Reviews and Problems with Samsung Chromebook Series 5 / XE550C22
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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook
16 August 2012
Excerpt: Google’s Chrome OS, now more than a year old, is perfect for those who live in the cloud and always have an Internet connection. Chrome 19 takes a few things offline (basic photo viewing and editing, document viewing), but most everything is done through the web browser that for all intents and purposes is the OS. In our video review, we take a look at the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook that sells for $449 with WiFi and $549 with WiFi and Verizon 3G.
Pros: Very portable, strong improvements over last gen Chromebooks software and hardware, fast OS.
Cons: Lose your Internet connection and the Chromebook becomes much less useful. Mediocre hardware for the price.
Excerpt: The Series 5 550 is Samsung ‘s new generation of Chromebook . Measuring 11.5’’ by 8.5” and weighing only 3.02 lbs, it easily fills the niche in between a traditionally sized laptop and a netbook. Though the casing gives the appearance of aluminum, the device (with the exception of the palm rest) is actually plastic. The “fauxluinum” on the outer casing is quite convincing, and had us guessing whether is it or isn’t it aluminum.
Summary: Weâ€™re using the cloud more and more, but Google is too far ahead of the curve with Chrome OS. The updates have made it more usable, but what you can do offline is still too limited, and the file manager desperately needs improving. We could moan that it isnâ€™t possible to do certain things via a web app (video editing still isnâ€™t practical in the cloud), but that would be missing the point: Chromebooks are aimed at people wanting a cheap, portable laptop for basic...
Conclusion: And for a small subset of regular consumers, specifically those who like the Chromebook's design and don't mind paying a price premium to play with Google's new OS while watching it develop before their eyes with future updates, the Series 5 550 might be worth splurging on as a second or third computer. For everyone else, though, traditional laptops do more for less money, without the need to always be connected to the Net.
Pros: Quick boot time, Faster processor, more RAM than previous model make for better performance, Improved OS feels less like "just a browser"
Cons: Limited storage, offline abilities, Much shorter battery life than previous Chromebook, Pricey, considering limits of OS and hardware
Conclusion: As stated in the introduction, the Google Chromebooks target a very specific audience . The office worker that already uses Google services almost exclusively and is constantly working while traveling will find a lot to like about this new second generation model. The notebook does almost everything it is intended to do extremely well, including the simple-but-speedy UI, high screen brightness, glare-free display, great security and reliability, extremely long battery...
Pros: Bright matte display, Large touchpad, Long battery life, Secure and reliable, Almost instantaneous performance, Easy to use and learn, Strong wireless capabilities, Almost noiseless, DisplayPort and USIM options, The Chromebook has a narrow and limited focus, but everything feels instantaneous and effortless. Without any of the bloatware or distractions, heavy notetaking and moderate office work are ideal tasks for the Chromebook. The matte display, long battery life,...
Cons: Limited in flexibility and scope, Essentially useless without an available Internet connection, Not easily end-user upgradeable, no USB 3.0/HDMI/eSATA/sleep-and-charge, Fragile AC connector
Conclusion: What the Chromebook does, it does well. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this is the best Web browsing experience that you’ll find on a laptop. It’s quick, smooth, easy to navigate via multi-touch scrolling and supported by a brilliant matte display. As a portable web browser, the Samsung Series 5 is perfect.
Pros: Great user interface, Bright, pleasing matte display, Excellent performance (for the price), Long battery life
Cons: Chrome OS still lacks functionality, Poor connectivity
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook 550 review: Is less more?
14 June 2012
Summary: But you can do many of those things
with a Chromebook if the web browser is your most important app. The Chromebook 550 boots more quickly than a typical laptop, resumes from sleep nearly instantly, and generally offers the kind of responsiveness you’d expect from a good Apple or Android tablet, not a notebook.
You also never have to worry about updating your operating system, apps, or virus protection software.
Excerpt: It’s been about a year since the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook launched. In that time we’ve seen a lot happen with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome OS has also made for lot of news since then, but we haven’t seen it make major headway into its target markets, and you’re still much more likely to see an aging netbook when you’re out and about than a Chrome OS -powered laptop.
Summary: There's no doubt that the Chrome OS has improved by leaps and bounds. And Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 550 is a pretty slick vehicle for the platform, especially for those who have basic needs. The comfortable keyboard and bright screen are as good as what you'll find on some Ultrabooks, and this machine is certainly faster than its predecessor. However, $449 is a lot to spend on a machine that has limited offline capability.
Pros: Improved Chrome OS interface with desktop and file manager, Attractive design, Comfortable keyboard, Relatively bright matte display,
Cons: Runs hot, Expensive, Offline document editing not yet available, Doesn't support 4G