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The Samsung Chromebook 4 is our #10 pick for the best Chromebook for Linux. Despite being cheap (less than $300!), this laptop still manages to pack a decent amount of performance into its tiny, 3.8 lb. shell! While it lacks the specs to compete with a high-end model (check out our Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 review for an example of a high-end model), it works well for its intended purpose.

Why We Like It – Samsung Chromebook 4

This affordable Samsung Chromebook is the perfect laptop for students! Running on an Intel Celeron N4000, this Chromebook offers a maximized 15.6” screen, Google Assistant capabilities, & 32GB of storage space for less than $300. Read the rest of this Samsung Chromebook 4 review to learn more!

Pros
  • Works Seamlessly With Google Drive
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life
  • Has 2 USB C Ports
Cons
  • No Touchscreen Features
  • Poor Audio Quality

Display Type

A 1920 x 1080 LED 15.6” display is all you get with the Samsung Chromebook 4 (check out our Google Pixelbook i5 review for a Chromebook with better graphics). The point of this model is to be as cheap as possible, so no, it does not have a touch screen. The display, while functional, doesn’t perform very well. It can only produce 64% of the sRGB color gamut and is slightly below the average brightness of a Chromebook (216 nits) at only 210 nits of brightness.

Resolution

As previously mentioned, the Samsung Chromebook 4 doesn’t have a particularly impressive display. The full HD LED screen is 1920p x 1080p, which seems to be the standard for most Chromebooks. Unfortunately, there are no other display options available, so 1080p is the highest resolution you can get on this Chromebook. The display isn’t particularly impressive, but it should work just fine for basic web browsing like checking your email, going on Facebook, using Google, or the occasional YouTube video.

Battery Life

Unlike the display, battery life is one area where the Samsung Chromebook 4 excels! The average Chromebook will last about 9 and a half hours before it dies; the Samsung Chromebook 4 lasts an impressive 10 and a half hours before it needs to be recharged! This means that while the Chromebook 4 isn’t a great option for viewing media, it IS a suitable option for work, making it a good choice for students who need to be on their laptops all day long.

Weight

Another reason why the Samsung Chromebook 4 is the perfect laptop for students is how light it is (check out our Asus Chromebook Flip C302 review for another lightweight option). Weighing in at only 3.8 pounds, you won’t have trouble carrying this Chromebook around all day long. This light weight is a result of the combination of aluminum and plastic that make up the shell of this laptop. Although it looks unsettling similar to an old Macbook, we can’t argue with the effectiveness of the design.

Durability

Samsung claims that the Chromebook 4 has “military-grade durability”. Unfortunately, they don’t provide any specific data or examples to back up this claim. That said, the exterior of the device seems solid enough. The Chromebook has an aluminum top with a plastic body. The screen has extremely thick bezels on every side of the screen, so that may help somewhat with the overall durability. Regardless, this model is (at the very least) scratch-resistant. That said, we still wouldn’t recommend you be overly rough with it as it’s only a laptop.

Samsung Chromebook 4 Wrap Up

The Samsung Chromebook 4 isn’t a high-performer. It doesn’t have a lot of RAM, only has a few input options, and has a down-right disappointing display. That said, this Chromebook was made to be cheap & efficient, so if you’re a student looking for a cheap laptop that’s perfect for school, then the Samsung Chromebook 4 is a great choice!

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Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley is a writer from Florida who specializes in working with small businesses regarding finance, marketing, & technology. When he's not working on a project for a client, he can often be found listening to podcasts, enjoying time outdoors, or planning his next big adventure

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