The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is one of our favorite Chromebooks, with a refreshingly sleek design, a beautiful display and enough power to get through everyday tasks with ease. And while it typically carries a somewhat premium price for a Chromebook, you can snag this excellent laptop for just $399 right now during Black Friday.
Best Buy currently has the Intel Celeron-powered Chromebook 2 for $150 off, which is the biggest discount we’ve seen yet on this fairly new laptop. If you want more power, the Intel Core i3 model is also $150 off at $549, and is the model we tested and recommend, thanks to its faster performance. But either way, you’re getting a laptop that’s more than capable of surfing the web and getting basic work done — and one that looks good doing it.
You won’t find many $399 laptops that look and feel as good as the Chromebook 2, which has a beautiful and sturdy design that really pops in the sports-car-like Fiesta Red color (you can also get it in gray, but what’s the fun in that?). It’s very travel-friendly at just 2.7 pounds, and has two USB-C ports and a microSD card reader for connecting the essentials.
On top of being one of the most well-designed Chromebooks we’ve tested, Samsung’s Chromebook 2 also wowed us with its display. This is the first Chromebook with a QLED screen, which, like Samsung’s more expensive TVs, uses quantum dots to pump out bolder colors and better brightness than what you’d see on a typical laptop display. This screen made movies and TV shows really pop, and since the Chromebook is a 2-in-1, it also doubles as a responsive touch canvas for browsing in tablet mode or sketching with a compatible stylus.
Our Intel Core i3-powered Chromebook 2 had plenty of muscle for our usual multitasking routine, which includes jumping between apps like Slack, Spotify, Discord and a few too many Chrome tabs. Like any Chromebook, this laptop is powered by Google’s Chrome OS software, which is simple enough for even non-techies to find their way around and mostly relies on Google’s own web services such as Chrome, Docs and YouTube. It also has full access to the Google Play Store, which means you can run most Android apps and games on this notebook.
The Chromebook 2 does have its shortcomings, including a somewhat shallow keyboard, soft speakers and a weak webcam. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a Chromebook that looks this good and performs this well for $399 — and you certainly won’t find one with a QLED display at this price. If you’re in the market for a Chromebook that’s a step above the dozens of super-cheap options out there but don’t want to pay a fortune, snap this one up while you can.