Mar 30, 2017

[About Samsung Chromebook Plus's performance and external ports]

In general, Chromebook performance depends on the Octane Score-Javascript benchmark measurement

My Chromebook Plus's Octane Score was 9480.

For reference, the Score for my Asus Chromebook Flip 10.2 was 4805.

However, this is only a small reference, but it does not seem to measure the performance of the entire Chromebook.

For example, if you call it minus one degree in winter weather forecast, sometimes the actual temperature you feel can be at minus 5 degrees. The Chromebook also seems to have the speed that it actually feels. In other words, depending on the usage pattern of the user and the main tasks, the speed of perception may be slow or may be fast.

As I can see from the fact that this device has one of ARM CPU series, it is obvious that such a device that responds with a click is indispensable.

However, for most common business tasks (G Suite cloud-based), it seems to be very graceful and seem to be responding moderately (not the fastest response, but the normal response, not the burdensome rack).

In addition, Android apps have outperformed their normal behavior beyond what we expected. (Probably one of the benefits of ARM chips). Of course, in my personal work patterns, I rarely use Android apps on this Chromebook.

As you can guess, Chrome OS installed on this Samsung Chromebook Plus seems to have made a lot of optimizations in cooperation with Google. In particular, it looks more like supporting stylus pens that are not yet supported on other Chromebooks, and Google Keep memos being the default app for Samsung stylus pens.

For reference, I am using Google Docs, spreadsheet for G Suite, Google presentation for presentation slides, and occasional survey form for all document work. Of course, I am working on sending and receiving mail to Gmail.

Screenshots and annotations on Chrome are using the Awesome Screenshot as an extension for Google Chrome, and screen-recording and video creation can be done using 'Screencastify' to upload screen-recorded results to YouTube and to create animated GIF images .

The external connection ports of Samsung Chromebook Plus are all two USB Type C ports.

USB memory, HDMI or RGB VGA connection for dual monitor connection, ethernet connection etc. requires gender or a separate adapter.

At the time Apple released the new MacBook, it offered only a USB Type C port, which caused many complaints from users (Apple sells a separate gender or adapter at an extra cost) How glad is it to have one port on each side?

I have a gender (Micro USB 5-pin charger-to-USBC conversion gender) that was already using the Google Nexus 6P smartphone (this smartphone already offers fast charging to the USBC port). However, I purchased an adapter (HDMI port 1, USB 3.0 port 1, USBC charging port 1) for an HDMI dual monitor connection.

If you connect this monitor to the left USBC port of your Samsung Chromebook after purchasing this multiport for external monitor connection, the monitor screen periodically jiggles (as if the power is weak and the screen shakes) I can not confirm the problem with the purchased MULTI port adapter, but when I connect it to the right USBC terminal on the Chromebook (above picture), it works well without any problem. Therefore, the adapter is connected to the right side for monitor connection and the left side for other USB hub connection (see photo above).

The benefit of the USBC port is fast charging, high transfer speed (double speed of USB 3.0), and no connection at all. Most of the devices coming out in the coming years (Apple MacBook, Chromebook, Google smartphone pixel) are expected to be USBC.

Here are some of the complaints of Samsung Chromebook Plus devices .

First, the keyboard is smaller than the standard keyboard size. In particular, backspace key and tab key are smaller than standard keyboards. It is more inconvenient than I thought because I often write a lot of documents and often press backspace. It can be used to become accustomed.

Second, the touch of the keyboard is not so good. You have to get some strength when you press it. And every time I press a keyboard, I feel like I press a little low-cost keyboard.

Third, the touch sensitivity of the touch pad is not good. It is not particularly inconvenient to use, but it needs to be improved.

Fourth, the problem seems to be due to the MS rather than the problem of Samsung Chromebook. In the first half of 2016, Google announced its first Google Play Store support for Chrome OS, and announced that all Android apps will be able to run on Chrome OS. At the time, it was able to install Android apps on three Chromebooks (Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), Asus Chromebook Flip 10.2, and Acer R13 Convertible). At that time, after purchasing the Asus Chromebook Flip 10.2, I installed the free MS Office apps for Android and used them well, and from the moment it could not install these office apps on Chromebooks. At present, it can be installed on only smartphone for Android, but it can not be installed on Samsung Chromebook which supports Android app.


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