and navigating office documents.

Battery life, ports, and the camera are the final things we love about this system. Battery life is rated for 10 hours, and when you need to recharge, you can use USB-C chargers, which are more common. Ports are great, including a microSD card slot, 2 USB Type-C ports, a USB 3.2 port, and a headphone jack. The camera, meanwhile, is a 1MP camera, which is about average, and better than 720p on Samsung’s other Chromebooks.

    The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 has a lot of great features like an expansive display, and premium build that make it a mid-range device

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Best big screen: Chromebook 4+

Samsung Chromebook 4+ on orange background

If you’re looking to go big or go home, the Chromebook 4+ 15.6 is for you. Designed with a minimized bezel, the Samsung Chromebook 4+ gives you more room to view content on a 15.6-inch Full HD screen. This is actually the biggest Chromebook in Samsung’s family.

The Intel Celeron Processor N4,000 powers the device, along with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s quite strange that the smaller storage configurations come with more RAM (the 32/64 GB options come with 6GB of RAM, and the 128GB option comes with 4GB of RAM). At the end of the day, you’ll have to choose if you need more RAM for multitasking or additional local storage.

In layman’s terms, this processor has extremely low power requirements which sips power and is able to increase its clock speed high enough to get tasks done. This chip can also hyperthread, basically making it more efficient per core and increasing speed as well. Because of this low power state, the processor doesn’t heat up too much and the computer doesn’t need a fan. The computer makes no noise.

With the keyboard, these keys should be nice and quiet, the click and travel should feel nice, and overall the machine should be fine for writing shorter pieces of content for work or school. The additional flex in the chassis can be a bit bothersome if you are composing larger pieces. For those a bit more heavy-handed, the flex may get to you a bit and make this keyboard less usable.

Now, let’s talk about the display. It really is a beautiful display with accurate-enough colors. It gets a little over-saturated in some situations and under-saturated in others, creating some awkward hue on backgrounds of darker movies or web pages. But those are only noticeable while objects are moving (or when you’re scrolling) and there’s a lot of action on the screen.

In terms of the overall performance, you aren’t getting the most impressive experience here, but it’s enough for a budget Chromebook. The main selling point here is the larger display, something Samsung, unfortunately, doesn’t offer in their high-end Galaxy line of Chromebooks. Keep in mind that while the screen is larger, it’s not really the best quality. You do get fairly pedestrian viewing angles and colors. If you’re looking to get a sharper panel with better brightness and viewing angles outdoors, you’ll need to opt for one of the smaller Galaxy Chromebooks.

All in all, if you’re wanting the performance of a Google Pixelbook and similar functionality then you won’t be disappointed. If you want to get a loved one a computer that will allow them to use the internet without too much worry about viruses, then you’re making a good purchase. If you’re intending to get a laptop that can run Android apps without too much of a laggy experience, then you’re making a good purchase. If you’re wanting a computer that can run Photoshop, render 4K videos or anything like that, then you’re better off with other products.

    Those that enjoy a larger screen will enjoy the 15.6 inch display, which is tucked inside a thin and light chassis. With long battery life and up to 128GB of storage, this Chromebook is a great value if you need the extra screen real estate.

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We’ve come to the end of our list of the best Samsung Chromebooks you can buy in 2022. If you don’t like our picks, then don’t worry. We have a collection of the best Chromebooks you can buy for your money.

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