Conclusion: With the Samsung Chromebook Series 5, the company's first Chromebook, you're paying more for a netbook that runs an unpolished OS than one that has Windows 7.
Pros: Lightning fast boot times. Losing files to a hard drive crash isn't a concern. Big, bright 12-inch screen. Excellent battery life. Improved HD video playback. Samsung throws in a 4GB SD card.
Cons: More expensive than Windows-based netbooks. Media player is very primitive. Clickpad is a bit wonky. No Ethernet or Bluetooth. VGA requires a dongle attachment. File management is hard to grasp. Web Store doesn't have enough apps to make the Chrome OS experience compelling.
Google's brave new vision of computing is ready with Samsung's Chromebook Series 5, but are we ready for it?
10 June 2011
Summary: Almost two years after being introduced, Google’s Chrome OS is finally available to the public, and yet it still doesn’t seem ready. The Series 5′s hardware has been polished, but the software experience still needs work. The design, screen quality, keyboard, and even the touchpad have surely been given the once over and together they are the right pieces to create a nice mobile computer; it’s Chrome OS, however, that doesn’t match those parts in terms of refinement.
Pros: Thin and light design, Bright, matte display, Speedy boot and resume times
Cons: Can get sluggish, No real control panel, native system settings, No offline app support, More expensive than the average Atom netbook
Summary: Does the world need a computer with a web-only OS? Google seems to think so, and, in a connected world, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook would seem to be the answer. It's an attractive and highly portable notebook that gives you near-instant access to the Internet.
Summary: In June this year, Google extended its reach into the computer market by launching the Chromebook platform. Many thought this an extremely strange move, especially considering underpowered netbooks are on the way out in favour of chic tablets. But Google is an Internet company, so it makes sense that the Chromebook revolves around cloud computing. Think of the Chromebook as a netbook that occupies a niche between a pure cloud client and a traditional laptop.
Conclusion: After my time with the Samsung Chromebook Series 5. I must say I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen. I spend a lot of my time online viewing various web pages, Youtube, listening to music and this little device didn’t disappoint in the slightest. In fact, it was a pleasure to use and I for one would recommend it to everyone.
Excerpt: We've played with the various betas. We've tested the prototype. Now the day has finally come -- we've got the final production version of the first of Google's Chrome OS laptops in our hands. It's the Samsung Chromebook Series 5. Chrome OS has been built from the ground up to be simple. So simple, in fact, that it consists of a web browser window -- and nothing else. Okay, that's a tiny exaggeration.
Excerpt: You could be forgiven for thinking Samsung’s new Series 5 was a netbook; the compact dimensions, low-power components and 12in screen might seem familiar, but turn it on and it's clear this is a very different beast. It’s the first laptop powered by Google’s Chrome OS, which replaces Windows in favour of a minimal cloud-based operating system designed entirely for web browsing.
Excerpt: As the first laptop to come pre-loaded with Chrome OS, Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook has certainly made an impression, but is it right for business? Tom Morgan and Alan Lu take an in-depth look.