Travel Made Easy with Samsung Chromebook & Staples

by Carrie with Children with 17 comments

I’m a huge fan of technology – it’s my lifeline.  I almost never leave home without some type of device. Whether I’m reading the news, doing work or just chatting online with friends – being connected is important to me.

The folks at Staples understand my love of technology, so they sent over the new Samsung Chromebook for me to check out.  Last week, we went out of town so I decided to bring along this pretty new laptop and see how it traveled.

Samsung Google Chromebook

When I’m traveling, there are four things I need in a PC and this Samsung Chromebook exceeded my expectations.

  • Lightweight and Compact – This PC has an 11.6 inch screen and only weighs 2.5 pounds. It fit in my purse – a major ‘plus’ in my world!
  • SD card capabilities – I take a TON of pictures when we travel.  My nightly travel routine is to move all the pictures from my camera to the laptop each night.  The SD slot on the back of the PC was a nice surprise – one that I wasn’t expecting either!
  • Front-facing camera –  I love checking in on my girls via Skype when I travel.  This past trip, the girls were with me, so we video chatted each night with Dad.
  • Long Battery Life – The PC is said to have 6.5 hours of battery life! I know I gave it a good run while we were out of town.

I didn’t fly this trip, but I was amazed to learn of a fantastic partnership with Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi.  Every Samsung Chromebook, comes with 12 free passes that you can use over two years for any domestic flights.  Isn’t that incredible?!  That’s a huge savings for those of us that fly a lot.

Samsung Google Chromebook Collage

The Samsung Chromebook runs on a Google Chrome operating system.  So, if you are a GMail user like myself – you’ll find this PC easy to use.  I’m a big fan of Google Chrome and the ability to sync my Chrome browser to other PCs.  And if you don’t have a GMail account, don’t worry – you can still use this PC!

This laptop may be small (which I love), but trust me it packs a punch – it’s also lightning fast.  I think this is going to be my new PC of choice for traveling.  There are so many things to love about it….

Staples Easy Button Samsung Chromebook

This would be a fantastic PC for anyone that travels often and a great laptop for students.  In the coming weeks, I’m going to introduce my girls to using this computer.  There are some really great Google Chrome apps that I know they would love to use!

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** Staples provided me with this Samsung Chromebook to review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. To see their full line of laptops and tablets, visit **


  • Jennifer Medeiros

    It looks really nice, I have yet to check a Chromebook out in person!

    • Carrie with Children

      I’m very impressed with the Chromebook so far – such a great PC!

  • Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)

    I am SOOO in need of a new laptop. I have a Samsung now, and would buy one again….lots of things I’m liking about this Chromebook. The Gogo WIFI passes is pretty cool alone!

    • Carrie with Children

      This is my first experience with a Samsung PC – I’m impressed so far. And aren’t the Gogo passes just a great perk?! So cool!

  • Crystal @ Simply Being

    I love that it comes with 12 free passes for in-flight internet with GOGO!

    • Carrie with Children

      The 12 free Gogo passes makes this computer a great deal! I can’t wait to use it on my next flight!

  • Jackie

    My husband and I were thinking about getting a Chrome book for our oldest daughter (17) since her old laptop is more like a dinosaur than anything. This would be perfect for all of her school work and internet browsing.

    • Carrie with Children

      Yes! This would be perfect for her – it’s fast, lightweight and great for the internet!

  • Crystal

    OOOH cool – I didn’t know the Chromebook came with free GoGO in flight passes??!?! YEAH!

    • Carrie with Children

      Isn’t that a great perk? I can’t wait to fly somewhere so I can use it!

  • Brett

    oh, the gogo in flight? AWESOME feature!! that’s a cool bonus for consumers!

    • Carrie with Children

      Isn’t that just the best?! In-flight wi-fi can be pricey too – great perk!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I must admit those free passes are a huge plus and sway for me!

    • Carrie with Children

      I know! Such a great perk – that almost pays for the computer!

  • Hanan

    Kind of kicking myself about not buying a chromebook. It’s my favorite browser, so I’m sure this would be perfect for me.

  • Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom

    Looks awesome! My husband picked out and purchased my last computer for me, and while it runs fast for all the blogging I do on it, it is HUGE and heavy. I love the look and size of the Chromebook!

  • Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife)

    Wow! Looks so sleek! Love the long battery life! A must for any traveling mom!