It is glossy, which means some glare, but the whole picture looked so good that I barely noticed. Some of the issues are small. Mobile gaming also wasn’t great: Rest in Pieces was stutter-y (with nothing running in the background) and, of course, blurry and pixelated since it was blown up to fit a Chromebook. But at the end of the day, it’s Samsung’s and Google’s responsibility to put out a product that plays nicely with the services people use the most, especially if they’re charging $999 for it. For perspective, you’re getting about two hours of juice for every hour of charge; this thing will spend a third of its life plugged in. Then there are the Android apps. After an hour of charging via one of its USB-C ports, the Chromebook’s battery was only at 50 percent. If you stick to web apps, you’ll find you get a speedy, elegant experience — even tablet mode is improved these days. Open this thing up and its specs measure up to other respected Windows laptops. Samsung wants the Galaxy Chromebook to be there for folks that need to get work done on the move, but when it comes to getting work done, there are only a small number of people that can do it on a device that won't let you install whatever software you need to. I could usually cool everything down by closing a few things, but that didn’t always last. What is a deal-breaker, though, is the battery life. My one nitpick about the build is that the 360 hinge isn’t terribly sturdy, so there’s a bit of a bounce every time your finger or stylus taps the touchscreen while it’s not in tablet mode. There’s no fan in this thing, and its passive cooling system was inconsistent during my testing. More to the point, it glides very smoothly across the screen. But it’s a bold bet that’s not ready for its $999 price tag. It can function as a magnifying glass that you can drag all over the display. (And yes, I know you can do more things with Linux, but the average user doesn’t). It’s a really beautiful device. It can do some cute tricks as well and — unlike with some S-Pen tricks — they all have obvious, practical use cases. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. I disagree. Yeah, you didn’t think that 4K screens’ 8 million pixels powered themselves, did you? Sure, a number of companies make Chromebooks that are meant to compete with Windows machines on specs and performance, but those “premium” Chromebooks (aside from the 2017 Pixelbook) don’t carry starting prices above $650, and many (such as the Asus Chromebook Flip C434) are under $500. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is a gorgeous piece of kit with the best display in the Chromebook game, but does the high price justify it? I’m sure the companies are aware that they aren’t shipping a device with impressive cooling or a hefty battery. Finally, let’s talk about the state of Chrome OS. There was a problem. However, we live in a post Pixelbook world, and if 2019's Google Pixelbook Go teaches us anything, it's that a high-end expensive Chromebook can make sense if it is truly fancy enough to justify the expense. In a market packed with laptops that are getting thinner and faster each year, a Chromebook’s comparative advantage is usually in battery life and price. The only thing that really holds it back is the keyboard. It’s got a 10th Gen Core i5 10210U, 8GB of RAM (LPDDR3), and 256GB of storage. I found myself using it instead of the touchpad in all kinds of situations, from Buzzfeed quizzes to scrolling through Slack to moving sentences around in Docs. Slack for Android is quite clunky compared to its Windows and Mac counterparts. It looks and feels gorgeous. Nathan Ingraham. Who is buying a $1,000 Chromebook? But laptops with a killer feature still need to be laptops everywhere else. Cyber Monday deals: see all the best offers right now! A unique design choice is that Samsung has placed an 8MP camera on the top right corner of the keyboard deck. I’m not saying the Galaxy Chromebook is directly competing with those models — I’m aware that Samsung and Microsoft are largely targeting different consumers. Tweet. (Of course, 4K screens are notorious for decimating battery life, and this one is no exception. Samsung is leveraging its screen muscles here by including a 4K AMOLED display in the entry model of the Galaxy Chromebook. To put it bluntly: that’s unacceptable on a $999 Chromebook. You can use it as a laser pointer during presentations. The 4K display looks great. The chassis has this vibrant red color that jumped out at us immediately, and it's so thin and light that it should be able to find a home in your backpack with no added back strain. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? I’d need to sign in and out of my Google account to get it running again. I think these issues are a shame because there are clearly benefits to Google’s system. Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, Surface Laptop 3, and Apple’s MacBook Air all start at $999. 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Thank you for signing up to TechRadar. But if you're just after a stylish Chromebook that you can parade around town, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook might be just what you're looking for. By Monica Chin @mcsquared96 Apr 6, 2020, 8:00am EDT Share this story. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. The mandatory policies, for which an agreement is required, are: Final tally: six mandatory agreements and nine optional ones. Samsung has taken a wrecking ball to what have traditionally been the two strongest arguments for buying a Chromebook. Please refresh the page and try again. Travel is extremely shallow to the point where comparisons to the Butterfly keyboard make Apple look good. I have to credit Samsung for making this beautiful and bold bet. More features, but more problems. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view. But then, why are you paying a premium for a product that’s small and light? The heat, while unpleasant, may not be a deal-breaker for everyone. Sign up to get breaking news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more, plus the hottest tech deals! I doubt that my primary criticisms of this device will come as a surprise to Samsung and Google.