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Samsung Chromebook 2: Top 3 Business Features

Samsung Chromebook 2: Top 3 Business Features
The Chromebook 2 packs a relatively quick processor and long battery life. / Credit: Laptopmag.com

Samsung's new Chromebook is a premium Chrome OS notebook for business users. Compared to competing machines, the Chromebook 2 packs a relatively quick processor and long battery life, and comes in two variations: an 11.6-inch model and a 13.3-inch model. And like other Chromebooks, Samsung's new notebook is powered by Google's Chrome OS operating system.

Chrome OS does not run regular desktop applications the way a PC or Mac does. Instead, the platform is based around a souped-up version of Google's Chrome Web browser. If you rely on a particular piece of Windows or Mac software, the platform might not suit your needs. But if you need a notebook exclusively for basic business tasks like email, Web browsing and document editing, the keyboard-equipped Chromebook 2 looks to be a good tablet alternative when it launches next month.

Here are the top three features that could make the Samsung Chromebook 2 a solid business machine.

Laptop form factor

Starting at $319 for the 11.6-inch model, the Chromebook 2 is more expensive than the average Chromebook, but more affordable than the average laptop. In terms of value and specs, Samsung's notebook has a lot in common with a midrange tablet. But Samsung's notebook has big advantages over tablets — such as a built-in keyboard, and a display that can be adjusted to sit at any viewing angle — that give it a huge edge over tablets as a productivity device. Bluetooth-enabled keyboard add-ons abound for iPads and Android tablets, but to work on those devices, you'll have to pair them with a folio case and kickstand. The Chromebook 2 offers a tried-and-true laptop form factor out of the box.

More power

Compared to a slew of budget-priced options, Samsung's latest Chromebook offers a bit more power under the hood. The Chromebook 2 packs an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM for smoother multitasking and better overall performance. And it should have good longevity: Samsung says to expect more than 8 hours of battery life from both models.

Hangouts integration

Samsung's Chromebook 2 is fully integrated with Google Hangouts, Google's video-chat platform. The notebook itself features dual-array microphones and 720p cameras for a top-notch videoconferencing experience. As long as you have a Gmail account, you can connect to a video-chat session with just a few clicks. That's a boon for business users who need to meet remotely with employees, colleagues and clients.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.