TL;DR: The 4K Samsung Galaxy Chromebook that just came out in April is on sale at Best Buy — as of Aug. 14, you can save $200.
Everything changed when Samsung released the Galaxy Chromebook.
Until its launch in April 2020, Google was really the only brand dabbling in the non-existent high-end Chromebook market. The PixelBook Go has a lot of features that make it competitive against the MacBook Air, but gets quite pricey if you add a 4K screen to the list.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook gives Google’s rendition a run for its money for a lot less money — and even cheaper now that the Galaxy Chromebook is $200 off at Best Buy.
When it first came out, reviewers came to a general consensus: It’s a beautiful beast, but probably not worth $1,000. With Best Buy’s discount, you can snag the Galaxy Chromebook with an i5 processor, 256GB storage, a 4K screen, and a built-in pen for $799. (For reference, the Google PixelBook Go goes for $849 for the i5 128GB model and $1,399 for the i7 256GB model with a 4K screen.)
Chromebooks have an automatic advantage over traditional laptops because of the whole “Chrome” thing: Aside from storing most everything in the cloud instead of relying on the computer’s physical storage, you can be pretty damn confident that a Chromebook won’t fall victim to typical malware that causes viruses.
But Chromebooks usually have an automatic disadvantage, too: They just don’t have the juice under the hood to act as a heavy-duty work laptop (a MacBook Pro would run circles around them), a spec that often lands them in the “for kids” section. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook isn’t one of those mediocre Chromebooks. The other factor that sets it apart? It’s a 2-in-1. At 9.9mm thick and just 2.3 pounds, it’s an unbeatable portable option for students — as a tablet, laptop, or makeshift TV with bezels that are barely there. (If you do take it on the go, don’t leave your charger at home. That badass screen sucks a lot of battery.)