The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is just another step in Google's plan to take over the Internet! With Chrome OS, a 16 GB solid state drive and weighing only 3.3 lbs, the Chromebook is portable and fast. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey check out the $430 netbook for its official rating.
What You Need To Know:
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is nice and slim: the keyboard feels very Mac-like with handy shortcut keys along the top for quick access to volume controls, brightness levels and full screen.
The Samsung's touchpad feels good: features include the two finger scroll and the whole surface is clickable.
The Series 5 comes with 16 GB of onboard storage, so you can save files locally like a netbook.
The Chromebook runs on Google's Chrome OS, which means everything runs inside a web browser.
The Chrome web store lets you install apps and games, which in some cases, only means adding a shortcut to a web page.
Installing apps and games can also mean installing data to the hard drive so they can be used offline.
The problem is that it's unclear when an installed app will work offline.
Hulu works great but there's no Netflix streaming support yet in Chrome OS.
Most of the performance issues we ran into were on Flash based sites.
Booting the Chromebook Series 5 is incredibly fast, thanks to the solid state drive; we were up and running in about 10 seconds each time.
As with most netbooks, 720p videos are watchable but you'll probably want to stick to 480p; don't even think about 1080p.
As for games, there's a broad selection available but we hope you like Angry Birds and Othello.
The Chromebook Series 5 comes with Wi-fi only or wi-fi plus 4G for only $70 more.
We thought the 3G connectivity was worth it because the Chrome OS can be limited offline.