A laptop dedicated to multimedia : Chromebook Plus – Intel Celeron from Samsung

In a few words

Latest release in the range Samsung, we’ve been running tests onChromebook Plus…Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

Chromebook Plus to surf the Internet?

Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is to respond to this type of need that Samsung has developed this Chromebook Plus.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 12.2 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Celeron; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Chromebook Plus, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 32 Gb, this Chromebook Plus is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 10 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. Samsung is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.

Is Chromebook Plus okay to watch videos ?

Making this Chromebook Plus a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Samsung. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12.2, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.5 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
On the sound side, it Chromebook Plus has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Celeron is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 615, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 4 ports.Much better than most of the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.With 10 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. Enjoy streaming, locally or on your Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.

Is Chromebook Plus planned for travelling ?

Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. We therefore analysed this Chromebook Plus from the point of view of nomadic use. Is he home-work oriented? Or will you be able to take it on a trip? These are the questions we will answer. Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Chromebook Plus of 1.5 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. A 12.2 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The viewing is up to the mark.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
The processor Intel Celeron is inferior to other competitive products.
Note that like all manufacturers, Samsung is optimistic about the autonomy of this Chromebook Plus. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Samsung; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 10 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 32 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 12.2 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
At the connector level, this model provides 4 inputs. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
All in all, this Chromebook Plus is an interesting product for travel.

The Chromebook Plus to make audio or video editing. 

The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this Chromebook Plus, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Samsung puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Chrome OS are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Celeron. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Samsung made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Chromebook Plus has only got one, with total 32 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The interest of the laptop is to be able to be used in unplugged mode. Being only on batteries, you have 10 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This is the best on the market today.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Chromebook Plus receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It Chromebook Plus is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And at a price that is well ranked.

The Chromebook Plus for online or local games.

If the question you are asking yourself is « Can I play games with this laptop? » then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. Until recently, with rare exceptions, only desktop computers could be used. On this Chromebook Plus, Samsung has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Samsung like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 32 Gb.
For online gaming, it Chromebook Plus has high quality Wi-Fi. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
With a weight 1.5 Kg and a screen size of 12.2 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
With an autonomy of 10 hours, it’s better than the competition.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.

Is the Chromebook Plus adapted to office automation ?

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This Chromebook Plus is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
This computer meets a demand that deviates from Windows standards. And so it’s with an OS Chrome OS that it works.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.5 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Samsung chose the matt tile option for thisChromebook Plus that does not reflect light. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
The storage of this model, 32 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Chromebook Pluscan be quickly filled.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

In short, is the Chromebook Plus, the right choice ?

All in all, this laptop is among the best, whatever you use it for. It performs well in almost everything, the Chromebook Plus remains reasonable in terms of price.
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks