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How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook

How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook?

By | Chromebook, How-To

If you’ve ever been stuck in the midst of a presentation on a Chromebook with a screen that needs to be rotated, and you have no idea how to make it happen, the result can be both frustrating and embarrassing—and it is the same is you are using Windows, Android, and Mac! There is nothing quite like the panic that sets in as you forget easy digital keyboard shortcuts for screen orientation or any other shortcut, which can feel a bit like standing at the ATM outside your bank and forgetting your password as a long and impatient line forms behind you.

Sometimes, it helps users to find silly ways to commit digital keyboard shortcuts to memory. “Never Eat Slimy Worms” has been recited by grade school students for years as they learn and commit to memory the directions of the compass, so why not try to create a clever trick to help you with Chromebook screen rotation?

The actual shortcut is to rotate the screen is quite simple: ctrl + shift + refresh.

But, perhaps the “refresh” key is the hang-up for some, trying to remember which button to press.

So, when your Chromebook screen needs to be rotated think “Control the situation, Shift the Screen, and Go for a Spin” because the refresh key actually looks like a spinning arrow.

Too much? Then aim to simply remember ctrl+shift+ refresh (or write it on your hand before the presentation).
Also, if you need to rotate the Chromebook screen more than 90 degrees, just repeat the ctrl + shift + refresh process to continue to move your screen another 90 degrees.

An alternative method to rotating the screen on your Chromebook is to go into settings, then display settings, and then change the screen back to “Standard.”

Once you have your screen back to the position you wish to view, you may want to look at other ways to display it. And since you’re here for help with your Chromebook’s overall functionality, we will go ahead and walk you through the steps you will take to connect your Chromebook to an external monitor.

A Chromebook can be connected to an external monitor and/or television monitor by using an HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, or a VGA port.

It’s possible you may need an adapter cable in order to hook up your Chromebook to an external monitor; in order to determine this, you should review the instructions that originally came with your Chromebook. While checking those instructions you should find out where the display output and input ports are located on your device; you can use these ports to insert an adaptor and then connect that also to a monitor.

Once you are connected, you will need to take a few additional steps in order to display your Chromebook screen on the monitor.

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on Settings.
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Choose “Mirror Internal Display.” At this point, your Chromebook screen should show up on the external monitor.

You may need to adjust the screen as well and, in order to do that, you will take the following steps:

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on “Settings.”
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Click on “Internal Display,” which will allow you to make the items on your screen larger or smaller using the “Display Size” option and it will also allow you to rotate the screen in the “Orientation” section.
Step 5: You can change screen sharpness by referring to the “Resolution” section.

Finally, one other area of useful information when it comes to screens and monitors for Chromebook users is the steps you would take to correct issues with the touchscreen monitor.

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on “Settings.”
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Choose the monitor you need to calibrate.
Step 5: Click on “Calibrate.”
Step 6: Your Chromebook is then going to prompt you to tap on the corners of your screen and you will then follow the steps onscreen.

iTunes on Chromebook

How to put iTunes on Chromebook?

By | Chromebook, How-To

New Chromebook device users have something to look forward to. Aside from entertaining and relaxing games and helpful applications for everyday productivity, one can now enjoy iTunes on Chromebook. If you’re new to Chromebook you may not know yet that you can actually play music on your new electronic device via iTunes. And probably too, you don’t know how to have the application on your laptop.

If you once owned an Apple device, say, an iPhone, iPad tablet or a Mac computer, surely, you’d want to transfer all or at least, your favorite music files to your Chromebook laptops. But transferring may not be as easy as you’ve always thought especially that Chromebook. After all, there is no available iTunes plugin for Chrome OS. Don’t despair because you can use iTunes for Chromebook. It may no longer be new to you that as long as you have a Google account, you can already access and listen to your iTunes playlist on any device or gadget. What you may not know for now is that this includes your Chromebook.

Install iTunes to Chromebook through Chrome OS

1. On your Chromebook, install the Google Play Music by opening the browser, Google Chrome.

2. Have the Google Play Music activated on your Chromebook laptop by launching it in a new tab? Follow the steps to completely activate the app.

3. Copy all the songs from your iTunes to Google Play. The simplest way for this is through the use of the app, Google Play Music.

4. Access your iTunes music on your Chromebook – By this time, your music from iTunes is already uploaded and saved to your new account on Google Play Music. Your Chromebook may have already been all set up, as well, for easy access. Therefore, you’re ready to listen to your music.

5. Go back to your Chromebook laptop, then, navigate the web interface, Google Play Music using your browser. Click the button, ‘Music library’ and choose the songs found in the Google Play Music.

Owning a Chromebook is no longer complicated especially, now you know that you can install iTunes to Chromebook. Everything you need to do is detailed as you go through the process. What we gave are just the basic steps to lead you through the what-to-dos.

Chromebook PDF Editor

The Best PDF Tools for Chromebook in 2018

By | Chromebook

In this digital age, we refer to PDFs so often that plenty of people know the acronym without even understanding what it really means. It’s actually an acronym for portable document format. We take them for granted but at one time, as with all things in the rapidly moving age of technology, they were a revolutionary advancement. If you can recall a time when you received documents from others via email, opened them to find a page of absolute gibberish, then went back and forth in frustration until someone ultimately faxed the document (remember those relics?). If that was you once upon a time, then you understand why PDF files changed digital communication for the better. PDF technology allows us to display documents in a readable format regardless of the type of software that originally produced them. They are now the universal standard for sharing documents, and PDFs also allow us to share large documents in a compressed file size that is easy to exchange between multiple parties. Whether you are negotiating a real estate contract, filling out a waiver for your child’s summer camp, or sharing research with colleagues in the medical field, you are undoubtedly using PDFs on a weekly if not daily basis.

For Chromebook users, however, PDFs can sometimes present a challenge as there are Android apps. There have been some compatibility issues in terms of viewing and editing PDF documents on Chromebooks, but the good news is there are plenty of options available to improve the Chromebook-PDF experience. A number of easy-to-use tools available make it possible to view and edit PDFs on a Chromebook and all Chromebook users should ensure they have the right tools at their disposal. We will take a look at some of these tools to point you in the right direction and help you make the most of your Chromebook experience.

In order to view PDF documents on a Chromebook you may need to use browser-based PDF format software so let’s get started with some of your options.

PDFEscape

PDFescape is accessible to Chromebook users through the web browser and this easy-to-use app allows users to open PDFs and also edit them. You can add text to the document, whiteout unwanted content, and also add images. PDFescape also allows users to digitally sign documents and auto-fill forms. An added plus of PDFEscape is that it takes up little memory!

KAMI

The Kami Chrome extension (which was formerly known as Notable PDF) is a great option for Chromebook, enabling users to annotate PDFs as soon as you open them (rather than having to save them elsewhere first). Kami will sync your changes to Google Drive immediately as long as you are online while using the extension. The Kami tools (found in a vertical bar on the left-hand side of the screen) make it easy for Chromebook users to switch between the pen and the highlighter. A free version with ads allows you to add text, highlight text, and underline and strikethrough. The paid version has additional features, such as splitting/merging and OCR.

SQUID

Squid is an Android app that can be used for PDF viewing and editing on Chromebook. Users can auto-fill forms, mark up PDFs, and insert signatures with Squid. The quick copy/select/paste functions and the ability to move content between pages and notes make Squid a fantastic tool for academic or corporate settings.

SEJDA PDF Editor

SEJDA PDF Editor is a no-frills web-based app, which is primarily geared toward fast PDF signatures and also has some limited editing capabilities. This is the perfect option for those who primarily need to sign a PDF format, perhaps in a corporate setting or even for a stay-at-home parent who constantly needs to sign school permission forms.

PDF Studio

Considered the best alternative to Acrobat for Chromebook, PDF Studio boasts all of the features needed for PDF viewing and editing those accustomed to Acrobat would expect. You can insert digital signatures and fill and save forms, utilize advanced search options, and even open password protected documents. Paid versions of PDF Studio also allow to/from conversions, more annotation tools, and interactive form designer, and more.

PDF Viewer

This app from the Google Play store allows Chromebook users to view, search, and annotate PDFs. A simple double tap of the screen will allow you to zoom in directly to the text you want to view, and you can use your finger or your stylus to mark up the text. Plus, it is easy to quickly undo changes to make the editing process efficient. A paid Pro version of PDF viewer offers even more features and functionality for Chromebook users.

Xodo PDF Viewer and Editor

Xodo allows Chromebook users to view and edit PDFs with Google Drive support. You can write directly on the PDF, highlight text, and markup, merge and edit documents. It is compatible with Adobe Acrobat and allows Chromebook users to annotate PDFs with others in real time.

PDF Split!

As the name implies, this is the best tool for Chromebook users if you simply need to split PDF files. It allows you to choose a range of pages and extract them and save as separate files and this can be downloaded in the Chrome Store.

Soda PDF Online

This browser-based PDF software allows Chromebook users to edit PDFs while online. You can create a free account that will enable you to open and view any PDF file online and users are also able to access files saved in cloud storage folders. An added bonus of Soda PDF online is its security features: users can add passwords to documents and restrict printing as well.

Chromebook Games You Can Play

5 Awesome Chromebook Games You Can Play

By | Chromebook, Games

Got a new Chromebook device? Well, if you haven’t known, you’ve just owned one of the latest and much sought-after electronic devices in today’s digital generation!  Having owned such a new gadget, you can make the most out of it, including Chromebook games. Oh, yes! You read it right. You can install games on your Chromebook and enjoy playing while you’re on break from work using, still, all the other functional and efficient software and applications on, none other than your Chromebook! Here’s the better news. There are games just for this product, you can download for FREE!

Chromebook Games to Play

There are countless games you can download and play for free but not all of them are safe for your device. And, since Chromebook can now run Android apps via the Google Play Store you can be sure that most of the games you’ll be interested in are safe and as mentioned, they’re free! Here are five (5) of the best Chromebook games you can download:

Gameloft’s Asphalt Airborne 8 

If you are a racing games lover, this one is for you. You don’t just get to enjoy this game but you’ll be entertained too, as it highlights the most popular bikes and cars you can find in the market today.

NibmleBit LLC’s Tiny Tower 

If you are the casual type of player, this is the best game for you. Here, accept the challenge of managing the lives of the residents of the tiny tower by building shops and attractions. And the best part of this game is that you earn from these built establishments.

Chromebook’s very own Polycraft 

This is the game the younger generation of players will surely love. This is the Chromebook’s version of the popular game, Minecraft. It is fast becoming one of the most wanted games for Chromebook.

Save the Day 

If you prefer the old-school yet challenging type of game, this one’s definitely for you.  Riding on a helicopter, you, as the player, are tasked to save survivors, not to mention avoid the fires. There’s no room for boredom here as this game boasts of colorful cartoony graphics, such a perfect break from the tiring work.

Threes! 

Puzzle games lovers are sure to have this for their favorite game.  Start the game with 1s, and then, level up with 2s to make it more exciting. Just one thing to remember, Threes is! is played via touchscreen device only.

These are only five of the many games you can play on your Chromebook gadget. They are the best among the rest and they are the safest too! Download one or all of these now and start having fun whether you’re the only one or with some other gamers to play with. Enjoy!

Chromecast 2018

Chromecast 2018 Showcased at the Google Hardware Event

By | Chromebook

Here’s good news to all Internet savvy, particularly the Google frequenters. Google just showcased the latest Chromecast device during its recently-held hardware event. The annual tech affair, which featured an array of new gadgets including the latest mobile phone models, announced the latest software updates of Chromecast. If you don’t have a Smart TV, this is a great alternative that performs just as efficient and excellent as the WiFi signal.

What is Chromecast and What does it do?

As mentioned, Chromecast can offer you the benefits of watching on a Smart TV or Wi-Fi enabled TV even if your appliance is actually doesn’t have the said feature. With this latest software update, you TV can function just even smarter than any other similar appliance you see in the market. What makes the 2018 Chromecast is that it can add Bluetooth, and it has an enhanced 5 GHz Wifi — indeed, better than ever!

If you’ve only been hearing about Chromecast but you actually don’t know how to use it and how it works, well, it is a device that you can simply plug into the HDMI port of a TV. This is powered by the USB cable included in the package. Through the use of your computer or smartphone (as your remote control), you can use this technology to watch, access or stream video contents from your favorite sites like YouTube and Netflix, among others. The better news is that movies and videos are not the only things you can do with Chromecast. You can also make this function to access nearly any content type from your Chrome browser from a laptop or PC.

Chromecast for Chromebook

Is your computer a Chromebook? Then, you can stream videos and more from this electronic device, too. All you need to do is to download the Google Cast extension. Four (4) easy steps are all it takes to cast on your Chromebook. Simply follow these:

1. To cast from a Chrome browser, simply go to the page you intend to cast and open it.
2. On your toolbar, select the icon, ‘Cast.’
3. Select and click the Chromecast device.
4. After choosing the Chromecast device, the video you want to watch automatically plays on TV.

See? You need not own a Smart TV to watch your favorite videos, movies, and series from your frequently visited sites, on your TV. All you need is a Chromecast device that’s even enhanced this year. What can be better than knowing that you can now use this technology from your Chromebook?

12 Awesome Chromebook Accessories

12 Awesome Chromebook Accessories

By | Accessories, Chromebook

Isn’t it exciting to have a Chromebook laptop? It’s like having a new doll or toy car that you can dress up and accessorize. If your computer is brand-new or just a few days old, you must be so excited to look for Chromebook accessories for your new baby. Well, you’re on the right page. In this article, we’ll give you 12 great ideas to accessorize your own laptop! There are actually lots of accessories you’ll find for your new Chromebook device but we picked the 12 best items to help you make the right choices and decide easily. Read on!

Top 6 Chromebook Accessories

1. Chromebook laptop case – Of course, the very first thing you’d want to do with your new Chromebook is to protect it from scratches and dirt, right? A laptop case, then, should be on No. 1 in your list.

2. Mouse for Chromebook – Aside from being one of the most affordable accessories for Chromebook, this will help you explore and work on your new tech gadget more easily, effortlessly and conveniently.

3. A webcam – It’s not that the built-in camera Chromebook has is not excellently functioning. It doesn’t mean either, that it does not have an excellent quality. If your work requires you to do a lot of video calls and conference, the webcam will help you become more presentable when you start conversing with your video call and chat mates.

4. Wireless Chromebook headset – Since this Chromebook accessory is cordless you get to hear or listen to what’s playing on your Chromebook laptop, be it an audio or video file you’re listening to. When you pick one, be sure of the quality of the sound, comfortable to the ears, and the foldable one for easy and convenient transport.

5. External hard drive – If you save a lot of series, movies, and music, this is a perfect must-have for you. Consider saving everything you’ve done for the day in an external hard drive just to be sure you’ve got everything stored in one storage in case the laptop needs some reformatting.

6. Printer-ready for Google Cloud – This is one of the most modern printers you can get. Even other people you share your access to the said printer with can print a special file or document even from a distance.

The first six accessories are what we believe, are the most important accessories to have, when you have a Chromebook laptop. The next six items below are equally essential for a must-have. This does not mean though that the second half in the list is no longer that important. We just thought of including the aforementioned in our first six so you’ll know which ones to buy first.

Other Must-Have Accessories for Chromebook

7. Chromebook speakers for the music-loving you

8. Lapdesk designed especially for Chromebook users

9. Ethernet adapter for a more reliable connection

10. Keyboard for convenient working and to avoid your laptop keys getting all worn out early

11. Microphone for clearer voice when making a video or audio call, or, when teaching online

12. Light for the keyboard to make typing as easy as A-B-C!

These are just 12 of the countless accessories you can get whether for your own Chromebook laptop or for someone so special who owns it. Now is the perfect time to scout for one while the supplies last and the prices are reasonable.

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

By | Apps, Chromebook, How-To

Chromebook users, like most of us in the digital age, can become too “app happy” at times! Like when you get the latest Android device, it is tempting, especially with a new device, to go a bit overboard downloading new apps, some of which are never used and quickly forgotten. You probably downloaded the latest web app to ensure a secure browser, but have also ended up with numerous apps, extensions, and unwanted programs that do nothing more than use up valuable memory on your Chrome device. Therefore, getting rid of every free web app you don’t want will help you restore your Chromebook. Of course, there are some especially useful apps we may open on a daily basis. Budding composers may rely on music apps to work on their craft and a graphic designer might use image-editing apps often. However, there are plenty of apps that ultimately prove to be space-wasters on our Chromebooks, and if you have reached the point where you realize it’s time to clean house, so to speak, you have come to the right place! We will take a look at the easy steps you can take to delete unwanted apps from your Chromebook.

Chromebook differs from Windows, Linus, and Mac, where you can delete installed apps by right-clicking on the app icon and choosing to remove or uninstall. Because Chromebook users may have previously worked in these systems, there could be an initial sense of frustration that the app removal is not as simple as one right click! However, it can still be done with relative ease, allowing you to clean up your Chromebook and free up some of your system memory. There is no need to leave all the unused apps there to waste memory when they could be replaced with something you may actually use and use often!

In order to delete these unwanted apps from a Chromebook you have two different options: users may uninstall them using the Google Play Store or they can be uninstalled by using the launcher. Read on to follow the easy steps for either method.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Google Play Store

1. Start by selecting the Google Play Store icon on the shelf.
2. Next, you should click on the menu icon, which is located next to the search bar on the Chromebook.
3. Then you will select “My Apps and Games.”
4. Select each of the apps you wish to delete from your Chromebook, then choose “uninstall,” and finally select “OK.”
And there you have it! Now you have freed up space on your Chromebook for more useful apps.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Launcher

For an even quicker way to remove unwanted apps from your Chromebook, you can use the launcher to uninstall them in two easy steps.
1. Open the launcher on your Chromebook.
2. First, select “All Apps,” then go to each app you want to remove, right click on each one, and finally select “Uninstall.”
Hey, presto! You have cleaned up your Chromebook and rid your memory space of unused apps.

Now that you have completed the “house cleaning” on your Chromebook you may want to consider adding new apps that will be useful to you based on your occupation, interests, and hobbies. The world of apps can be overwhelming to navigate so we will give you a good head start by suggesting some of the best and most popular Chromebook apps.

Best Apps for Chromebook

Office Online

If you are accustomed to working in Microsoft Office, the free Office Online app will allow you to create and edit Office documents on a Chromebook. This allows users to avoid some of the hiccups when working on Office documents in Google Docs, eliminating the possibility of compatibility issues when working with other Office users.

Paperfile

For Chromebook users in academic settings, Paperfile is a fantastic app for managing and keeping track of references and sources. The service helps users with the generation of properly formatted citations and keeps track of a wide variety of sources users can annotate or tag. This is an indispensable tool for those in academic research and the app comes with a free 30-day trial (and after that costs $2.99 per month).

StayFocusd

If you’re a Chromebook user who hardly made it through this brief article without stopping several times to check social media, instant messages, and game scores, StayFocusd may be the app for you! This app allows you to set limits on the time you can spend on certain sites and when the allotted time has been used, the sites are blocked. It can be a great tool when deadlines are looming and the temptation to waste time is a constant challenge for procrastinators.

Overdrive

A dream app for book lovers, Overdrive is linked to more than 30,000 libraries. The app allows you to digitally check out and return books. Additionally, you can use the app on Chromebook but also sync to other devices, so you can easily switch between reading on your Chromebook and your phone or other devices.

LastPass

Let’s face it, how much time do we spend trying to remember passwords, failing to do so, and then being forced to change them, starting the entire process over again? LastPass is a fantastic app that serves as your personal password manager. The app helps users generate passwords and then saves them into an encrypted locker, which you can access with one master password. So now you only have one password to remember rather than 27!

Netflix

Netflix users can add the app to their Chromebook for a much better viewing experience than streaming video on a smaller phone screen. In the Google Play Store, Netflix, and other Android entertainment apps are now available to turn Chromebooks into portable entertainment devices. (Just be sure to block Netflix with StayFocusd when a deadline is looming!)

Android Apps on Chromebooks

Android Apps on Chromebooks – The Best Choices

By | Apps, Chromebook

Do you know what makes a Chromebook laptop extra special and unique? You can install the applications you enjoy on your mobile phone, specifically the Android phone, here! Yes! There are Android Apps on Chromebooks you can download and install! This is among Google’s most exciting changes made for both its software and hardware. Imagine using a Chromebook device with numerous exciting and technological programs already installed. Imagine it again, with additional apps–Android apps this time. Exciting isn’t it?

What Android Apps on Chromebook to install?

You don’t need a technical expertise to make the Android apps run on Chromebook. Chromebooks that run Android apps are not hard to operate. In fact, installing the applications on this Google device is just like downloading and installing on a mobile phone device or a tablet. However, it is important to know that Android apps to Chromebook device only if the said software is compatible with the said hardware.

Yes, you read it right. Not all Chromebook devices can run the Android applications. The very first thing to look into is if you are using the latest Chrome version, and, if, upon checking your settings and you don’t find the Play Store application there. Enabling the app is possible by simply checking the box you’ll find there.

As mentioned, not all Chromebooks are compatible with the Android applications and vice versa. Among the devices you can install the popular operating system are selected: Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung laptops. Additionally,

As far as the applications are concerned, early this year, tech reports have it that there are over a million Android apps have been greatly used in the mobile world. The following are four (4) of the most popular applications you can download on your Chromebook for free:

Infinite Painter

This is designed for Chromebooks that have a pen support. This app unleashes your artistic side even if you are actually not an artist.

Quik

This is an easy video editor developed for the Android tablets and phones. You need not be a pro too, in video editing, to make this application work.

Pocketcasts

If you are very much into Podcasts, this one’s definitely for you. This is the easiest way to manage all your Podcasts in one storage app.

Firefox

There’s no other browser you can run on a Chrome OS. However, you can have Firefox installed to run on Android.

There you go! If you haven’t switched to Chromebook and Chrome OS yet, now is the perfect time to make that big switch! It’s like owning and using a 2-in-1 device! You surely won’t miss the apps you’re using on an Android-run gadget.

samsung laptop

Breaking Down the New Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) 2-in-1

By | Chromebook, Reviews

Samsung’s Chromebook Plus Convertible has received a second-generation iteration, and it’s looking very promising. The Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) is a step in the right direction when compared with the first generation: it features a new processor that packs a punch and has two cameras and a built-in pen, among the other novelties.

Under the Hood

The Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible V2 has moved from the ARM Processor to an Intel CPU and features a 1.5 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor. The Intel Celeron 3965Y handles the Chrome OS really well and as it is built on Kaby Lake microarchitecture and has two cores, it handles daily operations without delays.

Supported by the HD 615 graphics card performing at 300 to 800 MHz, 32GB of built-in storage (SSD) and 4GB of RAM, the Chromebook Plus V2 is fast, reliable, and easily handles a multitude of apps. Since this is a Convertible model, it also has a 360-degree hinge that lets it switch from laptop to tablet mode, which is becoming a firm favorite.

Cameras:

It also features two cameras, which is an upgrade from the single camera the V1 model had. The front-facing 1MP webcam is located in the upper bezel, while the stronger, F1.9 13MP camera with autofocus can be found in the upper-left side above the keyboard. When switching to tablet mode, it then becomes a rear-facing camera.

Display

The display is actually a bit of a downgrade compared to the V1 model—it’s 12.2″ and features a 1920×1080 resolution with 16:10 aspect ratio and a brightness of 300 nits. The V1 model had a 2400×1600 resolution with 3:2 aspect ratio and 400 nits brightness. Even though the display shouldn’t have been the one feature that took such a big hit, there’s a silver lining: the new display is wider and this works great for the keyboard layout which has been given an upgrade to a full-size keyboard.

Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity and ports, the V2 comes with plenty. Two USB-C 3.1 ports, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack are located on the left side, while a USB 3.0 (Type A) port, the Pen dock, as well as the power button, volume switch, and indicator light are located on the right side. Both USB-C ports carry 4K video and audio when used with the right adapter.

Additionals

The stylus in the pen dock is identical to the previous model, which is definitely a good thing: it features full-tilt recognition and 4096 pressure sensitivity levels that make all signatures, drawings, sketches, and writing precise, especially on a 12″ display. Plus there are two speakers at 1.5W each.

Full Specs

  • Processor: Intel Celeron 3965Y Kaby Lake
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Storage: 32GB internal, Solid State Drive
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Weight:93 pounds
  • Dimensions:34 x 8.19 x 0.63–-7.0 inches
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C used for charging and as 4K video output with an optional adapter, 1 x USB3.0, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Display Aspect Ratio: 16:10
  • Display Brightness: 300 nit
  • Camera: Front 1MP and 13MP on the keyboard deck
  • Stereo Speakers: (2 x 1.5W)
  • Built-in-pen with 4096 sensitivity pressure levels
  • Waterproof Keyboard (small spills only), but no backlight

Personal Use

The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 comes with the latest Chrome OS that also supports usage of Linux apps, the Google Play and Chrome Web Store apps and other content. You will easily stay in sync and work on it as long as you have an internet connection, and the offline capabilities will let you continue work should you be in an area where you can’t connect. The battery life allows you to use the Chromebook for hours on end without the need to charge it. It’s easy to carry around and is protected against the most common accidents like spills, thanks to a spill-resistant keyboard that can handle the smaller day-to-day minor spillages.

Who Should Buy It

It’s a good fit between entry-level and high-end models—a middle ground worth checking out if you want a device that you can work on the whole day while you’re on the go. While the price may support most budgets, it’s important to note that high power users will be better off buying models with more RAM and internal storage by spending about $100 to $200 more.

The Verdict

The new Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 has a premium feel to it. It’s lightweight, features a minimalist no-fuss design, and can be used as a regular notebook or a notepad. The battery life is great and enables 8 to 9 hours of continuous moderate usage and the Wi-Fi is a big plus—range and speed are both superior to most other models.

It’s sturdier than the V1 model, although also a bit heavier. The display is a downgrade but makes the V2 faster (especially with the new processor) since there are fewer pixels to handle. Overall, it’s a very good choice for the new upgrade!

 

 

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Looking at Acer’s New Chromebook Spin 15

By | Chromebook, Reviews

Acer has introduced a new addition to their Chromebook lineup: The new Acer 2-in-1 Chromebook Spin 15. It is the first 15-inch 2-in-1 type of Chromebook in the world, making it a desirable choice of many, but let’s see what it’s actually made of and who would want to buy it.

Under the Hood

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 weighs only 4.63 pounds and comes equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen covered in Corning Gorilla glass for added protection which is rarely found in other models or notebooks. The touchscreen supports 10-point multi-touch and works with IPS technology and the special design of this notebook lets it rotate a full 360 degrees, immediately transforming it into a tablet.

You can choose between 4GB to 8GB of RAM memory, which combined with 32GB to 64GB of storage offers plenty of space for all documents and data for medium to heavy users. Acer decided to stick with Intel on this one and the available models feature one of the three following processors: the quad-core Intel Pentium N4200, dual-core Intel Celeron N3450, and the dual-core Intel Celeron N3350.

Connectivity

Connectivity-wise, the Acer Chromebook Spin comes with two USB 3.0 type A ports, two USB 3.1 type C ports, and a microSD card slot. The battery performance should be impressive too, and is able to deliver 14 to 15 hours with continuous use, which puts this Chromebook into the spotlight for many who work remotely or for longer chunks of time.

Additionals

You will also find a decent webcam on the Chromebook, that has 720p HD definition, HDR, and a wider field of view than most others. The sound is solid, with two speakers that face upwards, although when you rotate to use in tablet mode they are facing away from you which can make the quality of sound suffer a litte. Plus, you can enjoy a full-size keyboard.

The Specs (Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315 model):

  • Operating System: Chrome OS
  • Processor: Intel Pentium N4200 1.1 GHz Quad Core
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Screen: 6″ Full HD (1920×1080), ten-point multitouch
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
  • Connectivity: 11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Audio: 2x speakers
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.1 Type C
  • Battery: 4670 mAh
  • Dimensions (W x D x H):96 mm x 261.96 mm x 19.95 mm or 15.19 in x 10.31 in x 0.78 in

Personal Use

When it comes to performance, the Chromebook Spin 15 doesn’t let you down. There were no delays when launching and opening apps, and when handling multiple apps at the same time. It easily deals with multiple open Chrome browser tabs, and full-screen HD videos run smoothly.

The textured aluminum lid gives it a slick look, but this is unfortunately lacking on the inside which has a bit of a “plasticy” feel to it. Another thing that might be a deal breaker for some is how difficult it is to open it: you need both hands, which can be off putting.

That being said, the touchscreen is super responsive: every swipe and tap register immediately and without a delay. There are wide bezels around the screen and the display is fairly reflective which could be an issue if you’re trying to watch a dark movie in the daylight. It has a soft touch keyboard that is standard sized like many other Chromebooks and the 360° option that turns it into a tablet is great for reading, sketching and drawing.

Who Should Buy It

For those looking for a Chromebook to read, watch movies and do light work, the Spin is ideal, but high power users should consider going for a higher model. Acer’s Chromebook 15 spin aims at those who want a device that will continue working even with prolonged use (or a long movie) and as such, the battery life is truly outstanding. It’s a larger Chromebook, ideal for long-usage and if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve got a good deal.

The Verdict

The Acer Chromebook Spin is an affordable option for those who need a device that can need long working hours on the go. It doubles as a tablet and is great for reading and watching videos in this mode, but the screen glare might make this difficult in certain situations if you’re planning to use it frequently on the move. The overall performance is good, but if you’re a power user, you might want to look at alternatives.