The name Chromebook doesn’t refer to any particular notebook but in fact, it refers to notebooks that run Google’s Chrome OS. The Chromebook variety is aplenty, as seen at the Chromebook page.
The Chromebook that’s available for Malaysians now, is the one sold exclusively by Yes 4G. It’s the Samsung’s version of Chromebook but with an added 4G connectivity capability.
Below are the spec details for the Samsung Chromebook
– 11.6 inches (1366×768) display
– 0.7 inches thin â€“ 2.42 lbs / 1.08 kg
– Over 6.5 hours of battery*
– Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor
– 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage with 16 GB Solid State Drive**
– Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
– Built-in Yes 4G Connectivity
– VGA Camera
– 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
– HDMI Port
– Bluetooth 3.0â„¢ Compatible
More details at the Official Product Page.
It has good sized keyboard that’s comfortable to the touch.
The USB and HDMI ports are at the back.
Then there’s the SD Card slot.
The only thing I didn’t like was the power connector, thin pieces like this are prone to being broken.
Now what about the user experience?
Coming in at RM 1,299 – you get a device that’s capable of connecting to YES’ 4G Network. It uses the Chrome OS which at this point is not just a lightweight (read : FAST) operating system BUT it’s also a VIRUS FREE (to the best of my knowledge) system.
The non 4G variants are cheaper but they’re not available in Malaysia. So if you’re already a YES 4G user, then this is a good bet. If you’re not a YES 4G user then perhaps you should look elsewhere, unless you don’t mind having a 4G capable device that’s not going to be on YES’ network.