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Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review

Posted: June 26, 2012
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review
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The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is both fast and fun to use, with easy access to your favorite apps, cloud computing and more. Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira take a closer look at the notebook from Samsung for Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook has a nice, simple design and measures 11.25" by just over 8".
  • The notebook feels very balanced at only 3 lbs.
  • The are two down-facing speakers, and we do hesitate to call them speakers because the sound is not great.
  • To make up for this, they included a great keyboard, which features Chromebook specific keys like browser forward and backward keys, as well as a handy little search button where the caps lock should be.
  • Ports include two USB 2.0 on either side, a multi-card reader and an Ethernet port, which is handy for people who travel to hotels.
  • The limited number of ports really forces you to begin to think of this notebook for what it is: a self sufficient machine that relies mostly on cloud storage.
  • The Chromebook is reminiscent of a tablet but without the touch screen.
  • The Series 5 comes with the Intel Celeron processor and 4 GB of RAM.
  • For web based and local applications, these specifications are more than ample.
  • This has one of the fastest boot times of anything we've tested, which goes from off to booted in under 8 seconds.
  • Once the netbook is booted up, it runs the latest version of Chrome, aka Chrome 19.0.1084.50.
  • They've added a lot of support for file types that weren't readable before, like PowerPoint, Word and Excel documents.
  • There are a number of apps that can be used offline, as well as documents you edit but in order to do that, they need to be stored locally on your 16GB hard drive.
  • There are benefits to having a Cloud based OS, especially being able to pick up exactly where you left off if you need a new computer.
  • If you live and breathe in Google with Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, etc., you can really benefit from this notebook.
  • The battery life is solid but did not blow us away.
  • We got between 5 to 7 hours of use.

Price

  • $449

Rating

  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is in its own device category.
  • The design is great.
  • It's also very fast and can be very useful if you're already using the Google Cloud ecosystem.
  • We'd rate this notebook higher if it was $100 cheaper.
  • We'd like to see the offline capabilities beefed up a bit more but that would make this a laptop, not a cloud device.

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