If you’re looking for a solid all-around laptop for roughly $500, the new Samsung Chromebook Pro should at or near the very top of your candidate list. Sure, there are plenty of Windows laptops and tablets in that price range (or lower), but none that I can think of offer this combination of a decent design, mostly metal construction, lag-free performance, long battery life, better-than-HD touchscreen, built-in stylus and a hybrid hinge that transforms the system into a tablet.
Despite the hybrid design, this is still a laptop first and a tablet second. For the opposite approach, an iPad plus a snap-on keyboard would cost about as much.
I know what you’re thinking: “But wait: Chromebooks use Google’s weird browser-only operating system. They won’t run any of my must-have software, and they’re useless when you’re off Wi-Fi.” And you’d be right about some or all of that — if it wasn’t 2017.
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