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.
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
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.