What Samsung’s Chromebook screen lacks, however, is a decent amount of contrast. Images and black-on-white text look dull, and while the reflectivity is low (yay!), so is the strength of the screen, which just feels like it needs more oomph and pow.
Viewing angles could do with some work too, and you’ll find that this screen needs to be positioned correctly otherwise the colours wash out or invert completely.
One thing we can say we like is the battery, which despite the small and slim size of Samsung’s first Chromebook, manages to achieve almost six hours of life with WiFi switched on.
With wireless constantly providing a synchronised connection for our Google documents, six hours isn’t bad at all.
Performance wise, we saw better results than the Acer, but the more tabs you have open, the worse it gets, with a typing response that gradually slows to a crawl and eventually throws your text on the screen after a second of typing with no response.
When lots of things are happening, you can see the slow-downs in more than just typing, with some lag appearing in tabs you happen to be scrolling, too.
It’s not a bad issue, the chip Samsung has opted for doesn’t help Chrome OS in such a way where excess multitasking – or just lots of Chrome browser tabs – is a strong possibility.
On the positive side, however, our return from standby on the Samsung Chromebook was roughly one to two seconds, while booting took ten seconds, showing that this computer was great if you want to work without waiting for the computer to catch up to you.
One area that might annoy some, though, is the storage, which in this computer is set to 16GB internal, with only around 10GB available for use.
This number pales in comparison to the 320GB hard drive Acer offered in its own version of the Chromebook, though we’re not bothered in the slightest.
Google Chrome OS still lacks a proper way to explore your hard drive, and since it relies so heavily on streaming and wireless connectivity, most of your storage is handled online rather than offline and on your physical drive.
Take music, for instance, which is stored online in Google’s Play Music account and streamed to your computer. While Windows and Mac PCs can download the tracks bought and stored on this system using Music Manager (as well as Android smartphones), Chrome OS lacks this piece of software, so downloading from your account isn’t as easy, and most will just stream.
Movies purchased through Google’s Play Movie system aren’t stored locally either, streamed instead via YouTube to a tab on your Chromebook’s Chrome browser.