Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2″, 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan

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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2", 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan
  • TWEIGHT 2-in-1 DESIGN At just under 3 pounds, the Chromebook Plus is incredibly lightweight. You can easily fold it into tablet mode for comfortable viewing and browsing
  • BUILT-IN PEN Experience the power of the incredibly precise built-in pen that never needs charging. It’s always ready to write, sketch, edit, magnify and even take screenshots
  • DUAL CAMERA Fold your laptop into tablet mode to capture clear shots and even zoom in for a closer look with the revolutionary 13MP world-facing camera with autofocus
  • CHROME OS AND GOOGLE PLAY STORE Create, explore and browse on a bigger screen with the tools you use every day —all on the secure Chrome OS
  • POWER AND PERFORMANCE Tackle anything with a long-lasting battery and Intel Celeron processor. Store more with 64GB of built-in memory and add up to 400GB with a microSD card.Bluetooth v4.0
  • More space for what matters. Get Google One with 200GB of cloud storage for 12 months when you purchase a new Samsung Chromebook. Enjoy plenty of space for all your files, photos, and more. Redeem offer until 1/31/22

Specification: Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2″, 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan

Standing screen display size

‎12.2 Inches

Max Screen Resolution

‎1900*1200 Pixels

Processor

‎1.5 GHz celeron

RAM

‎4 GB LPDDR3

Hard Drive

‎64 GB flash memory solid state

Graphics Coprocessor

‎Intel HD Graphics 615

Chipset Brand

‎Intel

Card Description

‎Integrated

Graphics Card Ram Size

‎2 MB

Wireless Type

‎Bluetooth

Number of USB 2.0 Ports

‎2

Number of USB 3.0 Ports

‎1

Average Battery Life in hours

‎10 Hours

Brand

‎Samsung Electronics

Series

‎Samsung Chromebook

Item model number

‎XE520QAB-K03US

Hardware Platform

‎Chrome OS

Operating System

‎Chrome OS

Item Weight

‎2.98 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎11.35 x 0.67 x 8.2 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎11.35 x 0.67 x 8.2 inches

Color

‎Light Titan

Processor Brand

‎Intel

Processor Count

‎1

Flash Memory Size

‎64

Hard Drive Interface

‎USB-C

Optical Drive Type

‎No Optical Drive

Power Source

‎Battery Powered

Batteries

‎1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

7 reviews for Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 2-in-1 Laptop- 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2″, 16:10 Aspect Ratio- XE520QAB-K03US Light Titan

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  1. Avatar of Adrian L.

    Adrian L.

    I purchased this item spur of the moment during a lightning deal when then price was dropped to $329. Normally I don’t make impulse purchases at that price range, but within ten minutes, the deal was 98% sold out, so I just took a chance and went for it. and boy am I glad that I did. I’m upgrading from a Lenovo C330, which I also like very much (especially for the sub $250 price I got that one at) but you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck with this Samsung machine.

    ** Just as a heads up, this is an updated model of the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 than was what was launched a year ago or so. (There’s a video on Youtube that explains the differences — which is not much. This is a lighter silver color and not the sleek, darker grey.) **

    I’ll break my review down by features:

    – display: For the price, this display is incredibly sharp. Like, surprisingly nice. My other computer is a 2017 Macbook Pro and I can honestly say that this one is almost on par with the retina display on the MBP. For me personally, display is always the most important single item on a working laptop as low pixel count, resolution and bad colors can lead to severe eye strain and fatigue. This machine doesn’t come with Chrome’s Night Light feature out of the box, but you can activate it (search on Google). In the past, Chromebooks were known for being very cheaply built computers with low quality components, but I’m very impressed and equally happy with this computer’s display, especially for $329.

    – keyboard: This is where Lenovo and others have Samsung beat. The keyboard is fine, but the keys themselves feel quite small and there’s too much space between keys. I feel like I have a much quicker and accurate typing experience on virtually every other keyboard. In terms of layout… It’s just your standard Chromebook fare. I will say this is probably my only real disappointment with the machine. The trackpad is also fine. It’s nothing spectacular, but doesn’t feel particularly cheap. All gestures and two finger scrolling works no problem and there’s a nice solid (and quiet) click when pressing the trackpad.

    – battery life: The battery life is pretty bonkers on this machine. After a couple of console prompts, the battery capacity is shown to be 39 watt hours. This is a huge bump from the Lenovo C330, which already has incredible battery life. My guess is the larger, higher res display necessitates the additional battery capacity. I’ve not been through two full cycles yet and have been using the machine all day for work during the day and then Youtube/Netflix in the evening. I think it’s safe to say that you easily get a full day’s worth from a single charge even with lots of video and graphics-heavy use.

    – speakers: They’re not that great. Most computers at this price point have downwards-facing speakers, and this one is no exception. The speakers don’t ever get that shrill or rattle, but in terms of overall volume, they’re not very loud. I ended up using headphones for a couple of video seminars I had to do today because the speakers were just not loud enough.

    – cameras: I haven’t tried them yet. I don’t really use webcams on computers and don’t see myself using the cameras on this one much.

    – build quality: This is a tough one to measure for a few different reasons. It appears that the slate gray Plus V2 has an aluminum/alloy case, but this one is all plastic. It feels sturdy enough, but definitely has that plasticky feel. The keyboard in particular is where it feels especially cheap. But even with a full plastic build, there’s really no keyboard or display flex, and the computer feels solid in my lap or on a table. The screen hinges are also pretty sturdy and stay put when you’re banging away on the keyboard.

    I’ve got to say, even at $400, I still think this is a solid buy. If you’re able to grab this during a flash sale for $350 or less, then definitely go for it!

    EDIT: After only using the machine for a couple of days, the GPU/CPU/internal graphics went completely haywire out of nowhere and the computer became completely unusable. Trying various resets didn’t work and opening the display to tablet mode and back didn’t help either. The replacement machine is also flickering, giving me the impression that these newer silver models have a major issue with the stability and reliability of the graphics and display. There are a few others who’ve posted similar issues in their review of this computer here. Still debating on whether to keep it or not because I really want to like this computer but am worried about what happens after the return window and warranty period expire.

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    Amazon Customer

    I wish I could rate this a full 5 stars, because I honestly do love this Chromebook. As a broke college student, this was pretty much at the upper end of what I could afford as all my classes required me to use some aspect of a laptop, and I was getting annoyed at just having a tablet. I did pay full price for this, and I’ve had it for a few months now so I feel I can leave an accurate review.

    One of the first things I noticed when booting up the laptop was the screen. The screen is absolutely beautiful, and I don’t know how Samsung delivers for such a low price. It is not the highest resolution by any means, it is after all a Chromebook, however you can barely tell unless you’re staring at the screen an inch away (which I do not recommend for the sake of your eyes). The touchscreen works well too, and I’ve never had any issues with it. The second thing I noticed was the keyboard, and I’ll be honest, this keyboard is on par with higher end laptops. It doesn’t feel cramped to me at all and my typing speed is just as fast as it was when I used a hand-me-down Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

    Let’s talk about the body. The whole thing looks like it’s one unibody piece of aluminum, however only the top lid is metal. The entire bottom part, including the housing for the keyboard, is plastic. The bottom of my laptop already has scratches from me moving it around on a metal table, which isn’t a deal breaker but it does mean the structural integrity of the bottom is slightly weaker than it would be if it was all metal. The speakers are also on the bottom so it can be muffled if you don’t slightly prop it up on something (though the speakers actually sound pretty good and get loud enough to hear outdoors). Again, for the cheap price, this doesn’t really bother me. The other hardware impressed me as well, with 2 USB C ports, both of which are on the same side, one standard USB port, a headphone jack, micro SD card slot, and physical power/volume buttons.

    In terms of software, this obviously runs Chrome OS and it does, as specified, have Intel Celeron. Not extraordinarily fast but I rarely notice it lag unless I have excessive tabs open. It has 4gb of RAM and mine has 64gb of memory, which I have yet to run out of. Then again I don’t download a lot of things on here save for papers and a few apps, and the papers I delete as soon as I turn them in. No major complaints here.

    The pen. Ah the pen. I use the pen for math notes, as my teacher uploads PDF files of them for each class. The sensitivity levels are fantastic and you can get super thick or super thin lines with ease. It feels very natural, and palm rejection works well (given that the app you’re using includes palm rejection). I have also used it for a little doodle for another class, and that all worked just as well. The pen conveniently fits into a slot on the right side with a satisfying click so you know it won’t fall out.

    That being said, let me talk about the things I’m not quite as fond of. Being a Chromebook, I knew I would only be getting Google Play apps and I was prepared for that. Luckily, this laptop does have the Linux Beta, meaning if you know how to work a Linux system you can download apps outside of the Play Store. I was able to download Steam and try out a few games, however I have never gotten one to run anywhere near smooth enough to make an enjoyable gaming experience. Oddly enough, I have tried Don’t Starve both on Steam and on Google Play, and the version on Google Play runs infinitely better. It was made specifically to be played on a portable device so it is less task heavy, however I have a sneaking suspicion that Steam in general just does not work well on a Chromebook. Again, not a deal breaker for me, but something to be aware of.

    Finally, something that bothers me to no end and is the entire reason I took off one star. I haven’t read many other reviews of people experiencing this, so I wonder if this is something wrong with my laptop, however it is SO SLOW to start up. I have to open the laptop at least a minute before I expect to use it, because it takes forever to wake up. Another issue is sometimes when pressing the power button on the side it doesn’t do anything, and the only loophole I found to that is pressing the refresh button along with the power button. This is actually really annoying, and I don’t understand why the button doesn’t work 100% of the time. Still is not a deal breaker for me, still not a reason to return it, but it is rather annoying when dealing with this every single time I want to wake the laptop up.

    Overall, I do absolutely love this Chromebook. I never thought I’d get used to using one, however this laptop has proven me wrong. Minus the ding for the slow start up speed, I honestly would recommend this to anyone looking for a little portable laptop or an entry level one for school.

    ***TWO YEAR UPDATE***
    I bought this in mid-September of 2019 and am still using it as of late August 2021. This laptop has now not only served me but a friend of mine as well for college. There have been some noticeable changes that I feel the need to mention in order to provide the most accurate review.

    To my point about the power button, I have since learned that for some reason opening the shell of the laptop does not in fact wake it up from sleep mode; a short press of the power button on the side, however, does. Before I assumed the only way to wake it up was as I mentioned pressing the refresh button and power button at the same time which ultimately just restarts the computer. This is not the case but I’m still unsure of why they decided opening the laptop does not wake it up. Again I don’t know if this is only for my Chromebook but it is a lot more of a time saver as the screen lights up almost instantly after waking it up.

    All of the hardware still works perfectly. Every port, the trackpad, the keyboard, all the side buttons, the camera, the sturdy hinge, everything. The screen does not have a scratch on it and is still as bright, beautiful, and vibrant as day one. The speakers, despite being just open holes on the bottom, don’t really collect dust nor dirt as I thought it would. The only way I can tell this laptop is not brand new is the scratches on the top lid and bottom. Even then they are quite minor for something that is 2 years old.

    Now, onto the not so good things. As technology continues to advance and software becomes more and more CPU heavy, older things just cannot keep up. Compared to what we see on phones, tablets, and PCs now a days this laptop does seem rather slow in loading webpages. I’m talking milliseconds slower which realistically isn’t much of an issue, but if you have other technology it may seem sluggish. Easy fix, don’t compare it to your far more expensive devices! This laptop still runs amazingly and holds battery extremely well for such a small device, but it simply cannot handle the stresses of certain apps or processes anymore. For example, Google Chrome (which of course Chrome OS was designed with the specific intention of using) runs pretty well and is by far the fastest browser. Mozilla Firefox, however, does not. Now I doubt this will be an issue for most people because honestly who uses Firefox in general anymore, but one of my professors did require us to use it. Firefox as an app is borderline unusable on here. Now I don’t know if the app itself is just unstable but the pages constantly crashed on me and it couldn’t even load a YouTube video properly without, again, crashing. On Google Chrome, the experience is a lot smoother but still has some issues. I cannot send an emoji through Facebook Messenger in the browser without some pretty bad lag. I’ve had it crash on me when trying to enter certain “heavier” webpages, though usually that’s fixed just by clearing the cache and restarting the Google Chrome app. YouTube and my college student pages still work flawlessly, as do pretty much every day to day webpages such as the weather, news articles, online shopping, etc.

    These are all the things I noticed after my two years of owning this Chromebook. It is definitely showing its age (mostly in its software) but if you are only using it for web surfing, completing school assignments, watching videos or shows, etc. this is still an excellent value. I bought it at $400 back in 2019 and it seems to have since gone down to $350. Given how well it has kept up with my student oriented and many daily tasks, I think it is well worth it. It may not be able to run heavier apps anymore, but are you really looking for something that will at this price point?

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    Bunches McGuinty

    The unit arrived quickly but 48 hours after I set everything up it froze. Simple forced reboots don’t work, had to factory set. After having to do this 3 times I called and Samsung agreed its an issue.bi sent it back, they received it. It’s been a month since they received it. Over and over they promised to send a replacement. After weeks of this, and getting the tin around, they finally said they would refund my money if I could provide a receipt. I did. And a week later still no word it’s been issued. Nightmare experience.

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    Erick Augusto Hernandez Mendez

    Me enviaron otro equipo totalmente diferente, una versión corriente y de mala calidad en lugar del producto que pedí, que vale 1/3 parte de lo que gaste. No es posible Amazon que tengas estos errores.

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    Genevieve

    I have a $1000 Lenovo before this and this was only $400. I needed a laptop for college and this is perfect. It’s beautiful. I love it way more than the Lenovo I had.
    My husband has a MacBook and even likes this better. I was so excited for this to come in!

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    Customer Review

    Ordered this but received a cheap, older model worth half the price, although I was charged for this device. Not sure who was responsible for the mix-up, but I’d be very careful when ordering. I really was looking forward to giving this as a gift to my daughter but was completely cheated by its arrival. Returned the cheap model for a refund.

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    Carmen

    Todo bien aunque no llego la pluma !

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