Samsung Chromebook 3: User Review

by Matthew Ruane

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


samsung chromebook 3

The Chromebook is a diamond in the rough. It is a largely overlooked laptop that deserves more attention than it deserves. It serves my purposes quite well, and it will only get better. The Samsung Chromebook 3 is an affordable #Chromebook that powers on quickly and has good enough specs to let me do what I need to do.

I use my Chromebook mostly for work, editing documents and writing some code. I also use it for fun as well. It has a good display and I use my HBO Now account to stream my favorite HBO shows.  It boots in the blink of an eye, around 7 to 10 seconds.

There aren’t really many games for the Chromebook, but that will change soon when Android apps come to ChromeOS.


Battery Life and Charging

The Samsung Chromebook 3 has excellent battery life. I average around 8 hours of normal usage before needing to charge. If I am playing a game then the battery life cuts down to maybe 6 hours of use. Still, that is really good.

Charging is super fast as well. Anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes brings me to a full charge. That is one of this Chromebooks greatest features. It charges quick and the battery lasts for  a long time. On a single charge , usually I am able to do an entire day’s worth of work. I have watched a whole season of Game of Thrones on one battery charge as well.


Performance and Design


I do notice some slowdown on the Samsung Chromebook 3 after use. When you first turn it on and set it up, it is lightning fast. However, after some use it starts to slow down. The app that I have really noticed it with the most is the file browser app, called Files. Pretty creative name for a file browser, don’t you think?

Clicking on the file browser opens a window, yet it takes a few seconds for the window to fill up with your files and folders. It is not bad though, and with maintenance and proper care you can easily work around this.

The laptop itself is small, and is very thin. It has a sleek appearance that lets anyone who looks at it know that this is not your grandmother’s laptop. The screen size is smaller than most would like their laptops to be, at least that’s what I think. It has an 11.6 inch display. That is very small compared to many of the other laptop screens out there.

But you know what? I like it. I find that 11.6 inch screens are just find for me. My wife and I watch movies on it and I can multitask well enough. I wouldn’t want to use a smaller screen though. Since getting the Chromebook I have wanted to use my 7 inch tablet once.


Strength and Durability


I am pretty careful with my electronics. The way I see it, none of today’s electronics have strength and durability. It’s all a bunch of tiny computer components stuffed inside the cheapest shell they can find. Sorry, I tell it like it is. These companies can do better. I have never seen an iPhone that didn’t have a cracked screen! Well, except maybe in pictures of iPhones that have just been born and haven’t been sold yet.

Samsung Chromebook 3 Sitting Open

Even though I haven’t dropped my Samsung Chromebook 3 yet, I can tell that it is about as durable as any other laptop its size. I think as long as you don’t throw it across the room, drop it, or even drop kick it, it will be strong and durable enough. Just take care of it. Pretend it’s a baby. A quieter, less demanding baby.


Best Features


The best thing I have to say about Samsung’s Chromebook 3 is how quickly it turns on. In fact, all Chromebooks turn on in the blink of an eye. I’m used to devices that are a pain to turn on and off. My tablet takes 10 minutes to do a 360 reboot. Going from on to off and then on again takes forever on any device I use now. The Chromebook has spoiled me. In around 5 or 7 seconds I can go from powered off and charging to logging in and walking around.

With my work, the ability to take screenshots is important. The Chromebook makes it easy with a simple key combination. In fact, ChromeOS has a ton of them. I use ALT + [ and ALT + ] to move applications to the side of the screen for easy dual viewing. Anchoring an app to the left and the right gives me faster multitasking.

Another awesome thing, which I am looking forward to, is Android apps on ChromeOS. The Samsung Chromebook 3 is on the list of Chromebooks that will get access to Android apps and the Play Store when the update comes out. I couldn’t wait. The developer channel, which works on the newest, newest version of ChromeOS, is working on it right now. So I switched my Chromebook over to running developer versions of ChromeOS. They are pretty much like Pre-Beta builds.

It was not bad, and it ran android apps just fine. Minecraft worked, though still needs improvement. The Pathfinder Adventure card game app worked. So did Firefox and almost everything else.


Worst Features


The lack of a DELETE button took me awhile to get used to. Honestly, though, I never seem to really need it. When I am writing, if I make a mistake, the BACKSPACE key does what I need it to do. If I really need to use the DELETE function, ALT + BACKSPACE does what I need. Also, swiping down from the launcher window that you see below is supposed to take you to Google Cards. That doesn’t work, and no cards show up at all.

samsung chromebook 3 chromeOS google now screenshot


The Chromebook 3 isn’t the fastest laptop out there. It has 2gb of RAM, but that isn’t as bad as it would be to say, run Windows 10 on that amount of RAM.  ChromeOS is a lightweight operating system, and can do much more with 2gb of RAM that Windows could with XP and up. The only real slowness I ever experience is when I load up the Files app. The window takes a moment to populate sometimes. When that happens, I go straight to my maintenance routine. I like to keep things in perfect working condition.

The only other thing I could think to complain about is the max volume. The speakers just aren’t that best. They are also located underneath the laptop. So when you have your Chromebook 3 on the table in front of you, and YouTube is playing your favorite song, the table is muffling the sound.

It’s not that bad, I mean it’s perfect if you happen to be in a quietish room and you are sitting right in front of the Chromebook writing or something. If you want to watch a movie with the family on it, get some speakers for it.


Overall Review


Samsung did well with the Chromebook 3. I purchased this as an emergency business expense. My old computer went to PC heaven. I bet it really went to hell, though. I just think maybe it’s insensitive to people with family in hell to make  jokes about it. But that thing was a bastard.

The Samsung Chromebook 3 was cheaper than any other non Chromebook in the store. I paid $175 for it. After I brought it home and used it for  a few days I fell in love with it. It was super fast compared to the 15 year old laptop and 3 year old tablet that i had been using. On a single charge I could go pretty much all day. Put it in my briefcase, carry it from here to there, get some work done on the bus, or out to lunch. I can work anywhere at anytime now and not have to worry about the battery life.

The Chromebook 3 has improved my productivity. I have all of the tools that I need to do my job. When the Play Store makes it to the Stable ChromeOS channel, Chromebooks will be even more efficient. Learn more about the Chromebook 3 at its Samsung Product Page


Overall Rating 8/10


by Matthew Ruane

by Matthew Ruane

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Matthew Ruane is a 32 year old husband, father and technology writer. He enjoys playing the guitar, ukulele and harmonica. Matthew enjoys programming in python as well as GMing for Pathfinder games.


Buy Samsung Chromebook 3 & Accessories

11.6 Inch Waterproof Laptop Briefcase Fit Acer R 11 Chromebook, Samsung Chromebook 3, Lenovo 11.6 Chromebook, Surface Pro 6, DELL ASUS HP Lenovo Chromebook 11.6 Protective Notebook Bag, Space Grey

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

by CaseBuy
11.6 Inch Laptop Case Sleeve for Acer 11.6 inch Chromebook| Samsung Chromebook 3 | 11.6 inch Notebook Protective Bag Built For Full Protection Featuring Durable Dupont Eco-Friendly Nylon Waterproof, this sleeve effectively absorbs accidental bumps, reduces damages caused by impacts, and protects your computer from scratches. The outer canvas fabric is sturdy and highly durable The extremely soft flannelette lining also offers better protection against any shock, scratch and dust. Features The ergonomic designed handle is soft but solid, which enables maximum portability. Three zipped front pockets for storage of small items such as power adapter, pens and mobile phone. Soft down lining prevents Macbook Pro/Air laptop from accidental fall and scrtches or breakage. High quality hardware zipper,not easy to rust texture heavy,smooth zipper smooth,withstand more than 100,000 times pull. Perfect Companion For Your Laptop External size: 13.12 * 9.25 * 1.2 inch(335mm * 235mm * 30mm); Internal size: 12.80 x 8.86 x 1 inch(325mm * 225mm * 25mm).  Suitable for Acer Chromebook R 11 | Acer Premium R11 | Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131 | Acer Switch Alpha 12-inch /Switch 5 | MacBook Air 11-inch | Macbook 12 A1534 | Microsoft New Surface Pro 2017| Surface Pro 4/3 |Samsung Chromebook 3 | HP Stream 11| HP ChromeBook 11 | HP Envy X360 11.6 | ASUS Chromebook C201 C202SA C213SA | Dell Chromebook 11 | Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series | Lenovo N22 Chromebook | Thinkpad Yoga 710 | and Most 11-12" Ultrabook Notebook Tablet NOT Compatible Devices(Please choose the 13 Inch Laptop Case): ✘ 12.3" Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro ✘ 12.3" Google Pixelbook ✘ 12.5" ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA Get one immediately for your latop or you can send it to your friends. Perfect for gifts!  Package Including 1*12 inch sleeve case.

$15.99 on

KOZMICC 11.6 12" inch Laptop Neoprene Sleeve Case Bag Carry Handle Pocket for Apple Macbook Air Pro Chromebook Acer Asus Dell Google HP Lenovo Samsung

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Universally Fits Up to 12 x 9.5 Inch Laptops and Ultrabooks. Kozmicc tablet sleeves are made of extremely high quality and durable neoprene. It offers complete protection from the elements. The interior soft yet shock absorbent to protect your tablet's screen and finish. The minimal design makes it compact enough to carry in a bag. A handle along with a front accessory pocket, allow the sleeve to be used as standalone bag! This graded neoprene is water resistant unlike most cheap imitations, but please do not submerge in water or use in heavy rainfall! Also verified to fit: Acer 11.6" Aspire R3-131 Laptop Acer 11.6" C720 C720P-2457 Chromebook Laptop Acer 11.6" C730 Chromebook Laptop Acer 11.6" C740-C3P1 Chromebook Laptop Acer 11.6" Chromebook Laptop Acer 11.6" E3-111 Laptop Acer 11.6" R11 R3-131T-C1YF touch screen 2-in-1 Laptop Acer R 11 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook Apple Macbook 12" Laptop ASUS 11.6" VivoBook E200HA-US01 Laptop ASUS Black 11.6" C201PA Chromebook Laptop Asus C201PA 11.6" Chromebook Laptop Asus C201PA-DS01 Asus Chromebook Laptop Asus C202SA 11.6" Chromebook Laptop Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12.5" Laptop Dell 11.6" Inspiron 3147 2-in-1 Laptop Dell Inspiron 11 3168 11.6" Laptop Dell Inspiron 11.6" Laptop HP 11" Stream Laptop HP 11.6" Stream 11-p015wm X360 Laptop HP 11.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook HP Pavilion 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Laptop HP x360 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Laptop Lenovo 100S 11.6" Laptop Lenovo Flex 3 1130 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Laptop Lenovo Flex 4 1130 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Laptop Lenovo Ideapad 110s 11.6" Laptop Lenovo ThinkPad LN N21 Chrome N2840 Laptop Lenovo Yoga 2 11 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Laptop Lenovo Yoga 710 11 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Laptop MAXIMUS 11.6" Laptop Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3" Nextbook Ares 11.6" 2-in-1 Laptop Nextbook Flexx 11.6" 2-in-1 Laptop Samsung 11.6" Chromebook 3 Laptop Samsung 11.6" XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Laptop

$9.99 on

amCase Chromebook Case, 11.6 to 12 Inch Laptop Sleeve Case for Acer Chromebook 11 C720 740 / HP Stream/Samsung Chromebook 2 / Macbook/Notebook Laptop Sleeve Neoprene w/Handle (BLACK)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

by amCase
Introducing the amCase 11.6-inch Neoprene Case . . . This protective, neoprene, cushioned case snugly conforms to your devices shape, while the padded texture cushions it like bubble wrap. The material helps absorb shock from dings and bumps, while withstanding daily wear-and-tear. The case also touts a scratch-resistant inner lining to help keep your device's screen looking pristine. Additional storage space in the front is convenient for cables, adapter and other accessories. Slim-line design and handle allow this case to be carried solo or fit in your favorite bag. Works with: Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6" (11.40 x 8.06 x 0.66 inches) Samsung 11.6" Chromebook Series 3 (11.4 x 8.19 x 0.69 inches) Samsung Silver 11.6" (11.6 x 8.09 x 0.69 inches) HP Chromebook 11 (11.7 x 7.6 x 0.69 inches) HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11.6" (11.4 x 8.53 x 0.87 inches) Acer C720/C720P Chromebook (11.3 x 8.0 x 0.8 inches) Acer C710 Chromebook (11.2 x 7.95 x 1.09 inches) Acer Aspire One 11.6" (11.2 x 7.91 x 1.0 inches) Acer Ultrabook 11.6" (11.2 x 7.70 x 0.48 inches) Acer Sleekbook 11.6" (11.38 x 8.11 x 0.83 inches) Lenovo THINKPAD Helix Tablet (11.7 x 7.36 x 0.51 inches) Apple Macbook Air (11.8 x 7.56 x 0.67 inches) ASUS c200 Chromebook (12 x 7.90 x 0.80 inches) Acer Chromebook 11 (11.9 x 8.1 x 0.86 inches)For other devices, please check the dimensions before purchase. Dimension: Size (LWH): 12.4 x 8.6 x 1.0 inches Weight: 9.1 oz Color: Black Warranty: 30-Day Money Back Guarantee 12-Month Replacement Warranty

$11.99 on

Tech WTF is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to