When Staples offered me an opportunity to review a Samsung Chromebook, I jumped at the chance. We have been searching for something that would work for us during our travels. As a travel blogger, I am often posting from the road. I am also in school full-time for the next year to finish up a second master’s degree.
I need the speed and power of a good laptop but I need the portability of a tablet. So far, neither has worked. Dragging the laptop around with me on a trip has not been working. I have to bring a separate bag for it and if I am traveling by air, it has to be in a bag that I can bring with me in the cabin. It is heavy and lugging it around is a pain. We purchased an iPad recently and I thought that it would be the answer to all of my problems.
It might be if my children didn’t love it so much. That isn’t the only problem though. I find the iPad difficult to type on. I have searched high and low for a keyboard cover but I just haven’t found one that I like. We also don’t have a cover for it yet. I have been using a laptop sleeve to store it but I am constantly worried that I am going to scratch it. In addition to that, the iPad always wants me to download an app for every little thing. Logging in to my class? There is an app for that. Want to watch a movie downloaded from Amazon? There is an app for that. I am used to my PC and Android products.
Enter the Samsung Chromebook.
The Samsung Chromebook is the perfect powerhouse for me.
- It is lightweight and easy to tuck in a bag that I am already bringing.
- It easily hooks up to any wifi connection.
- I can log into my school program without having to download an app.
- Using the Google Drive to save things and Google Docs to create documents both allow me to work on the road and then access what I need from my home computer.
- There is a USB and an HDMI spot so I can connect just about any device to it to both download or charge.
- The battery life is long enough that I can work on it in transit.
I have discovered a few downsides to the Samsung Chromebook but the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
- My program of studies includes online synchronous classes were I have to log in. To interact with my professor and other classmates, I use a headset that plugs in to both a microphone and earphone jack. This is not a deal breaker for me. It just means that I have to go purchase a new headset with a USB jack.
- The touchpad takes a little while to get used to. I still have trouble getting the Chromebook to do exactly what I want it to if it isn’t a quick scroll or select.
*Staples.com provided me with this product for review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own. Shop their entire line of Chromebooks and laptops online.