Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 looks solid for just $430

Samsung’s first student Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 is now available for purchase. The latest addition to the Galaxy Chromebook family has a high-resolution 16:10 screen with an aspect ratio, an all-day battery, and features such as a spill-resistant keyboard with larger keys and a touchpad.

Prices on the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 start at $430. Models have an Intel Celeron N45000 processor under the hood and there are also options for 4GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB eMMC storage.

As for the display, it’s surprisingly premium for the price. All models have a 12.4-inch LED panel with a slim bezel, tuned for a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which should be quite sharp for school work. That’s because Samsung says peak brightness can go up to 340 nits.

Looking at the design, this Chromebook is built to last. It’s impact resistant, sturdy and durable, without compromising on weight or thickness. The device is about 0.66 inches thin and 2.8 pounds.

“Sleek, stylish and lighter than the average textbook, we designed the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 with students in mind: it goes everywhere and fits comfortably in their backpack,” Samsung said in a press release.

However, unlike more premium Chromebooks, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 only has a 720p webcam. It makes up for that with a wide range of ports, including a microSD card slot, 2 USB Type-C ports and a USB 3.2 port. A Nano-SIM slot is also optional. Charging is via a 45 watt USB-C adapter.

Powered by Chrome OS, Samsung says it’s partnering with Google on the device. The result of that collaboration is “an ecosystem experience that effortlessly keeps students connected to their peers and their assignments while protecting their personal data,” the company said.

Google’s Phone Hub is also part of that, where users can control their Android phone using the Chromebook to respond to text messages or share files between devices.

Samsung has been in the Chromebook space since 2011. It first unveiled a 2-in-1 Chromebook in 2017 and has a premium lineup of Galaxy Book Windows 11 devices. Those devices have OLED displays and are much faster with 12th-generation Intel processors, but the price is much higher and well above the $1,000 range.

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