Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) review: A speedier premium Chrome 2-in-1

Along with the pen on the sides you'll find a microSD card slot, so you have more storage space when you need it, plus two USB-C ports for power, data and driving a 4K-resolution display, a USB-A port (so you don't need dongles for everything) and a 3.5mm headphone and mic jack. Volume controls and the power button are also on the side, so they're accessible in tablet mode.   

About the only thing that feels a little less than premium is the keyboard. The keyboard feels a little small and there's not a ton of travel to the keys, which can make the overall typing experience uncomfortable until you get familiar with the feel. It's not backlit, which would have been nice at this price, but at least Samsung put some protection against spills underneath it. 

The touchpad is small, but works well. You can, of course, use the touchscreen instead if you want. You can even long press on text to highlight and select it just as you would on a phone or tablet touchscreen. 

At 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg), it's light enough for a daily commute and since it charges off a USB-C port, you can fill up its battery off a multipurpose power bank instead of carrying around its power adapter. The metal lid and plastic body gives it a nicer feel than cheaper all-plastic Chromebooks. It does make it somewhat top heavy, however, and you definitely have to hold down the body when you lift the lid. 

A better Chromebook experience

With its two-in-one design, the extra performance from the new processor, the additional high-resolution camera and the built-in pen, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is worth paying extra for if you want to get the most out of Google's Chrome OS. Or at least more than you would with a typical lower-end Chromebook. 

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Geekbench 4 (multi-core)

Samsung Chromebook Pro
4968
Lenovo 500e Chromebook
3882
Samsung Chromebook Plus
1986

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark

Samsung Chromebook Pro
42839
Lenovo 500e Chromebook
28802
Samsung Chromebook Plus
19922

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Google Octane

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook
30415
HP Chromebook 13
27178
Samsung Chromebook Pro
22586
Samsung Chromebook Plus
13244
Acer Chromebook 15
11214
Lenovo 500e Chromebook
10263

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

JetStream

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook
179.72
HP Chromebook 13
154.68
Samsung Chromebook Pro
120.79
Samsung Chromebook Plus
69.992
Acer Chromebook 15
64.651
Lenovo 500e Chromebook
53.108

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Streaming video playback (in minutes)

Acer Chromebook 15
825
Lenovo 500e Chromebook
656
Samsung Chromebook Plus
573
Samsung Chromebook Pro
537
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook
495

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

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