Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review

Posted: June 29, 2011
Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review

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.


  • $430 for wi-fi only
  • $499 for wi-fi and 3G connectivity.


  • 2 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • Chrome OS still has some kinks that need to be worked out and because of its limitations, it's hard to recommend the Chromebook over another similarly priced Windows 7 netbook or iPad.

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Comments are Closed

  • Geerck901

    The 3G version will require a network monthly subscription right????? plus the $500 you forked out

    Posted: July 11, 2011 11:08 PM
  • cang559

    well i dont have much experience with tablets, and i dont think they can replace our real computers but i chrome books are really bad when i saw the pricing for this i thought "well that idea is gone for 500 buck i can get a pretty kick ass laptop " but cloud computing isnt bad it just needs a major revamp if apple when totally crazy with i cloud we would have a computer that can work offline but when you are online stores your stuff and a computer that has no crashes so someone work on this concept because its good just exacution was crap

    Posted: July 7, 2011 2:09 PM
  • 4gChromebook

    The point about coming with wifi plus 4g for only $70 more is innacurate. The chromebook is not 4g capable at this time.

    Posted: July 6, 2011 5:27 AM
  • chromeoromeo

    http://www.chromenetbookreview s.com

    Posted: July 4, 2011 7:44 PM
  • chromeoromeo

    So, Chromebooks aren't yet up to par with the standard lightweight netbooks out on the market. I get that. But, Google has shown that an operating system can exist that isn't full of bloat. And Samsung and Acer are proving that they can take that OS and put it on some fairly inexpensive hardware to produce an affordable and useful computer.

    Posted: July 4, 2011 7:41 PM
  • teac77

    There's a less-expensive Chromebook by Asus that barely came out.

    Posted: July 1, 2011 9:10 PM
  • wordman131

    Did anybody else notice that Kevin was typing the lyrics to Still Alive? Why not Want You Gone since that is the newest one? Are they making a statement about Portal 2? Or just something random?

    Posted: July 1, 2011 1:08 AM
  • JustTheBeginning

    When I first heard of Google OS, I though it was a great idea. A laptop that could do all the fun stuff online like watch movies, email, games, etc but for the cheap cheap price of $100-200 because its all cloud based, no heavy hardware needed. Well, guess that never worked out too well, for $500 you can easily get a decent normal laptop that can play flash just fine and work offline AND online.

    Posted: June 30, 2011 2:03 PM
  • FlyingPanda

    I had a beta version of this. Id give it a 3. The flash issues were a bother and it doesnt have much versatility. Its price is the main issue. Too much money for too little performance.

    Posted: June 30, 2011 7:35 AM
  • Jordan_160

    See, I really don't like the idea of cloud computing. Having my computer being almost worthless without the internet, and putting all my faith in the internet is something I will not do.
    And Kevin might be right, how long until our devices are just simple hard ware with fast internet and all the processing is done by another computer then sent back to your device via interweb?
    It would make room for larger batteries since the lack of hardware, but that's all I see in it.

    Posted: June 29, 2011 11:23 PM
  • applebook

    Why would anyone touch this over an Android tablet or an iPad?

    Posted: June 29, 2011 7:51 PM