Samsung Chromebook Pro is a Multitasking Master
Samsung upped its Chromebook game at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The touchscreen Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro, will both start at $449, and come with a pen and some nifty multitasking capabilities. The first will be available in February and the second sometime this spring. Now that you can get Android apps on these machines, they may be worth considering for full deployment in your company.
The Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus feature a 12.3-inch touch-friendly display with a 2400 x 1600-pixel resolution that's made of Gorilla Glass 3, which means it won't be easy to damage. That's also true of the fully metal casing. The exterior houses two USB Type-C ports.
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Multitasking is the real star of Samsung's new machines. A button on the bottom right corner of the display activates a multi-window feature, which makes it simple to work on multiple apps without switching tabs. A digitized 0.7mm pen is housed in the right side, which makes it simple to keep notes. Samsung includes some pen utilities in the system including a magnify feature, digital laser pointer and an easy way to take screenshots.
Neither machine is particularly powerful, but since Chrome OS is really intended for web use, that shouldn't be a problem. The Chromebook Plus is powered by an ARM processor, and the Pro comes with an Intel Core m3 CPU. That's supported by 4GB of RAM and offers 32GB of storage. A microSD card slot should let you extend that memory even further.
The company claims both should last 8 hours on a charge. That isn't particularly long, but should get you through most of a workday away from an outlet.