Recently, we took a road trip around Malaysia to look at interesting startups and it was the perfect opportunity to stress test the Google YES Chromebook which was launched recently. The trip took us from Kuala Lumpur, to Penang and to Kelantan and back.
Firstly about the Samsung manufactured Chromebook. According to YES, this is World’s First Samsung 4G Chromebook. It looks good and it loads up pretty fast at around 8 secs. Because of Google Sync, all your browsing details and bookmarks are all sync in as soon as you login with your Google ID. You can also easily connect over to the both Wifi and the YES 4G network using your existing YES ID. The Chromebook is around 1.1Kg and the first impression is the keyboard is so much better than the first gen Chromebook.
Here Some Specs
11.6 inches (1366×768) display
0.7 inches thin – 2.42 lbs / 1.08 kg
Over 6.5 hours of battery*
Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor
100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage with 16 GB Solid State Drive**
Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Built-in Yes 4G Connectivity
1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
Bluetooth 3.0™ Compatible
I am a fairly heavy user and I noticed the battery life last around 3 to 4 hours from a full charge. I was trying to conserve power by lowering the brightness. It was good for me replying emails and updating my site.
We did try to watch a couple of Youtube videos but I can’t open up another tab to do other stuff. The video then will not be able to play well in the background.
Connection wise, the handover during the trip was a bit choppy. We tried connecting to the YES network using the Huddle instead and the connection was better. I was primarily using it as the main computer from Kuala Lumpur to Penang but looking at my usage I would not be using it for my main computer as I will needing it for video editing etc.
Although not as high end as the Google Pixel, this is a fairly well built Chromebook. The keyboard is good to type and if you are not travelling in a bus like me, I think this is a good secondary computer for most people. I realized I was using it more and more just to do some casual browsing at night. (easier compare to an tablet, IMHO)
For a price range of RM988 to RM1,299. I think it is a good buy if you are not a heavy user and need something light for email, browsing and living in the cloud since Google is providing 100 Gig of online storage for this.