Finding the Best Chrome OS Experience: Samsung Chromebook vs Acer Chromebook

While many laptop users are looking for PC functionality in a compact device, there are some people who are after simplicity, cost effectiveness, and ease of use in their laptop experience. And while netbooks meet these demands on one end, Chromebooks are trying to bridge the gap on the other end for people who need more online connection or more data on the web.

Chromebooks are products of Google, in partnership with certain companies (primarily Acer and Samsung), which operate on Chrome OS and which offer a different kind of laptop experience. They’re ideal for people who use Gmail, Google Drive, and other Google-based programs. Although they’re not yet mainstream, Chromebooks are slowly gaining wide use. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Chromebooks offered by two leading Google partners: Samsung and Acer.

acerAt First Glance…

It’s easy to notice that the Samsung Chromebook is thinner and lighter than the one from Acer, although both of them have the same screen size. The Acer Chromebook has more ports, so connectivity is better. However, it doesn’t have Bluetooth compared to the one from Samsung.

Underneath the Device…

The Acer Chromebook runs on a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor while the Samsung Chromebook is powered by the company’s ARM-based, 1.7GHz Exynos 5 Dual system on chip (SoC). Both have 2GB of RAM. When it comes to overall performance, the Acer Chromebook is noticeably better at working with the Chrome browser—especially in the way it handles video streaming.

Storage-wise, Acer has gone a bit over the top here with the 320GB hard drive included in it (which is really unnecessary since Chromebooks are meant to work on the web – online storage). The Samsung Chromebook, meanwhile, has a 16GB flash storage.

In terms of battery life, the Samsung Chromebook is the sure winner. It has more than 6 hours of battery life, compared to the 4 hours battery life of the Acer Chromebook. When used at optimum level, the life of the Samsung shortens to approximately 4 hours while that of Acer goes down to shorter than 2 hours.

Overall Experience

Samsung

Aside from differences in performance and battery life, another thing users might want to consider is the user comfort offered by each Chromebook. The one from Samsung has fewer keys, and the keyboard offers the advantage of a larger touchpad and palm rest area. However, of the two, the Acer Chromebook has a more accurate and responsive trackpad. And since Samsung incorporated fewer keys in the device, some users might need to re-familiarize themselves with the keyboard when typing. Acer did some changes as well (i.e. giving the caps lock key a search function).

We Conclude…

That both Chromebooks have something new to offer to the market. The main things you might want to look into when choosing between the two would be their performance, storage, and battery life. If you’re looking for something that performs better and offers more storage, go for the Acer Chromebook. But, if you want just the simple Chrome OS experience in a more compact device with a longer battery life, the Samsung Chromebook is for you. You can check out Geekie Store to find these devices.

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